Pros Big bass
Perfect length cord
Cons Big, really big
Summary I bought these when I returned the headphones I got as a gift (also from Sony, forget the model, $44 at Futureshop then on sale for $14 after Christmas, whoa.).
Walmart had them on sale for $50, another local store had them for $100. I liked how they sounded, but didn't want to pay $100 for them, glad I found them for cheaper.
Comparing to the headphones my cousin got, Beats By Dre, these headphones rock! Why spend $150+ on "fancy" headphones that my Sony headphones can do, for a lot less money.
Bass is astounding. A lot of dubstep is played through these, and all the notes sound perfect. Sony has never let me down, and this is exactly why. Good job!
They are rather huge though...
Pros extremely soft , hifi sound very very clear .hi frequency rate .
Cons not really just a little bit huge .
Summary the best headphone i ever had.i have being using sennhiesers so i can say i got a good hearing but the sound i heard on there headphones was literally amazing and never heard that hidden sounds in music .
Pros Volume- These headphones are quite loud
Bass- They literally thump
They are really really comfortable
Cons Maybe the price? $85 seems kind of steep
Summary Kind of expensive but I think worth it for the bass, comfort and the volume
Pros The bass is, as it claims, excellent. As if I were hooked into a system w/ a subwoofer. I find the headphones very stylish yet avant garde b/c of the size. Super-comfortable king-sized earpads. Decently priced (I got mine on sale).
Cons I think that because the driver is so large, the high trebels and clarity of the mids are washed out. If you listen, everything is there but not balanced. Maybe this can be rectified by playing with the equalizer.
Summary If you are a bass-head or want an alternative headset to your bass-weak counterparts-- this headphone delivers. If you are an audiophile and want to hear your music in perfect clarity and balance, you should be shelling out for the crazy good headphones anyways. Ideal for gaming/movies. If you are tired of how light and "tinny" your computer speakers or headphones sound, this is a remedy. The sound is similar to listening to a loud concert live or the THX sound in cinema. Both great in the right context.
Pros Ear Pads, design, durable, price, non-tangle cord
Cons size, non-folding
Summary Unlike some other brands, the Sony MDR-XB500 (extra base) headphones really deliver.
When compared to other brands, these really deliver a quality sound at a reasonable price.
Package includes a carry pouch with straps.
The size is a bit large and it does not fold, but if your primary use is at home or the office, then you will be pleased with the comfort -- these are truly the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn (I am wearing it as I write this review, that's how comfortable it is).
I never realized how impressive music sounded on my Macbook until I plugged this headphone in. Wow -- I am listening right now and am feeling the base thumping to the beat!
You can turn the volume down and still hear it loud and clear.
The soft ear pads feel like pillows on my ears. Good job, Sony !!
Rediscover your music all over again with the Sony MDR-XB500 (extra base) headphones.
I am going to be watching movies with these for the full effect.