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7.7 out of 10

Sony MDR-XB500

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XB500 retrospective

Clifton F., Newegg
2 weeks ago
  • Summary: Absolutely excellent headphones on all fronts. They sound amazing, they are extremely comfortable even for long periods of time and with proper care, a pair of these can last many years. The cons are literally "it eventually wears out" meaning there are no cons to these. Buy them so maybe Sony will realize their foolishness and make these again.
  • Pros: I bought a pair of these from wal - mart for $50 about 6 years ago and they finally wore out after almost daily use the entire time. They didn't fail because of the speakers which still sound amazing, I'll get into why they wore out in the cons. The ear cushions are also incredibly comfortable. I've gone entire days wearing these and only had to adjust them every few hours. These are the most comfortable headphones I've ever used by a wide margin. The sound is extreme...
  • Cons: After 6 years with these things I've noticed a few things like what parts will fail first and wear down first. The reason my old pair of these wore out and broke was because the plastic that connects the earphones to the headband piece is very thin and somewhat brittle and torquing the headphones the wrong way just a little too hard is enough to break it, it snapped once under it's own weight when I picked it up(after about 4 years of use). Super glue will deal with t...
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Overall 10
10

Super comfy

Mark G., Newegg
4 June 2014
  • Pros: 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 great. They beat the new ones coming out from Sony.
  • Cons: Discontinued! These are soo much better than the new ones.
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Overall 10
10

2011 -> 2014, Wire kink'd

Siddhant M., Newegg
16 January 2014
  • Summary: Just a couple of days ago, the left speaker of the headphone lost their connection, so unless I twist the wire correctly, the sound cuts there. It's rather uncomfortable to do that :( This is after daily use since 06/2011 to 01/2014, 8+ hours every weekday, at the office.
  • Pros: - Comfortable - Loud
  • Cons: - I got these from Newegg for $40 in 2011, why are they so expensive now?
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10

Price should be around 80$

MICHAEL A., Newegg
3 December 2013
  • Summary: Purchase at a local retailer or somewhere else for $80. I'm not sure why its doubled the price here. Maybe, a glitch?
  • Pros: 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 mids are acceptable, and highs are good and crisp (unlike Beats which are only focused on bass) Build quality is great, I've slept with them on accidentally sometimes. I though it would snap into pieces, but it hasn't. When ...
  • Cons: 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 expected after long years of use. (There are times when they got wet from unexpected rain) Though the sound quality is great, it leaks! I wouldn't blast these headphones in the library, bus, etc. They will hear what you're li...
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Overall 10
10

AWESOME

Josiah B., Newegg
20 December 2012
  • Pros: - No need for bass-boosting software or turning up the lower frequencies too much on the EQ settings! (I only turned it up a little bit and the headphones will *shake* with the right bass tones. i.e. lots of bass if you're into that. - Good range of sound - VERY comfortable! The ear phones are like sound pillows! - Cord is thick and durable - Surprising considering the good price Cons: - Not a con to me personally, but they're HUGE. - The cord may not be long enough f...
  • Cons: Not one thing!
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Overall 10
10

great sound. great price

Charcoal, Staples
11 October 2012
  • Excerpt: The sound is better than the beats. I love the noise blocking of this headset. If they last longer than either pair of my Dres did, this will be great buy.
  • Pros: Comfortable, Good Bass, Good Value, Great Sound, Lightweight, Stylish
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Comfort and good sound

DARYL C., Newegg
10 June 2012
  • Summary: Bought these originally for my wife for music recording. The isolation is good, and the sound is excellent for the money. They're so nice I bought a set for myself. I can wear them for hours, even with my glasses, due to the deep cushions. The lack of a volume control is not a big issue for me - one less place to inject noise!
  • Pros: Comfortable - even with glasses, good sound, excellent value
  • Cons: no mounting for a microphone boom, no volume control
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Vvvvibrating

sebastian s., Newegg
19 May 2012
  • Summary: Baaaaaaassssssss
  • Pros: I'm short on time and just wanted to do a quick review. If you're worried about these not hitting highs because they're meant for hitting bass lows - don't be. That was the only reason I kind of didn't want these but I got them anyway. They definitely hit highs perfectly along with the lows without any distortion however they NEED an equalizer to sound their best. I noticed on my iPhone they didn't sound nearly as good as on my desktop.. Of course my desktop has a sou...
  • Cons: If anything it's made of plastic. This isn't even a bad thing though, it makes them extremely lightweight. Just be gentle with the adjustment slider, it seems like it could break if you gave it a bit more than what it's meant to do normally.
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Great Bass Sound

MMM, Staples
10 May 2012
  • Excerpt: Great product
  • Pros: Comfortable, Good Bass, Good Value, Great Sound, Lightweight
  • Cons: Unattractive Design
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Overall 10
10

"Extra Bass" not to be taken lightly!

Anonymous, Newegg
25 April 2012
  • Summary: - Sometimes when very powerful bass tones are played, you can hear something in the earphones chattering/vibrating. It's very quiet, and at first, I thought they were damaged, but I've been doing it about a month now with no change, so I think its just from the headphones shaking so much. It's hardly a problem, though, and it's to be expected with such strong tones.
  • Pros: - No need for bass-boosting software or turning up the lower frequencies too much on the EQ settings! (I only turned it up a little bit and the headphones will *shake* with the right bass tones. i.e. lots of bass if you're into that. - Good range of sound - VERY comfortable! The ear phones are like sound pillows! - Cord is thick and durable - Surprising considering the good price
  • Cons: - Not a con to me personally, but they're HUGE. - The cord may not be long enough for some, depending on what you need them for/how you use them. None of this was enough to detract from my 5-egg rating!
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