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Sony MDR-DS3000K surround - Any good

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by sceptic, Dec 22, 2004.

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    Has anyone heard or seen a report of these? They are £199 from Ask Direct which is much cheaper than the Pioneer SE-DIR800C.
    I'd like to be convinced that they are worth it as I'm looking to treat myself for Xmas.
     
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    These are £144 from Unbeatable.co.uk

    (also, check out my review in the pioneer surround headphones post)

    They were also given 3 stars in What Hi-Fi (should be 4 at least)

    Great headphones!
     
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    £153 including delivery at unbeatable - almost too good to miss.
    Did What Hi-Fi rate any other surround cans?
     
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    Yes,

    They rated the Pioneer SE-DIR800C IR - 3 Stars
    and the Phillips surround headphones - 4 Stars (they are £349)

    I use dolby headphones on my laptop with the following:

    Power DVD 5

    Sennhieser RS120 wireless headphones connected to an External 24bit Soundblaster Live

    and to be honest, the sony headphones sound a lot better. Especially with DTS
     
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    Interesting that they didn't rate the Pioneer any higher than the Sony.
    I did read an online review saying that the Sony had a constant hiss but this is clearly not your experience.
     
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    I have used the sony with analogue and digital connections and to be honest, the hiss is dependent on the source. Using DVDs via the digital connection, the hiss is only apparent when the volume on the headphones is cranked really high...i use them between 2-4 (on the vol control max is 10) and they are loud and without hiss, 4 is quite loud for me.

    Also, if the base unit is out of sight, there could be hiss, but it really does work well, but to me, it doesn't appear to be an issue wherever it is. The only time i got loads of hiss was when i covered one side of the headphones on purpose with my hand. Sound was ok, but hissy, move my hand and the sounds fine again.

    I think the reviewer may have had a pair of the headphones, where only one of the infrared parts on the headphones was working.
     
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    Sorry for my ignorance, but do all surround sound headphones us IR? I too am interested in the Sony MDR-DS3000K but have been put off by the need for line of sight. Is RF not a viable alternative for cordless headphones? Are there any good quality surround sound RF headphones available?
     
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    Not all surround headphones are infrared.

    The sony and pioneer ones, use digital infrared (which explains why the quaility is really good)

    The philips ones use digital RF.

    They say the infrared ones are line of sight, but i can be anywhere in my room and the sound is as good as sitting in front of the base unit.

    The only benefit of the digital RF ones, is you can move to another room, but to be honest would you really have your dvd playing in one from and listening in another room?
     
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    No doubt a silly question but.......
    How do you connect the optical lead? Is it to the amp or the DVD player?
    I will be using it exclusively for DVD palyback.
     
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    optical lead?

    you could either go from the dvd player to the headphones or if you have an AV amplifer, connect the optical out from that the headphones and select the relevant source on your amp when you want to listen to it
     
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    Thanks honglong. Can't wait to try it.
     
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    did you get the headphones? What do you think?
     

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