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Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones - MDRHW700DS

Abt Model: MDRHW700DS | UPC Code: 027242867024
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Retail Price $499.00
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98 Feet Effective Range/ 5 - 25,000 Hz Frequency Response/ Virtual Digital Surround Sound/ HDMI 2 For Audio Quality And Set Up/ Auto-Tuning Dual Band Transmission/ Long Battery Life/ Compact Signal Processor/ Designed For Comfort/ Black Finish
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Sony Black 9.1ch Wireless Surround Sound Headphones - MDRHW700DS

Features:

  • Virtual Digital Surround Sound
    Sony’s exclusive Virtual Phones Technology (VPT) gives movies cinematic realism with an immersive 9.1 ch surround sound experience. Building upon traditional 5.1 ch, the VPT circuitry adds two additional rear channels and two front-high channels for added vertical depth of sound effects to deliver a more realistic surround sound experience.
  • HDMI®2 for audio quality & set up
    Get superior sound quality with 4K pass-through using the 3 HDMI® inputs2 for connecting HD devices like a cable box, Blu-ray® player or gaming console. The audio processor supports most HD formats with 192 kHz/24-bit uncompressed audio files including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
  • Auto-tuning dual band transmission
    Real-time automatic tuning selects between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels without sound interruption to prevent signal degradation. This ensures you’re getting high quality, uncompressed wireless audio transmission without any outside interference.
  • Large drivers deliver the impact
    The large 50 mm driver units and around the ear design deliver rich, deep bass response and audio clarity for a superior home entertainment experience.
  • Selectable sound field modes
    The MDR-HW700DS offers three user selectable sound fields modes. Cinema ensures an authentic theater like experience thanks to collaborations with Sony Pictures Entertainment. The multi-channel Game mode enhances the sense of direction for superior gaming experiences. Select 2-channel Voice mode for clearer voices during news or talking programs.
  • Long battery life
    The built-in, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery provides up to 12 hours of continuous playback on a full charge.1 A quick 30 minute charge using the included micro-USB cable provides up to 2 hours of use while full charging capacity takes approximately 3 hours.1
  • Compact signal processor
    The MDR-HW700DS includes a compact transmitter with source and signal indicators and offers a variety of inputs for your convenience. Choose between 3 HDMI® inputs, traditional RCA inputs for analog signals or optical input for legacy equipment.
  • Designed for comfort
    The MDR-HW700DS wireless headphones not only sound incredible but they are also extremely comfortable and stylish thanks to their light-weight, adjustable padded headband design and memory foam ear-cups

Specifications:

Audio

  • Effective Range: Approximately 98 feet (30 m) maximum¹
  • Transmitter: 2.4GHz: 2,412 MHz/2,438 MHz/2,464 MHz 5.2GHz: 5,180 MHz/5,210 MHz/5,240 MHz 5.8GHz: 5,736 MHz/5,762 MHz/5,814 MHz
  • Driver Unit: 50 mm Dome type Closed/Dynamic
  • Volume Control: Yes (Rotary)
  • Audio Modes: Cinema, Game, Voice and Off
  • Frequency Response: 5 - 25,000 Hz
  • Audio Format(s) Supported: Compatible with Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS Express, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS, DTS Neo:X and Linear PCM.
  • Color: Black / Silver

General

  • Type of Use: Home: Wireless Surround Sound
  • Design: Headband: Around the ear (Circum-aural)
  • Power On/Off: ON/OFF switch on ear-cup
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Headband: Padded, Adjustable w/Swivel Ear-cups

Hardware

  • Headphone Type: Closed, Dynamic
  • Communication: Wireless Digital Dual-band: 2.4/5 GHz Radio Frequency

Inputs and Outputs

  • Audio In: HDMI (x3), Optical Digital Input (x1), Analog Stereo Input RCA (x1)

Power

  • Power Requirements: Rechargeable, built-in Lithium-Ion battery (supplied)
  • Battery Type: Built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
  • Battery Life (Approx): Approximately 12 hours1
  • Input Power: DC Power Adaptor (12V)
  • Battery Indicator: Power-on LED indicator
  • Battery Charging (Approx): Approximately 3 hours

Speaker

  • Sound Enhancer: Off, Voice (stereo), Game, Cinema, Compression (Off/On)
  • Tuning: Auto Tuning on headphones

Approximate Measurements:

  • Cord Length (Micro-USB): 59"
  • Optical Input Cable: 59"
  • Transmitter: 8.75 x 1.31 x 6.25 in

Approximate Weight:

  • Headphones: 11.3 oz
  • Including supplied battery Processor: 15.2 oz.
  • Shipping: 4 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
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TypeOver-Ear
Wired Or WirelessWireless
Ideal For Wireless TV UseYes
iPod ControlsNo
Sound IsolatingNo
Noise CancelingNo
Mobile Phone ControlsNo
MicrophoneNo
Power SwitchYes
Volume ControlYes
Water ResistantNo
  

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Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones
 
4.2

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An Amazing Product in spite of silly Missteps

