Pros: Bass, Super Plushy Earpillows, Lightweight.
Cons: No Padding On Headband, Earpillows Get Very Hot Very Quick, Bass Sometimes Overwhelms Everything Else.
So, a few months ago, I set off to find the most eardrum shattering bass I could buy under 100 bucks, and I struck gold. Behold, the Sony MDR-XB500. Simply put, the most punchy bass you can buy in a set of headphones. On to the review.
Value: A perfect 10 out of 10. These headphones can easily compete with those that are 3 or 4 times their price, and still end up winning. If you are on a budget, and you want bass, here is your set of headphones, sir or madame.
Audio Quality: 8 out of 10. Right out of the box, not only will you hear the bass, you will FEEL the bass. And it's not held back either. The bass is like an angry dog , it will bite you given the chance. In some cases, such as dubstep and hip hop, this is a good kind of bite. However, when playing Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the bass is a little too over-emphasized. Be sure you have a good equalizer if you want to get the most out of these headphones.
Design: 6 out of 10. Well, these headphones, let's be honest, are not very fashionable. Pillows for earpads? A little bit much, even for myself. The Y cable gets annoying sometimes. And the adjusters on the headphones will slip out of place constantly. There is even a specific way you have to hold them if you don't want them falling down all the time. That being said, Sony has still managed to somewhat pull off a halfway decent looking pair of headphones. IMO, they still look a bit funky.
Comfort: 8 out of 10. There are only 2 reasons why this is not a 10. 1, the earpads are like sponges for sweat, and they get very, very hot very, very quickly. So super-sweaters be warned. And 2, the headband itself has near to no padding on it whatsoever. It is actually very hard. But, because the headphones are more lightweight, this really doesn't become an issue considering that you have the headband properly adjusted.
Overall: 8 out of 10. I am very satisfied with this pair of Sony headphones. Listening to anything from Dubstep to Classical, these headphones will deliver excellent sound and incredible bass. And at a pricepoint of around 50 bucks... Bassheads, these headphones are definitely not to be missed. If you don't already have yourself a pair, go get yourself one right now! Thank you for reading.