Sony MDR-DS6500

Digital Surround Sound Wireless Headphones with up to 328ft Range

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Liberating users from the binding nets of cable wire, the MDR-DS6500 allows users to experience unparalleled freedom while enjoying quality sound. 7.1 channel digital surround reaches a range of up to 328 feet from the transmitter in any direction. Paired with powerful 440mm drivers and 20 hours of battery life, the MDR-DS6500 is a completely immersive home entertainment device that offers quality sound ranging from music, games, and movies. Users of the MDR-DS6500 are free to enjoy unfettered quality.

Product Features:

  • 7.1 channel digital surround sound wireless headphones
  • Sony-exclusive Virtualphones Technology (VT) provide superior sound imaging
  • Digital wireless transmission provides CD quality sound for a pure and detailed experience
  • Wide range of compatibility includes Dolby Digital, Doldby Digital Surround EX, DTS, DTS-ES Matrix, and DTS-ES
  • Approximately 20 hours of battery life provide reliable and enduring service
  • 40mm drivers capable of delivering clarity throughout the frequency range
Technical Specifications
  • Frequency response: 12Hz-22,000Hz
  • Neodymium magnets
  • Rotary volume control
  • Auto-tuning headphones
  • 1 optical input, 1 analog stereo input mini jack
  • Nickel-plated stereo mini plug
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty
Also Found As: MDRDS6500/M

Product History:

Sony MDR-DS6500 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Sony MDR-RF4000K thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Sony MDR-DS6500)

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Enclosed-Ear
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Lifestyle

This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Athlete:
Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

Audiophile:
For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

DJ:
Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

Gamer
This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Music Lover:
These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Student:
Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

Traveler:
Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Music Lover

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Wireless
1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

No
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Yes
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
12 - 22,000 Hz
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
40 mm
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
Dynamic
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Black
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.
Silver

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
68%
4 Star
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3 Star
5%
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Average Attribution Rating

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4.6
Value
4.4
Features
4.5
Design
4.6
Usability
4.7
Jeff

Bentley, Mi.

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Sony MDR-DS6500

March 16, 2014

sound is great can't walk as far as 30 feet w/o losing sound so that is my only disappointment.

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Steve

Austin, TX

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Excellent Quality

January 8, 2014

The sound is exceptional. I bought them for my husband and I am extremely happy with my choice. He likes the fact you can walk around and not miss hearing the TV. I like that I don't have to listen to it all the time! He likes them very much.

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perth

Australia

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Great value

January 6, 2014

Thank you for the fantastic product, good value, and prompt delivery. I'm very happy and recommending this product to every one.

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Kym

Tampa, FL

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Awesome wireless headphones

January 6, 2014

Long lasting battery; clear reception even when I go to another room; comfortable for hours. I've tried others; this is the best. And the price is very reasonable.

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Susan

Tilton, NH

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Disappointing

January 4, 2014

Purchased these for my elderly mother who is hearing impaired. Should have paid more attention to the customer reviews, at least a couple indicated that they aren't loud enough for the hearing impaired, and that's what we discovered. Additionally, the on-off button is difficult to use, my mother couldn't manage it. And, you really need to take the headphones off to adjust the volume. Have worn them myself in order to mute the TV. Thought the sound was pretty good, but there is echo. And, they became very uncomfortable half way through a movie. So, for my purposes, this was not a good choice.

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Ron

Powder Springs, GA

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Great Wireless Headset

January 3, 2014

Great surround sound and does a good job of keeping out the outside noise. You can either mute your TV or if someone else is also watching, they can control the TV volume and you can independently control the headset volume. Don't forget get to remove the round protective cap on the optical input plug before trying to plug into the TV as it looks like part of the plug. Sonic had the best prices at the time on line and much less than Best Buy.

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GHDuffer

Gig Harbor, WA

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Listen Quietly

December 6, 2013

I bought these because my spouse didn't want to listen to what I watch & wasn't shy about telling me so. Also, I have a Sony HDTV & speakers & these headphones mesh well with them. It works fine & are easy to use despite their size.

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Ritchie

Huntington, WV

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Great Sound

November 30, 2013

Very good quality sound!! I don't hear well and it has opened my world back up to listening to tv.

