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Sony MDR-DS3000 Wireless Digital Surround Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
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  • Comfortable, cordless, open-air headphones with a 23 foot transmission range and a 90° transmission angle
  • Incorporates Sony VPT Virtual Phones Technology, with 125 million instructions per second Logic 3D processor
  • Optical digital input allows use with Dolby Digital and PCM audio
  • Gold-plated analog input for noise-free Dolby stereo and pure stereo sources
  • Ideal for DVD players and other components with Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround or DTS Surround Sound
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: MDRDS3000
  • Item Weight: 3.3 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 9 x 6.2 inches ; 3.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00023C6SE
  • Item model number: MDRDS3000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 19, 2005

Product Description

Cordless Design With 23 Ft Transmission Range & A 90 Transmission Angle Open Air Design Self Adjusting Headband Automatic On/Off Function Headphones Recharge On Base Volume Control On Headphones Muting Function Eliminates Noise Outside Of The Transmission Area Compatible With Dolby Digital Dolby Prologic Ii & Dts Signals Virtual 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Power Saving Feature Turns Infrared Signal Transmission Off After 10 Min Of No Input Signal Easy Connectivity With Digital Optical & Analog Cables Music & Movie Modes* Includes Rechargeable Batteries

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Customer Reviews

Unfortunatly, can't return.
S. Prince
These are great for people who live in apartments but still want to watch tv and movies or play video games at night.
W. Medeiros
They are easy to use and battery life between chargings is good.
The Hog

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

116 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Haile VINE VOICE on April 23, 2006
I've had these headphones for about 3 months and I love them.

I listen to music pretty much constantly while I'm working, and though I have some good speakers in my office, I find I focus better with headphones on. I had gotten tired of wired headphones, as the wire always gets fouled up in the chair.

First, the sound quality is excellent. It's not as good as high end speakers, but these headphones are a lot cheaper than high end speakers. I own about 10 pairs of headphones (don't ask) and these are definitely the best.

In the office with these wireless headphones, I can get up from my chair and wander out of the room without taking off the headphones. My office is about 14x14 ft, and the IR signal covers the entire room. I have never had any drop-outs or other interference while in the office. When I walk out of range, the headphones go silent with a slight hiss.

As other reviews have noted, there is a small quiet hiss when nothing is playing. However, the solution to reduce the hiss is not to crank the volume on the headphones, and instead turn up the amplifier. This works exceptionally well. I have these plugged into the headphone jack of a basic $200 receiver.

The other wonderful thing about these headphones is that there is no on/off switch to manage. Instead, the headphones turn off when the inner band of the headphones has no tension on it--in other words, they turn off when they are not sitting on your head. The band is part of the "self-adjusting" feature, and it really works. You just put the headphones over your head, pull the speakers to your ears, and the headphone band adjusts and the headphones power on. This definitely helps with battery life.
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69 of 80 people found the following review helpful By old shakopee on January 7, 2005
I bought it 2 weeks ago. As soon as I turned it on after connecting to DVD machine, I got this huge noise. I had to put my headphone very close to the base in order for clean sound. Then I read this one line text in the instruction manual that this system uses infrared and does not work with Plasma TV. Sure enough, as soon as I turned off my plasma tv, the sound became clean. But I bought them mainly for watching movies late at night. Now they are really useless to me. If you have a plasma tv, do not buy this!

The headphones sound pretty mellow. I didn't get enough base when playing Return of the King. And the positioning of the sound is really unclear. The only bright side is when listening to stereo audio source, it sounds very clean and natural.

Auto on/off is nice. Putting back to the base to recharge requires practice. It should have more than one digital connection input.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason Smith on November 2, 2006
The range on these things is terrible. I suggest putting the receiver up high with nothing blocking its path on any side to maximize the connection; this includes walls, cats, and furniture. That being said, the sound quality is absolutely great. It's like a surround system hooked directly to your brain. Some people complain about a hiss, but that only happens when you're going out of range.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Perry on August 21, 2005
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Performs VERY WELL with no hiss or static. Battery life was less than expected, but overnight charge and we're good to go.

Remember, if you are using optical cable for sound, to order "splitters" because you will need to split the signal between the input to your Home Theater system and these headphones, as most HT systems do NOT have an "output" for optical cable - - - only multiple INPUTs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr Bee on June 1, 2006
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See 2013 update below . . .

2004: I got the Sony MDR-DS3000 Infrared Wireless Digital Surround Headphones and an additional Sony headset for myself as a Father's Day gift in 2004. This is a long time ago for consumer electronics.

They continue to please. We have two sons less than 4 years old and my wife and I use them nightly to enjoy 24 and Lost and DVD's while our home remains quiet and boys slumber. It has altered our lifestyle (with these headphone = great sound! Without headphones. . well have you ever try enjoying "24" with close caption and volume on ultra-low? It sux goat balls)

Build quality and sound quality are excellent. Battery life is amazing- typically over 30 hours of use prior to recharging. Infrared tranmission is far superior to radio waves. I will repeat if and when these need to be replaced.

UPDATE December 2010. OK, no joke. The same headphones and the original sony rechargable batteries continue to work wonderfully. Despite 6+ years of use (14-20 hour a week), they are wonderful. Batteries still last for 20+ hours without charge. Sound dynamics is great for all media including 5.1 surround sound.

The original pair has outlived two upgrades of HDTV and performs to perfection. Stunning. Purchased my pair in 2004 and a pair for my parents home in 2007.

UPDATE July 2013. Yes. The Father's Day gift that just keeps on giving. These headphones are still working wonderfully and are used 2 to 4 hours per day. Replaced Sony rechargeable batteries in 2012 and new set also lasts about 3 to 4 weeks between charges.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David F. Arrich on January 9, 2007
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This system is well worth the investment if you have a room with terrible acoustics like I do. They not sound great but are so comfortable that you forget they are on. The only thing I would improve is the tricky part of landing the recharging contacts on the built in recharger. It is not easy to hit the mark so that they begin charging.

Another improvement to consider would be to put another optical jack to enable you to connect from a second source like a DVD player. Mine is connected to the cable box. Otherwise this is one sweet setup and the 5.1 optical input is really clean. A great product and listening experience and affordably priced.
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