Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor Headphone

Wired - 63 Ohm - 50 Hz 30 kHz - Gold Plated - Binaural - Ear-cup - 10 ft Cable - MPN: MDRV6
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Feel the power of your music and enjoy the comfort and portability of the MDR-V6 studio monitor headphones. With 40mm driver units, these headphones produce deep, accurate bass and crisp highs and midrange tones. You will also enjoy the comfort of the wide, padded headband and the handy folding design that makes it easy to pack them in your bag. The stereo UniMatch? plug is perfect for mini or full-size headphone jacks.
Quick Glance
Product Type Headphone
General Features Gold Plated, Single Cord Exit
Headphone Type Ear-cup, Over-the-head
Headset Type Stereo
Interface Connection Mini-phone
Expert Reviews
Sony MDRV6
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Jul 19, 2013

THE GOOD: The <b>Sony MDR-V6</b> closed-back, full-size headphones sound great and are comfortable to wear for hours at a time. Their sound is also very well-balanced and crisp -- they sound great for the money. THE BAD: With its coiled, pro-style cable and lack of an inline remote/microphone, some will find the V6s less mobile-friendly than more modern headphones. THE BOTTOM LINE: They may be close to 30 years old, but the comfortable fitting Sony MDR-V6s are arguably the best-sounding headphones for under $100.

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Sony MDR-V6
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Mar 11, 2011

Testseek.com has collected 7 expert reviews for Sony MDR-V6 and the average expert rating is 86 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Sony MDR-V6
3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 26, 2009

The Sony MDR-V6 is a high-end set of professional studio grade headphones with a Circum-Aural design (completely covers the ears) and a padded headband to provide excellent listening comfort. According to Sony the V6 headphones "produce deep, accurate bass and crisp highs and midrange tones". The MDR-V6 headphone set features a 40mm diameter drive unit, with a 1.0W high power handling meaning it withstands constant day-in, day-out use at high output levels. The MDR-V6 headset also includes additional features such as a Neodymium magnet, oval earpads for extra isolation, a 10 ft oxygen free copper cord designed for maximum conductivity, and a folding design for compact storage and easy portability. The Sony MDR-V6 headphone set was released on April 2, 2004 and has an MSRP of $109.99, which is listed on the official Sony website. Key Specs Over the ear, Circum-Aural (Completely covers the ears) design Oval earpads for extra sound ... PROS: (1) Affordable per the great quality. (2) Extremely long cord that doesnt tangle. (3) Extremely powerful bass. (4) Comfortable (5) Best quality sound on the market. Great lows/mids/highs with incredible club-sound bass. ... CONS: (1) The foam padding on the speakers comes off after extended use, and are a pain to wrap back around. (2) Get warm with prolonged use (3) You need a really good sound card to fully enjoy the bass these headphones can deliver. (4) Sometimes fall off, especially if you try to walk around with them. (5) A bit too bulky for using with an MP3 player.

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User Reviews
Fantastic for the Music Studio
5 Star Review   By docjsb on Adorama - Aug 22, 2012   

I've had two pair of these. Very true sound reproduction when compared to playing the music through top end audio monitors. Perhaps a bit more bass through the headphones, and I have 18" drivers in the monitors, but it is a very close match. Nice long coi

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great headphones!
5 Star Review   By member SJW826 - Jul 20, 2010   

Strengths: compact, durable, great sound, cost effective, long cord, good base

Weakness: not noise canceling

This is a great paid of "dj style" headphones that are both comfortable and sound great! I've had these for over 6 years and they look in 8/10 condition except for minor wear/tear on ear padding. Not really meant for working out but great for pretty much anything else. Highly recommended!!!

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Fixing Pads
5 Star Review   By member original_dadadata - Aug 14, 2007   

Strengths: Light, comfy, great fidelity.

Weakness: Black dandruff from plastic cup pads.

I took a couple pieces of worn-out pantyhose (just ask your female friends) and used them as exterior covers over the "pleather". Quick and did the trick by keeping the black dandruff of doom off my face.

