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Sony 7506 Headphone Replacement Drivers

My drivers are becoming scratchy on the bass. Can't find a place that sells the drivers.

I use the headphones strictly at home for listening to MP3s off the computer. While satisfied, I understand this model may not be the best suited for my purposes.

Where can I find replacement drivers?
Can somebody recommend a different brand headdphone that may perform better than the Sony 7506?

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One of the channels on my MDR-7506 gets a little fuzzy in the bass intermittently, too. It's got a sound like there's just some hair or something in there; it doesn't sound like an electrical noise. This is not a very professional solution, but I found the problem goes away if I give it a good tap with my finger, right on the driver (the part that faces your ear). No need to remove the covers or anything. The delicate parts of the driver are well protected from something as blunt as your finger. As long as you're not pounding on it or jamming things into it, there's no danger of doing more damage. In mine the symptom is a minor inconvenience, so I'm not inclined to buy new ones yet. I heard that special ordering each driver from Sony costs almost as much as a whole new unit, so repair isn't cost-effective if the driver really needs to be replaced.

As for replacement, well, for durable, multi-purpose headphones with great range at a reasonable price, the MDR-7506 can't be beat. Some people say they think the high end is too bright on these, and the low as well, but if you've got normal patterns of hearing loss, you probably need the slight boosts, IMHO. Just don't switch to anything else without testing them out with your own music first; if you go shopping for something different, go to a store that lets you test the phones and bring some CDs and/or a portable player with music you're familiar with.

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