Sony - XB80BS Extra Bass Sports Wireless In-Ear Headphones - Black

Energize your workout routine with these Sony wireless sports headphones. Their built-in LDAC enhanced codec support and Bluetooth connectivity let you stream high-quality audio content for an enhanced listening experience while you’re on the move. The included cable adjuster and clip help ensure these Sony wireless sports headphones stay in place.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Carrying Pouch
  • Headphone cable
  • Hybrid silicone rubber earbuds (SS
  • L x 2)
  • Length Adjuster
  • M
  • S
  • USB Cable

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (478 out of 553)

Features


In-ear design

Fits securely and directs music into your ears for full, uninterrupted audio.

Bluetooth 4.1 interface with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology

Enables simple pairing and wireless streaming with compatible devices from up to 33' away. Supports HFP, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP, SBC and LDAC Bluetooth profiles.

Rechargeable battery

Offers up to 7 hours of use and lasts up to 200 hours on standby mode.

In-line microphone

Lets you enjoy hands-free calls.

Water resistant

Provides protection from sweat and water, so you can easily wear headphones while working out.

12mm drivers

Deliver powerful sound.

4Hz - 24kHz headphones frequency response

Along with a 50Hz - 8kHz microphone frequency response ensures faithful sound reproduction.

Dynamic transducer design

For reference-grade audio.

Stereo design

Delivers crisp tones.

Carrying pouch included

For easy portability.


Overall customer rating

4.3
87%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

3.5

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super For All Physical Activities Senior Friendly

    Posted
    pauldar
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    Living in North Central Florida heat and humidity are always abundant. Rain showers from April to September are the norm. So, moisture is always present in one form or another for eight months of the year. But, these kinds of weather conditions also enable me to stay 'active' outdoors most every day. So, I eagerly jumped at the opportunity to receive the Sony, MBR-XB80BS Sports Wireless Headset in exchange for an honest and comprehensive review. I love listening to music whether indoors or out, and have done so all my 73 years. Surrounding myself with music indoors is never a problem. However, trying to listen to music outdoors while doing my early AM, five-mile walk, and while working in my garden and yard has been disappointing. Playing music on a portable radio was tolerable as long as I wasn't too far from the radio. Then the issue of my neighbors to consider regarding volume. So, I tried the 'water-resistant 'Walkman' style sports radios, but you had to strap the radio to your arm and wear an 'over-the-head' plastic strap from ear to ear, which just did not stay on with any of my outdoor activities. I even tried an inexpensive pair of ear buds, which plugged right into my Apple 5s. They also would not stay plugged into my ears with any physical activity. Then, Apple and most phones eliminated the 3.5mm auxiliary plug. So, after upgrading my phone there was no 3.5mm outlet to plug in to. Yuk! With all of my non-successes of trying to listen to music outdoors, I never gave 'wireless' a second thought. I thought the construction of outdoor headphones/ear buds was still the same old, same old. What a pleasant surprise this Sony Sports Wireless Headset turned out to be. YooHoo! For the past nine days I have worn this headset during my five-mile, morning walk exercise, and, while working in my yard and garden. Since they have a 'water resistance' feature, I even wore them while washing my car. However, like any new personal device it took me several days to get used too, especially the controls. But, they are designed and constructed with wear-ability and fit as the main features. Sure, the extra bass is good, but if the headset doesn't fit and stay on and in your ear during your physical activities, you can't enjoy it. In my opinion the design of these ear clips is most impressive. They are constructed with non-slip, engraved grooves, so as to keep firmly in place on/in your ears while you actively move your head and bounce your body from side to side and, or, up and down. Additionally, the clips are constructed with a camber like spring action. In other words when you place the clip behind your ear there is an opposite 'springy' action effect to keep the ear bud firmly, but gently in your ear (much like a paper clip). The sound is totally awesome, especially the bass, particularly after I learned to fit them into my ears correctly. WooHoo! The Bluetooth, wireless connection to my mobile phone allows me to play music, receive, and send phone calls. I must admit the controls on the right ear clip takes a little getting used to, and could use a more 'user-friendly' design. However, as a Senior, the feather-weight of this unit, approximately one ounce total (27g), is outstanding. The voice guidance feature is another impressive feature. She lets you know when the unit is 'ON/OFF', needs charging, low-battery level, and Bluetooth connection 'ON/OFF'. The multi-function controls on the right hand ear clip are simple, but tricky to use. Takes some practice using. TIP: If you use a Windows computer' USB plug to charge your unit make sure your settings enable the USB power even when your unit goes to sleep. In Windows 10 you can go to Control Panel, System & Security, to Power Options – then in Preferred Plans change your plan settings to enable the USB connections while the computer goes 'to sleep' for at least two hours, the time it takes to charge your Sony Wireless Headset completely. If you don't change these setting your USB plug will stop functioning when the computer goes 'to sleep' and won't fully charge your unit. I love using this Sony Wireless Headset for exercise and all sorts of outdoor chores. I wind up charging this unit pretty much daily, and, at night for convenience. Because of the heat and moisture here when I am done for the day I wipe the ear clips and buds down gently with a mild-disinfecting wipe since the clip is mostly plastic and impervious to moisture. Although, the operating instructions only specify a dry cloth to clean them. Keep in mind this unit is water resistant not water proof. You cant use them in pools, hot tubs, bath or shower. But, they have performed well in the high humidity and damp conditions of North Florida. I highly recommend this Sony Wireless Sports Headset for young or old for any kind of physical activities. I bought my sister one for Christmas because she is also an active 'walker' and gardener, who loves 'Easy-Listening' music from her mobile phone . . . . For you personally, or as a Holiday gift, friend's, relatives, or birthday present. Don't forget the Seniors on your list. You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I really wanted to like them

