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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Shhhhhh to the Outsiders. In with the MUSIC!

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    MarkusKong
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    Front of Box - Sony Wireless Noise Canceling Stereo Headset - MDR-XB950N1 - Extra Bass - Noise Canceling - Hands-free calling with HD Voice - Voice Assistant Function - Music Playback Time: Max. 22 Hours - Circum-Aural Earpad - Made for iPod iPhone Left Side of Box - Made for iOS Products (As of January 2017) - USB Charging Only Right Side of Box - Nothing pretty much* Back of Box - Wireless Headphone with Electro Bass Booster function - The built-in amplifier enhances low-frequency sound using Digital Signal Processing to give an impressive groove to the music - The Sony Headphones Connect app allows you to control the Virtualphones Technology (VPT) - Digital Noise Canceling function with AI (Artificial Intelligence) noise canceling. Gives you a quiet listening environment, even in a noisy space. AI noise canceling chooses the optimal noise canceling mode from three presets based on intelligent analysis of ambient noise - Swivel Folding design makes travel easy - SBC/AAC/Qualcomm aptX compatible - Micro-USB Cable (approx. 50 cm (19 ¾ in)) - Headphone Cable (approx. 1.2 m (47 ¼ in)) - Carrying Pouch - [Communication System] Bluetooth Specification version 4.1 [Output] Bluetooth Specification Power Class 2 [Maximum communication range] Line of sight approx. 10 m (30ft)*3 [Compatible Bluetooth Profiles] A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP [Supported Codec] SBC, AAC, Qualcomm aptX audio [Power Source] DC 3.65 V: Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery [Usage Hours] Music playback time: Max 22 hours, Communication time: Max 18 hours [Charging Time] Approx. 7 hours [Mass] Approx. 290 g (10.23oz) [Included Items] Wireless noise cancelling stereo headset, Micro-USB Cable, Carrying pouch, Headphone cable Bottom of Box - The noise canceling function is effective in low frequency ranges such as airplanes, trains, or offices (near air-conditioning, etc.) and is not as effective for higher frequencies, such as human voices - *1 The phone on the other end requires support “HD Voice” function - *2 Sony Headphones Connect app requires download for iPhone from the App Store or for Android from Google Play. Subject to app terms and conditions - *3 The actual range will vary depending on factors such as obstacles between devices, magnetic fields around a microwave oven, static electricity, reception sensitivity, antenna’s performance, operating system, software application, etc What’s Included in the Box? - Wireless Noise Cancelling Stereo Headset (MDR-XB950N1) - Micro-USB Cable - Carrying Pouch - Headphone Cable - Quick Start Guide - Reference Guide - Warranty Information Initial Impression - Outer box looks pretty standard (for you box lovers out there like me); thumbs down - Inner “housing” of the headphones has a very nice interesting material. It feels great when you touch it and it gives the product a “quality” aspect. I LIKE THAT! - Headphones have a nice weight to them. They feel sturdy and the material on the headband feels nice. I didn’t like the feel or quality of the plastic connecting to the ear pieces though. Maybe perhaps if it was the same material as the headband all the way around? Nonetheless, it does feel sturdy though; just wished it wasn’t such light plastic. Ear cushions feel really nice. They’re soft and have “memory foam” like material on the inside. Buttons on the ear pieces are distinguishable and easy to use. - Pouch is a very nice material, feels very soft and non “scratchy” for your headset. Unfortunately, mine had a hole in it… So be on the lookout when you get yours. If you don’t care so much about the pouch then I guess it doesn’t matter but if you’re someone like me, I’d care! - Some info from Sony: Sony states: Noise cancelling – Industry leading digital noise cancelling cuts out ambient noise and adapts to your environment so you can hear more of the detail in every track. Now it’s just you and the music. Premium Wireless – Easy to carry, move with and use without obstruction. Bluetooth and NFC wireless connectivity with compatible device. Up to 22 hours of battery life with continuous, wireless music playback. Sound Quality – It wouldn’t be a Sony headphone if it didn’t include premium sound quality. Large, 40 mm driver units deliver broad, dynamic and balanced sound with 20-20,000 Hz frequency response when streaming wirelessly and 3-28,000Hz with the supplied audio cable. Sony Headphone Connect APP – The Sony Headphone Connect App acts as a companion to your headphones. The application allows you to check the battery level, turn noise cancelling on or off, customize the level of bass from -10 to +10m and also provides preset EQ’s such as club, music hall, arena, or outdoors to give you control over how your headphone sound. Setup/Testing/Conclusion - Alright ladies and gentlemen, this is what you've been waiting for. So here are my thoughts. Setup was EXTREMELY PAINLESS!!! I did the setup first on my iPhone and it connected perfectly fine. No issues at all. I downloaded the app and the app basically did everything its supposed to do. I was even able to test out the functionality of the app like Surround (VPT) *this is the different EQs you can change it to like arena, club, etc*, extra BASS, and toggling on and off the noise cancellation feature. Everything worked as expected and was honestly kind of fun to be able to customize the way I listen to music. Next setup I did was on an Android phone and it was just as easy! I used the NFC (near field communication) to connect the headset and it worked flawlessly. So if you know how Google Wallet or Apple Pay works, you'll be right at home. You have the same functionality as the iOS app. OH! You also get to check battery life on the app which is neat. So the testing, well lets just say that the sound quality on these are AMAZING! I love them. If you're looking for clear audio, awesome bass, and nice all around music to your ears; I'd definitely give these a try. The only issue* I had with these is that they feel kinda "big". Also, maybe because my ears are huge; they got quite uncomfortable after long periods of listening. I also wear glasses so maybe that's a contribution? I had a couple co workers with different size ears to try them out and they said the exact same thing. So maybe its just us folks in California? I had my spouse try them out and she enjoyed them. The only issue* she had was that she can hear a weird VERY LOW static in the sound. I personally did not experience this nor did my co workers. So maybe my spouse is "hearing things" if you know what I mean. But if you also hear it... Then maybe my co workers and I are the crazy ones. The active noise canceling works great! I texted them in an office environment and at a home environment. So if you're listening to music you can basically expect not to hear anyone around you. If music is not playing or is not as loud, you can faintly hear some other individual(s) around you. But to be honest, I enjoy the noise canceling feature; its quite neat! I love the bass. Sony advertised BASS and I can tell you, there is BASS. I didn't even turn it up max in the app, just at +5 out of +10. My music wasn't even at max. Just for giggles I did +10 for base and max on music and WOW! You can feel the power, lets just say that. If the battery does in fact last 22 hours, that's pretty wonderful. Lets be real, you're gonna end up charging them mid-next day anyways when you're not using them. Since you also get a headphone cable, you can always plug it into a device when you don't necessarily need it to be wireless. In conclusion and all in all, I really enjoyed this headset. If you're on the search for a new headset with folding capabilities, relatively comfortable cushions, and REALLY fantastic sound; give these a try. Sony has always made great quality products and this headset is no exception. Good job SONY! If you're wondering why I knocked off a star, for me personally (my opinion); its because they were not 100% comfortable for me. But again, that could be because I have big ears and wear glasses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good with minor flaws

