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Sony MDR-V900HD Studio Monitor Type Headphones HD Driver

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Rated #303 in Over-Ear

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Pros: Great highs, mids, and comfort

Cons: Rapid bass response drop on low end

I've had Sony MDR-V6s for about 12 years, and I was looking for an upgrade. The Sony MDR-V900HD seemed to fit the bill, and I wanted to love these.

 

In many ways, I was not disappointed. Good comfort, isolation. The clarity of the mids and highs is exceptional. I can see why people that buy the V900s love them (or the MDR-7509HD, same headphone, different styling). Their highs and mids have a precision and accuracy that is alluring.

 

However, the bass response is lackluster. While I knew from seeing frequency response charts of the 7509HD that this might be a problem, I had high hopes that the bass response might be enough for me. Unfortunately, it's audibly obvious that the bass starts to roll off rather steeply below 100hz. And when I EQd the lower frequencies up to flatten the response, I didn't feel that the texture/detail of the bass response was up to that of the mids and highs. The bass detail was very good, but not great. 

 

So while the phones are otherwise excellent, it doesn't make sense to me that Sony would design a monitor headphone for the digital age with the "HD" moniker that doesn't have a fairly flat--or at least more gradual sloping--low end response. There is simply more music than ever using the lower bass frequencies (e.g., compare modern/alternative rock with classic rock). And let's not even talk about movie watching on a pair of cans. The MDR-V6s can handle it. Why not a more expensive, revised model in their monitor series?  

 

My final recommendation is an analogy: if you are the kind of person that is satisfied with the bass response from a great pair of 6.5" driver bookshelf/monitor speakers, than these could be an excellent choice for you. But if you are looking for the low end reaching bass response of a pair of floorstanding speakers, look somewhere else. 

Sony MDR-V900HD Studio Monitor Type Headphones HD Driver
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These supreme headphones use Sony exclusive technology - High Definition drivers ¿ that reproduces wide frequency, up to 80KHz and has high power capacity. Carefully designed to stand at the same level of the sound quality, these Studio Monitor style headphones feature premium piano black earpieces, wide and adjustable headband.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandSony
ColorBlack
EAN0027242689879
FeatureConcealed, single-sided class 1LC-OFC coiled cord
LabelSony
List Price$259.99
ManufacturerSony
ModelMDR-V900HD
MPNMDR-V900HD
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameHEADPHONES
PublisherSony
StudioSony
TitleSony MDR-V900HD Studio Monitor Type Headphones HD Driver
UPC027242450059
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
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