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Sony MDRDS6500 Digital Surround Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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Sony MDRDS6500 Digital Surround Headphones

Experience amazing clarity and power with Sony's MDR-DS6500 headphones that takes home wireless and powerful sound to the next level. Enjoy the tremendous range when watching movies that allows you to hear conversations clearly and feel powerful action sequences. Enjoy features that include wireless freedom, 7.1 virtual surround sound, and 20 hours of long battery life for an all-in-one sound system.

Sony DS6500 surround sound
Experience 7.1 surround sound experience
7.1 Virtual Surround Sound

Bring home wireless to the next level with the DS6500 headphones that delivers an epic 7.1 surround sound experience. Many 3D movies include a 7.1 audio mix that these headphones can process, however if you don't have a 3D TV or 7.1 audio mix, you will still get great audio clarity with stereo sound and 5.1 surround sound as well.

Sony DS6500 living room
Enjoy wireless freedom without distractions
The MDR-DS6500 is compatible with a wide variety of audio formats including Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS, DTS-ES Matrix, and DTS-ES.

Wireless Freedom
Enjoy the flexibility and freedom with the wireless nature of the DS6500 headphones. These headphones allow you to move around the house or sit at a comfortable distance from your TV to prevent distractions around your surrounding area.

Sony DS6500 sound isolation
Keep sound isolated while others sleep
Sound Isolation
Watch TV without distracting anyone else at home with the DS6500 headphones. Perfect for bedside use, these headphones keep sound isolated so that others can sleep while you catch your favorite late night news or shows.

Distance and Clarity
The DS6500 headphones allow you to stroll up to 328 feet from the transmitter in any direction you choose and still enjoy premium CD-quality sound. The RF connection does not require line-of-site to maintain great quality, giving you the freedom to roam from room to room.
Sony DS6500
Charge your headphones on the all-in-one stand

All-in-One System
The DS6500 headphone stand provides for a safe place to store your headphones when you are not using it and is also the wireless transmitter and charging station for the headphones. Everything you need is all in one simple stand designed to fit your home entertainment center.

Long Life
Delivering high-quality sound without sacrificing battery life, the DS6500 headphones has an extra-long 20-hour battery life so you will not have to recharge as often.

MDR-DS6500 Specs

Driver Unit: 40mm
Magnet Type: Neodymium
Frequency Response: 12Hz - 22,000Hz
Effective Range: Approx. 328 feet (100m) maximum*
Distortion 1% or less (1kHz)
Transmitter: 2.4 gHz: 2.408 GHz - 2.473 GHz; MSK Modulation
Cord Length (optical digital connecting cable): 59 1/8 in. (1.5m)

Transmission distance is a rough estiamte, and may vary depending on the surrounding environment and installation location

What's in the Box

  • MDR-DS6500 headphones
  • AC Power Supply 6V
  • Optical Connecting Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Connection Guide
  • Warranty Card

Product Details

Warranty [4.32mb PDF]| User Manual [853kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 4.8 x 10.4 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004P15HD0
  • Item model number: MDRDS6500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at November 22, 2010

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153 of 157 people found the following review helpful By D. Morcos on July 30, 2012
I have purchased both at the same time to give a try and see which one I liked better to keep. I will not repeat most of what has been said, I just want to share what the differences where to me.

Sony Pros


Controls on headset especially the Volume is so much better and easy to control while on.

Price. I got mine on Amazon for 214 vs. the 299 listed on this site. Where I bought mine from listed the headset as Sony 7.1 surround sound without the model no.

Comfort here is slightly better when you first put them on because they do not apply as much tension to your ears. The Senn's put a bit more pressure on your ears than Sony's.

HD 170 Pros

Range is much better. With both transmitters in the same spot (only one turned on at a time) I can walk anywhere in my small house and never drop a signal with the Senn. The Sony on the other hand even though is lists a further range drops out signal when I leave the living room around the corner to the kitchen. Corner from transmitter is about 15ft and it does the same anywhre else I go.

Head set weight on the Senn. is 255 gr. vs 315 gr. on the Sony. That is about 23% heavier and much more so after a while.

Sound (to me) is much more natural than the Sony and I am not saying that the Sony does not sound good and this is especially true with instrumental music. With movies I can accept both as even.

Batteries are replacable, all you have to have is 2 spares so even if you run out of charge it will take 20 sec to replace both and be going, not to mention the cost of shipping both ways and the repair bill for a Sony battery replacement.

No bashing intended here. I can honestly say that if you buy the Sony without any comparison and can live with the battery issue you would love them.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By OC2000 on June 26, 2011
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I bought 2 sets of these headphones for the main purpose of evening TV viewing for both my wife and I once our son was put to bed.

I have connected these to the Optical out on my Pioneer AV receiver (thankfully there are 2 optical outs) which is hooked up to my PS3 and HTPC.

The sound is simply amazing, the voice is crisp, the surround sound captivates you and the headphones are extremely comfortable to wear. In terms of sound quality, I do not think any thing beats them.

The reason I have only given these a 4 star is the lack of features.

1) The preset modes (Cinema / Game / Voice) are terrible. The sound produces a cave like echo.
2) These do not work well with the Asus HDAV 1.3 via optical out. The sound produces a cave like echo on all settings. I am now using the X-Fi Titanium via optical out, which works fine.
3) This is more of an annoying global problem. A HDMI device will not output sound through Optical. You have to connect both HDMI and Optical inputs to receive Video and Audio. (PLease correct me if I am wrong)
4) The single most annoying feature, and one that is the cause of 4 star is lack of additional headphone support. Unless someone can correct me, (To which I hope happens) 1 headphone to 1 Processing unit) this is crazy. The MDR DS 6000 allowed additional headsets, why not this? Not all people who use headphones are using them alone. It is a good thing my AV receiver supports 2 optical out puts otherwise I would have had to search for an optical splitter.

My conclusion is

- When paired with the right equipment, the sound is amazing
- Comfortable to wear.

-No additional headphone support.
-Setup is not easy if you want to connect them to multiple devices through an AV receiver.
-very small lag between video and audio, just enough to notice.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Roy Boy on January 5, 2012
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I bought these to supplement an aging pair of sony IR cordless surround sound headphones. The old ones require line-of-sight but had a sound I really almost prefer, fuller and more natural. Unfortunately, they have died on me and the 6000 series headphones many loved are discontinued.

THE GOOD: These headphones do portray a very broad soundstage and do a good job of placing detail sounds in front and back as well as side to side. You feel like you're in the room with the characters and can almost hear their voices reverberating off the walls. Getting the headphones to mate with their stand for charging is very easy. The 2.4m wireless connection means reception is always good (both our cordless phones and airport extreme base station are 5.8m so there's no conflict)

THE BAD: the soundstage has a very open, almost hollow sound to it. Bass and the roaring and rumbling of action soundtracks are sorely lacking in the lower frequencies. These headphones use new battery technology that is not user-serviceable. When the battery eventually needs replacement, you either take it to a service center and pay an unspecified amount for them to replace it or trash a $250 pair of headphones. The foam ear padding is insufficient. My ears are average size and the foam padding doesn't hold the inner surface of the headphones off your ear, you feel the hard surface pressing against your ear. For a one hour TV show it's not too bad but you'd think Sony would get it right on such a high dollar set of cans. Many have had the same issue with their industry standard MDR 7506 professional corded phones. Fortunately, there's a remedy of replacement pads from another manufacturer for those phones. No such luck for the 6500's that I'm aware of.
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