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Greetings, audiophiles! smile.gif

I'm half deaf. That's a funny start to an audio thread, isn't it? biggrin.gif Anyway. I don't always hear difference between super-pro high-quality headphones and cheapo low-end branded headphones (I still hear the difference between those and some no-brand 5-10$ Chinese piece of garbage though).
I listen mainly to metal - old school heavy, power and thrash. Sometimes to soft and hard rock, and once in a blue moon Eminem.

For about 3 months now I've been using Sony MDR-XD100.

I got them for 17$ and the served me well. The bass was very lacking, but the mid and highs sounded crystal clear to me and very balanced. Also, once I got used to them and my ears imprinted on the pads, I felt them very comfortable.

Today I got the Sony MDR-XB300.

Got them for 20$.

Are they generally considered better or worse than the XD100? Because the bass is big improvement over the XD100's, but the mids and highs don't sound as good to me. Is it just me? I didn't use an equalizer with the previous pair, and I don't want to use one now. Should I just get used to the new sound?

In few words - are the mids and highs OK on the XB300s? Should I be happy with the new headphones? redface.gif Thank you.
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post #3 of 7
yeah what you are hearing is about right the x300 is going to have much better bass but net very good at all highs / mids



I have the JVC HA-RX700 headphones, which have nice bass (not as much as the x300... to be sure.. but not anemic or anything) and does well with mid/hights as well. Not as nice as my ATH-M50's but they cost about 1/3 what the m50's cost me...so meh..



http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HARX700-Precision-Sound-Headphones/dp/B0013OWPV4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1378918892&sr=1-1&keywords=JVC+HA-RX700
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Does anyone know if I can put the XB300's speakers on the XD100 and what resould would this yield? Because I believe the lacking mids and highs of the XB300 might be due to the on-ear cushion that covers everything. Generally if I could have an XD100 with the bass of XB300, that would be the perfect headphones for me smile.gif
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post #5 of 7
Not easily, you should just return them and get over-ear headphones that you really want. The XB500 would likely be satisfactory.
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I already returned them yesterday. Should they approve the RMA, I could be allowed to choose a replacement pair. I doubt it will be from the XB series though...
Edited by ronnin426850 - 9/16/13 at 4:36am
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I went today to replace the XB300 after the RMA request was approved. I was offered some choices, many of which terribly overpriced, and after some horrible attitude from the people there I just grabbed the first pair that I saw and left.
Turned out it was Philips SHP2700.

So far I find them much more comfortable than the XB300, which made my ear shell hurt, and the sound appears to be more balanced - bass isn't that good, but the mids and highs are better. So I'm happy with them, a good replacement for the XD100's I've been using for a while. smile.gif Thanks!
Edited by ronnin426850 - 9/16/13 at 4:36am
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