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Sony - XB650BT Over-the-Ear Wireless Headphones - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 1911 reviews

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Loved the headphones, but broke 4 months later...

    Posted
    theSean712

    I received these headphones as a birthday present back in July of this year. The headphones are great, and I've always trusted Sony with my money when it comes to buying anything audio-related. All of my CD players, headphones, even a minidisc player back in the day were all Sony because I love the brand. These were my first pair of Bluetooth headphones, and I love(d) them. The extra bass sounds great. Aside from a few bluetooth connections issues I had no problems with the headphones. That is, until tonight. I noticed that on the right side of the headphones, there is a significant crack in the plastic. I had read a review of another model of Sony bluetooth headphones similar to these (I think they were the 950BT headphones) where the customer complained about the cheap plastic in the same spot breaking on their headphones. I dismissed it thinking that it must be a fluke or that this person must have manhandled their headphones. Not anymore. My headphones are used daily...while I'm sitting at my computer listening to music or watching YouTube videos so that I don't disturb anyone else with the volume from my computer speakers. Nowhere else are they used. They have never left this house since getting them back in July, and they aren't abused or thrown around. I like to take care of my electronics. Needless to say, I am very disappointed. Since these were a gift, I do not have the receipt, and an extended warranty was not purchased. I believe that the headphones are only covered by a 30 day warranty, which is obviously up since it's now November. As an added punch to the gut, these headphones were $130 when purchased for me at Best Buy back in July, and they're now sitting here listed at $80. Only giving this two stars instead of one because other than the fact that they only lasted 4 months, they are great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth Connectivity is Great!

    Posted
    k1bfd
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    I purchased this headset to pair with my Macbook Pro. Since my girlfriend and I have dramatically different tastes in TV and movies (my girlfriend watches Chinese language programs), I usually end up watching streamed shows on my Macbook when we are just hanging out. I had been using an older set of noise cancelling headphones (wired) but they went belly up after 5 years. Not having a wire connection is awesome. I was a little leery of what the sound quality with bluetooth would be, but found it to be perfect. The only negative is that the headphones don't take batteries, and charge via USB. That in and of itself is not an issue. However, you can not use the headset while it is charging. Certainly not a major issue since I have gotten over 10 hours on a full charge, but if I forget to charge it beforehand, and they run out in the middle of a show, I have to wait while they are recharging. All in all, great headset, super simple pairing, and a super price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solidly good for the $ not mind blowing. 3.5 stars

    Posted
    Immostlyharmless
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    Decent set of headphones if you like an enhanced bass audio experience. Pros: Battery life, OMG these things last forever, I use them mostly for gaming on my PC and I can honestly say even gaming a few hours a night I only have to charge them up once every 6 or 7 days. Great for bassy music and games as long as you don't mind non accurate reproduction. Decently clear but not pristine. Decent range. I can get about 25 feet away from my PC before sound starts to break up. (Though that might be a matter of my BT adapter too.) A price that doesn't absolutely kill the wallet. Comfortable for short to moderate wearing lengths on a moderate sized head. After a couple of months of almost daily desktop use, they seem to be holding up well. Cons (?): Highs can be a bit tinny and muddled, same for the mids, lows can be a bit boomy. If you're an audiophile looking for accurate music representation, you're going to be disappointed. If you're the average joe looking for a decent set of BT headphones with pretty good sound and an amazing battery life, you'd be hard pressed to find better. A bit snug on my average sized head after a few hours of use. Bit sketched out because of the nameplate, my past with their products has been...checkered, bought the extended warranty just in case.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi Immostlyharmless, we appreciate you taking the time to write us your feedback about the headphone. We'll make sure this reaches a relevant team for future improvements. Best regards, ~Erin sony_US

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best headphones at 1/3 the price of popular trash!

