I hear it s all about the bass. So have other headphone manufacturers,
This obsession has led to the engineers of the headphones we place over our ears becoming obsessed with discovering that perfect bass-heavy sound., And, with its MDR-XB950N1 pair, Sony is no different.
In order to please two camps in the headphone market, Sony will release a line of headphones that appeal to an audiophile and a bass fiend. The Sony MDR-XB950N1 is one such set of headphones for $250 (230, about AU$335). They have an active noise cancellation system and 22 hours of battery life
Even though it is a pretty innovative design, we found that the headphones were pretty one-dimensional. The audio quality isn’t amazing for anything other than specific genres.
– The Technology in the Sony MDR XB950N1 Headphone
– Drawbacks of the Product
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The Sony MDR-XB950N1 have a swivel folding design and will be extremely comfortable to wear for many hours. The appearance is subtle but the headphones look bulky
The headphone is made mostly of black plastic with metal adjustment sliders that make it feel more sturdy. Travelers will be pleased to know the MDR-XB950N1 can fold flat or up for transport and come with a simple fabric pouch.
Sony put as many buttons and controls on the headphone as they could.
Sony has included a number of convenient features in the Sony MDR-XB950N1. The downside of having so many buttons that are not labeled is that you must find each button by touch.
The Sony MDR-XB950N1 seems to be the perfect pair of headphones for people who enjoy bass heavy music.
Even without using the effects EQ, these headphones sound very bass oriented which makes listening to rap, electronic and trap enjoyable.
In addition to being able to tinker with the bass effect and virtual soundstage from Android or iOS app, you will be able to do so without an Android or iOS device.
The bass effect EQ is super easy to use, using its slider that goes from -10 to +10. Those who want a moderate impact on the sound can adjust it down, while those who are seeking more volume can crank it up all the way without requiring high-quality audio. Additionally, there are options for creating virtual surround sound with music as
In order to evaluate the Sony MDR-XB950N1 without bass emphasis, we switched off this effect. We immediately hear midbass emanating from these headphones with unfortunate side-effects – namely a reduction in a few of the mids and highs. Instruments sound duller than they do when using other types of music that don’t emphasize Turning down the bass helps reveal more detail in the mids for this headphone, but high frequency sounds are still less audible.
The bass effect was fatiguing on our ears and while the sound effects seemed powerful, it became too much for our ears after a few minutes. The bass had a visceral feel to it, but the sound was uncontrolled and flabby – like what you would hear at your neighbor’s local car meet that might rattle things within its range.
The Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) from the Sony MDR-XB950N1 performs well, but it still lags behind the class-leading Bose Quiet Comfort 35 in terms of effectiveness. Despite this, the ANC and sound does a great job reducing noise on trains and buses so that you won’t be annoyed by conversations or other There’s also a persistent hiss when the noise cancellation is on, but you won’t notice it as much if music is playing.
After spending a long time with the Sony MDR-XB950N1, we were torn. The headphones are excellent for specific genres of music but we couldn’t get past the fact that they weren’t very versatile. Every genre of music sounded dull because the frequency range had been trimmed.
The Sonys lack both multipoint pairing and auto play/pause when removing the headphones, features that the cheaper Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 has.
Enjoy! The Plantronics offers more features, a longer battery life (a day vs. Sony’s 22 hours), good noise cancellation, and a sound signature that complements all styles of music.
If you like deep bass, the Sony MDR-XB950N1 is perfect for you. The adjustable bass means you can control the headphones to play as deeply as you want. We would have preferred a multi-band EQ but Sony kept it simple with just a slider for adjusting the bass response level.
You can spend money to enjoy the Sony MDR-XB950N1, but it doesn’t include multipoint Bluetooth pairing and auto play/pause when removing the headphones. The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 gives you more features for $50 less.
If Sony were to create a bass-heavy headphone, we’d like new features to be included in addition to a solution for the problem of bass bleeding into mids and muffling highs. Needless to say, the Sony MDR-XB950N1 is simply an average headphone with just one strength which carries it through enough time frame until something