My favorite new headphones on the market are the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro headphones. They’re light, relatively inexpensive, and sound amazing! But how do they compare to the classic professional headphones? Today, let’s find out with the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro vs Sony 7506 Professional headphones review.
Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro vs Sony 7506 Professional Headphones Review
In the Box
Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro
-DT 240 Pro headphones
-Soft carrying pouch
-3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter
-Soft carrying pouch
-3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter
Both the Beyerdynamic 240 Pro and the Sony 7506 headphones have relatively flexible headbands. Both are made of plastic reinforced with metal, so they are similarly durable. The DT 240 Pro has a softer cushion on the underside of the headband, but it also hugs the head tighter by the ears. Therefore the Sony 7506 headphones are more comfortable. However, because of the DT 240 Pro’s snug fit, they are more sound isolating. Additionally, the 7506 headphones are collapsible and fold up for ease of portability.
The Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro headphones feature compact, circular earcups. While they not fit folks with larger ears as well, they are considerably less bulky than the Sony 7506 headphones. By comparison, the 7506’s earcups are larger and oval-shaped. They’re not terribly bulky, but they are larger than the DT 240 Pro. The 7506 earcups swivel fully forward and backward so that the earcups can face the opposite direction. Conversely, the DT 240 Pro’s earcups can only swivel a little bit, but they can also turn 90 degrees around.
When I was in college I used to own a pair of Sony 7506 headphones. I ended up buying new headphones because the earpads’ pleather coating is thin and easily torn. However, the pad is big and oval-shaped which makes them better for folks with larger ears. On the other hand, the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro’s earpads are coated with thicker and softer pleather, so they are more durable. Just the their earcups, they are smaller and circular.
Both the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro and the Sony 7506 headphones have coiled cable designs. The Sony 7506’s cable, however, is bulky and permanently fixed to the left earcup. By comparison, the DT 240 Pro is petite and detachable. It can be reattached to either earcup–a fun feature indeed!
The Sony 7506 has clearer low frequencies than the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro. And a boost at 60Hz makes it subbier too. On the other hand, the DT 240 Pro has cloudier low frequencies, but still sounds punchy and performs well with low frequency transients.
The midranges of both headphones are quite different from each other. In general, the low-midrange of the 7506 has more space, but doesn’t feel as fill as the DT 240 Pro. The Sony 7506 has frequency cuts at 250Hz, 1kHz, and 6kHz, It also has a boost in the high-mids spanning from 2kHz to 4kHz. As a result, vocals sit higher in the mix than expected, and sometimes sound a little harsh. However, because of this boost and the low-frequency subbiness, hip-hop and pop music performs well with the Sony 7506. Other genres, instrumental music in particular, sound tinny. By comparison, the DT 240 Pro handles guitars well, and they feel full and thick when they need to be. It has boosts at 300 Hz and 5kHz. As a result, sometimes bass guitar sits louder in the mix than expected. Vocals sit appropriately in the mix.
The Sony 7506 has a big boost right around 10kHz. This makes high-hats sound over-accentuated. These headphones tend to sound too bright to me and are not great for long duration listening or loud listening. Conversely, the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro has a flatter high frequency response, as well as better high frequency extension. As a result, it sounds better on a wider variety of genres.
Both headphones have good left-to-right imaging. They both also have good top-to-bottom imaging, although for different reasons. The Sony 7506 reaches deeper low frequencies and the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro reaches taller high frequencies. While the Sony 7506 doesn’t have much depth at all, the DT 240 Pro has subtle depth, particularly in the low mids.
While both headphones have their pros and cons, the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro wins the contest for me. It sounds getter on a wider variety of genres and has a less bulky cable and design. Consequently, it is better for professionals on-the-go. The Sony 7506 performs well for hip-hop and pop music, so if you listen to those genres only, you may find yourself favoring the 7506.
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|Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro||Sony 7506|
|Frequency Response||5 Hz-35 kHz||10 Hz- 20 kHz|
|Impedence||34 ohms||63 ohms|
|Type||closed-back, over-ear||closed-back, over-ear|
|Sensitivity||99 dBSPL/1mW at 500 Hz||106 dBSPL/1mW at 1kHz|