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post #121 of 145
Well I bought it and quickly throw a bunch of songs on a playlist and tested the XB300 and the V150 (the Studio monitor headphones, also by sony).

Right off the bat, XB really moans at the bass.If you're listening to songs where there is crisp and delicate chimes or the most clearest ding of a bell or anything that you can hear if you turned the bass on a speaker OFF, then the XB totally ignores it and throw more bass in the mix. It sounded much much muchhhh more enthusiastic and carried more low energy than the v150 ever could, but most of the tracks I tried were muffled a bit too much by the extra bass. It's not bad when it comes to stuff like new age or anything orchestra with a cello running for a long time, but Paradise City by Guns 'n Roses sounded like they turned up the bass amp, and turned down the Guitar Amp. Alternatively, you can think of it this way. You're at a club with your favourite pop artist singing your favourite song. The song's got a bumpin' rhythm to it, your phone rings and you step outside the building to answer it only to find out that he person hung up becuse you took too long to answer. Now all you hear is a bass line going off and a muffled voice outside the club. In a nutshell, that's what it sounds like compared to the V150 (just not as exaggerated).

In short, the XB to me is like the music editor turning up the 'bass volume' in general. I still like the V150s more because it captures the sound better in everything else but bass, I'll try finding some new age or any world instrumental soundtracks with some bassy back-up instrument going off, it sets a mood and I find it relaxing, not to mention the comfort level of the cushion is probably going to be a blast to try on before i go to sleep. I haven't finished watching Hurt Locker on my DS so i'll give that a shot.
post #122 of 145
I was set to get the XB300 as myc cheap-o budget can for late night listening, but not if they drown out everything else with their bass. The XB700 has overwhelming bass, but the other sounds don't ever get muddy. If the XB300 is like the XB700, I'd be fine with them, as long as they are not muddy with their mids and highs.

Can you explain their clarity and/or muddiness?
post #123 of 145
i could if i knew what "muddiness" defines.

Perhaps I'm just so used to listening through the V150's that I'm giving a biased judgement on the soundtracks I put to the test, since I ever hear them through a set of speakers or this.

I gues what I can say is: Songs that aren't meant to promote bass, won't sound great. Like Jazz for instance, I think the XB's are genre picky for quality. I showed the cans to my sis and she popped them in her iPhone and everything I heard was seemingly nice because it was driving the bass lovingly, I could still hear the hip pop artist's voice, and it still sounds like hip hop without nasty distortions.

Really though most songs I enjoy listening to are muffled out by the bass and the pitch (i think it is) is tweaked if the extra bass isn't doing any good, so it doesn't sound a thing like what I hear through the V150s. When you say mids and highs you're talking about pitch? I think in that case there is a slight distortion, but hip hop, and electronica listeners will dig it. Rockers and etc may not.

I tried playing a Batman Soundtrack (Dark Knight Album); Watchful Guardian.. the violins were slightly drained out from the timpanis. No idea if that helps but it's an example.
post #124 of 145
Hey guys,

First post here What do you guys think of the xb500? I'm not an audiophile or anything like that, the earphones I had in the past were fontopia 71, 81, and the in ear bose ones, so I'm not too knowledgeable about sound.


I would really like to get the 700s, but they just seem too huge to carry around. I'm looking for a decent full headphones to use. The 500 looks like a good in between, but I would like to know what you guys think! Thanks
post #125 of 145
for me it depends mainly on what you listen to primarily.

if them music you listen to pumps bass overall then get em. otherwise you'll feel the XB's pump a bit too much bass to your liking, well for me anyway.
post #126 of 145
It's ard to believe, but a few people are auctioning multiple XB700's on ebay.

New and used xb700, Electronics, Musical Instruments on eBay.ca

My only gripe is that the image they use aren't even of the 700's. They don't have the aluminum bands. Or am I missing something? Otherwise I'm returning my 300s and placing a bid one of of these, because it is a wicked deal low price + free shipping
post #127 of 145
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It's ard to believe, but a few people are auctioning multiple XB700's on ebay.

New and used xb700, Electronics, Musical Instruments on eBay.ca

My only gripe is that the image they use aren't even of the 700's. They don't have the aluminum bands. Or am I missing something? Otherwise I'm returning my 300s and placing a bid one of of these, because it is a wicked deal low price + free shipping
Wow, those definitely look fake.



On top of the headband that isn't metal, the ear pads look really low quality, and it looks like the earpads don't hug the plastic part very tightly.

Definitely steer clear of those.
post #128 of 145
the foam looks too small for the 700's more like the 500's. I don't recall any of the XB's having pads at the neck band, and the Left ear cup from this view should have that tactile dot, which isn't visible here, but it DOES say xb700 in that tiny text.
post #129 of 145
Some more things I noticed: the metal caps on the end of the ear piece-headband connectors don't cover the whole top. Also the plastic part where the cable enters the ear piece is smooth.

Here's a reference pic in case someone is tempted to try buying those. (I really hope nobody does.)
post #130 of 145

any place to buy these cheap that will ship to canada? I've looked at ebay but i'm worried that they will be fake

post #131 of 145

for months I thought the 700s were going for $120, i was wrong they are a whopping 180$ in canada...

 

no where cheap so far, it's sony its rarely going to go cheap unles the product is near discontinuation methinks.

 

I'll call those my dream headphones. and will wait until the end of my 4th year to buy one.

post #132 of 145

I think you can get them for 139 shipped from dell.ca 

 

I know there are some cheaper versions on ebay, however there is always that worry that it might be fake.

post #133 of 145

bought these from ebay for $100 shipped to Canada.  Hopefully they're not fake

post #134 of 145

 I haven't posted here in ages, but I just got the MDR-XB700's, and they're so good that I had to come on here again. I wanted BASS and I finally got it! I used to have DT770 80 ohm version with a Headroom Total Airhead amp. The XB700's bass without an amp destroys my DT770's. I don't know if people didn't use these with the right source or what, but there's no way people can say the DT770s have more bass than these. I paid $84 for these and I paid $250 for my DT770's with amp, the price difference is huge. Also, with some tweaking the highs sounds great as well. If you're mainly into hip hop/rap and want some super bass, look no further. If you're into rock/metal and other genres without a ton of bass, I'd look elsewhere.


Edited by Slickman - 9/3/10 at 9:54am
post #135 of 145

Excellent, I'm glad you like them.

 

If you really, really, like the bass, I suggest picking up a XB500 as well.

 

They have even more bass than the XB700.

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