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    BADog
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    Disclaimer: I used my new wireless BT headphones with a Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone with adjustable graphic equalizer controls on the phone itself. PROS -- Extremely comfortable to wear. The soft ear cups don't press against the actual ear. -- VERY easy pairing with NFC out of the box. It paired instantly. I hit play, and the music started playing. -- The Sony headphones app was VERY cool. I could instantly 1. Set the level of "bass effect" with a slider bar. This level is remembered after the "bass effect" is turned off then on again. 2. Turn on/off noise cancelling 3. change the surround sound setting (Off, arena, concert hall, club, outdoor stage. 4. Shows battery level and model number. No other settings are available at this time though I'm hopeful the app will update over time to make it a little more compact. -- The BASS. Yes, once the bass booster is turned on, you REALLY can feel hour head pound if you have that setting all the way up. I have the bass set around 70% and it sounds great at that level for me. However the amount of bass can be adjusted by the app so you don't go from no bass to too much bass. That is a GREAT feature to be able to control the bass level. -- If your battery somehow dies, you can use the supplied 3.5mm male/male cord to plug into a device and still listen to your music. However, once you PLUG in, you lose ALL functionality of the headphones and app control. The headphones controls do not work and they literally act like a set of wired headphones with any changes being made to the audio program/device you use to listen to. CONS -- A little on the heavy (weight) side. If you bend over forwards or lean your head backwards, the part on top of your head is heavy enough that it will rotate due to gravity and try to fall off your head. -- The complete spectrum of sound was not as complete as I would have hoped - mostly the highs. -- When changes are made (bass effect on/off, NC on/off, there is a voice (coming out of the headphone earpieces) that says what is happening while the song is still playing in the background, but muted while the voice speaks. So you resume your music about 3-5 seconds later. I find that a little annoying when I want to INSTANTLY listen to the differences of sound when I turn on/off a feature, especially the noise cancellation. OTHER NOTES: 1. BT (bluetooth) vs Wired option - the BT does sound better IMO. If your battery dies or you just want to save your battery for later when you need wireless, you can hook up the provided cord and listen - but the quality is definitely better when using BT. 2. Whenever the "Bass Effect" button is pressed, perhaps Sony can offer up a FW update (is that possible for this product?) to be able to turn off the voice saying that it's being turned on or off. I literally HATE this feature is not optional. I don't need the voice telling me - I should be able to tell on my own since the feature should be doing what it's supposed to (either the bass is more or less - duh... or the NC (noise cancellation) is working or not). 3. Note in my picture close-up how the inside of the cup is laid out. The front part of the headphone is angled so that the sound actually is facing at an angle better to enter your ear. They do not interfere with the comfort of my ear and this puts the sound in your ear at a better angle. 4. A nice headphones pouch is provided and it has an additional area inside where you can put your 2 extra cables (audio cable & USB charging cable). Nice touch, however a hard or semi-hard case would be preferable to protect against damage if packed in a bag or suitcase. They cost $250 and should be protected by more than a soft pouch IMO. 5. When BT is active, keep in mind that when connected to a device, you have 2 volumes that you can control... it's best to turn up your "device" volume to 85-100% then adjust the volume of the headphones accordingly. When turning the volume of the headphones up/down, it does NOT control the device volume. It controls the volume of itself. 6. This may be a device feature for the Samsung Galaxy S7, but in order to use the mute/track-forward/backward buttons on the headphones, the app you are using has to be OPEN, not just running in the background. If you have Winamp, Pandora, or other audio program running, but you have another app showing on the screen or just your home page up, you won't be able to control those functions of the music. You can however operate the volume regardless of the app showing on the smartphone. If the app is active and screen is merely OFF, all functionality still works. 7. Regarding the weight again, if you lie down on a pillow, they stay put, but if you get up off that pillow, they may fall off unless you have a big melon. :) These things are definitely mean to be worn in the UPRIGHT position only. 8. Price point is about right when you add up the pros vs cons. Pros outweigh the cons IMO. I have not tested out the complete battery life because I can't keep them going for over 10 hours... however, with that amount of listening on a single charge, this is a very worthwhile purchase. 9. I listened to the same song on a pair of Sony MDR XB920 wired headphones that my son uses, and his pair do sound BETTER than these. There is a bit more clarity in the voice and high frequencies (drums/hi-hat cymbals). Note that the Sony app is meant to be used with their newest headphones I believe. I'm not sure how the app works with the regular BT version of these headphones, but these Noise Cancelling BT versions had NO problem connecting to my phone at all. All connections were automatic after pairing up initially with NFC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid bass and noise cancellation

