Sony Wireless Over-Ear Headphones (MDRDS6500) - Black

  • Model #: MDRDS6500
  • Web Code: 10242268
  • Release Date: 03/01/2013
(36 ratings)


Designed for use with your home theatre system, these Sony wireless headphones deliver 7.1-channel digital surround sound for a superior listening experience. Listen for up to 20 hours on one charge and enjoy high-quality audio thanks to premium neodymium magnets and 40mm driver units. Enjoy optimal flexibility and freedom with a range of up to 328 feet from the transmitter in any direction.

More Information

  • Sony-exclusive VPT (Virtualphones Technology) circuitry delivers an immersive 7.1-channel digital surround sound experience
  • 40mm drivers deliver heart-pounding bass and razor-sharp clarity for the optimal home entertainment experience
  • Digital wireless transmission provides CD-quality indoor transmission up to 328 feet
  • Compatible with Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS, DTS-ES Matrix, and DTS-ES
  • Approximately 20 hours of battery life with a fast recharge function
  • Includes an optical cable for surround sound setup with your home theatre system

What's in the Box?

  • AC Power Supply 6V
  • Optical Connecting Cable 59 1/8 in. (1.5 m)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Connection Guide
  • Warranty Card

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

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3.8 / 5
Based on 36 ratings,36 Reviews
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  • from West Vancouver, BC
  • Feb 15, 2016

Finally I can hear

I am delighted with the headphones. For the first time watching Downton Abbey I can understand what Maggie Smith has been saying for all these years but I never understood a word until now. My wife is thrilled because I am not pestering her to explain these comic moments. Although expensive, the headphones are worth every penny.

  • from Beloeil, QC
  • Jan 12, 2016

Good bluetooth headphones

Easy to use, comfortable, good sound. Happy with purchase

  • from Victoria, BC
  • Jan 11, 2016

Pretty good but wish...

These are pretty good. I bought them so I could read in the same room as my husband watches tv. I would like them to have noise cancelling. When you wear them you can hear things that go on outside of the headphones. These head phones are good but I think they are over priced for what you get.

  • from Charlottetown, PE
  • Jan 09, 2016

Headphones perfect for us.

Got these for my dad who is 90 & deaf, perfect for when he is visiting & wants to watch TV with us, we don't need the volume to 70 on the tv. My husband also likes to use them when watching something I don't want to watch.

  • from Brampton, ON
  • Dec 21, 2015

Awesome Wireless Surround

Great headphones for movies, music, gaming, or just everyday use. It is really comfortable to wear, and often I even forget that they are on my head. To those complaining about size, it IS adjustable. It will fit the small heads to the biggest. I wear glasses most times and there is zero conflict. Most of my content is 5.1+, mainly being movies and gaming. Connected to my PC through optical, quality is awesome. Got it for less than half price on boxing day!

  • from Halifax, NS
  • Nov 30, 2015

Sony MDRDS6500

My wife and I love these headphones. We live in a small condo and they are great when one of us wants to watch TV and the other doesn't. Sound quality and comfort is excellent. Also love the recharging stand which is very convenient and well designed. The only problem is I broke the plastic piece between the muffs and the headband and I am not sure if I can get a replacement. Sony customer support is checking now and they say they will need 24 hours to tell me if I can get a replacement part. It was good that I could easily access customer support - will just have to see if the headphones are throw away or they can be repaired.... I am thinking I will buy another pair as I have my doubts about repairing these. It is so sad that we live in a throw away society these days :-(

  • from Waterloo, ON
  • Oct 28, 2015

Awesome headphones

Absolutely love them! I was hesitant to pay [price] for a pair of headphones, but you get what you pay for. No set up required, just need to wait for them to charge and you are good to go. I can walk in backyard and out to garage and even down to basement and they are still crystal clear. Totally recommend them!

  • from Surrey, BC
  • Jul 18, 2015

Sounds fine to me

And isn't that the most important thing. I have a large collection of multi-channel music and these are the only phones I've heard that do it justice. I also have a large head so they stay put just fine. If the single optical connection is enough for you ($20 converters are available) then don't bother spending nearly twice the price for this year's model.

  • from Ontario
  • Mar 02, 2015

Too pricey

I bought these when they were on sale for [...] and even at that price they didn't seem worth the cost, so I took them back. The first pair I bought didn't work so I had to exchange them, which killed the excitement of getting them. Leaning my head back to play games or watch videos would cause the headphones to slide off my head. The bass is unimpressive, not deep, and can't be adjusted. The charge station is nice looking and a good way to store them when not in use. The wireless feature worked fine all around my home. Overall not worth the purchase, unless you're single, have loads of disposable income, and can't be bothered to research a better set.

  • from Penticton, BC
  • Feb 15, 2015

Not Balanced

too heavy; cannot bend over without them falling off.

