I picked up a pair of these headphones exactly a month ago and I’ve enjoyed them more than I thought I would. I initially picked them up to hold me over as I waited for my Verites and as a daily closed headphone that wouldn’t break the bank. I came across this article that peaked my interest due to a few things. 1) The headphones were commissioned by Sony Japan to sound a certain way, 2) the headphones are still in production since 1988, 3) Nothing has changed to the design since the initial design.
For those who have tried the Sony V6 or 7506, I’m going to assume that it’s basically the same. It’s not heavy and not the sturdiest headphone but it’s not necessarily bad either. People have used these for decades and it’s fairly easy to find parts for. I would recommend picking up the yaxi pads stpads (not the 2). They make closer to over-ear rather than on-ear. Overall, I wish it came with a detachable cable and possibly a softer headband but I think those are things that can be modded.
After picking these up, I can see why people enjoy using these studio monitors for listening enjoyment. Due to the driver design, the vocals seem to be the main focus. For those who enjoy songs with female vocals like me, these headphones make sure that all of the surrounding music does not take away from the main attraction. They also accomplish their goal of conveying whether or not the artist is close or far to the mic. The tuning was also developed in such a way that japanese pronunciation sound musical and soothing so if Japanese music is your main genre, I would suggest taking a look at these.
I’m not going to say that these are giant killers. I’m not even going to say that these are better than mid-fi. What I can say is that the headphones presents the music in such a way that acoustic tracks get me 90% of the way there compared to my verite opens. Even with busy tracks, the Sonys do a good job supporting the vocals and never pulling the attention away from the singer. At the price point, I find it hard to really fault it technically especially for a design from the 80’s.
So should you get these? It depends. I primarily listen to vocal tracks and have really dove into japanese music after getting these headphones. They actually rival head time with the Verites for me and because of the price point and value that they bring (musicality, closed, great as a daily), the Verites are leaving but these are staying. It definitely isn’t a TOTL headphone and I don’t know how they compare with other big hitters in this price range like the HD6xx but I’m very happy with my experience with them. I have no issue with having these as my only headphone for the time being since I continue to get surprised by what this little headphone can do.
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