Sound dead in one ear. This could happen anywhere from 0-2 years.
These aren’t going to need separate amplification, and will sound fine out of your mobile devices. However, the sound will be improved with an amp, but it’s not necessary. How to choose a headphone amp!
Line 6 Spider IV 75w amp.
Who these headphones benefit?
Mixing/Monitoring purposes. Just know the bass is a little much for this.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
If the sound isn’t what you expected at first, give them time. A few days of burn in should really open things up and enable these babies to marinate a little.
The 50mm drivers are a welcome edition. Bass is full, deep, and has nice impact, while the treble and mid-range really come out nicely as far as clarity and definition. The headphones are lightweight, durable, and comfortable.
Similarities & Differences
Neither have a detachable cable.
Both are great for studio monitoring, as they’re both fairly balanced for the most part.
Collapse. The MDR 7510’s do not fold or collapse, while the 7506’s do. Keep in mind, the 7506’s are not the 2006 NewYorkMets, they don’t fold under pressure, they fold in a more advantageous way. 😛
Comfort/Build. The 7510’s are more comfortable than the 7506’s, and have a longer ear-cup that envelopes the ears better. They might not be as durable though. I owned the 7506’s for a couple of years. They are extremely solid and hold up well to continued abuse. The 7510’s aren’t quite as good in that area, though some people say otherwise. It’s kind of a toss up. Also of note is clamp force; the 7510’s may clamp down a bit harder than the 7506.
Drivers & Sound. The 7506’s have 40mm drivers compared to the 50mm driver of the 7510. This does enable the 7510’s to provide a larger, more expansive soundstage, as well as a deeper bass response with improved clarity. What is a Headphone Driver? The drivers are more efficient at louder volumes, and the treble seems more balanced on the 7510, which was an issue with the 7506. I found the 7506 to be sibilant/harsh at times. What does Sibilant mean?
Ear-cups. The 7506’s have that awful ear-cup material that peels worse than aged sun-burn. I swear, it ends up being the biggest pain because once they start peeling it’s game over. However, the headphones are still worth it despite that flaw. I would buy another pair of 7506’s because the sound is that good. Also, you can easily replace the cups once they start deteriorating. However, The 7510’s boast a softer, more plush protein leather, and don’t seem to break down as easily.
Frequency Response. The 7510’s are 5Hz -40kHz, while the 7506’s are 10Hz – 20kHz.
Fatigue. The 7510’s are less likely to fatigue you over time than the 7506’s. I can attest to this, as a long session with the 7506 was like running a marathon or something. It’s mentally and even physically exhausting.
I do think the 7510’s are pretty awesome, especially with those upgraded drivers. Do I think they’re worth the asking price? Yeah. For sure. Are they better than the 7506’s? I do think overall they are an upgrade in certain areas. The ear-cup material is better, the bass digs a bit deeper, the treble isn’t as harsh, and they’re more comfortable. They don’t fold like the 7506’s.
It’s hard for me to recommend the 7510’s over either the 7506’s or V6’s (because I love those 2 dearly), but they do slightly edge out both in terms of comfort and bass if you want more of it.
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