Enjoy your music with these Sony Extra Bass MDRXB950BT/B headphones, which feature Electronic Bass Boost circuitry for deep low-end sound. Bluetooth technology with AAC and aptX support allows easy wireless pairing with compatible devices.
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Posted by: Impressed from: on
So, the wireless Beats are out, and of course my 9 year old wanted them. I've been hesitant on the Beats in general just because of the hefty price tag, even when on sale. So, I did some research and found a pair of Jam Transit wireless headphones for $50 with good reviews. Went to the store but they were sold out and boy was I glad they were. A very helpful and friendly sales associate steered me towards these Sonys cause he knew my hesitation on Beats. Yeah, they are $99 on sale, twice as much as the Jams, but still a fraction of the cost of most Beats stuff. The sales associate mentioned how Beats are made with hip hop in mind; skull candy with rock in mind; and Bose with theater reproduction in mind. He then said Sony uses Jazz as their base platform to ensure all spectrums are covered.
So, if you're looking for a GREAT all around pair of wireless headphones, look no further, and don't waste your money on the popular name. These headphones are simple to hook up, sound great (if you're a bass head of the late 80's/early 90's, the bass boost on these is as close as you can get to being in a hatchback with 12's pumping...yeah....it's nice!)...and as far as comfort, when my 9 year old tried them on in the store, his quote was "Their so fluffy I could die!" (Despicable Me reference)
And as far as the reviews complaining about no case or skimpy packaging, I for one am glad I didn't have to pay an extra amount for these.
Buy them! You'll love them as much as I do. (I haven't taken them off since I charged them up!) And one more thing in regards to charging, there is an input jack and Sony gives you a patch cord, so while you're charging, you can still use the headphones. Pretty smart!
Oh, and my 9 year old said "Forget Beats....these are awesome and cost way less! "
181 out of 197 found this review helpful.
Truly Impressed with these Headphones!
Posted by: ilya2193 from: Seattle, WA on
Let me start out by saying that I'm a fan of Sony's sound quality. I've had Sony on-ear headphones before and although there were issues with them, the sound quality was superb. I went in to Best Buy looking for something really comfortable and full of features.
The boxing of these headphones is a little weak. For a retail price of $199.99, I'd expect these headphones to come in a nice sturdy box with some "gifts" like a case inside. Unfortunately, the box is flimsy and the inside contains the cables, the headphones, and some papers.
These headphones are good looking. It's a simplistic design but that goes a long way nowadays. The cans are actually quality large, both in width and circumference. My head isn't very large and the width of these headphones does look a little funny (I think so, at least), but the design is appealing so it's okay with me. The band is all metal and gives it that premium look. Nothing on these headphones is reflective or "shiny" which is good because I found it very hard to get them dirty with fingerprints.
The main reason I bought these headphones was for it's incredible performance on bluetooth. The bluetooth is very easy to connect and took about 2 seconds to pair with my Mac and iPhone. I haven't tested the NFC, but I would assume it's equally as easy. The bluetooth is useful for me because I HATE wires and I need to be able to answer calls while working on the computer. The microphone that's built-in works very well and people have said that I sounded very clear on their end.
The left ear cup contains the micro-usb charging port, 3.5mm input, mic, bass boost button, and power button. The right ear cup has the rev/play/pause/forward slider, and the volume up and down rocker. The play slider can also be pressed down to answer or hang up calls.
The bass boost button makes a noticeable difference in the low-end sound. It boosts the bass by A LOT. The bass sounds really strong and sharp but it's too strong for most occasions. I only use it if there's something wrong with my media file and the bass is very muted. Having it on during any music genre is just too much. This isn't a bad thing though, I like having the option of instantly increasing the bass if needed. That being said, the bass WITHOUT the bass boost is amazing. It's still very strong and well balanced with the mid's and high's. (As a side note, all of these comments are being made while listening on bluetooth).
The battery life seems to be on spot with the 20 hours that are advertised, if not better. I used them for about 8 hours yesterday and I'm still above 50% (my iPhone shows the bluetooth device battery in the notification bar).
The comfort is truly a selling point in these headphones. I would buy them just for their comfort even if they didn't sound stellar. I have medium-sized ears and the leather (maybe pleather?) ear cups encompass my entire ear. The cushions are VERY soft and the headphones are light which is incredible considering the amount of technology in them. I couldn't wear my previous on ear headphone for more than 45 minutes but I wore these Sony headphones for 3 hours without taking them off yesterday and I had no ear pain, no head pain, and no headache!
