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Sony MDR-XB700

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MSRP $149.99
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Get big, tightly articulated low bass and huge style with  the Sony MDR-XB700 headphones. Powerfully rich low-end is the hallmark of the 700, the top-sounding can in the lauded XB [Extra Bass] line. Fit & finish are superb and the huge low-end response is sure stimulate your best funky dance moves. Great ambient noise protection and listening privacy from the softest, biggest, most plush and most comfortable earpads found on any headphone anywhere!

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Product Features:

  • Full punchy bass integrated into a very enjoyable overall sound
  • HUGE king-size soft earpads are wonderfully comfortable!
  • Superb styling, build quality, great fit & finish by fine headphone manufacturer

What's In The Box:

  • 1/4" stereo plug adapter


Putting on the Sony MDR-XB700 headphones is like sinking into the finest imported leather sofa -- that is, if your sofa could deliver giant booty-shaking bass response. The Sony XB700 claim to the biggest, most comfortable earpads in the headphone industry is no exaggeration; the handsomely 'king size' extra-soft earpad cushions envelop the listener in deep-well pillows of warm sound with a big, taut bottom-end response anchoring the impressively focused musical charge above it. The XB500 has huge 50mm dome drivers provide a large audio wave front that's both tonally rich and dynamically responsive for an engagingly punchy presentation of all iPod, iPad and MP3 music files. The Sony MDR-XB700 mids/highs always remain crisp and nicely present but the marquee star is the pumping low-end clearly intended for correct hip-hop, modern rock, and bass-loving listeners of any stripe. Their killer price-to-performance-to-looks ratio make this one of the most in-demand cans in the entire Sony line -- and rightfully so.

The Sony MDR-XB700 headphones are circumaural, seriously oversize headphones that will likely draw some lively attention from attractive passersby. The headphone plushness simply can't be beat but the big earpads is also part and parcel of the sound equation as well since the pads and sealed-back earcup design is partly responsible for the XB700 smoothly rolling bass response and ultra low-end extension. The closed-back construction also helps ensure your music doesn't 'leak' out and disturb others nearby with bangin' subwoofer-type headphone sounds. The MDR-XB700 flat-wound cord is a plus for avoiding dreaded cable tangles and measures approximately 9ft long. The Sony XB700 jack is a 'mini' plug 1/8" [3.5mm] termination; a screw-on 1/4" full-size stereo plug adaptor is handily included.


  • Connector Type: 1/8
  • Weight: 295g (w/o cord)
  • Isolation: -12dB ~ -15dB
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 24 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Length: 4ft
  • Cord Type: Straight Y
  • Coupler Size: Large
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Acoustic Seal: Closed
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 90 Days

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Big Sound... LEAK
Posted by Maximus from Ottawa, ON - Canada on 2012-10-16

Recommend Product: No
Pros: Sound as great as they should, not overly bassy, just satisfying to hear
Cons: Very high sound leakage due to open slots behind headband area that is hidden in pictures

I'm not an expert by any means, I researched long hours on this site and others before purchasing these Headphones, thinking I was getting a great Bass oriented Heaphone set that was big and not the easiest to carry around but had great sound quality and PRIVACY due to big comfy couch like earpads...

What I got when I opened the box was exactly that...! :D

There I am hopping on the bus with theses behemoths of headphones I bought 5 minutes ago, appreciating the vivid sound they produce, but little did I know I wasn't the only one following the beat... I figured I was getting looks from old men cause the 'phones looked funny and they were probably jealous of how comfy they looked!

Turns out I arrive back at the office, show my new pride and joy to a colleague who tries them on and that's when I went... :S
"Gawwd these have soo much sound leak for sealed back cup design..!

So here I am, trying to return an open box headphone set to the poor little shop close to my place, minutes after having felt so lucky to have found these at a decent price.

Now hopefully I can get a refund and find another pair of decent headphones that remain more quiet to the exterior world... Sennheiser HD 429 perhaps?

Conclusion, even if you like the big mother look, and you don't mind that it will take up half the space in your backpack, this cannot possibly make a good portable Headphone option as there is way too much noise leak due to semi open back (3 slots each side)

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Great Headphones
Posted by NickJames from Dayton, OH on 2012-02-13

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Comfortable, Great Bass, Appearance
Cons: not very portable

Great headphones, with great Bass that tingles your head. Can wear for hours and hours because of the comfy leather ear pads, sometimes makes your ears hot and sweaty after long periods of time. Wish they were a little more portable, Cannot really walk around and wear them. I use them generally at my desk, when im in bed or when im at the library, not very mobile.

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Fantastic and Comfortable Headphones
Posted by asaharyev from Boston, MA on 2012-02-08

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Great Bass, Very Good Mids, Incredibly Comfortable, Durble
Cons: Loss of quality at highs

These really are fantastic headphones. I bought these for $70 and have had them for nearly four years, and they're still in great shape, both physically and acoustically. When my nearly 5 year old (then) Grado SR60s were retired to at home only I bought these for commuting. I listen to an eclectic mix, from hip hop, dubstep, and grindcore to death metal, power metal, and even some 90s pop, and these headphones play most of it very well. On songs which have a large amount of higher tones, I would prefer the SR60s, but compared to its ultra bass competitors, such as the Beats headphones, these are more comfortable, more durable, and have a better bass, and comparable mid/highs, even at four years old listening 4+ hours per day on average. Also great headphones for Skyrim and other video games.

5 stars all around for the price range.

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