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Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones

B&H # SOMDRXB500 MFR # MDRXB500
Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones

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Product Highlights

  • 40mm Drivers
  • King-Sized Ear Cushions
  • Adjustable Headband
  • Flat Y-Type Cable
  • Gold-Plated 3.5mm Plug
  • Carrying Pouch Included
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The MDR-XB500 extra bass headphones from Sony are designed to create incredible bass levels within the confines of a traditional headphone. The headphones use 40mm dome drivers to produce an extra-wide frequency response with bass levels down to 4Hz. The direct vibe structure ensures a high level of audio fidelity, while the sealed acoustic design provides a high level of noise isolation.

The headphones feature a comfortable adjustable headband and ultra-thick king-sized ear cushions. At almost 2" thick, the cushions provide long-lasting comfort and exceptional acoustic performance. The flat Y-type cable keeps tangles to a minimum, and the gold-plated 3.5mm mini plug provides compatibility with MP3 players, CD players, computers, and more. A handy carrying pouch is included.

Large 40mm dome drivers designed to deliver exceptionally powerful bass
Direct vibe closed-back structure for excellent audio fidelity and high levels of noise isolation
King-sized ear cushions for supreme comfort, noise isolation, and acoustic performance
Comfortable adjustable headband fits virtually any head size
Flat Y-type cable keeps tangles to a minimum
Gold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini plug for wide device compatibility
Carrying pouch included
Type Around-Ear, Dynamic, Closed-Back
Frequency Range 4Hz - 24kHz
Impedance 40 Ohms
Sensitivity 104dB
Maximum Input Power 1500mW
Connectors Gold-Plated 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug
Cable Length 3.9' (1.2 m)
Weight 6.5 oz (184g)
Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor and Parts
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyMDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones
     
    4.7

    (based on 75 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (54)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good bass (70)
    • Comfortable (67)
    • Great sound (64)
    • Good value (59)
    • Lightweight (34)

    Cons

    • Cord too short (20)

    Best Uses

    • Music (57)
    • With my computer (50)
    • Portable devices (46)
    • Home audio (44)
    • Relaxing (40)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (34), Business (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • School (22), Teenagers (19), Audiophile (18), Gear head (11), Traveler (8)
      • Primary Use:
      • Listening to ipod (24)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (49), Yes (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Totally Satisfied

    I'm a musician and naturally love listening to music while doing whatever. I bought these headphones here on B&H after trying them out at a store in my town. To be honest...Read complete review

    I'm a musician and naturally love listening to music while doing whatever. I bought these headphones here on B&H after trying them out at a store in my town. To be honest when the sales rep told me the price I was blown away as i've heard comparable quality from headphones 4 times the price. Pros and Cons...They are EXTREMEMLY comfortable. Laying down with them on is one of my favorite ways to use them. The audio quality is a huge step up from earbud headphones and definitely beat the skullcandy extra bass phones which seemed overwhelming and had muffled vocals. I actually think these are even better than sonys noise cancelling headphones which seem to make your head feel its going to explode from the vaccum seal. I personally EQ the bass down and the treble up a hair on my ipod which is as easy as picking the "treble booster" equalizer setting and they sound GREAT. So much detail comes through that you'll never hear with earbuds. For the cons...i'm not much of a complainer in general and I am totally satisfied. I would just watch if you're looking to buy them for recording you'll need another cord to extend the length as the cord on these is only long enough for computer or mp3 player use.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Solid bass but otherwise disappointed

    I bought these headphones based on the rave reviews lavished on them. I like them for gaming but I prefer my Panasonic RH-HTX7 for listening to music.

    I bought these headphones based on the rave reviews lavished on them. I like them for gaming but I prefer my Panasonic RH-HTX7 for listening to music.

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    4.0

    Comfortable and good quality sound

    By Zeke

    from CA

    About Me Filmmaker, Gear Head, Teenager

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

      The Sony MDR-XB500 headphones are very good for the price. They aren't joking about the bass! Don't get these if you're using them for audio or video productions, or looking for a completely flat and accurate sound. They are great home headphones that are extremely comfortable, but the sound may not be 100% accurate because of such enhanced bass.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Headphones!

      By brindleboxer

      from Medina, NY

      About Me Teenager

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Bass
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Music
        • Portable Devices
        • Relaxing
        • Traveling

        Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

        This was my first pair of over-ear headphones and am very pleased with them! The sound quality and bass are better than I was expecting.

