8/18/19. Brad in the comments alerted me of some typos/mistakes. To know if yours are real, they will say made in Japan. For whatever reason I had the opposite and wrote “Made in Thailand.” He also pointed out that I had said there will NOT be a CE engraving on the inside if they are real. The opposite is also true – There WILL be a CE engraving if they are authentic. Many thanks Brad and I apologize for the errors. Must have been having a bad day when I wrote this 😛
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Before we get into the Sony MDR V700 Review, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
The MDR V700’s main issue seems to be in it’s design and build. The swivel joint mechanism, while convenient, is prone to breaking down over time.
They are also not that great for listening over a long period, as the ear-cups will start to hurt your ears and make them red.
The good news is that the negative reviews may have come from people with counterfeit models. Some users swear by these, and willingly buy them over and over again when they wear down and inevitably break.
Swivel mechanism is convenient.
Good sound isolation.
Will reveal flaws in certain recordings.
Bass vibrates your head instead of blasting your ear drums. It somehow does not overpower the mid-range or treble, which are also good.
Not durable enough/Build quality suspect. They tend to break around the swivel point. The headband is also quite fragile.
Not comfortable over a long period/hurts the ears.
Drowning out co-workers. They will be waving and flailing their arms at you to get your attention. 😛
Casual music listeners
Any sort of ballad
Home Studio use, as they will become uncomfortable fairly quickly. They are also not neutral, so would not do well for mixing and/or mastering.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
These do better for people with smaller ears.
The bass response isn’t really there at low levels.
The chord being 10 feet long is irritating for portable use.
They are pretty heavy, but fold up and come with a 1/4″ adapter.
The ear-cups won’t block out really loud background noise, but do well with the majority of it.
Beware of counterfeit models by making sure you buy from a reputable dealer.
A little tight for people with big melons.
How to know if yours are real:
They come in a full black box with a picture of the headphones in the front. They use the CE logo inside the headband.
They will say “Made in Japan.”
They are a lot sturdier and of better quality than the knockoffs.
The ear pads on the real ones are very soft.
The chord is of a better quality and also wider.
Even for people that reviewed a real model and not a counterfeit, there are still build quality issues around the hinge. Good, hard bass reproduction. The bass is what sets these apart. Not made for studio though. Definitely not neutral. Discomfort/pain can ensue after a period of time. Not good for long listening sessions.
If you’re looking for a tried and true set of DJ headphones, the MDR V700’s would make my short list, but I’m going to recommend something better today: The Sennheiser HD25. It’s been around forever and it’s durability is better than that of the 700. It’s also no one trick pony. The 700 really only thrives in a DJ setting, but the HD25 does well in a lot of instances. Interested in learning more? Check out:
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Sony MDR V700
Great for DJ's
Good sound isolation
Comfort declines over time
Build quality is so so
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Stuart Charles Black
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.