Sony MDR-7502 Professional Studio Headphones - Closed-back (Discontinued)
Originally released in 1991 along with its big brother the MDR-7506, the MDR-7502 is a common studio staple for those on a budget.
The closed back design prevents sound leakage during tracking and the light weight prevents fatigue over long recording sessions.
- Type: Closed-Back
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Driver Diameter: 30mm
- Magnet Type: Neodymium
- Frequency Response:60Hz-16kHz
- Maximum Input Power: 500 mW at 1 kHz
- Sensitivity: 102 dB
- Impedance: 24 ohms
- Weight: 147g (5.2 oz), without cable and connector
- Cable: 2.0 m (6.5'), Coiled, 1/8", 1/4" adapter
Users note the light weight helps keep the headphones comfortable during tracking sessions while exerting the right amount of pressure to stay on during more energetic performances. The sound quality is exceptional for the price, with the midrange being upfront but clear. The closed-back design offers good isolation. Users that come from post-production and mixing backgrounds also note that mixes done or referenced on the units translate well across other systems and they can be used as a reference. Ear fatigue was a non-issue.
Some reviews mention some durability issues. Breakage is rare but the plastic parts don't inspire confidence in handling.
The MDR-7502 is a great affordable alternative to the MDR-7506. Get it if you want something easily replaceable but capable enough for tracking and mixing.
You can see our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Cheap Studio Headphones Under $100.