        • Primary Use:
        • Listening to iPod
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Love them!

        By Music tooth

        from Utah

        About Me College Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Music
          • Relaxing
          • Traveling
          • With My Computer

          Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

          I just listen to music for fun and with the right equalizer settings, these headphones are amazing! Plenty of bass if you have good EQ settings. They sound better than more expensive skull candy phones I have, but they don't look as cool as skull candy

          • Primary Use:
          • Listening to iPod
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Quite Satisfied

          By Shadow

          from Colorado Springs, CO

          About Me Audiophile, Teenager

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Music
            • Portable Devices

            Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

            These headphones are really great for heavy bass music and I use them every day. On the downside it's not so great for a lot of rock and music with higher pitches in it. Overall they're pretty great.

            • Primary Use:
            • Listening to iPod
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Bass for days!

            By Jweezy

            from Groton, CT

            About Me Military

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Good Bass
            • Good Value
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Music
              • Portable Devices

              Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

              I love the bass delivery, feels like im in a car with 12" subwoofers.

              • Primary Use:
              • Listening to iPod
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Beats the Beats headphones with BASS

              By zach the sac

              from cleveland ohio

              About Me College Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Good Bass
              • Good Value
              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • Portable Devices
                • Traveling
                • With My Computer

                Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                Best sounding headphones for price. Tons better the Dr. Dre heapdphones.

                • Primary Use:
                • Listening to iPod
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great product & cheap. I'll by again.

                By aTi Rau

                from East Bay, CA

                About Me College Student, Frequent Traveler, Teenager

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Bass
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Audio
                  • Music
                  • Portable Devices
                  • Relaxing
                  • Traveling
                  • With My Computer
                  • Working

                  Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                  I bought this head phone for my son while we're visiting NY. Let me tell you this: it's an excellent product & cheap compares to Beast headphones. We've been shopping around but we get stuck with this and I'm getting another one for myself. I'd recommend this product to everyone.

                  • Primary Use:
                  • Listening to iPod
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  great headphones, very comfortable

                  By buggy1

                  from israel

                  About Me Teenager

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Good Value
                  • Great Sound
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Relaxing
                    • With My Computer
                    • Working

                    Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                    seat perfectly on the ear, bass is very good, high tones are amazing

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Very comfortable and good sound quality

                    By Augen Les Yeux

                    from Spain

                    About Me Audiophile, Ipodphile Applephile

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Good Bass
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight
                    • Soft touching
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Big to neck-wearing long

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices
                    • Relaxing
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                    I use it at home in the sofa and at the train to work. I like very much its soft touch and its sound. It's worth the price.
                    I've strongly recommended to a college at work and he finally fell in love also with this headphones.

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    amazing headphones

                    By eminem (mnm) :)

                    from Paris, FR

                    About Me Teenager

                    Pros

                    • Good Bass
                    • Great Sound
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                        i havnt sgotten mine yet but i was looking into a good pair of headphones for my ipod and i started lookinng into the beats by dr. dre but then ifound a magazine showing that these headphones have an almost equal sound quality for a third of the price i think tht tis is great

                        • Primary Use:
                        • Listening to iPod

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                        4.0

                        Great Fit. Great Sound

                        By Drew Mac

                        from Sydney Australia

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Good Bass
                        • Good Value
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Audio
                          • Music

                          Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                          Great for HiFi or TV listening. extra bass sounds great with no distortion.
                          Not for studio or broadcast monitoring.
                          very comfortable. could wear for hours.

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                          4.0

                          Acoustic bliss, fiscal responsibility.

                          By Dan

                          from Kitchener, Ontario

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Good Bass
                          • Good Value
                          • Great Sound
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Cord Too Short

                          Best Uses

                          • With My Computer

                          Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                          My listening preferences tend to be very bass-heavy. Theses headphone do not disappoint - they are able to reach all the lows very nicely.

                          Because I do most of my listening while working by the computer, I wear headphones for extended periods of time. The puffy cushions aren't just pretty - they are comfortable. All day long.

                          Some of the highs get muddied, but some tweaking of the EQ, and it's more than acceptable. The headphones deliver as promised - with extra bass.

                          The only real downside I've encountered is the cord: much too short, even when I'm at my desk. I would've preferred a single cord instead of a Y-type, but it hasn't been a nuisance yet.

                          For the price, if you love listening to deep bass (my go-to is trance), you shan't be disappointed. I promise.

