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Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones

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Product Highlights
  • 50mm LCP Diaphragms
  • Neodymium Magnets
  • Closed-Back Design
  • Swivel Earcups
  • Around-Ear Cushions
  • Adjustable, Padded Headband
  • Detachable Single-Sided OFC Cable
  • Gold-Plated 3.5mm Plug and 1/4" Adapter
  • Soft Case Included

The Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones provide high-quality audio in a durable design, perfect for use in demanding professional applications such as studio and broadcast monitoring. The headphones feature 50mm drivers with LCP diaphragms and neodymium magnets to deliver highly accurate sound with an extended frequency response that brings out the deepest bass and crisp treble.

The headphones have a closed-back earcup design with thick around-ear cushions to block out environmental noise and provide lasting comfort. They also have swivel mechanisms for convenient single-ear monitoring. The padded headband is adjustable to provide a snug fit for virtually any head size.

The single-sided OFC cable provides clear signal transfer and is extra-long to provide ample slack. It is also detachable for easy replacement. The gold-plated 3.5mm plug and 1/4" adapter offer wide compatibility with a variety of consumer and professional audio devices. A soft case is included for convenient storage and transportation.

High-quality durable design, perfect for use in demanding professional applications such as studio and broadcast monitoring
50mm drivers with LCP diaphragms and neodymium magnets deliver highly accurate sound with an extended frequency response that brings out the deepest bass and crisp treble
The closed-back earcup design has thick around-ear cushions to block out environmental noise and provide lasting comfort. The earcups also have swivel mechanisms for convenient single-ear monitoring
The padded headband is adjustable to provide a snug fit for virtually any head size
The single-sided OFC cable provides clear signal transfer and is extra-long to provide ample slack. It is also detachable for easy replacement
The gold-plated 3.5mm plug and 1/4" adapter offer wide compatibility with a variety of consumer and professional audio devices
A soft case is included for convenient storage and transportation
Type Closed-Back, Around-Ear, Dynamic
Frequency Range 5Hz - 80kHz
Impedance 24 Ohms
Sensitivity 108dB
Maximum Input Power 4000mW
Connectors Gold-Plated 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug with 1/4" Adapter
Cable Length 9.8' (2.97 m)
Weight 9.5 oz (269g)
Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones
  • Carrying Pouch
  • 1/4" Adapter
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Parts
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    SonyMDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones
     
    4.9

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (17)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (12)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Durable (8)
    • Versatile (7)
    • Easy to use (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (12)
      • Professional recording (9)
      • Amateur recording (6)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

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      5.0

      Wow

      By Stephan David

      from Santa Monica, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

            All I can say is wow. I've been using the Sony 7509 for a few years for recording/monitoring/mixdowns and this is such an upgrade, it's amazing to hear stuff I haven't been hearing! Beautiful sound throughout the spectrum, highs, lows, mids, and great clarity. It's a little tighter fit than the 7509's but so then the isolation is greater. Highly recommended.

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            5.0

            Very worth the money!

            By Eric

            from Fargo, ND

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video editing

              Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

              I just bought these for video editing and have noticed a big difference between these and my old ones. It has also helped with editing audio in Adobe Audition.

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              5.0

              Allow me to produce when not in a studio

              By Evan Davis

              from Goleta, California

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Form Factor

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Mobile studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

              I currently use these headphones to produce dance music. Over my musical career I have played multiple instruments and worked in various recording studios. I have a very competent studio monitor set up in my home, but until now I have felt like I was unable to design clear crisp sounds unless I was at home. Within the same night of receiving these headphones I was able to make some of my tracks sound infinitely better through more precise mixing and mastering. The clarity of these headphones allow me to edit every nuance of my sounds giving me another dimension of sound I've never been able to hear in headphones.

