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The MDRXB500 is an upgrade from the MDRXB300 in that it offers larger cushions (45mm versus 30mm.

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Pros

relatively light at 6.5 ounces considering the size

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flat Y-cord cable design helps to prevent tangling

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well suited for bass-intensive music genres such as metal, R&B etc.

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design has the tendency to isolate outside ambient noises

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thick 45mm cushions relieve pressure from the ears for added comfort

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Cons

bass can overwhelm the higher treble frequencies

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requires the use of an equalizer to get the best sound possible

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The Sony MDRXB500 is a lightweight XB series headphone with ultra-thick pressure-relieving 45mm (thickness) cushions for unbeatable comfort. The fourth of five models in the Sony XB series, the MDRXB500 is an upgrade from the MDRXB300 in that it offers larger cushions (45mm versus 30mm), a superior impedance (40 ohms versus 24 ohms), an improved sensitivity (104dB versus 100dB), and a greatly enhanced power handling of 1500 mW (versus 1000mW). In all other ways, however, the MDRXB500 is practically a duplicate of its downgraded peer. For instance, the MDRXB500 is also outfitted with a newly developed long stroke diaphragm and a tightly sealed acoustic design cited for accurately reproducing ultra-low frequency sounds and deep, rich bass tones suitable for dance and hip hop music. In addition, the MDRXB500 offers a frequency response of 4 – 24,000Hz (versus 2 – 22,000Hz) and comes equipped with an L-shaped stereo mini-plug and a TPC Y-Shaped card. The Sony MDRXB500 retails for $199.00 (versus $149.00) and comes with a 90 day limited warranty.

Features
  • King Sized Cushions
  • TPC Y-Shaped, 1.2m Cord
  • L-Shaped Stereo Mini Plug (Gold)
  • Type: Closed Dynamic
  • Driver Unit: 45mm Dome
  • Diaphragm: PET
  • Impedance: 40 ohms at 1kHz
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Power Handling Capacity: 1500mW
  • Frequency Response: 4 – 24,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 104 dB/mW
  • Weight: 120g (without cord)
  • 90 Day Limited Warranty
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