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    Jack
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    I got this headphone a couple of days ago. I'm not a pro or audiophile, but I love listening to music and own quite a number of cans of different types and form-factors. I was really interested in the two highlighted features of these headphones: bass effect and noise cancellation (NC). I have an NC headphone from Panasonic which does rather meager job at that. The NC feature of the Sony XB950N1 is quite good: more than I expected. I've been using it at my office (where there's always a low drone from the AC). I feel quite isolated from everything - the first couple of times it felt quite unnatural, but now I'm getting used to it. Regarding the extra bass feature: I'm not a so called "bass head". My playlist is mostly dominated by rock, metal, classical, new age. At first I was really confused what the "Bass Effect" button on the left ear-cup did: I did not find any significant change. However, I installed the companion app in my Android phone and increased the "Electro Bass Boost" effect a bit (I found +4 did the trick for me). That increased the bass effect to a more enjoyable level for me - anymore than that and the low end gets overtly dominating. I'm always hesitant on commenting on the sound quality of headphones. I personally find the technical features (freq. response, sibilance, etc.) secondary when choosing/recommending headphones. There are a lot of resources for those information (and I admire the people who provide us with those in-depth analysis). I usually just listen to some stock tracks I like and check whether they sound as I expect. From that perspective, I love my Audio Technica ATH-M50x. Comparing to that, the low-end seemed muddy for the Sony. The M50x has more clarity (which it should as it's a monitor headphone), but the Sony does a decent job. I compared it with Beats Studio Wireless, and it seemed the sound is quite superior in case of Sony (Disclaimer: I don't own a Beats myself, I borrowed it just to compare). The size of the headphone may be a concern for some people - they are quite big. The headband is of course adjustable, but someone with a smaller head may find it "overwhelming". The headphone itself is quite comfortable. My ears sweat a lot when listening for more than an hour or so. The Sony XB950N1 as a synthetic leather like material on the ear-cups and the headband support backed by a quite soft foam material (not sure whether they are memory foam or not). Though the pads are not breathable, I found my ears getting hot and sweaty after using them for more than 3 hours at a stretch. The headband clamping is also not very tight and does not exert too much pressure. Overall, I found the headphone to be quite good for the targeted consumers who want the extra-bass effect, noise-cancellation, and good Bluetooth functionality. The build-quality is excellent. The wireless range is quite good, and the charge stays on for a long time. I think I got more than 15 hours with both Bass Effect and Noise-Cancellation turned on. However, I'm not happy with a couple of things: 1) I think the price ($250) maybe a bit high - I think it's a good buy if its around $180-200. 2) Only a soft carrying pouch is included - a hard case would have been great. 3) Finally I found it difficult to keep track of all the switches on the ear-cups (Power, NC, Bass effect, Volume rocker, another rocker-like combo-switch for Play/Pause, Forward and Back). Clearer info regarding the usage should have been included instead of the user poking around for different settings. These are all my initial thoughts after using it for 4/5 days. I'll try to update this review if possible in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great replacement for my Bose that died

