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  • O/T: Sony MDR7506 headphones

    I've used several pairs of these for years now - decades actually. While not everyone's first preference, they are nevertheless the general go-to pick in my studio (and apparently in studios worldwide). They are also a very durable quality headphone.

    However, they DO have some consumable parts (normal wear and tear items) that occasionally need replacement for general upkeep. The most commonly replaced component is the earpad(s). After time, the black "pleather" coating on the contact surfaces will begin to flake off and will soon completely peel away. The elastic bands built into the pads that keep them affixed to the headphones will generall fail shortly thereafter and the pads will easily fall off.

    So, after contacting the Sony parts department and ordering replacement pads, the phones are once again comfortable and looking fresh.

    However, after only a couple of years at the most, the same cycle of wear occurs and you go through the same routine.

    This time around, I thought I would look online to find the best deal on replacement pads and lo and behold, their are now a few entrepreneurs offering aftermarket alternatives. I saw one vendor which offered a custom set using a genuine black lambskin leather outer layer which, if it is equally comfortable, would solve the flaking issues of the OEM varierty. I'm not really certain how compatible the fitment is by comparison to the factory one but I am nevertheless willing to try a pair.

    Anyone else have similar headphone maintenence experiences?
    Originally posted by GTRMAN;n31424311

    The hijacking of the Republican party by the religious right really did send the party into a tailspin of fundamentalism and black/white politics. It's really scary how it transformed the party.

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    Same thing happens with Audio Technca M50s.
    I’ve devised a work around:
    I put them in a dark, climate controlled, sterile, vacuum sealed container, and never use them.
    I’ve had the same pair now for over ten years, and they look and work great. (I think)
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    • #3
      Originally posted by jorhay1 View Post
      Same thing happens with Audio Technca M50s.
      I’ve devised a work around:
      I put them in a dark, climate controlled, sterile, vacuum sealed container, and never use them.
      I’ve had the same pair now for over ten years, and they look and work great. (I think)
      Very creative workaround.
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      • #4
        Pads wear out on just about every brand of cans eventually, and you can’t always get replacements... which is definitely something to consider when you go to buy headphones.

        I've gone through lots of Sony pads. I’m on my third set of pads for my KRK KNS8400’s, and my second for my Grados. I also need new pads for my first-gen Fostex T20RP’s if anyone knows where I can order some...

        Headphones should be repairable, with replaceable wire and padded parts... but they are still “consumables” for most studios. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many sets I’ve owned over the years...
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        • #5
          I have 2 sets of MDR 7506's. I use one for traveling and 1 for home studio work.

          No problem w/ ear pads yet. I have found a neat after-market case for it though. It's pretty cheap too.

          I have had problems w/ Sennheiser pads though. Fortunately, HD280 pads are readily available and
          I have a newish set of HD380's.
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          • #6
            I use the Sonys.

            Some freakin drummer usually steps on them before the pads wear out.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Etienne Rambert View Post
              I have 2 sets of MDR 7506's. I use one for traveling and 1 for home studio work.

              No problem w/ ear pads yet. I have found a neat after-market case for it though. It's pretty cheap too.
              Very cool - thanks for the link!

              I have had problems w/ Sennheiser pads though. Fortunately, HD280 pads are readily available and
              I have a newish set of HD380's.
              My set of HD280’s is going to need a new set of pads soon too.

              How do you like the HD380’s? How do they compare with the 280’s?
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              - George Carlin

              "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
              - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

              "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
              - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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              • #8
                Well, now I'm not so sure about the sheepskin leather covered pads as it appears these may only be available in Europe (the site shows a contact phone number in Spain).

                Was hoping these would be a domestically-sourced item. I have no quarrel with them being made in Europe but I would prefer it if they had a distributor for these stateside.

                Nevertheless, here's the link which initially piqued my interest:

                http://www.camstorepro.com/sony-mdr-...-case-kit.html
                Originally posted by GTRMAN;n31424311

                The hijacking of the Republican party by the religious right really did send the party into a tailspin of fundamentalism and black/white politics. It's really scary how it transformed the party.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Zipperhead View Post
                  I use the Sonys.

                  Some freakin drummer usually steps on them before the pads wear out.

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                  Which I've done myself a couple of times. I have them both in plastic baggies that I was thinking or repairing but I never seem to get around to it and just keep buying more.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

                    Very cool - thanks for the link!



                    My set of HD280’s is going to need a new set of pads soon too.

