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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Connection

    Posted
    Rick
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    I wanted a set of bluetooth headphones to use when running, because I see other people listenning to headphones when running, so I feel I should be doing the same thing. Being a lazy and socially avoidant I went to Amazon and ordered some headphones with the most reviews and most stars because more stars and more reviews is more better. Well the headphones arrived and I was able to use them with my phone but there was a problem: it kept dropping connection. I get an incomming call: dropped conection. I get a text message: dropped connection. Some guy with a potent bluetooth device walks by: dropped connection. I turn my head to the right: the connection stutters. After a couple of days of this I get fed up and order a more expensive set from Amazon, because more money is more better. Well the short story is the same thing happened and all I learned in life was to not to believe Amazon reviewers becuase they are either a bunch of cretins or clandestine advertizers. Not wanting to try the online thing again I go the local Best Buy to look for a set of Sony headphones. You see I got a large pair of Sony over-the-ear bluetooth headphones for Christmas and they have a solid connection but you can't run with them without looking like a complete tool and also sustain a neck injury carrying that weight on your head. So having good luck with Sony I figure if they made a set of running headphones they would would also work since the Japanese make good stuff. After finding my way to the headphone section of Best Buy I come across entire shelves of bluetooth ear buds. This must be a popular market and it looks pretty fast-moving so this review will probably only be relevant for a couple of months. Anyhow to my surprise I find there are two different Sony bluetooth earbuds available: a more expensive pair with an athletic guy on the cover and a less expensive pair with an attrative young woman on the cover. I got the cheaper pair because I'm frugal. I included a picture of the cover in this review to prove that I am telling the truth: not that I bought the product but that the woman on the cover is indeed attractive. She also looks like she could be one of the many runners I pass by so I related to the box. When I got home I realized however that maybe I should have went with the other box. Being a male maybe I was supposed to get the one with the dude on the cover because the ones I got were for females only. Well fear not males out there as I can attest to you that the earbuds fit perfectly fine in male earholes. For some reason the right bud felt like it wanted to come out but it never did and it was best to just ignore the sensation. I was worried these things would fall out when bouncing up and down as I ran because they were about the size of Uhura's ear-prop from the original Star Trek, but after taking them out on a 2-hour run I can say they stayed latched to my ear canal just fine. And yes that "2-hour" comment was a plug on my running prowess although when you think about it running is a "sport" which only requires that you can put one foot in front of the other. And how was the connection? Well not once did it lose connection and I got 2 straight hours learning both Scottish and Spanish listenning to Coffee Break Spanish from my phone. So if you are looking for something with a good connection and are looking for a review that comments about the connection then look no further as these earbuds have good connection. I'm trying to game the review search indexer if someone searches for "connection" by the way. Connection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice set of headphones to eliminate cords for good

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    Nate34
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to Use, Great Sound

