The new digital surround headphone system from Sony promises to transform your home audio listening experience.
We’ve come a long way from the Walkman of the 1980s. While in the past we were happy if we had a small brick sized cassette player that if you plugged the headphones in you could hear the music playing only slightly better than if you were sat next to the person wearing them, thanks to the avoid of sound they leaked, today, only the very best headphones will do.
And after advances in better and better headphone technology over the years, the natural advance has been to go wireless. Wireless headphones mean that you can listen to your favourite music with no interference and no wires: perfect for that home movie cinema experience or even for when you are at the gym.
MDR-DS6500 Digital Surround Headphones
The new MDR-DS6500 digital surround headphone system from Sony, thanks to exclusive Virtualphones Technology (VPT), reproduces the soundstage of multi-channel speakers to create an immersive acoustic space and promises to give TV programmes, movies on BluRay and PlayStation 3 games the soundtrack they deserve. The headphones weigh just 350 grams, too.
For the tech lovers, what this means is that even if you’re listening to a stereo 2ch or 5.1 channel programme, VPT builds a virtual 7.1 channel soundstage that stretches ‘behind and beyond’ the screen.
The new wireless headphones have a range of up to 100 metres so you can wander around the house immersed in your music, podcast or whatever else you want to listen to on speakers.
Importantly, given the amount of electrical devices in the modern home, the headphones resists noise and interference from other devices in the home, too, and the automatic tuning feature allows for switching between RF channels to optimise signal reception at all times.
After charging for 3 hours, the wireless headphones should provide up to 20 hours of listening time and depending on what you are using it for, the headphones also have a choice of selectable surround sound modes to optimise listening for movies, gaming or speech.
The new MDR-DS6500 digital wireless headphone system by Sony is available from May 2011.
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