Sony MDR-XB600 Extra Bass 40mm Driver Premium Headphones
Tap into the pure power of premium bass with 40mm drivers engineered to deliver hard-hitting hooks the way the artist intended. Innovative direct-vibe structure creates a tightly sealed acoustic design making for an incredibly high level of sound isolation while also allowing for the reproduction of a more powerful extended bass sound. Newly-developed ear pads made of pressure-relieving urethane foam provide ultra-comfort and superb noise-isolation, while a dual-folding design makes it possible to reverse the ear pads for listening flexibility and hassle-free portability. Tangle-discouraging flat cord won't crimp your style with unsightly snarls.
Specially designed, powerful drivers deliver deep and powerful bass that perfectly complements today‚Äs popular music genres.
A tightly sealed acoustic design allows for a high level of sound isolation which aides in the reproduction of powerful and extended bass sound.
Newly-developed seamless, noise isolating ear pads use pressure relieving urethane foam for not only an outstanding fit, but reduced ambient noise.
Dual folding design
Compact for portability yet affording listening flexibility, the reversible earpads let you enjoy music in many ways.
The durable, 1.2 m flat cord has a serrated finish that reduces tangles, so you can get caught up in your music, not your cord.
40mm diaphragms for deep, powerful bass (4-24Hz)
Direct vibe structure for superior bass response
Pressure relieving foam ear pads for long-term comfort
Dual folding design folds compact for storage
Y-type, flat, tangle-proof serrated cord (1.2m)
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160 of 185 found the following review helpful:
4 Stars for Hip-Hop, 2 for the rest...Dec 02, 2012
By Henri Savin I have been given the opportunity to review the Sony MDR-XB600. XB stands for Extra Bass. I am usually not a fan of any extra bass headsets. I do prefer neutral sounding headphones and I tend to listen to the music as close to how the artist produced it. It means no equalization at all. I am also a headset freak; I own more than a dozen of them, ranging from in-ears to around the ears. I had to search for headphones to compare the Sony with. As I have no X-Bass, I had to narrow my comparative selection to a similar range of price and over the ears as this one. I selected the TDK ST700 and Creative Aurvana Live which are both sold for just under $100. I previously gave both these headphones a 4 star rating and I will certainly update both reviews with this comparative one. Since I am comparing a new headset to used ones, I also took the time to break-in the Sony for about 120 hours by letting it play constantly on my stereo at home with white and pink noises plus a selection of diverse music. In order to compare effectively the three models, I will use my Iphone unamplified since they are meant for portable use. The tracks I will use are those that I always use when trying to compare headphones, because I love them first but also because I know how they should sound and more importantly because they provide a good sample of music genres and tonalities. The tracks will be the following:
- Ultrasone Sound test Siley Put short (Jazz, Binaural recording perfect for localization of sounds). - Ultrasone sound test Wellen track 7 (sound of water waves perfect for the head stage definition). - Frank Sinatra: How insensitive (Jazz, good also for localization of sounds). - Robin Thicke: Lost Without you (Perfect for the voice testing). - Pink Floyd: Astronomy Domine (Rock and excellent also for the localization of sounds). - DJ Magic Mike: Feel the Bass (Infra-Bass, enough said...) will be played from my computer because it is missing on the Iphone.
But first, let's start with the non musical parts:
Comfort: All 3 headphones are over the ears headphones. The Sony are the most comfortable with a nice padding. They swivel at 90 degrees. Yet, after a while, the faux leather tend to stick to my ears with sweat. The CAL are fairly light, do swivel at about 45 degrees but the fit is not quite right. The TDK barely move and clamp my ears fairly tight. Conclusion: Sony: 1st. CAL: 2nd. TDK: 3rd
Portability: The Sony will fold to be reduced to about half of their original size. The CLA do not fold. The TDK will fold like reading glasses do. As for carrying them around your neck, none is very nice to carry this way but the worst are the CAL (they strangle me a bit). Conclusion: Sony: 1st. CAL: 2nd. TDK: 1st Construction quality and appearances: The Sony do look good. I like the two tones (Black and brown). I like the flat cables which should tangle much less than the normal ones. I would have liked it to be attached to only one ear though. The left and right are easy to spot and the construction feels solid. The CAL look a little plasticky. The faux-leather is nice and soft. They still feel solid and the left and right are ok. The cable is standard, attaching to both ears. The TDK feels like a tank. It is the design I like the least and it looks like of the Beats. The cables do tangle a lot. I had hard time to find the left and right by daylight. Conclusion: Sony: 1st. CAL: 2nd. TDK: 3rd
Sound Isolation: All these headsets are isolating fairly well but neither will provide a perfect isolation for a plane trip. In such case, nothing beats IEM with foam like the Shure E530. All 3 are still considered as portable headphones and can be used in reasonably loud environments. Conclusion: Sony: 1st. CAL: 1st. TDK: 1st
Now, let's come to the real important part of this test: the sound. I am partial to a large head stage and as natural a sound as possible. I like analytical headphones and my rating will be influenced by this factor. I still like good bass (I am a hip-hop fan) but not exaggerated ones...