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    Chinna
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    Let me start by saying that I've used a lot of headphones over the past couple of years for travel, quiet listening, and most importantly while exercising. A couple of headphones that I've used in the past include: 1. Sennheiser PX-100 II (Used to be my go-to headphones during travel due to their portability) 2. Sennheiser OCX 685i Sports in-ear headphones (Used to be the headphones I use during workouts) 3. Audio Technica ATH-M50x (Brilliant reference headphones for quiet listening sessions) 4. SOL Republic Tracks (The best bass heavy pair of headphones I owned that just made me enjoy music by giving an in-the-club feeling) 5. Sony MDR-AS800AP Active Sports headphones (I tried these based on the Wirecutter review and can surely say that they replaced the Sennheiser OCX 685i as my go-to sports and workout headphones) The Sony MDR-AS800AP became my favorite pair overall because they were in-ear, easy to carry, had the most amazing sound profile with good bass, slightly recessed mids, and good treble - essentially a slight V sound profile that I like and helps me keep pumping during workouts. Unfortunately, my brother took those from me which is when my search for the next best pair started. I wanted to try various bluetooth headphones but didn't want another piece of hardware to charge regularly on top of my phone, smartwatch, tablet, Surface etc. However, based on my need and after reading many reviews I finally bit the bullet and tried the JayBird X2 Sport Wireless Headphones and the JLab Audio Epic 2 Wireless headphones. I was hugely disappointed by both of them, coming from the Sonys. The JayBird X2's had a very sharp V sound profile and were not loud enough with no mid-bass at all that balanced the sound out. On the other hand, the JLab Epic 2 had a decent sound profile but was marred by the continuous disconnection and skipping of tracks even when my phone (Samsung Galaxy S7) was in my pocket. I felt as if the jump to bluetooth headphones wasn't warranted right now. I checked on the Sony website and found that they had released 3 new pairs of bluetooth headphones: MDR-XB50BS, MDR-XB80BS, and the MDR-XB70BT. I might be the probable first customer on Amazon to have ordered these headphones and had high hopes for them based on my previous experience with Sony Sport headphones. And boy - did they deliver! These bluetooth headphones are fantastic, to say the least. Their sound profile is similar (and maybe a tad better) than the MDR-AS800AP. The extra bass feature is actually there and delivers oodles of oomph, maybe even more so than the AS800AP. It's definitely a V sound profile but I listened to a few vocal tracks and found nothing to complain of. The treble and bass shine while not sacrificing the mids at all. These are definitely going to help me go that extra length during my workouts. Also, I tested the connectivity on these and it's nowhere like the JLab Epic 2's. I roamed about in my apartment and there was no skipping or stuttering of music. Voice calls were clear and loud too with the person on the other side not finding anything to complain about the quality of my voice. The headphones come with 4 pairs of earbuds and 3 arc supporters to help find the perfect fit and unlike the behind-the-ear type of sport headphones (which tend to dislodge the earbud from the ear canal and therefore have to be readjusted every few minutes), stay put even while running, jumping rope, doing push-ups, or bench presses. They are comfortable and I wore them for 3-4 hours straight without any discomfort. I would be conducting some battery run-time tests soon but for now, I must say - Sony has once again blown me over with this product. It sounds wonderful, is comfortable, fits well in the ear, has amazing clarity for voice calls, has a good bluetooth connectivity range and has totally changed my outlook on good wireless, sport headphones. I would recommend them whole-heartedly to anyone who is looking for a great pair of wireless sport headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good bass, but lacking in the highs

    Posted
    lambda100
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Headset - Mic May Need Initializing

    Posted
    Showmestate

    I purchased these from Best Buy. Initially I bought BEATS for much more $$$ because I purchased these from Best Buy. Initially I bought BEATS for much more $$$ because my daughter said they were very good. I am a big BASS lover. Although, the Beats over the ear are great, their in ear headset pales with bass compared to the Sony Extra Base in ear headset. I was totally surprised. My daughter likes more treble less bass. So the Beats in ear headset worked for her. The Sony headset worked fine until I received a call. The person on the other line could barely hear me. My hubby has the Sony headset and didn’t have this issue. He paired mine to his Android (I have an IPhone). He called on the home phone using his and my headsets. I could hear him perfectly on his but it sound like he was in a hole using mine. I initialized and reset my headset to no avail. So, I took the headset back for a replacement without issue. Tried the replacement with the same results. My hubby asked did I charge them first. No, I didn’t. There was no red light so I didn’t think I had to. SOLUTION 1) Charged the headset for the 2hr and 30 min timeframe 2) Reset (connected to a powered on laptop, pressed the power and ‘-‘ button together) 3) Re-initialized (disconnected from the laptop, turned the headset off, held down the power and ‘-‘ button together for 7 seconds when the indicator flashed 4 times) The microphone worked fine after that. I called the person who said they couldn’t hear me. They could hear without issue. That was probably the issue with the other one as well as some others who’ve experienced this issue. I hope the solution above will help others. RECOMMENDATIONS 1) It should come with a case especially for the price. My hubby got his for $39.99 last year. I paid $78.00 and that was with a price match of only $1.99. 2) it would be nice if the cord was a little longer and adjustable. 3) The mic should be placed on the cord vs on the ear bud. For people who have big cheeks don’t cover up the mic thus possibly muffling the sound. I nor my hubby have big cheeks so it works fine for us. I am enjoying these headsets and they are noise cancelling. I can’t hear anything in the room when using these. I love them so much,I’m letting everyone know about my experience. Also, I saw from other reviews on different websites that the button may fall off (the same happened to my hubby last year). Because of this, I bought the 2 yr replacement warranty. My hubby did too and he received a replacement with no hassle and hasn’t had an issue since.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Undefeated.

