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Sony MDRXB500 Extra Bass Headphones with Large 40mm Driver Unit

by Sony
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  • Expanded low bass reproduction for your music
  • High performance flat cables reduce tangles
  • Luxurious king-size ear pads for ultimate comfort
  • Direct Vibe acoustic design for better noise isolation
  • 40mm Sony XB driver unit for a complete musical experience
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  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm ; 186 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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  • Item model number: MDRXB500.AE
  • ASIN: B001UE6PDG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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Great quality sound across a range of frequencies is guaranteed with the new generation XB500 headphones from Sony. A large 40mm driver unit means ultra-low frequencies are smooth and tight, while the mid-range and treble are balanced and clear, thanks to a high power neodymium magnet. Whether you’re in the mood for thumping dance, powerful drum and bass or complex electronica, this combination of technologies makes sure your music has optimal definition and clarity. Total enclosure is achieved thanks to a new vibe structure which has a tightly sealed acoustic design, making you feel like you’re right there on the dance floor or in the best seats at the gig. It works the other way round too, creating noise isolation so you won’t share your music with other people. With impressive sound quality taken care of, the black metal XB500 headphones boast a design that combines style with practicality. King-size urethane leather earpads, a wide flat headband and tangle-free cord provide effortless comfort so you can keep listening for as long as you like. Weighing in at just 185 grams, these are the ‘phones to be seen in, wherever you go.

A unique direct vibe structure creates total audio enclosure
A unique direct vibe structure
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The perfect balance of sounds
A huge frequency response range, from an ultra-low 4Hz right up to 24,000Hz, is guaranteed by a neodymium magnet for crisp mid- and high-range sounds. That means you can be sure frequencies are amazingly balanced as well as accurately reproduced, and the subtleties of a track are revealed. Lose yourself in your music and reduce sound leakage with the XB500’s new direct vibe structure. This tightly sealed acoustic design allows for a high level of sound isolation. It’s made possible by the integration of gaskets – a rubbery material – and sealing components which ensure that all the sounds now reach your ears. If it’s volume you’re after, super-sensitive 104 microwatts means these headphones can output spectacularly loud sound.

As you would expect, the technical spec is rounded off by an oxygen free copper voice coil and gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini plug. Both ensure sound quality is maintained by minimising degradation through the wire.

Get closer to your music with EXTRA BASS
Sony didn’t call these headphones EXTRA BASS (XB) for nothing. Powerful new technologies are the secret behind the XB500’s ability to recreate the club atmosphere with extra bass. Engineered exclusively by Sony, these headphones feature the large 40mm deep bass HD driver unit, which includes a newly developed long-stroke diaphragm. Highly corrugated and hard-wearing, the diaphragm enables the reproduction of a smooth bass line. The driver’s also been designed to keep vibration to a minimum so the sound you hear is impressively clear.

A flat wide headband and king-size leather earpads deliver style and comfort
A flat wide headband and king-size
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Listen for longer in stylish comfort
A brushed black metal finish adds to the luxurious feel of the XB500 headphones. Their flat, wide headband edged with a hairline metal line and king-size, chunky urethane leather ear cushions complete the stylish design. These two features also ensure that the headphones feel great too, offering lasting and unbeatable comfort. The cushions fit snugly round your ears, bringing additional sealing for a better acoustic performance. The seamless headband sits lightly on the head, so you can wear the XB500 headphones all day long, and into the night.

They’re complemented by a 1.2m durable and lightweight cord, which is flat on both sides. So you can move around and mix it up without getting in a tangle. Put it all together and the XB500 headphones are still surprisingly light at 185 grams, making them easy to wear, and to carry. And as an added little extra there’s a carry pouch, so you can pop your XB500s in any bag and know they’re safe.



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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Water Boatman on 4 May 2010
The Good:
Phenomenally comfortable, leather-esque pads that are like a big hug for your ears and a padded headband-thingy
Reasonable sound isolation for the user
Despite the focus on bass these will play all music beautifully and will encourage you to listen to all of your old favourites again(including twiddly classical pieces and my own personal favourite of Chamber pop - as iTunes calls it)
Flat cable means its never got tangled, not once.

