Enjoy crisp, powerful low-end audio with these Sony MDRXB50AP/L earbud headphones, which feature a bass duct design that provides optimal sound isolation. An integrated elecret condenser/omnidirectional microphone lets you chat hands-free.
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Posted by: deaconblue5 from: Buffalo, N.Y. on
I have been researching earbuds for about 3 weeks now. Ugh! No more! I just retired and want a pair for yard work around the house and for taking walks. What I found with earbuds is that no one wants to tell you Specs. They want me to buy them because they are popular, or the cool pair to have, or have features that I do not care about. But how do they sound? You can usually get a sense of how they will perform by the Specs. So why don't these companies provide basic performance numbers? Do they have something to hide? The numbers should be right on the box or the first thing they mention on a web site. In my experience over the last 40 years or so I have found Sony to be a quality reliable product at a price point that I can afford. And the the Specs on these earbuds are outstanding! First they have 12mm drivers! Huge! After digging deep I was able to find the Specs on several earbuds (why did I have to work so hard to get the Specs!) and most, even the expensive ones, have drivers between 6 to 9mm. The sensitivity rating is a huge 110dB which is extremely high and unique. The frequency response is 4Hz - 24,000Hz. Just massive! Most headphones much less earbuds of any quality at all will be 10Hz - 22,000Hz at best. And what do all these numbers at up to? A bass heavy sound with crisp clear highs and a solid mid-range. What I found from professional reviewers is they like to give earbuds that are bass heavy a hard time. They like to talk about how a good earbud should have good even bass but not over done. If I want that I will buy some reference monitors. I don't think the bass on these earbuds are over done at all all. I am a musician and an avid lifelong fan of music. But I'm not a snob about it. I have built basic home studios and recorded my own stuff and that is the place to have reference monitors with a flat response so that I am able to hear exactly what I am recording. In that environment I don't want a "colored" sound that isn't a true representation of the track I recorded. But when I go to mix down the recording I just made I am going to lean on the bass. The E.Q. with have the typical smile shape when I'm done. It's been my experience that people like to hear it that way. It sounds richer, fuller. But how many earbuds can you test, not as many as the professional reviewers. So on their advice I went out and got the Jaybird X2s. $140. I never got to hear them! Trying to get them to fit was so onerous I gave up! I mean come on, you should not have to try that hard just to get a good fit! I took them back. Then I purchased some Bose earbuds. $100. They were easier to fit than the Jaybirds but I was not impressed with the sound. So back to the store they went. Then I saw these on sale at Best Buy this morning for $29 and thought 3 things. They were only $30 so why not give them a try. The Specs on them were just outstanding so that was a good sign. And they were made by Sony which I have come to know and trust through the years. Well they did not disappoint.. They fit well right out of the box, And the sound was awesome. Big full bass without compromising the other frequencies. They look good. They fit well. They sound good. What else can I ask for? Ok they are not wireless like I was hoping for but that's ok.(Around the house I will use my Harman-Kardon blue tooth speaker that I love!) The Bose had a great storage case but at what cost? After several weeks and much research I have found my earbuds. I was willing to spend up to $150 but only had to spend $30. Don't hesitate to get them. I think you will be glad you did.
85 out of 96 found this review helpful.
Much More Than You Expect!
Posted by: mican from: on
I'm an extreme audiophile,& at the age of 56 I've heard the best Beats, Bose, Sony & countless great names in the over the ear, on the ear, ear buds, different types of bud configuration,and Sony always stays true to Studio Specifications as a standard reference point to regards of all their types of headphones. While the newer Names refuse to give up the real specs because they are dependent on acoustic rendering then standard 5000Hz - 30,000Hz@ 1-3watts,big stuff, or 100mw for hand held stuff. All that written to make a clear point. These pair of $49.99 ear buds will without effort stand against the expensive big boys. Professional listener's will notice the incorperation of specs & acoustics with a respectable bass mid & high tones,did I mention Bass,or I did ,just had to hint on it for when you hear these bad boys, Much More than I would have ever expected.Now I can rest in bed with these and stay on the high end audio level. THANK YOU SONY,THANK YOU BEST BUY
22 out of 22 found this review helpful.
