Sony MDR-HW700DS 9.1 Channel Surround Sound Digital Wireless Headphones - Black/Silver
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- Wireless headphones with effect modes, 4K pass-through and HDMI connection
- 50 mm neodymium drivers
- 5-25000Hz frequency range
- 9.1 channel digital surround sound
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Immerse yourself in cinematic sound
Slip on these wireless headphones and enjoy movie theatre thrills in total comfort. With 9.1 channels of virtual surround sound, your films and games become more true-to-life. Be entertained in high quality.
9.1ch VPT for more natural surround sound
VPT (Virtualphones Technology) is the proprietary virtual surround sound technology that enables listeners to enjoy a movie-theatre-like ‘live’ surround sound experience. In addition to 5.1 ch surround, VPT adds surround-back (2 ch) and front-high speakers (2 ch) to deliver great depth and directionality for a more realistic and expressive sound field.
30 m wireless range won’t hold you back
Say bye to knots and tangles and enjoy the full freedom to move with the MDR-HW700DS’s 30 m wireless listening range.
Dual-band for stable wireless transmission
The MDR-HW700DS headphones feature two wireless transmission frequencies: 2.4 GHz insulates against interference caused by obstacles, while 5 GHz prevents radio wave interference. Real-time tuning automatically selects the free channel – without sound interruption – so you can enjoy degradation-free sound quality and uncompressed audio transmission.
Dynamic drivers deliver authentic sound
Powerful 50 mm neodymium driver units with large vents enable these headphones to deliver punchy, rhythmic bass on even the most demanding movie or music soundtrack. Turn up the volume and hear clear, precise sounds across the whole spectrum.
Pure sound without compromise with DSP
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) enhances all of your audio for optimised personal headphone listening, reproducing the depth and precision of immersive 9.1 ch surround sound.
Full support for high-quality HD sound
Enjoy the high quality audio on offer for your movies, games and music with the HDMI audio inputs. With support for up to 192 kHz/24-bit uncompressed audio, you’ll enjoy dynamic audio and a truer representation of the original sound across all frequencies.
A deep audio experience with Dolby Prologic IIz
Experience more depth and presence when playing music, movies and games. Dolby Prologic IIz introduces two front height channels to your audio playback for more spacious, true-to-life surround sound on everything you watch and listen to.
Track the action with DTS Neo:X
Enjoy high quality surround sound with enhanced Front-Height and Wide sound placement. DTS Neo:X reproduces ambient and directional effects – from raindrops to low-flying jets and everything in between – to create an immersive listening experience.
Dolby TrueHD for sound as the director intended
Enjoy peerless audio quality with Dolby TrueHD, which delivers lossless sound across movies and music. By reproducing sound identical to original studio masters, it offers unparalleled audio fidelity for Blu-ray Discs and downloaded content.
4 K pass-through for 4 K content
Maintain 4 K quality from source to screen. The 4 K pass-through feature allows 4 K data to ‘pass through’ and be displayed on a 4 K TV or projector, without compromising image quality. Giving you the pure 4 K experience makes this the MDR-HW700DS’s base unit the appropriate partner for 4 K-capable TVs and players and a solid cornerstone for your home entertainment system for the future.
Cinema, game and voice modes
Select the audio mode for whatever you’re watching, playing or listening to: Cinema Mode, developed with the Sony Pictures Entertainment, reproduces the ideal sound field of a movie theatre; Game Mode, designed in collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment (PlayStation), reproduces the perfect sound field for your games; and Voice Mode enhances the clarity of dialogue, lifting it above dramatic sound effects and background music.
DTS-HD for studio master precision
Enjoy precise, detailed home audio. With DTS-HD Master Audio, you’ll enjoy the original, uncompressed soundtracks on your favourite Blu-ray Discs — just as the director intended. DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio also offers intensely detailed reproduction for musical performances, allowing every note to shine with near studio-like quality.
