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Who Here has had a guilty pleasure of waning for the constant feeling for more Bass from Headphones easily driven from an Ipod or CD Player without the need for a Headphone DAC or Amp?

 

or wanted headphones that looked original, fresh, and cool/ innovative looking?

 

or just wanted to stand out among people who never seen your kind of headphones in person?(except Skullcandy, beats, and those other maintstream public trash..)

 

Well i own a pair of Sony XB500's  which i've been granted from a few weeks and i am impressed, though i loved the balanced sound of my Sennheiser HD201, which had nice bass, but only came around occasionally in particular songs of my library (dubstep, Drum N Bass, Electroswing, Alternative, Rock(no, not metal).

but the bass in these XB500's are serious, impactful, heavy.

of course, there are cons.  Drowny feeling, recessed highs(from the abundance of lows), 50/50 mids, and of course. the heavy Lows.

 

seriously, when Sony says XB(eXtra Bass) they seriously mean it for this reason.

 

since the abundance of bass, there is the good amount of isolation.

the 40mm drivers(50mm drivers for {XB700} 70mm drivers for {XB1000}) and earpads make for a nice Circumaural around the ear seal. and provide a TON of comfort.

 

for 50-80$(XB500)

100-150$(XB700)

150-250(XB1000)

 

the XB500 makes for a good affordable can for you're Bass cravings.

 

 

forget it, these headphones may be better than the Mainstream Consumer cans like: Beats, Skullcandies, and Bose.

because Sony is up there with the status of Koss, Panasonic, etc.

 

Tell more about you're thoughts on your pair of Sony XB's, your view of how they sound.

 

feel free to express them in any way you think of them.

post #2 of 49

ill bite..  i had a pair of xb500 for god i guess a year and a half already and recently upgraded to the audio-technica ath-pro700mk2 with the intentions of selling the xb500's but after a few days listening, i think i will still keep the xb500s for some guilty pleasure listening when the mk2's cant fill my bass need :)

post #3 of 49
Had a pair of XB-1000's, they were a nice set of cans for the price but the Denon D7K's spanked them so bad I saw no reason to keep them.

I would recommend the big XB's in their price range.
post #4 of 49

The XB500s are fantastic when you want to hear & feel the music in a pair of cans. Listening to EDM on the 500s is the equivalent of dunking Oreo Double Stuff cookies into milk - a sweet delight. I know, funny analogy. biggrin.gif

 

My XB1000s on the other hand are the 500s' big brother. They still deliver the low-end in spades, but they are a lot more controlled and detailed. Without amping it, you're not going to get the same reverb effect as the XB500s. Still, it's a basshead can through and through.

 

As for the XB700s, well, I love them, but they are sold out everywhere. If only I could get my hands on a pair...

 

Extra Bass, indeed.. I love the XB series.

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 Hey guys. I didn't really like the mids on my XBs and the highs are slightly too less, and on some songs, bass is too op (though I love the bass on this). I was listening to the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen (Everyone should know this song), and I think this is the best EQ for Classic Rock, and just other music in general too.
XB500 EQ.PNG
 
 
 
what do you guys think? If you know some improvements/modifications to this, please let me know with a picture below.
 
Cheers
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Hmm I guess this is the most appropriate thread to post...

 

I just bought XB700's out of curiosity. I have to say, for the 60€ price that they are available here in Finland right now, they are a f'n steal!  (That's equivalent of $75 for you US people, but bare in mind that it includes ~20% VAT so comparatively it's an even better bargain here!).

 

And yes this is coming from an LCD-2/3 guy. I'm definitely going to keep these for portable and fun use, instantly liked them even better than Q40's. I don't know why anyone would want to bash these given the price (and even ignoring it).


Edited by hekeli - 7/3/12 at 6:58am
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Originally Posted by hekeli View Post

Hmm I guess this is the most appropriate thread to post...

 

I just bought XB700's out of curiosity. I have to say, for the 60€ price that they are available here in Finland right now, they are a f'n steal!  (That's equivalent of $75 for you US people, but bare in mind that it includes ~20% VAT so comparatively it's an even better bargain here!).

 

And yes this is coming from an LCD-2/3 guy. I'm definitely going to keep these for portable and fun use, instantly liked them even better than Q40's. I don't know why anyone would want to bash these given the price (and even ignoring it).



