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Sony MDR 7506 vs. Senal SMH 1000 | SCRATCHING MY HEAD?

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Sony MDR 7506 vs. Senal SMH 1000

Sony MDR 7506 vs. Senal SMH 1000

What I will bring you in this review

I will outline the Senal SHM1000, and then compare/contrast it with the 7506 towards the end. 🙂

  1. Ratings/Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Amp/DAC requirements
  8. Who these headphones benefit?
  9. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  10. Consensus/Conclusion
  11. Similarities & Differences
  12. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

Senal SMH 1000

Senal SMH 1000

Senal SMH 1000

Ratings/Price

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Specifications

  • Type: Closed back. Closed back vs. Open back headphones.
  • Fit: Circumaural (over ear).
  • Impedance: 58 Ohm.  What is Headphone Impedance?
  • Frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB ±3 dB (@ 1 kHz/mW)
  • Maximum Input Power: 1000 mW
  • Material: Aluminum, plastic, faux leather
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 8 oz.
  • Plug: 3.5mm with gold plated 1/4″ adapter.
  • Cable length: 3′ and 10′

Summary

It’s amusing to me how closely these are modeled after the 7506. I mean who the heck has ever heard of “Senal?” Color me surprised when I actually found out that these might be a better option than my old favorite: The MDR 7506.

What makes these stand out from the Sony’s is a detachable cable, and the headphones come bundled with 2 cables: a 3′ and a 10′. The bass also seems to be more well defined, and the cans themselves are a pretty big improvement as far as comfort is concerned. More on that in a bit!

Pros

  • Very clean response. Detailed, accurate, and articulate. Non fatiguing.
  • Lightweight with a good build.
  • Very Comfortable over long listening sessions.
  • Good noise isolation.

Cons

  • Shipped with defective cables, or chord connection loose/interference after 2 months.

Video Review

Amp/DAC requirements

These aren’t going to need separate amplification, and will sound fine out of your mobile devices. How to choose a headphone amp!

Who these headphones benefit?

Endorsed for:

  • Video recording
  • Field recording
  • Sound editing
  • Mixing/Mastering
  • Documentary film work
  • Post production
  • Watching movies
  • Monitoring audio while doing interviews
  • Monitoring spoken word
  • Piano
  • Independent film makers
  • Radio broadcasting/TV
  • Ham Radio
  • You-tube film making how to videos
  • Tracking in studio

Thoughts from Stu’s notepad

  • The ear-pads can be replaced with the Senal Velour pads, or the Senal Genuine Sheepskin leather ear-pads. The originals that come with the headphones may hurt your ears after awhile.
  • To attach the cable, plug into the left side and twist. May sound rudimentary, but it’s important because when I got my M40x’s I didn’t plug and twist correctly and thought they were defective for a minute. Lol.
  • One of the cables terminates in a 2.5mm jack, which is a bit inconvenient since the standard is 3.5mm.
  • I would say these are bass lean – you’re definitely not going to be pumping out big beats with them on. However, you will be able to hear the bass notes with better clarity and definition.
  • Goes well with the  Case Star ® Black Color Lightweight Heart-shaped Protective Carrying EVA Hard Headphone Case Storage Bag for Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone with Case Star Black Color Drawstring Carrying Pouch. Haha. That was quite a mouthful! 😛
  • A couple of people said the headphones were a bit loose (or tight) for their heads. There also might be some pressure on your head depending on it’s size.

Consensus/Conclusion

A phenomenal set of balanced headphones with a bit of bass emphasis and some significant upgrades over the venerable Sony models. Chord connection may become a bit of an issue, but other than some minor nitpicks this is an awesome entry level unit.

Similarities & Differences

Similarities

  • Studio Monitor. Both have “Studio Monitor” on the top of the headband.
  • Drivers. Both have 40mm drivers. What is a Headphone Driver?
  • Both have the same general build structure and aesthetic.
  • The mid-range on both is fairly similar.

Differences

  • Detachable. The Senal SMH 1000 comes with a detachable cable while the 7506’s do not. Also, the 1000 comes with 3′ straight cable, and a 10′ coiled cable. The 7506 only comes with a coiled.
  • Case/Carry bag. The 7506’s come with a carrying bag, while the SMH 1000’s do not.
  • Warranty. Senal offers a 3 year warranty while Sony only offers 1.
  • Ear-pads. I owned the 7506’s for quite some time, and one of their biggest weaknesses was the tendency for the pads to fall off and/or peel. The SMH 1000’s actually somehow improve on this, even though the pads look almost identical. They do not fall off as easily, nor do they flake and peel.
  • Sound. The bass is the big kicker here, as it has more impact and comes through with a bit more clarity. The treble is also tamed down in comparison to the 7506. These aren’t as strident/sibilant. What does Sibilant mean?
  • Comfort. The 1000’s are more comfortable than the 7506’s by a wide margin, which is surprising considering they use very similar ear-pads.

Final Word

It shocks me to say this, but I think the SMH 1000’s are an upgrade over the 7506, for all of the reasons outlined above. I would say go for it!!

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Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Sony MDR 7506 vs. Senal SMH 1000 comparison.

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-Stu

 

 

-Stu

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