Sony MDR-V55/BR DJ style Headphones

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Slim swivel folding style and reversible earcup for easy portability, Durable and lightweight flat cord, 40mm driver unit for high quality sound, Neodymium magnet delivers powerful sound, Resists high-power input up to 1,000mW

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Pros: Great BASS Response,Pumping And Thumping,Highs Are Great,Mids Are Okay, Portable, Sounds Great Better Than Mdr -XB600 (Rubbish) . Can Get !! LOUD !!
Cons: Creaky Build, Bit Fiddly ,But Thats Portability Design In Mind. Dont Hear Creaks When Listening 50% Vol. Cheap Materials Used For Earpads.
Better Than You Would Expect. Got these For 10 Dollars, Sounds Absolutely Amazing ,VERY LOUD When Connected To A Headphone Amp NX1 Or Better ,Or A Good Source Like A Sansa Mp3 Player Or Whatever Better Youve Got. As I Said BASS IS THERE, HIGHS TOO, MIDS Are ok. Basically They Beat My XB600 And If Were Talking About Beats Then They Definetly Beat The Dre Beats Solos And On Par With The Studios. Basically Theyre Cheap Now,Worth A Try ,Well Pleased,Theyre My Workout Headphones Now,Use Them With Sansa Fuze(Takes Micro Sd,And Rockbox Custom Firmware) With A NX1 Chinese Headphone Amp(Not Bad For 20$, 200hrs Battery Life) Very Loud,Pumps And Thumps,Eardrums Being Tickled. Apart For Creaky Build(Can Be Fixed With Spray Silicone) Havent Got A Bad Word To Say About These.
Hope Youll Find Your Headphones As Enjoyable As I Do.
Pros: The bass is really good without being overwhelming, they fold small, they feel solid
Cons: Poor isolation makes them useless in metro for example. Also, please don't use these in a library.
I see two big positives to these cans:
1/ the sound (nice fun V-shaped sound, a bit forward but not "in your face")
2/ they fold pretty small
As the isolation is not really good, these should be used in places where noise is not an issue. And this is for me the problem, I cannot use them in transports. This becomes a plus for people that plan to use them when they walk in the street as hearing what is happening around can save your life, but even then I would appreciate a little bit more isolation.
Also, I am wearing glasses and the comfort was an issue. I had HM5's pads on them which helped (but this changes the sound alot -> less bass) and even the isolation was improved, it was still not enough for me.
So for 50$, if you don't need isolation, these are nice little headphones to be tossed in a backpack (what a pitty they don't come with a pouch...).
Pros: Tight, punchy bass. Clarity. Sensitive. Resist distortion.
Cons: Limited soundstage. Cable doesn't detach.
Have had these for 3 months after losing a pair of Pioneer HDJ 500s. Preferred the look and build quality of the Pioneers, but the Sonys look ok and fold up nicely. The HDJ 500s didn't fold, but had one swivelling earcup and came with two detachable cables. From memory the Pioneers had a similar sound to the Sonys but with a bigger soundstage. Paid around the same for each (NZD $125) but the Pioneers we're supposedly on sale at half price, whereas I negotiated $25 off from the guy at the Sony store by pointing out online prices as low as 100 kiwi pesos.

Anyway this review is about the MDR V55s and I like them. My source is Spotify Premium set to "Extreme Quality" via a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Recently I added a FiiO E07k Andes amp which gave increased volume and beefed up the bottom end. Mids and treble seemed to gain extra authority too. I've had to be a bit careful as I like it loud and with the amp these cans will go very loud without distorting. As do the less sensitive Logitech UE6000 'phones I just got for NZD $138 via Amazon. I've been running the Ultimate Ears in for a few days and can safely say the Sony's have them beat down low. Basslines and drums go lower, hit harder and the bass is tighter. Very impressive. The UE6000s produce more bass in terms of quantity once you switch on the noise cancellation, but the quality still lags behind the Sonys. On certain bass heavy tracks the UE6000 earcups will actually vibrate or resonate which I do enjoy so I guess I'm a basshead.

Moving on up the midrange performance is similar with the Sonys getting closer to the music (too close on poor recordings) while the UE6000s are buttery smooth, non fatiguing and have a much wider soundstage. Perhaps a touch more detail too while the Sonys can exhibit a hint of grain.

With regard to treble the Logitechs are smoother if rolled off and the Sonys have more sparkle which can be a bit bright over time.

Of course the build quality of the larger over ear 'phones is better, they look better and they are more comfy. The on ear MDR V55s can get a little uncomfortable after 30 minutes or so.

Overall I think the Sony MDR V55 cans are a bargain.

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Further to the review above, I feel obliged to make the following observations:

(a) With further burn in time the Logitech UE6000 over ears have improved markedly in the bass. Still don't go as low (as evidenced by the respective specs) or have quite the attack as the Sony's but otherwise pretty good now.

(b) Further listening has me convinced me the MDR V55s have a somewhat hollowed out midrange compared to the excellent mids of the UE cans. However the difference in soundstage isn't as marked as I suggested.

I still recommend the Sony 'phones but everything is relative. If you can still get the Logitechs for around 85USD on Amazon I'd say pay the extra if your budget permits.


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