Sony MDR V6 studio monitor series headphones | CLASSIC!

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The Sony MDR V6 studio monitor series headphones may just be the best headphones for mixing under $100! Before I get into why.. grab a snack, sit back and relax because,

You’ve come to the right place!!

What I will bring you in this review

  1. Specifications
  2. Summary
  3. Pros
  4. Cons
  5. Video Review
  6. Amp/DAC requirements
  7. Who these headphones benefit?
  8. Consensus/Conclusion
  9. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

Sony MDR V6

Sony MDR v6 studio monitor series headphones

Sony MDR V6 studio monitor series headphones


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  • type: closed back
  • fit: circumaural
  • impedance: 63 Ohm
  • frequency response: 5Hz – 30 kHz
  • material: plastic, a bit of metal, pleather
  • color: black, blue, red/pink, some gold


The Sony MDR V6 is a highly regarded, closed back audiophile headphone that is at it’s best in a studio environment. It’s extremely flat, and won’t really amaze you in anyway. It’s a mixing/reference can that proves to be very honest and neutral in it’s sound signature & presentation. It boasts a pristine clarity, but isn’t bass heavy. What the V6’s will give you is a tight, clear, controlled bass but nothing overpowering. It’s nothing like Beats by Dre, as these aren’t really made for bass-heads.

What is the difference between Closed back vs. open back headphones?

What’s startling to me about the MDR V6’s is that they have been around since the early 80’s, and maybe even late 70’s. If you look closely enough, you will see these around everywhere. They will last you a LONG time, and are about as reliable as it gets for studio monitoring. The sound spectrum is flawlessly represented here, although there may be a slight grain in the mid-range at first. You will start to hear things in recordings that you previously thought absent.

They are very closely related to their younger brother, the Sony MDR 7506. The only real differences are that the 7506 is said to have a bit more bass, but the treble end is compromised. Consumers wanted a top end with more clarity, and trust me it’s clear as crystal. But it’s also a bit harsh/shrill/sibilant. What does sibilant mean?

Check out my article on the Sony MDR V6 vs. MDR 7506 for an in depth discussion on the subtle differences!


  • Long life. As mentioned above, there have been people raving about the longevity factor with these. Being that they came out before I was even born, you can see why. If the term revolutionary could ever be used properly in context, it would be regarding these headphones.
  • Nearly indestructible. These have a proven track record of being some of the most rock solid headphones on the planet.
  • Trusted. These will be your go to solution, and they have proven time and again to deliver results in a studio monitoring environment as well as a casual setting. Some reviewers claim to have had them anywhere from 10-25 years.
  • Plug. All metal plug with strain relief is a nice added touch. It contributes greatly to their build and reliability over time. Uses a 3.5 mm jack with 1/4″ adapter.
  • No amp needed. They will play plenty loud on anything you use them with.
  • Also good for gaming because of that comfort factor, and the fact that you can hear very subtle nuances in sound.
  • Excels in both critical and casual listening situations
  • Very comfortable. Across the board this was an almost universal consensus.
  • They fold up nicely, but aren’t really meant for on the go situations due to the coiled chord.


  • Ear cushions will need to be replaced after some time, and the ear-cup may actually fall off. This was one of the main gripes with the V6’s. Being that I’ve owned the 7506’s, I can attest to this problem. The 2 are nearly identical, and the ear cup issue was one of my main dislikes about the phone.
  • A few reviewers have said that the left (or right) side has gone out after about a year + of use. Perhaps they got a lemon.
  • Don’t do well on the go, being that the coiled cable is bulky. It’s also non detachable.

Check out the video review/unboxing!

Amp/DAC requirements

These don’t need an amp, and by most accounts they sound plenty loud enough with any of your portable devices. There were a few reviewers who mentioned that the sound and bass is boosted a bit overall with an amp like: The Fiio E10K

One reviewer in particular said that he had previously owned them years back, loved them, but was not as impressed with the sound after he bought them years later. Only when he added a portable Amp/DAC combo did he recall that amazing sound again.

I would say you can always add an amp later if need be, given how many people were really impressed with them right out of the box.

Who these headphones benefit?

People looking for a flat neutral sound, conducive to mixing. Critical listeners.

Casual listeners looking for a crispy, uncolored sound. They do great with:

  • Jazz
  • Orchestra/Symphony
  • Classical
  • Gaming
  • pod-casting
  • live monitoring


A very neutral, flat, and even sounding set of headphones. They will not amaze you in anyway in regards to bass response, but the low end is tight and controlled. Overall they give you a pristine clarity and are some of the longest lasting cans in existence. Main gripe is the ear-cup issue. Other less common complaints are:

  • somewhat loose construction
  • left or right side of ear going out
  • folds when you don’t want them to fold; i.e. a bit flimsy

I should note again that these are true monitor/reference headphones. If the mix is bad you will know right away. You will also be able to decipher a good mix pretty easily as well.

Final Word

These are still around after 30+ years for a reason. They are solid, reliable, flat, and true to mixing. I would probably buy these if I had to choose a set of studio headphones to last me the rest of my life.


