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Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones with CCAW Voice Coil
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- Neodymium magnets and 40mm drivers for powerful, detailed sound
- Over-ear design provides comfort and outstanding reduction of external noises
- 10-foot oxygen free copper cord ends in 3.5mm plug; 1/4-inch adapter included
- Copper-clad aluminum voice coil wire for improved power handling
- Wide frequency response of 5 Hz - 30 kHz
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Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones
- Headband: Wide, adjustable, single, folding ear-cups
- Cord Length (Approx):10 ft (3.0m)
- Frequency Response: 5Hz - 30,000Hz
- Sensitivity (db): 106dB/mW
- Magnet: Neodymium
- Power Handling Capacity: 1.0W
- Impedance:63 ohms
Sony UniMatch Plug
with fixed mini plug for portable use and detachable phone plug for home hi-fi use
For monitoring your recordings and high-fidelity listening
Circum-Aural design reduces noise from the outside world.
Oval ear-pads for extra isolation.
40 MM diameter drivers to provide wide surface area for superb dynamics and deep bass down to 5 Hz.
Oxygen-free copper litz cord for maximum conductivity and minimum noise.
Comfort and Portability
Wide, padded headband distributes the headphone's weight over a wide area; reduced pressure means comfortable listening for hours on end.
Folding design for compact storage and easy portability.
Rugged design for heavy-duty use.
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A headset system designed for audio professionals. 40 mm drivers deliver accurate sound throughout the frequency range. Circum-aural design keeps ears comfortable. Reduces noise from the outside world. Copper-Clad Aluminum Wire (CCAW) Voice Coil enhances movement of PET diaphragm.
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These are classic headphones. Studios have been using them for years and EVERYONE in the music/ producing industry immediately recognizes these babies. And if you look for it, you can find them everywhere too.
BUT, what if you're just in the market for some good music headphones? You're not an audiophile per se, but you do enjoy good sound.
Well first of all, you have to understand these are "studio" headphones and the sound is "uncolored" and "flat". Yes the eq is flat. A lot of manufacturers "color" their headphones with extra warmth or bass. If you've owned Skullcandies, their sound is heavily bass emphasized. Same thing Beats by Dr. Dre, a very warm sound. The MDR-V6's don't have any of this extra coloration. Their purpose is to playback the natural, original sound of the recording. And in that regard, for the price, these CANNOT be beat. They have pristine clarity. And you will definitely find things in your music you have never heard before. The whole sound spectrum (bass, mids, treble) is perfectly represented. In other words, the quality of the sound is phenomenal, for any genre of music.
So if you want to hear your songs naturally as they were recorded, stop no further and click "Buy Now".
But what if you're more into bass-rich headphones, like Skullcandy. Or what if you were impressed with Beats by Dr. Dre or the Bose at the Best Buy sample booth. Those are warm headphones, and if you were expecting to find something similar to those at a fraction of the cost, these may not be for you. Sure the quality of sound of these Sony's is infinitely better than the Beats or Bose sets. But it is definitely not the same "type" of sound. The sound curves are completely different. Like I said before, the MDR-v6 is flat while the Beats and Bose are warm/ bass heavy.
But do not waste your money on the Beats or the Bose. The sound might be impressive, but it really is cheap bloated bass. The MDR-V6, while it doesn't have as much impact or quantity, the bass is much more clear and tight. The quality is a million dollars better. Still, if you were looking for that warm type of sound (for hip hop and those sorts of genres, although the MDR-V6 do fine in ALL genres, some hip hop/ rap fans might prefer a more colored sound) you can find even BETTER headphones for the same price as the Sony's.
There are plenty on the market, but a quick look on the Amazon top sellers and I found these.
Sony XB500: $49 Amazon
-Wonderful alternative to the Beats or Bose sets. Phenomenal bass and mids. Treble is also very present. No muddy/ bloated/ leaky bass like the Beats, but even more in quantity and impact.
