When I was in the market for a really nice set of headphones I went through dozens of different options, reading reviews and getting the experiences of other people. I wanted a set that would really pound the bass when listening to rap music. The problem, I found, is that most headphones that really had deep, strong bass ended up having lower quality sound on the mid to upper ranges. When I came across the Sony MDRXB950BT/B Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset, I knew I found the right option. I ordered them, and when they arrived I knew I had to write this Sony MDR-XB950BT review.
These are an over the ear style pair of headphones, which fit comfortably. As the name implies, the bass is really great. You can definitely feel it when it hits, and even at high volumes it does not become distorted. When I put on other types of music, the mid-range and even highs also sounded crisp and clean!
Tech Specs Review
When looking through the tech specs of these headphones, and comparing them with others in a similar price range (right around $200) it is easy to see that these are one of the best. First of all, they are wireless, which is really convenient. The one potential downside to wireless headsets is that some of them have a fairly short battery life. While not the longest I’ve ever seen, these headphones boast a 20 hour battery life per charge, which is more than enough. Something unusual, but very nice, on these headphones is that if the battery dies, you can plug in a cord to your music device and use them just like traditional headphones.
The Bluetooth audio streaming is set up with AAC and apt-X support, which essentially means it will connect up easily and the stream of music will be very steady. None of the choppiness that was fairly common with earlier Bluetooth technologies. One of the most important items for the tech specs is the Electronic Bass Boost, which gives these headphones a nice extra kick.
Comfort & Design Review
The design of these headphones is quite nice. They fit comfortably over your ears, even when wearing them for long periods of time. The headphones themselves can be turned 360 degrees for ultimate flexibility. They come in several colors including black, gray and blue. I’m normally not a huge fan of the colored headphones, but the blue ones look really sharp!
What others are saying
I think one of the most important things you can do when purchasing any type of headphones is look at what other people who own them have said. With that in mind, I’ve looked at dozens of Sony MDR-XB950BT reviews. Here are some of the key pros & cons that people have listed:
- Deep Bass– The bass levels on these headphones are quite impressive.
- Overall Sound Quality– The overall sound quality is surprisingly nice, especially given the fact that they focus their marketing on the bass quality only.
- Comfort– Even after wearing the headphones for hours in a row, there is little to no discomfort.
- Weight– These headphones are slightly heavier than most others, which some people complained about.
- Bluetooth Pairing– Several reviews mentioned having trouble pairing these headphones to their iOS devices (iPhone/Pad/Pod). Personally, it synched right up on my iPhone 5 without a problem.
Overall, I am very happy with these headphones, and I think you will be as well.
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