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Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones - MDR-V6

Abt Model: MDRV6 | UPC Code: 027242402980
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Professional-Style Monitor Headphones/ Wide Padded Headband/ 40mm Drivers/ Accurate Bass And Crisp Highs And Midrange Tones/ 10 Feet Cord/ UniMatch Plug/ 5Hz - 30,000Hz Frequency Response/ Folding Design/ Soft Case Included/ Black Finish
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Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones - MDRV6

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.

Key Features:

  • Professional-style monitor headphones
  • Circumaural design reduces outside noise
  • 40mm diameter driver for deep, accurate bass
  • Wide, padded headband for long-lasting comfort
  • Oxygen-free copper litz cord for low noise
  • Folding design for easy portability
  • Stereo UniMatch® plug for indoor and outdoor use

Features:

  • Professional-Style Headphones : for monitoring your recordings, high-fidelity listening
  • Circum-Aural Design : reduces noise from the outside world
  • Oval Earpads : for extra isolation
  • 40 MM Diameter Drivers : to provide wide surface area for superb dynamics, deep bass down to 5 Hz
  • Oxygen-Free Copper Litz Cord : for maximum conductivity, minimum noise
  • Copper-Clad Aluminum : voice coil wire for low mass, high heat conduction; provides superb power handling
  • 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, easy portability
  • Rugged Design : for heavy-duty use
  • Sony UniMatch® Plug : with fixed mini plug for portable use and detachable phone plug for home hi-fi use

Specifications:

Audio

  • Driver Unit : 40mm
  • Frequency Response : 5Hz - 30,000Hz
  • Impedance : 63 ohms
  • Sensitivity (db) : 106dB/mW

General

  • Case Type : Pouch
  • Design : Over-the-head, studio monitor
  • Headband : Wide, Adjustable, Single, folding ear cups
  • Magnet : Neodymium
  • Plug : Stereo UniMatch® Plug
  • Type of Use : Portable, Home

Hardware

  • Cord : Oxygen-Free Copper; Single-sided
  • Headphone Type : Closed Circumaural, Dynamic

Power

  • Power Handling Capacity : 1.0W

Supplied Accessories

  • Soft Case

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Cord Length (Approx.): 120 in. (10 ft) (3.0m)

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.65 lbs
  • Shipping: 1.15 lbs

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

More reasons to buy the Sony MDR-V6 from Abt Electronics
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  • The Sony MDR-V6 Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
 
TypeOver-Ear
Wired Or WirelessWired
iPod ControlsNo
Sound IsolatingNoise Isolation
Noise CancelingNo
Mobile Phone ControlsNo
MicrophoneNo
Power SwitchNo
Volume ControlNo
Water ResistantNo
  

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Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good bass (3)
  • Good value (3)
  • Great sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home audio (3)
  • Music (3)
  • Portable devices (3)
  • Relaxing (3)
  • With my computer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Classic Sony: Great Sound + Comfort

I've owned two pairs of V6 headphones over the last 10 years and they've been some of the best investments I've ever made. I use my nice pair for desktop listening, while my aged...Read complete review

I've owned two pairs of V6 headphones over the last 10 years and they've been some of the best investments I've ever made. I use my nice pair for desktop listening, while my aged beater pair with crumbling foam earpads (hey, they're nearly 10-years old and have seen thousands of hours of use) are used exclusively for the garage. Sound quality is solid, great bass and clear mids and highs...comfort is wonderful, but any headphone can become irritating when worn for eight hours straight. The coiled cord is also a bonus for desktop use, it lets you swivel around in your chair without excess cord getting caught up in your chair's wheels.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good sound, but...