Ok, let's start:
- Ultrasone Sound test Siley Put short (Jazz, Binaural recording perfect for localization of sounds). As expected, the Sony's bass is a bit too present for me. The other's bass is present but with less amphasis. As for the head stage, none is as good as I would have wished. - Ultrasone sound test Wellen track 7 (sound of water waves perfect for the head stage definition). All 3 headphones are giving a nice sense of distance with this track. The water sounds are well restituted. I would give a slight advantage to the CAL. - Frank Sinatra: How insensitive (Jazz, good also for localization of sounds). The Sony are visibly not meant for Jazz, the bass overshadowing the rest. The TDK sounds nice but with the mids a bit too forward. The creative are the most balanced of all 3.
- Robin Thicke: Lost Without you (Perfect for the voice testing and bass punch). Not good for the Sony... The mids sound muffled and the bass are surprisingly not sounding better than the two others; the bass not sounding tight enough. The creative have slightly too much highs but the bass are very well reproduced. The TDK have their mids a bit forward but the rest sound good. - Pink Floyd: Astronomy Domine (Rock and excellent also for the localization of sounds) played from my computer because it is missing on the Iphone. Once again, every time the bass are supposed to be well present, the Sony are the worst performers. The bass are not controlled enough and not good sounding. On the TDK, again the mids are too forwards. On the CAL, the treble are too forward so I can hear their hissing at the beginning of the track. The most listenable are the CAL though I did not really enjoy listing to this track on any of them.
- DJ Magic Mike: Feel the Bass (Infra-Bass, enough said...) played from my computer because it is missing on the Iphone. The infra-bass is maybe the most difficult sound for any headphone to reproduce. I failed completely a Sennheiser 595 for its failure in reproducing it. The Sony are giving Bass, sure, but way too much. The TDK give bass too but something else is missing. The CAL are the best delivering of all 3.
Ok, because some naysayers are going to accuse me to have failed at including more hip-hop sounds, for which the extra-bass headphones are supposed to be made for, I have added this track to my comparison: Jay-Z (The blueprint) - The Watcher 2 And I have to give credit there, the Sony are the best performers on that track, not by much though compared to the CAL. The TDK comes in a distant third. Conclusion: Construction, cables, comfort... all those are in favor of the Sony MDR-XB600 which may be only designed for hip-hop. If you are a fan of Jazz, Classical or anything else, the creative feel like a much better choice with the TDK far behind, specifically in terms of comfort. I will give the rating of 4 based on the Extra-Bass design. For an all round portable headset, I would give it a mere 2 stars because my experience at listening to anything else but rap was a failure. To finish, if you are on a tight budget but still want the best for the bucks. If you are not bothered about open design headphones, the Ultrasone HFI-15G are my absolute favorites in this range and they cost 2/3 of the Sony.
Edit: 03/05/13 I had to go back and fix some small typo.
39 of 43 found the following review helpful:
Best Headphones I've Found For Under $100Nov 18, 2012
By sojodave I have been searching for a good set of headphones under $100. My first try was with Sony MDRZX600. They sounded very warm and were great for high's and mids, but the lows were lacking and you needed to listen on full volume for them to sound good. I decided to return them and try the Sennheiser 439. The volume on the Sennheiser sounded much richer, but the volume was too low and that was a deal breaker for me.
I went to Bestbuy set on getting the Sony V55's. Luckily, they head both the MDRXB600 right next to the V55's. After spending about 15 minutes listening to both, I thought the low's on the XB600 sounded better and the headband had more padding.
I brought the XB600's home, plugged them into my Nexus 7 and I couldn't believe how great they sounded. TI listened to Bob Marley Legends album and these head phones sound incredible. The bass is tight and pronounced, but not muddy like the Dr. Drye's I'm very happy with these and I'm very glad my headphone hunt is over.
19 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Great DJ-ing HeadphonesNov 26, 2012
By W. T. Hoffman
"artist and musician"
The SONY MDRxb600 EXTRA BASS headphones really punch the bass. If you're one of those people who would crank up the bass settings, or buy 15 inch subwoofers in order to feel the beat, you are going to LOVE these headphones. Obviously in some situations, with certain music, this might make the bass throb too much. Other music, especially music mixed to be reproduced by vinyl, or with lots of congas, electric and acoustic bass guitars, piano bass notes, etc, you are going to hear that music as tho for the first time. The pluses FAR OUTWEIGH the minuses, of owning a pair of cans like this. So, let me explain more in depth.
1. INCREASED BASS RESPONSE I tested these with jazz fusion, reggae, psychedelia, and modern rock like Thievery Corperation, Porcupine Tree and Flaming Lips. I found that older music like the Rolling Stones late 60s albums, which hasnt been over limited, will sound VASTLY improved when played over the Sony headphones. After listening to Beggars Banquet, I took off the SONY headphones and listened to the Stones thru PHILIPS O'NEILL "The Bend" SHO4200bb headphones. WOW. The PHILIPS O'NEILL headphones made the music sound small, boxy, and weak, compaired to the Sony. I also compaired these Sony headphones to Philips CITYSCAPE headphones. The SONY still sounded far better than the Philips CITYSCAPE headphones. Jazz, reggae, and my 60s psychedelia, like Captain Beefheart, sounded VASTLY improved on the SONY headphones. The extra bass punch makes the music come alive. Its much closer to listening to music without headphones on, which is the goal, right?