    Posted
    Victreebong
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    I've had eight sets of headphones since I got my first iPod Touch in '09, and two of those have now been Bluetooth. These XB50BS phones are all you'll need for gym, Starbucks, running, work, anything, and here's why. The standard is the latest Bluetooth 4.1 w/ 12mm drivers and 4 - 24,000 Hz range. That's immense. The bass is the strongest I've heard on any Bluetooth device and are even lower than some corded sets. They're comparable to the newer Apple headphones for lows, so they definitely have that extra baseline. I can still hear trebles and highs, so the range isn't skewed to the low end. Granted, it's Bluetooth so when you have them paired and not listening to something, you're going to hear a little feedback from the receiver picking up the signal. When these get paired, turned on, or in sync mode, a female voice will call over telling you what stage you're in. These is convenient as my last Sony set only made beeps at different lengths. I don't believe there's a language feature for this, so it defaults as English. The buttons are on the right side's posterior edge. There's 3 buttons; one is for power/pause/pairing/call receiving. The two other buttons are for track skipping and volume control. Holding down the button for 2 seconds allows you to skip a track, pushing it repeatedly (or once) changes the volume. Obviously these are <- and ->. This is pretty standard, but I did notice I cannot "scrub" a track, i.e. fast forward/rewind during playback. The sides are soft vinyl, and the charging port is also located on the right side. The ear pieces are becoming even more complex these days. You have SS, S, M, L for silicone nipples, and this set also has two different silicone inserts for pseudo intra-aural stability. They take some used to placing in the ear, but they keep the buds from spinning. This set is the most noninvasive I've had seeing as it's a chord and two earpieces that are relatively innocuous. So you won't have to worry about "popping" the buds out of your ears with the chord inadvertently. Also, because they're silicone buds, ambient sounds go waaaaaay down. I can listen to them in crowded rooms as they phase out a ton of side conversations, even on lower volumes. I haven't tested for battery life or water resilience, but it's raining right now and they're doing fine. You can't douse them in the pool. Battery life is rated for 8.5 hours, but I never listen to music for that length of time. This set does not come with a nice little polyester pouch to carry them in, and the micro USB charging cable is two feet long. You need your own comp. or USB wall plug to charge them. Sony has so many headphones in circulation that they're trimming the fat on accessories. I earnestly recommend this set right now. Not only are they an improvement on later models, they're just about everything you'd look for in a convenient package. Great audio, easy interface, physical stability, innocuous, relatively rugged, and of course affordable. Pairing with my Gen V iPod Touch took six seconds. Highly, highly recommended. Note: I've had these for a month now an I feel nearly the same about them. One note, the chord does catch on the collar of polos and jackets. Also, when switching between paired devices, you usually have to switch manually. It's not a full on re-sync, but it doesn't auto-connect like they would if you just turned them off and back on. Otherwise, excellent quality and worth every cent, but I managed to get mine for 20 bones after sale price, post holiday bump, and BB points!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sound quality was quite impressive