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    BobInIndiana
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    This replaced my corded Bose N/C (noise cancelling) set that needed warranty replacement after 2 years, and then died another 3 years later. Not worth $300 to replace with same even though they worked, since I wasn't happy with the duration for the money. These Sony headphones are less money and wireless as well (Bluetooth), which would have cost me another $50 for the Bose version, so I actually saved a LOT of money. Add to that the special pricing that Best Buy had when I bought them and I scored a set for about one-third the cost of Bose BT N/C! (Yes, one-third the price, not one-third off!) These are the "older" 10-meter BT, not the newer version with a much higher range. I stay in my work area when wearing them and don't wander around the office with them on, so that's not an issue for me. Headset operation lets me use Prev/Stop-Start/Next (PSN) to select the song. Has bass boost that sounds pretty decent, N/C on/off, and volume that operates only within the headset and not the source device (Galaxy S8+ phone). Cordless gives me complete freedom of movement, too, a bonus over my old Bose set or the AKG earbuds that came with my phone. I would really like to see wireless charging instead of having to plug them in, since then they'd be totally wireless, but that's not a major issue, just a wish or suggestion. One of the reviews I read said that the music quality when corded was worse than when wireless. I can't agree with that but I'm also not an audiophile. To my ears, when I tested them with and without the cord at home before taking them to work, they sounded the same. The reviews that said they were less good also said that a better cord helped. I intend to use them cordless so it's a non sequitur. I agree with the gripes of a couple reviewers about the spoken confirmations when operating the buttons. The PSN button is a physical button, but the power, bass boost, and N/C are "soft" buttons, meaning they feel the same when turning the feature on or off. When operating them there is a spoken message telling you what you just did. I doubt it's needed even though the buttons don't tell you by their movement if the feature was turned on or off. That message plays AFTER there's a tone - low for off, high for on - and it waits another second or two after the speaking ends before returning to the music, which continues to play unheard. Comparing the difference when switching bass boost on and off is hard with that interruption, but N/C is very obvious. The PSN button needs a slightly stiffer spring since I tend to bump it sometimes when I'm trying to find it with my finger while it's on my head. Bast boost button needs to be raised or sunken to find it, since it's at the same level as the housing, and it has no "braille pip" to help find it. The volume rocker has a single pip to turn the volume up but nothing obvious to turn it down. N/C button needs a stronger spring as well. The placement of the controls was probably chosen by folks who were worried about the looks and not the function. They're right where I grab them to put them on and take them off, so sometimes I press one or more buttons, and even after a month it still happens. I'd prefer to see them on the outside covers of the ear cups, not the edges where they are. A simpler rotary dial would be a better volume control than the rocker switch (which doesn't repeat!), and some simple switches for N/C and bass boost would make me happier as well. A 4-way ring (like on a digital camera) for the PSN would be nice, since the direction you press is the function you'd get - just put one finger in the center and choose 1 of 4 functions. The idea I'm trying to suggest is that they would act like regular switches instead of "soft" switches, which depend on fancy logic that consume the battery that much faster. Even with the gripes and suggestions above, I'm quite happy with them overall. They're comfortable enough that I wear them for long periods with no issues, they stay on my head (I work at a computer, so no major physical movements like in a warehouse), and I discovered that I can go about 3 days before they need charged. (Corded Bose needed a new AAA battery every 1-2 weeks.) I use them to listen to music from my phone as it sits on a QI charger that is also a headphone stand. Before I got the charger/stand, the extra battery in my Mophie case never let my Galaxy S8+ get below 65% after an entire day of listening, so that was and is no issue. Would I buy another set? I've had them for about a month and am happy so far. I don't need another set since I don't need to use them at home, so I'll let time pass for a few years before I can truly answer that. However, if I were to judge them after just a month of use, I'd certainly consider buying a 2nd set if I wanted to use them elsewhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better Than Beats Studio 2 (pls read)