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Excellent
5 Star Review     

Strengths: sound is excellent, with tight low end, balanced full and flat spectrum, nice mids and crisp clear highs; a very accurate sound.

Weakness: none I have been able to determine

We have used many different higher-end headphones, and decided on these units as our standard recording studio phones. We have used and still use over a half dozen pairs purchased about 4 years ago. In spite of heavy usage by hard users in the studio and some live applications, the phones have stood up without fail or sound degradation. I think we destroyed one pair (it was the drummer) which repair/replacement of was handled well by the manufacturer. Our experience is if the sound source is good, ie., high quality, studio level amplifiers, analog or digital sound sources, they sound really good. If the sound is generated by MP3's,Ipods, ie., a lower bit sound, they still sound amazingly good, but due to their accurate sound reproduction, you can easily tell the difference with the sound sources. I wouldn't have it any other way. My experience is the sound is accurate, which is my primary criteria. I hear things with these phones that I have not heard with some other high-end phones, which is vital to my use. I recommend these phones with the highest recommendation.

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5 Star Review   By member lawnmowing2 - Jan 28, 2005   

Strengths: Sound!

Weakness: ear pads

This is my second pair. My 1st pair was purchased in 1988 and is STILL going strong! I was looking around for a 2nd pair of headphones, and did my reasearch... these are still as highly rated and competitive as the ones I bought 17 years ago!! Only drawback are the earpads. Just replace them with the EDT 250 V from beyerdynamic and you're done!!

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5 Star Review   By member BLWEST - Dec 31, 2004   

Strengths: Best headphones for the price.

Weakness: When cranked up really high bass get muddled.

I listened to quite a few headphones, even Bose, before settling on these. They are light enough to wear all day. The sound is fantastic. I listened to more expensive headphones that did not sound as good as these. My only complaint is that the bass gets distorted when I really crank them up, and I do me really cranked up. They block the noise on airplane flights quit well too.

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4 Star Review   By member jgarrettoh - Nov 19, 2004   

Strengths: Good clear sound!

Weakness: None that I can see!

I bought these for my son for Christmas and had to try them out! They have very good crisp sound and I find them comfortable to wear. I like the fact that they fold up for travel!

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5 Star Review   By member klausjr - Sep 28, 2004   

Strengths: Clear, non-fatiguing sound, crisp highs, surprisingly strong, articulate and accurate bass. Good isolation. Excellent for home studio recording use. May be the most comfortable sealed ear phones.

Weakness: Nothing significant. A bargain at the price. Oh yeah, the foam ear cups will degrade over the years. (Look how long I've had mine!) But guess what...you can replace 'em!

I have used these phones since I came upon them while working in a music store years ago. I've used them in my home studio, given them as gifts to friends with "real" studios, and used them in my primary profession as a psychotherapist for relaxation tapes, guided meditations and the like. They've held up to little kids, teenage boys, and even teenage girls' barrettes and earrings. I also own Sennheiser HD 580 and HD 280's, and a bunch of Grado SR60's, all of which I love. These are "the other great headphone."

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5 Star Review   By member shultis - Sep 19, 2004   

Strengths: Excellent Sound Quality, durability, price & they fold,

Weakness: The vinyl pads deteriorate after a few years... (yeah, that's the worst I could come up with)

I am working on my third pair of Sony MDR-V6 headphones. I've used them on my home stereo, on the mixing board for mixing live bands, in my walkman, MP3 player, and in my computer. These headphones sound great, are really light weight, travel well because the fold up into themselves, and are affordable. My current pair is about 4 years old, and the sound is still excellent, but the vinyl pads are falling apart and leaving little pieces of themselves all over my ears. You will see these headphones in special features of DVD's, on location and in the studio.

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5 Star Review   By member gjhangiani - Aug 12, 2004   

Strengths: everything

excellent phones.. exact same as sony sells with different more expensive model, mdr 7506. Only thing this one doesnt have that the more expensive one does, is a gold plated connector tip, and i think no soft case is included. This one takes the cake!!

