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This review is from: Sony MDR-XB600 Extra Bass 40mm Driver Premium Headphones (Electronics)
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My go to headphones are Sennheiser HD 595s for when I'm by the computer and Westone UM2s for working out and traveling. While the Sony MDRX8600 are on-ear the former are over-the-ear and in-ear. Both the 595s and UM2s are recommended; after countless hours of listening to music and audio in general, they have proven their worth. But I was looking for something new to experiment with and was happy to try out these Sony headphones. I devoted about half the day to listening to music and watching movies/shows and have to say that I did not come away impressed. First off, aesthetically, the pictures on amazon are not representative of the actual headphones, which are much more muted and bland compared to the advertising shots you'll see. Size wise, they aren't too big, although I was not comfortable with their fit. They seemed big for my head in their smallest/tightest position, while the 595s I have to actually adjust to my head's size. Furthermore, after several hours of using these headphones, with minor breaks, my ears began to noticeably suffer from the pressure of the headphones and I had to switch to the Sennheisers which have never given me such a problem. Sound quality wise, there is no comparison with the 595s (unfortunately they are no longer available so for those interested, go for the new 598s). But that's not a fair comparison as the Sennheiser headphones cost twice as much. If I had to run errands or needed to use a pair of headphones for an hour or less, these would be fine, but why set such limits on a 100 dollar pair of headphones? Personally, I don't think they're worth it and I'd recommend investing in something else at this price point.