Well that’s about it for today folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed my rundown of the Sony MDR V6 studio monitor series headphones.

What do you think about them?? Let me know!!

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Let me know in the comments below or Contact me!! I would love to hear from you..

Until then, all the best and God bless..

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Sony MDR V6 studio monitor series headphones

Sony MDR V6 studio monitor series headphones





      Build Quality







            • clear, crisp, and tight
            • durable
            • tried and true, reliable
            • perfect for mixing
            • comfortable


            • non detachable cable
            • pads may rip over time
            • soundstage somewhat lacking


            1. Thanks for this article. I’ve been trying to find some solid headphones as a gift, but I am kinda clueless. I have heard the hype about beatz, but they seem overpriced and fad driven. I appreciate the comments of someone who uses the product and who obviously is passionate about music. Thanks for providing a link to them… that makes finding them so easy…you rock!!!

              • Enid!

                Thanks for stopping by, that’s what I’m here for 🙂 Hope you do decide on something sweet!! And yes, I’m very much passionate about all things music. Check out some of my beats as well!!

            2. I agree with what you said about beats by Dre. Totally overpriced for decent quality. The beats have a big margin because of all the advertising (packaging, advertising with celebrities etc.) while headphones like the MDR don’t spend that much on advertising. This definitely beats the price and quality of beats by a long shot.

              • Yeah man, this is an old school model that garners some of the most positive reviews on the planet! The V6’s definitely have flown under the radar for years now.. I had never even heard of them in passing.. The 7506’s are very similar and get most of the attention..

                Thanks for stopping by!


            3. I love that you’re exposing the beats by dre headphones. I’ve always thought that they over emphasized the bass and yet people seem obsessed with them.

              These seem like great headphones for people who are into high quality music who aren’t looking to stream crap for free. I know I’ve had a few pairs of headphones over the years that I paid a lot of money for and was greatly dissapointed.

              I’ll be sure to check out your website before i buy my next pair.



              • Hey Robert!

                I completely agree, and I hope you come back to my site in the future!! Thanks for dropping by..


            4. I would agree with the Dr. Dre being overrated with price and quality. I’m very into audio as i like my sounds to be together not feel like one is overriding another or distorting.

              If you had to chose which would be your choice for the best headphones? would it be these or another preference? like a few choices

              • Hm.. a tough question indeed. It really depends on a lot of factors: your budget, your intended use for them, open vs. closed back, etc.

                So I will try and categorize them. Keep in mind this is based on my experience with what I have, as well as what I’ve read. I’m sure there would be people that disagreed, but it’s a moot point.

                Great budget mixing cans: (all pairs I own or have owned) & closed back.

                1) Audio Technica ATH M50

                2) Sennheiser HD 280

                3) Sony MDR 7506 (very comparable to the MDR V6’s)

                Comparison article between 1 & 2!

                Article comparing 2 & 3!

                Higher grade mixing cans (flagship models): Open Backed

                Article comparing the three!

                1) Sennheiser HD 600

                2) Beyerdynamic DT880

                3) AKG K701 and 702

                Those are really the ones I have done the most research on. I have talked ad-nauseum on how great the M50’s are. If you’re just starting out I would go with those. None of them you can go wrong with though!

                Thanks for stopping by!!


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              • Hey Sirio!

                Thanks much for the kind words. I work quite a bit on this site, and strive to deliver the most unbiased information. I also aim to make my posts and articles as thorough as possible without getting so analytical that it compromises the structure and layout of my posts.. There comes a point when a consensus on a product must be reached. Because we are all different and have slightly differing opinions, what may be a positive to me might be a negative to another person. I simply cannot account for these finer subtle nuances in opinion. I would never get the article done! Lol.

                But anywho, I appreciate you stopping by. Come back anytime..


            6. Clear and tight bass is always essential when looking into good headphones. especially studio monitors. This is a great post and is very well laid out. I’m not a huge fan of the coiled cables either, but I do have a set of Bose that have it and it’s really not too bad. I just put the coil behind my head. As for the color, meh. I like the pair that SOUNDS the best and it seems these are ranked up there with some of the better ones. Thanks for an informative post!

              • Hey Paul!

                Thanks for stopping by! I have always hated the coiled chord, but since I got a pair of Sennheiser HD280’s they haven’t given me a problem at all!! I wonder if the Sony cable is just a pain? Lol. I have not tried the MDR V6’s personally, but I used to own a very similar model in the 7506’s. Another industry standard!

                Hope to hear from you again soon!


            7. Hey Stu I’ll be honest I do not know much about headphones. As Far as rap music I am not a big fan. You could say I am from the old school when it comes to music and these new genre are just not my thing. For the type of music that I would listen to like slow rock etc would these headphones be good for that? They sound like a great set of headphones from your description.

              • Hey Maureen!

                The MDR V6’s are a great set of headphones, and are flat and neutral in their response. This is very conducive to mixing. I don’t think they would necessarily be the type of headphones that you’re looking for. If you want something good for any kind of rock in general, I would recommend the Grado SR80i’s if you’re starting out. They are affordable and do very well in this application.

