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Sony - XB950N1 Extra Bass Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones - Titanium-Angle_Standard

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Worth price of admission

    Posted
    RIck13
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    I purchased the Sony XB950N1 wireless headphones on sale at BestBuy. The extra bass feature functions reasonably on music that is lacking bass. As an audiophile, I would not describe the overall sound as "high fidelity." It's signature sound can be described as "compressed." My wired Sennheiser 598 are vastly more detailed and open but I use the Sony's for the gym and watching TV, so they suffice. There are other wireless cans that sound vastly more open such as the newer Sony 1000XM3 ($300). The ear cups are smallish, even for my small ears, and I readjust them frequently. The 950N1 headband has been noted on blogs to crack and fail. I bought BB "no questions asked" warranty with breakage in mind. They are comfortable and bluetooth functions well at long distance. Inconvenient: When connecting with other BT appliances, the phones require one to cancel prior named units and rename the one you are attempting to connect to. They sometimes drop the signal and I have to stop in my workout and reconnect it using the app on my iPhone. It usually stays connected and its other functions like "bass boost" on/off, FF or RW, call answer work ok. Phone calls are difficult to hear but I don't use it for that. I don't answer calls when I'm using the headphones (gym). It's worth $119 I paid but not $250. First pair I had failed to recharge battery and I had to return them and order another pair. Worth it for price I paid. Blogs note other issues. Read before you buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding, big & heavy

    Posted
    badradio
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    After using these headphones for several days, I have to say that they are not meant for someone like me, unfortunately. Having used Bose headphones before, I was not expecting such a cumbersome experience. First the positive - great sound! I tested these with my phone, laptop and then plugged in (non bt) to my ps4 controller. When using Bluetooth (bt), you can use the bass boost feature with the other controls like fast forward and such. Honestly, the sound was great with bass boost on or off, which is nice. With the headphones plugged in, I couldn't get some controls to work, but the sound was still top shelf. There were issues however aside from the size of the headphones. For some reason, my Galaxy s7e could not connect to these via bt and had to use nfc to get it to recognize the BT to connect to my phone. Weird! Spent an hour before this worked, but connected to my win 10.1HP laptop immediately. I used these for a phone call once and while no complaints on the sound, the controls were difficult to use. Probably gets easier to use over time however. I also used the suggested app and was given different sound options like "arena" or "theatre" to give the experience some different flavor, nice touch. So while the sound and some options are nice to have, the biggest negative is the big size of the headphones. They feel on the ear and not over the ear, which ends up pinching my earlobes causing soreness. Basically have to take them off after 20 minutes. Compared to Bose which are very light when pressed against my dome. With how I am, these simply don't work for me, but I am still rating these as recommended as I know some will no doubt love these. I hope Sony make improvements on the size and weight going forward.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Original model (Sony MDR-XB950BT's) are better

    Posted
    Daunte

    I had the Sony MDR-XB950BT headphones (not the B1's or N1's, the original 950BT's) they broke on the hinges after about half a year after getting them so I decided to purchase the Sony MDRXB950N1's because I thought it would be an upgrade from the original model, but I was wrong. These headphones (the N1's) have about 15-20% LESS bass than the original BT's! (both bluetooth mode with BASS BOOST ON and MAX volume on phone and headphones) the sound quality is just slightly better on the N1's but lacks the life that the BT's put into my music. Sony must have used cheaper parts for their newer models because I also tried the B1's and they also have the same BASS issue as the N1's. I am NOT impressed Sony, you could have done better. I like your original 950BT's much better than any of your newer headphones in the extra bass family. Whenever I go to max volume and play bass heavy songs like I used to on my previous model, I get this static-like sound almost like I'm trying to do something the drivers can't handle. (That has NEVER happened in the original BT's). Sure, your previous model, the BT's had a durability issue around the hinges, but I can also see that Issue coming up in the B1's too because the hinges on there look the same! You DID beef up the hinges on the N1's, but is that really something to give up BASS for? Sure they have noise cancelling and they fold up, but the noise cancelling isint really that good and the original BT's did fine for blocking out noise. Not to mention your newer headphones are also getting quieter and more passive sounding. I say if anyone here is a TRUE basshead, I would go for the ORIGINAL 950BT's. If you are not as big of a fan for bass and dont care much about "life" in music, sure you can go for the N1's or B1's. But at the end of the day, the drivers in the original 950BT's are just a higher quality set of drivers than any of the newer extra bass headphones Sony has to offer. I hope my review helps.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    headphones but not headsets - no "mute" button

