Product Review: Sony MDR-V600 Circumaural Studio Headphones

Product Review: Sony MDR-V600 Circumaural Studio Headphones
Product Review: Sony MDR-V600 Circumaural Studio Headphones

Studio headphones are designed to be high-quality, sound-proof cans that perform like no other. They are meant for detecting all elements of sound, and allow you to hear any and all nuisances needed when recording and creating audio.

If you’re in the market for a decent pair of studio headphones, whether for professional work for for the ultimate in music listening pleasure, then the Sony MDR-V600 studio headphones may be a good option for you. Read on to find out if these headphones live up to their price tag, and learn about any issues or problems these cans face.

Design

The design of the V600 cans are heavy-duty, tick, and durable. These are heavy, and you will certainly feel them on your head. They are matte black in color and feature an adjustable, cushioned headband, and cushioned closed ear cups. The cups can be folded up into the headband area to make them smaller and easier to store.

The ear cups are specially designed to fit the anatomy of the ear, not just sit over them or around them. This leads to superior comfort and allows you to wear them for an extended period of time without discomfort.

The cord is fairly thick and doesn’t seem like the type to short out easily – it is a coiled design, and sits at about five feet long when coiled. It comes with a standard 3.5mm plug, and a gold-plated 1″ stereo adapter.

Features

The V600 feature 40mm drivers, which will give a very deep, very strong bass response. The cord is attached to only one cup, which is much easier to work around versus the more common Y-shaped cord.

These cans are completely sound-proof, and will place themselves over the ears tightly, blocking out the external world. You won’t be able to hear nuisances even with a normal volume level on relatively ‘tame’ audio sources, such as podcasts or talk radio.

The cord is Oxygen-free copper, which means you won’t get sounds and disturbances from movements across the cord, a big problem with cheaper headphones.

Cons

Some people feel that the bass is enhanced too much and that it is overbearing when it comes to any type of music. It can wash out the mid ranges, and make it difficult to hear subtle sounds in music types such as opera. This is mostly dependent on what type of music you will be listening too, however, and what you preferences are.

Conclusion

These certainly are good headphones, and deliver clear, smooth, pleasant audio for all types of music. It will sound excellent no matter what you’re listening to, whether it be the radio or hip hop or classical scores.

The only issue that you may not like is the bass – it certainly isn’t harsh, but it is rumbling, thumping, and very much present. If you have a severe aversion to bass, then you might want to look for more ‘pure’ headphones.