    Posted
    Daniel
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    These are the first pair of bluetooth earphones I've ever owned, so I was super excited to use them when they finally arrived at my house. After letting them get a full charge, pair them up with my phone (super easy setup BTW), I was pretty disappointed. The sound quality is actually better than I was expecting, especially when I swapped out the medium-sized rubber earbuds for the large and was able to get a secure fit with a nice seal in my ears. Audio quality was great......until I moved my head in any direction. The noise from the cable behind my head rubbing against my shirt or skin is very annoying and virtually unavoidable. I've tried tightening the little length adjuster for the cable, but it doesn't make much of a difference. The only thing that helps reduce (not eliminate) the rubbing sound is wearing a tighter shirt made from a super smooth material like nylon). At this point, I'm probably not going to use these for workouts and just use them at the library when studying. Another thing that bothers me is that these make my ears stick out, since the bulk of the headphones goes behind your ear. I understand this is to make them "secure" and prevent them from falling out of my ears, but I look ridiculous. It might just be my ears, you might not have the same problem, but only seeing side shots from the guy working out in the pictures on the Best Buy page for these makes me suspicious... I do love how durable these seem to be. I don't worry about breaking them or getting them dirty. I can clean them up with some water and a cloth and they're good as new. The battery life is also great. Sony claims that you can get seven hours of use, while I don't quite get that much out of them (closer to around six hours), it will depend on how loud you like your music. OVERALL: They're not terrible headphones. Sure, there are a few things I don't like about them, but there are things I do like. These were clearly meant for working out, but the sound from the cable with any movement will drive me nuts, so I'll stick with my simple/cheap Yurbuds for work outs for now. These Sony earphones are great for the library or studying though. THE GOOD: - Excellent sound quality - Great battery life - Durable build quality - Decent bluetooth range - Decent noise isolation THE BAD: - I can hear any movement from the cable. I shouldn't want to keep my head motionless when using headphones designed with working out as focus. - The design and way they sit behind my ears make them (my ears) stick out

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for me, if just a little expensive

    Posted
    meliz
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    Before purchasing these, I tried a cheap pair of wireless JVC because I've had some pretty good luck with them in the past. They were way too quiet and definitely did not stay in my ears at all. Then I tried a pair of wireless Insignia that fit better and were louder, but I really wanted to see what I could do with an upgrade. So I purchased the lower Sony XB50s using an Amazon Price Match because the Best Buy price is way too high. I really liked them but they were just a tad loose in my ears. Since I'm training for a half marathon, that just wasn't going to work for me... So after reading reviews for this set I returned the XB50s and purchased these and loved them. They are basically the same sound quality and comfort. These have a little less boom in the bass (which I appreciated). I like bass but the XB50s were way too muddy and these can be without proper EQ. My favorite part is the over-the-ear-hook. I have used that style earbud for years, and I love that they stay in place for me so much better. I didn't find the earpiece too bulky, but I also have kind of larger ears. Also, many have complained of a friction noise generated by the rubbing of the cord on your head/neck. While I could hear it in between songs or during very quiet moments in the song, I probably wouldn't have really noticed without having read that in a review. And when the music was louder (not even turned up all the way, but about 3/4 the way) I couldn't tell at all really. Overall I really like the set and I am super satisfied. I only leave 4 stars because I do feel as though they are a hair overpriced (maybe $75 or $80) would be better than $100). But it does come with a case which is nice. And it has the little tightening piece to hold the cord taught around your head/neck which is a nice feature than having the cord bounce all over the place while you run (and the tighter it was the less friction noise I heard). I am really happy with the purchase and look forward to using them as i train moving forward!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good pair of wireless headphones for running

