Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor Headphones (Discontinued)


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Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones

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Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 3600+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

First released in 1985, the Sony MDR-V6 became the industry standard headphones for studio use.

And while there are newer models available, it still continues to be a staple in many home studios.

At its core are two 40mm neodymium dynamic drivers that are designed to be flat and transparent, while the closed-back cans completes its studio friendly features.

Finally, the MDR-V6 comes with a wide headband that spreads weight for a more comfortable fit.

  • Type: Closed-Back
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Driver Diameter: 40mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 5Hz - 30kHz
  • Maximum Input Power: Not specified
  • Sensitivity: 106 dB/mW
  • Impedance: 63 Ohms @ 1kHz
  • Weight: 8.11 oz.
  • Cable: 3M (Extended) Coiled cable


Natural, clear and accurate are three adjectives that reflect overall market response to its sound. It also gets a lot of thumbs up for how it works well with different types of music. Reviewers range from those who just listen to music while on the go, to musicians, to home studio owners - most of which are happy with their purchase.


There are a few who feel that build quality is not up to par to those made in the 90's. There are also some reports of the bundled cable failing after some use.


With its long history, longevity and continued popularity, the Sony MDR-V6 is an easy recommendation but it isn't readily available new in stores these days. If you're looking for alternatives, then check out our guide to Studio Headphones Under $100.