Haha, like you i'm also a LCD-2 guy, i recently bought a pair of XB500's because i could, and also thought they definitely bang for buck. (Bought them about less than a week ago) Yes, they were fun, but the sound is growing old, i'm getting bored of them.. i've had my fun with them that is,  bass boosting them until my ears start throbbing and i'm already considering selling them.
But i got to admit, I love watching peoples reaction when they put these on their head

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i've had my fun with them that is,  bass boosting them until my ears start throbbing and i'm already considering selling them.

 

It would be fun to try XB500 also, but can't be bothered because I think the bass would be too over the top.. XB700 (sub)bass is great and I like the huge pads. I've already stopped looking for the "ultimate throbbing" since I know no headphone can physically give it. I really appreciate the darkish heavy sound from XB700 right now and not in just a "throb your ears and ditch it" way. Unless I find something even better for similar money, I think this and LCD-3 will be my keepers for now.

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Originally Posted by hekeli View Post

 

It would be fun to try XB500 also, but can't be bothered because I think the bass would be too over the top.. XB700 (sub)bass is great and I like the huge pads. I've already stopped looking for the "ultimate throbbing" since I know no headphone can physically give it. I really appreciate the darkish heavy sound from XB700 right now and not in just a "throb your ears and ditch it" way. Unless I find something even better for similar money, I think this and LCD-3 will be my keepers for now.

 



yea, since the XB500 was being sold at Bestbuy, and i couldnt have a Headphone.com purchase for XB700's

which brings me question, How are the XB700's? i know they are less bassy than the XB500 but does that mean they are more balanced? or just has better mids.

 

but yea, people dont really expect the XB500 to be too muddy, they arent too muddy. as they do drown out some highs.

at least they arent as muddy as *generic* Beats headphones

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After listening to many sub $300 headphones, the XB500 is my absolute favorite headphone for listening to crappy audio files directly out of my iPhone. What synergy! The highs are rolled just enough to avoid much of the digital harshness that is there. I'm so happy with this combo, that I have no interest in a "real" high end portable rig now. These beat the ATH-M50 and V-Moda Crossfade LP2's straight out of the iPhone. Properly amped, I prefer the D2000, then the M50.


Edited by lmswjm - 7/5/12 at 9:31am
post #11 of 49

Bought these cans about a month ago and these are amazing for house/trance music. Never have I had my brain massaged so much, haha. The bass is just in your face non-stop!
 

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The XB500s started me on this whole audiophile journey. Ironically it was the graininess that led me to seek something better rather than just being a taste of high end.
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The XB500s started me on this whole audiophile journey. Ironically it was the graininess that led me to seek something better rather than just being a taste of high end.

Haha for me it was a downgrade, after listening to it, it reminded me never to downgrade again.. even though it wasnt that bad, it just became so fatiguing to listen to with that monstrous amount of bass..

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Originally Posted by feigeibomber View Post

Haha for me it was a downgrade, after listening to it, it reminded me never to downgrade again.. even though it wasnt that bad, it just became so fatiguing to listen to with that monstrous amount of bass..

 

Personally I don't know how people can get fatigued by bass (and I don't mean as in disliking cuz I don't want that much bass either but fatigued?). It'll need some serious bass boost (digiZoid ZO maxed out) ontop of stock XB500 to get me fatigued by bass. ^^ Highs on the other hand....


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 8/13/12 at 6:34am
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I have XB700, XB1000 and my brother owns the XB500s. In addition I have LCD2 rev 2 and D7000. I think that the XB cans are great for their price, and I'm going to get a pair of XB500s for portable use. I think the XB1000s needs amplification, whereas XB500 and 700 runs very well out of portable devices. I often fall asleep with the XB700s on (great durability), as those are the ones I use straight out of my laptop when I lie in bed working on something or just have a blast with some porn. Who would use the LCD2s for porn, right? LOL.

 

My more expensive cans, like the D7000 and LCD2, are treated like babies, so it's nice to have a pair of XB700s to play around with. However, and for my taste, they are a little to big for portable use, hence why I contemplate getting XB500s for that purpose. I think the best value in the XB series lies in the XB500 and 700s, and wouldn't get the 1000s for what they're selling for on ebay now. I got them cheap in the second hand market, and they were worth what I paid for them (~$150 delivered).


Edited by Norway - 8/13/12 at 6:33am
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