                Thanks for stopping by! Any other questions just ask 🙂


            8. Your post is very well laid out. I found it very informative. I would like to have seen the price as compared to other headphones within its respective field such as the other mentioned brands. I do like how the article is written and I feel it connects with the younger audiences.

              • Thanks for stopping by Tara! I will put up a little price comparison with some of the other models. Thank you much for the constructive feedback!

                All the best,


            9. Well you surely have some interesting views! Thank you for the deeply detailed explanation of your experience with the headphones. I always like an estimation how long the headphones tend to last, which was a great addition to the article. You fully described how the headphones sounded to you, giving us helpful adjectives to go by while we contemplate our decision! Thanks mate!

            10. Awesome post!! I am really interested in audiophile headphones. For too long I’ve been using “gaming” headsets and you pay all your money for plastic shrouds and poor sound quality. The Sony MDR v6’s look very elegant. Do you recommend the close back over open back? I have heard they can be good but the only problem is you can hear the outside world too much.

              Thanks in advance!

              • Hey Anthony!

                Glad you stopped by. It really depends on what you’re looking for. Are you searching for a good gaming headset? Some of the Open back models that I’ve reviewed do exceptionally well in this regard, because of their amazing sound-stage. This basically means that you are able to individually place the musicians on stage, and feel as if you’re there. For you, instead of hearing the music, you’re able to hear all the individual nuances of sound around you while playing, and can therefore make quicker and smarter decisions.

                Closed back models work better for sound isolation, and excel with genres like hip hop, EDM and the like. They are much more common, and work better as portable listening devices. They also won’t bother others around you.

                My top recommendation for an affordable open back model that does well for gaming? The Sennheiser HD 598. Can’t say enough good things about these.

                If you have any other questions, let me know!!


            11. Hello Stu. From my point of view, there are two different worlds in headphones. Marketed ones like Dr.Dre and the quality ones like Sony.

              I can see your passion, learning and adapting the revolutionary of headphones. I am sure you know most technological aspects of them.

              While the quality and experience is your first choice, don’t you think it’ll be nice to have more coloured options?

              • Yes Tar,

                You’re very right. It depends on the situation however. Most people looking at the Sony MDR V6’s will indeed be searching for flat reference monitor. I myself do enjoy a bit of added bass emphasis for general listening, but when I need to mix a track down I prefer an honest signature. The DT 990’s are a great all around, open back bass head can. As for closed back, some criticize the M50’s weird frequency response, and awkward “bloat” at the mid-bass range, but I still have had them for 3 years and enjoy the “fun” quality that they possess..

                If you have any other questions let me know!


            12. Ha I knew those Beats by Dre weren’t the real thing. It’s good to read it from someone who really knows about this stuff.

              Soundstage lacking? Lol I just had that today and I got confused for a while thinking someone was talking to me when nobody was there.

              Also I had a question, it surprises me that they have been around for so long! Usually when I buy headphones from Sony they break easily and its usually cheap quality from china.

              I had better a better experience with Panasonic. What do you think? do you know of any Panasonic products compared to Sony?

              • Benedetto!

                Hey man, the only real experience I’ve had with Panasonic is a fantastic one. In 2003 my dad bought me a Stereo system with 5 CD changer. I still have it to this day, and it still works like a charm. I really can’t recommend Panasonic enough, but I haven’t tried any of their headphones. I may have way back in the day, but can’t remember specifically. I think they used to sell them in drug stores if I’m not mistaken?

                As far as Sony, I can’t really say anything bad about them. They have been a reliable company for me for a long time as well. I’ve had countless Sony products and for the most part they are pretty solid.

                The MDR 7506 and V6 are both industry standards, and I’ve heard about people owning these for extremely long periods of time. I can’t personally vouch for that, because 1) I kind of abused them when I was more careless with my gear, and 2) I had problems with the ear-cups on the 7506 (peeling and also falling off completely).

                I still recommend them though because they were really reliable and had a very neutral sound overall. The 4.6/5 score on amazon out of almost 5,300 reviews combined (V6 + 7506) doesn’t lie.

                Some of the cheaper Sony models that I’ve had (The $20 sets) weren’t very reliable at all, and did end up snapping on me a few times. The funny part about that is that I continued buying them because I liked the sound so much. The Sony MDRV150 is a classic example of a great low end headphone that suffered from mediocre construction. It’s now considered old school, but I had a few pairs and they always snapped on me. Still a good headphone for what it was.

                Any other questions just ask!


            13. These seem like great headphones! I’m on the currently on the hunt for some monitoring headphones for when I’m in the studio. Obviously it’s good that they’re flat response for studio work but when I’m outside of the studio do you think these won’t be as good? For everyday listening? Thanks again – interesting read!

              • Hey Lewis!

                They do good for everyday listening, but may not be as portable as you would like due to that coiled cable. But as far as in studio, they are phenomenal. If you have any other questions please ask!



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