I've had these headphones for several months now and overall am very happy with them. By far and away, they outperform any bluetooth headphones on the market and they are comparable to any other...Read complete review

I've had these headphones for several months now and overall am very happy with them. By far and away, they outperform any bluetooth headphones on the market and they are comparable to any other wireless option out there. They don't match the clarity of a $150 set of wired Grado cans, but then I wouldn't expect them to. They do reproduce audio from movies and other video sources with suprising fidelity and even do a decent job reproducing high-end music, including 192MHz 24-bit sources. The surround sound aspect is synthetic - a DSP box connected to surround sound source uses psychoacoustics to create the illusion of depth. It's amazing how well this works - sounds really do seem to eminate from discrete locations around the room. Where the illusion falls apart, surprisingly, is with stereo sources. One would expect that the Sony DSP would do a decent job of projecting a musical soundstage in front of the listener, but it doesn't. Music still tends to sound like it's originating inside the listener's head, particularly with classical music. None of the options provided seems to improve this situation either - Sony really needs to fix this. In spite of these flaws, this is an excellent set of cans. There are, however, some really silly missteps that detract from an otherwise excellent product. The finish of the headphones is plastic and feels pretty cheap - definitely not what one would expect at this price point. Even more ridiculous is the lack of a case or stand for the headphones. This product clearly is intended to be used with a home theater setup. The DSP/Transmitter box connects directly between my TV and my Oppo Blu-Ray player. So where am I supposed to keep the headphones when not in use? There's no case to store them in. There's no stand to hang them up on. There isn't even a charger - just a standard USB cable. Does Sony expect me to lay them out on the coffee table as a conversation piece? The lack of even a flimsy plastic pouch to store them in is a shocking oversight. Secondly, the only way to switch inputs on the DSP/transmitter box is from the box itself, or using a button on the headphones. I guess Sony stupidly assumed that no one would ever use the transmitter without the headphones. However, if one makes the DSP/transmitter box a part of their home entertainment system, what are they supposed to do if they connect an always-on device such as a TiVo or Apple TV? Are they supposed to use the headphones as a remote control to switch inputs? Would it have been so difficult to have added a small infrared remote similar to those included with stand-alone HDMI switches? What good is having a built-in HDMI switch if it can't be used as an HDMI switch? Finally, the instruction manual is poorly written and contains multiple grammatical errors. This "Japanese" English is reminescent of the manuals Sony used to put out ine the 1960s - something I thought Sony had long put behind them. Sony has some real blockbuster consumer electronics products out there now, including what are arguably the best video game systems and some of the best digital cameras money can buy. With gaffs like these, however, it's no wonder the Koreans are eating Sony's lunch.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Frustrating controls

Having used hearing aids while watching T.V., and having bought a new TV for my bedroom I decieded to buy another headset for replacement.

The set I replaced had multiple...Read complete review

Having used hearing aids while watching T.V., and having bought a new TV for my bedroom I decieded to buy another headset for replacement.

The set I replaced had multiple settings on the sides of the ear piece, easy to adjust while wearing. I challenge any one to adjust this Sony while on your head. So sitting watching a program and needing to adjust you have to remove and adjust, not knowing if your went to far or not enough. It's realy ridiculous, since once you remove the unit from your ears to view the adjustment it shuts off

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1.0

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from 80907

Comments about Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones:

These things suck. You better just sticking with stereo headphones. My grado's sound better. As Fars as surround sound. ..really , where is it? What a joke.

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5.0

Luxury wireless headphone

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones:

Amazing headphones! I've had them for a year now, and use them every day. Fantastic sound with an increadibly long range. I use the HDMI/Analog switching to change between multiple screens. 10 out of 10

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3.0

very poor base. Way to ...

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Comments about Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones:

very poor base. Way to expensive for their quality.

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2.0

Frustrating controls

By 

from Northbrook Illinois

About Me Audiophile

Pros

  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Poor Value
  • Uncomfortable

Best Uses

  • Home Audio

Comments about Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones:

Having used hearing aids while watching T.V., and having bought a new TV for my bedroom I decieded to buy another headset for replacement.

The set I replaced had multiple settings on the sides of the ear piece, easy to adjust while wearing. I challenge any one to adjust this Sony while on your head. So sitting watching a program and needing to adjust you have to remove and adjust, not knowing if your went to far or not enough. It's realy ridiculous, since once you remove the unit from your ears to view the adjustment it shuts off

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm impressed

By 

from 11946

Comments about Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones:

I'm deaf in one ear and this makes up the difference. I only wish that Sony sold this in the USA too. I ordered it from Japan along with Japanese instructions. One has to go on line to download English instructions. All and all I love this product. Very low maintenance totally wireless and high quality sound. It's worth the extra buck you spend on it and it coordinates all the other products you have it hooked up to.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Amazing Product in spite of silly Missteps

By 

from 10002

Comments about Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones:

