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Sony MDR-XB500's? Opinions?

post #1 of 55
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone!

 

I've just noticed the Sony extra bass series of headphones at Best Buy. Do you all have any opinions on the XB500's? (or...maybe on the XB700's and XB300's?)

 

I also noticed that the XB500's have an impedance of 40 ohms. Does this mean that my iTouch 2ndGen won't be able to support the headphones? The specs for the iTouch 2ndGen 8gb mention that my ipod has a headphone impedance of 32 ohms.

 

Thanks!

CW

post #2 of 55

From what I remeber head-fi doesn't mind the xb series, and ur itouch will run it just not at the same power it run normal headphones.

Also search the forums a littl better.

post #3 of 55

What do you want them for? Though I've only heard the XB300, and XB500s in demos, I did buy the XB700 and was utterly blown away by them. I loved everything about their sound for music. They are very low impedance, and decent portable device can run them fine unamped. They are VERY VERY heavy on the bass however, to the point where it's hard to focus on anything else. Still, they're not muddy, and have a very crisp treble. I don't know how the XB500 stacks up directly to the XB700 however.


Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/9/10 at 6:08pm
post #4 of 55
Thread Starter 

Thanks both of you for the quick replies!

 

It seems to me kind of strange that the large 50mm XB700's have a lower impedance than the smaller XB500's. I'm quite set on getting the XB500's as the XB700's seem rather large for me to carry around. I will be using these phones in planes and in (loud) cars thus the more isolation I can get, the better. Do you all know of any less expensive but good quality noise-cancelling headphones?

 

Thanks again!

 

CW :)

post #5 of 55

Head-fi does no like noise canclers (no sp check using chrome and the forum), best isolation you will get is iems, and larger the lower ohms I believe, speakers are quite large and for your standard satilites there 8ohms, and even bigger as in sub/woofers they go lower, some can get them at half an ohm.

post #6 of 55
Thread Starter 

Do you think that it's more worth getting the XB700's due to their larger speaker diameter? Also, do the XB's leak as much as some people seem to say? For me, IEM's are out of the picture now as I need headphones that are simple to put on and take off wherever I go. I also don't really like how supra-aurals tend to squish your ears against your head. It makes my head kind of sweaty quite easily.

 

The price difference between the XB500's and 700's is also quite big.

 

Thanks!

 

CW :)

post #7 of 55

From what I've heard the x700 is a little to bass heavy, 500 is best.

post #8 of 55

Larger drivers don't necessarily mean better sound. There are plenty of high end gear that uses 40mm drivers and such.

 

BTW, The XB series doesn't have noise cancelling, if anyone thinks that. They are just closed, which block out sound in or out just fine.

 

The XB500 is a little more balanced, but the XB700 is more of a basshead's guilty pleasure. That being said, the XB500 isn't balanced by any means. If you're gonna go with big bass, might as well go all out and get the XB700, IMHO. I don't think either are very portable.

post #9 of 55

Does it really warrant the price mark up though?

post #10 of 55

I honestly can't say. I've only heard the XB500 at BestBuy and wasn't blown away by anything. My jaw dropped when I heard the XB700 at home though. I know it wasn't an ideal place to hear the XB500, and I know they'd sound better at home.

 

Just gotta take the plunge and check yourself.

post #11 of 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I honestly can't say. I've only heard the XB500 at BestBuy and wasn't blown away by anything. My jaw dropped when I heard the XB700 at home though. I know it wasn't an ideal place to hear the XB500, and I know they'd sound better at home.

 

Just gotta take the plunge and check yourself.


Yes what he said, just keep the reciet and if you don't like the 500 get the 700

post #12 of 55
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the responses!

 

I guess I'll just have to jump in and hope that the XB500's are all that I'm looking for. If not, then I guess I'll go out and get the XB700's. I'm essentially looking for full-size bass-heavy headphones which have a great isolation. This doesn't mean that they have to be noise-cancelling like the NC60's or NC400 and 500's. This is the reason why I'm looking at the XB series.

 

Thanks again!

 

CW :)

post #13 of 55

For the price (online), I don't think it's a bad idea. I'd get something more along the lines of the CAL! (mine should be here soon) on newegg for $60, but they don't block out sound much.

post #14 of 55
Thread Starter 

Cool! I just looked at the CAL! online, it looks interesting but unfortunately, sound isolation is one of the most important characteristics to me. By the way, if I bought a headphone pair with too high an impedance than the recommended for my itouch, would it be useful to get an amp? Also, what are the best isolating headphones in your opinion?

 

Thanks!

CW :)

post #15 of 55

To be honest, the M50s are among the best in their price range and they isolate extremely well. They're about $90 online, have good bass, and do all genres pretty well.

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