2.HIGH SENSITIVITY XB DRIVERS I find it amazing, that these SONY headphones are 30-40% LOUDER. In EVERY situation, I need to increase the volume control dramatically, to obtain the same Loudness on my other headphones, that I have with the Sony. This means it requires less electricity to produce the same degree of volume on the SONY headset...extending the battery life for your MP3 player. Overall, the increased bass is identical to turning on the "LOUDNESS" control on your amp. (AKA nighttime listening mode.) This setting increases the bass response to compensate for lower volume settings, which tend to diminish the ability to hear the music's bottom end.
3. DJ FASHION If you check the photos of these SONY headphones, you'll see how the cans can swing up inside the headband, while swirling around 360 degrees. What DJs do, when they need to hear the current song with one ear, while lining up the next track with the other ear, is lay the cans on top each other, and then place the entire folded headphones in the palm of your hand, with the driver facing outward. That forms a tight package so you can place one can against your ear, without your headphones dangling over your face. For DJing in a loud club, or wedding, these headphones are perfect. Personally, I think the design is cool as hell. They're really modern looking, brown and black, with gold accents. Its rich, sophisticated styling.
4. COMFORT These are far and away the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. The cushioning over the headband, and around the ear is part of the reason, but the manuverability of the cans must be why they stay put on your head so well. No matter what size head you have, or how your ears are placed, these headphones create a firm, snug grip on your head, without creating any particular pressure points, or areas which are too lose. The tight seal over the ears, helps produce superior bass reponse as well.
5. FITS THE NICHE There have always been people who bought 15 inch woofers for their home sound system, or master blaster subwoofers for their car audio, because they like to hear heart pounding bass. Almost all rock, R&B, rap, reggae, and jazz music sounds weak and thin, if the bottom end isn't kicking butt. I had no idea that headphones could even reproduce a fat bottom end, until I heard how poor my other two headphones sounded compared to these SONY. Now I'm spoilt.
AND IN THE END....its all a matter of taste. If you always fiddle with your equalizer to create thick, rich bass notes, then these headphones were made for you. Honestly, some music has so much limiting on it, and its mixed in the studio with the bass end so cranked up, that headphones like this might reproduce that sound too bottom heavy. I rarely heard that problem, tho, and only at high volume. If you listen to music at reaonable volumes, or even mild volumes, these headphones are perfect for you. Since they increase bass response, you'll still be able to hear the bass lines when the volume's turned way down. Since these are high effeciency headphones, it stands to reason your MP3 battery will keep its charge longer. Other big pluses are the cool DJ type design, and their comfort on your head. You need the correct tool, for the job. And if your job is giving your tunes a thick, deep sounding bottom end, then the SONY MDR-xb600 will get the job done.
16 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Bought on a whim and pleasantly surprised.Feb 13, 2013
I'm not a bass freak, but I do typically enjoy more bass than most typical headphones/earphones provide. I bought these on a whim because they were on a good deal, and wanted to give them a try out to compare to other past headsets I've had.
For me, the sound was clean and the bass was not too much at all. It sounded like "just enough". I was able to enjoy a variety of music with these and not find that things seemed over emphasized at any time.
That being said, while the headphones say they are vented, I found the "thin or faux" leather on the foams to create sweat on my ears. I did not enjoy this. The headset overall is smaller than I expected, and while it does fold up quite nicely and seems portable, if the ear foams are going to create sweat I'd prefer they be larger and cup the entire ear, or go fabric. I realize that going fabric would diminish the seal for bass production, so in the end, it makes sense the way they've gone.
For the price I feel like this is a good headset as long as you aren't overly prone to headset sweat and you are ok with the fact that the pleather/leather looks a bit cheap around the edges. Just for the sound, I was quite satisfied with the bass that this unit produced.
I really liked the wide band cable which helps avoid tangling. This is not unique to these headphones as it's becoming more popular, but I wanted to mention it as I didn't see it mentioned.
I did return this set because of my own sweat issue, but that's my issue not the issue of the headset. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this set to anyone even if they're not a bass freak.
43 of 56 found the following review helpful:
Great audio, somewhat painful fitDec 20, 2012
By Stephan Nance Like other reviewers, I was under the impression from the photo that these were over the ear headphones -- the kind that encompass your ear rather than sitting right on them. The audio is very crisp and clean, and the bass is awesome, so I do appreciate these headphones for those qualities. Unfortunately, since they are kind of hefty, I find that the weight and pressure of them makes my ears hurt after a fairly short period of use. The design, however, is pretty cool. They have an all-around stylish look to them, and they fold up very neatly.
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