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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 4857 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Value for the money, holds true at the low end.

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    frood
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    I have plenty of good-quality pre-bluetooth-everywhere legacy gear that needs wired headphones. I have been using these earbuds twice daily for about 2 months now. They are comfortable in my ears, provide decent sound isolation from outside noise (e.g. people talking, subway brakes, leaf blower), fit under ear-muff hearing protection (for really noisy backgrounds like gasoline powered lawn mowers), and provide decent low frequency response unlike so many earbuds that are anemic at the low end (when compared to playing the same material on open speakers). The microphone works quite well, in fact one team told me too well as it picked up background noises before I could mute on the conference call. The cords are rectangular, rather than round, in cross section, and seem sturdier. Only time will tell if the cord-to-plug connection holds up to ordinary use over the long term. With thin cord earbuds I've experienced open circuit failures, right where the cord enters the plug's strain relief. My last 2 thin round cord earbuds failed at about 15-18 months use - first occasionally loosing connection then getting more frequent until permanent failure. This was gradual rather than an abrupt sudden failure after an incident like a yank or drop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    These sound pretty good for the price

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    Kingtj
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    I was looking for some earbuds to use with a gaming laptop, and didn't want to invest a lot of money in them. (I'm pretty picky about sound quality in general, but I've found you can usually get away with a little bit cheaper of speakers or headphones if you're only listening to digitally generated music and speech in games. Having enough bass to reproduce explosions accurately is still important though.) Best Bay had these on sale for under $40, which was the price range I had in mind, and I trusted the Sony brand to be at least respectable in build and sound quality, so I gave them a try. I was pleasantly surprised to find they not only met my expectations, but actually seem to have pretty well balanced sound. (The "Extra Bass" branding on them concerned me because I didn't want to buy something that was bass heavy, making things sound "muddy".) It's actually more like I had hoped, where the extra bass promise just means the bass is heard (unlike the budget earbuds in the "under $15" category that usually have almost no bass). The only downside I've found to these is that I wish they made the cord a little bit longer. For example, if I sit my laptop on the floor right next to a chair I'm sitting in? The earbud cables just barely reach. If I turn my head, that's enough to pull the cord tight and make one of the earbuds come out of my ear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Small package with big bass

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    Mike
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    -Pros- Great Bass Price -Cons- Limited movement Only one size I own the big brother of these (MDR-XB950BT) and as far as audio quality is concerned they are nearly identical aside from the lack of bass boost. The audio is very pleasant even without the bass boost option. The price is very good when compared to other brands, but I was able to get these from my local Best Buy store for $32, about $20 cheaper than what is advertised online at the time of this posting and they wasn't open box or refurbished. I originally bought these for when I work out. I didn't want to use my 950's because of sweat mainly, but also wasn't sure if they would stay on my head during vigorous exercise. Unfortunately these earbuds disappointed in that respect. They would constantly fall out during any kind of heavy movement exercise and I found that even simply standing still and turning my head caused them more often than not to move around in my ear into less suitable positions. Also there are no different size buds like many other brands have. Overall I am pleased with the purchase because I now just simply use them as traveling earbuds rather than workout earbuds. I wouldn't recommend them for working out, but if you are looking for some earbuds for when you are stationary then these are very good value if you can get them close to the price I got them at. I would say that $50 is a bit much for what is on offer. I would check your local Best Buy for mark downs. Another thing to keep in mind is that some Best Buy stores do price matching if you find cheaper elsewhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not too bad...

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    OVERLORED
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    Don't expect these to blow you away. They are definitely over priced for what they deliver and should be priced quite a bit lower. The construct is decent. I like the earbud angles, but the earpieces are really uncomfortable after a while. The edges sort of dig in to your skin and gets uncomfortable. The cords and such feel sturdy which is a pleasant surprise. The mic works well too. They definitely do not deliver a thunderous or impressive low-end. There are other earbuds out there that do significantly better on that front and some are even priced less. So you can find better options for that. The sound quality is a touch above mediocre, but they're not meant to win audio awards either. All in all, decent and solid commuter earbuds. Just don't expect to comfortably wear them for long stints and don't expect to experience revolutionary sound quality either. Price it lower and I would give more praise and recommend it relative to the sound quality and comfort. At this price though, you can do better with other products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good value

    Posted
    Donchaknow
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    I have had several pairs of these (misplaced not defective) and have been very happy with the products. I bought them when they first came out and they were typically $30-40 more expensive than now (05.21.2019), improving the value equasion. Accurate sound, weighted to bass. They may loose a little upper end transparency but you can work with your device's EQ to dial up what you like. I use prepaid android phones for my MP3 player opposed to the lemming devices. Much better value, all of the capabilities, ecosystem freedom, plus you get Wifi and the full contingent of android apps. So with those devices and quality player apps you have all of the frequency attenuation you require.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    These are WAY better then expected!

