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Sony unveils open-back monitor headphones for studio recording

Elevate your sound game as Sony introduces the MDR-MV1 Reference Monitor Headphones (P23,999), designed for professional sound engineers and music creators. The headphones, which combine sound quality with long-lasting wear and reliability, are best for sound mixing and mastering. 

The headphones’ open-back design enables accurate reproduction of a wide sound field, making them a suitable option for mixing and mastering immersive spatial sound, such as 360 Reality Audio, as well as stereo sound with hi-resolution capability. 

To complement this, Sony also brings the C-80 (P34,999), a new microphone for home studios ideal for vocal/voice recording, instrumental recording, vlogging, webcasting, and podcasting. This latest addition inherits the technology of Sony’s revered C-800G and popular C-100 microphones, making high-quality sound even more accessible.

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The MDR-MV1 offers extended spatial sound reproducibility and accurate sound object positioning within a 360-degree space, as well as clear, hi-resolution, nuanced sound with a super-wide frequency range and accurate soundstage. 

The headphones’ uniquely developed driver units provide ultra-wideband playback (5Hz – 80 kHz) with natural high frequencies. This makes it easier for professionals to capture localization, spaciousness, and detailed changes in sound processing.  

The open-back structure of the headphones reduces internally reflected sounds and eliminates acoustic resonances while accurately reproducing natural, rich spatial information and sounds. 

Engineered with comfort in mind, the MDR-MV1 features breathable earpads and is intentionally lightweight, soft, and fitted to provide a pleasant wearing experience, even after hours of use. The MDR-MV1 includes a high-quality replaceable, detachable cable with machined aluminum connectors and a stereo mini-jack adapter for ease of use in a professional setting.

Clear Sound with the C-80

The C-80 inherits the essence of Sony’s revered C-800G and popular C-100 microphones, utilizing the microphone capsule derived from the C-100 and a two-part metallic anti-vibrational body structure used in the C-800G. Its “Noise Elimination Construction” also prevents microphone body acoustic vibration, resulting in low noise and clear sound. A dual diaphragm configuration is also present within the C-80, suppressing sonic changes with distance (proximity effect) and allowing more stability in the vocal recording process.

Tight and rich mid-range capture in the C-80 provides a vocal sound with a clear core and presence, allowing vocals to stand out even when mixed with other instrumental sounds. The C-80 also provides a realistic reproduction of the characteristics of an instrument, such as the sound of guitar strings and the resonance of the body, and a natural and clear recording is achieved by suppressing boomy low frequencies and noise when close to the microphone.

The MDR-MV1 and C-80 will be available at select Sony Authorized Dealers starting May 12. 

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