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  • 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 😛

Hey there friend and Welcome!

Before we get into the Sony MDR-V700 Review, grab a snack, sit back, and relax because…

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Ratings/Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Amp/DAC requirements
  8. Who do these headphones benefit?
  9. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  10. Consensus/Conclusion
  11. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!

Sony MDR-V700


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The MDR-V700’s main issue seems to be in its 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.


  • The swivel mechanism is convenient.
  • Good sound isolation.
  • Will reveal flaws in certain recordings.
  • Bass vibrates your head instead of blasting your eardrums. 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.

Video Review

Amp/DAC requirements

Didn’t see too much about amps, but what I did find is that a DAC does complement these well. How to choose a headphone amp!

One person mentioned the FiiO E11. I would go with the E10K for a headphone like this. The best headphone amp for the money.

Who do these headphones benefit?

Great for:

  • Beginning DJ’s
  • Hip-Hop
  • House
  • Podcasting
  • Airplanes
  • Trance/Techno
  • Gaming/Movies/TV
  • Drowning out co-workers. They will be waving and flailing their arms at you to get your attention. 😛

Not for:

  • Casual music listeners
  • Rock
  • Classical
  • Any sort of ballad
  • Piano
  • Violin
  • 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 is 10 feet long and 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 earpads on the real ones are very soft.
  • The chord is of 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.

Final Word

If you’re looking for a tried and true set of DJ headphones, the MDR V700s would make my shortlist, but I’m going to recommend something better today: The Sennheiser HD25. It’s been around forever and its 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:


The momentum is also a great all-around headphone, so if you don’t need something specifically for DJ’ing, it’s definitely worthy of consideration.

Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Sony MDR V700 Review.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please Contact me!!

Would you take a gamble on these? I would love to hear from you. Until next time..

All the best and God bless,





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Sony MDR V700


Sound Quality




Build Quality





  • Amazing Bass
  • Great for DJ's
  • Good sound isolation


  • Comfort declines over time
  • Build quality is so so

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Brad Iverson August 18, 2019 - 8:49 pm

Under “How to know if yours are real:” you state, “They don’t use the CE logo inside the headband.” However, there is an image, fourth one down, of a real Sony MDR-V700 that shows the CE logo on the inside of the headband on this page: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/real-sony-mdr-v700dj-lots-of-pictures.533077/

Stuart Charles Black August 18, 2019 - 9:28 pm

Thank you so much for pointing that out. It must have been a typo on my end. I did extensive research on these before writing that stuff. I will edit it to reflect that as I dug around a bit. It’s been so long since I wrote this article that I had to refresh my research.

Brad Iverson August 18, 2019 - 8:51 pm

Another thing I saw in those images about the real Sony MDR-V700. One of them says “Made in Japan” but you said it is only real if it says “Made in Thailand”.

Stuart Charles Black August 18, 2019 - 9:29 pm

Another good catch. I have no idea why I said that as I know full well Sony products are made in Japan, lol. Thanks again Brad!


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