Review: sony mdr

The headmix was launched at CES 2017 It is priced at Rs. 13,990 in India It lives up to the "Extra Bass" name
At CES 2017, Sony announced four new pairs of headphones in its Extra Bass line - including the wireless MDR-XB950B1. This NFC-enabled Bluetooth không dây headphối promises a bass-led sound, with aptX for clearer wireless audio, và a companion ứng dụng that lets you choose between different EQ settings to personalise the sound.

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At the time, Sony also released the MDR-XB950N1, which is pretty much the same thing, but with one additional feature: active sầu noise cancellation. Unfortunately, we haven"t had a chance lớn get our hands on those cans yet, but we did get lớn try out the XB950B1, & used it for just under a week. According to lớn the packaging, this headphối is designed lớn be used with smartphones, & that"s how we used it the most, paired wirelessly.

The headphối is bulky, but fairly comfortable, và the first impression it made was that the bass was overpowering everything else - which is something that more than a few cans in the XB family are guilty - or proud, depending on your perspective sầu - of. We used it for a couple of days, finding the sweet spot, & after some time, we"ve sầu formed a detailed impression of it. Read on to know more about whether or not the Sony MDR-XB950B1 is worth your time and money.


Sony MDR-XB950B1 thiết kế and featuresAs we stated above, this headphối is pretty big & bulky. The MDR-XB line has some models that can be folded inlớn a fairly small kích cỡ, while others can only be laid flat. This one falls inlớn the latter category. The earcups are huge & heavily padded, with a rubbery finish that looks like it could get really sweaty. However, the headset is actually fairly comfortable to lớn wear when in use.

Wearing it around your neck while on the move is hugely uncomfortable though - either put it on, or slip it inlớn your bag, if you know what"s good for you.

The rest of the design is very typical of Sony"s XB family, with the power & bass effect buttons on the left cup (along with the Micro-USB charging port and 3.5mm input), while volume và playback controls are on the right cup. There"s also a mic on the left cup for hands-không tính phí calls, if you want.


The Sony MDR-XB950B1 promises 18 hours of runtime after a 4-hour charge. There"s also an included audio cable that you can use if the battery runs out. Each driver is 40milimet in size, và the frequency range is rated at 3Hz lớn 28,000Hz. Weighing in at 281g, this isn"t the lighdemo pair of headphones, but as we stated above sầu, it feels comfortable enough. How it sounds is, well, a little more complicated.

Sony MDR-XB950B1 performanceOur first impression was that there"s way too much bass, & the sound isn"t very clear either. If you"re listening khổng lồ pop tracks that have some amount of bass - think something by Arctic Monkeys, for example - then you"re definitely going lớn agree. Vocal-led tracks, such as songs by the Beatles, suffered greatly as well. But when we switched to lớn hip-hop, things started to lớn get better. We listened khổng lồ a few Ludacris songs, và enjoyed the percussion, though other low notes were not very satisfying. Kanye West"s Black Skinhead on the other hvà sounded great, which was unexpected.

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The MDR-XB950B1 has a very specific sound. After listening khổng lồ more Kanye & then some electronic music, we started to find a groove that works. We tkết thúc lớn overuse the phrase "it"s not for everyone," but this is one place where it really applies. You get a ridiculous amount of bass, especially after you press the Bass Effect button, but although that"s important, you really vì chưng need lớn use your smartphone lớn drive sầu these headphones, as we soon discovered.


You see, the secret is the companion ứng dụng, with its equaliser, which gives you a chance to lớn actually make the MDR-XB950B1 sound good. You can mix the amount of bass boost, and it"s a control you"ll be playing around with a lot to find the sweet spot for the songs you"re listening to. Surround sound settings can be tweaked as well. If there had been at least a few presets that you could change directly from the headphones it would have sầu made this sản phẩm a lot more versatile, but this is better than nothing, we guess.

With a little tweaking, the rest of the frequency sounds… fine. It"s not a sound that will blow you away, but the MDR-XB950B1 will not be a big letdown either. You definitely won"t see it used anywhere as a pair of reference headphones, but if you want a really specific sound for specific kinds of music, then it could be fun to own.

Surround sound is something this headmix is pretty good at, by the way. Perhaps thanks lớn all that extra bass, spatial awareness is really good. The barbercửa hàng 3 chiều sound kiểm tra was excellent. Isolation is also pretty decent, as expected thanks to the large earcups.


Overall, we feel that the MDR XB-800 offers a much better tuned sound out of the box, but if you"re willing to play around with the ứng dụng, the MDR-XB950B1 doesn"t disappoint either.

As for calls, that side of things actually worked really well. We had some doubts about the microphone"s positioning, but it picked up audio clearly. With respect to the Bluetooth không dây range, the headphonesworked reliably even at distances of up to 10 feet - the distance you"d get while walking around in your bedroom or living room, for instance.However, there"s one catch - the mic only works in Công nghệ Bluetooth mode, so if your battery is down, you can"t use this as a hands-không lấy phí headphối.

VerdictThe XB family has been around for a while, và the MDR-XB950B1 looks a little dated. It"s also somewhat expensive sầu for what you"re getting - but it"s definitely fun lớn listen to lớn the right music with. It"s hard to say that this is a great pair of headphones. The audio isn"t perfect, the signature is definitely weird, and you"ll have lớn spkết thúc time tweaking the EQ. However, if you love trying out new headphones & want something that really stands out aurally, then this is certainly an interesting option.

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On the other hand, if you"re investing in your first pair of earphones outside the entry cấp độ, then this isn"t the all-rounder you need lớn buy right now.

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