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Sony MDR-XB500

Sony MDR-XB500
alaScore 83

1931 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1931 reviews of Sony MDR-XB500. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Opinions about the design and price are overall positive. The comfort and bass quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the reliability. Some have doubts about the portability.

sound, bass quality, comfort, price, design

portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-XB500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony MDR-XB500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 169 user reviews of Sony MDR-XB500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and price. The bass quality and comfort are also appreciated. There are some critical views about the portability. Views about the reliability and size are different.

sound, comfort, bass quality, price, usability

portability

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDRXB500 Extra Bass Headphones with Large 40mm Driver UnitSony MDRXB500 Headband Headphones with Extra Bass BlackSony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Headphones - Blue

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony MDR-XB500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1032 user reviews of Sony MDR-XB500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Comments about the durability and price are on the whole positive. The bass quality and comfort also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability, and there are some critical reviews about the portability.

sound, comfort, bass quality, price, durability

portability

97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR-XB500 40mm XB Diaphragm Driver Extra Bass HeadphonesSony MDR-XB500 40mm XB Diaphragm Driver Extra Bass HeadphonesSony Dynamic Deep Bass Headphones (Model# MDR-XB500)

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Jim Swantko (hometheaterreview.com)

Sony MDR-XB500 Headphones Reviewed

 

The MDR-XB500 is the mid-range entry in Sony's trio of "extra bass" headphones which are designed to kick out serious low-end response while still providing excellent performance throughout the rest of the frequency range. They style is hip-hop and...

The XR500 headphones are easily the most powerful headphones I've ever heard in terms of bass performance. If you listen to hip-hop or club music I think you will absolutely love them.- The XR500s are very stylish although the ridiculously sized...

It's too bad Sony doesn't offer a control which lets the user dialback the bass response, because it simply overpowers the rest of themusic. I would really consider an extra bass type headphone because Ido like deep, solid bass but this is just way too...

The Sony MDR-XB500 headphone does exactly what it promises. It deliversunbelievable bass performance in a stylish well-built product. If youare a bass head then these are going to be your dream come true. Ifhowever you are looking for audiophile...

Aug, 2009
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Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

The bass-head’s younger, more sensible brother.

 

Just like the MDR-XB700s, these headphones are bass-focused. They are a little more forgiving than their larger sibling though, so if you want more natural music reproduction these are a good choice.

Smooth bass, good mid-range and treble

Silly cord design

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Campbell Simpson (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Sony MDR-XB500

 

The bass-head's younger, more sensible brother.

Smooth bass, good mid-range and treble

Silly cord design

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: T K (alaTest.com)

Great Phones fo the Bass Lover

 

I picked these beut's up on a trip to Japan last year when they were first released. I bough them for a wicked $60 which I later found out when i returned home- sell in-store over $100. I own multiple other listening devices but these are the cream of...

Recommend

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Audionut (newegg.com)

Good sound

 

They sound good, but they are low performers in pretty much all other catagories. For the money, I could not in good consience, recommend these. If they were about half the price, I could recommend them then.

The sound great, ample bass

They feel very cheap. Very flimsy and they don't have that "heavy" feel to them. These seem like they could be easily broken ; I bought these with the intention of being able to wear them at my computer and not hear anyone around me, or for my wife to...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: merlin (newegg.com)

Super comfy

 

Super comfy and super nice sound. It sounded better fed through my Samsung Galaxy S4, than on my work computers. Maybe I need to buy an amplifier or some dsp hardware. Overall, I can keep these on all day and not have any ear fatigue. They are that...

Discontinued! These are soo much better than the new ones

Jun, 2014

Consumer review by: MJ (newegg.com)

Price should be around 80$

 

Purchase at a local retailer or somewhere else for $80. I'm not sure why its doubled the price here. Maybe, a glitch?

It's very light weight, which means this headphones won't hurt your ear for long time of use. Not to mention, the ear cushions are very soft ; The cables NEVER get tangled ; Sound quality is still outstanding after 4 years of use. Very low bass, the...

Since the band is made up of plastic, it has become 'loose' It doesn't arch as tight before ; Wish the cables only came from one ear and/or are detachable ; The 'leather' materials from the head band, ear cushions are coming off. But, that is to be...

Dec, 2013

Consumer review by: Mason (newegg.com)

Price is Whack, Headphones are not

 

These are incredible headphones ; Awesome bass ; Hi fidelity audio quality ; Very comfortable

Almost twice as expensive as other online retailers ; Whoops

Nov, 2013

Consumer review by: Bluefire4545 (sonystyle.com)

Delivers what's advertised.

 

The bass in these headphones surpasses anything to be expected for a headphone of it's pricerange. The boomy feel provides that hardcore vibe that EDM/Techno/Rap listeners love. When EQ'd properly, these headphones provide an incredibly solid, powerful...

These headphones deliver incredible bass, provide unbeatable comfort, and do not fatigue

The mids are an afterthought, and the highs can get a bit bright when not Equalized properly

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: sirnuss23 (sonystyle.com)

buy these now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

these headphones are amazing. i have nothing bad to say about them.they are as good if not better than beats by dre studios. i know everyone eles says these are better than beats but in my honest opinion they are about the same. but then you look at...

amazing bass, great mids and highs, super comfy, amazing price for the quality you get

nothing

Aug, 2012

Product Specifications

New Extra Bass Series Headphone - 40mm XB diaphragm driver units for Dynamic Deep Bass - Frequency response: 4-25,000 Hz - Sensibility: 104dB/mW

Configuration

Active Noise Cancellation: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Neckband: No
Noise Cancellation: No

General Features

Ear Canal Headphone:Not Applicable
Indoor/Outdoor :Indoor
Signal Connection:Wired
Type:Headphones / Traditional Headphone
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