Ah, the good old Sony MDR V150’s. For the longest time I couldn’t remember what model these were exactly. I must’ve had at least 4 or 5 pairs over the years. Before I knew about the Sony MDR 7506’s, these were my main squeeze back in the late 90’s.
Though I did love the sound, there were always a couple of glaring flaws that I kind of ignored: Discomfort and build quality. Now the build isn’t awful, but they do have a tendency to snap around the adjustment mechanism area. Keep in mind that I did sleep with them a lot, so that definitely contributed to the stress. Also be aware that the ear-cup padding will flake and peel over time as well.
Other than that they were always a pretty solid set of headphones for me and held up admirably over time. I’m pretty sure if I bought a pair nowadays, they would last a lot longer (I’m older and wiser, hehe).
I had always thought the sound was good, but then again I didn’t know anything better. Comparing them to your standard set of reference monitors, these pale in comparison unfortunately. The bass is pretty muddied up, and the sound overall is just kind of mediocre. But they hold a special place in my heart and the sound is decent for what you’re paying.
Build quality around the hinge/adjustment mechanism is poor. There’s a good chance they will snap on you like your high school history teacher. Lol.
Casual listeners. Back when I didn’t know too much about headphones, I thought that these were cream of the crop. Lol. It just goes to show how ignorant I was.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
Just know that although they say “monitor headphones” they are anything but. The bass response is much too bloated for them to be anything close to studio monitors.
They do not isolate sound very well.
If you’re planning on staying put with these headphones, they will probably perform pretty well. But if you’re going to be carrying them around with you everywhere, they’re going to inevitably break.
A decent set of headphones sound wise, but the comfort and build issues make these a no go.
I honestly don’t think these are bad headphones. If it’s your first foray, you could certainly do worse, but:
If you’re really after a good entry level headphone, I would most certainly go for something like a Sony MDR V6.
This is a product that has somehow remained relevant since the mid 80’s. In the current headphone climate, that’s quite an impressive feat considering the over abundance of, well, nearly everything nowadays.
The V6 is one of the those “can’t go wrong” headphones because of it’s fantastic sound signature. The bass is rolled off but articulates well and even has some impact. The mid-range is pretty much flawless, and reveals details with stunning precision. The treble, while hot at times, has fantastic sparkle and resolves well. If I could use one word to describe this headphone, it would be Resolution.
This is a headphone you can mix down with or enjoy casually too.
Consider a friend of mine Brennan Parker’s experience after I recommended to him the V6:
“I wanted to post this here so hopefully you see it. We were talking in the comments section of your HD25 review about whether to get those or the V6’s. I bought the V6’s and love them even for casual listening. I like them better than my HD 598’s in that regard actually. I’m a huge fan of your website and YouTube channel my dude, thanks so much for the help. It’s great that you actually engage with the people that follow you and help them out. Keep up the great work! You provide a great service for beginners like me. Thank you so much!”Brennan Parker
Universe Man Music felt the same:
“I just received my mdr-v6 in the mail. They are so much better than my wireless Sony headphones that cost the same… lol. Thank you for helping me with the purchase!”Universe Man Music
It’s just a solid headphone all around, representing that entry level audiophile sound to a T.
Stu is determined to help you make sound decisions, and strives to deliver the best and most in depth content on the internet! In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, pray, rap, make beats, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. His sense of humour, coupled with a knack for excellence and strict attention to detail are what allow him to stand out in an crowded industry.