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I ordered some from Amazon as soon as they had stock and stock is quite erratic at the moment (early May 2014). On opening the box I was struck by how tightly packed they were in the box, considering the headphones are quite large and there is also a processor in there as well it's a bit of a squeeze, something that should be noted if you need to re-pack them.
Without waiting (as usual) I powered on the headphones and I was happy to see there was at least some charge in the battery (mid-level as reported on the processor OSD).
I wired it up to an old Samsung Blu-Ray player and TV via a single HDMI cable into input 1 on the box with no changes on the processor and by just placing the headphones on my head things sprung to life immediately. There is a sensor in the right ear cup that switches on the processor unit when you place the headphones over your ears. Something was wrong, I had no sound at all, first mistake, the volume control on the right ear cup was down at zero!
I watched the opening sequence of Star Trek - Intro Darkness, my first impressions were...well mixed.
First of all the good points
Impressive bass - not the earth shattering, chest cavity vibrating sort but impressive for a set of headphones and this was without any tweaking of the LFE level on the box.Read more ›
It is absolutely impossible to use a home cinema system properly without upsetting the person on the other side of a common wall in a semi-detached or terraced dwelling. Anybody who thinks otherwise, is deluding themselves.
In fact, your subwoofer alone in most cases will sound louder in your adjoining neighbour's house than in your own cinema room where it is situated.
Sadly there is no solution to the noise problem unless you are very wealthy and can afford a house out on a plot in the middle of nowhere. Your only alternative comes in the form of Sony's MDR-HW700DS surround sound headphones. This is the closest you will get to 'the real thing' and I must say, it's pretty impressive.
I live in a room in a terraced Victorian style house and my system used to consist of a Tannoy SFX5.1 sub/satellite speaker system driven by an Onkyo TX-SR309 AV receiver.
It was a great little system but it was actually too powerful for my environment. I got fed up with having to watch movies at 25% volume level in order not to upset anyone around me. It was like owning a brand new Ferrari and only being allowed to drive around at 15mph. I was browsing through the June 2014 Home Cinema Choice magazine and came across a review of this headphone system. The introductory price was a little steep for me and so I sourced a unit directly from Japan.
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I was impressed with the quality of the actual headphones even though most of it is constructed from plastic.Read more ›
One word of warning: Although they support 4k hdmi passthrough, it is limited to a maximum frequency of 24hz. For pc gamers looking to upgrade to 4k this presents a real drawback. Ideally Sony should have added support up to 60hz.
Please note this is not a problem for movie playback, so if you don't care about gaming at 4k above 30 frames per second then you'll be fine. I would have also preferred the input box to support more than 3 hdmi devices (but would obviously cost Sony more to make).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband is very fussy about his music and television sound quality. I was getting a bit fed up of the high volume when he is listening to some music or a movie and bought these... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Floyd Freak
Great sound and very comfortable. Would award 5 stars and recommend if being used as a stand-alone device but when daisy-chained through an existing home cinema system you are... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bill L.
Great cans, love the multi feed HDMI, good sound no negatives really.Published 7 months ago by M. Housley
I have mild to moderate hearing loss, and like to avoid wearing my hearing aids whenever possible. Additionally, when I do use my aids, I don't really benefit from my husband's... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had no idea these existed, but once I found out, I knew I wanted a pair, so duly ordered them. When they arrived, I excitedly connected them up as per the diagram given, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by BritHorrorHound
Excelent audio, 4 stars only because no bluetooth system and no jack port so it is a very limited headset for the high price.Published 10 months ago by Marina
After having various gaming headsets I always felt like they didn't deliver but these really do, the bass rumbles like a subwoofer and the surround effect is almost like having a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Master J. Miller
I've owned these headphones for just over 2 months and oh my word they are unbelievable, I have a pair of beats studio editions that cost me £269 and I thought these headphones... Read morePublished 11 months ago by David wilson
Good product,9.1 channels not...but effective surround sound it is.Published 13 months ago by Malcolm D.