    Posted
    rockstardenied
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    I bought the Jaybird's, Plantronics, and JBL's bluetooth earbuds in the same price range and returned all of them. I didn't think I would want over the ear cans, but I saw them displayed when I was contemplating actually spending a lot more on Bose or Beats. I have always known that Beats are trash, but I was looking for actual bass. I play music for a living and have a good reference of what music should sound like via earphones. And this set of Sony head phones won me over from the first demo song I heard. They sound better than both the Bose and, obviously, the Beats. The bass is actual bass. In fact, I move the ear pad slightly off my ear sometimes in order to let some of the bass out for a slightly cleaner sound. And unlike the other sets I purchased, these have great volume! Perfect for the gym, or practicing my drums. BlueTooth connects instantly. And I have accidentally left my phone on the treadmill or somewhere else in the gym and walked at least 150" before the signal starts crackling. These headphones are great! I returned 3 bluetooth sets in 24 hours before stumbling across these. Buy these now!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really great with a caveat

    Posted
    SouthernSeahawk
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    I got these headphones on sale for Christmas and so my experience with them has been limited. I've used them in two scenarios. Paired with my phone for music and occasionally talking on the phone and also pairing it with my tv. First let me saw the audio is great in all the uses listed above. The phone part works surprisingly well. But the real star is the audio. The sound is crisp and clear and the extra bass makes everything sounds rich and full. The blue tooth pairing works great and I have no issues switching between devices. I also like the volume and plffray controls on the earphones. They are very intuitive and work well. I love the sound with movies as well. You really get the fullness of the action scenes and the bass really kicks in but you never feel like you can't hear the people talking. Voices are crystal clear. Great way to watch tv with the kids and wife asleep. The only negative is that after a while my ears start hurting. Usually it's after an hour or so before I really notice it. I think if I had to do it over again I would get the larger set that goes over the ears instead of the on ear set. Overall though for the price you can't beat these earphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wirelss rocks!

    Posted
    Buster
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    I needed a new pair of headphones on the fly, so I didn't have time to research before purchasing. I didn't see anything that wasn't Bose (awesome but SO out of my price range) or Beats (shockingly over-rated), so I grabbed a blue shirt. He readily admitted that this wasn't his area of expertise, but would be happy to help as much as he could. Turns out he helped quite a bit. I settled on these and found out the blue ones were on sale, so I got a good deal. Pros: They charge quickly. They hold a charge for what seems like forever. The extra bass is great for music. Very easy to pair with devices. Cons: The charging cord is VERY short. They are not noise-canceling. The extra bass is not quite as good for listening to speaking. (I listen to recorded discussions for a living and transcribe them.) The cups are small and sit oddly on my ears. They would be better if they were a little larger. All in all, the next time I need headphones I would probably look for something a little larger in the ear area, but it wouldn't bother me to purchase these again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good for the price!!

    Posted
    JaySony
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    Great set of wireless headphones! They do pack a good bass punch if you want that but most of all, they are very comfortable. The sound doesn't distort when turned all the way up but people need to remember too, the source of your audio plays a big part in the sound as well. The bluetooth pairing is very simple and it will auto connect if you use the NFC. The only draw back is there is NO dedicated headphone jack...which means these are only good for wireless use. Most of the Beats wireless you can connect to a jack and listen when the battery goes dead but those cost significantly more. These do come in a close second behind the Beats. I compared the two with the same audio source and song and I could stand the volume all the way up on the Sony's and the sound was very clear and had great bass tones. If you have the extra dough, go for the 950 model but the 650 are very decent if you can catch them on sale. Oh, and the blue is very stylish!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    That Super Bass

    Posted
    Rockman
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    Put simply, these are the best headphones I've ever had the pleasure of owning. The Bluetooth functionality is well-integrated, and the skipping I've experienced with other brands is so extremely rare with this pair as to be essentially nonexistent. I do lots of yard work at home, and these are perfect for listening to my music while working without having to worry about a cord getting caught on a bush or anything like that. And if you're a lover of a nice, deep bass sound in your music (as I am), these will not disappoint. The right earpiece features easily-accessible volume and track controls, as well. Suffice it to say, Sony has really outdone themselves with these fantastic headphones. There are certainly other 'premium' brands tailored to 'audiophiles' that cost hundreds of dollars more, but I honestly can't imagine how anything could sound better than these. I give them my absolute highest recommendation. And a big 'Thank You' to Best Buy for having them in stock at my local store!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Paired with my Samsung 7000 series television

    Posted
    RogerofOrlando
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought a 43 inch Samsung 7000 series television and I have for years used a connected headphone when my wife was reading or sleeping. This TV does not have a headphone jack and is only Bluetooth. Therefore, I had to buy a Bluetooth headphone. I checked Amazon and Best Buy internet and then went to the Best Buy store. This is Labor Day and got the Sony MDR-XB650BT on sale. Got home and in 10 minutes it was paired with the TV. The sound is GREAT. I got the blue one because I was tired of black. It does not come with a case or bag and the plastic holder in the box looks good so I am using the plastic holder on my TV stand. My only negative thought is that the USB cord is just one or two feet and you may need to get a longer one or you may have one. It uses the standard USB cord so you may have one already. Buy this headset and you will not regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not durable, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!

