Sony MDR-XB950N1: Boom Boom Bass
June 21, 2017

Let’s check out Sony’s latest headphone.

It seems a plethora of noise-cancelling headphones have started popping up from every audio manufacturer out there. Bose’s QuietComfort 35 and even Sony’s own MDR-1000X are among our favorite noise cancelling headphones – but one problem is the price, since most of these costs upwards of 1,200 and above. But with Sony’s MDR-XB950N1 offers a cheaper alternative – and it even offers bass that should make satisfy audiophiles. It’s wireless too, so it won’t matter if your smartphone still has the 3.5 mm audio jack or not.

The Sony MDR-XB950N1 comes in an almost matte-like finish in colors of green and black. The ear cups come in a more circular over the ear design and it is covered a soft faux leather that should provide a comfortable fit. Even if the ear cups look big, it isn’t as bulky when placed over your head.

A bulk of the physical controls are scattered on the ear cups. The playback controls feature a switch on the right ear cup along with the volume rockers while the left ear cup houses the noise cancellation button, input for using a wired connection, micro USB port for charging, the ‘Bass Effect’ button and the power button. Bluetooth is the primary connection here, and there is even NFC so you can easily pair it with supported devices.

While Sony did include a detachable audio cable, it doesn’t include an inline microphone or remote. You would need to download the free Sony Headphones Connect app so you can configure the settings and even apply audio filters to your music.

Testing it using an iPhone 7 Plus and a Samsung Galaxy S8, the Sony MDR-XB950N1 succeeds in its noise cancellation functions since it manages to completely block out background noise whether we were outside or inside. There is even a ‘sound through’ mode that will let some of the outside noise seep inside the headphones whenever you need it to.

But the bass is where the Sony MDR-XB950N1 excels. Deep, thumping bass resonated from the ear cups and delivered an awesome-sounding audio output that doesn’t overpower the other frequencies.

Battery is rated at 22 hours, though that may vary depending on how much you use the Extra Bass feature. But causal usage with the headphones yielded more than a week’s use of 2-3 hours before it needed charging.

Overall, bass is the main reason why you should get the Sony MDR-XB950N1 because it simply delivers on that front. The Sony MDR-XB950N1 is a decent performing pair of headphones that offers great wireless audio and a powerful bass.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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