Sony MDR-DS3000 Wireless Digital Surround Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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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