Product Type: Sony headphones
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Sony MDR V150
Member Name: Genghis83
Sony MDR V150
Advantages: Cheap, great sound quality, 6.3mm stereo adapter included
Disadvantages: No padding on headband
I don't know about you, but in my house there are regular viewing clashes on TV. My girlfriend wants to watch a programme about baking cakes or a trashy film, while I want to watch football or the UFC...you can clearly see how this might lead to conflict. TV nowadays rarely transcends gender like it used too, the days of sitting down and watching TV as a family seem to be dwindling as programmes are geared more and more to a specific target audience, rather than involving everybody.
Then came internet TV, on-demand services that helped alleviate this problem...but what happens when we both want to watch something at the same time, in the same room? Well that's why I bought these headphones.
I mainly use mine while streaming sports on my laptop, or watching a film featuring some brutish actor with limited vocabulary using guns and martial arts to outwit the 'bad guy'...don't judge me lol. In addition to this though I do occasionally use them to listen to music, so I feel I am able to offer a balanced opinion on the sound quality.
You'll notice when using these that the sound quality is crisp and clear, with good levels of bass and treble. They provide a balanced sound even when turned up loud. To say I have an eclectic taste in music would be an understatement, but these headphones provide a great experience, listening to all genres, something that can't be said of many headphones in this price bracket! They are equally adept at providing the required audio atmosphere when watching films, be it action, horror...or whatever else may take your fancy.
In terms of build quality they are pretty decent. I paid £12.99 for mine about 10 months ago and you'd think there has to be a trade-off somewhere, but if there is, it's not glaringly obvious. The only real downside in terms of design is that there is no padding on the 'headband' and as they are made of plastic, this can become quite uncomfortable after prolonged use. In terms of how they feel on the ears, the padding is sufficient and I find them to be comfortable with continued use of 2 to 3 hours. I've read reports of other people breaking these on first use, but my experience is that they are durable, just don't sit/stand on them and you should be ok.
You'll have realised from what I've written so far that I use these indoor, this is primarily as I prefer in-ear earphones if I'm on the move. However, even if I did want to use these outdoors I probably wouldn't as the cable length is 2 metres and it's like a twin wire (I don't know the correct term so apologies). As a result I wouldn't recommend them for use on the go, but I guess that part is down to personal preference really.
One of the features of these headphones is the reversible housing, supposedly for DJ monitoring. For those that don't know, this basically means the ear-cups can swivel so you can lay one ear-cup flat against your ear listening to the music, whilst also listening to what's going on around you. Now, I'm no DJ so I'm probably not best placed to comment, but my personal opinion would be that these are a little flimsy for that purpose and I suspect regular use like this would lead to the ear-cup breaking off.
Packaging wise they came in the standard plastic blister packaging, but the Sony branding did make them stand out on the shelf. Included in the packaging is a 6.3 mm (1/4") stereo adapter. My TV has a 6.3mm jack whereas my laptop has a 3.5mm jack...therefore I think this is a very welcome addition as it meant I didn't have to buy one separately.
I'm torn in my rating of these as I can't give half stars. Sure they're not perfect, but I think when reviewing something you need to take everything into account and, given the current economic climate, price is probably a big part of that. On that basis I think these are worthy of a 5 star rating...but I'd have given them 4.5 if I could as a bit of padding on the headband would have been most welcome!
These can be bought for less than £10 online now. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say where but you'll find them easily enough if you have a PLAY around in the AMAZON style jungle that is the internet.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: For the price I doubt you'll find better
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