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Sony XBA-BT75

Bluetooth® in-ear headphones

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by David Brown
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Great sound goes hands-free with Bluetooth®

Great headphones don't have to be tethered to your mobile device. Go hands-free with Sony's Bluetooth XBA-BT75 and get more out of your music while phone calls are just a push-button away.

The XBA-BT75 combines great sound with versatility: you can control your music and your phone, all without the burden of cumbersome cables tugging at your ears. Keep your phone safely tucked away in your pocket or bag while the XBA-BT75's Bluetooth connection lets you wirelessly stream music right to your ears. When your phone rings, the music pauses automatically, and calls are easily answered with a simple push of the earpiece button. The tiny built-in microphone keeps these headphones incredibly small while keeping you in touch and in control.

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Balanced armature technology: compact and uncompromised

Bluetooth is not just for one ear anymore. Enjoy uncompromised stereo sound in a remarkably small headphone thanks to Sony's balanced armature technology. Unlike dynamic drivers in typical headphones, the XBA-BT75's micro drivers use a pivoting magnetic arm to generate crystal-clear full-range sound in a compact design. The result is a great-sounding little headset that won't leave you fiddling with a clunky headband or getting caught up in dangling wires.

Comfort and convenience

Not all ears are created equal. Sony gives you lots of options to make sure these headphones fit comfortably while remaining securely in your ears. Adjustable ear hangers and three pairs of interchangeable ear tips ensure a snug fit while sealing in sound for distraction-free listening. The unobtrusive neck cord features a built-in remote for volume and track control. Or simply use it to drape the earpieces around your neck when not in use.

Charge your headphones anywhere

Keeping the XBA-BT75 headphones charged up and ready for action is a snap. The included carrying case features a built-in rechargeable battery. Just secure the headset in the case, snap the lid shut, watch the red indicator light glow, and charging has begun. Or plug the case into your computer using the supplied USB cable to charge the headset or the case battery. Multiple charging options ensure your Bluetooth headphones are always juiced up for long listening sessions or extended conversations.

Highlights:

  • in-ear headphones with rear-hanging neck cord
  • Bluetooth® wireless operation:
    • stereo A2DP for streaming high-quality audio from compatible mobile phones, music players, and computers
    • make and receive hands-free calls with compatible mobile phones
  • built-in omnidirectional microphone for clear phone conversations
  • Bluetooth transmission range: up to 30 feet
  • talk time: up to 7 hours
  • listening time: up to 7 hours
  • standby time: up to 100 hours
  • rechargeable via carrying case or USB cable (can be fully charged approximately 2.5 times from fully charged carrying case battery)
  • multi-function button on right earpiece for on/off, music playback, and receiving calls
  • separate remote built into neck cord for volume and track control (next/previous and fast-forward/rewind)
  • 3 pairs of hybrid silicone ear tips included for optimum comfort and sound quality
  • carrying case with rechargeable battery for on-the-go charging as well as soft carrying pouch
  • USB charging cable included
  • frequency response: 3-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 108 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • weight: 1.41 oz.
  • warranty: 90 days parts, 1 year labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style In-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth Yes
Frequency Response 3-28k Hz
Sensitivity 108 dB
Impedance 8 Ohms
Weight 1.41 ounces
Cord Length Not Given
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Parts Warranty 1 year
Labor Warranty 90 Days
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Bluetooth in-ear headphones (w/ in-line volume control)
  • 3 Pair of silicone ear tips (S/M/L)
  • 23" charging cable (terminated by a mini-USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Charging case
  • Carrying pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • "How to use the carrying pouch" note
  • Note on charging the headset
  • Warranty Card

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Features

Balanced Armature Drivers: The Sony XBA Series Bluetooth in-ear headphones (XBA-BT75) are outfitted with Sony's newly developed Balanced Armature driver units engineered for crisp, balanced sound of incredible depth and precision. Infused with premium audio technology, even the most subtle musical nuances are delivered with tremendous clarity and detail. Compared to conventional dynamic drivers, Balanced Armature drivers deliver crystal-clear vocals and booming bass with impressive depth. Plus, the micro-sized, full range driver comes precision tuned by Sony engineers to evenly reproduce a broad spectrum of high to low frequency response for an incredibly balanced audio experience.