                    How do you like the HD380’s? How do they compare with the 280’s?
                    HD-380's are better for acoustic guitars. In my experience - better clarity, definition & separation.

                    Otherwise, 280's are still reliable standards. They are dull but a good reference.

                    MDR 7506's & HD280's are my go-to sets for mixing.
                    Last edited by Etienne Rambert; 05-16-2019, 12:31 AM.
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                    • #11
                      i have made the switch to the velour replacement pads for my sonys. they change the sound some, but after a little while using them you get used to it.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Turd Furgison View Post
                        i have made the switch to the velour replacement pads for my sonys. they change the sound some, but after a little while using them you get used to it.
                        I really like the Focal Listen Professional headphones, and they have microfiber / velour covers on the ear pads stock. I've been using them for almost a year now as my main "mobile cans", and the pads still look practically new. Only time will tell how well they'll hold up vs. vinyl, but so far, so good. I was concerned they'd start showing dirt and / or lint (since the pads are red) but that hasn't really been an issue yet either.
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                        "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                        - George Carlin

                        "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                        - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                        "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                        - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

                          I really like the Focal Listen Professional headphones, and they have microfiber / velour covers on the ear pads stock. I've been using them for almost a year now as my main "mobile cans", and the pads still look practically new. Only time will tell how well they'll hold up vs. vinyl, but so far, so good. I was concerned they'd start showing dirt and / or lint (since the pads are red) but that hasn't really been an issue yet either.
                          One of my biggest gripes with the black "pleather" material that Sony uses on their headphone pads is that once it begins to deteriorate, it flakes off and sticks to your skin and clothing which is rather unsightly. I will admit that it is a supple and comfortable texture when it is new, but surely there must be better materials that won't disintegrate that way. Which is why I expressed interest in trying out some lambskin aftermarket replacements.
                          Originally posted by GTRMAN;n31424311

                          The hijacking of the Republican party by the religious right really did send the party into a tailspin of fundamentalism and black/white politics. It's really scary how it transformed the party.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Etienne Rambert View Post

                            HD-380's are better for acoustic guitars. In my experience - better clarity, definition & separation.
                            How's the isolation - is it in the same ballpark as the HD 280's?

                            I think the HD 380 has been discontinued now, and was replaced with the HD 300 IIRC...

                            Otherwise, 280's are still reliable standards. They are dull but a good reference.
                            I think they're a really good choice for tracking cans. Really good isolation, fairly durable, and you can get parts for them to keep them in service longer. Plus they're not all that expensive to begin with, so buying a few new pairs at once for the studio stings a bit less.

                            MDR 7506's & HD280's are my go-to sets for mixing.
                            I could probably mix on either, but I don't think I'd like it very much. I'm not big on mixing with cans - at least not exclusively. I use them more to spot-check, to seek out and destroy little hidden sonic gremlins, and to make sure a mix is going to translate decently on a variety of playback setups, but I do the vast majority of my monitoring on my ADAMs. While I have pairs of both the MDR 7506 (which are great for when the singer wants a brighter sounding set of cans IMHO) and HD 280s (as well as other headphones), I tend to use my KRK KNS 8400's and Grado SR125i's more often than other cans for my studio mix referencing / mix monitoring / spot checking. The Grados are less comfortable, but a bit more accurate. They have zero isolation though, and the KRK's are much better in that respect, especially if you need to also use them for tracking.
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                            "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                            - George Carlin

                            "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                            - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                            "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                            - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Prime8 View Post

                              One of my biggest gripes with the black "pleather" material that Sony uses on their headphone pads is that once it begins to deteriorate, it flakes off and sticks to your skin and clothing which is rather unsightly.
                              Yup. But Sony's not alone in that respect - I am currently having the exact same issue with the padded headband on a pair of HD 280s. The ear pads are still in good shape, but I wind up with black flakes on top of my head whenever I wear them.

                              I will admit that it is a supple and comfortable texture when it is new, but surely there must be better materials that won't disintegrate that way. Which is why I expressed interest in trying out some lambskin aftermarket replacements.
                              I've never tried lambskin ear pads. I imagine they'd be really comfortable - especially if they're covering a decent grade of memory foam. If you do give some a try, please tell us where you found them and what your impressions are. I'd be interested to learn more about them, and hear your thoughts about them.
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                              "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                              - George Carlin

                              "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                              - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                              "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                              - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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