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Product Details
Description
Feel the power of your music and enjoy the comfort and portability of the MDR-V6 studio monitor headphones. With 40mm driver units, these headphones produce deep, accurate bass and crisp highs and midrange tones. You will also enjoy the comfort of the wide, padded headband and the handy folding design that makes it easy to pack them in your bag. The stereo UniMatch? plug is perfect for mini or full-size headphone jacks.
Quick Glance
Product Type Headphone
General Features Gold Plated, Single Cord Exit
Headphone Type Ear-cup, Over-the-head
Headset Type Stereo
Interface Connection Mini-phone
Summary
Product Title Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor Headphone
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $108.95 from Newegg.com
Power Score 4.5 | 18 Reviews
General
Category: Home Stereo Headphones
Class: Headphones and Headsets
Performance
Overall Min Frequency Response: 50 Hz
Overall Max Frequency Response: 30 kHz
Physical Attributes
Cord Length: 10 ft
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Brass Accessory Type: instruction & videos
Color: Metallic
Other Amp Type: series
Connector Plating: Gold Plated
Keyboards and Pianos Accessory Type: instruction & videos
Description: Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor Headphones
Driver Material: Neodymium
String Instrument Accessory Type: instruction & videos
Upright Bass Type: upright basses
Drum Percussion Accessories: instruction & videos
Product Model: MDR-V6
Earpiece Technology: Dynamic
Brand Name: Sony
Guitar Accessory Type: instruction & videos
Woodwinds Accessory Type: instruction & videos
Recording Accessory Type: instruction & videos
DJ & Lighting Accessory Type: instruction & videos
Frequency Band: Compact folding design
Diameter (Speaker Element): 1.57"
Plating: Gold Plated
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Expert Reviews
Sony MDRV6
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Jul 19, 2013

THE GOOD: The <b>Sony MDR-V6</b> closed-back, full-size headphones sound great and are comfortable to wear for hours at a time. Their sound is also very well-balanced and crisp -- they sound great for the money. THE BAD: With its coiled, pro-style cable and lack of an inline remote/microphone, some will find the V6s less mobile-friendly than more modern headphones. THE BOTTOM LINE: They may be close to 30 years old, but the comfortable fitting Sony MDR-V6s are arguably the best-sounding headphones for under $100.

Read the full review »

Sony MDR-V6
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Mar 11, 2011

Testseek.com has collected 7 expert reviews for Sony MDR-V6 and the average expert rating is 86 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

Sony MDR-V6
3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 26, 2009

The Sony MDR-V6 is a high-end set of professional studio grade headphones with a Circum-Aural design (completely covers the ears) and a padded headband to provide excellent listening comfort. According to Sony the V6 headphones "produce deep, accurate bass and crisp highs and midrange tones". The MDR-V6 headphone set features a 40mm diameter drive unit, with a 1.0W high power handling meaning it withstands constant day-in, day-out use at high output levels. The MDR-V6 headset also includes additional features such as a Neodymium magnet, oval earpads for extra isolation, a 10 ft oxygen free copper cord designed for maximum conductivity, and a folding design for compact storage and easy portability. The Sony MDR-V6 headphone set was released on April 2, 2004 and has an MSRP of $109.99, which is listed on the official Sony website. Key Specs Over the ear, Circum-Aural (Completely covers the ears) design Oval earpads for extra sound ... PROS: (1) Affordable per the great quality. (2) Extremely long cord that doesnt tangle. (3) Extremely powerful bass. (4) Comfortable (5) Best quality sound on the market. Great lows/mids/highs with incredible club-sound bass. ... CONS: (1) The foam padding on the speakers comes off after extended use, and are a pain to wrap back around. (2) Get warm with prolonged use (3) You need a really good sound card to fully enjoy the bass these headphones can deliver. (4) Sometimes fall off, especially if you try to walk around with them. (5) A bit too bulky for using with an MP3 player.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Fantastic for the Music Studio
5 Star Review   By docjsb on Adorama - Aug 22, 2012   

I've had two pair of these. Very true sound reproduction when compared to playing the music through top end audio monitors. Perhaps a bit more bass through the headphones, and I have 18" drivers in the monitors, but it is a very close match. Nice long coi

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great headphones!
5 Star Review   By member SJW826 - Jul 20, 2010   

Strengths: compact, durable, great sound, cost effective, long cord, good base

Weakness: not noise canceling

This is a great paid of "dj style" headphones that are both comfortable and sound great! I've had these for over 6 years and they look in 8/10 condition except for minor wear/tear on ear padding. Not really meant for working out but great for pretty much anything else. Highly recommended!!!

