Sony MDR-V6 Closed Back Stereo Studio Headphones

Sony MDR-V6 Closed Back Stereo Studio Headphones

Sony MDR-V6 Closed Back Stereo Studio Headphones

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Product Highlights

  • Closed Earcup Design
  • Around-Ear Cushions
  • Padded, Adjustable Headband
  • 3.5mm Plug with 1/4" Adapter
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Sony MDR-V6 overview

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The Sony MDR-V6 are a pair of circumaural, closed back stereo headphones, featuring a wide, extended frequency reproduction, neutral playback, and a convenient coiled cable with a 10' extension. The earcups and headband are padded and adjustable for comfortable extended wear and a secure fit.

The MDR-V6 headphones are recommended for recording, monitoring and mixing, and are particularly effective when connected to electronic keyboards and synthesizers because of their high output and unusually extended 30 kHz high end reproduction.

Circumaural, closed back studio headphones with reversible earcups for single-sided monitoring
Small, powerful Neodymium magnet and copper-clad aluminum voice coil for accurate, unusually extended 5 Hz - 30 kHz frequency reproduction, minimal weight
Large 40mm aura-nomic designed drivers positioned in earcup for optimal and most natural playback listening
Oxygen-free connecting cable for low-distortion, maximized signal conductivity
Flexible coiled cable with 10' extension
High 1 Watt power handling capacity for louder, distortion-free monitoring levels
UPC: 027242402980
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Sony MDR-V6 Closed Back Stereo Studio Headphones
  • 1/4" Stereo UniMatch Adapter
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor
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    Sony MDR-V6 specs

    Type Circumaural Closed Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones
    Frequency Range 5 Hz - 30 kHz
    Impedance 63 Ohms
    Sensitivity 106 db SPL/mW
    Maximum Input Power 1 Watt
    Connectors 1 x Detachable Unimatch 1/4" Stereo Adapter
    1 x 1/8" stereo Mini Plug
    Cable Length 10' (3 m) Coiled Cable
    Weight 8.1 oz (230 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.6 x 7.2 x 3.6"

