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Sony PFR-V1 Open-air speaker headphones

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  • Ultra-large drivers of 21mm deliver superb concert-hall quality sound reproduction via high quality speakers
  • Separate bass from mid and treble frequencies are projected through the unique sphere speakers perfectly positioned by listener's ear
  • Extended bass reflex duct (bass tube) extends directly into the ear canal to prevent low frequency loss
  • Comfortable fit with no ear pressure - light weight and perfect for enjoying audio and video for extended periods of time

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 16.5 x 22 cm ; 95 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 762 g
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  • Item model number: PFRV1.CE7
  • ASIN: B00165R91G
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Mar. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

The Sony PFR-V1 Open-Air Speakers make you feel like you are in the front row or right in the middle of the action with these audiophile graded headphones. These head mounted open-air speakers deliver unmatched audio quality and incredible separate bass frequencies. These unique and inventive headphones will open a new dimension to your drivers of 21mm deliver superb concert-hall quality sound reproduction via high quality speakers.

Separate bass from mid and treble frequencies are projected through the unique sphere speakers perfectly positioned by listener's ear. Extended bass reflex duct (bass tube) extends directly into the ear canal to prevent low frequency loss. Comfortable fit with no ear pressure - light weight and perfect for enjoying audio and video for extended periods of time.

Features:


Ultra-large drivers of 21mm deliver superb concert-hall quality sound reproduction via high quality speakers.
Separate bass from mid and treble frequencies are projected through the unique sphere speakers perfectly positioned by listener's ear.
Extended bass reflex duct (bass tube) extends directly into the ear canal to prevent low frequency loss.
Comfortable fit with no ear pressure - light weight and perfect for enjoying audio and video for extended periods of time.

Technical Specifications:


Width : 16.5 cm.
Depth : 6 cm.
Height : 22 cm.
Weight : 96 g.
Features : Magnetic shield, gold-plated plug.
Headphones Type : Headphones - binaural.
Headphones Technology : Dynamic.
Connectivity Technology : Wired.
Sound Output Mode : Stereo.
Response Bandwidth : 35 - 20000 Hz.
Impedance : 16 Ohm.
Diaphragm : 21 mm.

Manufacturer's Description

Sony PFRV1

Sony Logo
PFRV1

Sony has redefined sound with the lightweight PFR-V1 Personal Field Speaker. As the first in the industry to separate bass from mid and treble frequencies, Sony has introduced better sound to the audiophile. The die-cast aluminum speakers appear to float near your ears while the silicon rubber fittings position the sphere in a way that delivers music toward your ear, much like a concert hall.

Unique Sphere Speaker
Unique Sphere Speaker
Worn as headphones, the spheres recreate two perfectly positioned speakers, resulting in a one-of-a-kind audio experience. With ultra large 21mm drivers, the PFR-V1’s produce an extended frequency playback of 35 to 25KHz for impressive sound reproduction.

Home Entertainment
Home Entertainment
The PFR-V1 deliver perfect video and gaming audio plus superb concert-hall quality sound whether you’re listening to music, watching movies or gaming on your PLAYSTATION®3. This makes them ideal for all your In-Home entertainment needs.

Pure Bass
Pure Bass
By using the extended Bass reflex duct the PFR-V1 Speakers give you a bass sound that goes directly into your ear and even allows you to feel it without high volumes.

Real Sound
Real Sound
When you listen to headphones you can get a great sound but headphones tend to give you a different sound characteristic then listening to a live performance or good speakers. The open sound design delivers the sound without ear pressure that is created by more traditional headphones that push the sound into your ears. The PFR-V1 Field Speakers gives you sound more like being in a concert hall than traditional headphones.

Neodymium Magnet
Neodymium Magnet
Neodymium magnet type is a stronger magnet that allows for the bass to be deeper and more powerful than traditionally used magnets.

‘Sony’ and their logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation, Japan. All other trademarks acknowledged.


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Looking at these products you'd think they'd been designed as a medical prosthesis. The bizarre method of 'floating' the speaker orbs off the ear means the whole looks like some kind of head clamp and the bass-duct ear-inserts make it appear that you've got something injecting into your lugs.

All this notwithstanding, the sound is incredibly transparent with a real feeling of spaciousness to stereo recordings that makes the whole thing... work. It's a very sweet experience and the strangeness of the ensemble wears off pretty quickly and you nearly forget your wearing the headgear.

Nearly. Two things aren't quite right. The prongs that deliver the bass notes into the ear canal are metal and no matter the powder coating and fluffy covers you can't forget the hardness and temperature differential that is engendered by the hard material pressing on the ear. Secondly, no matter how much twiddling and adjusting of the set-up (and it' very adjustable), I couldn't get a fully satisfying bass sound.

The accessories are all quite satisfying - a quality case with semi-stiff sides to protect the kit, decent extension cord, gold-plated small>big extension jack, and an in-line amplifier that is a real necessity to boost the input signal for the power-hungry orbital speakers. It should be noted that with 3 weeks of near-constant use, I've still not exhausted the charge in the AAA batteries (not supplied) plugged into the thing.

If you're a bit of an headphone-a-phile, like me, I'd definitely have a go with these for the fantastic soundstage, but be aware that the final problem with these things is they are really not suitable for public use as the open format makes them incredibly 'leaky'.

Recommended, but with the reservations noted above.
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These headphones sound really good, very detailed, and they have a great soundstage. Unlike other headphones, the sound seems to be in front of me and around my head, not in the back of my head. Just make sure to use the little amplifier that comes with them, it makes all the difference for sound quality. At first I thought I would not need it, because my stereo could drive the headphones loud enough, but they really sound much better once the little amplifier is added, much richer and fuller (a dedicated headphone amp might be even better, but I don't own one). Same effect when plugged into my computer, the amplifier really improves the sound quality of these headphones.

Why not five stars? They get a little uncomfortable after long listening sessions, and everyone around you also has to listen to your music, because they are absolutely open. Apart from that, they are great.
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Sony PFR-V1 Open-air speaker headphones
They're anti-social; anyone near can hear them. But they are an out of head experience.
Little comparison with any other head/ear phones. They are so different it's more like having loudspeakers
near, but outside of your ears. Which is what it is.

Good sound all round; well good enough, and the experience is worth the price.
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Two things to mention up-front. Firstly persevere with the fit. They do take a bit of adjusting especially with glasses wearers (like me).

Secondly, like all good hi-fi kit they require a bit of running in both on first plugging in and also a few minutes for each session (like all good headphones).

Right on to the really important bit, sound quality. Wow! Be prepared to have to spend some more money on good sound sources. They make poor quality MP3 players sound decidedly yukky, but my classic iRiver H340 running Rockbox and playing FLAC encoded tracks enables these cans to fly. Bass is precise and not overdone whilst the amount of detail in the mids and highs is astonishing.

Another quality source of audio is the headphone out of the Squeezebox Boom player from Logitech (formerly Slim Devices). Again this is FLACs though you have to have a server running on either a PC/Mac/Unix or a NAS box. The Boom also sounds good from it's own speakers.

Take a chance and buy a pair - I bet you don't return them.
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