              The Good:

              -Clarity
              -Range of sound production (though many headphones claim to have such a large range these reproduce the sounds in those range far more accurately than other headphones I have used)
              -Comfortable to wear- these can be worn for hours very comfortably
              -Price here on B&H Photo is the cheapest of anywhere I've seen them anywhere

              The Bad:

              I don't really have anything bad to say about these headphones other than their form factor. The physical design could be made to fold the headphones into a smaller form but their rugged design gives peace of mind when traveling with them.

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              5.0

              Great product...good price

              By Randybe

              from Kc mo

              Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

              Very impressed with b&h.

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              5.0

              Solid & reliable for pro use

              By mwurfl

              from Silicon Valley, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording
                • Tracking

                Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                Got these headphones as another try in my odyssey of trying to find headphones that can help with mixing & mastering decisions. While I still wouldn't completely trust using only these for either of those purposes, they are definitely the best of all the Sonys I've tried, and will now become my go-to for critical tracking & live-mix monitoring purposes. They are non-fatiguing and give me a pretty darn honest representation of what's going on. I can't see these ever overloading during tracking use either. At the same time I got these, I also got a pair of the Shure SRH-1840s so I could have an open-back reference for mixing & mastering, but I had to send them back because they were/are unlistenably harsh to me. The 7520s are keepers for me.

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                5.0

                Great Headphones

                By Jazz Daniels

                from Mountain View, CA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Around
                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Tracking

                  Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                  I'm not exactly an audiophile, but I appreciate good sound. I've been using a pair of Sony MDR-V6s for the past few years, and they've been great. However, I recently started recording and mixing music for fun, and I decided I wanted something a little more professional. I was looking for an all-around, closed back pair of headphones that I could use for recording, mixing, and listening to music. I also didn't want to use a headphone amplifier. I looked at AKGs, Beyer Dynamics, and Sennheisers, but most of their offerings in this price range were open backed. I chose these Sonys because they were simple, competitively priced, and met all my requirements.

                  Coming from $100 headphones, these definitely sound like $400 headphones. The sound is incredibly crisp and detailed. You WILL hear things you've never heard before. Depending on what you're listening to, this can be good or bad. I haven't heard too many high-end phones, but if this is your first pair of nice headphones, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

                  In terms of comfort, I can wear them for a very long time without strain. The ear cups fit nicely, even on my big head, and they're surprisingly effective at blocking out outside noise. Some may dislike the look, but in a sea of flashy and "retro" cans, these ones feel modest and simple.

                  The only drawbacks I can see are that the coiled cord can get tangled, and that they're made in Thailand, and not the US or Japan. The build quality is excellent regardless, but for a similar price, AKGs are made in Austria.

                  I would recommend these to someone who cares enough about sound to spend $300-400, and wants one pair of headphones for everything.

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                    4.0

                    Crystalline heaven

                    By NickA

                    from Thousand Oaks, ca

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ

                      Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                      For closed back headphones, these are surprisingly open. Sure, they can't give the open sound stage of quality open backed phones, but there is considerable space, clarity, detail and separation. If you need quality closed back phones for recording vocals, then I would certainly recommend the MDR-7520.

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                      5.0

                      Sony MDR-7520 Headphones

                      By Jim

                      from Cincinnati, OH

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                        These are first-rate headphones! The sound is much better than my old Koss PRO4-AAA headphones. Very flat frequency response actually reminiscent of the old EPI Tower speakers. The price at B&H is much lower than on Sony's own website.

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                        5.0

                        Made me a believer!

                        By D

                        from Maryland, USA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                          I use these cans to check my mix in the studio. I have alway preferred open back headphones but the sound stage with the MDR-7520's is excellent. The power handling and clarity is amazing. Among the best I have used when high volume is necessary. Very light, comfortable and well built. And most importantly the sound quality is flat and beautiful. There isn't any thing bad I have to say about them at all.

