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Sony X-Bass MDR-XB700 Headphones

Released on 21 May 2009

Manufacturer: Sony

4.0 out of 5 (9 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Step up to Sony's long-awaited, high-end MDR-XB700 Extra Bass earphones. Engineered with an oxygen-free copper (OFC) voice coil for clear sound with no degradation, these bad boys were destined for handling high power (3000mW). You will also appreciate the circum-aural, closed-design ear cushions, padded headband and of course the enormous 50mm Extra Bass diaphragm driver units. Includes a carrying pouch to protect your investment.

Three sizes, one goal

Let the bass drop. Whether you choose the 30, 40 or 50mm drivers, all Extra Bass headphones share the same mission: Deliver big, booming bass.

Seriously low frequencies = Serious bass

To achieve dramatic bass that really moves you, headphones need to produce ultra-low frequencies. As the chart suggests, Extra Bass headphones crush the likes of normal headphones with low levels that make all the difference.

The mind behind the bass

When asked what inspired the unique style of the headphones, designer Jun Komiyama said, "When I saw a puffy, luxurious, huge sofa I thought, 'Now that's what I want.'" He envisioned a handmade-like heaviness and high-quality impression that's clearly evident in the final result. Mr. Komiyama's main objective was to create a shape that would appeal to lovers of bass-heavy club music and hip-hop. One look at the king-sized ear cushions and you know what's in store.

  • Product Tour

  • 50mm driver units
  • Exclusively engineered by Sony, the extra-large 50mm Extra Bass diaphragm driver units accurately reproduce ultra-low frequency sounds and deliver larger than life, rich, deep bass reproduction.
  • Oxygen free copper (OFC) voice coil
  • Designed for a crisp, clear signal with no degradation, the OFC voice coil is made for high power handling capacity (3000mW).
  • Direct vibe structure
  • Headphones built with a direct vibe structure to ensure high audio fidelity, the Extra Bass headphones feature a tightly sealed acoustic design that allows for a high level of sound isolation which reproduces powerful and extended bass sound.
  • Closed, dynamic design
  • Experience the ultimate in comfortable listening with the Extra Bass headphones' over-the head, around the ear circum-aural design. The drivers inside the ear cups are angled parallel to your ears to not only reduce pressure, but increase comfort and deliver an unbelievable listening experience.
  • King sized ear cushion
  • Providing more than exceptional sound, the Extra Bass headphones feature ultra-thick, pressure-relieving ear cushions for supreme comfort and better acoustic performance. Each earcup measures 2.0 inches in thickness and 4.3 inches in diameter. The flat and seamless, padded headband delivers enhanced wearing comfort.
  • Optimal sound quality
  • Sound leakage and a loss in audio quality are minimized thanks to a sealed acoustic design. Additionally, the MDR-XB700 headphones have an exceptionally wide frequency response from 3-28,000 Hz.
  • Flat Y-type cord
  • Minimize tangles while you're on the move with the flat yet durable Y-type 3.9ft. (1.2m) cord. Also includes a gold-plated, L-shaped stereo mini plug.
  • Supplied carrying pouch.
  • Easily carry your Extra Bass headphones wherever you go with the included carrying pouch.
  • Weights and Measurements
  • Cord Length (Approx.) : 3.9ft. flat cord, Y-type
  • Weight (Approx.) : 10.41 oz
  • General Specifications
  • Sensitivity: 106dB/bM
  • Audio Features
  • Ear Cups: Closed, Dynamic (circum-aural)
  • Hardware
  • Cord: Flat
  • Power
  • Power Handling Capacity: 3000mW
  • General
  • Design: Over-the-head, Home-music/movie/games
  • Plug: Gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini
  • Type of Use: Home
  • Amplifier Section
  • Impedance: 24 ohms
  • Audio
  • Driver Unit: 50mm driver, dome type
  • Frequency Response: 3 to 28,000Hz
  • Accessories Supplied
  • Carrying pouch

customer Reviews

 Average rating (9 reviews)

 Princess Leia...

| | See all TigerDame's reviews (11)

-Unreal bass
-Great value
-Sturdy and well built
-Wire is "tangle proof" as it is flat instead of round.
-Nice faux-leather case to put headphones in
-Keeps ears warm, so decent for winter months
-Not a great deal of sound escapes, meaning if Britney is on the iPod all of the train/street/class won't necessarily hear every word

-Price! (Contradiction I know, but some people aren't willing to pay so much)
-Headphone jack, it's not flat it is at a right angle (eg. ¬ like that instead of like | ) a minor gripe but cant be annoying
-You look like Princess Leia when wearing them, not a big deal but some people may be put off by this alone
-Size - they are much bigger than most headphones, this could be a good thing for those with larger heads though.

Let me start by saying I bought these basically as a cheap alternative to the Monster Beats by Dre, as I felt I didn't really "need" a £300 pair of headphones no matter how good they were.
So opted for these bad boys, heard good things and I can see why, the quality is what you'd expect of Sony and are well worth the price asked.
Not 5* due to the fact that there are better headphones out there, but for the price you probably won't get a better pair of over the ear headphones.

 Unreal, Devastating Bass!!!

| | See all VelocityOutlet's reviews (15)

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Light weight comfortable and amazing sound quality!

I couldnt be more impressed with what seems to be 2 floor standing speakers hidden in a pair of headphones. I have never had a pair of headphones that could reach the depth of bass as these.

So so happy!


| | See all NightRida's reviews (1)

These headphones are awsome, if your on the hunt for a pair or DEEP BASS cans, look no further, at this price point, you'd have to spend alot more to hear rich deep controlled bass, if your a lover of R & B ( me ) or drum 'n' bass, Tecno, you'll love these...

 bass junkies dream

| | See all campione's reviews (2)

these headphones drop, the bass wont dissapoint especially if you have an eq, no joke that if u abuse these for a long time it will damage ur hearing, i kranked the volume up and after 2 minutes i had to turn them down. there like two small speakers clamped to your ears, the lows make your whole ear vibrate.

there comfy too, i have worn them all day no problem, they dont clamp your ears to your head like most.

the cord is rubbish though, flat cable and tiny right angle jack.

all in all wicked pair of headphones.

 These are *not* closed type cans .....

| | See all playdodgeman's reviews (1)

Bought these to replace my broken v700DJ's and have as an interim been using the EX500's sony closed cup in ear buds (btw, these are great pair of buds if you like bass too, in fact, these rock!) XB700 has the same size 50mm Neo drivers as V's but and it's a big but .... these cans are **not** closed. They have three open vent slots in the rear - you can't see them in the pic, they are hidden by the band .... but crank up the choons and everyone hears more or less what you hear (without the bass!), unbelievably, even the Sony closed buds leak less sound!. Personally, slightly more comfortable than the V's, but on a personal note, in my opinion, while the XB700's look the part and are a great style statement, the V700DJ's have the same booming bass, better delivery across other ranges as well, are properly closed cup, they fold up smaller, you can use em on yer decks, your pod or you home system, and now being the same price as these - I'd take the V's every time ..... so while these are a reasonable pair of cans, I'm sending these back and getting a new pair of V's.....

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