JVC HARX700: $54 Amazon (little bit more bass than 900)
JVC HARX900: $60 Amazon (900 has a better soundstage i.e. better gaming/ movie headphone)
Panasonic RP-HTF600: $33 Amazon (super budget)
The Klipsch Image S4: $79 Amazon
-Similar sound spectrum to the Beats/ Bose except with a much better quality of sound. No muddy/ bloated/ leaky bass, but just as much in terms of quantity and impact.
Brainwavz M2: $54 Amazon (similar sound signature)
Meelectronics M6: $15 (super-super budget, only downside is the fit may not be for some/ takes getting used to)
Those are my recommendations. Although ALL in ear headphones break after a few months/ years, which is something to keep in mind. Headphones tend to last much longer. In terms of durability, the MDR-V6 lasts decades according to many accounts.
So if you are looking for the best quality sound for under $100, the Sony MDR-V6 is and has always been the KING!
But if you are looking for a bass-heavy thumping set(the MDR-V6 do thump, but maybe not as much as the Beats you heard at the Best Buy display), if that's the case you might want to look for a more warmer sounding model (XB500 is my first choice recommendation- for $15 dollars cheaper too on Amazon)
Note: if this is your first foray into the hi-fi audio world and these are your first headphones, you must realize that studio headphones like these are unforgiving to the source. Unforgiving means they will playback any and every single sound/ static in the source file. If you've downloaded most songs legally through itunes, you should be fine for the most part. But if some of the mp3s in your collection have been downloaded illegally, you might find that they sound significantly worse than before. Why? Because it might be of really low quality. The static noise and any other imperfections will be made apparent.
I recommend you look into lossless audio formats like FLAC files. If you are using iTunes with an iPod/ iPhone, ALAC is the format you should use. ALAC files are much bigger, but are much higher quality than mp3. There is an option in iTunes to rip CD's with ALAC instead of mp3. You will notice the difference. Either that or make sure your mp3's are 320kb/s.
Some headphones require an amp to pump out the best sound. These headphones don't require much to be driven. It works fine in just my iPhone. It's unnecessary but it would always benefit. But a better DAC would greatly improve the sound of a portable device/ laptop. If you are in the market for one, I'd recommend the Fiio E7. It's a portable amp/DAC combo. The sound difference is very noticeable. And it has a bass-boost EQ which is very good (don't put it at maximum though, it starts to distort a tiny bit there). It actually produces that "warmer" colored sound I was talking about before. So this could be a solution if you don't mind spending another $89. But if you're willing to spend that much in total ~$150. The Audio Technica M50 might be a better deal? Well, that's a tough question. But my personal preference still goes to the MDR-V6.
1:They are MUCH smaller in person then how I've seen them in most pictures and very light. Both very good things since you don't feel like you have big bulky speakers strapped to your head like some other higher end cans.
2:I was worried the coil in the cord would be to stiff and keep me from enjoying the full length off the cable. However that wasn't the case, the cord and coil are very soft and flexible. There is plenty of slack outside the coil anyways so it's not like you'd need to pull it out in the first place for most use cases.
3:The 1/4" adapter is screw on and presses in softly yet snug. Not that you can't use standard 1/4" adapter with it. BIG plus there just for that as I've wrestled with many 1/4" adapter before that are either to loose and don't hold a stable connection, or to tight and have literally yanked my standard 1/8" plugs apart before trying to get them out without putting tension on the cable.
4:These things have been around forever and thus have a wide array of aftermarket high quality replacement ear pads of all kinds- so even if you don't like the included ear pads, finding ones you do like for it is very easy.
5:Their impedance is LOW. I have a pair of Sony-MDREX15LP-B in-ear "ear buds" I use for more mobile listening. Their impedance is rated at 16 ohm, and the MDVR6 is rated at 60 ohm, but I swear the V6s easily get a ton louder then those earbuds do. You will have no problem powering these even off a weaker player.