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                          5.0

                          The Perfect ATH-M50 Upgrade

                          By Leo the Lion

                          from Maumee, OH

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Mobile DJ
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                            I use these headphones for post-production audio editing and DJing. I've been using the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones, which are great for the money, and until recently I'd thought they were the best closed-back headphones unless you spend a grand or two on the Fostex TH-600 or TH-900. The Sony MDR-7520's low-end response is the most tightest and controlled I've heard from a closed-back headphone. Even though the M50's low-end response is relatively tight, it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Where the M50's low-mid response can sound loose and muddy, resulting in a sense of recessed or washed out mids, the 7520's low-mid response is more controlled. The mid-range is far more present, open and airy than the 50's, especially in the high-mids around 1 to 2K. Where the high-end response on the M50's can sound a bit sibilant, the high-end response on the 7520's are smoother and more extended. Unlike the M50's, the 7520's don't exhibit any decernable encloser resonance. As far as critical listening closed-back headphones go, these are the most accurate you can buy. B&H's unbeatable low price makes the Sony MDR-7520 closed-back headphones a great bang for your buck!

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                            5.0

                            Clarity

                            By samwell7

                            from Melbourne, AUS

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Sound
                            • Clear Sound
                            • Comfortable
                            • Durable
                            • Flat response
                            • Lightweight
                            • Low distortion
                            • Low Impedance

                            Cons

                            • Low Impedance

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Front-of-house
                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                            These are quite possibly the most accurate and true-to-life headphones I've ever heard. The bass translates perfectly to loudspeakers and because the treble is slightly quieter than other 'reference' headphones it also translates nearly perfectly. Much better value and a far better product than buying near field monitors for around the same price.If you're thinking about pulling the trigger on these, do it. You will not be disappointed, I purchased these as an upgrade from Sennheiser HD600's and they are much better for production and mixing work. They are very sensitive so can be powered easily from a portable player, although ensure that whatever you're plugging them into has a low output impedance (1ohm or less is good) because the MDR7520's are only 24ohm their Frequency Response may be skewed by the damping that occurs with amplifiers/players with high output impedance

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                            5.0

                            Essential Gear

                            By Mau V

                            from Chicago Il

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Mobile DJ
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                Really accurate and true sound with superb clarity in all ranges, I'm using them as another professional reference when mastering and it works great. Great isolation and comfort. A little bulky and would like a harder case for protection. A must have for pro audio engineers and producers.

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                                5.0

                                These phones are great

                                By Ronm

                                from Parker, TX

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                  I have MDR 7509 HD which are very good, but the 7520 model is much more accurate and balanced. There is excellent detail without being edgy, and their bass is deeper and cleaner than the 7509 HD. Some folks believe that lots of bass is good, many headphones have bass response that is boomy, but these have accurate bass as well as midrange. I do a lot of 'on location' recording so my reference is classical and jazz live music, and these headphones are the best available. Some people prefer a particular 'sound' in their headphones, and there are lots of choices for those people. If you want accurate, natural, sound then these are for you.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Headphones !

                                  By Tech Pro

                                  from New York, USA.

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                    Love the sound produced by it !!! If you can afford them, you should buy "Grado PS500" instead.They sound great with my "Sony Walkman F800 32GB".

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                                    5.0

                                    You will not be disappointed.

                                    By Morris

                                    from Los Angeles, CA

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky/Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                    These headphones are great! They reproduce sound excellently and one will notice the small details that producers put into their audio.Pros: The headphones are very comfortable and can be worn for prolonged use. The each of the speaker units in the headphone swivel around the shape of one's head for comfort. The sound quality is superb. The low end and high ends are crisp and powerful. It is so clear that one will notice what sounds one is missing out on when listening through their library. These headphones really drown out a lot of the noise around you. People will have to wave their arms to get one's attention when listening to these headphones.Cons: These headphones are obviously not that portable. It helps that there is a leather carrying pouch that comes along with it but I would recommend buying a more protective case if the headphones will be moved around a lot. The headphones are also bulky to carry around and they do look bulky when they are worn but then again these are not being worn as a fashion statement. Conversely, for bulky headphones, they are very light weight due to the magnesium frame. One also has to wipe off the ear pads every now and then because it is hard to avoid natural skin oils that get on the leather. One pass with a soft dry cloth does the trick. The price for these headphones are steep but the build quality and sound quality make it an investment for the long haul.

