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I just opened these and started listening to a bunch of genres: hard electro-house, some brostep, rap, etc. The bass isn't rattling my ears.  

 

Did I just overhype these? Maybe I need to play around with the EQ? Because out of the box, I don't hear bass that shakes my ears. 

 

I doubt my pair is defective or fake... 

post #2 of 8
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I think I was expecting these to be a subwoofer on my head... I have to say, I'm kind of disappointed. :/

post #3 of 8

There isn't really another headphone under $150 with the same bass quantity.

 

In other words you're probably not going to get the sound you want without spewing out another few hundred $$$ on an amplifier with a bass boost (some FiiO models have this) and a capable headphone with the potential for tonnes of quality bass (Beyerdynamic DT770 springs to mind).

 

Pairing the XB500 with such a headphone amp would certainly also work, but all you'll get is a lot of mono-tone boomy bass.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

I take everything I said back. I used some components for foobar suggested by RPGwizard and these things sound great. 

 

They sound like poo out of the box. :P

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

lololol this is the EQ I'm using. 

 

 

post #6 of 8

That's the craziest EQ preset i've seen in my life biggrin.gif

good that it works for you 

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Syndicat3 View Post

lololol this is the EQ I'm using. 

 

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

They do seem to respond to an equalizer very well.

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