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    Ethogibs
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    Okay... I saw online that these were really good earbuds, but nowhere did I find a comparison with the apple Earpods vs Sony extra bass earbuds... I took a risk and went with it and I'm not disappointed. I'll give you the differences... EarPods: Fits in ear comfortably Headset works fine Doesn't have an L shaped plug You can hear surroundings better Sony extra bass: WAY better sound Mic is good! Overall comfortable Bass is clearer along with trebles More natural sound L shaped plug so less damage should occur Can't hear surroundings as well In conclusion... the Sony earbuds in my opinion are better then the EarPods from apple. I highly recommend them!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best bass on a in-ear headphone.

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    Insomniak1
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    The Sony MDRXB50AP/B are definitely a very excellent choice if what you are looking for is strong, clear bass. It does overwhelm the mids a bit but the highs are still very present. I do like them, especially when listening to pop and movies on the go. They give pretty good passive noise reduction for when you are commuting (I use the subway and they work great). The headphones themselves are a bit heavy and awkward but you will get adjusted rather fast. I would not recommend them for running or active exercising though as they fall off quite easily and I personally don't like the "echo" effect of most in-ear tips and like to hear my surroundings. For that I use open-air headsets. But again, my enjoyment of movies, mobile videogames and certain music while using these headphones more than makes up for these shortcomings. Highly recommend it, especially for bass heads.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound similar to more expensive brands.

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    salsa16
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good headphones for the price

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    jimhop
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    I’ve been using this headphone set for about 1 month now. Good sound and microphone quality. Works great with phone, laptop apps and other devices. If you like emphases on base and middle range sounds, while listening to music, this is what you need. For those who likes higher pitch sound, this might not be the best option. For phone conversations or communication apps like Skype, it is an excellent choice. I’ve found that it is good isolating ambient noise and sitting comfortable in my ears. I am not sure if this is a negative, but they are a little bulky for ear phone but might be this is what’s needed to provide good lower base sound. It was a good purchase, I am enjoying it daily and would recommend to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for trips. Well made. Serves its purpose

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    redjet
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    Bought these for my wife to use on trips. I used them myself for this review. Sound quality is good. Construction quality is good. Phones have good weight to them. They work well to quiet noise around you even though they're not designed to be noise canceling specifically. The cups on the phones fit very comfortably in my ears, and there are 3 other cup sizes to choose from included in the purchase. Also, a nice, small, carry bag with tie straps is included to store the phones. My wife's comment, "Wow, these sound better that just listening to the ipad speakers." Then she proceeded to use them over the next hour or so calling up various types of music on the internet. That is probably the best recommendation for them that I can mention.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound/bass

    Posted
    Eric
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    On my 2nd pair in a year. 1st pair I just replaced had initially lost ability to talk through during calls. Music still played well. So new pair I also paid for the Best Buy insurance/replacement option. Will be worth the cost of insurance. These sound extremely good playing music or during calls. Music's bass isn't overpowered by any means but drums and bass are above average for earbuds. Price has dropped 25% since my 1st buds purchase so now they really are worth the asking price. And BB has best price on these Sony Xtra bass in ear buds. Comes with a little felt carry pouch which is a soft type, not hard case so don't jam in your pocket or will break.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Sound

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    M2FLEMING
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    After reading several reviews and watching some YouTube videos I decided to purchase these headphones. The bass is awesome and the highs are crisp. They are not noise canceling but they have a good fit that blocks out a lot of background noise. They sound comparable or better than some premium earbuds. After using them for a couple of weeks I thought that I misplaced them. So I watch some more reviews of headphones under $50 and these were still among the top. I was going to buy another pair because I like them that much, luckily I found my earbuds and didn't have to purchase another pair. The downside to these headphones is that they do not have a volume control button and they are a bit heavy on the ears after using them for hours.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound!

