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Replacement for mdr-xb500

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hello,

I have used the search bar before doing this, but I couldn't come to a conclusion based on the topics I viewed.

I am looking to replace my sonys as the ear pads are starting to fall apart. They are really just shedding, but I want a new pair. I am tempted to just get a second pair, though would like an actual upgrade.

However, I want the headphones to either sound just like the 500s, or preferably have deeper bass while maintaining the clarity of the mids and highs. I have considered the audiotechnica ath m-50s, but fear they won't have the bass i'm looking for.

I listen to music of all sorts, rock, metal, reggae, classical. I will also use these headphones most for playing video games. The xb500s always blow me away when I watch the opening video of Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn... I love how these headphones vibrate from the deep bass yet the vocals and the clash of swords sound so clean and crisp, and everything in between still sounds great and is audible and distinguishable from each other.

I'm looking for some cans that can fill the 500s shoes. One pair of headphones that can do it all as well as the 500s. Over the ear only.

$300 is the absolute limit, preferably half that. Wireless a plus. I know I'm asking a lot and won't be surprised if my expectations aren't met, but maybe someone can help me make a decision based on the headphones I personally own and absolutely love the sound of and i don't want to stray far from the way these sound.

Help much appreciated smily_headphones1.gif
post #2 of 19
Thread Starter 
Well, I want to add that I received a pair of Bose Quiet comfort 15's today for my birthday. I do like them, they are more crisp and clear than my Sonys, but I don't love them like I do the Sonys.

The Sonys just have so much more powerful bass, while still sounding crisp, even if not quite on the same level level as the Bose. I prefer the more powerful sound of the Sony. If anyone can help find an alternative to those, powerful bass, yet still on the crisp highs and mids side, I would take the Bose back.
post #3 of 19

Hi,

 

You should consider:

 

V-Moda M100

Yamaha Pro 500

AudioTechnica WS99

M-Audio Q40

Beyerdynamic DT770 80 Ohm version + Amp (Schiit Magni for example)

 

Best Luck!

post #4 of 19
Why not buy another xb500? It certainly is a distinct headphone which isn't easily replaced.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the suggestions Me x3, I will look into those.
Saoshyant, I was looking to make a real upgrade, especially for the price of the xb500s. I paid $80 when I got them only to find out a few weeks later they were only $50 at the time on the internet. Now they are $150...I don't want used. So price is the driving reason, my hope was for the price, I could upgrade maybe.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Odin6786 View Post

Thank you for the suggestions Me x3, I will look into those.
Saoshyant, I was looking to make a real upgrade, especially for the price of the xb500s. I paid $80 when I got them only to find out a few weeks later they were only $50 at the time on the internet. Now they are $150...I don't want used. So price is the driving reason, my hope was for the price, I could upgrade maybe.

 

What sources will the headphones be plugged into?

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
The most important thing it will be plugged into, is my PC with an external Creative sound card. Other devices being my Nexus 7 and Wii U controller. I won't be DJ'ing with these if that is what you are wondering PurpleAngel

I have also considered a Fiio or something similiar if that's another trail of thought you are having PurpleAngel.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Odin6786 View Post

The most important thing it will be plugged into, is my PC with an external Creative sound card. Other devices being my Nexus 7 and Wii U controller. I won't be DJ'ing with these if that is what you are wondering PurpleAngel

I have also considered a Fiio or something similiar if that's another trail of thought you are having PurpleAngel.

 

How about the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80-Ohm headphones?

post #9 of 19
I got the XB-920 as a replacement to my XB-700 with aging pads, better sound isolation, massive bass, although on ear only.

Sent from my SM-N9005
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by gameboy View Post

I got the XB-920 as a replacement to my XB-700 with aging pads, better sound isolation, massive bass, although on ear only.

Sent from my SM-N9005

Actually, look for a new XB1000 it can be had for aroun $250 or 300 dollars, it should be a nice upgrade 

post #11 of 19
You will probably like basshead cans like the m audio q40 and sony x10
post #12 of 19
You can check out the Ultrasone Pro 900. They're extremely detailed, and they have insane, monstrous bass, though the mids are detailed, it's very recessed though if you like the V-shaped sig and can maybe eq the treble down a tad, they're a real bass beast.

Or something more simple is the already mentioned dt770. They too have recessed mids but have great bass, and bright treble, another very V shaped can.

If keeping the mids is important you may like the Q40. Well extended treble but smoothed out, a very present, warm mid range and great bass and if eq'd they can handle just about as much bass your throw at them!
post #13 of 19
That ultrasone also completely blows the budget. But yes, every basshead tendancy I've ever had really wants to give that headphone a try.
post #14 of 19
Oh yeah, sorry dude. I kinda forgot the budget, lmao! The Pro500 wasn't a bad recommendation either, has a very strong, full sound! If you pick up the Q40s and get a fiio e12, e11, e07k, e17 or a digizoid Z02 (a few portable amps I've tried with them) and boosted their bass and volume to more than necessary levels, they can pump out massive shaking bass with out any distortion really! For their price they're great!(:
post #15 of 19

+1 for Q40 , Amazing headphone for the price, Earth shattering bass, Decent mids and non fatiguing treble. The mids are not muddy like the Sony bassheads.

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