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Sony MDRXB700 Extra Bass Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Power handling capacity: 3000mW
- Over the head, around-the-ear wearing style (circum-aural closed)
- King size ear cushion (diameter: 4.3¿, thickness: 2.0¿)
- Cord: 1.2m flat cord
- Carrying pouch
- High power handling capacity for studio applications
- Over the head, around-the-ear wearing style (circumaural closed)
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Step up to Sony's long-awaited, high-end MDR-XB700 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 circumaural, 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.
From the Manufacturer
If you're looking for big booming bass, look no further. Boasting 50mm drivers with low frequencies that crush the competition, these Extra Bass headphones are the definitive choice. Step up to Sony's long-awaited, high-end MDR-XB700 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 circumaural, 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.
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.
Closed, Dynamic Design
Experience the ultimate in comfortable listening with the Extra Bass headphones' over-the head, around the ear circumaural 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.
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.
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.
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.
Designed for a crisp, clear signal with no degradation, the OFC voice coil is made for high power handling capacity (3000mW).
King-Sized Ear Cushions
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.
Supplied Carrying Pouch
Easily carry your Extra Bass headphones wherever you go with the included carrying pouch.
What's in the Box?
Sony MDR-XB700 Extra Bass headphones, carrying pouch, instruction manual, warranty.
- Headphone Type: Closed supra-aural
- Driver Unit: Dynamic 50mm, dome type
- Frequency Response: 3 - 28,000Hz
- Impedance: 24 Ohms
- Sensitivity (db): 106 dB/mW
- Power Handling Capacity: 3000mW
- Weight: 10.41 oz
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Unfortunately, These headphones are long sold out and no longer in production. You won't be able to score them for the $80 price tag they used to be, now they sell for well over $150 depending on condition. If you don't want to spend a lot you can buy the higher model. Sony has a new headphone in the same model line, the MDR XB800. It's on ear instead of over the ear, because of this factor you might not get the same great sound the XB700's is known for. If you are buying the XB700's headphones because of the bass factor I suggest you get the Beats Mixrs instead. I own a pair of Mixrs and did a sound test between the XB700 and Mixrs and the beats ended having just a bit more of a bass kick, in my opinion.
Some Pro's and Con's about the XB700's headphones:
They are comfortable to wear for hours
Great for winter time (can act as ear muffs)
Great Bass and loud sound
Flat wire (prevents tangling)
They have attached old school V shaped cable design (I wish cable was detachable and single sided) I broke a pair by mistake because of this.
Not very stylish due to size of the ear cups
Not summer friendly (gets very sweaty)
No longer in production/expensive
At first glance, Sony MDR XB700s headphones are hard to figure out. They seem to have multiple faces, working surprisingly differently on different equipment and with different musics.
I bought them with the primary idea of using them to watch television through a desktop computer and they are very good for that. I like them and I'm keeping mine. What you think of yours will be strongly influenced by how you listen to music, the kinds of music you listen to and the device you use to play it.
Base Boost that is very good for kinds of music where volume and punch outweigh nuance.
They love working with portable players and other low-power devices.
Stellar for spoken word (audiobooks)
The (only slightly) Bad:
Visually loud design.
Portable-player friendly design in a home-stereo headphone.
High-impedence that requires high volume for best performance for a portable device without an amplifier.
Before you can talk about the MDR XB700, a few ideas and definitions are in order.
The term, "driver" is a fancy way of saying "speaker." "Driving" a speaker means "giving it enough power for it to function properly at all frequencies." "Soundstage" means the ability of a pair of headphones to create the illusion of a sound's placement in an open, three-dimensional space. "Cans" is an audiophile speak for high-end headphones.
