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Sony MDRDS6500 Digital Surround Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 220 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 6.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price5.0   above average
Comfortable4.8   above average
Quality4.8   above average
Wireless4.8   above average
Range4.7   above average
Surround4.4   average
Video4.4   average
Noise4.3   above average
Sound4.3   average
Volume3.9   average
Control3.7   average


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Battery

Battery:
"Head phone battery does not work very well."
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"Other reviews I read complained about the battery life and not being able to change the battery."
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"I thought that sony with all its features (optical IO) will be the one which can perform against RS-180... but for me old one RS180 is better choice because of - ergonomics (when you wear sony for long time it uncomfortable)overall - sony sound is good, battery life is OK for me(if you don't wear it for whole day ...)conclusion - for me if sony is 30% cheaper than RS-180, and you do not have to use it longer than 2 hours it is good choice! "
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"I also love the charging stand and the battery life."
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"The MDRDS6500 headphones have excellent battery life - 20 hours."
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"I thought that sony with all its features (optical IO) will be the one which can perform against RS-180... but for me old one RS180 is better choice because of - ergonomics (when you wear sony for long time it uncomfortable)overall - sony sound is good, battery life is OK for me(if you don't wear it for whole day ...)conclusion - for me if sony is 30% cheaper than RS-180, and you do not have to use it longer than 2 hours it is good choice! "
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"I would like to be able to replace the batteries but maybe I will never have to."
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"I can honestly say that if you buy the Sony without any comparison and can live with the battery issue you would love them."
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Charging

Charging:
"My only complaint is the charging station... or more so the actual power adapter."
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"Sounds good, wish there was a treble boost(my hearing issue), great charge length, don't like the hole in the padding at the very top where the charger connects to the headset head band-find myself shifting it around after extended wear."
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"They're super comfortable, they charge in 3 hours and last for 20 hours."
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"They are comfortable and easy to adjust, Charger connection is easy and works well with indicator light."
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"The charging stand is easy to use and and convenient."
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"I also love the charging stand and the battery life."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Not only do I get a theater quality sound but they are extremely comfortable over my ears - a problem with less expensive headphones."
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"Great sound, very comfortable, and easy to use."
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"They are comfortable and the sound quality is amazing."
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"Best wireless headphones I have ever bought, very comfortable and well made"
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"The headset is comfortable, the sound is crystal clear, and the surround sound effect is great fun when watching action movies."
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"Though an excellent product, very comfortable, light, great sound and good price (now that it's under US 200), it's far from being surround."
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Connection

Connection:
"Mom made dad get a headset because TV was blaring... Did some quick research found this unit, connected to optical output of LG TV, no problem, easy quick, sounds good, great range, he is using the compression switch to reduce the wide dynamic range in normal mode."
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"NOTE:These are no longer a current Sony catalog item; they were supplanted by a new set that allow easier connection of several sets of 'phones."
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"The setup was quite easy with just one optical cable connected to the TV (three are connections for both analog and digital)."
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"So, no faulty wrong connectivity here."
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"Sony's new model of this item comes with an HDMI connection making life much easier."
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"The Sony transmitter connected immediately and the sound was perfect."
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Control

Control:
"So far I have not been able to rig up something similar for the volume control since (still flush) it rotates within the headband."
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"Any one who wants more control will be disappointed."
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"The controls are hard to work for volume."
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"The only concern i have with them is the voluum control is very hard to change when you are wearing them."
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"good sound, easy to install, great control."
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"Further, also unlike the Sennheiser, there is no independent volume control for left and right (amazing--again, what about the hearing impaired with one ear better than the other?"
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"Now my new control protrudes several millimeters and I can easily find and press it with my fingers with no removing the headset."
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"These flush controls are incredibly stupid of Sony and a great annoyance."
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"To adjust the volume as well, the controls are also nearly flush with the head band."
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Noise

Noise:
"I have background noise filtering problems, and these headphones are great for allowing me to hear the TV despite ambient sound."
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"The shallower ear cups hurts the sound isolation noticeably, so if you're in a noisy room or area you'll suffer from this drawback a little bit."
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"The ear pieces cover your ears and do a great job of blocking out other noises but I do find my ears to get a bit warm when I wear them for a long time."
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"It does a wonderful job at blocking out external noises; in fact, when I'm wearing them, I slip into my own private zone and this is a wonderfully indirect way to not be bothered by chit-chat when you're not in the mood for it."
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"I have background noise filtering problems, and these headphones are great for allowing me to hear the TV despite ambient sound."
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"The only thing I find is less than perfect is that it doesn't block all the noise."
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"Very nice headphones, would be a five star but they are not noise canceling headphones, and the volume is not very loud"
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Price

Price:
"Easy to hook up easy to use good sound quality I got my money's worth"
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"Outstanding performance and quality at an affordable price."
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"If you have that in mind, it's, probably, the best buy for wireless headphones at this price range."
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"Though an excellent product, very comfortable, light, great sound and good price (now that it's under US 200), it's far from being surround."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not only do I get a theater quality sound but they are extremely comfortable over my ears - a problem with less expensive headphones."
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"Your usual great Sony quality - no hiss -wonderful bass."
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"Easy to hook up easy to use good sound quality I got my money's worth"
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"Outstanding performance and quality at an affordable price."
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"Very good quality product and very fast delivery,"
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"these headphones have great sound quality and fit properly over the ear"
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"They are comfortable and the sound quality is amazing."
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Range