    Posted
    Manuel

    I've had these headphones for 5 months and just today while I was taking them off the swivel part just cracked, no pressure exerted whatsoever. I just checked some reviews on another webpage and it seems like an extremely common issue with this headphones, also this is not covered by Sony's warranty, it is ridiculous that they do not respond to an obvious quality issue. If I had read those reviews I wouldn't had bought this expensive headphones for only 5 months worth of use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi Manuel,
      We always appreciate customers who take the time to give us their feedback. I’ll pass what you've said onto proper department. Thank you.
      >Joffrey sony_US

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but not as durable as I wanted them to be.

    Posted
    t0talimm0rtalz
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    I like the sound quality. Very impressive even when listening to a live performance of music or if you're watching a film. The battery life is insane. I bought these things weeks ago and haven't even had to recharge them. The box says it lasts 30+ and by golly do I believe it. And then some. Now I have 3 minor complaints. The first is that I had originally purchased them and somehow the plastic pieces that signify left or right ear had both cracked and one broke off completely, even though I had never dropped them or anything. I had to replace them and the second pair is working greatly. Second complaint is that it is a Sony headset and yet for some reason they do not communicate with Sony PS4, so you can't use it as a gaming headset even though you can use it just fine via bluetooth as a headset for smart phone. Third complaint is that for my standards, they just not quite loud enough. But that is personal preference. Most people probably wouldn't mind the volume settings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than expected

    Posted
    jimmyB
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    I was looking for a decent set of bluetooth headphones. I had simple expectations; comfort, great battery life between charges, good range, and most of all, decent sound. I am a audio engineer by profession and have used, listened to, and bought many headphones for personal use and for use in my studios. I would not consider these headphones 'reference grade' but they fulfilled most of my requirements for personal use. These don't get screaming loud, don't have sub lows that are artificial or highs that are brittle. But for listening to tunes or movies at reasonable levels at an affordable cost, these are great! i have a bunch of ear buds that sound good and have good battery life, but become uncomfortable after a short while. The SONY MDR-XB650BT are my favorite bluetooth headphones. For wired, I still go with Sennheiser, or my AKG units, but this review is about my SONYs

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great when they work

    Posted
    happy2bhealthy
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    I purchased the MDR-XBR650BT to wear while watching TV late at night. They charged very quickly. They paired with my Samsung TV without incident. I’m not an audiophile, so the sound is alright with me. I’m only using them with my TV. However, every time I power them on, I must unpair them from the TV and pair them again to get sound, even though it says Bluetooth is connected and the TV confirms pairing and connectivity. This is quite frustrating to have to do each time I power on the headphones. I returned the last set, waited 2 days for the replacements, and I am having the same issues. I now have to return to the store again, 3 times in a week just for headphones. I am very disappointed. I researched headphones for a month and these appeared to be the best in my price range.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi happy2bhealthy, thank you very much for taking the time to share your concerns with us. Sony takes the voice of our customers very seriously and hearing all feedback - good and bad is important to us. We appreciate your feedback. Regards, ^Ron Sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent bluetooth headphones

    Posted
    gocard
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    I tried on a number of headphones, and these fit the perfect balance for me as far as price, performance, and comfort. The comfort on these is pretty high. They have just the right amount of pressure and cushioning on the ear. I also like that the tension is provided by a metal headband, which makes me more confident it won't snap, rendering the headphones useless. They also provide good sound isolation, however, they're not noise cancelling, so you'll still be able to hear some noise around you. The sound quality is quite high. While maybe not the clarity of an audiophile headphone, it provides a good amount of oomph in the bass, which is great for music, and also gives a richer sound to podcasts. I wear these every day at work. Not having a cord prevents me from inadvertently pulling my laptop off my desk if I get up without remembering to take the headphones off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding light weight wireless headset

