Sony MDR-XB950BT Extra Bass

Wireless Bluetooth® headphones

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Have your bass and stream it, too

The Sony MDR-XB950BT headphones combine two things that our customers really love: wireless listening and deep, powerful bass. Bluetooth connectivity allows easy wireless connection between these headphones and your smartphone or tablet (and some computers, too). Roam free from your device (up to 30 feet away) while your music keeps playing. You can also take hands-free calls on your smartphone with the 'XB950BT. Earcup buttons keep you in control, so you can answer and hang up, adjust the volume, as well as play, pause, and skip tracks.

More bass when you want it

Some customers like headphones that deliver a heavy dose of bass all the time. But others like to pick and choose their spots for enhanced low frequencies. That's just what these headphones allow you to do. When you encounter a track that demands a little more bottom end, just press the Bass Boost button on the earcup. The built-in digital signal processor will work its magic, boosting the low frequencies and giving your music more bounce and punch.

Product Highlights:

  • closed-back, over-the-ear design helps block out external noise
  • Bass Boost button offers enhanced low-frequency response (requires headphones to be powered on)
  • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphones
    • aptX™ and AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
    • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible devices
  • earcup controls let you answer calls, play/pause music, skip tracks, and control volume
  • built-in microphone for making calls with a smartphone
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 20 hours of use and 200 hours of standby time
  • includes 47-inch mini headphone cable for wired listening (disables Bluetooth functionality)
  • 40mm dynamic drivers
  • wireless range: 30 feet (line of sight)
  • includes USB cable for charging with a computer or AC adapter (AC adapter not included)
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz (Bluetooth), 3-28,000 (wired)
  • sensitivity: 102 dB
  • impedance: 24 ohms
  • weight: 10 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year (parts), 90 days (labor)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Bassy Headphones!

Written By Anonymous, Kennesaw, Georgia on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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These headphones can produce a lot of bass when you have the bass boost button on! I always use bass boost in every song I listen to and when it comes to a movie, I turn it off b/c the bass is just right without the bass boost. I love these headphones! Mostly recommended to anyone who loves bass bass and bass!!

Pros: Battery life is excellent! Bass boost can thump! Really comfortable!

Cons: None

A Beats knockoff?

Written By Mike B, Portland Maine on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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I bought these because I needed the aptX codec for a Bluetooth system I put together for my big screen TV. While using it for the television, it provides enough bass to make the sound rich, with no latency. So then I tried them for music. Holy smokes! The bass is so bloated,muddy,etc. I had a hard time focusing in on any treble sounds. I tried the "bass button" and the music distorted so bad, I had to take them off. I understand they are "extra bass" but c'mon Sony, I know you can do better than this. I imagine you can EQ them down through your music player, but they sound like any of the old Beats headphones. I almost returned them but decided to use them solely for TV and movies.

Pros: Good build quality, very comfortable, long battery life

Cons: Awful representation of what bass should sound like.

best choice

Written By Rubier@, ny on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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I spent days researching and testing differents wireless headphones and under $200 nothing else beats the MDR XB950BT . From sound quality, construction , features, battery and easy of use is without any doubt the best wireless headphones on the market.

Pros: Super super Xtra bass on demand (if you are not a bass lover you can turn off Xtra bass and enjoy as you would on a regular headphones, but is there if you want that extra boom sound). Insane battery life aprox 11hrs non stop. Big noise isolation capabilities. Clear lows, mids and high frecuency. Cristal clear phone calls.

Cons: Maybe not too confortable for longer periods of time.

Very good headphones

Written By AMP, Winchester, va on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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I bought these for my teenage daughter for Christmas. She uses them every day and is very into her music. They were extremely easy to pair to her iPhone 5 and they do not leak sound at all. I can't hear the music when she's next to me in the car and she doesn't hear mine when I turn the stereo up either. The bass boost is a nice feature and dies enhance some of the songs. The build quality is good also but the best feature may be the comfort. They are super soft and she can wear them for hours with no discomfort.

Sony MDR-XB950BT Extra Bass

Written By don k, leawood, kansas on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

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my wife really enjoys these headphones. They are comfortable, sound good, and are easy for her to use either listening to music or while she is on the phone.

