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Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Headphones with 40mm Drivers

Engineered Specifically to Maximize Bass and Features 40mm Drivers with Closed Ear Design

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Insane Bass

For those with a true craving for powerful and explosive bass from their headphones, the MDR-XB500 are an apt solution. Equipped with intimidatingly large 40mm drivers and oxygen-free copper wire wound voice coils, the MDR-XB500 has all the strength necessary punch bone-rattling bass. The enclosed ear design with a thickly padded earcup virtually eliminates ambient noise and keeps all the rumbling concentrated. With a frequency response as low as 4 Hz, the MDR-XV500 is simply a remarkable addition to any bass-loving audiophile's collection.

Product Features:

  • Extra Bass Headphones
  • Exclusively produced for Sony, massive drivers push remarkably low bass
  • Thickly and comfortably padded earcups allow for acute sound isolation and extended listening periods
  • 90° gold-plated 1/8" (3.5mm) mini stereo jack
  • Oxygen-free copper voice coils designed for high power handling
  • Y-type cord with flat-cable minimizes cable clutter and prevents tangles
  • Remarkably broad frequency range also reproduces high frequencies with fidelity
Technical Specifications
  • Exclusively designed 50mm dynamic drivers
  • Frequency response: 4-24,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 40 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 104 dB
  • Power handling capacity: 1500 mW
  • Neodymium magnets
  • Gold-plated 90° 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini jack
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Sony MDR-XB600)

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

On-Ear
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Lifestyle

This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Athlete:
Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

Audiophile:
For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

DJ:
Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

Gamer
This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Music Lover:
These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Student:
Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

Traveler:
Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Audiophile
Music Lover
Acoustic Principle
The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types: Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source. Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room. Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

No
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
4 - 24000 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
104 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
40 mm
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
Dynamic
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
40 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Black
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.
Silver

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
5.0
Value
5.0
Features
4.5
Design
4.5
Usability
5.0
Deb in AZ

Payson, Arizona

Overall
Durability
Value
Features
Design
Usability
Very Happy!

August 28, 2012

My 1st review, I purchased these from another web site, when they arrived I plugged them into my new HTC One S phone and started listening to Pandora with Beats Audio, First impression was wow a lot of bass, but after just a few minutes and a few songs later in recognized the bass was VERY clear, NO Distortion, crisp clear bass, Crisp clear everything, Very Very good sound, I LOVE THEM! Not one compliant, I would recommend these to all my best friends - IF you like over the ear headphones, which I prefer. if you do not like over the ear headphones, I would recommend looking at the specs and finding the same specs on the earphones you put into your ear. The padding is soft and very comfee, I listen to them every evening before bed, again I cant tell you how much I enjoy them, I am thinking of purchasing another pair just in case they discontinue them. Oh , one other thing since I purchase them, I have listen to the Dr, Dre Beats headphones on my HTC One S and the Sonys blow them away, I dont think you will be sorry, Good luck and enjoy your new Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Headphones.

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arlington washington

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Features
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Usability
best

August 3, 2012

I bought a pair and these things are the best from their price range. Better than beats no doubt.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

MDR-XB500

UPC

027242740389

Weight

0.50lbs

Internal SKU

mdrxb500

Internal Product ID

44268

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass Headphones with 40mm Drivers

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