The bluetooth sound quality sounds nearly identical to the sound quality when wired. It's incredible what Sony has been able to accomplish here. I typically stream in "high quality" on Spotify and I've really enjoyed listening to my music. Obviously, these are not studio monitor headphones and I didn't want headphones for that purpose. These are very high end, consumer level headphones. Don't mistake them for studio monitors or the like. The famous Audio Technica ATH-M50x are in this price range and may reproduce sound more accurately than these Sony headphones, but are they wireless? Can you answer calls with them? Can you increase bass with a touch of a button? These features outweigh the absolute reproduction of sound for me. If the headphones sound good and have these features, then I'm happy and Sony delivers.
When you plug these headphones in with the 3.5mm cable (which feels a little cheap but is functional), the sound quality improves but very slightly. It's indiscernible if you're listening to music through Spotify. The main thing I noticed was that high's sounded clearer and sharper with the cable than on bluetooth but it wasn't a drastic leap.
These are a must buy whether they're on sale for $160 or at their retail price. They're well made, comfortable, full of features, and most importantly, sound fantastic. I'm very glad I spent this amount of money on a pair of quality headphones.
97 out of 102 found this review helpful.
Excellent Wireless Headphones
Posted by: AppStateJ from: on
There are SO many wireless headphone options available these days. After reading many(too many) online reviews and trying several in store displays(that actually worked, many were broken) of different brands and styles, I purchased these Sony Extra Bass headphones and a set of Skull Candy Hesh 2 wireless headphones, I caught both on sale at great prices. I am happy with both, but much more satisfied with the Sony Extra Bass set. I was truly blown away by the sound of the Sony Extra Bass set at a Best Buy in store display.
Volume control: I really like that the Sony Extra Bass set has both an extra bass button and an amplified volume control that is separate from the device(both of these features are only functional while using the set wirelessly). Essentially, the volume on this set can get very loud and the bass can be amplified even higher than you may want, but all at your control. The Skull Candy volume is based only on the maximum volume your device will allow.
Sound clarity: Both sets offer very clear sound, but the Sony Extra Bass definitely offers superior sound quality, near or at studio quality in my opinion, and of course, excellent bass. If you crank volume all the way up on both the headset and your device the with the bass boost on, the lower tones do start to distort. Quite frankly however, this high of volume likely too high for most people's preference anyhow.
Appearance and comfort: The weight of both sets are very similar and not too heavy. Both are comfortable over the ears, the Sony Extra Bass set has larger openings for ears to better surround the ear. Both have nice, thick leather padding around the ears to help with comfort and sound isolation. The Sony Extra Bass headphones are larger, but worth the superior sounds quality. Both sets will make your ears sweat a little if using while working out.
Sound isolation: Both sets do an excellent job of keeping the sound inside the ear pieces and not disturb other people around you.
For outside noise isolation, both sets do a pretty good job. Again, the Sony Extra Bass set wins in this category, mainly because the increased volume and bass can drown out outside noise better.
If you are looking for sound isolation from loud equipment, these sets are ok, but I ultimately recommend a good set of standard hearing protectors and ear buds(Sony offers wired Extra Bass ear buds that are excellent for this, I caught these at a great price as well and am satisfied with their performance under these conditions).
Wireless connection, mic, and battery: Both were very easy to sync with multiple devices#I have synced both to an iPhone 4S, iPhone 6, and iPad Air 2).
I have had no problems with mic clarity thus far, but honestly have not used either set very much to talk on phone.
The battery on the Sony set lasts 20 hours, Skull Candy 12 hours. Both sets include an auxiliary wire with an in-line mic if you are not using the sets wirelessly. This is an option if the battery is dead.
Again, overall I am very happy with both sets, but the Sony Extra Bass is by far a better headphone than Skull Candy Hesh 2 and of course more expensive. Additionally, I felt that the Sony Extra Bass set was as good, if not better, than the more expensive headphone brands that are available to try at many in-store displays#again, that actually work). I would highly recommend this product.
70 out of 79 found this review helpful.