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    dennyordinary
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    on the 3rd week owning these headphones i have finally able to make conclussion about these headphones. at first at the store when i tried them i wasnt very impressed at all not to mention that i thought the build quality was just meeh.. but after buying severall other headphones including beats studio 2 and tried them all ( That will be on my another reviews) i thought hey since the price was so good because the were on sale for more than 50percent off so why dont i just get them, if later ive found that i didnt like them i could just return them anyways. so now on the 3rd weeks owning these headphones i can tell you iam pretty happy about the sound quality! yes, every headphones has burn in period if you dont know what it is, google it. so every night i listen to some music using them for 30 minutes, but after that id just keep the music playing for hours and hours even without me listening trhough them and this is for almost 3 weeks everyday! and now the sound turned out to be much better than when the first time i took them out of the box and tried them. alot of bass and sometimes it just overwhelming in a good ways but id always have to turn off the extra bass feature and tone down the bass even more on the sony app just because im not really into full blown bass music!LOL the high is kind of weak but not bad at all, the mid is good and the low is well.. bassy!LOL What Dissapoint me more than anything else about these is the noise canceling performance which is subpar! even bose quiet comfort 25 has better accoustic noise cancelling performance! and these ones has supposedly active noise cancelling which supposed to be better! i have compared these side by side with my beats studio 2 which has almost the same burn in time period and i can tell you.. man, with these headphones on the market there is no way id pay 379 bucks for beats studio 2! they were on sale that why i got them too! the overall sound quality is really good, and i always end up picking these ones over my beats just because.. well because they sounded better! overall beside of the finish and maybe kind of cheap looking build quality, iam very happy with these headphones and the price that ive paid for these cant be beat! ohh before i forgot, it takes almost 7 hours to fully charge these headphones!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An improvement over its predecessor

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    Beau
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    Full disclosure: I receieved this product for free to review in return for my honest feedback on it. Now that that is out of the way, I am audophile and bass head. I love music and audio so getting the chance to review these headphones was a pleasure. SOUND: The sound on these headphones is pretty good. It is right on par with being the same quality as the prior version of these the MDRXB950BT/B. I do admit, I believe that the middle ranges are a little muddy, they are not as crisp as say on the skullcandy crusher's, its more of a rounded sound than a crisp sound. That would be my one complaint, it still sounds great do not get me wrong, but sometimes I feel that vocals and other mid-high range frequencies tend to get drowned out by the lower ones. EQ can help, but you need to really fine tune it. The bass is pretty good, its more of a wide bass, compared to other headphones like the skullcandy crushers which have more of a focused directional bass. This headphone comes with a new feature where you can use an app on your smartphone to control the bass level which is nifty. Would've been nice to have it on the headphone itself. FEATURES: So this model has noise canceling which I find to be a good feature. Is it totally noise canceling? No, but if you want to tune out all the ambient noise in your room or are traveling, this will do an adequate job. Also, the newest feature is the fact you can download an app to fine tune some settings on the headphones. I personally don't care for this feature as the built in sound presets they give you for "surround" honestly blow. They literally just make music quieter and add a ton of reverb and bass, its really pointless... The nice part is the clear bass feature where you can adjust the bass, I am glad there is no more of that some bass or super bass like the previous model. BASS: The bass as I mentioned earlier on these headphones is pretty good. You can control it, its always there, its not too overbearing, but it is a wider spread of frequency which I don't like as much. I like having a focused clear bass, these ones just fill the sound. QUALITY: The construction quality has improved over the previous model. I actually broke my previous pair just by leaving them in a backpack, the hinge that holds the earphone broke off and exposed the wires. Luckily with this model, they fold and have a much more secure and sturdy hinge, so I do not see that happening again. The padding on the ears is very comfortable and one of the shining parts of this product. I actually don't like the headband as much as the previous product, it seems more uncomfortable to me. OVERALL: Overall, these headphones are a slight improvement over the previous generation. You get new features, you get a more sturdy design, same Sony sound quality and a longer battery life. If you were debating on getting the new version vs the old version, I would go with the newer version to safe yourself the frustration of lacking noise canceling, new features and a more durable product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent BestBuy price but room for improvement

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    twirth5
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    I am comparing these cans to three similar products that I already own: 1) Bs AE2 (BT); 2) SH HD580 (wired); 3) MP 059 (BT, AZ, cheap); 4) These Sony cans. RATINGS (left to right=best to worst) Sound: 1, 2 , 4, 3. Sony have too much bass for music but are great for video games. HD have the best fidelity. BS are a tiny bit punchier but very good. MP are muddled. Fit/Comfort: 1/2, 3, 4. Sony hurts my elephant ears and makes them sweat. They are worst for listening/playing games while laying down as the round cans get pushed around by the pillow while 1 and 2 have oblong cans and are not effected. MP fit better and thus do not get pushed around as much. Bs and SH are perfect and their light weight helps. Weight: 1, 2, 4, 3. SH and Bs are perfect. The weight of Sony and MP makes them move around more. Build: 4, 2, 1, 3. Sony cans look great but are large. Bs cans are sleek and elegant. MP look garish. Nobody that matters will see you wearing the SH cans. Controls: 2 (no controls), 1, 4, 3. Sony have too many controls that are all over the place. MP controls are wonky. Bs is perfectly elegant. Noise Cancelling: Sony are the only pair with this feature and it works great. Not necessary for my home use but use it anyway. Range: 4, 2, 3, 1 (long and flexible dual-pair wire with 1/8" jack). Connection Reliability/Quality: 1, 2/4, 3. Microphone: 4, 3, 2, 1 (no mic). Battery Life: 4, 3, 2, 1 (wired). Sony battery life is best even with noise cancelling turned on. This might partially explain the large size and weight. Voice Messages: 2, 4, 3, 1 (no messages) Multi Connection: 2, 3, 4, 1 (wired). Bs can switch two connections on the fly. This is a big deal for me and makes me use them more. CONCLUSION Nice price and build quality but would not buy again because of sound (excessive bass even with boost control off), comfort and control issues. They have found a niche for playing PS 4 Pro games because the BS cans would not connect to the BT dongle installed on the TV for that system and MP controls were too wonky. If it weren't for that, I would have returned them and coughed up considerably more for another and more elegant Bs set in spite of the lower battery life.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Good Bluetooth Range, Decent Phones