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                                    5.0

                                    Outstanding out of the box

                                    By Potours

                                    from Anchorage, AK

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Excellent Sound
                                    • Low Distortion
                                    • Powerful
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                      Critical listening, audio production. I own Sennheiser HD650's which I love, but can't always use due to their open design in my home studio for isolation purposes. These fit the bill nicely. They're not completely burned in, but even out of the box they sound great. Highly responsive bass, intelligible mids and crisp highs. I love them. They're also comfy and have the perfect length removable cable. I use them with my CEntrance DACport headphone amp.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great!

                                      By Galactic Groove

                                      from Los Angeles, CA

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                      Amazing low end for headphones!

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                                      (26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      MDR 7520 and MDR 7509HD

                                      By Mark

                                      from Madison, WI

                                      About Me Professional Musician

                                      Verified Buyer

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                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Sony MDR-7520 Professional Studio Headphones:

                                            I am a classical musician who records in concert halls- mostly chamber music (piano, brass, strings, percussion). I have always used Sony headphones when I engineer and produce, although I have tried out a number of other brands (Sennheiser, Grado). I would be the first to say that headphone sound, like speaker sound, is a personal choice, so read on with a grain of salt.

                                            I was looking to upgrade my headphones and decided to try out a few pairs. After some research I focused in on the Sony MDR 7520 and the Sony MDR 7509HD. I am thrilled with both. They are clean, accurate and present in terms of sound. I can hear lots of detail in the variety of musical ensembles I have recorded, however it is a pure sound, uncolored and true to what you would hear live. I should also add that I use a variety of microphones, but stear mostly towards the Earthworks omnis- mics known for their true sound, no coloration- they pick up just about exactly what you hear- great for recording classical music in a hall. The Earthworks/Sony combo feels like a great pairing. The 7520 and 7509HD are both excellent phones for producing, engineering and editing- you get an incredibly true sense of what is being recorded.

                                            For kicks I tried these headphones out on my stereo system listening to mastered and released recordings- the sound was as you would expect- very present, somewhat bright, almost too clear for "casual" listening- you get the detail that you hope for when recording and none of the coloration. I then went back to my pre-mastered Pro Tools sessions and listened with both pairs (7520 and 7509) and made the realization of why these are such great studio headphones- clarity and accuracy of sound, perfect for hearing what you are recording. They no longer sounded bright like they did on my stereo- they just sounded true.

                                            If I had to compare these two headphones, the listening I did on my stereo of mastered recordings sort of helped in the distinguishing of each- the 7520's felt brighter than the 7509HD on released recordings, which made me think I preferred the 7509HD; but when I went back to listening in Pro Tools I found the 7520's to have a bit more clarity and detail. This was a very slight difference, but a difference none the less. Kind of like going from 11 point font to 12 point font (not a big deal to read 11 point font on its own, but when you compare it side by side with 12 point, there IS a difference- each will do just fine, but why not go with more detail if you can get it). I decided to keep both, since I usually have a need for at least two pairs of headphones at recording sessions- might as well have a choice.

                                            The only negative I found was that the 7509HD made a little bit of noise if my head position changed while listening- since they fold for storage, the hinges have some give, thus creating a little bit of sound when you move slightly- not a huge deal, but when you are listening with a fine tooth comb for any and all sounds in the mix, you want the phones to be snug and quiet. The 7520's don't make ANY extraneous sounds. Both headphones fit well, are comfy and look fantastic- the 7520's have an especially smooth, simple design- very sharp aesthetically. I'd say that even though the 7509's move a bit when on, they are likely to be the more comfortable of the two for most people- bigger ear pads, larger cup around your ear, less gripping on your head; but having said that, the 7520's still feel great when on.

                                            I would say, and this is typical with any Professional level Sony headphone, you're money is well spent on either of these. I am very happy with my purchase (of course, I did end up keeping both).

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