After reading so many glowing reviews, I jumped on the bandwagon. The sound quality is definitely the product's strong point, though if you primarily listen to MP3s, and they were not encoded in...Read complete review

After reading so many glowing reviews, I jumped on the bandwagon. The sound quality is definitely the product's strong point, though if you primarily listen to MP3s, and they were not encoded in the best manner possible, this headset will punish you for it with mediocre sound. One gripe I had with this set is that it fits a bit too tight, so it is not really ideal for extended use, because it causes discomfort to your years. Benefit is a nice sound isolation and insulation. But for me, it wasn't worth it. So if you have larger than average head, or tend to have your headset on for hours on, think hard before you but this product. The set also has pretty high quality looking construction going for it. The coiled cable is extra thick for durability, portions of ear cups are made of metal, it feels pretty solid, and the mini jack is of high quality. BUT, mine broke after a year, with very few gentle uses. Left speaker went dead, and it doesn't appear to be any of the connections. Maybe I got a bad batch. But Sony's 90 day warranty is laughable. Based on reading through hundreds of review, the failure rate has been going up on this product, so don't put too much stock into reviewers who bought the product 10 years ago. I'm rather disappointed needless to say.

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5.0

Durability and excellent sound

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from 49525

Comments about Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones:

We purchased our first set of Sony MDR V6 headphones in 1991. Since that time we have purchased two additional sets. Using a Sony stereo receiver connected to our iMac, the V6 sound through the receiver is significantly improved over direct connection to the computer. For almost 25 years the V6 has been our preferred headphone.

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5.0

25 years plus and still going strong

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from SW Ohio

Comments about Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones:

I bought my MDR-V6 headphones in the 1980's. I'm not sure of the year but I know it was several years before the internet became a household thing. Through 25 plus years of service these headphones have been nothing but outstanding. They were head and shoulders above the competition when I bought them and they still sound great. I haven't bothered to check what other phones sound like in a while because it's pretty much impossible to best the phones I have. I have other headphones of course but none have the natural sound and complete sound of these Sony phones. They are simply the best. Loudspeakers have improved a lot over that time period but not headphones. I don't see how they could. I think my grandchildren will be listening to these headphones and wondering how Sony got it so right so long ago.

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5.0

Industry standard for 30 years

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from Michigan, USA

Comments about Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones:

I created an account purely for writing this review, that's how good the V6s are. This product has been on the market for 30 years and are probably the most widely-purchased, budget studio headphone in studios all over. There have been many accounts of this and the 7506 sister-model withstanding over 20 years of use. The only thing is that these earpads only last a few months before they rip and flake, but Beyerdynamic DT250 velour replacements fit perfectly, are reasonably priced, and are much more durable. These headphones were temporarily off the site and with that listing went all of the old reviews, so this first paragraph was meant as a recap. I got my personal pair two years ago and I use them every day and bring them everywhere at college. The V6s are a bit bulky but I am willing to sacrifice portability for sound quality. Despite taking care, my earpads only lasted six months so I upgraded to the aforementioned earpads. I did not hesitate in buying the $20 pads because I knew I'd get my money's worth with the headphones. After two years, the headphones and new earpads are not showing signs of weakening or wear. They are the best headphones I have ever had and this will probably be true for a long time. Value-wise, competition is finally becoming fierce after 30 years but these headphones still hold their own. As I said earlier, the V6s were off the website for a while so I panicked and got another pair lest my current one gives out in the coming years, but it's nice to see that they're back. Sound-wise, these are great. I admit that these are the most expensive headphones I own, but for my purposes, I need not spend any more. From what I've tried at various shops, this price and this quality is hard to match. I don't feel the need to spend twice as much to get a marginal increase in quality, but then again, that's just me. Like I said, the competition is catching up, but it's still extremely rare to find a relatively low-priced studio monitor headphone with this flat of a frequency band. They may seem a tad flat and un-colored compared to other listening-based 'phones and the bass is NOT boosted (I find it gets drowned out on the bus) but the V6s are perfect for their purpose. The high-end response is crystal clear and the sound stage is satisfyingly wide. Sitting in my room alone with the music cranked up, these things really come alive. Thanks for reading my long review. TL;DR - You won't regret buying a pair. Oh, and I happen to have my trusty pair of V6s pounding away as I write this.