                          • Primary Use:
                          • Listening to iPod
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          I highly recommend this product

                          By Vegalink33

                          from Guadeloupe, FWI

                          About Me Audiophile, Teenager

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Durable
                          • Good Bass
                          • Great Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Music
                            • Portable Devices
                            • With My Computer

                            Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                            Headphones used on my computer and iPod.
                            Efficient and comfortable.
                            Great bass.
                            Handy and solid flat cord.

                            • Primary Use:
                            • Listening to iPod
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Headphones

                            By Mac

                            from Troy, NY

                            About Me Audiophile

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Good Bass
                            • Great Sound
                            • Stylish

                            Cons

                            • Cord Too Short

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Audio
                            • Music
                            • Relaxing
                            • With My Computer

                            Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                            Birthday gift from my wife - but I hinted.
                            I have used stereo headphones for over 50 years. This is my best pair yet. Smooth sounding response. Great bass -solidly there but not boomy or distorted. Very comfortable also. Good but not perfect external sound isolation.

                            Negatives: Needs a longer cord.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Very Good Headphones

                            By Mr. Hawai'i

                            from Hilo,HI

                            About Me College Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Good Bass
                            • Good Value
                            • Great Sound
                            • Lightweight
                            • Stylish

                            Cons

                            • Cord Too Short

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Audio
                            • Music
                            • Portable Devices
                            • Relaxing
                            • Traveling
                            • With My Computer
                            • Working

                            Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                            I highly recommend these headphones to anyone searching for quality sounding headphones with lots of bass. Although these are not as good as the Sony MDR XB 700 headphones, they are still amazing in sound quality and performance!

                            • Primary Use:
                            • Traveling
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            The best headphones on the market

                            By Genius

                            from New York

                            About Me Business owner

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Durable
                            • Good Bass
                            • Great Sound
                            • Stylish

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Audio
                              • Music
                              • Relaxing

                              Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                              1. [$] the best price (the same at [@] [$]. Sound is better than headphones for $1500.3. You won't find better headphones

                              • Primary Use:
                              • Listening to iPod
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              THE BEST HEADPHONES FOR PRICE

                              By SgtSkittles993

                              from Chicago Heights, IL

                              About Me College Student, Teenager

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Good Bass
                              • Good Value
                              • Great Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Audio
                                • Music
                                • Portable Devices
                                • Relaxing
                                • With My Computer

                                Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                                The MDR-XB500 Headphones are incredible. They sound amazing. I searched far and wide for cheap headphones with respectable bass and these did not disapoint. Overall if you are searching for headphones under 60$ and your main concern is bass these are the best for you. Compared to the Dre Beats these are better. They cost less and deliver comparable quality. They sound a bit better with an amp as these headphones are conservative in their use of power. They are nice and cozy, but when its hot your ears can get a bit sweaty. They are best for "bassy" genres such as Rap, Hip Hop, and Dubstep. If you do get these put on "16bit - FRZR9000" and at the 55 second mark and you can feel your head LITERALLY shake. The highs and lows are good but the bass. If you want bass BUY THESE.

                                • Primary Use:
                                • Listening to iPod
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                High Performance and Cost Effective.....

                                By The audio enthusiast

                                from Westfield, New Jersey

                                About Me Audiophile

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Durable
                                • Great Sound
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Audio
                                  • Music
                                  • Portable Devices
                                  • Relaxing
                                  • Traveling
                                  • With My Computer

                                  Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                                  I use these headphones sometimes with my desktop computer and sometimes with my portable Cd player. True,they're fairly large for the Cd player but the sound quality is awesome!

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Love it Love it & Love it!

                                  By Jean

                                  from Fairfax, VA

                                  About Me Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Good Bass
                                  • Good Value
                                  • Great Sound
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Cord Too Short

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Audio
                                  • Music
                                  • Relaxing
                                  • With My Computer

                                  Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                                  Thanks for bring me back to the peace world!

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Tight Headphones!

                                  By L-Boogie

                                  from Cheraw, SC

                                  About Me Gear Head

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Good Bass
                                  • Good Value
                                  • Great Sound
                                  • Stylish

                                  Cons

                                  • Cord Too Short

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Music
                                  • Portable Devices
                                  • Relaxing
                                  • With My Computer

                                  Comments about Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Stereo Headphones:

                                  Only been a couple of weeks, but I'm loving them. Very comfortable, good sound isolation, and definitely about dat BASS! Excellent value for the [$] I paid. Only negative I found is the cord is short ... under 4ft. I would buy them again & I recommend them as well. Thanks.

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                                  • No

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