The headphone search is ripe with stories.
I bought a second set of Koss Pro4AA headphones to replace the ones that were falling apart before I realized each set was guaranteed for life. They sound OK but weigh as much as a Land-Rover and make you sweat.
The Koss Pro3AA, I expect were hoping to ride on the coat-tails of the 4AA, but they advertised the wrong things. No, the titanium drivers may have made good advertising copy, but they don’t sound as good.
I have a set of Sony MDR-CD60 Digital Reference headphones. They left out the words “Studio” and “Professional.” I didn’t like the sound. I don’t remember why.
I have a legacy set of Sennheiser HD414 “Open Air” Headphones whose age is measured in decades. This was the set that responded very favorably to installation of the wrong earpads. I can’t reproduce them. I have the only set like this, full stop.
I bought the Sony MDR-150 headphones off the rack in a bookstore in Hawaii. I did a bit of music production before I got suspicious the sound balance wasn’t quite right. Turns out they had fake disco bass boost, enough to throw my production off.
And finally, the Sennheiser EH-150 rescue puppies, currently my favorite, but no longer made.
So that’s my shopping bag (literally) of headphones.
The Sony MDR-7506’s claim to fame is stark reality. They don’t hide anything and they’re the ones to use if you want to hear something wrong before everybody else does. That’s great in production or a movie set, but less good if you want to enjoy a movie without annoying the neighbors.
I took my shopping bag of headphones to a movie production office and asked if I could listen to their 7506s and they said yes. That’s how I know the comparison.
It was quite an afternoon.
If I find something good, I’ll post it.