Originally Posted by atomikn00b
going for the Sony XB90EX does not mean sacrificing bass/subbbass does it?
I don't think so. I don't have the IEM's, but these reviews seem to match what you are looking for.
This is what Dannyboi stated about the xb90ex:
"They did a good job tuning these. Vocals sound good, not too forward but definitely not recessed. Treble is smooth, no sign of sibilance. Not on the level of detail the JVC FXD series. These are for sure bass cannons. The bass sort of reminds me of the Aurisonics ASG 1.2's. No mid bass hump, deep sub-bass. Listening to Nas-Cherry Wine and Amy Winehouse's voice sounds fantastic.
It might be the best big bass I've heard in an iem. Just drops deep and rumbles. The soundstage is massive but it's soooo good. The FXD80's and 60's aren't so bad compared but the 70's just sounded compressed after hearing the Sony's. After the comparisons with the JVC's, the treble on the Sony's are not bad at all. There is plenty of sparkle and I still think the vocals are very good also. I have around 20 hours on them now. These rank pretty high boys and girls. They do cost more than the FXD80's but for me the price is justifiable for the soundstage and bass depth alone. I love bass and soundstage in iem's and headphones but not when it's not done well and fatiguing. I do not get that with the Sony's. These sound like full size open headphones and are better than the XB1000's at about half the price. I also prefer these over the EX1000's which was amazing but the fit and the piercing treble was a deal breaker."
Dsnut's Review of the xb90ex:
" Right from open box. One word that comes to mind. Smooooooth. These have a very smooth sound. The Sub bass on these are unreal. I have no doubts in my mind these reach vibration levels. These remind me of a much better Velodyne vpulse. The sub bass is so strong on these much like the vpulse but don't sacrifice the other frequencies..These are definitely bass earphonesX10. Some of the hardest hitting sub bass rumble I have heard on any earphone. They sound a bit like my EX600 but with an added 16in Sub woofer. I have to compare the XB90 to the Vpulse and ASG-1s. I can see why Danny mentions the ASG-1..The rumble in the jungle I like to call it. The bass is outragious on these. These easily have the stage and depth of the CKS77s but with with a smoother tighter tuning over them. The highs are rolled off on these which makes them an easy listening experience for any tune. Guys that prefer their sound to be smoother warmer with authoritative low lows these are for you.
No bass boost needed. Lol. I can tell you guys these are definitely my favorite Sony sound I have ever heard from Sony..These are the very definition of high end bass earphones.(Musical). These let you get immersed into your tunes. You are surrounded by your music. Just an absolutely beautiful non fatiguing sound.
There is no obligation, no commitment to this sound. It is just pure enjoyment. I know guys have followed my CKS77 thread and I have to say these are the official upgrades to that sound..The CKS77 have many similarities to these new Sony XB90 but the tuning on these Sonys are at a higher level..I can tell the quality of the 16mm Dynamic driver that is being used in these are tops. Just enjoyableX10. These weren't made to be reference or neutral or anything of the sort. These were made so you can feel your basslines and get lost in your music.I think these have the best mids I have heard to date on a bass earphone which makes all my tunes sound proper and not overly bass heavy. But when a bass line calls for power. POWER is what you get. These are what you need on a vacation. These are what you listen to sippin on a margarita enjoying your music."
Marlonmarabe's Review of xb90ex:
"The Sub bass are the main focus here. Just deep pounding. The mids are not recessed. Highs are silky smooth but lacks a bit of extension. Nonetheless, these are like a basshead audiophiles dream come true. The bass alone is worth the price. Certainly sounds like the xb1000 without recessed mids and highs. The presentation and soundstage is very good too. Doesnt sound congested.
So, I am not sure if they sound anything like the d2000, but I hope this gave you a better idea of the sony's sound like.
I hope this helped! =)
Edited by dhL17 - 10/3/12 at 9:24pm