    Posted
    nickcal
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    I love wireless headphones. I like to be able to walk around the house and listen to music or even audio from a streaming video and not have to worry about a dangling cord that catches on everything. In the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of testing out many different styles of wireless headphones and wireless ‘sport’ headphones are the most challenging for me to like. They usually don’t fit me very well - even with the different sizes of ear gels - and they constantly fall out of my ear. Because I can’t find a ‘good fit’, I don’t get a good sound. So I tend to shy away from the ‘sport’ style wireless headphones. When I got the Sony Wireless Stereo Headset MDR-XB50BS with Extra Bass, I was hoping that these issues might be alleviated. At first glance, I was surprised at how large the main earpiece is. On the right ear, you will find a power/multipurpose button along with the volume control. You also charge the headphones from this side from the Micro USB port that is hidden on the underside. The headphones do come with a variety of ear gels and ear wings to help with the ‘fit’. So, one of the first things I did was swap out the gel and wing for a smaller size. The one that came pre-installed was just a bit too large for me. The switch did seem to help quite a bit, but because I’m not very used to in-ear headphones, it took me a little while to get used to them. The headphones comes with a full set of instructions along with a visual quick start guide. The first step is to pair the headset to your phone or other Bluetooth enabled device. I connected it to my iPhone 7 and then turned on some music. The multipurpose button works well for playing and pausing music and the volume trigger also works as an advance track button if you press/hold it for a couple of seconds. I have to say that once I got used to the ‘feel’ of them, the sound quality was quite impressive. A lot of headphone users end up complaining that in-ear headphones like this don’t have the best bass quality, but these Sony headphones have an above average bass volume. I tested this out by turning on a Hip-Hop mix station on Pandora Radio and listening to a few tracks. There is a nice bounce to the music without making your ears rattle. It’s a very nice balance between treble and bass. Overall, I liked these headphones. I am still not sure that these headphones are for me as they were never really ‘comfortable’, but I think the sound quality is much better than other wireless sport headphones. I did find that the ear gels can pop off quite easily. At one point I took the headphone out of my ears and one of the ear gels came off the earpiece. They are good headphones, but I think they will work best for someone that already likes sport headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great fit, good sound, poor build quality

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    sandman01
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Wireless Headphones

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    grimmace
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    Overall, a good set of in-ear headphones. I had not use this style of in ear placement before. They were easy to insert and fit in the ear. The in-ear piece made a good seal, and blocked out a lot of ambient noise like a wired in ear set I have. They are lightweight and don't feel heavy when in place. Setup is pretty easy. All of the functions and connections on the on the right ear bud. There is a small door to open for recharging. Battery life has been as advertised so far. I tired both Near Field and regular Bluetooth pairing. Both connection types worked fine from smartphones to computers. The volume and power switch are easy to locate and get used too. In the winter with gloves on I don't know if using the buttons will be easy. One feature that helped several times was the voice assist. It gives just enough clues to let you know what is going on through short messages. Sound. Overall, good for a wireless device. When connected to my computer or a newer smartphone they sound great. The Bass was present as the model indicates. Mids seems a little muddled. The bass made more of a presence than my wired in ear headphones. But, the sound wasn't leaps and bounds better. You can only do so much with small drivers. I did try them with an older iTouch (3nd gen) and the sounds was not as good, everything was flat with the same songs and settings. But, everything newer (S7, tablet, and computer) sounded great. I used with a leaf blower and lawn mower and the good fit blocks a lot of the outside noise. The volume control can control the loudness on the headphones themselves, or the volume on the transmitting device depending on the device abilities. Overall, the set is lightweight and after 2 hours still felt good. They never popped out. The headphone connecting wire lays behind your neck, and you never feel it. Works great if you have to pop one out to talk to someone. I tried using them for some phone calls, and although the reception was fine, the microphone was weak. In my ear, it picked up nothing. I had to hold the earplug in front of my mouth for it work. They seem good for the price offered. I wouldn't treat them to rough though, just plastic. They are supposed to be water resistant too. I moved around a lot wearing them and they stayed in place. So, for me, good for music and listening, I won't be making phone calls with them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I'm all about that bass

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    Randy
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best on the market overall.