    Posted
    CornanTheIowan

    You can buy headsets that can play music, or headphones that let you take phone calls. These headphones are the latter, but they lack a "mute" button so they're not really suitable for business purposes. In conference calls I found myself fumbling with my phone to get through the lock screen and back to the phone app while people were saying "are you still there?" So I exchanged them for the "VXi - BlueParrott S450-XT Bluetooth Headset" ... that at least have stereo for music listening and which have a "mute" button (though oddly, it's programmable, which would take away the "mute" function‽). I'm no fan of Bluetooth for audio and the Sony headphones did nothing to improve my opinion. All I had to do was turn around and make the Bluetooth pass through my body to get noticeable crackling. They were pretty hot to wear, too, and maybe a little tight (just a little) for my hat size 7 5/8 head. I've purchased two pair of Sony "Extra Bass" headphones in the past and have bought more Sony products in 40 years of adult life than YOU have, but in this case I just had to give them back.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Really bad noise cancelling but good sound effect

    Posted
    Blues
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    Cons: If you are looking for a noise canceling headphone to protect yourself from the air engine noise or your stupid roommate. Don't buy this. I returned this and buy a wr1000x ear pod. MDR 1000x mrak1 would be a good choice for noise canceling and lower price than mark 2. Also, Bose has several great noise canceling headphones, like quitecomfort 35&25 Thick foam makes it uncomfortable to wear it for a long time. The material is plastic, cannot recognize it from close look but it's a really cheap touch feeling. Pros: On the other hand, Sony did a good job for its clarity and performance on base and music instruments. OK for human sounds. Foldable lovely price for cyber mon deal $129 Good battery life Can still be used when low power with the attached aux cable The last thing: All the controlling units are on the headphone. About three buttons each side. power on/off, noise canceling switch, and base effect button on the left. volume control, pause, and next/last song on the right. Some people may love this combination. I personly don't. It depends.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great but with a catch....

    Posted
    Kyle
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    These headphones were fantastic when I first bought them around a year ago. I usually only use them once a day for about an hour at the gym and for the first while they were fantastic! Sound quality was great for the price and bass was really strong and fun to be able to turn on and off. The noise cancellation is super good as well. Now for the catch... These headphones are very comfortable to wear... or they were.... After about eight months use I noticed they started getting significantly less snug to my head to the point now that if im doing bench, I may as well take them off because they will just slip off anyway. it is super frustrating. outside of that though they have been great. I will need a change now though because I cant have headphones that wont stay on my head.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but clunky

    Posted
    wanderlust
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    Pros: 1. A lovely lady speaks softly to me telling me every time I push a button. 2. When I turn on the bass I feel like my head is resting on a concert-grade speaker. 3. The ear pieces that resemble mini helmets (surely they could have been larger) rest comfortably. Comfy padding. 4. Keeps the printers safe (Office Space reference) as I don’t have to hear that person’s voice who stays in meetings all day. Cons: 1. I feel like I’m in a flight cockpit operating a million obscure, unknown buttons. 2. I can only charge it via a laptop. Really Sony? So I have to take my laptop to the gym, beach, dog show, Machu Picchu, etc if I want to use it wirelessly. 3. Why is it so darn big?

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but with flaws

    Posted
    Russell
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    For reference, I have the Bose QC 35, and the JBL E65BTNC. While these headphones sound great, and having the ability to toggle the extra bass, and NC effect. They just do not sit well at my head. I have no complaints about the sound quality, as to more the actual design of the headphones. They look extremely bulky, and the padding is quite hard. The way it feels on the head feels like its constantly applying pressure to your head instead of just sitting there, head starts to hurt from all the pressure and pushing-motion after 45mins.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great when they came out, okay now

    Posted
    Josh
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    These are my daily driver headphones now. When they came out, I bet they where worth the retail price. But now, I'd say $150 is about the most you should pay for these. The noise cancelling is meh. I dont notice its on most of the time, but I do nothing some cancellation when its back on. The bass effect really depends on the song. It leaves an audible hissing sound, but can actually get really good at times. Depending on the song, it could actually get a bit much at times. Id say get these on sale, but if you can, get something better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones For Blocking Everything

    Posted
    HCfromNYC
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    These headphones are great for blocking outside noise the Noise Canceling feature works wonders. I purchased these because I currently live in a condo and do not want to disturb anyone while watching TV. My only issue with this product is parring it with my iPhone 7 Plus even after downloading the recommended App it still does not want to pair with my phone, other then that great buy comfortable, sturdy and loud with a crisp sound that lets you feel as if you are in the the movie (I did have to purchase a separate item to connect it to my TV) worth the price, just wish it was easier to pair with my phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK

