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Sony MDR-XB1000 is NO LONGER AVAILABLE. WHAT????

post #1 of 69
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Just saw this on Sony web site.  I wonder why?

 

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post #2 of 69

that's not good. Did you try amazon? If the xb-500s are gone too, I'm going to cry. My favorite bass cans. ONLY BASS for those cans. L3000.gif

 

post #3 of 69
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It's sold out everywhere. Those who has it in stock are selling beyond retail. OMG!
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post #4 of 69

I assume you guys are being sarcastic?

post #5 of 69
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post

I assume you guys are being sarcastic?


Why? Both XB500 and XB1000 are interesting headphones although I can understand in case XB1000 is being withdrawn as it's clear at this point it won't be any popular headphone and a special 70 mm driver headphone would almost require to become a hit to be worth having it in the market for the higher production costs/make up for the R&D costs etc.

 

However I have a hard time seeing XB500 being withdrawn, I think it's more down to Sony not being able to supply as many XB500 as there is demand for so they are just constantly running out of stock everywhere, seems to be among the very most popular headphones these days, so yea XB1000 I can see why it would be withdrawn but the other XB headphones no sane company would withdraw from production anytime soon due to how much they are selling of them.

 

If I was Sony I'd even introduce a "refreshed" lineup, call it either XB400, XB600, XB800 or XB1300, XB1500, XB1700 with more similar design as XB1000 and maybe some minor tweaks to frequency response and charge like 30~$50 more for every model, there's a lot more potential cash to make from the "Xtra Bass" series. Imagine a XB500 sized but XB1000 design, sold at $80~90 (street pricing at least) and minor tweaks to sound quality, that would sell like hotcakes. The more solid material of XB1000 would probably be enough to make quite an improvement to the bass of XB500 already (the cup is very thin aluminium shell which vibrates like crazy (resonance in the bass, lack of tightness).


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 3/23/12 at 4:15pm
post #6 of 69
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I'm trying to get one more pair before its all gone. I can't believe it!
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post #7 of 69

Probably Sony is planning to release a new line..and replace the XB series?? 

Something similar happening with the Jvc RX series. 

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Probably Sony is planning to release a new line..and replace the XB series?? 

Something similar happening with the Jvc RX series. 


I hope so, I'd buy a refresh XB500/700 "XB1000 look-alike" in an instant as long as it's around $100 or less (unless it has gotten a significant sound quality boost).

 


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 3/23/12 at 5:21pm
post #9 of 69

you gotta be ******* kidding me, lol i put in my amazon order about a month ago and its still up but hasnt been shipped, estimated arrival is still sometime in april, im just crossing my fingers and hoping i slid thru at the last second and secured one

post #10 of 69

They need a XB700 successor priced more realistically than the XB1000.

 

Beyond that, I think that series could use a refresher. Hopefully, it's not celebrity endorsed though.

post #11 of 69

Let's not start spreading false rumors until proven otherwise. It could be due to the flooding issues they have had problems with the manufacturing etc.

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Let's not start spreading false rumors until proven otherwise. It could be due to the flooding issues they have had problems with the manufacturing etc.



I think somebody needs to contact sony and request more info about this. 

post #13 of 69

this has been an on-going discussion on a lot of forums for like 3 months now.

i read somewhere the thai flood hit their camera/headphone manufacturing.

 

a month ago it said the xb700 was gona be restocked april 9 on the sony website. 

i presume it would include their other out-of-stock headphones (xb-series, mdr-series). i doubt they've cancelled them.

 

 

 

 

post #14 of 69

Just got my XB500's in today for $35 :)

 

 

post #15 of 69
Where did you get them that cheap??!!
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