Our Verdict Nowhere near good enough, even for £60 For Good looking Against Everything bar looks Reviewed on 25th August 2009 We're always suspicious of anything that advertises ‘extra deep bass', and in the case of Sony's MDR-XB500 over-ear headphones, this proves to be well-founded. These cans boast comfortable vinyl earpieces and build quality seems good. But plug them in and it all changes. Any kind of subtlety in the music vanishes under the thick morass of sound. The tonal balance is swamped by a fat bass, while a strident treble and rough midrange lurks in the background. Buy some iGrados instead and save £20 in the process. See all our headphone reviews More after the break Related News The AH-C160Ws are Denon's sporty new wireless earphones Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 12:00am The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month - February Fri, 10 Feb 2017, 04:55pm Headroom show returns to Metropolis in March Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 10:55am The best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 12:05pm The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Wed, 01 Feb 2017, 01:07pm Headphones MDR-XB500 Sony Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.