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 don’t use the CE logo inside the headband.
They say made in Thailand.
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: