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.
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 any 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.
If you’re looking for a good set of headphones in this price range with a similar but better sound, the Sennheiser HD202’s are the solution. They are built much better, and the sound is fun without being too boomy or muddy. Interested in learning more? Check out my:
The next step up from the 202’s would be the MDRV6’s or 7506’s, which are very similar save for a couple of subtle things. This is where you really start to get a feel for what audiophile headphones sound like. Whereas you won’t hear much detail in a pair like the V150, the 7506/V6 is a whole different story. Interested in learning more about both?