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You can't hear it, but I'm sighing

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Pros: Build, looks, comfort

Cons: The sound quality

The other day I was in my local apple store, comparing some headphones I was thinking of buying, such as the B&W P5, and the Harmon Kardon CL (which were a disappointment in themselves). I noticed that the folks at apple decided to have a wall showcasing to all the colors the Beats Solo came in. I smirked, and returned to the B&W P5, and reveled in that sound for a little bit longer, until thinking "There's got to be something more to the Solos than I give them credit for, I mean I haven't even put a pair on." Well there wasn't something more, in fact it was exactly what I thought it to be, comfort, build, and a cool look, in fact almost entirely a cool look. Each can houses two...
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Excellent for the price.

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Pros: Comfortable, removable cable, 10 and 4 foot cables

Cons: Mediocre build

I had to make a choice ladies and gentlemen. The Sennheiser Hd 439 or the AKG K-240s. After hours of video watching, review reading, and talking to friends, the hd 439 came out on top. In part because of the fact I got them refurbished for 60 bucks, and because of some common problems people had with the K-240s. After a few days of burning in, I feel safe saying that I made the correct choice. I'll do my best to give you an accurate representation of the Sennheiser HD 439s. Lets start of with the Negatives (that way you'll finish with the good stuff, and a smile :D) namely the build quality. These headphones aren't built incredibly well, considering the 100 dollar price tag. The plastic...
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Very cool cans (actually the HD 525)

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Pros: Great Sound, very little power required, mini jack

Cons: Old tech, Itchy pads, bad connection to the cans

Considering ten years of wear and tear, these phones are in great shape, they don't even distort at low volumes! The Treble is upfront, but not fatiguing, the mids are clear. The bass is a little thick, but an eq fixes that. The open back design give these sound an incredible sound stage. Sometimes I plug them into my amp, put the speakers on, and pretend I'm at a concert. It would work if not for how uncomfortable they are. The pads are plastic, with very litle actual padding. The headband has a fabric hanging off it, but no real padding. The phones are mostly held up by the user's ears then the users head. The adjustable headband is very smooth, so you can find the sweet spot, but its...
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Sony MDR XB 500 a bit of heaven and hell

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Pros: Drivers deliver the extra bass promised, can handle a lot of input

Cons: cheaply constructed, not great for some genres

On christmas 2011 I opened a gift from my mom that not only surprised me, but made me grin with anticipation. The sony mdr XB500, dynamic open backed headphones, where not exactly what I expected. I have to say that as much as I expected a lot of extra bass, I thought it was almost pointless how internally eq'd they were, even if I turned on a bass reducer, or put them through a headphone amp, they wouldn't do what I wanted them to do. All that aside though lets get into a formal review. The XB-500 are made almost 100% of plastic, which would be okay, if it wasn't the same cheap plastic you find on their 10 dollar ear buds. Considering the plastic their made of however, they have held...
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