    Posted
    Matthew
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    First off, I am very picky when it comes to headphones. Buying a new pair is always an ordeal. I reluctantly landed on these and love them. I bought these to run with. I run 25-35 miles a week in all conditions and I sweat buckets. These seem to be holding up very nicely. Pros: -Sound quality is good enough for running. -They are louder than other wireless headphones I have had or tried -You do get some base from them -They stay put nicely while I run -They are encased in plastic or rubber and seem very water resistant -They are very light weight -The battery life seems very good. I have yet to run the battery down. Seems like they can get me through a week of running. Cons: -The cord manager that reduces the slack when you run is junk. I ended up just using a couple rubber bands to band the loop together in the back. Discussion: I am a guy with normal guy-sized ears. These work very well for me. However, someone like my wife, whose ears are a little less elephant-like might find them too bulky and uncomfortable. For me, they are fine. I have worn them with sunglasses without issue as well. something to think about if you have smaller ears. I bought a pair of Jaybirds prior to this one. These are so much better. They are louder. They stay put better. And they seem to be better made (despite their light weight plastic feel). The Jaybirds lasted 1.5 runs before they decided they needed to take a break. I suspect that they got wet during a very swampy run and somewhere there was a circuit that needed to dry out. 3 days later they powered on again. But I took them back. This pair has performed much better. Also, I bought mine on sale for just under $100. At that price I would say they are an absolute YES. However, at their normal price, they start reaching the same price range as others such as Bose or Beats. My wired Bose sport headphones are the best phones I have ever had. I am assuming the wireless Bose would be good as well. I went with this pair because of price. Watch for these to go on sale. At $100, they are awesome. At $150, I would have considered other brands before these...but I considered others at $100 as well. The Sony's are just better than the other $100 pairs. I pair mine with a TomTom Spark 3 watch for the music. They do very well. Have not used them with a phone yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound Quality, But There Are Trade-offs

    Posted
    ryanmcv
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    After using these headphones during a few workout sessions, I've come to really enjoy their audio quality and durability. Here's my take: PROS: - Good (not great) sound quality. The packaging states that these have "extra bass," but I don't think the bass is any more powerful than my Bose SoundSport headphones. For a workout, the sound quality is just fine. - They seem very durable. They are water resistant, so you don't need to worry about sweating or splashing water on them. - Quick charging: A 15-minute charge should get you more than 1 hour of listening time. - Good battery life: On a full charge, I easily exceed 7 hours of listening time. - Good Bluetooth range: I don't lose connection to my iPhone until I'm about 30 feet away. CONS: - Awkward placement of control buttons. The pause and back/forward buttons are awkwardly placed behind the right earpiece, making the buttons rather difficult to locate and press. You sort of have to fold your ear down just to get to the buttons. - Wrap-around-ear design can become uncomfortable after prolonged periods of use. - Noise is transmitted through cable movement. If the cable rubs against your skin while running or working out, you'll probably hear the noise in the earpieces. OVERALL: If your looking for a nicely-priced pair of headphones for working out, give these a look. They might not produce studio-quality audio, but they will get you through your workout routine easily. Just be aware of the few compromises in comfort and usability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great bass and long lasting, however...

