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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.
The ear pads are large and comfortable and for me, one of the great things is the single cable that comes from the left phone. No dual cable to strangle myself with and in the dark it's easy to tell which side is the left channel by that cable. The phones are tough - I first bought a pair of these in 1990 and happily used them until 2007 (17 years) when they were accidentally damaged beyond repair.
After they were damaged, I couldn't find a replacement set and was surprised when Amazon had them as a Deal of the Day. I am so pleased to get my hands on another pair. I think these are one of the best earphones made and I am buying a second pair just in case they disappear from the market again.
The current ones are "Made in Thailand" and the box carries a 2014 copyright. The new 2014 version sounds close to my excellent Japanese originals that I used for monitoring/mixing/mastering in my recording studio. Evaluated using the headphone circuit of my vintage Harman/Kardon PM660 amplifier and recording studio original lossless digital masters as the source, and measured against my studio reference AKG Austrian made K701s, I find the new V6 are not as well balanced across the audio spectrum as the K701 headphones. The 2014 V6 has a noticeable boost in the low bass - educated guess, about +5dB centered broadly around 70Hz (or say about +5dB between 50Hz and 150Hz) - making them a bit less suitable for studio applications than the K701s, and making them about +2dB or +3dB higher in the low bass than my vintage MDR-V6 headphones were when new. The 2014 V6 has excellent mid and high range reproduction, has very good image placement/sound stage, and no audible distortion, but does not reproduce the low end of my master recordings quite as faithfully due to the slight bass boost.
The fit of the new V6 for me is snug without being tight or uncomfortable. Leakage is minimal, if at all, at anything less than levels that will damage hearing; and the isolation from external sounds is very good. Fitment is good, and the stitching on the leather headband is well done. But physically they seem just a tad "different" somehow. The originals have the feel of solid construction. Although the new ones look to be put together well, they just don't give that same sense of being as solid and durable.
Earpads look like the pleather that's been problematic in the past for flaking. Another minor gripe - the cable of the new headphones was so tightly packed into the box that the coils were deformed in several places - but I was able to get the cable back in shape.
So I've knocked off one star because of my subjective feeling about the physical qualities, and being a bit less suitable for studio applications than the AKG K701s. I'd have to determine exactly where and how much low bass needs to be EQ'd down to use these as highly accurate reference cans. That shouldn't be with headphones billed as "studio monitors", and it's a departure from the signature of the original "Made in Japan" V6 headphones, which, when new, were essentially flat over the majority of the audio spectrum (+/- 3dB between 25Hz and 10kHz), as true studio monitor headphones should be.
This 2014 version of the V6 is still very good for home listening enjoyment (they also sound darn good with my Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone), but some may want to turn the bass control down a bit (about 3dB or so) on the sound source; or consider replacing the OEM pleather earpads with Auray Deluxe EarPads, which tame the low end by about 3dB between 50 Hz and 150Hz (the trade-off though is a high end boost by about 4dB to about +7dB at 10kHz).
An alternative headphone is the SONY MDR 7506, which has a flat frequency response (+/- 3dB between 25Hz and 10kHz).
Consider looking elsewhere if you need a tool for critical recording studio applications.
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