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Sony MDR-XB500 review

These Sony closed back headphones are nowhere near good enough for the money – you can buy far better Tested at £60.00

Our Verdict

Nowhere near good enough, even for £60


  • Good looking


  • Everything bar looks

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.

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameSony
Product SeriesXB
Product TypeHeadphone
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberMDR-XB500
Packaged Quantity1
Product NameSony MDR-XB500
Product ModelMDR-XB500

Technical Information

Sound ModeStereo
Minimum Frequency Response4 Hz
Connector PlatingGold Plated
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Impedance40 Ohm
Cable Length1.20 m
Maximum Frequency Response24 kHz


Package Contents
  • MDR-XB500 Headphone
  • Carry Case


Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size40 mm

Physical Characteristics

Form FactorEar-cup
Weight Approximate185 g


Host InterfaceMini-phone


Limited Warranty1 Year