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Bpo217

Sherman Oaks, CA

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Movies and games sounding better than ever - wirelessly

November 22, 2013

High quality sound. Gaming surround is perfect. Just as good as the top of the line corded headsets. It is the most comfortable pair of headphones I have ever worn. Incredibly adjustable. Hours of wear, still comfortable. Oh yeah, it does all this, wirelessly... Pretty sure it's worth every penny.

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Greg

Eagle River, AK

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Great Sound

November 11, 2013

These Sony headphones have great sound quality. They're comfortable, they were easy to connect to my HDTV, and now I don't have to continuously ask my wife about who says what when watching movies. I had considered Sennheiser headphones (I believe the RS 170 if memory serves me correctly) but decided against it after I had read reviews indicating that there is a noticeable lag between the audio and video. I have noticed no such issue with the Sony headphones. Although I've owned these headphones for about a month, I hope they have a decent service life. This also was my first purchase from Sonic Electronix and I was impressed with their price and service.

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Robert

Florida

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is expensive but worth the price

September 27, 2013

it has great sound, a Little bulky, but for surround Tv perfect

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Jhaley

Hays, Kansas

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Great Sound- Great Quality !

September 17, 2013

I always need the volume loud when we watch TV and it drives my wife crazy. These headphones allow me to adust the audio to my comfort level, while allowing my wife to listen at her level. They fit great, very comfortable, easy to use, easy to hook up. I can even get up and walk into the kitchen to get a snack while still listening! Digital audio sound is great! Surround sounds great ! I would suggest these to anybody !

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bronson,fl.

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heaven sent

July 2, 2013

these headphones have saved my marriage. they sound absolutely fantastic and are comfortable to wear for long periods. by using an optical digital cable from my direct tv box I receive crisp, clear, non-hissing sound. i don't have to turn up the tv any time of day to actually hear and enjoy any show or movie I want. to me they sound as good as some wired headphones I have used in the past- now I can walk outside, go into the kitchen or into the computer room without missing a sound. best electronics purchase I have made in years.

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Jerry K

Broomfield, CO

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MDR-DS6500 Amazing Performance!!!

June 20, 2013

Absolutely love these wireless headphones. This is the fourth pair of wireless headphones I've owned and will be my last! The offerings from other manufacturers are certainly lower cost (I tried JVC, Rocketfish, and low-end Sony RF models), but performance varies from poor to completely unreliable. The Sony MDR-DS6500 is crystal clear, acoustically near perfect, exceptional battery life, phenomenal outside noise cancellation, and flawlessly reliable.

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Geoerge

Lantana, FL

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Top Notch Product

June 6, 2013

With my hearing lose I needed something to keep from bothering the neighbors when I watch TV or listen to music. These headphones are great. They're easy to use, turn off and recharge automatically when you put them on the charger stand and have a great sound quality.

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Vern

Canada

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Great Sound

May 15, 2013

These cordless headphones are the best sounding and most comfortable headphones I have owned, cordless or otherwise.

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Richard

West Springfield, MA

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Pure Enjoyment

May 13, 2013

Comfortable, easy to wear, great sound. Best when TV is on mute!(Small delay in sound creates sort of an echo. No more complaints from my wife that the sound on the TV is too loud.

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Andy

Canada

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very good

April 23, 2013

Works well: comfortable, great sound without over boosted bass, good surround effect, no hiss or spurious noise. Only wish that batteries were accessible in case of failure.

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BitterrootBull

Montana

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great sound

April 1, 2013

Great sound and very comfortable. My husband uses these for hours each day and after 3 months still loves them.

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Mickey

Chicagoland, IL

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These Are Just Fantastic

March 11, 2013

I've gone through two of a less expensive competitor's product and they simply broke. Their fragility was confirmed when the 2nd unit broke in the same place, right where the right headphone connects to the headband. So I took the gamble on this pricier unit, and am more than happy. Not only are they very durable, but the sound is amazingly clear in all 5 channels, but the ability to easily switch from digital to analog is perfect for my needs. I also love that by simply laying the headset back on its cradle, it starts recharging it, AND turns it off. If you are looking for a great surround sound wireless headset, look no further. You've found the best.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

MDR-DS6500

UPC

027242806900

Weight

3.50lbs

Internal SKU

mdrds6500

Internal Product ID

44288

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Sony MDR-DS6500