Sony regularly spends a lot of money to create headphones as research platforms and testbeds for new technologies and then using what they learn to produce some of the most consumer-friendly headphones on the market and units like the MDR XB700 are the result. Sony's mass-market, consumer approach means that Sony's R&D tends to create sound that is never quite the equal of the sound that you get from seven-hundred dollar, high-end cans by Sennheiser or Grado's woodier headphone models, but their sound is always what their customers like warm, never fussy and, unlike practically all other high-end headphones, Sony cans are designed to work with the kind of low-power devices that Sony makes and that its customers are most likely to have and use.
The "XB" in the Sony MDR XB700 stands for "Extra Base" and that is the main characteristic of the sound of the XB700s when they are used in their intended application, which is base-heavy music, and if that is all you want from a pair of cans, the XB700s will never disappoint you, but there is more to them than that.
With their 50 millimeter drivers (a full two-inches!) and the right sound-source, they do a good job on a number of different test-musics played from an iPod Touch like "A Little Bit of Gold" by the cool kids--a number that is base-maniac heaven--but they also do surprisingly well with Yo-Yo Ma's rendition of the warm and smokey sound of Bach's Suite for Cello, no. 1-and that is genuinely surprising.
For audiobooks, they are stellar at bringing out the kinds of nuances that can easily fall by the wayside even with in-ear-monitors. How good? I not only heard one performer breathe between lines, I heard him swallow. Also, their performance with portable sources like an iPod or an iPod Touch is surprisingly good at providing a soundstage with a very realistic sense of space.
In terms of their physical design, the XB700s are like a strange fusion of art by committee, art by science and art by focus group, producing a very clean-looking high-tech design. The foams surrounding and enclosing the drivers are huge and soft things that visually dominate the headphones and make you look like a giant dork if you wear them in public, but the pillow-like earpads and high-end design of the headphones are as much a fashion statement as they are a functional part of the cans and wearing the XBR700s outdoors is a simple, coded message: "These are good. I have them and you don't."
As if to announce their intended use with portable devices, the XBR700 comes with a short (1.2 meter) cord with the brilliant innovation of being made with a rectangular cross-section that prevents the ultra-short cord from tangling (why doesn't everyone do this?!) And, as if that wasn't enough, it turns out the XBR700s (which are rated for 3 full Watts of power) can be convincingly driven by a source as small as Sony Ericson's stereo bluetooth Adapter, the Sony Ericsson Hi-Fi Bluetooth Stereo Headset with FM Radio, the MW600, for use with a bluetooth-equipped smartphone, or bluetooth-equipped music player.
The bottom line:
Although their in-your-face engineering and design may be strange in places, the MDR XB700s have a lot of good things going for them both in terms of sound and in terms of features (music *and* earmuffs!). If you're a lover of base-based music and have no use for knife-edged accuracy in the mids and treble and you're listening to a portable device, you might like them as much as I do.
Original review - 2010. - Not cheap, but I wish I could give six stars for these headphones. The sound response and bass is amazing. I have larger ears and wear these when I'm working to help drown out noise, and when I'm gaming or watching movies on my PC. Heck, I even wear these when I'm doing yard work because they are just excellent and comfortable headphones. Outside noise is reduced enough that you do not need to turn the volume up as much as you do on cheaper headsets. The size of the opening is large enough that it doesn't touch my ears, and the padding is extremely comfortable. I tried several lower cost headphones at some local electronic's stores and none compared, to the point I bought a second set for when I go into the office to work. When I'm wearing these and listening to some form of media or a game, the outside world noises are blocked to the point that you are really pulled into the movie or game without distraction. I was watching Avatar one night about 4:00 am, in the pitch black and my wife opened the door to the office and called to me a couple of times and finally had to tap me on my shoulder to get my attention. Sure, I had to go change my underwear, but the headphones are awesome. If you can afford these, I can pretty much guarantee you will be 100% satisfied.
Con (sort of) - They don't make these with an optional microphone attachment, and the cord from the headphones to the 3.5mm connector is only 1.2 M, so I had to get an extension to reach the back of my PC tower. On the flip side, when I am wearing these with my MP3 player, having a short cord is a nice bonus as it doesn't get caught up in the rake or other yard tools.