Sony MDR-V55 review

Do these cans sound as good as they look?

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  • Looks good
  • Cushioned ear cans
  • Foldable design


  • Sound quality not that great
  • Short lead

Sony has been in the audio technology business for a good while now, so when we get a pair of Sony headphones in, our hopes are understandably high. Their design is attractive, and the Sony MDR-V55 can be swivelled and folded to be easily carried around.

The cushioned cans make the Sony MDR-V55 comfortable to wear, though after half an album you'll probably want a break. The lead, while a bit on the short side, is flattened to again make these headphones easy to carry about, as well as minimising knots and tangles.

Of course it's the sound quality that's most important here, and unfortunately the Sony MDR-V55 comes up short. The audio range seems pretty limited, with the sound feeling flat, and at higher levels suffering from distortion.


It's a shame, these headphones look the part, and at lower volumes sound OK, but listen to anything reasonably loud and you'll be disappointed.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHeadphone
Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size40 mm
Minimum Frequency Response5 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response25 kHz
Connector PlatingGold Plated
ColourBlack, Red
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameSony
Form FactorEar-cup
Sound ModeStereo
Host InterfaceMini-phone
Cable Length1.20 m
FeaturesFoldable, Noise Isolation
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelMDR-V55
Product NameMDR-V55 Headphone
Impedance40 Ohm
Manufacturer Part NumberMDRV55R.AE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Look good while you DJ - These sleek, curved headphones will add style to your DJ set and are available in four choices of colour
Easy to carry and store - A foldable design makes for easy storage, simply fold and store them in your bag when you're not listening to music
Don't miss a beat - The reversible earcup and the single-sided 1.2m cord make it easy for one-ear DJ listening
Give your beats full attention - Focus on fine-tuning and mixing thanks to noise isolating closed earphones
Turn up the bass, experience the treble - Experience rich bass thanks to a 40mm neodymium driver and a frequency range of up to 25,000Hz for powerful treble
Hear every detail - Listen to club tracks with high power input of up to 1,000mW and sensitive 105db/mW, for precise sound no matter what the volume
Comfortable listening - Whether you're at the decks or on the go, a wide moulded headband and cushioned earcups give the comfort you need

Weight (Approximate)220 g