Range:
"Mom made dad get a headset because TV was blaring... Did some quick research found this unit, connected to optical output of LG TV, no problem, easy quick, sounds good, great range, he is using the compression switch to reduce the wide dynamic range in normal mode."
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"If you have that in mind, it's, probably, the best buy for wireless headphones at this price range."
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"The range is excellent an I can go any where in my house without losing sound...Even out in my garage."
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"Its clear line-of-sight range is as advertised, and I found that it will still reliably transmit inside the house about 30', which includes going through a wooden entertainment center cabinet and four interior walls."
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"Comfortable, good range, good sound."
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"The sound is detailed and the unit has a good range."
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Setting

Setting:
"Unfortunately the delay caused a very noticable, annoying echo no matter what settings I tried."
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"In addition, I am disappointed in the tower settings for cinema, game etc."
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"Actually without setting the mode to Cinema I wasn't able to hear the bass output in some of the demo clips I was testing."
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"There's some nice settings to adjust the sound."
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"Crystal clear surround sound with three setting choices."
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"My father is 70 years old and not tech savvy and these are very easy to operate with different settings and volume controls."
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"-I'll continue to see if I can find a way to eliminate the hollow sound field effect while applying Cinema or Game sound fields and will update my review accordingly ( I look forward to any comments from those of you who have any suggestions with this issue), until then:Recommendations:-I do recommend the Sony MDRDS6500 Digital Surround Headphones (affordable, comfortable, truly wireless capable, and fantastic surround sound effects)-My recommended settings for a very pleasing home theater experience via wireless headsets include:*Use the optical digital cable only for maximum performance*INPUT = Digital*SOUND FIELD= Off*COMPRESSION= Off*ATT= 0db for TV, -8db for almost everything else* As of today October 20, 2012 and as someone else already mentioned, you can find these headphones for a much lower price with free shipping on Amazon."
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"However, if your preference is on dialogue and pretty good surround sound effects then I would continue to recommend leaving the Sound Field setting off and as I mention the difference in effects is minimal when using the enhanced sound field setting."
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Sound

Sound:
"Therefore, his sound would drop out and other weird things, such as the tv sound or soundbar going off or on would require him to get up and reboot either the 'phones or the dtv box."
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"Speakers, no matter how good, are dissipating the sound throughout the room."
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"These headphones were heavy and uncomfortable, and the sound kept cutting out."
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"However last summer I noticed that the low end base sounds were distorted so it is very annoying if I am watching a movie with LFE effects."
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"Not only do I get a theater quality sound but they are extremely comfortable over my ears - a problem with less expensive headphones."
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"Easy to hook up easy to use good sound quality I got my money's worth"
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"Great sound, very comfortable, and easy to use."
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"great what sound"
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"these headphones have great sound quality and fit properly over the ear"
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"good sound, easy to install, great control."
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Surround

Surround:
"The surround 5.1 sound isn't that great."
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"I WOULD NOT purchase these again because of the huge disappointment in surround sound feeling."
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"I could have picked up a much cheaper pair of wireless headphones that perform a virtual surround sound if i knew these would be such a disappointment."
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"I don't have great surround sound speakers from my receiver, but even they give me a much richer experience."
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"Unfortunately, i get a much better surround sound experience from a pair of Seinnh**** headphones on my computer, and they only create a virtual surround sound and cost a fraction of the price of these Sony's."
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"These are great headphones but, I couldn't get them to work with my Surround Sound DVD player event plugging it in direct."
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"NONE OFTHOSE PROBLEMS DO NOT EXIST WITH THIS SET OF 'PHONES... they're designed for surround formats and work perfectly as such."
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"I have had only good experiences with my surround sound headphones."
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"Able to hear more of what is said in shows vs just watching with the TV or surround sound."
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"Crystal clear surround sound with three setting choices."
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Video

Video:
"However last summer I noticed that the low end base sounds were distorted so it is very annoying if I am watching a movie with LFE effects."
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"The headphones became uncomfortable half way through a movie."
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"Great for movies!"
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"Sitting, walking anywhere in my 2 story house and attached garage, they work and stay comfortably on my head for long movies and I'm sure much longer if I needed."
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"The headset is comfortable, the sound is crystal clear, and the surround sound effect is great fun when watching action movies."
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"Let's me enjoy great sound with movies and games without keeping everyone else in the house from getting a good night's sleep."
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"All I want to now is find and watch a good movie."
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Volume

Volume:
"So far I have not been able to rig up something similar for the volume control since (still flush) it rotates within the headband."
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"my wife is thrilled that she doesn't have to listen to cranked up volume and the frustration of not being able to understand everything is gone."
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"watching tv became a frustrating chore- the volume was either too loud for my wife or quiet enough to prevent me from hearing, especially voices and normal conversation."
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"The controls are hard to work for volume."
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"There is no noticeable delay unless you have the volume up on your TV as well, then you can hear the time difference, but only then."
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"Further, also unlike the Sennheiser, there is no independent volume control for left and right (amazing--again, what about the hearing impaired with one ear better than the other?"
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"To adjust the volume as well, the controls are also nearly flush with the head band."
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"I wanted to be able to listen at a different volume level than output from the sound system speakers."
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"Sounded clear but at highest volume, you still could hardly hear the sound."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"The fact that the headphones are wireless and digital optical eliminates the problem of needing a AVR to run phones and one is using a digital rather than analog feed, and ugly wires to connect to the feed source."
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"Great wireless headphone."
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"Best wireless headphones I have ever bought, very comfortable and well made"
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"If you have that in mind, it's, probably, the best buy for wireless headphones at this price range."
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"They are comfortable, wireless, and my wife loves them when I am watching TV and she doesn't have to listen to it."
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"The wireless capability is really fine, fun to walk around the house and know when a program re-starts."
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