lightweight, around-the-ear design * sealed, padded earcups * 40mm drivers * frequency response:...

Sony MDR-XD100 Stereo Headphones

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  • lightweight, around-the-ear design * sealed, padded earcups * 40mm drivers * frequency response: 12-22,000 Hz * weight: 6.18 oz. *

Recent User Reviews

  1. fdylan
    "Provides a clear sound and keeps the ears comfortable but the top of my head aches and the low end is weak"
    Pros - Very clear treble, Comfortable padding for ears, Long cord
    Cons - Frame hurts head on the top after long listening period, weak low end, long cord
    Got these as a gift one christmas and the long cord was very impractical at that time. They were then kept in my closet unused for 3 years. Took them up again recently and immediately took note to how clear the treble sounds. Voices are very clear and quiet sounds in the upper register are heard. However the lower register is not great and the headband hurts more than I like. I use these as a second pair of headphones when I want to hear new parts of songs since a lot is often covered in the bass. 
  2. Dokins
    "Good for watching movies, not for listening to a music"
    Pros - Design, overall looks, long cable
    Cons - Low sound quality
    These headphones are not for a true audiophile person. If you just want to watch movies on YouTube and talk with your friends on Skype - they will do the job for you. But if you want to enjoy your favorite music don't expect that you can get much out of 30$ peace of plastic. They look good from the distance, but all materials have that cheap feel when you hold them in your hands. Comfort is acceptable though, they fit nicely around the ears, the only think that can cause discomfort is plastic bent that is on top of your head, sometimes it can really hurts and if you use them for more than 10-15min you can feel the pain on your skull! There are no soft materials on top.
    I think that most reviews about these pair of headphones are dishonest, they glorify something that is just not true. Firstly, they are not loud enough, you can maximize the volume and still don't hear as loud as it should be. Bass is bad, weak, distorted. Middles are below awerage, highs are the worst of all! Sound is leaking like they are open air headphones, which they are not, and it shouldn't leak as much.
    I just can't recommend them because I don't like how do they sound.
    If you are a person with a limited budget and just need cheap headphones to play games, watch the movies, talk on Skype and look somewhat ''cool'' while wearing them :) - buy them, they will serve good enough. But if you want to listen to your favourite music look further, these will just distort your favourite songs and make them sound like cr*p.
  3. xflight297
    "These must be taken for what they are... studio monitor headphones."
    Pros - Lightweight, full over-ear pads, full & balanced sound, neutral, long cord
    Cons - Cumbersome and awkward, long cord is too long, bass can get muddy
    I've read a lot of diverging comments about these headphones and I think there is a problem. These are non-powered studio monitor headphones. They are not meant to have perfect sound quality, and especially not without a proper amplifier. Using them with a tube headphone amp the quality increases like crazy. Because they are studio monitor headphones, they are supposed to have very little influence on the signal themselves, and in a studio, you'll probably have at least a half-decent headphone amp. Used with an iPod, you do have to turn up the volume quite a bit to get a balanced and moderately full mix. At high volume levels, and particularly with loud bass, the sound will get very muddy and the bass is definitely not prominent in the mix. Which it shouldn't be in monitor headphones.

    I realized these aren't even made or sold anymore, but I thought I would share my opinions based on what these headphones are actually meant for. Oddly enough, some headphones are meant for more than just your listening enjoyment.

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