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    zboot
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    Let's start off with the aesthetics - this is a fine looking piece of kit. Pleasing to the eyes and chock full of interface buttons on the headphones themselves. Sometimes, that many options for control could be a problem, but here, the size and spacing work out. Sound quality is pretty good with these headphones. I'd rate is a 7 out of 10. It doesn't feel quite as immersive as one would expect, but it's on par with the price. Noise cancelling works - pretty much only for the traditional noise cancelling targets - low level background noise, like the hum of airplane engines, the vent fan of a hood, or heater blower. That said, the noise cancelling reduced the volume of the background noise by a lot, but there was still a low hum that I could hear. As a result, while it does improve the listening experience, it doesn't add that much. I can see this being useful if such noises bother or distract you, or if you want to listen to music while curled up in a restful position. Perhaps the best usage was cutting down background noise in the gym. I just wasn't that impressed with it at home. Bluetooth range is pretty good, much better than some other bluetooth headsets I've used. Battery life is amazing! If there's ever a device design for a long trip, this is it. That said, the headphones are comfortable for short term wearing (about a couple hours) but more than that may start to feel a bit heavy or add pressure around the ears. I'm not sure if this was due to not normally wearing over the ear headphones for long periods or the design itself. The app Sony recommends for Android phone pairing is ok, though doesn't really give any improvements. All of the sound modes don't really improve upon music and all other features it provides (activating the noise cancelling or bass) are already controllable via buttons on the phone. Speaking of the controls, activating/deactivating bass or noise cancellation comes with both interruption of music and an announcement of the operation taking place. Now, I suppose the interruption is necessary to switch modes with the headphones. But I found the audible announcements annoying. I feel after a few times, you'd get used to knowing where a particular button is located, and not need the announcement to let you know what feature is being activated or deactivated. All in all, I'd say this is a decent buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great BASS & Comfort - very bulky

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    Zam94
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    I purchased this product over Thanksgiving Weekend and have had ample time to review it. -First off, the bass is truly incredible! You can listen to music the way it was intended. - The headphones have plenty of foam cushioning, so you can wear them for hours without having your ears completely smushed. - The battery life is incredible long. Thus far I have played music and movies on them for a consecutive 16 hours before I charged them (even though there was still a fair amount of battery life left in them). - Do note that these are noise-cancelling and not sound proof. They do a tremendous job canceling out airplance noise and dimming the noise of crying babies on flights, but if you have nothing playing at all you can still hear faint cries. CONCERN/DISLIKE: - The only thing I disliked about these headphones is that you cannot sleep with them nor can you lean your head against a wall/headrest with them as they are too bulky and tend to move and nudge off. While the quality is great, they may not be the best for individuals who wish to sleep with them on, on flights. I tried to do so, and it is rather uncomfortable and they also slip off the ear when you try that. - The second thing I really disliked with these headphones was the fact that they do NOT come with a sturdy carrying case. It comes with a very slim travel sack which is completely inefficient and ineffective in terms of protecting them. OVERALL: - Overall, I really enjoyed having them and do believe that with the proper care they will last several years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Job Sony!

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    Justin
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    Packaging is great on these headphones. Packed with premium materials and great accessories like a carrying pouch, 3.5mm headphone cable, and micro USB charging cable. Getting to what your hear for, the headphones. They have a great build quality with a nice texture on the outside with super plush headband and ear cups. The comfort is incredible in these things! Sound quality is equally great. The Bluetooth pairs very quickly without hiccups. The Bluetooth range seems spotty though. It cuts out when moving and can become inconsistent in quality. The bass is great and the app can be used to adjust it but I seem to like it around zero, maybe 1 or 2 above but then it seems to get a little overpowering. The quality doesnt get much worse just the bass starts to drown out the highs and mids. They gets incredibly loud either way though. Battery life seems to be good to. Hard to test the advertised 22 hours but I have put a solid 10 on them with no issues. Overall I would say these are a solid pair of Bluetooth headphones with great bass and features. Would definitely recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    AIR TRAVEL SAVER

