Sony Mdr 7506 Eq Settings
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The company's legendary MDR-7506 has, of course, been a staple of recording studios and broadcast facilities for years, thanks to its neutral sonic profile and insane affordability. I don't know a single serious audio reviewer or enthusiast who doesn't own a pair for reference. But for the past three years, Sony has shifted its focus to the wireless, noise-cancelling headphone market, first with the WH-1000XM2 (the follow-up to the somewhat under-the-radar MDR-1000X), then the upgraded WH-1000XM3, and now the company's most advanced Bluetooth headphone yet, the WH-1000XM4 (Amazon, Audio Advice, and Crutchfield).
New quality-of-life features this year include Bluetooth multipoint pairing, which lets you wireless connect the WH-1000XM4 to two different devices simultaneously. You might, for example, pair the headphones with both your laptop and mobile phone, so you can enjoy gaming audio, movies, or music from your desktop, then seamlessly switch over to an incoming call on your iPhone or Galaxy phone without having to fumble around with pairing settings.
You'll also want to spend some time setting up the WH-1000XM4's Adaptive Sound Control feature, which controls the amount of ambient noise-passthrough based either on automatic detection of your activities or customizable location-based settings. I decided to tinker around with the Automatic Switching Based on Actions setting, and by my second day with the headphones, the software had figured out that right around 3:30pm, I'm likely to put on my shoes and take Bruno (my American Staffordshire Terrier) for walkies. As such, it automatically switched into a mode labeled "Walking," with a moderate level of environmental audio passthrough. Other options include "Running" (which allows maximum ambient sound passthrough) and "Transport" (which completely shuts out ambient sounds and engages full noise-cancelling).
With some attenuation at 400Hz, a bit of a boost at 2.5kHz, a more significant boost at 6.2kHz, and a decent amount of attenuation at 16kHz, these headphones transformed from, "Not my bag, but I certainly understand what all the fuss is about," to, "Expletive deleted, these are amongst the finest-sounding wireless headphones I've ever strapped to my head." If you find yourself in the same boat with the XM4 and want to experiment with my custom EQ settings, click the picture at right to blow it up.
Out of curiosity, I sent that same picture to my friends Lauren Dragan and Brent Butterworth, the two people whose opinions on headphones I trust most. Within a few minutes, Lauren sent back a snapshot of the custom EQ settings she and Brent developed together (which, not coincidentally, Brent says makes the XM4 measure very close to the Harman curve). Theirs had slightly more of a boost at 2.5kHz and no attenuation at 16kHz, but was otherwise spot-on with my own custom EQ, so I decided to recreate theirs and save it to my Custom 2 EQ slot. At any rate, I did virtually all of my testing with my Custom 1 EQ setting, and all of my listening impressions below reflect that.
Toto's "Africa" (also via Qobuz) is yet another track that sounds too good to be true through the XM4 with proper EQ settings. Far too often, I find this track's vocal intelligibility a little lacking with many headphones. Get the tonal balance and/or the dynamics wrong, and David Paich's lead vocal can get a little muddled, especially during the verses. But they ring through with sparkling clarity here.
That said, the XM4's noise rejection is in a different league altogether from most headphones I've tried. So, depending on whether or not you make a lot of calls in windy environments, you may find its call quality very good. Sitting about two feet from the Vornado, which was blowing straight at my face, I made it all the way up to the third of four speed settings before she started having trouble understanding my voice through the torrent of wind. Only at the fourth level did she find it unacceptable. With my Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless, by contrast, she found me all but unintelligible with the speed set to 2.
In terms of audio performance gripes, my only bone to pick is that Sony didn't offer an EQ preset similar to the one I cooked up myself (or something similar to Brent and Lauren's EQ preset, which hugs closer to the Harman curve). With all of the wacky custom settings offered here, you'd think that one with a more neutral balance would have been a no-brainer, especially given the reputation of Sony's own MDR-7506. An EQ preset simply labeled "7506" or "Studio" or "Pro" or whatever would have been a very welcome addition to the list, and it wouldn't have been difficult to add, since the discrepancies in tonal balance between the 7506 and MX4 line up very well with the latter's available EQ bands. That said, at least the XM4 can be EQ'd for neutrality. That's not an option with a lot of wireless cans.
And it just so happens that I was ready for that transition right as I discovered what I consider to be as close to the perfect wireless headphone as you could ask for. Sure, I can grump about the out-of-the-box sound of the XM4 and the lack of an EQ preset that restores true tonal neutrality, but that's just nitpicking. The fact that the XM4 can be tweaked to perfection with custom EQ settings is enough for me.
In fact, good "studio" headphones tend to reproduce a flatter, neutral sound by design. If you want to squeeze out some extra bass, mids, or treble, the equalizer settings in Spotify can help with that.
Finding an optimal bass booster for headphones that does not produce enough bass actually involves a few steps. This can range from connecting your headphone to a DAC headphone amplifier to simply increasing the EQ settings on your computer or mobile device.
For android devices, simply tap on Settings > Sound & Notification, and then tap on Audio Effects at the bottom on the screen. You will need to have Audio Effects switched on to use this function. From there, you can preset the settings to bass booster or increase the db on the low-end frequencies to get a much better bass output on your headphones.
There are many headphone amplifiers out there that can provide very good amplification but we would recommend the FiiO E17 headphone amp for its versatility and portability. The FiiO E17 is particularly good if you are new to headphone amplifiers and is very simple to use. The amplifier can connect directly with your mobile device via auxiliary input or to a computer via USB for digital audio streaming which generally produces higher quality sound and better bass. The amplifier also has a dedicated control screen which you can use to tweak the treble, bass output and balance and is definitely much better than tweaking the EQ settings on your mobile device or computer. The advantage of an amplifier is that it also provides plenty of power to drive your headphone and will make headphones with higher impedance shine in the sound performance.
I should have prefaced this tirade by pointing out that I typically don't enjoy in-ear style headphones. But to my ears, the WF-1000XM3's sound as good or better than any pair of headphones I've personally owned, which includes two limited edition ATH-M50X's, the lauded Sony MDR-7506 over-ears, and so on.
One relief, to me anyway, is that you don't have to always open/run the Sony app to connect to the headphones from your phone or laptop. You can open it up to check the battery level or adjust the EQ whenever you like, but once you get it set up the way you want, the settings hold true without rebooting the app.
Against the lower-pitched tree cricket (2.9), the better-isolating WH-1000XM4 performed substantially better: they allow you to mask lower-pitched crickets (2 to 3 kHz) at a significantly lower volume than the MDR-7506.
As for the sound, the MDR-7506 is relatively flat with some bumps in the mids and highs. The audio reproduction is great for recording vocals due to the livened feel with a reasonably good sound stage.
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