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H.H. Gregg
(864) 329-9025
36 Park Woodruff
Greenville, SC
 
Best Buy
1125 Woodruff Rd
Greenville, SC
 
Bose Factory Store
(864) 488-2673
Gaffney Premium Outlets,165 Factory Shops Boulevard
Gaffney, SC
 
Custom Theater & Audio
(843) 357-2121
5035 Highway 17 Bypass
Murrells Inlet, SC
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
B&W, Berkline, Crestron, Definitive Technology, Denon, Elan, Escient, Fujitsu, Lexicon, LG, Lutron, Mitsubishi, Monster Cable, Niles, Panasonic, Pioneer Elite, Rotel, Runco, SharpVision, Sonance, Stewart Filmscreen, Toshiba Cinema, Yamaha
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Tom Ramirez, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

H.H. Gregg
(864) 595-8244
108 Franklin Ave.
Spartanburg, SC
 
Stereo Video Inc.
(864) 234-0000
2386 Laurens Road
Greenville, SC
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

A NewWave Consulting Company Inc.
(864) 335-8658
20 Spring Forest COURT
Greenville, SC
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Dell, Sony, Russound, LiteTouch, SONOS, Yamaha, Chief, Pioneer, DirecTV, HughesNET, Polk, Terra, Bose, Escient, Harman/Kardon, InFocus, JVC, Lutron, Marantz, Monster Power and Cable, Niles, OnQ, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Universal Remote
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brian Fulbright, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chad Knutson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Nick Moody, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Justin Roberson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
321 Azalea Square Blvd
Summerville, SC
 
Sound Design
(803) 507-4545
228 Lakeside Drive
Aiken, SC
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Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
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Marantz, Onkyo, Audio Control, Colorado vNet, Triad, JVC, Acoustic Innovations, Samsung, Panasonic, Stewart Filmscreen, Chief, Lutron, Elan, Niles, RTI
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Howard Bryce Jr., CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Ambrosic Home Theater Designs
(843) 338-5084
35 Wood Duck Court
Hilton Head Island, SC
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Energy, Panasonic, Marantz, Samsung, RTI, TruAudio, Lexicon, Escient, Continental Seating, Lutron, Middle Atlantic, Newport Audio, Revel, Toshiba, Newport Audio & More!
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Frank Ambrosic, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

mdr7506

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sony

MDR-7506 headphones

as reviewed by Ed Kobesky

 

 

Winter comes early to my chunk of the planet. Maybe that's why I've been on a serious headphone bender—with a Discman and a set of cans, I can curl up in whatever wing of the house is nearest the sun. Luckily, I've had plenty of headphones to choose from lately. I recently picked up some Grado SR60s, and I'm reviewing Beyerdynamic's new DT880s. I won't make you wait for my reviews to tell you that both are outstanding, even remarkable, yet it's a set of Sony—yes, Sony—headphones that I'm recommending today. Keep reading, though, because there are some serious conditions attached.

Sony's MDR-7506 headphones are part of their Professional line, and sell for a reasonable $100 nearly everywhere (retail is $130). You'll probably recognize them as the headphones of choice for many recording studios and movie sets, but they also qualify as audiophile cans, except at home, where they leave a lot to be desired. Plugged into the headphone jack of good components, they're thin, bright, and nasty on top, with soupy bass below. HeadRoom's excellent Little headphone amp (with the optional Premium Module) laid bare their other shortcomings. The bass tightened up, yet the sound was not only lean but dull and decidedly unmusical. I was ready to chuck them until I plugged them directly into some downright lame equipment. Ta-dah! The Sonys began making music.

Why? I guess you could ask Sony, for all the good it would do. Rather than wait to hear from a 23-year-old product manager, I formulated my own answer. Here goes: The MDRs, given their role as monitoring devices, are designed to be plugged into a wide range of equipment, from expensive mixing boards to low-end handheld video cameras. Driven by good amplification, as in a recording studio, they'll be ruthlessly revealing, precisely as they should be, yet less highly resolving sources benefit from their high sensitivity. My $60 Sony portable CD player (model D-EJ368CK) is a sluggish source, as I discovered when I tried it with the HeadRoom Little and my Sennheiser HD580s, yet connected to the MDRs, it produced plenty of detail, and its wimpy output sanded off all of the overtly rough edges. I've been using this as my travel system ever since.

But aren't the Grado SR60s superior in every way? Yes, they are. Unfortunately, because they are an open-back design, they let in all kinds of outside noise—the college party in the hotel room next door, crying babies in an airline terminal, and every other nerve-shredding sound I don't want to hear when I'm on the road. Without resorting to noise-canceling circuitry, which sacrifices sound quality, the closed-back MDRs reduce much of the din, allowing me to truly relax. They're also comfortable. They surround my ears, though just barely. Folks with big heads may find that they sit on their ears, not around them, which could be a problem. They don't give B...

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