  • from Mississauga, ON
  • Jan 29, 2015

Not at all worth the price

The headphones are not at all comfortable to use if you wear glasses. It is so tight that it hurts and you cannot make any adjustments. Quality wise there was nothing great when compared to lower priced items of Sony. Further product cannot be returned once opened for hygienic reasons!! How could you try it out without opening it.......duh! If the reason is hygienic all items, it could be easily sanitized. Even cell phones can be returned even after you talk and listen!!!

  • from Etobicoke, ON
  • Jan 23, 2015

Great headphones

I'm extremely impressed with these headphones. The sound quality if amazing in normal mode and truly impressive in 3D cinema mode as well. Reception, build quality, value are all strong points. Overall a 5/5.

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Jan 06, 2015

Tons of feedback and headphones are too large.

I can't listen to anything without getting some kind feedback. I've tried using different computers, TVs, rooms and various distances from the router thing with no luck. The headphones are a really loose fit, which was surprising because I don't have a small head. All the other reviews are great so I'm wondering if I just got a bad pair...Either way, I will definitely be returning these today.

  • from Saskatoon, SK
  • Jan 01, 2015

Return Headphones

The quality is likely comparable to other headphones in the same price range however I find them much too bulky and not comfortable. They were purchased on line as a Christmas gift from my wife (Lorelie) and I would like to return them.

  • from Markham, ON
  • Aug 31, 2014

Great sound quality

This headset produce great sound quality. I use it to watch movie, concert while other family member gone to sleep. Like it very much. Get it when it is on sale.

  • from Québec, QC
  • Jun 10, 2014

Excellent !

Apart from the price, these are just Headphones are great.

  • from Belleville, ON
  • May 09, 2014

I'm lovin them

These things are great! They have the level of quality I've come to rely on from Sony including the inflated price, but I NEEDED a new pair of 2.4 ghz headphones and found Sennheiser uncomfortable. To those who've complained of tinny sound or lack of volume either adjust whatever the bleep they are plugged into or get your effin ears checked 'cause the track I use for testing bass came out perfect.

  • from Calgary, AB
  • Mar 22, 2014

Needs an Equalizer!

Headphones work great, but have very little bass. It sounds like everything is coming from a high quality, tiny radio. Everything sounds "tinny". I played with the build-in sound modes, but they seam to do very little. All it needs is 4 or 5 slider equalizer on the side of the base/charger and they would be perfect. 3/5 because I will return them, poor sound.

  • from Vancouver, BC
  • Feb 06, 2014

Yup, they are Wireless Headphones!

Without an amp (or a headphone jack on my HD Samsung), these were the perfect solution at a Boxing Day price. Plug into the audio out or optical out and you're set. You can adjust the sound level directly behind your right ear. I don't use them very often so I plug the optical out directly into my PS3, XBOX360 or AppleTV when I want to play it loud into the night. They do grow uncomfortable if you wear glasses, so I would test out other options for comfort if you're looking to make it a regular thing. If you're looking for a mind blowing headphone experience, I would suggest upgrading to something with better bass and noise cancelling.

  • from Maple Ridge, BC
  • Jan 21, 2014

Love it

Bought it on boxing day, everthing good so far

  • from London, ON
  • Dec 29, 2013

Sony wireless

Bass not deep enough

  • from Kingston, Ont
  • Dec 27, 2013


Just purchased these today.....amazing! Recommend the headphones!

  • from calgary
  • Dec 18, 2013

bass is not as expected

Overall product is ok. I bought this product because of 7.1 channel surround sound as its says. But the sound is not as much i expected. even the bass is not good. It feels like an ordinary headphones

  • from Winnipeg, MB
  • Dec 17, 2013

Sony Wireless 7.1 Headphones with DTS and DD

I have a wonderful audiophile surround system that I love to listen to DTS music and watch movies. Unfortunately, my neighbours are complaining. I decided to try these Headphones but to be honest did not expect them to sound anything like what I was used to. I was astonished at the sounstage these headphones produced and loved the freedom to move about witout having to sit in the sweet zone. The highs were very good, the midrange was excellent and the base was acceptable. The soundstage was wide and gave the feeling of being in the middle. It took a bit of listening to get the voices in the front, but after a while that became very normal. These headphones are big and perhaps a little bulky but it is worth the sound experience. They definitely block out outside noises and completely immerse you in the music. I also tried some stereo inputs and the DD PL2 did an acceptable job of emulating surround. If you have to dial down your volume on your existing speaker based surround system these headphones are the perfect choice to keep everyone happy...including you!!

  • from LONGUEUIL
  • Dec 15, 2013


I bought this unit a few weeks ago during black friday. I must say, the sound is clear, crisp and it exceptional for watching movies. It reproduces all the details. I have a 3D BD player and I can assure you, the sound is similar to the one of my Home cinema. What I don't understant though is that the DTS signal never lights up whatever show or movies I watch. I read somewhere that we would need an HDMI cable in order to have that DTS sound, but there is no HDMI output. So I'm wondering why did they put DTS on the unit if it can't reproduce DTS sound. Overall it is an excellent unit even if it a bit expensive even on sale during black friday sale.