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    DIPPER
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    For years I've used the normal earbuds or headphones while traveling for business and pleasure refusing to spend over $50 for a pair of headphones. Shuffling between airports I tend to see different styles of headphones with BEATS and BOSE being the most popular. I finally worked up the nerve to spend $300 for a pair of BEATS but being the budget shopper I am, I started to read some reviews and videos. Once I found that the Sony XB950N1 were way better than the BEATS and compared tot he Bose 35 I had a real big decision to make. The Bose clarity of music and NC is outstanding but the volume wasn't loud enough. So no I had to see which is more important during a flight. I just recently took a 5 hour flight from ATL to OAK and the Sony BT did the job. PROS- PRICE WAS EXTREMELY LOWER THAN THE BOSE AND BEATS. NC AND LEVEL OF MUSIC WAS MORE THAN EXPECTED ON A PLANE. COMFORT WAS OK, NOT AS LIGHT AS THE BOSE BUT GOOD. CONS- AFTER 2 HOURS OF MUSIC THEY START TO CAUSE A LITTLE ISSUES WITH THE EARS.. AS I WAS GETTING LUGGAGE, I PLACED THEM ON MY HEAD AND AS I BENT OVER THEY FELL OFF. THE BASS CAN BE OVERWHELMING AT TIMES. I SEEM TO HAVE THE BASS OFF AND IT STILL PACKS A PUNCH... NEED TO RAISE THE HIGHS ON THE PHONE APP.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones!!

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    dlowen
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    I would like to start this review by saying I love these headphones. In the box you get the headphones, a soft carrying pouch, a wire for wired connection, and a micro usb cable for charging. The sound quality is very good. I love the fact that by the push of a button I am able to add a heavy base to the music. I also own beats studio headphones and I think the noise cancelling is similar or possibly slightly better. However, if you're looking for the best noise cancellation the Bose QC 35 are the best in class but also come in at a much higher price. To connect the headphones I downloaded the Sony connect app and it was very simple to connect them. I also like that fact that you are able to change the sound of the headphones using the app. The headphones are very comfortable and light weight they do not seem overly heavy. This leads me to my two biggest complaints. The first complaint is how big and bulky they are. In my own opinion I do not think they look good on my head they just seem way to large compared to most other noise cancelling headphones that have a slimmer profile. My last complaint is that the microphone quality for talking on the phone is not the greatest. It sounds like you are far away from the mic. I think that this is a problem with most wireless headphones as the mic is not directly in front of your mouth. I wouldn't recommend using them to talk on the phone all the time but in a pinch if it is needed it will definitely work. Overall these are great quality headphones and come in priced very competitively for what they offer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    work well, styling a little clunky

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    Alex
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    lets start from the beginning Whats in the box: The headphones, aux cable, charging cable, carrying bag. I would have like to of seen a hard carrying case rather than just a bag, especially at this price point. Lack of a power brick is understandable, as most people have plenty of usb power bricks laying around. Quality: The build quality is good. Soft ear cups, soft head band, quality plastics. Sound quality is equally as good, there is a bass boost option which I keep off, as it tends to make things too "boomy" for my taste. Style: a bit clunky for my tastes. Not nearly as sleek looking as some other headphones on the market. Features: wired or wireless connectivity, play/pause track skip forward/backward buttons. Noise cancellation. All features work well, the noise cancellation is on par with other headphones that I have tried with the same features. Battery life: I get around what is advertised, though I do keep bass boost off. I wish there was a meter on the headphones them selves for charge level. The only way to see charge level is through the phone app. App: There is a companion phone app, which honestly, I have yet to find a use for. It lets you turn some features on and off, but not much else. Overall: Good sound, good quality. Styling is a little lack luster, but to each their own on that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good buy for the buck

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    NickRuston
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    This headset came well packaged. It includes a charging cable but no plug. A cable to plug the headset into a device without Bluetooth. A storage bag that I've never used again. The headset is made to fold up for storage but not very well designed. It doesn't really collapse into a tight effective form and if you get a little over zealous it seems like it might break. The headset is easy to pair. It reconnects to my phone and laptop with ease. I have a smaller head and ears. The band pressure is tight enough to seal well and but not become uncomfortable. The placement of the buttons is intuitive. They do echo in the headset when you press them. There is the typical humming sound present from most amplified headsets. This is effected very little by turning the noise cancelling on and off. The noise cancelling does work very well. I have missed several airport boarding calls because of this. Sound quality is above average. You are not getting Bose sounding quality but something close enough considering the huge difference in price. I have used both headsets and for the price I would choose the Sony.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality, overall happy with purchase

