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I have a pair of Sony XB500s, and love them, but they're a few years old now and getting pretty worn so I'm thinking of getting a new set.

I mostly listen to hip-hop, R&B and some rock. And of course, I do plenty of gaming.

I'm no audiophile (onboard audio ftw!) but deep, rich bass is a must! Are there any options in the 50$ range that are better?

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You can take a look at these JVC's.

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I've seen a lot of people mention those around here. Do you know how they stack up to the XB500s specifically?
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Originally Posted by Booty Warrior;14572807 
I've seen a lot of people mention those around here. Do you know how they stack up to the XB500s specifically?

I don't have direct experiences with both headphones, but from what I've heard with other people, the bass and overall sound is really crisp for the money. I have HD 202's (recently broke down on me frown.gif) that had some pretty good bass as I listen to similar genres like you, but the HARX700's should show some improvements over the XB500's.
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Ah, well thanks for the input, have some rep! biggrin.gif
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if you want a lot of bass you need to stay with closed headphones

you should try the Sennheiser HD 428 or even better the XB700 xD

I have the XB300 BTW, great line of headphones
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post #7 of 11
Pick up the Beats. J/K. Those XB's are Bass Warriors, you won't find anything better for the $. If you want to spend some serious cash someday pickup the Ultrasone Pro 900's, the Inglorious Basstards.
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post #8 of 11
The Sony MDR-V6 is a pretty good competitor at around the $50-60 range, but its more analytical and has a lot less bass than the XB500
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Pick up the Beats. J/K. Those XB's are Bass Warriors, you won't find anything better for the $. If you want to spend some serious cash someday pickup the Ultrasone Pro 900's, the Inglorious Basstards.

Yow, those Ultrasone's look mean! I'd feel dirty plugging that into my onboard outlets... like powering a U3011 with an IntelHD 3000 biggrin.gif

I'll probably pick up a new set of XB500s, or maybe 700s.
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Yeah, if you're a bass fiend you're going to be very hard pressed to find a set of cans in that price range that will be as well suited to your sonic preference. The Ultrasone offerings in the lows 100s would probably work well for you, but that's over twice your budget so not even going to get into that. Honestly if you've been happy with them, and you're just using onboard audio as your source I'd opt for another pair of XB500/700s
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