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Hi everyone
I'm currently using some cheap Philips SHL4000 and I'm looking to get something with better sound quality but mainly something more comfortable, with bigger ear pads because my current ones do hurt my ears after a while. I've looked in the most recommended audio products thread and I think that the Sony XB700 are pretty much what I'm looking for and they are recommended for the types of music I normally listen to (various types of house, some drum, some hip-hop) and I can get them for 70€ here but I've noticed that they have been around for some time so I'm wondering if I should buy them or are there better options for the price.
Also portability doesn't matter as I normally just use headphones in my house.
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Hi everyone
I'm currently using some cheap Philips SHL4000 and I'm looking to get something with better sound quality but mainly something more comfortable, with bigger ear pads because my current ones do hurt my ears after a while. I've looked in the most recommended audio products thread and I think that the Sony XB700 are pretty much what I'm looking for and they are recommended for the types of music I normally listen to (various types of house, some drum, some hip-hop) and I can get them for 70€ here but I've noticed that they have been around for some time so I'm wondering if I should buy them or are there better options for the price.
Also portability doesn't matter as I normally just use headphones in my house.

XB700's I own them, and absolutely loved them for 2yrs, until i upgraded to the denon ah-d2000's.
Thing is: The mids and highs are kind of "lost" due to the large amounts of bass you'll be getting through the XB700's.

They have indeed been around for a long time, and in my opinion are starting to be fazed out completely.
I sold mine, regretted it - then re-bought mine used for £30 biggrin.gif
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Thanks for the input, I'm probably gonna order them soon as I can't find another ones that I like more for the price.
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Thanks for the input, I'm probably gonna order them soon as I can't find another ones that I like more for the price.

well there is some that i tried, that were WELL all-rounders, and sounded better than the XB700's - same price range, new line, less bass though.

Let me look for them.

EDIT:
Found them:
http://www.sony.co.uk/product/home-entertainment-headphones/mdr-ma500

They are much better all rounder - crisp mids, better extension on the highs, much better soundstage (due to it being open-back)

Bass wise though, nothing comes close to the XB range.
And I'm speaking both within sony headphones and other headphones. So far I've heard nothing compete with the XB500 for impact, XB700 for all round bass, and XB1000's for deep sub-bass.
Edited by Totally Dubbed - 10/13/12 at 7:31am
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I've checked the MA500 but I'm not very fond of open back, I guess I've made my mind about the XB700.. Thanks thumb.gif
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I've checked the MA500 but I'm not very fond of open back, I guess I've made my mind about the XB700.. Thanks thumb.gif

pleasure mate - let me know how you find it, and compare/contrast it to my review:
http://www.totallydubbed.net/2012/03/29/sony-mdr-xb700-review/
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i just got a set of JVC RX900s and i couldn't be more happy with them. just another suggestion to look at.
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i just got a set of JVC RX900s and i couldn't be more happy with them. just another suggestion to look at.

They seem like a good set of cans, unfortunately I can't find any place that sells them here.
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