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Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones - MDR-DS6500

Abt Model: MDRDS6500 | UPC Code: 027242806900
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7.1-Channel Surround Sound / 40mm Driver Units/ Amazing Clarity Provided By Neodymium Magnets/ Extra-Long 20-Hour Battery Life/ Up To 328 Feet Range/ Black Finish
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Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones, Model MDRDS6500

Set yourself free from cord constriction in style with MDR-DS6500 wireless headphones. Stroll up to 328 feet away from the transmitter in any direction you choose and still enjoy premium CD-quality sound. Tune in music, movies, games and more with the amazing clarity provided by neodymium magnets and 40mm driver units. An extra-long 20-hour battery life means you won't have to recharge as often to make the epic 7.1-channel surround sound experience last.

Specifications:

General

  • Design : Over-the-head, Home-Surround Sound
  • Headband : Wide, Double, Adjustable
  • Magnet : Neodymium
  • Plug : Nickel, stereo mini plug
  • Type of Use : Home

Audio

  • Audio Modes : Dolby DigitalDolby Pro Logic IIxDTSDTS ES
  • Distortion : 1% or less (1 kHz)
  • Driver Unit : 40 mm
  • Effective Range : Approximately 100 m (328 ft) maximum¹
  • Format(s) Supported : Compatible with Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS, DTS-ES Matrix, and DTS-ES discrete
  • Frequency Response : 12 - 22,000Hz (digital input)
  • Infrared Carrier Frequencies : 2.4 gHz: 2.408 GHz – 2.473 GHz; MSK Modulation
  • Sound Enhancer : Off, Voice (stereo), Game, Cinema, Compression (Off/On)

Hardware

  • Cord : Wireless Digital 2.4GHz Radio Frequency

Power

  • Battery Charging (Approx) : Approximately 3 hours
  • Battery Indicator : Power-on LED indicator
  • Battery Life (Approx) : Approximately 20 hours
  • Battery Type : Built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
  • Input Power : AC Power Adaptor (6V, 800mA)
  • Power Consumption (in Operation) : 2.0 W

Inputs and Outputs

  • Audio In : Optical Digital Input (x1), Analog Stereo Input Pin Jack (x1)

Operating Conditions

  • Operating Temperature : 41° - 95° F (5° - 35° C)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • 4.75" x 4.75"x 10.38" in

Approximate Weight:

  • Headphones: 320 g (11.3 oz)
  • Processor: 420 g (14.8 oz)
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Footnotes:

  1. Transmission distance is a rough estimate, and may vary depending on the surrounding environment and installation location.
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TypeOver-Ear
Wired Or WirelessWireless
Ideal For Wireless TV UseYes
Ideal For Sports/WorkoutsNo
iPod ControlsNo
Mobile Phone ControlsNo
Sound IsolatingYes
Noise CancelingNo
MicrophoneNo
Power SwitchYes
Volume ControlYes
Gaming HeadsetsNo
  

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Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (9)
  • Great sound (6)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Good bass (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home audio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Audiophile (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

MDR DS6500 vs. Sennheiser RS170's

The Sennheiser's and the Sony's both sound great they have a lot of punch and crispness. Sennheiser specializes in headphones and microphones (I understand), so the RS 170's have the signature sound...Read complete review

The Sennheiser's and the Sony's both sound great they have a lot of punch and crispness. Sennheiser specializes in headphones and microphones (I understand), so the RS 170's have the signature sound of the excellent Sennheiser products. They do not disappoint in terms of audio listening quality but then neither do the Sony's. The amp in the Senheiser's seems a bit more powerful (picks up signals faster) than the comparably priced Sony's. However the Sony's have a very respectfully powerful full audio presentation and are possibly fuller in their dynamic range and clarity of instrumentality than the Sennheiser's. The Sony's are a bit more comfortable to wear and I seem to experience less listener fatigue over a long listening session with the Sony's even in analogue mode. The Sony surround processing is more complex and sophisticated with DTS, Dolby Digital and Dolby Logic Pro II, as well as a dialogue speech clarity mode. The Sennheiser surround processing mode is simple and sufficient along with a nice little bass boost separately if you want it. The Sony's have a digital mode with an optical cable in that is desirable especially if you a device that has only a digital output such as the Apple TV. The Sony's in digital input mode have a very clean and crisp sound compared to analogue, although somewhat quieter volume wise with the digital sound experience. In my experience the digital mode has the least listener fatigue in a really long listening session. I'm keeping both the Sony's and the Sennheiser's as they are both very good and each has a lot to recommend them individually. The Sony's have a slightly better wireless distance range listed in their specs, 100 meters, compared to 80 meters for the RS 170's. Neither wireless headphone will reach to my pillow in my bedroom without cutting out (bummer there)! Even though the specs indicate a 20 meter difference between the two in actual experience it amounts to only about 10 feet within my bedroom at the opposite end of the house after going through walls, etc. I have a very long house. Both headphones would likely reach anywhere in a normal medium to large home. Controls on the two wireless headphones are different. Both headphones have on and off controls on their base stations. The Sennheiser's can control the surround and bass boost from the headphone itself as well as the base station. The Sony's however have controls for the various sound processing modes only on its base station. The Sony's have a dial on the headphone to control volume and an off and on button for the headphones not the base station. The RS 170's can control all its functions from the headphone except turning the base station off and on. Both headphones sit neatly on top of their base stations for charging. The Sony battery life is longer and employs lithium ion batteries instead of nickel cad for the Sennheiser's. A Bose rep told me lithium ion batteries are a big factor in the audio quality of wireless headphones and thus the lack thereof of sufficient availability of them is the primary reason Bose has yet to produce wireless headphones. These Sony's are the first wireless headphone to use lithium ion batteries to my knowledge. The Sony's have both a digital input as well as an analogue instead of just an analogue on the RS 170's. I planned to send one or the other of these headphones back, but they're a toss up, so I'm keeping them both! There is probably a technical edge to the Sony's, with their feature set, their wireless range, outstanding audio quality and dynamic range, but their lack of being able to purchase additional stand alone headphones to work with the base station, as the Sennheiser's allow, along with a certain subjective something to the Sennheiser's audio quality won't allow me to let the Sennheiser's go! Or I may just buy another set of the Sony's to give me a second headphone set cause I sure can't let the Sony's go either!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good sound, but expected better wireless range

