Product Type: Sony headphones
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A Nearly Perfect Sound from Sony
Sony MDR V300
Member Name: Nar2
Sony MDR V300
Advantages: Adjustable cups perfect for any DJ, nice bass, very comfortable, lightweight, a bargain at £20.
Disadvantages: Different prices, can be too expensive, plastic quality not great, Leaks sound,
John Lewis came to my rescue initially as to what to try and get since they are the only store that seems to be open later than anyone else in Edinburgh and being so handy near to my flat and work it seemed the obvious choice at the time. The trouble was when I got there the headphones I had in mind the cheap ones seemed to be out of stock! Despite this I eventually chose out of a lengthy pricey range of headphones on sale, Sony's MDR-V300 large silver cup headphones that came in at a reasonable £19-99 and at the time I was really attracted by the silver look and smaller head phone cup size compared to the standard large types you can usually find. However this isn't my first foray with Sony headphones, the last pair were similar to these on look and design but proved to be disappointing with the shocking sound quality and lack of bass. Have things moved on?
The V300 design is purposefully designed for DJ type artists and workers who are used to using a single head phone to listen into what they are working on or mixing so the separate individual hinges that hold each head phone cup is a delightful addition and therefore has a reverse hinge idea. Not only does this support extra comfort whether you choose to wear these outside or in, they do look and feel comfortable even if Sony persist to use stretched PVC plastic to glue to your ears and although they sit on the outer lobs they cover my ears directing the sound to where it should go. Adjustment is easy as each side of the cup can be pulled down on a ratchet system that locks to the main head band - double and looped to support my head or anyone else who may have a slighter larger oval shape on their hair rather than completely circular. For the price however Sony's MDR V300 have a 3 metre cord and a handy screw in larger jack that can be used for sound systems that don't have the smaller jack hole. Being both gold plated they also have a slightly higher sound quality but this is very dependent on the sound system you have. Whilst I love the idea that the jack has screw threads on the smaller body, it's what you do with the larger jack that seems to be the problem if you buy headphones like these that have one free in the pack; unless you leave the larger jack at home there is simply no where else on these headphones that it can be stored whilst the headphones are in use - and if they are made for DJ's in general, a facility for optional size jacks would make sense - take note here Sony!
Through use on my PC, MAC and home keyboard the sound quality really does change according to what equalizer you have; if you have nothing for example, I find the sound does suffer in the higher depths of sound waves; there are no bass boosts or any other controls on the headphones themselves and I've got a feeling that if they were higher priced somewhat, Sony may well offer something like this to boost the sound. In their defence the V300 have a very rich warm bass which seems to be default set or maybe down to the fact that Sony has fitted something called "Neodymium" headphone magnets to produce a greater sound not least the gold plated points of the jacks that most premium brands fit for extra sound quality. When I raise the volume however the V300 suffers from sound leakage and at times the set tone can become too tinny only replaced by more bass if you happen to be able to adjust the tone on any device you own.
Comfortable even after being clamped to my ears for a few good hours, my lobes don't sweat as much which is good news and may be down to the fact that each ear cup is slightly smaller compared to larger cup head phones on the market. The cord itself is double ribbed in a plat style that grips surfaces very well and hardly kinks unlike other headphones I've had in the past. And although they are not as powerful as the JVC ones I had bought earlier in the year, the V300 don't disgrace themselves as good quality headphones from afar. Its close up that its smooth plastic quality starts to show imperfections.
In terms of storage the obvious weaknesses of a basic DJ style headphone product starts to make its design clear; although the headphones fold in, they can't fold all the way up into the band that would make these headphones unique and infinitely practical for storage, especially for travelling, or simply for putting away when not in use; the cups can fold inwards to the band but for true collapsing ability where it would make sense for the hinge that holds the main cups to fold inwards and upwards, this seems to be a design that has been passed by or forgotten. They are however very light compared to my JVC large cup headphones and the lightness is welcome here, particularly when storing away in over night bags. For most buyers however the fact that the head phones are comfortable and easily adjustable may well be all that they need to know when considering a purchase. It's a great pity then that the plastic blister packaging that contains the headphones are just like the iSound products that proved difficult to open!
For the price of £20 Sony have a good pair of headphones - much better in fact than the first headphones I had bought some time ago. In terms of value for money, the V300 just about makes the grade but for those looking for practical headphones they may consider the V300 suitable if only it wasn't for the poor plastic that the hinges are made out of - despite the silver colouring that looks classy and special, silver paint can only hide so much - and I suspect that may well be the reason to why they command so many different prices online and on the high street - so if they are priced any higher than £25 simply walk away. Thanks for reading. İNar2 2008
Sony MDR V300 DJ headphones
Price £19-99 to £24-98 John Lewis and online.
Summary: Not a bad effort from Sony but the plastic quality is disappointing.
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