Product Type: Sony headsets
Newest Review: ... anti-tangle cable of other Sony headphones, and the metal and plastic construction feels solid. The massive padded ear cups and headband m... more
Like bass? You'll love these.
Sony MDR XB500
Member Name: adam_d
Sony MDR XB500
Advantages: Fantastic bass, comfortable, well built, great value.
Disadvantages: Can annoy people around you, can make your ears warm.
I bought these recently to replace my Sony earbuds after they died, and am I glad I did. If you read my other review, you will see I do like a lot of bass, so these sounded perfect for me, in both senses of the word.
First impressions are that the build quality is excellent. It retains the flat anti-tangle cable of other Sony headphones, and the metal and plastic construction feels solid. The massive padded ear cups and headband make wearing them a comfortable experience, and they are not too heavy. After a long time wearing them however they can make your ears a little warm, which does feel a bit weird.
The sound quality on these is very very good. I don't find that the bass over powers the rest of the music too much, and they give a welcome boost to music that you would never expect such powerful bass from (I proved this by testing some Cliff Richard - don't ask). They do really excel when given music with a lot of bass however, and it can at times feel like you are having a head massage. I use these with my Sansa Clip+ and it has no problem driving them at all. The volume can be turned up to the maximum without any distortion occurring, but they're so loud I can't think of any situation where you would need to go that far.
The main disadvantage of these headphones is that, at any volume, they leak sound massively. Everyone around you can hear your music fairly clearly. Otherwise, I can't really fault them. And at their price? Absolute bargain.
Summary: Great value great headphones.