Sony MHC-V81D Audio System Review: All-in-one music setup for party freaks

    Sony MHC-V81D audio system is priced at Rs. 51,990 and is an all-in-one music setup for party lovers with 360˚ party lights and 360˚ LIVE SOUND


    Sony as an audio brand has never stopped itself from experimenting. The company is known for its high-end noise cancellation MDR headphones, portable SRS Bluetooth speakers, Hi-Res walkman series audio players and even complete home audio setups. You name it and Sony has a product to deliver on audio for every kind of user. The company has now ventured into an unexplored category with the launch of High Power Audio systems. Designed especially for party freaks, Sony has unveiled all-in-one box style audio setups; MHC-V81D, MHC-V71D, and MHC-V41D at a starting price of Rs. 30,990.



    Sony MHC-V81D Audio System Review

    We got the MHC-V81D, the flagship all-in-one party setup for its audio and features evaluation. The cylindrically shaped tower speaker comes integrated with spread sound generator and can indeed turn your living room into a dance floor with 360˚ party lights and 360˚ Live sound. The gigantic speaker can get very loud and is strictly for party lovers, and if you like light music and are not into EDM, Pop, and bass heavy music, we recommend you look for something else. Because this product is largely for consumers who love to host parties day and night.

    Specifications and Features

    The big and bulky party speaker consumes 0.5W power in the standby mode. The tower speaker houses four 5cm cone-type tweeters, one 30cm woofer, and four (2x 12cm + 2x 10cm) mid-range drivers. The whole system weighs around 26.2 Kgs and needs continues power supply; why not as it can break your floor and is not at all neighbor friendly.

    Sony MHC-V81D comes with a long feature list to please party lovers. Let's start with sound features. The audio system features a built-in Music equalizer (Emotion EQ), DSEE (Auto) sound enhancement mode, Party chain mode (Wired), Video EQ, Mega Bass mode, Clearaudio+ and a Football mode, which we didn't get the chance to try. You also get Dolby Digital, Cinema Space/ Surround mode and crazy 360 degree part lights. Talking about the Karaoke mode, the audio system offers Vocal fader, Echo, Key Control, Guide Vocal, Voice changer, etc.

    Touch panel at Top

    Besides, you can use the system with gestures via Gesture controls. There's also a sleep timer, USB recording, and the keys at the top touch panel are splash proof, which is quite understandable as the audio system is specially designed to bear the wrath of party freaks. Sony has also added TAIKO mode, which is quite interesting and converts the audio system into a drum. Once enabled, the mode transforms the touch panel into a drum emulator. Just tap on the top touch panel and add a variety of drum samplers in the audio in motion.

    Design and Connectivity

    Sony calls V81D a ‘Portable one box' audio system, which is quite understandable as it is entirely a party setup and not your regular living room music system. You wouldn't need anything else if you have got one of this in your basement nightclub. The V81D is an Audio-DJ-Karaoke hybrid system with wheels and handlebars to move it around when required. The top of the speaker has all the controls incorporated into a touch panel that also supports gestures. The front grill houses all the audio components and DJ lights.

    As far as connectivity is concerned, Sony hasn't left any stone unturned. The V81D audio system has CD/DVD drive, HDMI port, Audio IN port, USB port, FM, and Bluetooth. There's one Analogue Audio input, one Analogue Audio output, HDMI output, Composite Video output and 2 Microphone inputs. Moreover, you can also output to a TV using the HDMI port and can even use NFC mode.

    Application Support

    The All-in-one audio system can also be controlled via multiple apps. You can install ‘Fiestable' app to control the highlight party features that includes DJ effects (Isolator/Flanger/Wah/Pan), Sampler (Drums/Voice/etc.), and EQ. Next in the list is ‘Wireless Party Chain' that works via Bluetooth and allows you to connect up to 50 compatible systems together. If you managed to connect even ten of V81D, you can bring the whole neighborhood down and trust me, it is not a joke.

    The V81D also supports multi-device connectivity that makes it possible to stream audio with more than one smartphone. Besides, you can also download the Music Center app to control music and sound settings right from your smartphone or tablet.

    Audio Performance

    One look at the V81D all-in-one speaker is enough to understand what kind of audio output it throws. The one box style tower speaker with its 7 speakers pumps booming base and gets incredibly loud. I was totally hesitated to play V81D at its peak volume levels as my 17x10 feet room was not able to handle it. I had to take it out in open to understand how loud the audio setup can actually get. The V81D throws powerful sound, thanks to the integrated spread sound generator. And you will feel the sound in 360 degrees as the setup also has two tweeters positioned at the back of the tower unit. But a slight letdown is the audio quality. At this price-point, you can easily get a home audio setup with better overall audio signature. But then, those home audio setups cannot be used to host parties with the kind of feature sets that V81D bring along.

    The V81D is purposely designed to play bass heavy tracks, EDM, POP, even Bollywood and Punjabi tracks at house parties. If you are a person who likes to read books with soft and neutral sound signature in the background, don't even think about buying any of these MHC party setups. The audio setup even comes with ‘Mega Bass' feature that takes bass level even higher to create a proper party atmosphere. Combine it with 360 degrees DJ lights, and you are good to go for the whole night.

    I did not face any connectivity issue while playing music via my smartphone. Some audio files which were in compressed format played very well as the audio setup is also equipped with ‘Digital Sound Enhancement Engine' (DSEE) that can boost the quality of compressed music files to produce a clear output. You also get guitar input mode that can generate guitar overdrive sound effects without the use of a professional guitar amplifier. The touch controls worked well and the 360 degree light effects can simply turn any place a dance floor for party lovers.


    Sony's new party setups are indeed powerful and come loaded with features that party lovers would love to play around with. The fact that the V81D offers 360˚ party lights, Karaoke, Taiko mode, Guitar audio effects and incredibly loud and bass-heavy audio makes it quite a setup for house and terrace parties. It's specifically designed for party freaks and anyone with the different audio requirement will not find it value for money. Sony's high Power Audio systems will be available across all Sony Center and major electronic stores in India.


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