Awesome - puts Beats to shame
Posted by: smokethrower2 from: on
I started off with the Beats Solo HD by Dre since were slightly cheaper but there was no floor model to test them out. I knew I liked these Sony's but figured i'd try the Beats. They were ok, not bad but not great. Definitely didn't compare to the floor model of these Sony's I had tested. But the floor model only had certain song snippets and were hooked up with the cable which disabled the bass boost.
I got these home, charged them, didn't take much time since hard partial charge. Played my music and wow, still sounded awesome like the floor model. There is a lot of bass even with out the bass boost, but when the bass boost is on, wow! I noticed no distortion but also don't have them cranked up all the way. The music control works on my Samsung Note 3 perfectly. NFC connect is really fast, faster than the normal bluetooth connection method. Cushions around the ear are super soft too!
And on sale this week for $99, total steal!
39 out of 42 found this review helpful.
Amazing sound and comfort!
Posted by: Kenocon from: San Ramon, CA on
If you want great wireless headphones at a great price, search no further. I've been using Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear for a while, and while happy, I wanted the convenience of wireless. After doing a lot of research and trying various headphones, I ultimately went with the Sony MDR-XB950BT and have not been disappointed. In fact, I've yet to use my Bose Sound True headphones since owning these new Sony headphones. Below is a summary of Pros and Cons:
-Comfort is amazing
-Sound is rich/warm with great separation of tones
-Bass Boost is a great addition for bass-heavy songs but bass is still plenty sufficient without it
-volume level is high (higher than anyone will need)
-Noise isolation is very good
-Noise leakage is very good after wearing for a few minutes to allow the leather to form to your skin
-Battery is outstanding
-does not come with case or bag
-sound quality is set to standard by default (SBC) so you may not be taking advantage of aptX sound quality. You can easily change it by following these instructions so you experience the awesome sound offered by the aptX audio codec feature on these headphones: http://helpguide.sony.net/mdr/10rbt/v1/en/contents/04/01/04/04.html
36 out of 39 found this review helpful.
Posted by: EDMluva from: on
After searching tirelessly for the perfect set of headphones, I have finally found them. Coming from the MDR-XB500's I didn't think I could find a better pair, but I proved myself wrong. Long story short, they handle every note with precision but don't break the bank! Sony you've made another superb audio product, and these are such a pleasure to listen too and keep a smile on my face! Before you go blow a few hundred or more, check the Sony's out and you can thank me later!
Price:Listed for $199, luckily some idiot put them in the wrong place in the store, so I got them for only $120, An early Christmas gift from the wifey!
Style: Very modernistic,, sexy, and classy although not as fancy as Beats or Sennheiser, but they will catch your eye immediately.
Comfort: Extremely, you can wear these things for however long you desire and they won't hurt your head like others. They also stay firmly attached while I am dancing up a storm. They feel just like pillows on your ears, so comfy just like the XB-500's which I love.
Sound Quality: Top Notch and better than competitors such as Beats. The low end on these cans are incredible, and once you hit the Bass Boost feature be prepared to have subwoofers blasted in your ears. No headphones I have ever heard can pound out the bass notes and still sound crisp like these bad boys. The highs and mids both are very well refined and not muddy or sharp, they are evenly balanced and perfect where they can go loud without hurting your ears just like the very best speakers are designed to do,...sound natural without overdoing it. You don't even need to use an EQ that's how crystal clear the 950's are, and to every single genre. I listen to a variety from EDM to Rock to Hip Hop to Pop and then some, trust me they can handle any kind of music you throw at them and won't distort @ high volume. They sound better than most at a fraction of the cost, literally! I know they aren't considered audiophile grade but give them a listen and you'll be surprised my friends!
Build Quality: Wonderful and very durable, not cheap plastic like most.
Battery Life: Amazing, 4 hours to charge, lasts 20 hours!!! Sony supplied an a/v cable in case the battery dies, you still can jam to some good music.
Bluetooth: Great, I can walk about 10 feet outside my apt and they will stay connected. Love that they have a built in mic for calls. Very easy to pair also.
Features: Play, Pause, Volume, Track Up/Down and Bass Boost all on the unit.
32 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Bass Boost for the Gym, Off for Quality Music Else
Posted by: DubFuzion from: on
Holy smokes these are amazing!
-Good quality sound and build
-Mic works fine for calls
-Doesn't fall off when working out
-Insane amount of bass with Bass Boost
-Battery life has been a non issue thus far
-Loudness/levels is good, I usually don't pass 75% on my iPhone.