I've had these headphones for several months now and overall am very happy with them. By far and away, they outperform any bluetooth headphones on the market and they are comparable to any other wireless option out there. They don't match the clarity of a $150 set of wired Grado cans, but then I wouldn't expect them to. They do reproduce audio from movies and other video sources with suprising fidelity and even do a decent job reproducing high-end music, including 192MHz 24-bit sources. The surround sound aspect is synthetic - a DSP box connected to surround sound source uses psychoacoustics to create the illusion of depth. It's amazing how well this works - sounds really do seem to eminate from discrete locations around the room. Where the illusion falls apart, surprisingly, is with stereo sources. One would expect that the Sony DSP would do a decent job of projecting a musical soundstage in front of the listener, but it doesn't. Music still tends to sound like it's originating inside the listener's head, particularly with classical music. None of the options provided seems to improve this situation either - Sony really needs to fix this. In spite of these flaws, this is an excellent set of cans. There are, however, some really silly missteps that detract from an otherwise excellent product. The finish of the headphones is plastic and feels pretty cheap - definitely not what one would expect at this price point. Even more ridiculous is the lack of a case or stand for the headphones. This product clearly is intended to be used with a home theater setup. The DSP/Transmitter box connects directly between my TV and my Oppo Blu-Ray player. So where am I supposed to keep the headphones when not in use? There's no case to store them in. There's no stand to hang them up on. There isn't even a charger - just a standard USB cable. Does Sony expect me to lay them out on the coffee table as a conversation piece? The lack of even a flimsy plastic pouch to store them in is a shocking oversight. Secondly, the only way to switch inputs on the DSP/transmitter box is from the box itself, or using a button on the headphones. I guess Sony stupidly assumed that no one would ever use the transmitter without the headphones. However, if one makes the DSP/transmitter box a part of their home entertainment system, what are they supposed to do if they connect an always-on device such as a TiVo or Apple TV? Are they supposed to use the headphones as a remote control to switch inputs? Would it have been so difficult to have added a small infrared remote similar to those included with stand-alone HDMI switches? What good is having a built-in HDMI switch if it can't be used as an HDMI switch? Finally, the instruction manual is poorly written and contains multiple grammatical errors. This "Japanese" English is reminescent of the manuals Sony used to put out ine the 1960s - something I thought Sony had long put behind them. Sony has some real blockbuster consumer electronics products out there now, including what are arguably the best video game systems and some of the best digital cameras money can buy. With gaffs like these, however, it's no wonder the Koreans are eating Sony's lunch.

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5.0

What I had always hoped for

By 

from Lyon, France

Comments about Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones:

Watching a film on the TV becomes a whole new experience , and the term "total immersion" can be used literally .The unit is easy to set up , the headphones are extremely comfortable and the sonic environment they produce is quite astounding in its finesse and spacialisation.A marvellous investment for all lovers of true quality at a price which is , all things considered ,surprisingly affordable .

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Newest is best!

By 

from Sunnyvale, CA 94087, USA

Comments about Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones:

Great surround sound. This is also a HDMI switcher. Only one unusual aspect: switching from headphones to just TV sound blanks for a second or two. I have to pause the Directv and restart after the switch. This is not enough to downgrade a star though. All controls are available on the unit or headphones. Also, this new surround system is closed and over the ear. Hard to hear anyone else talking in the room. Sometimes a good thing. The old version (DP-IF5000) was an open over the ear headphone unit. Ear pads needed replacement on that unit after many years and were then unavailable. I think I will get an extra pair now if they are user replaceable. All in all, an outstanding unit. I suggest you read the specs as they are great.

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5.0

Quality and Enjoyable

By 

from Eastlake, OH 44095, USA

Comments about Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones:

These headphones are great. I bought them so I could watch movies late at night (night shift worker) with the surround effect and not disturb my family. The headphones fit very comfortably and give me no discomfort after 3 to 4 continued hours of use. I find that cinema mode is best for movies. Voice mode seems to work best for just regular TV viewing. I do notice that game mode does have more detail but seems to lack the surround of cinema mode. I just wish there was a way to custom set your own preferred sound. Battery life is pretty descent also.

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5.0

Excellent

By 

from Des Moines, Iowa

Comments about Sony Black Surround Sound Headphones:

Fantastic headphones - especially for home theater. True, not the same as a dedicated 7.1 system but none the less a very neat listening experience and to me preferable to some of the home theater systems out there which , to me, have unrealistic placing of sounds, especially from the rear. And for houses like mine where a thumping home theater is not realistic due to the poor sound insulation of modern construction I can watch at volumes without bothering others. Special effect sounds come through realistically with excellent base especially with blu-ray sources. Placement of sounds is realistic with a wide expansive soundstage. There is absolute silence in the background, no hiss, hum, etc. The only minor difficulty is sometimes when switching from the headphones to an external speaker system, it doesn't work automatically and you have to turn off the headphones and then turn the module where everything connects on and off. Also the manual (now available in English online) could be more clear in explaining what all of the settings do. Still haven't figured out a couple. Expensive? Yes - but well worth it even with the above minor caveats.

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