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Sony XB1000 - Missing my sub bass

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I've tried my Sony XB1000 unamplified and am NOT feeling my sub bass to the level as expected. Is this a common issue? I have the o2 amp and ODAC on the way, should i just wait for them to arrive? Is this a common thing for these headphones?
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Despite the low impedance of these, the XB1000s are still pretty difficult to drive. I owned the 1000's before (sold them because I didn't like them), and they really didn't sound great unamped. The bass seemed more emphasized on the mid-bass when unamped. So to answer your question, I would say that this is a pretty common problem. Although I don't know if I would call it a problem because do you really expect to drive 70mm drivers out of an iPod? Come on, that's unrealistic.

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I was very disappointed with the XB1000. They were not the bass kings I had imagined. Apparently they are the most bass-light of the 3 headphones in the XB series. I found them fairly neutral, with merely a solid bass presence, but nothing to write home about. The Pro 900 has much more punch, but then you have to deal with piercing highs. Though they are more refined through the spectrum. 

 

Edit: I drove mine with a B22, loads of power. 

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Originally Posted by SoundFreaq View Post

I was very disappointed with the XB1000. They were not the bass kings I had imagined. Apparently they are the most bass-light of the 3 headphones in the XB series. I found them fairly neutral, with merely a solid bass presence, but nothing to write home about. The Pro 900 has much more punch, but then you have to deal with piercing highs. Though they are more refined through the spectrum. 

 

Edit: I drove mine with a B22, loads of power. 

Well, I don't know if I'd agree with that. I've owned the XB700s and the XB1000s and have two friends that own the XB500s. Amped, the XB1000s are freaking bass monsters. Sure, they don't have as much punch as others in its line, but it extended much farther down the spectrum and seemed overall more controlled.

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I would agree with all that. But if you're looking for gobs of bass, the XB1000 just isn't it. I mean it definitely is very plentiful, but even the Pro 900 has more punch. 

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
I agree with waiting for an amp before coming to a final conclusion.

Few freq response charts of the xb series.The XB700 seems to have considerably more distortion than its small and bigger brothers too.
Has anyone compared these side by side?


XB500
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/SonyMDRXB500.pdf

XB700
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/SonyMDRXB700.pdf

XB1000
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/SonyMDRXB1000.pdf
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Thanks, I'm curious about the other XB models as ive only heard these XB1000's
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