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Sony MDR-XD200 Headphones Review

Most of you know the scenario – you love playing music out loud, but your parents or room mates want you to keep the sound ridiculously low. Being stuck in this situation for months, a good pair of headphones was pretty much a top-priority in my To-Buy list. You may also know that deciding on which headphone to buy is really difficult, especially since no store lets you try them out. You gotta go on user-reviews. The SONY MDR-XD200 won hands down after I went through a bunch of headphones. This baby has bang for every frikkin buck you pay.

Sony MDR-XD200 Headphones Stock

Specs
  • Closed-Type Headphones with Long Stroke Diaphragm for Dynamic Movie Sound
  • Capable of Producing Movie Quality Sound with Dynamic Sound Range
  • Sound Mode Switch for Movie and Music Enjoyment
  • Comfort Fit with Urethane Leather Ear Pads
  • Ear-Conscious Design for Wearing Comfort
  • Large 40mm Driver Unit with 360kJ/m³ High Power Neodymium Magnet for Outstanding Sound Quality
  • Response Bandwidth: 10 – 22000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB
  • Impedance: 70 Ohm
Performance The sound quality is really good. The sound does not distort at high volume. The bass and treble are evenly matched. Sony’s set them just right for optimum headphone listening. There’s a slider that lets you change modes while watching movies or listening to music. The difference, sadly, is not much unless you try it out on original 5.1 DVD movies or high bit-rate music. All it does is make the sound seem more wide. The headphone also does a decent job at cutting out environment noise.

Sony MDR-XD200 Headphones

Comfort Trust me on this one – excellent. The ear-cups are carved in such a way that your entire ear is covered perfectly by the spongy part. The band over the head is pretty comfortable and does not hurt a bit even on long hours of use. And since this baby is pretty light weight (8 Oz), you hardly feel any pain in your neck. The best part is the wire. It’s 11.5 feet long. That’s right, Eleven-and-a-Half feet! To give an example, I had @Sknahs wear the headphones and sit at one corner of the hall. I then carried the music player half way down the stairs with the headphones connected! The sad part here is that a volume-controller is missing. So if you’re watching a movie sitting on the other side of the room, you’ll need to come down to your media player to decrease the volume every time a horrible song comes on. Final Verdict Excellent pair of headphones. Very good bass and treble support, and plays very well on just about every music player we tried (Nokia’s n70, Sony’s own w580i, and the PC). But what will make you buy this, is its price — Rs.1,490 including taxes!
We (Shanks and myself) went down to SOGO (Hayes Road, Bangalore) to order them (since I don’t trust the guys at S.P Road). The piece I got was the last one he had! :P On the way back, we stopped by Corner House for some ice-cream (cake fudge anybody?), and we couldn’t resist ripping out the headphones from its package and testing it out on the Sony w580i. It was only then that we realised that it had the 5mm jack and not the standard 3.5mm jack. We went straight to the electronics shop and bought a convertor for 12 bucks. We came home only to realise that the jack could be pulled out to reveal the 3.5mm jack! =))

Converter

Now no more being told to decrease the volume, or being shot in the ass while playing Counter-Strike because you couldn’t hear your opponent come right behind you. Yay! :D

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Santosh

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    vysakh

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    how fast does the w580i’s battery drain out when using this ?

    LOL at the 5mm jack incident =))

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    Santosh

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    @vysakh Neither of us observed that. We were so engrossed with the headphones that we never bothered seeing the phone! Sorry buddy.

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    Subbu

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    Hmm.. The Sound Quality? Is the bass too high? ..or is it just right? How does the Lows and Mids sound?

    Too much bass / too less trebs will make me break headphones to smithereens.. Will sound especially ugly if you are listening to Post-Rock/Electronic Music.

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    Santosh

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    @Subbu: It doesn’t have too much bass. Nor does it have too less treble. Jump on IM, I’ll explain.

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    Jagtesh Chadha

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    Guess what, I just bought one for myself!

    I’d earlier bought a Philips SGH1900, which I didn’t quite like. So I went to replace it, thinking I’ll buy a SGH2700 when I stumbled upon this beauty.

    You’re right, the bass is just right! I’m lovin it =)

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    Santosh

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    Hey! Only glad I could help buddy.

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    shailesh

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    juat got on my b’day, 24th march….sounds good..most disappointing is the lack of vol. control knob….IT MUST BE THERE….

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    Sanjeev

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    Whatever source you might use with your headphones (I-pods, other MP3 Players, your walkman or your PC or a radio) they all have volume controls. Haven’t seen professional headphones with volume controls, only cheaper consumer headphones have attenuation (volume control) and it eats into your sound signal anyway. Enjoy the headphones, they are worth the price, and have a wonderful frequency response.

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    Sanjeev

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    If you are looking for better headphones than these, try the Sennheiser range (HD Series) of headphones, they will of course eat out your pocket, but are long lasting, well designed for various applications- DJ, Professional and Consumer. Sennheiser’s HD-212 pro is a wonderful headphone and not so expensive, used by a lot of professionals too.

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    lulidon'tknow

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    first i had a pair of shitty ass skullcandy that broke every single week (had them for 3) then i went back tho the store (P.O. Radio) and asked them if i chould change and i could, Note: skullcandy, 500sek (swedish money)
    Sony MDR-XD200, 350sek damn look god damn 150sek less then the skullcandy and thay are beter in every single way + they haven’t broke one single time yeth and i had have them mos almos 1 and 1/2 year any was people if u are gonna buy headphones get a pair of these :)

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    Tusshar

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    I am planning to buy this headphone from Flipkart.I just want tu ask u…..Is this headhphone durable? please send your suggestions on [email protected].

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      Santosh

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      Well I’m still using it regularly. So, yeah!

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