Noise Isolation Design: Because Balanced Armature drivers sport an ultra compact design for a smaller overall form factor, they slip easily inside the ear for a snug, more natural-feeling fit. The result is reduced ambient noise and limited sound leakage.

Multiple Ear Tips: The Sony XBA Series Bluetooth in-ear headphones come with 3 sizes of silicone ear tips (s/m/l) to ensure a tailored fit that further maximizes overall sound quality and comfort.

Over-The-Ear Loop: The XBA-BT75 in-ear headphones are sure to stay in place and keep up with your pace thanks to the adjustable over-the-ear hangers that fit behind your ear.

Built-in Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth technology lets you free yourself from cables and cords. The Sony XBA-BT75 Bluetooth headphones allow you to take hands-free calls or wirelessly listen to music from your compatible Bluetooth-enabled device without having to plug it in. Sporting a groundbreaking box-free design, the ultra compact earpieces provide greater comfort and a more discreet look. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone or other mobile device must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. The Sony XBA-BT75 is Bluetooth version 3.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) certified for higher quality transmission (2 Mbps) with less interference. These headphones are compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

  • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile)
  • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

Note: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or other device must be paired with the XBA-BT75 headphones before hands-free operation. This unit can be paired with up to 8 devices. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony XBA-BT75.

Hands-Free Communication: The Sony XBA-BT75 in-ear headphones support Bluetooth hands-free communication (HFP/HSP) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The integrated multi-control button of the XBA-BT75 can be used to answer an in-coming call or end a call. A ring-tone will be heard through the headphones during an incoming call. The XBA-BT75's integrated omni-directional microphone lets you carry on your side of the conversation, while listening to the caller's voice through the earphones.

Note: You will still need to make outgoing call from your mobile phone's keypad or touchscreen. Once you have dialed the number from your phone, the call will automatically switch to the Sony Bluetooth headphones.

Wireless Audio Streaming: The Sony XBA-BT75 headphones support wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The Bluetooth headphones will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Next/Previous Track, and Fast Forward/Rewind (via the integrated multi-control button). The XBA-BT75 also supports audio streaming of music apps (such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, or Slacker); but without control. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps.

Note: When receiving a phone call while listening to music, the music audio pauses and the ring-tone is heard through the headphones.

Rechargeable Batteries: The Bluetooth headset and included carrying case contain rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries (3.7V), which should be charged before using for the first time. A fully charged battery lasts up to 3.5 hours (continuous) or 400 hours (standby).

Charging Case: The included carrying case also doubles as a portable battery charger, so you can fully charge the Bluetooth in-ear headphones on the go. Simply plug the supplied USB cable between the charging case and a free USB (type-A) port on your computer. A full charge takes approximately 2.5 hours.

 

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Quick impressions from the Lab

Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

Easy to use, if you follow the directions

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 9/4/2012 11:01:00 AM

The XBA-BT75 are unusual-looking, to say the least. And I have to admit, I wasn't entirely sure it was a practical design — until I tried them out, that is. The earbuds seem bulky, but they're quite lightweight. And they stay put comfortably, if you take the time to put them on properly. The small boxes attached to the earbuds should point up, and the wires loop back around the ears.

I didn't read the instructions, and put them in with the boxes pointing down at an angle. The connecting wire didn't sit right, and the earbuds didn't stay in place. Read the directions.

Pairing the headphones was simple (if you read the directions). And soon I was enjoying some music streaming from the Crutchfield Labs iPhone®. The sound was clean and detailed. The bass didn't go super-low, but switching across musical genres, the overall sound remained nicely balanced, overall. Definitely one of the better Bluetooth in-ear headsets I've tried out.

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Good start for Sony creating a really cool product. Sound quality is decent considering it is bluetooth but surely in time they can improve on this. Same can be said about the comfort. I look forward to the next version of this product. Hopefully Sony improves on the sound quality and comfort.
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Wireless convenience
Cons:
Sound quality is okay but nowhere near wired earphones. Not very comfortable.
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