6:The left and right are clearly labeled and color coded on each side.
7:They are snug but not to tight on your head. You can shake them off if you really try, but if they were any tighter then they might start to become uncomfortable. +for perfect clamping force
8:Sound AMAZING and are perfectly balanced. The bass is well defined, clear, and has nice subtle staying power, but it in no way overpowers the mids or highs like most headphones do. The mids, once broken in, are just mmmm you can hear it all. It in no way accentuates them or pushes them out harder, but it makes no effort to impede them in any way. The highs are VERY VERY clear and has good range for it. Voices pop more in the high end, not that it's pushing them, but that its range and sensitivity in the area is so good you'll hear large sections of detail in the high end you've never heard before.
9:Despite not being in-ears, how snug and accurate they are makes them pretty good for binaural audio. I've used them quite a bit for surround sound gaming where knowing the exact location of a sound plays a very important roll and these do the job well. I even like them over my in ears for binaural gaming use. Granted surround sound to "binaural" conversion is a function of my audio card/software so your personal experience with that may differ.
10:Every part is replaceable. If something does break on it you can locate the part number and order a replacement without replacing the entire thing.
Just nit picks here so don't take them to seriously. They're pretty perfect.
1:The included ear pads are *personally* pretty bad. They aren't deep enough to actually keep them off my ears and it feels like I'm using on-ear headphones half the time. I'm Caucasian and my ears are pretty average sized for someone like me and they barely fit in them. Sometimes feel like they're pinching them a bit. I imagine the average Asian ear is a bit smaller and that's what it was designed around, but do yourself a favor and get alternate ear pads.
2:The wires coming out right above each speaker worries me. They seem really thin and easy to break, and I feel like they're going to get caught on something one day and give. Reinforcing those in some way would be appreciated, but maybe how thin they are makes them more flexible and thus longer lasting over time as long as they don't get caught on anything.
3:The size adjust has a nice identifiable click with every setting (which is good), but they easily slide out of their adjusted size (not so good).
4:The metal in the adjustable band seems kind of thin. I am worried it'll get worn out easily or snap under very light pressure- though I may be entirely wrong about the strength of it.
5:The plastic housing seems a little thin/cheap. Am worried about it breaking, but like I said earlier, and to go with #4 to, it's replaceable if they do break.
6:I'd like to see more shielding in the cable, but I think that's a feature of the "for professional" variant as apposed to the "for digital" (aka consumer) ones here. I guess pay up 20$ more if you want that feature plus gold plating on the connectors.
Watch out for fakes and make sure you're buying directly from amazon and not another seller. Amazon is a official certified seller of Sony products (and in particular these headphones). Any other seller may be carrying good looking fakes without knowing it. All modern models of these headphones are made in Taiwan. They use to be made in China during the re-launch, and before that Japan back in the 90's, but now they're only manufactured in Taiwan so make sure the pair you get is marked as such- but if you're buying directly from Amazon you shouldn't have that problem. I checked my pair just in case, and they are a legitimate pair (if the sound quality wasn't anything to go by). I didn't open them up to check the drivers them selves, but going over every other part of them, and the packaging, with a fine comb shows it all to be correct.
My only complaint here is the dang bouncy coiled cord. It will find its way under your leg or between the cushions every time. The cord makes them seem heavier than they are. At least the cord is long so you can almost walk across the room if you have to.
On the comfort side... They are very easy on the ears. They fit completely over my ears and snug up to my head. They don't apply much pressure to my head either. I can wear them for extended periods of time. Very comfortable!
I also like that the 1/4 inch adapter jack screws on. I wish there was a separate pouch for it. I've almost lost this little thing already.
The way the phones fold up into the headband makes for easier storage. The plastic bag is nothing fancy, but it does the trick.
Sony: Don't ever quit making these! I'm going to get another pair in case anything happens to mine.
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