Move around freely without being tied to your device with these Sony wireless in-ear sport headphones. These wraparound headphones work for up to 8.5 hours before they need recharging. Bluetooth technology connects these Sony wireless in-ear sport headphones to your device with a 30-foot range so you aren't always tied to your phone.
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Nice set of headphones to eliminate cords for good
Posted by: Nate34 from: North Bay Area, Ca. on
In the box is the Sony Wireless Headphones, 3 extra sets of Silicone Rubber Earbuds, 2 extra sets of arc supporters, Micro USB charging cable, and a reference guide. They are packaged well and the headphones are secured in place with some plastic and foam material for protection.
Once I got them out I connected them to my laptop's 3.0 USB port to charge them. A red indicator light comes on to let you know they are charging. It took about an hour to fully charge them.
Pairing was very easy. You just go into the Bluetooth settings of the device you want to connect the headphones to and turn on Bluetooth. Then press the power button on the headphones down until it flashes red and blue quickly. Then on your device you should see the XB50BS's in the available devices. Click it to pair and thats it. Once its paired the headphones LED will now flash blue every few seconds indicating it is connected. Thats it for connecting. This was with my new Oneplus 3T phone.
Once paired the headphones have easy controls. The power button on the right one is also the play and pause button. Directly behind that is the volume rocker. In addition to controlling the volume this is also how you skip tracks. Press either (+ or –) for 2 seconds to go to next or previous track.
The sound was not what I expected. What I mean is that I read that these were more bass heavy than others. I expected it to be overwhelming Bass without proper mids, highs, and vocals. Well for me this was not the case. They had a great balance of all. Nice tight bass which is what I prefer over Bass that drowns out all other sounds. And this does this very well. Vocals are clear with great overall sound.
I also tested call controls. During a call it pauses music, then resumes as soon as the call is ended which can be done by tapping the power button to answer and end calls.
The fit was perfect for me with the pre-installed buds and arc supports. I didn't need to swap them out. They stayed in place without moving around or falling out. I didn't have any discomfort, so I might just stay with the buds and arc supports that are on them now.
Overall this is a great set of wireless headphones. The controls are simple, they sound good, and are rated to have 8 ½ hours of battery which should get anyone through a normal days use. I originally wasn't sure how well this type of headphones would work wirelessly but it has won me over. Its nice not having to deal with a cord getting in the way. Great choice for your headphone needs.
51 out of 57 found this review helpful.
Posted by: MrGerbik from: SD on
Bought these after losing my LG Tone Pro headphones. I really like the sound, I can listen to them 8-6 and still had some battery to spare. I'm not a fan of the dual function of the volume/track change button, but I don't use it enough to matter much. I was worried about size, but they fit in my ears great, the round inner ear piece does an excellent job holding them in. I do construction so sweating and leaning are constant, no issues.
31 out of 33 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Kay2905 from: on
I am an employee of Best Buy and have owned many pairs of wireless and wired headphones and Sony by far has blown all others out of the water, these are great quality for the price, I am an audiophile and the bass in these is outstanding.
49 out of 57 found this review helpful.
Great fit, good sound, poor build quality
Posted by: sandman01 from: on
I purchased these for my wife to use at the gym, but I might pick up a set for myself. I recently purchased the Jaybird X3's, which I really love, but there's something slightly off with the fit on those that I am having trouble getting used to. I have always used Sony silicone ear tips even on other high end brand earbuds because they seem to work so well. Unfortunately the Jaybirds have a different design that isn't compatible.
However these Xb50bs are a great fit in my ears! I can move and run and bounce and shake my head with confidence that these won't fall out. Though they look big compared to the JB X3, they don't feel heavy in my ears or put any pressure or stress that would cause discomfort after extended use.
Sound quality is acceptable. These aren't audiophile grade, obviously, but are just fine for casual use or working out.
Build quality is the only area of concern. The seams between pieces of plastic are uneven or broken looking. Hopefully this won't let any sweat inside and reduce lifespan. Overall they feel cheap compared to the X3's, but they're also $50 less expensive. They come with 4 total sets of silicone tips and no foam tips, no retainer or clip for the cord, and no case or bag for storage.
Charging is accomplished using a standard micro-USB cable. This is handy in case you lose the included cable as it can be easily replaced. (The X3's have a proprietary charging clip that eliminates the possibility of dust or sweat getting inside.)
I haven't reached the limits of the battery yet, but given the stated 8.5 hour runtime, even getting a solid 6 hours would be decent and last through a weeks worth of workouts.
Overall a solid buy from a name brand in this price range.
30 out of 34 found this review helpful.
Good bass, but lacking in the highs
Posted by: lambda100 from: on
Let's get right to the sound quality of the Sony MDR-XB50BS. The big selling feature is the extra bass. The bass is deep, tight, and powerful. This is a great in-ear headphone for those who want to get to the lower end of the audio frequency spectrum. I get that the headphones are designed to pump the bass into your ears to give you that extra motivation and energy during your workout routine. However, I believe Sony has tuned the sound too much toward the mids and the lows, neglecting the highs. Treble response is clearly missing, and sometimes you need to hear the crisp highs to help you finish off the workout routine. Don't get me wrong, sound quality is still very good, but it certainly doesn't have the full dynamic range that this headphone should be capable of.
