Thanks so much!
So basically, it is looking like the XB700's.... they are £70 here which is way under budget.. would they shine better with an amp? Which one?
In terms of sound quality, just for casual listening, is there much difference between the HFI and XB's?
Also, what is the difference in bass punch/quality/quantity between the XB500's and XB700's
I can only go off what I remember from memory so i can't answer any of those questions well :( but would they shine? i used it with an E5 i had on me but i wouldn't say they shine...again. i don't have them to do a test for you right now. most stores carrry them and let you test. havish. i dearly recommend you to go test them first, testing is the most important thing, you wont be able to test the HFI's but you should be able to test the XB's and if Beyer's make you go..imagine that X2. For casual listening i myself would prefer XB's, they are just so much more comfortable and give me that SUPER BASS that i want with my music when i just want to get out and go. that's why im about to buy a pair..no more listening at Bestbuy thinking about audiophile pride.im done with that. I've been here long enough to know all the pride, stereoytpes, bias'es that we head fi'ers like to put out. im just done with it, audiophile heapdhones..are basically studio headphones. i don't need studio heapdhones most times. i want music headphones(..nno not music studio headphones....i want casual headphones) so the XB500 or XB700 are on my list also.
Can't compare, i can only tell you my ... sittting there and enjoying sensations and not the actual punch levels and what not one's. there are many reviews of the XB's online, remember to only take to heart one's from audiophiles or ..audio places or if the person knows what they are talking about and uses some good terms, amazon and others don't ocunt..
oh and to make sure, plz buy from a place you can return from in the case that you won't be able to demo the XB500/XB700 and just go with it, I would hate to see you not like them(unlikely).
if someone else comes along and adds stuff, ill read and offer my opinions but plz, don't let my rank get into this... i was a newb one time too so i know what it's like. ooooo he has a nice shiny online plaque, he's an 100+ and omg he's an HS*le gasp*!!! ill take his over that guys. don't. read this with little bias between users and offer all parties that offer you suggestions and what not equally. too many people don't do this.
Edited by bowei006 - 3/5/12 at 3:26pm