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    Morganical
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    I've had eight sets of headphones since I got my first iPod Touch in '09, and two of those have now been Bluetooth. These XB50BS phones are all you'll need for gym, Starbucks, running, work, anything, and here's why. The standard is the latest Bluetooth 4.1 w/ 12mm drivers and 4 - 24,000 Hz range. That's immense. The bass is the strongest I've heard on any Bluetooth device and are even lower than some corded sets. They're comparable to the newer Apple headphones for lows, so they definitely have that extra baseline. I can still hear trebles and highs, so the range isn't skewed to the low end. Granted, it's Bluetooth so when you have them paired and not listening to something, you're going to hear a little feedback from the receiver picking up the signal. When these get paired, turned on, or in sync mode, a female voice will call over telling you what stage you're in. This is convenient as my last Sony set only made beeps at different lengths. I don't believe there's a language feature for this, so it defaults as English. The buttons are on the right side's posterior edge. There's 3 buttons; one is for power/pause/pairing/call receiving. The two other buttons are for track skipping and volume control. Holding down the button for 2 seconds allows you to skip a track, pushing it repeatedly (or once) changes the volume. Obviously these are <- and ->. This is pretty standard, but I did notice I cannot "scrub" a track, i.e. fast forward/rewind during playback. The sides are soft vinyl, and the charging port is also located on the right side. The ear pieces are becoming even more complex these days. You have SS, S, M, L for silicone nipples, and this set also has two different silicone inserts for pseudo intra-aural stability. They take some used to placing in the ear, but they keep the buds from spinning. This set is the most noninvasive I've had seeing as it's a chord and two earpieces that are relatively innocuous. So you won't have to worry about "popping" the buds out of your ears with the chord inadvertently. Also, because they're silicone buds, ambient sounds go waaaaaay down. I can listen to them in crowded rooms as they phase out a ton of side conversations, even on lower volumes. I haven't tested for battery life or water resilience, but it's raining right now and they're doing fine. You can't douse them in the pool. Battery life is rated for 8.5 hours, but I never listen to music for that length of time. This set does not come with a nice little polyester pouch to carry them in, and the micro USB charging cable is two feet long. You need your own comp. or USB wall plug to charge them. Sony has so many headphones in circulation that they're trimming the fat on accessories. I earnestly recommend this set right now. Not only are they an improvement on later models, they're just about everything you'd look for in a convenient package. Great audio, easy interface, physical stability, innocuous, relatively rugged, and of course affordable. Pairing with my Gen V iPod Touch took six seconds. Highly, highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Deep bass that stays in place

    Posted
    cinsteadofak
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    I have owned many pairs of in-ear headsets, and I am pretty impressed by how well these stay in place during vigorous activity. So far Bose and Sony have been the only manufacturers able to make arch supporters which can keep the ear buds secure during workouts. I wish there was a one-size-fits-all with respect to headset comfort/fit, but everyone will have their preferences. Since this headset has NFC (one-touch connection) technology, pairing was a breeze. The voice notification was a nice touch to confirm the connection. I liked how well the arch supporters helped hold the earbud in place and created a seal to improve the bass. However, it seemed as though the strong bass sacrificed the mids and highs. Just like all my other wireless in-ear headsets, I could hear the cord rustling on the back of my neck while playing music at low volumes or between songs. This could be prevented with a wire harness like the Jaybird X2 uses. When I used these to make phone calls, I was told I sounded far away or in a tunnel. Just to be fair, I get the same comment when I use my Jaybird X2. Unlike with the Jaybird X2, I was a little surprised that the sound would drop for a half-second while running, although this happened rarely. Pros Great bass Secure fit and does not fall out during workouts Near-field technology allows easy Bluetooth connections Long battery life (Sony states 8.5 hours - I experienced a little less than 8 hours) Cons No storage case Very little mids and almost no highs Rustling from cord can be heard on low volume Occasional sound drop during workout Can hear wireless "hiss" (just like all wireless headphones I have tried to date) Overall I would recommend the Sony MDR-XB50BS for someone looking to spend less than $90 for a water resistant headset for workouts. I would not recommend these for easy listening or everyday use due to the lack of mids and highs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for workouts and jogging!