    Posted
    JoeG
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    I bought a 75"Sony TV along with a soundbar that I was recommended by a sales rep. I was also told to buy a much better quality headphone set. In the store in sounded great. When I got it home and went through much trouble with Sony help desk, I was told it was the wrong headphone set and would not work with my TV. The quality was great in store. I took it back and again was helped by a Best Buy sales rep and bought what was suggested. I brought it home, hooked it up (was not bluetooth lke the first was). The sound quality is only average.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    where's the bass

    Posted
    dreadylock
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    the extra bass only works on Bluetooth other wise it sound tinny i have to set my equalizer so i can hear the base when using the included cable it feels like it was made with all plastic parts and would break if i fell asleep with it on , i do like the ear cushions though some times if i have it on for couple of hours it hurts my ear not the sound( feels like its squeezing my ear) but so far so good it has not break like my others yet time will tell

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound.

    Posted
    schenkster
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    These are great headphones. But there is a few negatives I have. The noise canceling works so so, you still here some voices and sounds when you have the noise canceling on. If you wear glasses while you have the headphones on the headphones tend to hurt your ears after a while. I have yet to been able to get the headphones to connect to my Bluetooth Sony TV, will have to call Sony support. But I am gonna keep the headphones the sound and base are really good. The phone answering works very well. I bought these before Christmas at half price. Would not buy them though for full price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound but subpar build quality

    Posted
    Adam
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    The sound and features of these headphones are nice, but they are a bit flimsy. If you only use them at home and don't travel with them, they are probably OK, but in less than a year, the plastic on one of the ears broke. It's a party that didn't contain any wires so I was able to glue it back together, but the hollow plastic casing meas the glue doesn't hold very well. I'm giving Sony one more change and replacing these with the 1000xm2 this year. Hopefully the build quality will be nicer than these.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Bought for my sister

    Posted
    Techobsessed
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    I bought this for my sister on black friday. She let me try it out. Fair warning, I only used it for about 20 minutes so take my review at that. Comfort seemed great. The cusions are thick and felt good on my ears. The sound is were my issue was. Maybe a better source than itunes and its limited eq functions would have benifited my experience, but the sound was not great. I have a pair of Senheisers that I love, and these just do not compare. Not enough tonal equality in them. Most people probably would not care, but not my choice for lsitening.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK sound - but has a background hiss

    Posted
    Mitch
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    These headphones have a noticeable hiss when turned on but not playing music. It is still there when playing songs but is masked by the music sound. I have other NON Sony cheaper Bluetooth headphones and they DO NOT have this annoying hiss. It is a shame that Sony is not addressing the issue. It is even more maddening that Noise Cancelling headphones actual ADD noise to your music. I tried two pairs thinking I got a defective one, but both had the same hiss. On the plus side, they have great battery life and are comfortable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good overall

    Posted
    andylaiphoto
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    Good - fits my big fat head for shorter durations - battery life has been good - reliable Bluetooth connection - decent sound quality Bad - can get uncomfortable during extended use, have to reposition as it bites into the side of my big fat head - noise cancellation is mediocre at best Got these to use while editing video footage. Found myself also using them to watch online videos. Got them on sale, definitely would not pay full price for them. Recommendation is price dependent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not great - value for money with discount

    Posted
    Lakky
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    I got this device for 130$ after a 100$ discount. The headphones are pretty ok. There is not much of noise cancellation, as compared to teh QC II from Bose. Having said that, this comes at less than half the price, so definitely worth the money. What disappoints me is that the extra bass that they claim, had little effect. The sony app (at least on android version) was 2nd grade. sometimes takes forever to connect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    anthony
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    Not as good as the a Bose or Beats but works fine. One of the take aways is that the noice cancellation function doesn't block out some of the lowest noise at a low volume. At higher volumes it works better but someone might not want high volumes at all times. Bass is great with the boost function but seems to muffle the highs and mids again unless you are at a higher volume.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent

    Posted
    EdwinJLynds
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    These headphones are decent but the bass is a little over powering for my taste, even with bass booster off. The noise cancelling isn't up to the par with Bose but still does a good job. I got these for a deal which is the only reason I bought them. Sadly, I'll be returning them due to the bass issue. If you like bass, these are for you, just not my cup of tea.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend