After a lot of research, screw turning, and soldering, I’m excited to share the Sony MDR-7506 iPhone mod with you. Let’s back up a little bit to explain why I made these headphones iPhone-compatible. To me, “Beats” is a bad word. Dr. Dre wants you to believe that a bass-heavy mix is the best way to hear “all” of your music. As a semi-pro a/v engineer, I have to tell you that he’s so incredibly wrong. When listening to music, the “correct” sound is the sound the artist originally intended. During production, a great artist puts their very essence into the audio mix. To hear that passion, you don’t want to modify the mix with expensive cans that blaspheme the original sound… right? Unfortunately, Dre’s marketing team sings so much praise for the product that they push all artistic and engineering criticism into the background. The company’s branding is brilliant. The proof is in the Apple buyout. I sincerely hope that Apple creates a less blasphemous set of cans at some point in the future. If you like your Beats, don’t feel bad — the market shows you’re not alone — you’re just listening to something completely different from what the artist intended. That’s not how I want to listen to music. If you agree with me, you should try our Sony MDR-7506 iPhone mod. If you’re not the DIY type, check out the end of the article. We partnered with a company willing to do the mod for you. Here’s a quick video we produced that shows the process:
Sony MDR-7506 iPhone Mod Picture Guide
- Sony MDR-7506
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Beats RemoteTalk Cable
- Phillips #0 screwdriver
- Soldering Iron & Solder
- Wire Cutters
- Dremel tool with a cutting disc
Take a look at each picture below. We made sure to take a picture of every step to make this as easy as possible. Even still, you cannot hold us responsible for any damage you cause to your headphones. If you follow the steps properly and have everything ready to go, you can expect this process to take less than an hour.
There were plenty of challenges for this mod in the beginning, but I suffered through all of that for you. As it stands, we feel comfortable placing the difficulty of the Sony MDR-7506 iPhone mod at 6/10. It’s not for a beginner, but it’s doable for many people. As we mentioned previously, if you’d like someone to complete this for you, just read the last paragraph of this post.
I completed the Sony MDR-7506 iPhone mod a few weeks ago. It’s been awesome using these headphones since then. Personally, I would call these modified cans the “best over-ear iPhone-compatible headphones.” Since it’s technically a mod, I’m not saying that specifically… even though it’s true. There are plenty of iPhone-compatible ear buds, but they’re all terrible sound quality — to my ears. Sound is purely subjective; you will always like something different from me (however slight). That’s why I like the 7506 so much. They don’t try to modify the sound of the source to fit any particular taste; they just portray the source as intended. They’re glorious to my ears.