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5.0

28 YEARS OF PRODUCTION MUST MEAN SOMETHING!

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from Chicagoland

Comments about Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones:

I originally purchased these headphones at work back in the summer of 1994. At that time the headphones were already in production for 9 years! The headphones lasted me until 2005 with my oldest son using them on a daily basis. Needless to say by that time they fell apart from abuse. I replaced them with a pair of Grado SR60’s which I still use today (after repairing them a few times). I also own various other headphones which I enjoy, but remembered the Sony’s as being very robust. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when I saw the V6’s were still for sale!?!? I was like…what? I soon realized Sony was stopping production on these headphones (after 28 years) and had to buy a pair, if just for nostalgia. Right out of the box they brought a smile to my ears, if that’s possible…I also own a pair of Audio Technica ATH M50’s which have a bit more in the low end but the Sony’s hang in there admirably. This is by far the most affordable reference monitoring headphone you can buy…by a long shot. The sound leakage is nominal to the person next to you and the sound quality is flat. Flat in an open sort of way…You can hear the buzz of the overdriven tube stage on a guitar amp if you listen close enough. Voices and woodwinds have plenty of air around them, and you can tell if the vocalist is breathing through their mouth or nose. Yep good stuff… get them while you can and enjoy. Sony has restarted production of these cans after people complained about deleting them from their product line. Thank you Sony for listening to your customers! Buy them...they are that good!

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5.0

Best Headphones EVER!!

By 

from Illinois

Comments about Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones:

The Sony MDR-V6 provides deep, rich high quality sound and they are better than competitors that cost over double the price. I even dropped mine into the water once (briefly), pulled them out, let them dry out and they still worked just as well as they always had. I'm not saying all products can withstand that but I was grateful for the quality withstanding a quick water dunk. A friend purchased me a set of "Beats" last Christmas and I gave them back to him because I didn't want him to waste his money. I would have never used them. They weren't even close to (cheap sound) my Sony MDR V6 and it was clear they were only popular because of their marketing campaign. I stuck with my Sony headphones and I do not regret it. Sony in general provides VERY high quality audio equipment. They have their 'entry level' line too but if you are willing to pay just a few percentage points more they quality you receive in return is DEFINITELY worth it. It would take quite a bit to make me change my mind. Sony is always first on my list for electronics in general.

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5.0

Great headphones

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from Melbourne

Comments about Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones:

very good I would recommend this headphone to anyone who is looking for a pair. I am really looking hard to find any faults with it.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Headphones

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from Monterey, CA

Comments about Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones:

I had the same Sony Headphones, only they were a MDR-V4, which I got in the 1980's for use with my keyboard. When looking for a newer pair, I found the MDR-V6, which look like the newest of this model, and the sound quality is even better! I will use these often.

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5.0

Best Headphones for the money

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from New York, NY

Comments about Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones:

These are the best headphones you can get for the money. I lost my first pair in a move and got another pair.

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5.0

Fantastic for the Music Studio

By 

from San Jose

Pros

  • Sound, Fit, Comfort, Hold up Over Time

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones:

    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 coil cord with 1/4" jack.

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    5.0

    A true headphone " industry-standard".. a MUST!

    By 

    from Rome

    Comments about Sony Studio Monitor Series Black Headphones:

    Up today I own about 25 headphones, and 3 of them are MDR-V6... why ? I always said and still say to my self... buy another one...before they will be superseded by a new model.... That's what happened with the 7506 and later models which, in my opinion sound not "warm" as the V6. Probably because of the new neodimium magnet (instead of the old Samarium-cobalt). True "flat" and neutral sounding, very deep Bass reproduction, focalized medium, and true WARM high frequencies... Even more they are really confortable, durable ( my older one -1989- is still PERFECT) moderate weight, fold-up design with a nice leather bag, classic nice shape and a long-strong twisted "oxygen-free" copper chord... If you need something more...you may probably need to spend more than 200$. An "historycal" but still present "Industry -Masterpiece".....

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