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My thoughts exactly. While the XB700 isn't the most refined can, it is surprisingly well-detailed considering the ocean of bass that goes with it. I think a more refined version of the XB700 is what I would like. I have tried the D7000 and wasn't really all that impressed with it (my apologies to MLE). In fact I actually liked the Shure SRH750 DJ more than the D7000 (not placing into consideration the lousy ergonomics of the Shure). Not that the D7000 was bad, it was great actually, but I guess I'm one of the guys who is influenced by price in the sense that, the more diminishing returns I get, the less I like the product. I just wasn't blown away by the D7000 like I was with, say, the LCD2.

 

I wholeheardtedly agree with RPGWizard, the XB700 isn't just about bass. Much like the Turbine line which is surprisingly popular on Head Fi, people are into this can because it has that monster bass but still gives a pretty good rendition of the rest of the frequencies. And that soundstage. basshead.gif

 

I would *really* love a better version of the XB700. Something with the same sound sig, but with just more refinement and detail. was hoping the XB1000 would be it but from what I'm reading apparently it isn't, what with the mids. 

 

I am still thinking that a properly amped and tweaked XB1000 might be the ticket, though. Our problem I think is that not too many of the owners right now have the right amp to drive this monster. I really hope to get one soon, I was supposed to buy one but while I was building my warchest the guy selling them changed his mind.
 

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People need to remember they are only costing $80 (I'm from europe so paid only 65 EUR which is even cheaper when the 23% VAT is taken into account) so you shouldn't expect miracles SQ-wise but among the bassheavy headphones I've tried in this priceclass and a bit above I find them very good for the price. If it was all about bass they wouldn't be as popular as they are. I'm sure other XB700 owners can relate to this. I personally sold both ATH-M50 and Beyer DT770 Pro/80 which are like 140~150 EUR here after listening to XB700 & XB500. No they don't have Grado mids & highs forwardness but not every1 want that either.




I can't speak for everyone, but I do know their target audience and the limitations that often come along with a smaller price tag. I think they do amazingly well despite all that. I'm just wishing that they were better while keeping the same basic sound sig. I love the bass on them. The quantity is clearly far more than neutral, but I think its of good quality as well. It also goes far deeper than any full size headphone I've personally heard besides the LCD-2. (I haven't head the XB1000s though. I'm awaiting its US release.) The D7000 isn't even in the same league of extension. There's just nothing else like the XB series that I know of.


 

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My post was clearly about bass output.

Sony made it quite clear what the XB1000 was designed for, they also make the Z and SA series for different tastes but the XB is designed to get the party started.



They are... so... BIG biggrin.gif

I already knew their size, but looking at them on a head just makes them look even bigger.

post #228 of 298
Mochan, its cool. If we always liked the same headphones, that would certainly be something. The D7000 isn't for everyone, the same way the DT990 isn't for everyone. Though I think lots of people would love the D7000. I'm not as much of a basshead as I used to be, but I can still get my basshead on with the D7000's ability to rumble. It doesn't punch as hard, but I was always more happy with sub bass than mid bass. Sub bass takes less away from detail than mid bass, which is why I much prefer the XB700 over the XB500.
post #229 of 298

Congrats on the D7000. Those are one of the HP's I've promised myself to one day own. I'm curious about something though, is there any particular genre the D7000 struggles or completely fails at or is it a good all arounder kind of can?

post #230 of 298

I'm not the only one to believe that the D7000 does justice to almost every genre. While there is a partcular emphasis on sub bass and treble, it's not polarizing, like say the DT990 or XB700. The mids aren't so far behind from the rest of the audio spectrum. It can rock hard, thump hard, and sing hard as well. Make no mistake, it's not a flat/neutral phone. It does cater towards certain frequencies. But it doesn't 'struggle' with the rest. It's at least GOOD in all genres, and excellent in some. Vocals are good, but there is better, as it's not a mid-focused headphone. Also, it doesn't have the biggest punch in bass, so it won't punch you like say a Pro 900. Not to say it lacks in bassy songs, because I'll be frank in saying it's AWESOME for dubstep, hip hop, and electronic genres in general. However, others will hit harder.

 


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I agree that the D7000 is a great all around headphones for the longest time it was the king of my collection. Until the T1 showed up. smily_headphones1.gif
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I agree that the D7000 is a great all around headphones for the longest time it was the king of my collection. Until the T1 showed up. smily_headphones1.gif


Ever plan on trying some Audio Technica woodies? :p I think at least some of those would probably be a great addition to your collection for their exceptional midrange.

 

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I agree that the D7000 is a great all around headphones for the longest time it was the king of my collection. Until the T1 showed up. smily_headphones1.gif

They'll be king for me for quite awhile until I get the gear to blast the HE 6, or LCD 2.
post #234 of 298
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I am eyeing the HE6. Looking for a good deal on a new pair.
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I am eyeing the HE6. Looking for a good deal on a new pair.

After hearing the HE 5 LE (and hearing the HE 6 sounds just like it...but better) I really want the HE 6. It's ridiculous sexy looking, and the bass had a little more punch than the LCD 2 (which was also amazing, mind you).

Bottom line though....I just want them.
post #236 of 298
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Got my Ultrasone Pro900 today. Stay tuned for my unboxing video and impressions against the XB1000. smily_headphones1.gif
post #237 of 298

Thank you for doing this..Glad i opened my mouth. As much as i want to hear the sound differences from the two, also curious as to what you think about the Pro 900 pads. I don't really like them much become real itchy for me a while of listening. Probably will end doing a denon J$ pad mod like a few other Pro 900's have started doing recently.

 

post #238 of 298

you know 

AIAIAI TMA-1 vs DT1350 would be a good comparison.

hint hint 

post #239 of 298
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enjoying this on my XB1000.  Brings back GREAT memories.  My Lehmann Audio Black Cube Linear can really push the XB1000 to high SPL.  Kinda dangerous.

http://www.discogs.com/Sunbeam-Lightyears/release/61467

 

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post #240 of 298

That was fast, I look forward to it!
 

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Got my Ultrasone Pro900 today. Stay tuned for my unboxing video and impressions against the XB1000. smily_headphones1.gif


 

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