After one day use, I concluded the following. They are really light and comfortable, give good feeling - you can almost forget that you wear them. Sound is great. Other reviews highlight...Read complete review

After one day use, I concluded the following. They are really light and comfortable, give good feeling - you can almost forget that you wear them. Sound is great. Other reviews highlight this better. Here is my huge disappointment. After having wireless Philips headphones (middle range price - about 70-80$), which worked really up to 40-50 m, this model of SONY was a disappointment. After passing through the two walls and 30 meters (max) in the office area the sound becomes distorted and disappears soon after. This is far from claimed 100 m distances. I understand that 100 m is a maximum distance, but I cant imagine that presence of only two office walls can kill the signal completely. Range was one of the reasons I have chosen this model, because of the conditions of work I am doing. Considering to return it this weekend.

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5.0

Performs excellently!

By 

from Miami

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Value
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio

    Comments about Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones:

    Great Product!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Delivery was prompt!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By 

    from garden grove ca.

    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Relaxing

    Comments about Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones:

    after doing extensive research looking for a wireless over the ear headset with digital audio output i came across these, these headphones are the best, and at 190.00 theyre a bargain, out of the box they look slick, very comfortable, easy as pie to set up, i really like how the base station automatically turns itself on and off, the sound is awesome, with blu rays, the dts is flawless, as far as noise cancelling, theyre okay, but i didnt buy them for that, i was sick of tripping over the cord from my wired set, living in an older house the range is still great i can go out in the front yard which is about 35 feet from the base and still get clear sound, the fact they come from sony just made them that much better, sennheiser sells a set with digital output for 300.00, but theyre not 7.1, these are, i flat out love these, way happy i bought them, and im glad i purchased them from ABT, they were very helpful on the phone and with the order, theyre ups tracking window is beyond words, it links right to ups to give you the most current status, first time ive seen that on any website.

    Service and delivery comments:

    the delivery was excellent, arrived right on time, in perfect condition, abt packed them very well so they wouldnt get damaged, came in the exact box i saw them online in.

    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to iPod
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Really easy and works great.

    By 

    from South Carolina

    About Me Frequent Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Bass
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Unattractive Design

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Music

    Comments about Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones:

    My primary usage is with a flat screen television that only has optical audio out jacks on it. This headphone is reasonably priced, works great, and is a direct hook up with no adapters required. Great.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    FITS WORKS COMFORTABLE

    By 

    from DESPLAINES

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones:

        GOOD PHONES

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Work Well No Compliants

        By 

        from Palos Heights, IL.

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Bass
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio

          Comments about Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones:

          Using these to listen to the TV - work great

          Service and delivery comments:

          Great delivery time

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Pros and cons

          By 

          from 98222

          Comments about Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones:

          Yes, sound is clear and stable but you have to keep your head still and you cannot eat anything during listening, because every head movement and your jaws create incredible disturbing cracking noise. This annoying noise is creating by rubbing plastic against plastic , Due to this enjoying and disturbing cracking noise this product cannot be rated as the best. I gave max 3 stars- no more and it is not worth this money

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          4.0

          Home theater just for you.

          By 

          from Abt

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer
          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

          • More Bass

          Best Uses

          • Music and Movies

          Comments about Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones:

          My neighbor came over the other day to tell me that my home theater system was too loud. I get home from work at midnight, so that's usually when I watch movies. I'm not willing to watch movies at a whisper level, so I pick up these headphones instead.

          While not exactly the same as using my ht system, they are pretty close! I was surprised at how well they imaged the sounds around me. They are the perfect solution for my problem.

          One surprising benefit was that dialog is actually much clearer and more understandable than on my full system. This is a very nice feature that I wasn't expecting.

          The only thing I'd change is that I listen to movies loud. These can keep up with my volume demands until something explodes. If there is a ton of bass, they cut out a bit. I will admit I have them turned all the way up. If listening at a normal level like most people will, it's totally not an issue. I should probably keep them turned down lower than I do anyway.

          These were really easy to hook up and use. They are also pretty comfortable. No issues using them for 2 consecutive movies.

          If you are worried about disturbing another person while watching TV or movies, these would be perfect and are well worth the $.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great purchase love my headphones

          By 

          from california

          Comments about Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones:

          I love the headphones.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love them

          By 

          from Wilmette Il

          About Me Audiophile

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio
            • Music

            Comments about Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones:

            I have hearing loss in both ears and found it difficult to hear the TV without turning up the volume . These headphones solved that problem. They eliminate the need to strain to make out the dialogue and are comfortable and easy to operate. The sound quality is wonderful.

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            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great

            By 

            from Clovis, NM

            Comments about Sony Wireless Surround Digital Headphones:

            Best head phones I ever had. Thank you Sony.

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