    Posted
    UserX
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    I've had a number of different headphone brands in the past, including Klipsch, Sennheiser, Phillips and Sony, so when looking for a new pair, I do a lot of research. For the price, you can't beat these. I wanted something with a full tonal range, but with a mic/control button, and I definitely did not want an asymmetrical cord. These fit the bill, and with so many positive reviews, I gave them a try, and I don't regret it. Sony, to me, has always had good sound - I'm definitely not an audiophile/music snob - and that continues here. The sound is full and clear, and the controls are easy to use. Personally I prefer the standard black color, but for those who don't, they come in red and blue as well. I've never regretted choosing Sony.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi UserX, That's the kind of experience that we wanted to hear. Good to know that you like the sound quality and you are having a great time with the headphones. - Jerome Sonystyle

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice

    Posted
    Childs5js
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    I had a set of skull candy headphones, same price range, before these but lost them. And I really liked them. But I like to try new things. So I looked around. The "extra bass"appealed to me right off the bat. Looked around some more and then bought them. When taking them out of the box I was immediately disappointed to find out it didn't have a volume control on the headphones. Would have been five stars otherwise. Sound is fantastic. "Extra bass" was no joke. I love bass. Didn't know little earplugs could have soo much. And pleased to see, or should say feel, that they were more comfortable than the skull candies. I have small ear channels the would start to hurt after awhile, but not anymore. Guess I can live with using the volume on the phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sounds awesome but no volume control

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    TW74
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    Noticed this on a lot of Sony's earbuds that the mic is there but the volume buttons are now missing.. I have many sony products from the past and they have the up and down button for the volume.. This unfortunately does not (Not a ding on Best buy, but more so on Sony for taking a step back on this) Overall though the Sound is Fantastic. If you like the deeper bass sounds these are the ones to get. Would have been nice to be able to adjust the volume with the control on the headset cord. It has a mic and a single push button for stoping or starting sounds or siri (For you iPhoners out there) but no volume buttons so Dinging it a star for that, but if it was based on sound alone i wouldn't ding them at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Some good earbuds for the price

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    Sony
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    I purchased these because I lost my Apple EarPods. When I first put them in, they felt weird in my ears. I was able to fix that and get a good fit with one of the other size cushions they sent. The sound was really good in my opinion. I am not an audiophile so I can't get into crazy detail, but I think for the average Joe, these will be great. Unfortunately, I had to return them because even though they were comfortably sitting in my ears, no matter what I did, I could not keep them from falling out. That is my reason for giving them 4 instead of 5 stars. I would honestly recommend these to friends and family if they were looking for some budget headphones that still had some quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice sound

    Posted
    Robb
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    I bought these headphones due to my other ear buds that came with my previous two phones were lost to a fire. I settled on these when they were on sale for $30, which is a nice price drop from the usual $50 price tag. These earbuds have great sound, and work well at cancelling noise around me at work. My only complaints are that there is no volume control on the button/microphone attached to the cord, and that this button is located on the left side. When using the earbuds as a headset for phone calls, wearing both earbuds cancels out noise around you. For myself, I use my right ear to listen to phone calls, but since the mic is on the left cord, I have to use the left one. Not comfortable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good headphones. They work as expected.

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    tas1989
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    I didn't read product reviews online, because at the time, I was in the Tucker,GA Best Buy store. The headphones were $29.99, but it was worth the money because sound comes from the speakers, and the in-line microphone successfully worked when I was talking to somebody on my smartphone. I would recommend this product to people who want to listen to music or audio, or make phone calls to people that don't want other headphones to stop working because the batteries die. I would also recommend this product, only to people that are okay with spending a good amount of money on these headphones that work without any technical issues.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent quality, but there are better options.

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    Electrocality
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    As advertised, these earbuds have abundant low end, but they lack balance across all frequencies. The highs are a little muted and the mids feel slightly saturated. Bottom line, they aren't obnoxious but they also aren't worth spending top money. If they show up on sale for $19 or $25, they're worth it. If they're full retail, save you're money for something with a little more clarity. By the way, the flat cord is a a nice touch. Feels more sturdy. Also, I swapped the standard silicone cushions for a pair of memory foam and the noise isolation improved dramatically.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice sound, good features.

    Posted
    MattMann
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    I bought these earbuds after many other purchases of cheaper models. I finally bought a higher end model and found that it was worth the money. The sound is great and the noise canceling works well. I mow grass all summer long and can hear the music without turning the volume up to a dangerous level. I never had earbuds with a mic, and found it was much easier to use it than to try to dig my phone out of my pocket it time to answer it. I gave it a four rating simple because I feel the cord it too stiff. If there is a lot of motion with the cords, it can pull the earbuds out of my ears. Not something to worry about, but was noticeable when wearing them often while doing activities.

    I would recommend this to a friend