Bought these for my teenager (who has suspected asd), too replace the exact same headphone which had given up after 1 1/2 years of near constant use. Good headphones, might not be the cheapest, but they last a lot longer than the £10 ones which make them comparatively good value in the long run (£10 headphones barely last 1 month with my teenager). I have borrowed the headphones myself and while not up to the same standard as my sony mdr-7506 headphones, they are pretty good if you are out and about or sat in a noisy café, without the 10ft cable of the sony mdr-7506 headphones.
Great for the home or indoors. My only issue is that one they are not wireless and two there is a very loud whistling noise when worn outside on windy days. May just be me and my strange ears but bear this in mind if you intend to wear them outside. Other than that a wonderful piece of kit. Update: added a wireless receiver and these are even better. Update: 11/05/16just ordered a second pair. My daughter uses the original pair i had with her yamaha digital piano. She love them and it means she can turn up the volume to actually hear the higher notes and keep out the background noise.
I bought them so i could listen to music or watch netflix on my ipad without disturbing everyone around me – everything sounds good through them and they’re comfy for a good 3-4 hours of use. I bought a hard shell case for them which keeps them dust free and protects them. The cable is also really good as it’s a flat cable so doesn’t tangle – could maybe do with being a touch longer i guess, but fine for what i use it for.
I like these headphones, the sound is good, decent bass without being excessive, solid mids and comfortable highs and the design looks great to me. Portability is excellent as they fold up neatly. However i found them extremely uncomfortable. I wear a medium in hats (57cm) and i have small ears but i found these to be quite painful after just an hour. They seemed to crush my ears to my skull, whether worn around my ears or pressing against, and i even found my ears ached for a few hours after i stopped wearing them. Otherwise build quality seems absolutely fine at this price point. The cable is not replaceable but the flat cord design along with the red silicon looks great and is a convenient length for wearing on the go. Not the massive loops of cable i find so annoying with my akg’s. One thing to be aware of is that if you move your head from side to side while playing quiet music you can hear the plastic creaking quite loudly. It isn’t a constant distraction but if you need a monitor quality headphone for studio work then these would not be your best choice.
As a radio presenter i regularly use (and need to replace) headphones. These were advertised as suitable for dj use, but is suspect the real target audience will be the disco crowd. While the phones claim a 5-25,000 hz frequency response, there is a noticeable bass emphasis which gives a slightly muffled sound on orchestral and some classical music. On a design basis, i found them slightly tight across my ears making them slightly uncomfortable for long term wear, and the connecting cable is very short for use in a studio when needing to reach about for disks and controls. That said, when these arrived i recognised them as a newer version of a set i had some years ago which loosened a little with use – however, they were borrowed by a fellow dj who immediately managed to fold the earpieces backwards, destroying the pivoting hinge rendering the phones virtually useless until liberally coated in epoxy (but no longer able to be folded).
Be warned they need to burn in a little before the treble starts coming through. At first all i could hear was a muffled rumble. It got better over many days of use. However the result is still a highly biased sound that you may like or not depending on your music and taste. The treble is weak and lost in the background, which is disappointing for something spec’d at 25khz. High-mids are ok and provide the only clarity counterbalancing the bass. Ample headroom with loads of punch, great for beats and those ominous bass notes common in scifi movie sound tracks. But the set struggles in delivering clearly the more complex/fast bass/drum lines found in some rock/metal, which tend to deteriorate towards rumble. Turning up the volume to hear the lost treble makes the bass really powerful.
For years i have used the sony mdr-v700 headphones for djing, and have gone through 3 pairs of them during my career. Those formative djing days are now over (sadly) and i am running my own business. That business involves ensuring that my employees work in peace and quiet without disturbances on the whole so i bought everyone in the office a set of these headphones. They have great sound quality, and look and feel great, can’t fault them. The flat cable is fantastic as you don’t get the annoying cable snarl up that you get on other headphones with the standard round cables. The only reason for not giving 5 stars though is that on the build front they aren’t quite up to the mdr-v700’s. When i eat my lunch wearing these headphones they make a funny (and very annoying) creaking sound – it’s the plastics rubbing together where the earphone cup joins to the headband. If it didn’t do that it would be an easy 5 stars. Still a great product as a reasonable price, and you will still look pretty cool walking around on the underground with a set of these on ignoring all of the other commuters out there. So, as long as you aren’t eating or chewing gum with them on they are great.
Sony has been in the audio technology business for a good while now, so when we get a pair of sony headphones in, our hopes are understandably high. Their design is attractive, and the sony mdr-v55 can be swivelled and folded to be easily carried around. The cushioned cans make the sony mdr-v55 comfortable to wear, though after half an album you’ll probably want a break. The lead, while a bit on the short side, is flattened to again make these headphones easy to carry about, as well as minimising knots and tangles. Of course it’s the sound quality that’s most important here, and unfortunately the sony mdr-v55 comes up short. The audio range seems pretty limited, with the sound feeling flat, and at higher levels suffering from distortion. Bass-heavy headphones at this relatively affordable price tend to fail to hit the mark on sonics. Too often, the low-end obsession leads to a muggy character that doesn’t hold up to close inspection. In providing a fat bottom-end as well as decent clarity and separation, the sony mdr-v55 buck this trend. The treble could be a little smoother, but these are not harsh-sounding headphones either.
- Not uncomfortable at all.
- Nice but uncomfortable
Sony MDR-V55 DJ Stereo Headphones – Black
I was reading a lot of reviews complaining that these are uncomfortable after an hour or so. But for a pair of on-ear headphones they are probably the most comfortable design i have used to date (had many over the years). Any pair of on-ear headphones will press on the ear, and if you wear them for too long the ear will start to lose it’s shape, but these do it snugly, it’s like wrapping your ears in cotton-wool: i have been using a pair of on-ear marley headphones recently (a present) and i can tell you, that with a 5mm * 20mm piece of reinforced solid steel (it might actually be iron) running through them, the pain becomes literally traumatic, like putting your head in a vice, casino style. I put them over a football for a week to bend the metal, but it didn’t work, and the pain was acute, always. I swore i would never go for on-ear again, but i knew from the photograph of the mdr-v55’s that it wouldn’t be an issue. Those ones with the hard leather ear pad really do the damage, these are soft, relax. Sound wise they are what you would expect from sony, i have little official experience in the way of judging audio equipment, so i won’t go into too much detail in fear over-egging this review and sounding like an idiot, but it’s like art – you know what you like when you see/hear it. And as with most sony products, you will grow to love them even more as time goes on, and look forward to putting these on your head for a little aural treat when you are out and about. The low end is exaggerated somewhat, but who cares as long as they can handle it, and they really can.
Before you buy these, it’s worth hitting “save for later” and watching how the price fluctuates. I bought the black pair for £34 but when looking for a second pair yesterday the price jumped from £49 to £35 to £41. I realise different colours are priced differently; i was watching only the black. As for the actual headphones, they’re brilliant for £30-ish. I use them mostly with my electric piano and the sound is really clear. They lose a star because the headphone plug broke apart when i pulled it from the adapter jack going into my piano. I wasn’t using excessive force, and the headphones never travelled or endured any kind of stressed wear-and-tear. I’m hoping the second pair i’ve just bought will last longer.
- Not uncomfortable at all.
- Nice but uncomfortable
Sony MDR-V55 DJ Stereo Headphones – Black