Good Bang For Your Buck

Written By edg the real22, dallas texas on Thursday, January 01, 2015

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Overall pretty good headphones especially for the reasonable price way lower then beats.more bang for the buck with thesethe material it's made of seems durable although I've only had them for a weekonly complaint they fit kind of loose if you have a small headif they had fit a little tighter id give a 5 but still good headphones overall

Pros: good material build...good sound and a ton of bass

Cons: they can be a little loose if you have a small head

Beats Beets for half the cost.

Written By willyt, Christiansburg, Virginia on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Practically speaking, Bluetooth (wireless) audio quality cannot match that of hardwired ones. However the Sony MDR-XB950BT gets you pretty darn close. The sound is plenty good enough for playing compressed audio and there's a hardwire included for those times you want to get the maximum sound quality.

Pros: Good build quality, comfortable, very good sound quality for Bluetooth audio device, very good battery life, reliable and consistent Bluetooth connectivity, good selection of controls built into unit (play, pause, next/previous song, volume up/down), built in microphone, hardwire option and more affordable than other comparable brands.

Cons: Hardwired mode requires a specially modified cable (included), controls are a little difficult to locate/operate while wearing, Bass Boost is ok for ultra low volume levels but otherwise overbearing and not useful. Would rather have less weight, lower price or noise reduction circuitry in place of Bass Boost function.

Great headphones

Written By Rob, Walker, MN on Friday, December 26, 2014

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Synced immediately and produce great sound with ample bass with boost on. Great product

Pros: Cool, sound great, bluetooth is excellent

Cons: None yet

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What's in the box?

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  • Wireless stereo over-the-ear headphones
  • 23" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
  • 48" Audio cable (straight 3.5mm plug on one end and right-angled 3.5mm plug on other end)
  • Reference Guide
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty sheet (US)
  • Warranty sheet (Canada)

Features and Specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth Yes
Frequency Response 20-20k / 3-28k Hz
Sensitivity 102 dB
Impedance 24 Ohms
Weight 10 ounces
Cord Length 48"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 90 Days

Product Research


Overview: The Sony MDR-XB950BT Bluetooth wireless headphones let you enjoy your music without the hassle of dangling cables. The headphones have Bluetooth wireless technology, as well as the easy pairing of NFC. A switchable Electro Bass Boost function gives your music a more powerful sound when you want it. The soft earpads gently surround your ears for hours of comfort. The headphones come with a USB charging cable and an audio connecting cable for those times when you need to plug the headphones in.

Bluetooth: The MDR-XB950BTs feature Bluetooth 3.0 to wirelessly deliver crystal clear audio from a compatible digital music player, smartphone, tablet, or computer within a range of approximately 30 feet (10 meters). The headphones are compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles: Headset Profile (HSP), Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP). Built-in apt-X and AAC codec support provides maximum signal quality when streaming your audio wirelessly.

NFC: With compatible Android smartphones (Android 2.3.3 or later), you can pair with the headphones using NFC (Near Field Communication) using the one-touch connection method. By simply touching the device to the "N" mark on the right ear cup, the phone and headphones are instantly connected.

Music/Phone Controls: The headphones have built-in controls on the right ear cup for music playback as well as phone calls. When listening to music via Bluetooth, you can use the two-way slide switch for skip next/previous, fast forward/reverse. Pressing the slide switch allows you to pause/play the music or answer/end a phone call. A separate rocker switch controls volume up or down. An omnidirectional, electret condenser microphone is located on the front of the left ear cup for making phone calls. The mic's frequency response is 100-4000Hz.

Electro Bass Boost: The MDR-XB950BT is equipped with an Electro Bass Boost circuit that delivers extra bass at the press of a button.

Note: The Electro Bass Boost feature does not operate when the headphones are connected via the included cable.

Swiveling Ear Cups: The ear cups on the MDR-XB950BT swivel out to let you listen to external sounds or carry on a conversation. When not in use, the swiveling ear cups fold flat for easy storage.

Drivers: The MDR-XB950BTs have large 40mm drivers that deliver full and balanced sound. You can enjoy a full 20Hz-20kHz frequency response when streaming music, and an extended frequency of 3Hz-20kHz when using the supplied cable.

Rechargeable Battery: The MDR-XB950BT has a built-in 3.7-volt Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that fully charges in about 4 hours via the supplied USB charging cable. Maximum battery life estimates (with Bluetooth) are as follows:

Music Playback 20 hours
Communications 20 hours
Standby 200 hours
Note: About 7 hours of continuous communication is possible after 1 hour of charging.

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