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Final Thoughts: Sony MDR-XB1000 vs. MDR-XB700 *** Pictures ***

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After spending a bit of time with the two "extra bass" headphones, here are my final thoughts between the two.  I hope you guys will find it useful.  If you missed the unboxing videos you can watch them here.

 

MDR-XB1000:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AREfsEf2cbs

 

MDR-XB700:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP9K2PqK6rg

 

Comfort & Design:

The XB700 has a much better seal on my head than the XB1000.  The seal is so good that it feels like wearing ear plugs.  Both headphones are VERY comfy to wear for hours, but I do wish the headband has more padding.  

The XB700 cable is a lot shorter and did not come with a 1/4 adaptor.  Looks to be designed for portable use.  The XB1000 did come with a 1/4 adaptor and the cable is twice as long.  Both are flat cables.

 

The Sound:

The XB1000 has a MUCH wider soundstage.  Bass on the XB1000 is a bit more refined. The XB700 is more "in your face" forward sounding than the XB1000.  The mids on the XB1000 are more natural compared to the XB700.  The highs on both are very smooth which makes them easy to listen to LOUD.  That can be very dangerous to your hearing.  The XB1000 needs a bit more power to drive but nothing an iPod or iPhone can't do.  Better power on the XB1000 gives you a bit more controlled bass.  The XB700 is not as picky due to its overly forward presentation. 

 

Which Genre of Music Sound BEST?

I tired all types of music on these.  The final thoughts are Trance/House is BEST, second is Hip Hop/Rap and third is R&B.  The XB1000 is very very good with electronic music.  The wide soundstage gives you very nice side to side effects.

 

Is the XB1000 worth the jump?

IMO, YES!  The refinements in bass and the HUGE soundstage is a clear winner.  I think the XB700's overly forward sound can be a bit too much for long term use.  I hope Sony will bring the price down on the XB1000 because it is a GREAT headphones for electronic music.

 

 

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post #2 of 298

Nice comparison. Good pictures as well.

 

This well help out quite a few bassheads... biggrin.gif

 

(I was questioning the XB700 vs XB1000 myself)

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Good god, the XB1000 has to be the coolest looking headphone I have ever seen.

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Thanks for doing the review! I have been wondering about how these headphones match up. 

 

If it wouldn't be too much trouble, maybe you should get the XB500 and compare that as well. I am sure several members will like to see that as well, as the XB500 actually has more bass than the XB700. The XB700's bass is supposedly more laid back and deep, and the XB500 is forward and punchy. It sound like Sony continued to go after a refined sound with these.

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The XB series are like cushions in your head, with a nice bass massage. 

 

Thanks for the comparison, well done. 

post #6 of 298

Great comparo :)

 

+1 for the xb500 if possible :P

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Originally Posted by abhinit90 View Post

Great comparo :)

 

+1 for the xb500 if possible :P


You guys are gonna make me go broke. biggrin.gif

 

 

post #8 of 298

After reading this, i want to buy the XB1000's! i want to experience some extreme bass. 

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You guys are gonna make me go broke. biggrin.gif

 


Err yeah, welcome to Head-fi haha! regular_smile%20.gif

 

I agree with the comments on the XB500, heard both and much preferred the XB500... these are now my DnB cans of choice. 

 

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 Does anyone know what the price is going to be for the xb1000's? Any clue on MSRP and a street price? Also how about a release date in the U.S.? Thank you for the review, I saw another review a week or 2 ago where the listener didn't like the xb1000 compared to either the 500 or 700 I can't remember which one, but it was a little dissappointing hearing someone not liking the xb1000's that much. This review is more of what I hoped to hear about the 1000's, especially if the soundstage is wider and more natural. Now  I may still consider purchasing if the price is reasonable compared to other xb models.

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Man, I love the flat sony cables...

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Man, I love the flat sony cables...

 

Agreed. It would be amazing to have those on IEMs (excluding the Sony XB ones...)

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Thanks for the pics and review.

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Agreed. It would be amazing to have those on IEMs (excluding the Sony XB ones...)


Actually, monster beats IEMS use flat cables.

 

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You guys are gonna make me go broke. biggrin.gif

 

 

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Well face the repercussions of being on Head-Fi

 

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