Sony MDR-MV1 Reference Monitor Headphones

Sony has announced its new MDR-MV1 Reference Monitor Headphones. These open back Studio Monitor Headphones were designed to create spatial and stereo sound with a wide frequency range and soundstage feel.

Sony states that MDR-MV1 has neutral and high-resolution acoustic characteristics that reproduce each sound element exactly as it is.

These are not replacements for the Sony MDR-7506 Headphones which have become an industry favorite for shooters for many years, they are simply a new addition to the MDR series.

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Key features

  • For Studio Mixing & Mastering
  • Stereo & Spatial/Immersive Monitoring
  • Open-Back Design for Natural Soundstage
  • 40mm Dynamic Driver, Neodymium Magnet
  • 5 Hz to 80 kHz Frequency Response
  • Accurate High-Resolution Reproduction
  • Comfortable Soft Suede Earpads
  • 24-Ohm Impedance
  • Durable Machined-Aluminum Build Quality
  • Detachable Cable, 1/4″ to 3.5mm Adapter

According to Sony, the uncolored frequency response makes them suitable for production use.

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The MDR-MV1 features breathable earpads and they are fairly lightweight at 223 g (7.87 oz) without cable. Sony claims that they are also comfortable to wear for hours on end.

The open back structure of the headphones is claimed to reduce internally reflected sounds and eliminates acoustic resonances while accurately reproducing natural, rich spatial information and sounds to virtualize a speaker-based production environment.

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Sony states that its engineers derived a low-distortion, high-compliance diaphragm shape, and corrugation design and the headphones are able
to reproduce frequencies in the low range all the way up to the super high range (5Hz – 80kHz).

The structure with ducts on the back allows for quick and tight low-range reproduction while maintaining the separation between this midrange and low range.

The cable plug uses a high-quality 6.3 mm (1/4”) stereo standard plug widely used in production environments. By using the bundled plug adapter, it is also possible to connect to devices with 3.5 mm stereo mini jacks. The connection part to the main unit is detachable with a screw system, allowing for secure connection and cable replacement.

Price & Availability

The Sony MDR-MV1 Reference Monitor Headphones are now available to pre-order for $399.99 USD.

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