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Fixing Pads
5 Star Review   By member original_dadadata - Aug 14, 2007   

Strengths: Light, comfy, great fidelity.

Weakness: Black dandruff from plastic cup pads.

I took a couple pieces of worn-out pantyhose (just ask your female friends) and used them as exterior covers over the "pleather". Quick and did the trick by keeping the black dandruff of doom off my face.

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Excellent
5 Star Review     

Strengths: sound is excellent, with tight low end, balanced full and flat spectrum, nice mids and crisp clear highs; a very accurate sound.

Weakness: none I have been able to determine

We have used many different higher-end headphones, and decided on these units as our standard recording studio phones. We have used and still use over a half dozen pairs purchased about 4 years ago. In spite of heavy usage by hard users in the studio and some live applications, the phones have stood up without fail or sound degradation. I think we destroyed one pair (it was the drummer) which repair/replacement of was handled well by the manufacturer. Our experience is if the sound source is good, ie., high quality, studio level amplifiers, analog or digital sound sources, they sound really good. If the sound is generated by MP3's,Ipods, ie., a lower bit sound, they still sound amazingly good, but due to their accurate sound reproduction, you can easily tell the difference with the sound sources. I wouldn't have it any other way. My experience is the sound is accurate, which is my primary criteria. I hear things with these phones that I have not heard with some other high-end phones, which is vital to my use. I recommend these phones with the highest recommendation.

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5 Star Review   By member lawnmowing2 - Jan 28, 2005   

Strengths: Sound!

Weakness: ear pads

This is my second pair. My 1st pair was purchased in 1988 and is STILL going strong! I was looking around for a 2nd pair of headphones, and did my reasearch... these are still as highly rated and competitive as the ones I bought 17 years ago!! Only drawback are the earpads. Just replace them with the EDT 250 V from beyerdynamic and you're done!!

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5 Star Review   By member BLWEST - Dec 31, 2004   

Strengths: Best headphones for the price.

Weakness: When cranked up really high bass get muddled.

I listened to quite a few headphones, even Bose, before settling on these. They are light enough to wear all day. The sound is fantastic. I listened to more expensive headphones that did not sound as good as these. My only complaint is that the bass gets distorted when I really crank them up, and I do me really cranked up. They block the noise on airplane flights quit well too.

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4 Star Review   By member jgarrettoh - Nov 19, 2004   

Strengths: Good clear sound!

Weakness: None that I can see!

I bought these for my son for Christmas and had to try them out! They have very good crisp sound and I find them comfortable to wear. I like the fact that they fold up for travel!

80% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member klausjr - Sep 28, 2004   

Strengths: Clear, non-fatiguing sound, crisp highs, surprisingly strong, articulate and accurate bass. Good isolation. Excellent for home studio recording use. May be the most comfortable sealed ear phones.

Weakness: Nothing significant. A bargain at the price. Oh yeah, the foam ear cups will degrade over the years. (Look how long I've had mine!) But guess what...you can replace 'em!

I have used these phones since I came upon them while working in a music store years ago. I've used them in my home studio, given them as gifts to friends with "real" studios, and used them in my primary profession as a psychotherapist for relaxation tapes, guided meditations and the like. They've held up to little kids, teenage boys, and even teenage girls' barrettes and earrings. I also own Sennheiser HD 580 and HD 280's, and a bunch of Grado SR60's, all of which I love. These are "the other great headphone."