    Sony MDR-V6 reviews

    MDR-V6 Closed Back Stereo Studio Headphones is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 356.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best cans under $100 Breaking them in as I write this, but here's a basic summary of Sony's fantastic pair of phones, the MDR-V6. Pros: - Pads fit around ears and are snug fit - Solid construction - Cord comes out one side - Folds up for portability, cord is coiled - Sounds are balanced, bass isn't overwhelming; tight - Isolates fairly well for NON-CANCELING headphones Cons: - Bass may be lacking for some - Impractical cord length for normal travel usage (e.g walking around) - Sony brand name may disgust hardcore audiophiles (not Senn or Grado) - Earpads suspected for gradual(?) wear and tear I've listened to Sony MDR V150's and Sennheiser HD 201's, and as an entry level high-end model upgrade, I'm impressed. I'm no audiophile, but enjoy music as much as the next guy. Buy two if you can.
    Date published: 2011-06-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from At the price range, sony does it right. i have to say that headphones show you the hidden music..within your music! you will find and actually follow the beat of a song and these headphones raise the clarity bar of the voice of your favorite artist. At this price range, the sony v6 does it right. i wouldnt recommend workin out with these heapdhones, you will feel the sweat in your accumulating around your ears and earpads. ugh. The cord may be too long. BUT i always hide it in my left pocket. i shove that cord in there and forget is that long. serious 10 feet? :D. i dont mind the length really. Make sure you dont have small size pockets in your pants though. you may not be able to pull this off.
    Date published: 2010-02-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sound & coworkers don't complain Mostly purchased these to use at the office because my Denons were bleeding too much sound out & I like my music LOUD. These Sony's do a great job of containing my music & it turns out, these are also sound good. They lose a bit in the bass end to my Denons & I miss some of that depth, though maybe it was just a bit more floppy. Could be that they are on-ear rather than over-ear. These are just a bit tighter bass. Not bad, just different. Good all-around: from jazz & classical to hip-hop, dubstep, garage, funk, etc. True reproduction. Bass goes low but is tight. Good price to quality/sound. Coworkers don't HAVE to listen to my music any more!
    Date published: 2011-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Legendary Classic I'm a studio engineer/producer/musician. I've had my MDR-V6 phones for over 20 years, and they still sound terrific. There are only two downsides (and these are both well-known shortcomings): The 1/8 to 1/4 plug adapter breaks too easilyusually after a few years if you use it often. Just get yourself a good plug adapter and that takes care of it. (The built-in 1/8 stereo mini-plug is rock-solid with good strain relief.) The ear pad covering eventually breaks down and the pads need to be replaced (mine lasted 15 years). But the pads are available online for about $5, and it takes just a few minutes to remove the old ones and install the new ones. (No tools or special skills required.) Even so, 15 years of steady service for earpads is pretty darned goodand the phones themselves are still going strong. Now, let me explain to you why these phones have been the choice of many studio mix engineers for the past couple of decades. It's NOT because they have perfectly flat response (they don't, but except for a 5 dB dip at about 5kHz and a 5 db bump at about 9kHz, they're pretty close), or because they have great ambient noise rejection (they don't), or because they're super comfortable (they're much better than average, but there are more comfortable phones). Rather, the reason these phones are so valuable in the studio is because you can hear things on them that you can't hear on other phones. I don't mix on them, but I CHECK my mixes on them, and without exception, they reveal things that I otherwise wouldn't hear...even on my state of the art tri-amped Genelec studio monitors. The imaging is excellent -- very clear and tight (not time-smeared or smushed). That's especially true in the bass and mid-bass range, where so many other headphones fail. I don't want killer bass; I want ACCURATE bass. Sony probably could have tweaked the ample 40 mm drivers to deliver more bass, but I'm grateful they chose to stick with accuracy. The bass response is smooth, ultra-realistic, and super clean. I have no idea how these phones compare to what an audiophile would want. I only know that the music audiophiles listen to (if it's well mixed), was probably checked on a pair of MDR-V6 (or MDR-7506) phones. (They're essentially the same.) Now you know the secret...the reason why these phones are legendary, and deservedly so. In fact, I've become so accustomed to the vivid clarity of the MDR-V6 phones that I use them for everything...even everyday listening. They're simply superb phones for that purpose --- better than any other phones I've ever used. If you want phones that do something different --- like explosive bass response or other coloration --- then these aren't for you. But if you want a set of super-durable phones that will reveal musical detail in a way that most other phones can't --- especially at such a remarkably reasonable price --- you'll be hard pressed to find another set of phones (except MDR-7506) that even comes close.
    Date published: 2012-06-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You need these headphones! These Sony MDR-V6 Headphones are used for critical listening sessions and editing of custom recordings. The sound is clear and un-encumbered, without any coloration of the sound tracks. No matter what type of music you like or use these phones for, you will not be sorry. Be advised not all Sony models are this good, so do not be misled and purchase another model. Extremely comfortable for long sessions, fold compactly for travel or storage. Only down side I can think of is they are not as compact as earbud styles. But, earbuds are not for this type of listening. Very similar to MDR-7506 professional model, also excellent. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2010-07-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Portable headphones fold up nicely to put in my video camera bag. There durable, provide neutral sound for monitoring no extra bass, provide good isolation, and are comfortable. Only two negatives: 1. I don't like the coiled cord. There is too many coils making it heavy pulling on the head phones and prone to get hung up. I understand its so it can stretch but for field work it becomes a nuisance. I'd prefer an interchangeable system so I could use a shorter cable. 2. After a year the ear cup surface and headband begin to flake off. You can buy replacement ear cups but I have AKGs that are 20 years old that never have done this.
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheap Fantastic Monitoring Headphones Before I bought these, I went to a local pro-audio shop to listen to products in my price range (which I highly suggest you do). Between the Senn 555's, AT M50's, and AKG K240's, these were my favorite. I use them for work, casual listening, and light gaming. They are less enjoyable for the later two because of the analyticity, but accuracy is one of the reasons I bought these. They are comfortable, durable, and sound fantastic. I will say this though: Before they're broken in, they are undoubtedly harsh. Lowering things in the 2 kHz range for the first week or so will help you survive it, and you'll be glad you did; these are some rockin' cans.
    Date published: 2011-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best value in closed phones available. If sound isolation is what you need,these will be hard to beat at any price; Open cans is another story. I remember when these were the Best Buy in Consumer Reports over 2 decades ago(I am 63 years old). My first pair I sold, in working condition, after a mere 17 years. Like most Pleather covered earpads, on many other brands, these too will require replacement every 2-3 years or so. The frequency graphs/charts on @ show these still to be among the best of the closed and full sized headphones, at a truly bargain price. B&H has, as usual, the best price, in my research. You won't be disappointed.
    Date published: 2010-02-14
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