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Will the Sony XB-700's work with a mobile phone? (Droid Charge)

post #1 of 12
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I was wondering that because there are 50mm drivers in the headphones. Would a smart phone be able to output enough power to make loud enough sound?

post #2 of 12

Short answer, yes. In my experience with the XB lineup, they all work fine with an iPod/ iPhone. Brilliant headphones, as well.

post #3 of 12
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Thanks! I have a $150 budget for my first headphones (Upgrading from earbuds :)), are there any other headphones that go down to about 3 hertz and work with mobile devices?

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by kensclark15 View Post

I was wondering that because there are 50mm drivers in the headphones. Would a smart phone be able to output enough power to make loud enough sound?

I believe the Sony XB700 are only 24-Ohm, so should work fine with portable devices.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I'm new to the headphone world so I don't know a lot :/ If I ever need an amp I was thinking about the Fiio X11 but the output frequency does not go down to 3 Hz, would that make much of a difference with dubstep?

post #6 of 12

Why are you so obsessed with getting down the 3 Hz?  You're aware that the human hearing range usually starts in the 20 Hz range, right?  And that most dubstep "bass" is actually mid-bass, right?

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Well then can you explain why I can hear down to 3 - 5 hertz? I can also hear way above 20 kilohertz. Some people can hear below or above the "normal" hearing range. I am also almost 16 so I am still a teen and most teens have hearing like I do. When you turn 20 your hearing starts to go downhill so I won't worry about this stuff until I'm 20 or I can't hear above or below the "normal" hearing range.

post #8 of 12

The bass in most music doesn't go below 30 Hz, let alone 3. As far as I know no musical instrument can reach 3 Hz. And like linvillegorge said, the bass in dubstep is more midbass than bass. I listen to a lot of dubstep and most of it doesn't go below 40 Hz. I have a FiiO E11 and it barely made a difference sound quality-wise with my ATH-M50's, which are less efficient headphones than the XB-700. However, the E11 will make the XB's louder versus using them with a phone.
 

post #9 of 12

You're hearing harmonics, not the actual tone.  A true 3hz tone is something you'd need a massive amount of air to be moved to get its natural effect.  The biggest pipe organs move A LOT of air, and can go down to roughly 16hz.  Some lfe in movies are in the 10hz region, but require big arrays of powerful subs to properly give that rumble to a large room.  XB700 has the advantage of only having to pressurize a very small space, but a true 3hz should only be felt, not heard.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Okay... So should I get the XB700's or are the Audio Technica M50's better? I have a $150 budget.

post #11 of 12

The Sony XB-700s are great basshead headphones, but the Audio-Technica M50's have a better overall sound quality. They respond very well to equalization, so if you feel like you're not getting enough bass out of them you can always boost the bass. I have a FiiO E11 and with the bass boost on 2 (a +6dB boost centered at 55 Hz), the bass is more than enough, unless you like to listen to nothing but bass and don't care if it drowns out the vocals and the details in the music. With an equalizer app on your phone you'll be able to boost the low end even more than that.
 

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