-Doesn't fold! They do swivel for some degree of compactness.
-Slight movement with sweat during workouts
-Lose functionality when plugged in through the wire.
-Some quality loss with Bass Boost but the gains outweighs the lost.
-Too much bass? Really, it adds that much.
I needed new WORKOUT headphones to get me going. I had those cheap wireless Beats headphones which I bought half off (still not worth it), that finally broke on me (never again!). I did like the extra bass but yeah the sound quality was not there and they kept falling off my head.
Then I tried the SMS Audio Wireless Sport Headphones. They were great but ended up returning them. I think they were too tight for my head because I got a weird air bubble feeling in my ears that was really uncomfortable but the sweatproof pads and sound quality were legit.
Then I waited for these bad boys and I'm glad I waited. These headphones not only have WAY more bass than beats and SMS Sport but the sound quality was also there for any genre. I sometimes forgot I had Bass Boost off with the deep bass it already provides. I really like that I can turn bass boost off with a click of a button because not every song needs it.
There is some things to note. Pushing the Bass Boost button does determent the sound quality but in return really cranks up the bass. Call me crazy but I felt like I was at a EDM concert. You can actually feel the cans vibrating. With that said there is some noise bleed, so people around can probably hear what you are listening to. Also plugging them in with the audio jack disables all functionality of the headphones including the bass boost but you still get some insane low freq.
Super comfortable. For comparison I would say they are more comfortable than my audio-technica M50. They do isolate outside noise but not noise cancelling. Like I said I plan to workout with these and with some good head movement I feel confident that these will stay on while I'm active at the gym.
31 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Beats? What is that?
Posted by: minjoon0312 from: on
I've had Beats Studio wireless 2.0 before I bought this Sony's Extra bass,
MAN.. Beats sounds like hitting trashcan. But this, sometimes my ears are having hard time with hearing, because it's almost too much bass. I returned my Beats Studio. Beat' sounds were pretty good, but compare to this, Beats are defiantly trash. It is the best headphone I ever tried. Hey, considering to buy a headphone? You don't need to look it up. TRUST ME.
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Perfect Sound with Perfect Features!
Posted by: allie83 from: Atlanta, GA on
I had my heart set on the Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones, but my awesome boyfriend found these headphones while searching for others to consider. I was sold on this when I heard the quality of the sound. The sound is incredible, the padding makes it ultra comfortable, and it's unbelievably lightweight.
The NFC function makes it ULTRA EASY to connect my smartphone, and the built-in mic with a button to answer my phone is a major PLUS! The play/pause/ff/rw knob under the right ear makes it effortless to switch between my music tracks. Another great option is that If I don't feel like using the Bluetooth option, I can simply plug in the headphone cable.
The packaging for this product is great. The inner box has a reclosable top pocket to fit all the manuals, receipts, and any other paperwork associated with the headset. The headset doesn't come with a carrying case, but the inner box will keep it protected while traveling.
When I thought that it couldn't get any better, I pressed the Bass Boost button that was under the left ear. I instantly felt like I was in an SUV that was customized with high-end speakers and a subwoofer. Bass is mostly important when I purchase a headset and this model takes the cake! You have got to experience this for yourself!
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Couldn't be happier
Posted by: tomc from: on
I have been browsing for several weeks undecided on which pair of wireless/bluetooth headphones would be my next. I spotted these at a Sony launch party this year and was very pleased with overall sound and fit. Not to mention these are the best looking over the ear headphones I've seen to date. Either you like the cans or you don't. I'm a huge fan of the simple/matte finish and brushed stainless head strap. They are not noise cancelling but my best guess is they block out 60%-75% of outside noise and once audio is playing at any level you can't hear any outside noise. I am not a big Beat fan but will admit their Studio is a good sounding unit. I am happy to say the MDR-XB950BT is on par if not past the Beats Studio for sound quality. The bass boost feature is an added bonus. By no means do you need it on for normal listening but is fun to click on for those head bobbing, bass bumping favorite songs. I was fully prepared to pay $199 for these but to my pleasant surprise they were on sale for $99. These are a no brainer for sub $200 headphones that have sound and quality matched to $300+ sets. $99 or $199 treat yourself to these great looking and sounding headphones.