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Sony X-Bass MDR-XB500 Headphones

Released on 21 May 2009

Manufacturer: Sony

5.0 out of 5 (30 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Step up to Sony's long-awaited, high-end MDR-XB500 Extra Bass headphones. 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 40mm 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.

  • 40mm driver units
  • Exclusively engineered by Sony, the extra-large 40mm Extra Bass diaphragm driver units accurately reproduce ultra-low frequency sounds and deliver dynamic, deep bass reproduction.
  • Direct vibe structure
  • 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 1.8 inches in thickness and 3.7 inches in diameter. The flat and seamless, cloth-lined 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-XB500 headphones have an exceptionally wide frequency response from 4-24,000 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.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (30 reviews)

 Incredible

| | See all Porkmeister's reviews (1)

Fantastic, absolutely fantastic, it's like sex for the ears. Buy these, you want them, oh yes you do !!!!

 Big BASS!

| | See all UmarDUB's reviews (2)

I have been waiting for these phones to come out and it was well worth the wait!
i have had countless sennheisers in the past but nothing delivers like these do, stick on some Caspa or Chase & Status and these things will push out so much bass you will actually laugh out loud! Great looking and quality heavyyyy sound! A steal at £50 :]

 BASS-TASTIC!

| | See all ouija1979's reviews (15)

Wow, I have never before heard bass like this from a set of headphones. My volume wasn't even half turned up and my ears were ringing after 2 songs!!! Seems to find bass in songs I have never heard before. A good action movie with these beauties on and you will feel your brain rattle with every explosion!
If you are looking for BASS then these are for you!!

 top draw

| | See all scrapydo's reviews (1)

These headphones are awsome, sound quality is good stuff.
only critisism being the cushions are quite big (I would feel a bit silly walking in a crowded street with them on) however they make the headphones very comfortable to wear, it's like your ears are in their own little world where they just listen to amazing quality music! ( I was going to say good music but some might say my music taste is rather strange for a 16 year old!) . If you are going to buy these headphones then listen to these songs(sooooo good with these headphones:) :In For The Kill (Skreams Let's Get Ravey Mix) and for the older generation: enya:)
Sony pulled this product straight out of the top draw!

 LOVE!!!

| | See all dazalar's reviews (1)

these are the best headpones in the world honest i love the to bits if your thinking about getting some headphones get these i can garranty you wont be disapointed with these headphones absoulty amazing its just love when you put them on because they are so comfortable and sound amazing !!!!! get them!!!!!!

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