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5 Star Review   By member shultis - Sep 19, 2004   

Strengths: Excellent Sound Quality, durability, price & they fold,

Weakness: The vinyl pads deteriorate after a few years... (yeah, that's the worst I could come up with)

I am working on my third pair of Sony MDR-V6 headphones. I've used them on my home stereo, on the mixing board for mixing live bands, in my walkman, MP3 player, and in my computer. These headphones sound great, are really light weight, travel well because the fold up into themselves, and are affordable. My current pair is about 4 years old, and the sound is still excellent, but the vinyl pads are falling apart and leaving little pieces of themselves all over my ears. You will see these headphones in special features of DVD's, on location and in the studio.

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5 Star Review   By member gjhangiani - Aug 12, 2004   

Strengths: everything

excellent phones.. exact same as sony sells with different more expensive model, mdr 7506. Only thing this one doesnt have that the more expensive one does, is a gold plated connector tip, and i think no soft case is included. This one takes the cake!!

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5 Star Review   By member StChris - May 3, 2004   

Strengths: Dynamic Bass, Ease of earphone swivel

I'm a DJ, so go through headphones pretty quickly and haven't found ANY that come close to the comfort and ease of the Sony MDR-V6 for the price. They aren't as bulky as some headsets, but still keep out ambient noise pretty well. I especially like how they remain comfortable even with the one earphone or the other flipped out, which I do occasionally to monitor. The bass is dynamic without being overpowering. The mid-level is tremendous and makes for accurate assessment of vocal tracks. WHY HAS SONY DISCONTINUED THIS STYLE??

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4 Star Review   By member davcash - Apr 26, 2004   

Strengths: Comfortable, compact

Weakness: Can't think of any

This is actually my second pair of Sony MDR-V6 Headphones. From the compact size (that fits neatly in the nice leather carry case) to the lightweight and comfortable design, these are the choice of most broadcast professionals, which is my career field. I liked them so much I decided to go with the same model over newer ones. I had heard they were discontinued, but when I found them I was overjoyed. The earcups fit comfortably around the ear blocking out exterior sounds while keeping in the fantastically superb sounds. If you are looking for a great, durable pair of headphones, these may very well be what you need.

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4 Star Review   By member andrewjcarlson - Feb 20, 2004   

Strengths: Comfort for extended periods; Good clear sound

Weakness: Wish it kept out more outside noise

I purchased the MDR-V6 after reading multiple positive reviews for the product. I listen to music for extended periods of time at the office and needed something that provided comfort, good sound, and kept out background noise. These headphones meet the 1st 2 critera, but I wish they were able exclude background noise a bit more. I purchased a refurbished unit and have been completely satisified with its quality and performance and would recommend this route to save ~ $20.

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4 Star Review   By member ikumar2000 - Jan 20, 2004   

Strengths: not bulky,rich bass,folds nicely,deatiled sounds

Weakness: earcups not comfortable

After doing a vast research whether MDR v6 is the same as MDR 7506, I ended upon MDR v6(hoping that its the same).I liked the sound quality and its rich bass.You can't hear the sound from outside at all. I didn't find the earcups comfortable. As per suggested by other users, I replaced those with Beyer DT250 earpads from Location Sound. Now, its far better. It can be carried with ease as it folds nicely into a carrying pouch.Avoid it if you have large ears. Overall, I recommend it with some reservations. It could have been better. But nice at this price.

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5 Star Review   By member nataj - Dec 17, 2003   

Strengths: Strony Bass and very comfortable

After reading the really positive reviews (Almost 90% recommend it) at many audio web sites, I told myself I have to try this pair of Sony headphones. I live in an apartment so, I don’t have any big stereos or amplifiers to use with. Normally, I use a NetMD Walkman and a CD-Player all the time. When I plugged this headphone to my MD player. It really makes a great dynamic sound. Especially Bass tone is really strong and clear. It is a great headphone for any small CD players without using the amplifiers because the headphone itself will improve the quality of sound production. Also the headphone is very comfortable and isolate sound almost 100% from environment. I really recommend it.

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