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    banjo
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    Used for workouts and walking/jogging several times a week. Good fit with the choice of earbuds, and glad to have those as using headset for workouts needs a little differerent fit than "normal" use with standard headphones - this is also helped by the earpiece to hold the earbud more securely in place. Really don't have any problems with these coming out once they are set up properly. No problems with battery life and recharging is quick and easy using standard USB mini-connector. It's nice to be able to use these more durable "workout" headphones without having to worry about breaking them, and still get those occasional incoming phone calls or messages when working out. I don't get into long phone conversations when exercising, but the short calls so far have good sound quality and the other end of the call says "sounds OK" to them as well. The sound quality is good, and definitely tilted towards the bass - which is OK for their intended use during workouts and other physical activity. Would use something else for "all day" casual listening to get away from the bass beats, but that's not what these are for. Sport headphones like these sound a little different anyway as they let in some outside noise, but that seems to be by design and actually is desireable when active and I need to hear a little bit of what is going on around when the aerobic coach is calling out the moves. For the price range, these seem to be a good choice, offering durability and good battery life with a good "bass boost" sound system to help keep the feet and body moving during workouts and activities. Only feature that would be nice, but is not included, would be built-in equalizer to maybe cut back on the bass during longer sessions, but that can be done (if needed) on the phone and really is not that big a deal. Overall it is nice to have a set of these "exercise" headphones separate from my "walking around" headphones to get the best of both types.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Sound - Balanced But Not Extra Bass

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    VADarkstar
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    Most bluetooth stereo earpieces I see have earbuds attached to a bulky and annoying unit that rests around the neck. For these Sony earpieces, the business end is an extension of the earbud itself - and though it looks a little bulky it is extremely light. They sound very nice - with crisp highs and balanced (though not booming) bass. The set comes with various sizes of ear clips and rubber earbud covers and it’s worth noting that you need use the right size earbud cover for your ears - if the units fit loosely in your ears then you will lose a lot of the bass response from the headset. The cord is long enough to traverse the back of your head but not so long that it droops - I don’t foresee it getting in my way or snagging in anything I’m around. And the cord is strong and not stretchy - it will still be the weakest point of this entire unit but it’s built for some abuse. The power and volume controls are small because the ear units are small - but even with medium-large hands I have no problem navigating the buttons. The bluetooth connection works well with my phone - and with other devices the signal is sufficiently strong that I can walk around the house without any interruptions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sound is good, mic is terrible

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    I tried this offering from Sony in the wireless headphone war. First off let me say that wires have never actually bothered me, but if the best quality headphones are wireless then that's what I'd want to use. These headphones are very comfortable for me (though I believe this is a matter of preference as most in ear headphones go)--the default attachments fit me perfectly so I was able to use those without switching ear pieces. Charging was easy and fairly quick, as was the set up. The bluetooth on my phone found them fast, and I was able to play music in no time. The multipurpose button actually worked with every music app I tried--though it's not the easiest to use when working out. I still found myself using the controls on my phone more often when necessary. Music sounds fantastic through them--some of the best quality I've heard. The bass is low and deep, the higher sounds are crisp and clear. This is THE reason to get these headphones. They sound much more expensive than they are. For the bad (and the reason for the lower score)--they are almost useless when trying to answer a call. The microphone is poorly placed and I had very little luck getting anyone to understand me on the calls I tried or tried to answer. I switched over to the phone everytime. I would NOT recommend these to anyone looking for a headphone/mic combo for their phone. If you're looking for great sounding wireless bluetooth headphones for working out at a cost that won't break you then these do the trick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Excellent Value

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    ferrari
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    As an audiophile with high end vinyl equipment, I tend to look at low & mid priced audio equipment with a good dose of skepticism. However, I believe Sony has hit a sweet spot here. I don't believe you'll find much better audio quality in an ear bud style at this price point. The extra bass (XB) is not just a marketing blurb. The bass on this is crisp, clean, and does not come at the cost of drowning out the midrange. If you're looking at these, there's a good chance you'll be using these for sports/fitness. I'm no heavy duty gymnast, but using these on walks about town and light activities, I had no problem with them. The fit was excellent and comfortable. As these are not noise cancelling, expect a certain amount of intrusion, but that's kind of a good thing if you're out running, no? Phone answering and mike quality was excellent - which made me think - at the price of a good quality bluetooth earpiece, you're getting a set of quality wireless stereo headphones - what are those earpiece makers thinking? Mind you, I recently tired a set of the new Bose Soundsport noise cancelling headphones. The sound, build quality, and overall feel are in a different league. But they're 4X the price of these! So my rating of 5 stars for this set takes the pricing into account - you're getting a good amount of tech at a bargain price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good $40 Wireless Earphone Alternative