    Posted
    everette25
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    I recently had to return my beats wireless 2 headsets for the 3rd time and decided to try something new. I used to love sony so tried these light weight wireless head seat on sale. Wow!! I would give it one big flaw and that is it doesn't have a wire aux hookup. I only need it for when my phone is in airplane mode since I travel often. I will just carry my note 5 wired head set that came with my phone. Other then that it sounds amazing, light weight, connects quickly with nfc, and looks like a real listeners head set. Not so pretty as a beats, or samsung, over the ear headset but has character. I even ran on the treadmill doing sprints at #13 and the stayed on my head. I was very impressed!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi everette25,
      Good to know that you are happy with your purchase!
      Thank you for choosing Sony!
      >Joffrey sony_US

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Returned - wouldn't play music on laptop

    Posted
    James
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    My wife bought these for my Christmas present. I wanted to listen to music at work but don't like earbuds because they give me a headache if I wear them. I opened these up and was really excited. I tried them on to check the fit and they were very comfortable initially. I charged them fully and then followed the pairing instructions. A couple of points to note. 1. They get hot when you charge them. 2. There is no headphone cord for these and not socket. 3. I have windows 7, the instructions were easy to follow but none of the screenshots on the windows 7 instructions looked remotely the same as what I saw. I tried over and over to listen to music / videos but they kept disconnecting and reconnecting. The sound came out the speakers and it made the device connected sound over and over. The headphones got really hot... After a while I just gave up and have returned the item.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi, James, Thank you for your input. Sony takes into consideration all good or bad feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products. We will forward your information to the proper department. Regards, Vincent sony_US

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good, bad and ugly

    Posted
    Sisisagi
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    GOOD...sound, quality noise cancellation! BAD...construction, the swivel cracked and then broke! It happened on the first pair I bought after a few months. I thought it was the way I stored them in my bag. So I bought another pair because the sound is so great. The break happened again after two months after being handled very carefully. UGLY...Sony has known about this problem for years!!! With all the money they make in these products you think they would fix this problem. Sony has one less customer!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Home Theatre Headphones

    Posted
    Nick
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    I got these for my dad for Christmas last year, so he can connect them to his TV and watch TV all night without bothering my mom. After a 2min bluetooth connection setup, and showing my dad how to do it himself, he was laying down watching movies until he fell asleep. The headphones are great in the sense of noise-cancellation, as he couldn't ever hear a word I said when I called him for dinner. With regards to sound quality after comparing them to my V-Moda Crossfade 2 wireless headphones, these weren't that far behind my $350 headphones or other headphones in a higher price range. Overall, for a cheaper pair of headphones these are worth the money you spend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent headphones at an affordable price

    Posted
    Demetri
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    I was looking for an affordable pair of wireless over-the-ear headphones to replace my Beats Powerbeats 3 Wireless Earphones to use for my gym workouts. Ordered these in blue at a Best Buy store while on sale and I'm so happy I purchased them. While they're not listed as noise-cancelling, they do a great job at drowning out the surrounding noises and provide great sound. The controls on the headphones are fantastic; can control volume, next/prev, pause/play. The best part is their battery life, have been using them for two weeks so far and haven't charged them since (2-3 times a week at the gym, a round-trip into NYC from CT, and work around the house). Buy these if you're looking for great headphones from a reputable company at a solid price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I love it, great bassy sounds but the ear cushions

    Posted
    cscott0108
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    I managed to get a good deal on these head phones. It had me at the extra base. I bought them and I have been using them almost every day. The battery life on them is amazing. I have had them last for 2 full days with pretty heavy usage without a charge. And the Bass is awesome it hits lows I wouldn't expect from a pair of headphones. My only issue with these headphones are the cushions they use for them is like a faux leather and while it is comfortable, it doesn't let your ears breath and starts to get sticky and wet with long usage. Beyond that one complaint I love these things. I didn't really use the NFC ability with them but it was easy to pair and the metal headband with the faux leather makes it comfortable.

    I would recommend this to a friend