Rated 3 out of 5 by charlielin 2nd wireless headphone from sony
just got it from Sony yorkdale today.
I think for all the years they should also look for the details that customers really care about.
first of all I would love to start off with, this product definitely is better than Item: MDR-DS6500 . I took away 1 star because its trouble some to charge this head phone. with Item: MDR-DS6500 you can just clip on and set it on the stand for it to charge. looks nice and neat. confident. 2nd with optic connection for sure there won't be 4k sound. I use a sony receiver. my tv is ARC with the receiver. now with this headphone because the TV only has one ARC I suppose the only choice is optic. optic isn't better than hdmi. although hdmi means there is light for video. but I would love the sound quality through hdmi. so again, I am back to optic same as Item: MDR-DS6500 .
any suggestions to help me out here? or mistakes to feed? throw it at me so I can learn.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by joedoro Excellent
Fantastic headphones - especially for home theater.
True, not the same as a dedicated 7.1 system but none the less a very neat listening experience and to me preferable to some of the home theater systems out there which , to me, have unrealistic placing of sounds, especially from the rear. And for houses like mine where a thumping home theater is not realistic due to the poor sound insulation of modern construction I can watch at volumes without bothering others.
Special effect sounds come through realistically with excellent base especially with blu-ray sources. Placement of sounds is realistic with a wide expansive soundstage.
There is absolute silence in the background, no hiss, hum, etc.
The only minor difficulty is sometimes when switching from the headphones to an external speaker system, it doesn't work automatically and you have to turn off the headphones and then turn the module where everything connects on and off.
Also the manual (now available in English online) could be more clear in explaining what all of the settings do. Still haven't figured out a couple.
Expensive? Yes - but well worth it even with the above minor caveats.
September 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by rreggers Newest is best!
Great surround sound. This is also a HDMI switcher. Only one unusual aspect: switching from headphones to just TV sound blanks for a second or two. I have to pause the Directv and restart after the switch. This is not enough to downgrade a star though. All controls are available on the unit or headphones. Also, this new surround system is closed and over the ear. Hard to hear anyone else talking in the room. Sometimes a good thing. The old version (DP-IF5000) was an open over the ear headphone unit. Ear pads needed replacement on that unit after many years and were then unavailable. I think I will get an extra pair now if they are user replaceable. All in all, an outstanding unit. I suggest you read the specs as they are great.
November 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by durham77 Great Multi-Purpose with awesome DTS support!
No one has yet to review this headset on Sony's website so now that I have one of these let me shed some light on these awesome headphones to help others out.
- The only headset that I have been ever able to find to play popular DTS formats that is present on almost all Blu-ray movies (DTS, DTS-HD, etc)
- Easy setup. Reviews at Amazon I've read some said this is hard to configure. I've got mine going though my computer until I can afford a Big TV and they work fine with my HDMI out.
- Comfort. I've tried several headsets and the cushion on these are remarkable after watching several movies back to back. My ears do get warm occasionally for excess use but that is to be expected.
- DTS sound produced between the receiver and the headset! I watched Independence Day on Blu-ray and let me say the base effect at 5 Hz you can feel the rumble effect around you adding to the emersion. The frequency response of these are amazing. Great sound on all DTS movies I've tried so far.
- Music to me sounds great in MP3 format. I've tested these on 320Kbs but not on lower quality grades of music. Some review sites say music don't shine well on these but beg to differ. High quality audio track + Cinema Mode = excellent acoustics. I've tried them all but Cinema is the best well rounded EQ setting for movies or music for me. Just a personal preference.
I have a few Cons but they in no way diminish the value of these headphones and what they are capable of and their purpose.
- Set could have come with a stand for headphones. I know this would increase price but at retail price a stand would be nice.
- In addition to the stand idea, charging station on the stand would have been nice, but price would be an issue as well.
- Very short Micro USB cord for charging. Sony don't sell longer ones so buy extension cord if you plan to use while charging.
- Not a great headset for gaming. No mic also. I tested a few games on my PC like Watch Dogs, Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 4, etc. The sound is ok but on the PC the audio signal is only in 2 channel stereo instead of multichannel like when Blu-rays are played. If you can get multichannel to work on your games the sound quality and volume may be sufficient. I personally use Astro A50 for gaming and bought these because Astro headsets will not decode DTS audio.
So to sum everything up as you can see I own 2 headsets for two different application purposes. After reading tons of reviews Astro A50 are the best gaming headsets you can own but lack DTS playback capability. However, these Sony MDR-HW700DS are superior for a home theater experience with all major audio formats supported. I'm not saying buy two different headphones if you game and watch movies but that's what I did because I wanted the best of both worlds when it comes to my movie and gaming experience and what each headsets has to offer.
These are a dream come true to people who live in duplexes or apartments or families with young kids worrying about disturbing siblings or neighbors. These pack the best sound for movies if a traditional home theater is not a viable option for you. I don't know why Best Buy don't sell these yet.
Bottom line if you need a headset that can decode DTS audio get these!
July 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GatorLA Great Wireless Headset
My previous wireless headphones used the digital optical out from the TV to transmit the audio of whatever media was being watched. These headphones can be used the same way, but to get the most out of them you need to wire individual HDMI cables from each source through the control box where the audio signals are pulled off, processed, and transmitted to the headphones. By doing this, you will have onscreen menus to set up audio preferences; the input and audio controls being controlled by buttons on the wireless headset. The sound from a blu ray movie is amazingly rich with these headphones; it's almost like being in a theater (except there is no strong bass)
September 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by blash Quality and Enjoyable
These headphones are great. I bought them so I could watch movies late at night (night shift worker) with the surround effect and not disturb my family. The headphones fit very comfortably and give me no discomfort after 3 to 4 continued hours of use. I find that cinema mode is best for movies. Voice mode seems to work best for just regular TV viewing. I do notice that game mode does have more detail but seems to lack the surround of cinema mode. I just wish there was a way to custom set your own preferred sound. Battery life is pretty descent also.
October 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Gibsr Good product
This is a very good product and has excellent sound. The only problem I have is that when you use HDMI it turns off sound thru the TV. I have to use the optic hook up so that my wife can also listen to the TV. She is very happy that she can turn down the sound for her and I control my volume on the headset. Battery life is also very good. The only other comment I have is I think they are a little overpriced. If they were a little cheaper I would have bought a second set so I could use HDMI.
September 27, 2014