Just to clarify, they are very muddy and lack detail but have quite a bit of fatigue. If you look at the frequency response of the XB1000s you could see how bad they are. (And that they lack bass compared to the 700 and 500s) I've tried amping these on the o2 and essence ST. The o2 had more control of the bass, that was the only audible difference between the o2 and ST on these cans.
You will never get massive bass from the XB1000s without considerable eq. I highly suggest people avoid these headphones. I'm still bitter i had to pay the restocking fee for the XB1000s i had.
Yes look at the frequency response there is nothing that compares in a headphone. You cant expect to drive these with a ipod or a phone its ridiculous , might as well go grizzly bear hunting
with an airsoft. Sony says right on the web site they are for portable use. I have used them with many amps and dac , dap combos and let me tell yah they can really hold that posted 3000mw
My main cans are a set of sony mdr x10 and mdr v55s and the fiio e12 Mont Blanc pushes them very well , as do my xb1000 but I know they sound better with my custom Mcintosh base amp
You for sure need a proper set up for these bad boys and they sound exquisite with any music genre but dont expect your mobile devise to make them sing . You get what you pay for , complaining that they take to much power to push them wont push them..... If you cant get proper amplification to make them sound the way you want them to sound , you should buy a lesser
set of phones . They are DEFIANTLY !!!!!! THE !!!!!!! KING !!!!!!! OF !!!!!! BASS !!!!!!!! HEADPHONES!!!!!!!! although there are some pretty good other choices out there as well including the Sony X10s!!!! You cant put a ford fiestiva motor in a semi truck and expect it to move it much same with some of the most powerful headphones in the world .