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    shishkish
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    I've enjoyed using these wireless headphones since Thanksgiving week. I had to get use to them at first, then I started to appreciate the value of this pair. I paid $40 for them, but I would not pay the full price of $80. They are consistent with the bass feature, but the reviewer that pointed out the highs are missing a little is correct. I tested the battery life, and I ran these headphones for about 7 hours each time. I've never gotten that much battery life out of any standalone headphones. My only drawback is the use of the mic. I have to take off the right ear to reasonable use the mic properly or the other person on the other end cannot really hear me. Once you take the right ear off to use as a mic, your conversation is only in mono. Even though the two minor issues I reported are annoying, they are not a deal breaker for $40. I still enjoy the sound quality, the ease of use, the fast connectivity to a cell phone, and the amazing battery life. They deserve 5 stars for a $40 purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I love Sony...but this one is a miss

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    I was looking for a “budget” wireless headset as a back up to my AirPods, mainly because my AirPods are not loud enough and the left one keeps sliding out of my ear when I work out... I have always trusted Sony and this pair fit my main criteria: 1- Affordable 2- Rubber inserts 3- Wireless 4- Trusted Brand (quality sound) The only thing I love about this headphones is the volume...they get pretty loud, much louder than the AirPods. The rest are all cons...the main issue being that the receivers and batteries are on the earpiece itself and after about 20 minutes of use, you start to feel the weight on the cartilage inside your ear...and the pain becomes more and more annoying until you just want to jerk the headphones out. Other headphones like Jaybird have the battery control on the cable that joins the headset, and they also include a clip so you can easily attach the cable to your collar and not worry about the set falling or pulling on your ear if you only have one earpiece in. Lastly, the sound quality is “ok” but when compared to the AirPods if the AirPods are a 10 this pair is a 6...the bass is ok but it feels distorted and the highs are not crispy at all. Save some money and buy something better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for 1 or 2 specific purposes

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    chadthepianist
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    These headphones are easy on the wallet and don't sound terrible. They stay connected to my phone and stay in my ear. My love for them stops there really. Cons include: Most disappointing is the drowning out of treble on a larger proportion of songs then I'd like. This makes that extra bass a feature that's awesome (say for the gym) or a curse (say studying at home with classical music). These will make Beethoven sound like he wrote bass drops into his score. I really enjoy it for working out, but find the heavy and muddy bass a huge annoyance in most other listening situations. Because of this, I would recommend these only if you are looking for a good pair of workout headphones. Also, they are somewhat uncomfortable fit in your ear. Other reviewers have said similar and I agree. They seemed forced in ear and I have tried all the style plugs. Lastly, the call quality is not impressive at all. You have to talk loud and it's hit or miss. prepare for people to say "I can't hear you well" when you take calls on these at some point. These three downsides are kind of sad. They could have been a great pair of budget headphones, but they are only okay. For what they are designed for, they're are perfect. Get these only if you are needing a reliable pair of buds that will pump you up on your workouts.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Like So Much, Bought 2nd Set!!

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    Dredd
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    Had these for little over a month so far. Love em!!! Coming from a set a backbeat 2s, these are several steps above!! I use these for workingout (weight lifting and cardio). They fit perfectly in the ears. Do not fall out!! Backbeats were constantly falling out. The buds seal nicely in ear canal! For wireless earbuds, the bass is phenomenal! Battery life is as advertised for mine. My workouts last 1-1.5 hours, five days a week. I charge them after about 6-7 days. My only complaint is that when the earbuds on in, the wire that connects them is constantly gathering to one side or the other. This is just annoying, as it does not pull the buds out, just feel it tighten when I turn my head and I have to reach back and fix the wire. I read several reviews about the power button coming off. I have not had this problem. Button seems to be well made. I do keep mine in a hard case when not in use tho. Not just thrown in a gym bag. I caught the first set I purchased on sale on bestbuy for $39. DEFINITELY worth that price!!!! But after my wife saw them, she wanted a set, but had to pay regular price this time, at $59. Still worth every penny!! Still considerably less expensive than most wireless earbuds. The former Plantronics I had lasted Several Years (7+!). Can only hope the Sonys out do them!!! So far so good in quality and sound!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend