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Sony-MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones review

Sony MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones – a new device designed to surprise both ordinary and experienced listeners. It seems they are just wireless headphones, but if you look closely, and most importantly – listen, you feel the difference.

Sony MDR-XB950BT/B

Sony MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones are able to provide a high-quality sound when listening to music, watching movies or communicating via the internet. The headphones are the best for indoor use, and able to reproduce sound in a wide frequency range (from 3 Hz to 28 kHz). Wireless communication with a range of up to 10m is provided through the Bluetooth 3.0 interface. Four keys allow the user to control playback, adjust the volume of the sound and amplify the lower frequencies.

Sony MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones feature passive noise reduction system and a built-in microphone that transmits a clear speech. The body of the device weighing 280g is made of plastic, ear cups have a swivel design. Designers use leatherette for headband and ear cushions. The packaging contains a two-way audio cable with a standard connector of 3.5 mm and a battery with the ability of quick charge (4 hours) and provides up to 20 hours of intensive use.

Sony MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones


Sony MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones has the classic black color design with red inserts on ear cups.

Massive ear pads are about three centimeters thick. On the inside they have a cut in the shape of an ellipse to cover the entire ear. It’s comfortable to listen to music – the polymer foam with the “memory effect” harmoniously “adapts” to the ear shell, distributing the pressure throughout the area.

Plastic ear-cups are able to rotate at an angle of approximately 120 degrees. The headphones can be easily packed in a bag or backpack.

Sony MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones are not only wireless they also can be connected through a cable. The cable can be used only to listen to music: it doesn’t transmit a signal from the microphone of the device.

The creators of the headphones tried to spread the functions evenly over all surface of the ear cups. On the left, there is a power button, a Bass Boost button, micro-USB charging port, 3.5mm audio cable connector and a single device microphone.

There are two groups of buttons on the right side. Behind – button-jog switch, responsible for receiving a call, as well as the functions of Play/Pause and switching to the next/previous track.

On the right side, there is an NFC module, which helps to quickly and easily connect headphones to a smartphone or tablet.

For wireless connection, headphones use Bluetooth 3.0 and SBC, AAC, and apt-X audio codecs. Despite the fact that the version of Bluetooth is not 4.0 (which is much more economical than 3.0 in terms of power consumption), the headphones can work up to 20 hours after a full charge of the battery. It takes about four hours to complete the charge.


Sony MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones lie in a box of white heavy paper. It’s decorated with a photo of the headset from different angles.

Inside the white box, there is a black one, where the headphones lie . The headphones lie in a plastic base. In the cover of this box, there is a cavity in which lie the USB cable <=> micro-USB for charging the device and an audio cable with a standard 3.5 mm jack. The package doesn’t contain 6.3 mm adapter.

Sound quality

Sony MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones are universal. They’re wireless and wired headphones. Bluetooth bandwidth differs significantly from the audio cable, so headphones feature different frequency ranges: from 3 to 28 000 Hz on a wired connection, and from 20 to 20 000 Hz – on Bluetooth.

Since the Bluetooth connection is the main mode of using the device, it’s the best to use in that way. The sound of the headphones is very loud, especially when the Bass Boost is on. Without the Bass Boost, Sony MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones sounds quite smoothly. It’s possible to hear all the instruments that participated in the recording. The sound is fairly flat, but still, there are mid and high frequencies.

If you feel the sound is still low, by pressing the Bass Boost button, the electric bass enhancement turns on and almost any song gets a more voluminous sound. If you love the electronic music, you can feel the the night club atmosphere in your ears, but it’s suitable for almost any music. The sound of the MDR-XB950BT is universal: it’s a great joy to listen to classical, rock and pop music, and especially dance and hip-hop music, where the big emphasis is on the low frequencies.

When you wirelessly connect to your smartphone, SMS and other notifications go through regularly. The music becomes a little quieter and, even if you have not heard the familiar ringtone, it’s already easy to understand by this drop in volume that there is news on the mobile phone. To answer a call, it’s necessary to press the Play/Pause button. Talking is comfortable due to of the built-in microphone, the caller will hear you perfectly.


Sony MDR-XB950BT/B extra bass headphones are quality and versatile headphones, since they can work with or without wires. And yet, to listen to music on the go, it’s better to choose a wireless connection with Bass Boost turned on. In this mode, the sound is universal for the most music compositions. For wired connection and listening to uncompressed music (FLAC, etc.) you need to arm yourself with a good equalizer because in this mode the lack of Bass Boost function. And then, regardless of the musical genre, everything will sound very qualitative. But if you prefer a club sounds, and you have up to 20 hours to use it after just one battery charge, then why use the wire?


  • Possibility of wired and wireless connection;
  • Quality and surround sound on a Bluetooth connection;
  • Up to 20 hours of work after one battery charge;
  • Quality materials;


  • Poor equipment (due to lack of case and adapter for 6.3 mm);
  • Considerable weight.

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