Sony MDR XB950BT Review – Top-of-the-Line Looks Meets Equally Great Performance

The Sony MDR XB950BT may not be for audiophiles who want the clearest and purest sound reproduction of their favorite tracks. The XB950BT (with the XB standing for Extra Bass) is at the top of the XB line. It supports wired and wireless playback with the assistance of Bluetooth technology. These combination of features are what bass lovers are looking for, and the results are surprisingly decent to stomach.

Sony MDR XB950BT Review - Top-of-the-Line Looks Meets Equally Great Performance

The Sony MDR XB950BT Brings in the Bass

While the Sony MDR XB950BT may not be for everybody, but after all things are considered, they are pretty reasonably priced. The XB950BT is one pair of headphones that is a better offering from Sony within this line.

To start, it does have an eye-catching visual appeal. Still, there are some who would call it tacks as its bright red metallic paint and oversized, angular, and hefty shape won’t please everyone. The case here is that Sony is trying to stick with the classic headphone design identity. They are also trying to continue the legacy of headphones being contemporary and cool. However, this is a subjective opinion as there are some who would not share the same thought.

As for the body of the MDR XB950BT, it uses a mixture of metal and plastic. The headband is made out of metal and is durable as it is springy. Therefore, it does add a comfortable touch for the device when worn over the head. The rest of the body is made out of durable plastic, which is reasonable considering the price point given to this pair of headphones. As for its ear pads, it is quite different from other headphones as they are more recessed and more comfortable, even when comparing it to other MDR headphones.

When using the XB950BT in passive mode, you are able to use an included 3.5-millimeter cable to connect to your smartphone or computer. In active mode, you can then make use of the bass boost button.

When you hold the power button down to switch it on, the headset will connect to a compatible NFC device that is held against the right cup of the headphones. Continue to keep the power pressed if you want to pair another device.

The Sony MDR XB950BT definitely emphasized bass frequencies, while the rest of the spectrum is not thrown out of balance. This is, of course, when you haven’t pressed the bass boost button yet. Still, even with the bass boost feature turned on, it still performs surprisingly well and there are no extreme distortions found for the entire audio signature. This is clearly one of the better headsets found in the XB family.


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