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Sennheiser HD555 Vs Sony MDRXB700

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which will be better? basically the same price. and yeah i know you can mod the HD555 to a HD595.


so i should really say HD595 vs MDRXB700

i will be gaming 20% of the time
and listening to Drum n bass and Dubstep 80% of the time
    
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If you are looking at bass heavy music I wouldnt recommend the 595, though I have no experience with the mdrxb700 phones.
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If you are looking at bass heavy music I wouldnt recommend the 595, though I have no experience with the mdrxb700 phones.
on the website the HD595's are recommended for rock music, which has high treble?

the HD595 go down to 13Hz and the MDRXB700 go down to 3Hz? so does this mean the sony head phones would be better for low wave music? but the HD595 has a lot higher Hz, I'm confused

what size are the drivers in the HD595?
    
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The 595/555's are a better choice for positional audio due to it's open design, but they won't really fit your music side of the purchase since the headphone itself was designed for Jazz/Moderate rock.

On the other hand, the closed XB700's are a completely different monster and target the low end frequencies you crave. In comparison, you'll feel the bass rather than just hearing it on the senns~
Edited by Skylit - 1/13/11 at 12:09pm
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Try out both. Audio is more preference oriented than a lot of audiophiles think.
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I got the XB300s and I love em. I would get the 700 for sure. Gaming and dubstep here.
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Try out both. Audio is more preference oriented than a lot of audiophiles think.
Yes and if his preference is bass heavy then he will not be pleased with the Senns.

Of course, if he can try them out he should, but it is very difficult to find many headphones available to demo at BM stores.
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Pretty good advice so far. Any open headphones will not give you the bass you are looking for. Here is a good review for them.
http://www.headphone.com/headphones/sony-mdr-xb700.php
And if you are just not sure, then yea, go try some out. I use AD700s which are open and fit my needs. But occasionally I get the craving for something heavier (music), so I went and tried out some DT770s and was impressed. They had the detail of the AD700s, but also had great bass response. A bit more $$ than the Sony's though.

Edit: the Senns are bass neutral and you will not get much more out of them no matter what you do, but they do sound great. The Sonys are very bass heavy to the point it over powers the mids and highs. You may however compensate some of this with an eq adjustment. They sound good, but not as clear as the Senns. IMO, if you want a good mix, the DT770 Pro80 might be your ticket. They are a little more expensive, but worth it. With them you will be able to clearly hear the snap of the sticks on the drum heads, and still feel the bass.
Edited by ericld - 1/15/11 at 7:48am
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Those two headphones are worlds apart from each other. You will want the MDRXB700 for your music taste.
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post #10 of 11
HD555 is pretty good for rock music too. I don't know if it's the foam mod or the 1 1/2 month break in period, but the sound has really opened up on these headphones. The bass seems deeper and stronger than what I heard the first week. Rock music is pretty enjoyable. Bass guitars are tight and punchy. Some people say HD555 bass is weak, but it seems to me that it has just the right amount IMHO. However, for some hip hop music the deeper bass definitely rolls off a bit too quickly.
Edited by ZAKOH - 1/15/11 at 2:48am
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