The Bad:
Zilch, these things are pretty flaw free for this price, audiophile reviews can tell you more if you're into your perfect reproduction

The Ugly (for beauty is in the eye of the beholder):
Huge, and if you're a self concious chappy then you may not want to wear them in the library or on the bus
Your ears get hot, though in my digs the rest of you is often freezing so its a nice change
Will leak sound quite a bit, so not good if you're a secret Glee fan and don't want your mates to find out

Personal Musings:
The MDRXB500 are the middle of the XB range with a 40mm driver unit. Not being a bass head I have no idea what a 40mm driver units all about, so you may ask why buy headphones which are all about bass? (especially as I listen to the likes of Belle and Sebastian)

In short I was a sucker for their advertising on Last.fm as I sat with uncomfortable earphones whilst writing reports in university and bought these as a reward for handing everything in on time (after surfing the reviews and finding that they have practically mythical levels of comfort).

Armed with these giant cans and a dangerous levels of coffee I've battled with 5 years worth of revision over the last month and haven't had a single gripe.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Hodge on 12 Sept. 2009
Easily the best headphones I have owned. I had a pair of sennhieser closed back 202s before these, the sound quality dropped quickly and were very uncomfortable after a few hours of wearing them. These however, are extremely comfortable, the sound quality is fantastic and they look very stylish on your head. Definitely a 5 star buy. (the small bag they give you for storage is also very useful)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ibs Khan on 15 Aug. 2009
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Bought these as my first pair of headphones thanks to the huge emphasis on bass as I'm a bit of a bass freak! I have to say that these have definitely surprised me as to how much bass they can actually squeeze in, everything I've thrown at them which sometimes make my Creative earphones distort, these headphones took with ease.

Bass is the focus but not the only aspect carried out excellently by these - listening to Eminem - We Made You almost blew me away with a sharp crisp beat as well as crisp everything else! Vocals and treble were handled fine.

Good allround buy that I'm happy I forked out the cash for.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Y. Chan on 22 Sept. 2011
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I've now owned the 300 and the 700, now settled on these 500s.
great sound and great bass, but do not use it on out in public, not that there to big, but the noise leaks out BIG TIME!
It will make you very very unpopular on the trains.
All are very very very comfortable.
700 the driver is way to big, and leaks the sound out. they are actually loud speakers.
300 are perfect for the train, but not too loud. Not as comfortable as the 500 and 700.
500 is the best middle ground, so had to get them.

A must have item, for home use.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Kindle on 6 July 2009
I've bought these for my sister for when she goes to university & is without her sound system, & I'm not sure if she will like these or not!

Sound: The sound is ridiculously bassy! I mean, so much bass & then some! If you like bass, then these will be for you! But if you want clarity from your headphones then forget it. These are so bassy that the rest of the spectrum suffers. That's not to say that they sound bad, but they're not for mastering! These are for R n'B, Dance, POP & anything else you want to bring alive with lots of Bass! Did I mention they are Bassy?!!

Comfort: Boy are these comfortable!! These are so soft, & almost suck your ears with pleasure! I wouldn't like to wear these on the beach, but to relax with, the feel of these only helps that happen!

Sound Isolation: Yes. They do have sound isolation. Nothing Special but they are closed back & block out a reasonable amount of sound. Which is very nice! Thank you Sony!

Looks: They're huge! Massive! Uber! Giant! And there is a Model up! Silver shinny rims with a standard plastic band.. And then you get 2 MASSIVE soft luxury pads! They look Unique.

PROS
-They are so comfortable you won't want to take them off!
-Lets just say they don't lack in the 20-100Hz Range!
-Amazing Value for money

CONS
-Not for 'on the move', more for relaxation at Home.
-Ears will become quite hot at certain temperatures
-Bass to me is part of sound. It should not be the main part of sound. Therefor anyone with the same view will not like the way these pump it out!

Outcome: At first, I couldn't believe that these headphones were 'NOT' faulty, & that they pelted out this much deep stuff!
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