Quick history: I have owned a pair of Sony MDR-xb500 for the past 3 years. I listened to them every single day for quite afew hours (long study hours). They were so worn and used that the ear pad leather was mostly pealed off but they were the most amazing headphones ever every time I put them on I felt transported to another world. Everyone who put them on agreed. Every sound was clear and had its place inside my eardrums and the bass was awesome, punchy, surrounding, and clean.
A week ago i ripped the cord off of them and tired to fix the wires but failed miserably. Without hesitation I ordered the same pair from amazon. Got them in the mail 3 days ago. As soon as I put them on and listened to something I was like woah wtf is this? It sounded terrible, nothing like the very same MDR XB500s I owned. The sound is all...garbaled and everything feels like its blending into itself. It still sounds ok, but no where near the experience on my old headphones. Anyways, so I though maybe this is a BURN IN problem. I let my headphones run on high volume playing techno/dance/hip hop music on the loudest volume for 2 days (in the living room so I don't have to hear it lol). I just now put them on and while they sound slightly better they are still not even close.
I can't remember what my original pair sounded like right out of the box so I can't compare. WTF is happening here? Do they just need another 2-3 years to get as awesome as my old pair?
Is it possible that sony changed the parts or something? Is it all in my head? Comments appreciated.
Edited by TiestoFan - 3/6/13 at 2:36pm