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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)

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
Design
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
Isolation
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.
Value
Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Clarity/Detail
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
Tone/Timbre
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Bass
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

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
Headband 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
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
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Home/Office

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
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
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
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
Equalizer/Tunable
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
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.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

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

Home/RF Wireless
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
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child canít damage their ears while listening to music.
Foldable
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Detachable Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone can be detached from the headphones.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic:
Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic:
Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

Dynamic
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
40 mm
Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
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
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Accessories
Accessories included with the headphones
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.

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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
27%
3 Star
5%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.6
Value
4.4
Features
4.5
Design
4.6
Usability
4.7
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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peterforpats

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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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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Jason

Chesapeake, Va

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Excellent Sound Clarity, Very Full

July 25, 2012

These headphones would be a perfect 5 out of 5 if they were a little less expensive. That is a draw back. I have absolutely no complaints about the sound quality of them. The sound and the functionality of these are awesome. They even look like they are more expensive. In comparison to alot of other headphones that cost more,. I think these look much nicer.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ray

Australia

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MDR-DS6500 - my experiences

October 1, 2012

Having owned the Sony product for some 6 months now I would recommend the unit to anyone thinking of buying it. I live in an apartment and cannot play load music, I have connected the Sony headphone system to my DVD player via the optical link and the results have been great. Certainly as good as one can expect from any headphone system. Setup, operating range and ease of use are all good. I am a genuine buyer and this an unbiased view of the product.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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