A decent listening experience.
Sony’s WH-XB900N sits right between the company’s Extra Bass series headphones and its noise-canceling headphones that are headlined by the awesome WH-1000XM3. It features Extra Bass technology present on other Sony headphones, but now with noise cancellation support so if you look at it, you’re getting the best of both worlds with the WH-XB900N.
From the outside, the WH-XB900N looks similar to the WH-1000XM3, albeit a little less premium given its more affordable price point. The headphones still have the excellent build quality, and the foldable design makes it easier to tuck away.
The control buttons are located on the left earcup, this includes a power button and another custom button that can be assigned using the Sony Headphones Connect app. There’s also a 3.5 mm audio port for wired connections and a USB Type-C port along with NFC for immediate connection to compatible devices.
A touch sensor is also present on the right earcup, which lets you control the volume and calls. You can swipe across or tap for playback controls or swipe up and down to adjust the volume.
The WH-XB900N also features a Quick Attention mode, where it lets ambient sound pass through the headphones and lowers the volume in case you need to speak to someone or if you need to listen to your outside surroundings. Covering the right earcup with your palm activates Quick Attention mode.
The padded earcups and headband on the WH-XB900N make it comfortable to use for long periods, though it gets quite hot to wear it after an hour or two, especially if you’re outside.
But how does the WH-XB900N sound? We’re glad to say that sound output coupled with deep bass and noise cancellation resulted in a rather pleasing listening experience. Extra microphones help the WH-XB900N fine-tune the noise cancellation feature and it works well considering the price range.
The Sony Headphones Connect app is needed to configure most of the WH-XB900N’s functions. Available on iOS and Android devices, the app also lets you control the equalize and various Adaptive Sound Control options.
During our time with the WH-XB900N, we managed to get around 33 hours of continuous music playback similar to what Sony has promised.
Overall, the Sony WH-XB900N delivers the right amount of bass and noise cancellation features to make it a less expensive alternative to the WH-1000XM3. For 899, casual users looking for a decent pair of everyday wireless headphones. can consider the WH-XB900N.
+ Great bass output
+ Good battery life
+ Excellent build quality
– None to mention
Final Rating: 4.5/5