I have several different pairs, brands and style
Posted by: musiclover85 from: on
But these black Sony are the ones I'm always reaching for. bypassing the Bose, Beats, JBL, Skull Candy XT-free, I will spend time looking for these. for good reason. I have a iPhone 6 and EQ on R&B or ROCK, with the "sound check off" specifically because these will cancel out ANY outside noise, you have to be careful at times. I didn't hear a fire engine pass right by me. The BASS will be felt not just heard, (4Hz-24Hz) the HIGHS can pierce your ear drums. These can be EXTREMELY loud if EQ isn't correctly set for the need. I have to make sure all the settings are right, before inserting them and turning them up. These are awesome if you wanna be in your own music world and ignore the mayhem around you! Ive heard parts of songs i'd never heard before, it took me a while to find the right ear mold size. It comes with 3 or 4, you need one that securely holds the earbuds in place. Not too deep, not too loose.These should cost $200-$250.00! I don't know how SONY can afford to do it. Get them, you can return them if Im lying.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: alva22 from: on
I bought these pair of headphones to use for listening to music on my laptop and use during gaming. I moved up from a pair of Samsung earbuds that came with my Galaxy S3 so I really don't have any room to compare to top of the line Bose or Sennheiser. To give a general summary of what I think of these headphones: These have average sound quality with great bass. They are not noise isolating and can get a little uncomfortable after long periods of time since the ear piece is oddly shaped. I will break down my review into different categories.
Sound Quality: The earbuds are great if you're the average listener. You can hear the different instruments and background melodies just fine. I play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and use these when I play. Hearing footsteps and gunfire is important in the game and I hear about everything when I play. I can distinguish things that are coming from the left earbud to the right perfectly. The only con is that they were not as clear as my Samsung earbuds. The sound was a bit muffled and expected a more clear sound from a $50 earbud. I've only had these for a week so maybe I need to burn them in more.. who knows.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Great sound similar to more expensive brands.
Posted by: salsa16 from: Santa Cruz CA on
I really like these earbuds. The sound far exceeded my expectations and at $50 ($60 something with 2 year insurance) I didn't think they'd be as good as my sister's Beats earbuds. They scratched up a tiny bit since I got them a little over two weeks ago but personally it doesn't bother me. They are a little bigger than my last $25 Sony earbuds but I figured the bigger size helps create deep bass that I love! I especially love the clarity of the instruments; guitar, drums, and especially the piano! They don't fall out of my ears but they get a little uncomfortable if I wear them for a long time I usually only use them for about thirty to forty five minutes at a time. Overall I am very satisfied as they fit my needs.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Aguii from: on
Great bass once u find the right ear tip. They stay in ur ears very well and the all around sound is amazing. U get great bass in ur ear buds for under 50 bucks.
10 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Much better than expected
Posted by: JimInEasternMass from: Massachusettes on
In the past, clean bass response has been unavailable for earbuds. Products promising bass response have been had a fake sounding boom, or have had muddy bass response. These are very flat and accurate. I am really happy with them.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
My son likes them a lot.
Posted by: WeeWee from: on
This was a christmas gift for my son. He seems to be enjoying them. The noise cancelling seems to be working because he never hears me when I talk to him. Hmm.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Better than Skullcandy
Posted by: Andy from: on
I was torn between these and the Skullcandy for the same price. I've been a fan of my titan Skullcandy but was in need for new earbuds. To be honest I only chose these because they were on sale for $30 off regular $50 price. Glad I gave it a shot, hits harder than my old Skullcandy earbuds. The angled earbuds does take some time to get used to but hits hard and was worth it. This coming from a Skullcandy fan boy.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Superior value for the money
Posted by: defever3 from: Northville, MI on
These headphones are killer! Mostly EDM listener, but appreciate all genres and they all sound great. I did a lot of research before purchasing these, including a cross-comparison of user reviews for other headphones in this price range and somewhat niche area of bassy-$50-ish headphones. For fifty bucks these things bump! These sound like $100+ headphones, the bass is nice and clean, the mids and highs are (fairly) crisp, and are not drowned out by the bass (like the Beats headphones tend to do). If you've been doing your research and are considering these amongst a few others in the same tier, GET THESE! You won't be disappointed. A word to the wise - make sure not to rip them hard within the first few listening sessions, as with any new audio equipment. Ease into them, it will increase the longevity and sound quality. Also... COUGH*price-matching*COUGH (look around, I got these for about $34 in-store after talking with a store associate)