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Hi guys this is my first thread on this forum and hope i'll get good response. I got a set of sony xb600 last month imported from hongkong,I am not satisfied with the sound quality and bass,all I need is your help in modding it.I read a thread on this forum in which a guy suggested to make three small holes on each earpad but i dont know exactly where to make these holes and will it make any difference? The other thing is I am using xb600 with builtin motherboard soundcard and i think that maybe a problem.Suggest me any cheap soundcard which will do the job.The soundcards that are easily available in my country is creative xifi series sb0460 and other sb's.And yeah i am noob in all these thing. If there is anything in ur mind in making the sound better then plz share. Thankyou.
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Reply Plz.

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REPLY?

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The hole-mod sounds interesting... I will have to check that out. Err, if you think the bass is muddy and confused on the XB-600, that's kind of the general consensus on them. If you can still return them, I recommend finding a pair of XB-500s, the older model, which sounded quite awesome for ~55USD. I would send you my old pair of those but i recently sold them :(

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The hole-mod sounds interesting... I will have to check that out. Err, if you think the bass is muddy and confused on the XB-600, that's kind of the general consensus on them. If you can still return them, I recommend finding a pair of XB-500s, the older model, which sounded quite awesome for ~55USD. I would send you my old pair of those but i recently sold them :(

xb500 is lil expensive these days like 85$ inc shipping,is there any headset in that range with same or less bass quantity but awesome mids and highs?

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I have the XB500's and honestly, they sound terrible without my E17. I really do enjoy them with it though.

 

A hardware EQ to increase the treble will turn the XB line from garbage to gold, at least the 500/700. Might be worth picking up if you plan on buying more headphones later on.

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Or skip trying to fix them and look for something else now that you know sort of what the xb600 is lacking. This is just me but fixing a headphone is a hassle plus you can gain experiencing new headphone and try a different sound signature of course that is if budget allows.
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XB500(First Priority)

Grado sr80i or sr60i

Audtio-Technicia ATH-M50

Sennheiser hd280

Shure SRH440

Vmoda crossfade LP

Creative aurvana live

 

Which one would be the best buy?

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XB500(First Priority)

Grado sr80i or sr60i

Audtio-Technicia ATH-M50

Sennheiser hd280

Shure SRH440

Vmoda crossfade LP

Creative aurvana live

 

Which one would be the best buy?

I would steer clear of the M50s and the HD 280s. In this market, there are better option at those price points.

 

Given that the XB500 is more expensive now (it was $55 when I got it) I would really recommend the Creative Aurvana Live. Best $70 can out there, it has an awesome low-end (for this price tier).

 

If you're willing to spend the $100, the Crossfade LP is a solid choice. Not as refined as the LP2 and the M-100, but still a good set of cans.

 

I would not suggest the Grados for bass-heavy music, but they're fantastic headphones, best for non-electronic and non-rap music in this price tier. I can recommend both the 60i and 80i, but keep in mind that they're open-back headphones, people around you will hear some of your music and you will hear outside noises.

 

I've never used the SRH440s, but they're well regarded here, I'm sure you couldn't go wrong with them.

 

P.S. If you're concerned about amping the XB500s, it's all perception, but I found that they didn't benefit from amping.

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I would steer clear of the M50s and the HD 280s. In this market, there are better option at those price points.

 

Given that the XB500 is more expensive now (it was $55 when I got it) I would really recommend the Creative Aurvana Live. Best $70 can out there, it has an awesome low-end (for this price tier).

 

If you're willing to spend the $100, the Crossfade LP is a solid choice. Not as refined as the LP2 and the M-100, but still a good set of cans.

 

I would not suggest the Grados for bass-heavy music, but they're fantastic headphones, best for non-electronic and non-rap music in this price tier. I can recommend both the 60i and 80i, but keep in mind that they're open-back headphones, people around you will hear some of your music and you will hear outside noises.

 

I've never used the SRH440s, but they're well regarded here, I'm sure you couldn't go wrong with them.

 

P.S. If you're concerned about amping the XB500s, it's all perception, but I found that they didn't benefit from amping.

I found xb500 for 65$ and i think that its a fine deal.If i buy portable amp like e5 or e6 will they make any difference?

How is xb500 compared to aurvana live?


Edited by mhamzatahir - 2/8/13 at 8:55pm
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I found xb500 for 65$ and i think that its a fine deal.If i buy portable amp like e5 or e6 will they make any difference?

How is xb500 compared to aurvana live?

$65 would be a good deal, but if you can get the CAL! for $70 I would go with that.

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