Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Belatedly. I finally got around to purchasing the Sony MDR-V700s once I'd found them at cheaper than the £100 my local Sony centre wanted. I was hoping they would be a slot in replacement for the MDR-V600s that sit on the desk next to me at work: the V600s have lost the leatherette covering to the cups and now the foam is disintegrating. They still sound fine, but my desk is covered in perished headphone flesh.

Sadly Sony seems to have made some interesting design decisions with the V700s which I find hard to live with. The MDRs are DJ headphones all the way from the poxy V150s (the worst closed cups on earth) up to the V700s. What makes them suitable for work is the fact that they are closed back, so the guy next to you doesn't have to listen to your music all day and a reasonably high impedance so they work with the poxy output of most digital sources.

The V700s it turns out really are DJ headphones rather than the wannabes of their predecessor. I've never heard such bass in a set of phones. Unfortunately that's about all you can hear. I'm finding myself EQing the treble up, which, as they were bought for home studio work isn't what I wanted at all. I think I'll be adding the AKG studio phones to my christmas list.

Equally the other thing that makes the V600s great is their comfort. They sit just above the ear and cover the whole of the outside. The V700s have a rounder cup so the ear isn't completely covered and the fabric over the driver touches the ear. It's not totally uncomfortable, but you are aware of the phones being there all the time, which isn't ideal.

In summary, for environments where deep booty bass is a must the V700s are yer man; for monitoring or everday listening probably not. They will be added to the collection fo things that didn't quite work out.