I can understand why portable earbuds are popular, because you can stick ‘em in your pocket and carry them every where you go. I use them for travel but it doesn’t take too long for them to really irritate my ears. They are uncomfortable, sound tinny as hell and the wires seem like they always become a tangled mess.
Do you remember back in the early eighties when they made real headphones? The ones with the nice soft cushy ear pieces that slipped over your ear and delivered that high fidelity music to your ears? Well there are a classic set of headphones that Sony still makes and they are currently on sale. Normally they go for around $109 but right now they are on sale on amazon for $64.99 with free shipping.
When I tell you that for $64.99 you will rediscover the way music was supposed to be listened to the price seems negligible.
Here are some of the reviews from audiophiles-
111 of 118 people found the following review helpful.
My favorite headphones
By M. Chabot
The Sony MDR-V6s were the first really good headphones I owned. After about 15 years of use, the foam padding was a bit run down. After doing the exhaustive search for the best headphones, I bought a pair of Sennheiser HD580s (I also own Etymotic ER-4Ps). Comparing the HD580 to my MDR-V6s, I would say that the MDR-V6s are better for two reasons. 1. The MDR-V6s are more comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and 2. The MDR-V6s have a telephone-like cord, which is easier to deal with than the straight HD580 cord. The sound quality was very good on both headphones, and about equal. I ended up buying new foam pads for my 15-year-old MDR-V6s, which made them feel like brand new headphones. I also bought a second pair of MDR-V6s, and shelved the HD580s for now.
Do not buy the MDR-600s by mistake. I have never used them, but I have read numerous reviews that state that the MDR-600s are inferior to the MDR-V6s. You can still buy the MDR-V6s, but they are harder to find. I bought mine at millionbuy because Amazon did not have them in stock. For some reason, the MDR-V6 product name at Amazon magically changed to MDR-600, even though it is an entirely different product. I am not sure why this happened.
121 of 130 people found the following review helpful.
By Bruce Caines
I can’t recall how long I’ve owned my MDR-V6 phones, but it’s easily been ten years. The sound is excellent, virtually uncolored, and unlike other top of the line headphones like Sennheiser’s (which are VERY nice and well over $150.00) these sound as good used with a portable CD player as with a well powered home system.
It was time to replace them since the cord is finally shorting too much to ignore any longer and my ears are always covered with black stuff and foam from the disintergrating earcups. I asked around and a colleague who is the audio technician on a popular TV show told me without hesitation, these are the ones to buy. It’s what he uses on the set and at home. I’m glad Sony still makes ’em. Maybe I should buy another pair for ten years down the road…