    Posted
    Alan
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    I'm usually not a fan of wearing in-ear wireless headphones because they're easy to lose, you have to constantly clean the gel buds due to earwax, and they don't fit as comfortably as on-the-ear headphones tend to be. These however changed my perception of what they could potentially become. Sony's XB80BS are considered "Extra Bass" which is a lineup of audio products that place an emphasis on bass gain without inhibiting performance and sound quality. By simply pressing the "bass boost" button on the right earpiece (awkwardly placed, IMO), an extra woofer turns on and equalizes the bass on whatever you're listening to so that the lower tones can be more pronounced without affecting the overall tonality of your highs and mids. I appreciate the enhancement functionality but typically most music sounds excellent enough for me without bass boost enabled. I would however turn the feature on if I wanted complete noise cancellation from outside sources. The XB80BS earbuds are tied together by a cord between both which is designed to be worn around-behind your neck. I try my best not to mess with the cord as any sounds made from any rubbing or movement of the cord gets fed to the earbuds, which can easily get annoying. So where does it plug in to your device, you ask? It doesn't. The XB80BS' easily pair via Bluetooth within seconds and offer up to 6-7 hours of battery life per full charge. You can also quickly get about an hour of usage with only 15 minutes of charging. For the most part, these in-ear wireless headphones do a good job of producing decent audio quality (with optional bass enhancement), long battery life, and for them being advertised as "sport headphones" seem pretty robust to handle daily use for a long time (of course nothing lasts forever, but you never know). They don't have me permanently switching from on-the-ear wireless headphones though. To each their own tastes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound Quality

    Posted
    Steve62305
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    I had requested these from Best Buy’s Tech Insider Network in the hopes that I could use them instead of my wireless over-the-ear headphones that become fatiguing after watching a 2 hour movie. This was my first pair of earbuds and I quickly found out that anyone with a disabling condition that affects the feeling, dexterity, or fine motor skill of the hands will have difficulty using these and probably any other earbuds. No reflection on Sony, but everything about ear buds is just too small for the disabled and better left to those with good hands. To appropriately evaluate these earbuds for this review my wife helped me use them. I am amazed at the great sound quality coming from such a small device. I mostly use them for watching TV, but I have used them to listen to music through my Android phone and my iPad Pro and the sound is phenomenal. From the comfort aspect, once the earbuds are installed in and hooked around the ears they stay put with minimal readjusting even throughout an entire evening watching TV. They are very comfortable to wear. Since they come with multiple sizes of ear tips, take the time to try each pair of tips to find the size that fits your ear canals best. If you don’t do this, the poor fit will adversely affect your listening experience. I continue experiencing difficulty with the Bluetooth pairing/re-pairing of these Sony earbuds to our Bluetooth dual-headphone audio transmitter. That transmitter allows two different Bluetooth devices to simultaneously receive the audio output from our TV. Our two headphones reconnect fine every time we go to use them. However, these Sony earbuds and the audio transmitter have to be put back into pairing mode every time we go to use the earbuds. Because the headphones reconnect fine to the transmitter, I’m thinking it’s the fault of the earbuds, but I can’t be sure. Once connected to the transmitter they are fine for that session. Once again, due to their small size, it was tricky for me to connect the USB plug for recharging. However, someone with able hands should have no problem. I did not use them to answer cell phone calls so I cannot evaluate that feature. Overall, I can recommend these high quality Sony earbuds to anyone with normal hands. Those with any disability of the hands should be looking at larger headphones if they want a satisfactory listening experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clear, full sound from tiny headphones

    Posted
    LouRevue
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    I've used these hang-on-the-ear type earbuds before and didn't like them. From proper fitting to poor sound, a few headphones I've had like this were pretty much a waste of money. Having gotten these, wasn't really expecting much from them even though it was Sony. However, just after a few minutes of using these, I am astounded by how well they fit as well as how they sound. The fit of these is surprisingly good. Previous headphones I've used were either too tight/small or loose and I never really got a good fit from them. These slip on easily and hold their place quite well. Sight issue is with the placement of the power button. It's really not that readily accessible and whenever you try to turn the power on/off, it jostles the headphones in the process which is a tad annoying. The sound is what I was surprised with the most. Mids/Highs came in nicely and there is a prominent, but not boomy, bass from these. These are extra bass models so it's to be expected however, I thought the lows from these headphones were quite good. Only issue with these is the cord. As with most other earbuds, whenever you walk/move, the cord will brush up against your clothes or something and you can hear it through the headphones. While the noise isn't that prominent on these, it is still noticeable. I guess it's to be expected. Overall, great set of earbuds. I'm planning on using these while riding the subway however these are pretty suitable for just about any use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about treble quality, durability, design and bass quality. Editors have mixed opinions about portability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 89/100 = Very good quality.
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