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post #16 of 179

Oct. 10th is what I hear when the XB900 will hit the streets of Japan.  I will try to get one to show you guys.

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post #17 of 179
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Originally Posted by kjk1281 View Post

On August 27, Sony announced the upcoming update to their popular Extra Bass series of portable headphones. The new headphones are designed to be more portable as all models now utilize swiveling earcups to fold flat. The new models include the 30mm driver MDR-XB400 (MSRP: ¥4935), the 40mm driver MDR-XB600 (MSRP: ¥8715), and the range-topping 50mm driver MDR-XB900, which will retail for ¥18375. The new Extra Bass headphones will be on sale in Japan on October 10.

The XB400 comes in three color choices: black, white, and red.

The XB600 comes in black or gold.

The XB900
MDR-XB400 | ヘッドホン | ソニー
MDR-XB600 | ヘッドホン | ソニー
MDR-XB900 | ヘッドホン | ソニー
ソニー、重低音特化のXBヘッドフォンを刷新 -AV Watch

 

Did anyone notice the vents on the bottom of the earcups of the XB600 and XB900? Are these a semi-open designed headphone? blink.gif

post #18 of 179

Wait, the XB900 is 50mm and they made it almost the same size as the lower end models? Or is this just the trickery of digital imaging?


IMO the bass port is needed for enough air to be moved for the bass, but still provide enough isolation. It's not surprising to me at least.

post #19 of 179

I wonder why Sony never marketed the XB headphones under the Muteki moniker...

post #20 of 179

Looks this big?

 

post #21 of 179

should sound good. just like my xb90ex

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Looks this big?

 


Honestly, those look really great with the low profile on the head.

 

.....and is that an Avril Lavigne song?

post #23 of 179

Just showed this to the guys at The Basshead Club. Thanks for sharing beerchug.gif

post #24 of 179
that looks extra great to be honest.
post #25 of 179

Yea looks like Sony did some homework on previous models as XB700 was just TOO big for most people to wear in public, XB900 looks perfectly usable in public what I can see, doesn't look odd at all and looks quite nice TBH especially because the headband sits quite tight along your skull and doesn't protrude like many other headphones.

 

Since the other XBs also have vents it's not suprising in the least that these also have, if you cover the ports on XB500/700 you loose like all the bass almost. I can spot 2 holes per cup on XB900, looks like only 1 vent on XB600 on these pics but yea maybe it also has 2.

 

On the product page is says "equipped with a newly developed 50mm driver unit" so might not have to be using the same drivers as previous series.

 

The cup material itself seems like an improvement to bass response, the original XB series had this very thin alu cups which vibrated like crazy = heavy resonances going on. This looks like a much better material which shouldn't vibrate nearly as much. Compare XB1000 vs XB500/700 ! Price will probably be like $200 for XB900 I think so it better be a noticably improvement in SQ. :P XB600 probably will be like ~$100 so there's quite a gap between the two in price.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 8/30/12 at 7:01am
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Ok Sony, you know my one weak spot.. EXTRA BASSL3000.gif

post #27 of 179

Hey if you check this page you notice something very unexpected: they fold & swivel! http://www.sony.jp/headphone/products/MDR-XB900/feature_1.html#L2_10

post #28 of 179
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On a side note, am I the only one who is somewhat saddened by the more "normal" styling of these new Extra Bass headphones? I'm going to miss those big, cushiony, tire-like earpads of the previous models.


I too am saddened by Sony making the XB series look normal. I always thought that the F-150 tires that they call cushions looked so cool and comfortable.

post #29 of 179
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Hey if you check this page you notice something very unexpected: they fold & swivel! http://www.sony.jp/headphone/products/MDR-XB900/feature_1.html#L2_10

 

That's a plus. The current XB models are quite unwieldy due to their bulk. I like the SONY logo on the top of the headband, too. If only we could combine the pillow pads with a folding design, but that seems quite difficult to achieve.

post #30 of 179

Methinks I'll get one of these............love my XB500's but would try the 900's for the right price.  Any idea when they'll be available in North America?L3000.gif
 

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