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Old May 19th, 2010, 05:49 AM   #1
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Sony HeadPhones for EX1

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I am looking forward to buy a good quality Sony head phones for my Sony PMW EX1. What are u all think about Sony MDR-V700DJ model head phones?? Ur help/advice/comments are much appreciated.. Thx. Pushpa
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Old May 19th, 2010, 09:20 AM   #2
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MDR-7506 are the industry standard headphones. The ones you mentioned are DJ headphones, so they might favor bass and color the audio. The 7506s are flat and neutral, so you hear everything equally.
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Old May 19th, 2010, 12:19 PM   #3
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love the 7506s...
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Old May 19th, 2010, 01:16 PM   #4
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Those SONY's are good...but I currently use Sennheiser HD280PRO and am happy.
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Old May 19th, 2010, 05:30 PM   #5
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If you're on a tight budget ($20-$30) then look into Sennheiser HD202 which is what I'm currently using and am very happy with. Senn HD280s are hard to beat, but 7506s are definitely industry standard for a reason though... ;^)

It's about time for me to retire the 202s and I kinda prefer Sennheiser if nothing other then the name so I'll probably go with the 280s... I've read a lot of debate on good monitoring headphones and most of the time it boils down to those two cans, so either way you can't go wrong...
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Old May 19th, 2010, 08:48 PM   #6
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The 7506's are definitely popular but I'd never characterize them as neutral.....a little too hyped in the mid-range for me. My Sony 7509's are a little more neutral and have the advantage of full isolation. I find THAT feature slightly more useful especially in noisy environments. My $0.02
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Old May 19th, 2010, 09:36 PM   #7
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The Sony MDR-7506 headphones are industry standard as already mentioned. I've been using a pair for years (2001) and love them.

They are definitely mid-range hyped...not neutral. They also tend to hype noise/hum harmonics which is a good thing. You don't want it on your recordings!
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Old May 19th, 2010, 10:38 PM   #8
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If you check the archives here you will see the 7506's are considered the de facto standard for monitoring in broadcast video. You will also see a lot of reference to the Sennheiser HD-25 mkII. What most people want are phones that have good isolation of a "sealed" variety that have either a neutral sound or one's the will bring out problems in the mix. The 7506s fit this bill. They also collapse into a small footprint. The most cited negative is the ungainly cord which can either be a blessing or a curse depending on the nature of your shoot.

Depending on your needs you may find a good pair of sealed earbud style phones are the way to go if you are cramped for space but the 7506s are a good place to start.

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Old May 20th, 2010, 01:01 PM   #9
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Dave is right about the 7506 being a bit harsh in the midrange. The same could be said of the older MDR-V6.

I switched to an Audio Technica AT-M50 which is a lot more accurate.

That said, with the Hoodman Loupe as a viewfinder on the EX1, there's not enough room to use can-style headphones since the makeshift viewfinder setup can't be adjusted laterally. So for field work I use a pair of water resistant earphones, the Sennheiser CX-380. They tolerate getting rained on or splashed.

I use the AT-M50 for recording sessions or if I do other sound work where I won't get exposed to a lot of water.
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 12:01 PM   #10
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I also have a Sony MDR-7506, but I find it a bit bass heavy. Works OK.


I much prefer my JVC HD-A3's. They are larger, more comfortable to wear all day, and have a more realistic sound especially in a noisy environment. They are also discontinued.

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