It is a very comfortable headphone to wear. It comes with three different sizes of wings and earbuds so that you can find the one that fits your ears. The wing design is very secure and works really well at preventing the ear buds from falling out during movement. I was able to run, tilt my head in every direction, and even tug gently at the headphones, and it stayed in place in my ears. Even when the ear buds and wings were wet from sweat, they stayed securely on my ears with no problem.
The headphones are very easy to pair via bluetooth and NFC. My headphones came with the battery factory pre-charged. Battery life is excellent. The specs state that it can last up to 8.5 hours on a charge. I've had them on for nearly 8 hours now, and they're still going strong. It will take 2.5 hours to re-charge a fully depleted battery.
I own several different bluetooth headphones, and in my experience they all have a characteristic hissing noise that can be heard at low volumes and in between audio tracks. These headphones are no different.
Volume control, track skipping, play/pause, call answering, and the power button are all managed from the right side of the headphone. The microphone is very good as callers on the other end said my voice came through very clearly. Also, the volume can get very loud on the headphones in case some of you are wondering whether or not you can drown out noise by turning up the volume. Keep in mind that these headphones are not designed to reduce ambient noise. Sport headphones such as these are designed to allow ambient noise to come through so you remain aware of your surroundings.
The headphones do not come with a case or storage pouch so you're going to have to jam the headphones in your bag or pockets. I recommend purchasing some type of protective, padded pouch.
In summary, I think these are good sounding headphones, although the highs/treble is missing. They are strategically value priced between the cheapo low end bluetooth headphones and the more premium sport offerings at the higher price range. They stay securely on your ears and get the job done if you need to hear the extra bass to energize you through your workouts.
24 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Bass is amazing.
Posted by: MSarge from: on
These wireless headphones are great. Especially when being active, earbuds fit securely into your ear. Easy to pair and battery life is decent.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ChicagoTony from: on
These headphones are great. I was a little hesitant at first because I am used to the clips that go around the back of the ear. These have a small piece that goes in your ear. Since I am mostly going to use them for my workouts I wanted something that can stay put. These do the job amazingly. The sound is great. Full bass and crisp highs. They are miosture resistant. I use them right out of the box and with ease I was working out. You know with a brand name like Sony you are getting a great product with a great reputation. I purchased the Jam audio transit from Best Buy and after a 4th pair that dosent hold a charge after 3 months I went with a trusted name. Get these headphones you will not be disappointed.
24 out of 30 found this review helpful.
I'm all about that bass
Posted by: Randy from: Parker CO on
I’ve had many sports-oriented headphones over the years. Typically the mid and high tones are good but bass is usually lacking, sometimes virtually nonexistent. Since “Extra Bass” is in the name of this product I was expecting good things from these headphones, and they definitely delivered!! Hands down the best bass I’ve ever heard from a wireless sport headphone.
Most of the workout-type headphones I’ve had in the past have clips behind the ears but these are different in that there is an “arc supporter” that acts as a brace for the earpiece. Although different I must say they fit surprising well, they are comfortable and non-irritating over long periods of use. I’ve only had these headphones for 5 days so my testing is limited, but during 2 workouts lifting weights the headphones stayed in place well and did not require readjusting, same results with an 18-mile mountain bike ride. I also did a 7 mile run with these headphones, the outside temperature was 31 degrees, so I was wearing a knit cap. When running with the cap on the headphones again stayed in place very well and required no adjusting or pushing them back into my ears. I also did a test without wearing the knit cap where I found the headphones did start to work themselves out of my ears after a few minutes. I’m 6’2” 205 pounds and not the smoothest runner so this probably had something to do with that, plus the fact that these headphones have a little more size and weight to them than others I’ve had in the past, no doubt due to the construction that produces all that bass.
I also like the fact that these headphones are water resistant, a bonus since it snowed during my run and had no effect on the headphones. The package also included 3 extra sets of ear buds, different sizes and color-coded, plus 2 extra sets/sizes of arc supporters. They worked for me straight out of the box but nice to know they can be modified.
So overall, I give the Sony MDR-XB50BS Extra Bass Sports Wireless In-Ear Headphones 5 stars for sound quality, 5 stars for use during workouts and bike rides, and 4 stars for running. If you are looking for wireless headphones for working out and want to actually hear some bass, you will love these headphones.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great sound quality says it all.
Posted by: JeanPaul from: on
High quality of sound
Long battery life
Poor design (Not cutting-edge nor good-looking. It doesn't have to look cheap not being a flagship product)
Coarse texture and crudely made (looked like a counterfeit knockoff when I first saw and felt it, see those gaps between the parts)
Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend it.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
good pair of budget in-ears with low end emphasis
Posted by: bd43274 from: on
1. sound - volume, and tons of it. bass is punchy and relatively tight. if you're a bass-head on a budget, these may fit the bill for you. though there's certainly tons of low end (not overwhelming) it's relatively clean and clear.
2. price - around $60 at the time of this review. good value in this range.
3. battery - good compared to competition at 8.5 hours.
4. fit - tight and secure, good for exercise.
5. moisture resistant
1. sound signature - the sound signature will put some people off. it's not quite as bass heavy as some of the other "extra bass" headphones sony offers, but certainly leans towards the low end. mids are somewhat present, and highs felt all but absent.
2. no case - a protective case would've been nice, as the headphones do feel substantial. i personally wouldn't just want to throw them in my bag.
good budget pair of in-ears, especially at this price point, and especially if you prefer emphasis on the low end of the spectrum.