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    jjrk49
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    Pretty happy with this purchase. Bought them solely for the noise cancelling, and it's pretty great if the music is playing - I can't hear any of my surroundings in the office and I don't have to have the volume up too high. Without music, I can hear everything very clearly. They are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. I typically wear mine for 4-6 hours a day. I don't like that turning the bass and noise cancelling on/off stops the music and announces what you just did. I also do not like that it automatically shuts off after a period of time with no use. I understand the battery saving aspect, but I frequently take them off and leave my desk at work, only to come back a few minutes later and have to turn them back on. I'm not allowed to have my phone in my department at work, so I have to leave the room to start the music again or leave the music playing while I leave. Overall the sound quality is awesome, but there have been days I use my Beats simply because they won't shut off on me when I pause Pandora and walk away. I'd rather have to charge them more often.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ginormous Big Bass Headphones

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    breaknrn
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    I got these for Xmas a couple years back. The quality is what I expect from a Sony product. The build quality is great. The bass and noise reduction features work well. The bluetooth connectivity is really easy to figure out and the recorded voice letting me know of the battery level and connectivity are also very good features. One complaint is that the headphones are a bit bulky. You can actually see them out of the corner of your eyes. These can't be discreet so if you want to walk around town with these on, you may attract unwanted attention from would-be robbers. The other complaint I have is that they are uncomfortable to wear for more than a few minutes at a time. This may be because they are over the ear type that blocks out all sound and the way they press against the area behind your ears. If you are watching a movie, you may want to take breaks and take these off for a while.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alot of bass for the money

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    Johnson
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    These headphones are legit, if you're looking for something that pack a lot of bass then look no further because these headphones will provide just that. If you listen to rap, dubstep you'll be pleased especially with the bass boost feature. The headphones are comfortable and fit snug on your head that way you don't have to worry about them sliding off. The noise cancelation is a remarkable feature that actually drowns out outside noise. The sound clarity is nice as well being able to both hear the highs and lows make these a must have for any audio enthusiasts. I wouldn't recommend wearing these during a workout only because of the quality of the headphones themselves I personally believe they're too nice to sweat in, but that's just my opinion. On a final note, I've owned a pair of the $400 beats headphones and these beat those out all the way and for half the price just FYI, I should never buy another pair of overpriced beats these have more bass as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones

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    Melissus2Go
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    Headphones have excellent sound and definitely accent the bass aspect of music. I had read reviews on the internet saying the sound was "unbalanced" and I would have to agree with that observation. Upper range sound was less that clear but still sounded OK. As I noted earlier, you definitely have a deep bass accent to everything. The ear pads are a bit large and sit on the outside of the ear. This isn't uncomfortable but makes the headphones somewhat bulky. I ended up returning these headphones because they are not rated to resist moisture and I wanted to use them while I exercise. I only found this out after getting them home and reading the instructions that came with the headphones. If you watch the Sony promotional video you will see a person running and exercising with them on so naturally I assumed they were water resistant. They are not water resistant.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not What I Expected But Still An Upgrade

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    I noticed these were on sale for a killer deal and, although I didn't necessarily NEED new headphones, they looked like a nice upgrade to my current Hesh2 Wireless Headphones. I read many of the reviews and decided they were worth the purchase. To be honest, I've never tried out noise cancelling headphones. I expected ALL NOISE to be cancelled. By that I mean I thought I'd put these bad boys on, press the NC button, and hear nothing at all. Instead, I am still able to hear people talking and a lot of outside noise. I got these for work and I wanted to be able to focus on whatever I'm doing and not get distracted by outside noise. These don't accomplish that but they do definitely help all that noise not intrude as much as my other headphones. So while I'm not 100% satisfied, I am still happy with their overall quality. I am still getting used to all the buttons on the cans, so oftentimes I find myself accidentally hitting the Bass Effect or Power Button. Also, the power doesn't last that long (3-5 days so far if I use them throughout my 8 hour workday) but that makes sense because the Noise Cancelling function requires more juice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound quality, decent ANC

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    Pablo
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    Like many others, I purchased these headphones on sale. I wanted a pair with active noice cancelation (ANC) but didn't want to shell out $300+ for Bose or other higher end Sony headphones. So far, I have really enjoyed these. The ANC isn't quite as good as what Bose offers but it isn't bad and definitely better than what Sennheiser offers even in their more expensive headphones. The audio quality of these is far from accurate. There isn't any bass until you turn the booster on and then it's more exaggerated than usual. I'm alright with this fun sound signature where the highs and lows are boosted. Music isn't clear but it is fun. Combine this with average ANC and you have a pretty good pair of headphones that are hard to beat. I just wish that the Bass Boost button wasn't tied to all bass and that ANC was a tad better. But, for $140, these simply can't be beat and I highly recommend them. You can turn the bass boost on without ANC for office use. Overall, I much prefer these over the MDR-100X headphones and, if you were going to buy those, I recommend these instead. They have better audio quality with the same level of ANC.

    I would recommend this to a friend