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Dec 15, 2013

Great Value

I like the fit, weight, sound options and design of these.

  • from Winnipeg, MB
  • Dec 07, 2013

Better than I Expected

I purchased this product last week and have it connected to my Denon AVR988 via Optical out. After a little tweaking I sat back in amazement at the reproduction of DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 recordings. The sound stage was excellent and came close to my B&W surround speakers. The highs were good (not excellent) but the bass was crisp and full and the midrange very clear. The volume ceiling was more than required and I could control volume through the less than 1/3 of the amp power was loud. I would recommend these surround sound headphones to any audiophile that listens to surround music or home theater movies. The only negative is the volume control on the headphones is almost recessed and is difficult to adjust...this is minor. These are great!!

  • from Thornhill, ON
  • Dec 05, 2013

Not bad but this is how far they go...

After reading many positive reviews, I decided to give these headphones a try, especially considering great promotional a-la Black Friday discount... I also picked Sennheiser RS-126 for mainly same reasons, as well as for the brand's high reputation in this particular market (must say, after a lot of hesitation due to the renowned appeal and quality of more expensive RS 160/170/180). Well, after testing and experimenting for several days, I've come to conclusion that the much older (been on the market since about 2006) and far less expensive RS-126 beat Sony's phones hands-down in the sound quality and transmission distance and quality departments. This is not to say there's anything particularly wrong with this Sony model as it delivers a decent distance (although much shorter than advertised "up to 100 meters") with acceptable sound. It also has such advantages over RS-126 as the comfort to wear (sits and feels a lot more comfortable) while providing better isolation from surroundings due to the over-the-ear design; connectivity via optical cable for transmitting from digital signal source (that's a must for advertized 7.1 digital sound surround; regular analog RCA ports are also present); overall esthetics. But for me, all these factors still don't make it up for the mediocre (compared to Sennheiser phones) sound quality, much higher price and the fact these Sony headphones utilize a proprietary user-non-replaceable rechargeable battery (which, should replacement be required after warranty expires, may cost well over $50 with shipment and labour at Sony authorized center). I'm going to keep Sennheiser and return Sony phones.

  • from Gatineau, QC
  • Oct 24, 2013

7.1 surround ?

bought these a few weeks ago and I was very happy with the rich sound quality. They are comfortable to wear but get very warm on the ears after extented time. My problem is the 7.1 surround that I can't get out of them because my Sony 7.1 receiver only has Optical in connections so I can't plug in there so my other options are my cable box, my TV or my Apple tv and they don't transmit in 7.1 surround . So what's the point of paying for this option if you can't use it. I still like them for the overall sound quality but I wish I could use them in 7.1 surround.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Oct 14, 2013

great sound and freedom to move around , not comfy

I got this headset last week , sound great . if you want peace to listen your Tv shows and peace for the rest of the home family member this is the right headphones for you. bit heavy for my head and after a while I feel presion and discomfort on my ears , I wish Sony do better material and design for the ear cups

  • from Montreal
  • Aug 29, 2013

Fabulous headphones

Sony headphones 7.1 look good sounds amazing I'm what else can I say something you did it again just made an amazing product thank you

  • from Pointe claire
  • Aug 28, 2013

Best Ever thanks sony

Sony you did a amazing headphones that look great and sound outstanding Thank you sony

  • from Montreal
  • Aug 25, 2013

Best ever

I just bought the Sony headphones one word amazing. One of a kind. Comfort, style, sound and they look amazing. They are ready to go in 3 hours hen you have 20 hours listening time. Sony you did it again.

  • from Pointe-claire
  • Aug 24, 2013

Sony you out did your self outstanding

I just bought the Sony headphones. I love them they sound amazing. And the comfort you forget you have them on except the outstanding sound. I don't know what else to say the 3D sound will blow you away. Thank- you Sony

  • from Rimouski, Qc
  • Aug 24, 2013

Very Good HeadPhone

Love it, good sound!!!!

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Aug 24, 2013

They're good, except...

We looked at Sennheiser's for better sound, except the Sony's have them beat on all fronts. Firstly, these have a lithium battery that run for hours. The Senn's have standard NiCad rechargeable only. The Sony's truly have the edge in range however. You can wear them anywhere in the house. Heck, you could mow the grass and listen to your music. The Senn's range is approximately 21 feet - the Sony's over 300! The charger is terrific and simple. You place the headphones on the transmitter and everything automatically shuts off and it goes into charging mode. Take the headphones off and the transmitter turns on, however you must turn the headphones on manually. I wish there was a setting where you could choose "auto on" for the headphones, but it no biggie. There are two things that I don't like. The volume control is awful and located in a silly place. I also think that the straps should be made of spring steel instead of plastic - plastic deteriorates over time and I can see a strap breaking easily in the coming years. The Sony's are comfortable to wear and don't hint of giving you that typical "headphone headache" after long use. The sound quality is accurate and tight. To date, I am very satisfied with these headphones.

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