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News Flash: Today I learned that I am a basshead

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Hi folks.

 

I just bought the Sony XB-500s. I posted a few messages asking people for advice, and I always said I wasn't a basshead. I went to the Sony store and tried these on in addition to the V6 (Felt flimsy to me! and I hate the way they so readily collapse) and the ZX-700 (These were good), but I realized after hearing the bass on the 500s, I love bass. And hell, I listen to rock music, not hip-hop or dubstep. 

 

So I have some advice for anyone shopping: Nothing beats trying them on. There's no way you will know how you like something until you try it on. I went to Best Buy and I hated the way ALL Sennheisers felt on my head. Who would have guessed?

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A great reminder--there is nothing better for picking cans that putting them on your head and listening to them.  Hopefully you are able to leave them on your head long enough to accomplish a full range listening test on music you know you and for a long enough period to know whether or not those cans are comfortable for you.  I have found that headphone comfort is a most individual thing.

 

Beyond these points, be aware that the music listen stations of many stores (especially the mass marketers) can be set up with lower quality music sources and hardware that is biased toward a particular sound signature.  The best way to test drive new cans is plugged into your (or at least familiar) equipment, playing music that is both challenging/full range and that you know well.

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