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Our take on the Sony MDR-XB950B1 EXTRA BASS™

Four words we often hear from our headphone customers: "I want more bass!" That's just what the Sony MDR-XB950B1 EXTRA BASS Bluetooth headphones deliver — without apologies. These over-ears play music wirelessly from your smartphone and feature 40mm drivers tuned for deep, punchy low end.

Give 'em what they want: extra bass

Four words we often hear from our headphone customers: "I want more bass!" That's just what the Sony MDR-XB950B1 EXTRA BASS Bluetooth headphones deliver — without apologies. These over-ears play music wirelessly from your smartphone and feature 40mm drivers tuned for deep, punchy low end.

Sony MDR-XB950B1 headphones with phone app

Sony's Headphone Connect app for Apple® and Android™ lets you adjust the amount of bass you hear.

Too often, headphone designs try to do too much, to please too many people. So it's refreshing that these headphones know exactly what they're for. Sony even included a Bass Boost button for those who want still more low-frequency impact. 

Made to feel and sound good

Sony also had bass in mind when they designed the cushioning on the earcups and headband. The oversized earpads are designed to relieve pressure on your ears and temple. But they also help minimize vibration and create a tight seal for serious bass.

Easy earcup controls for music and calls

Buttons on the left earcup let you control your music and volume. If a call comes through, simply hit the answer button and talk through the built-in microphone. Your phone can stay in your pocket the whole time.

Product Highlights:

  • closed-back, over-ear design helps seal out external noise
  • 40mm dynamic drivers tuned for deep, tightly controlled bass
  • EXTRA BASS Boost offers enhanced low-frequency response
  • Bluetooth 4.1 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 Android™ devices
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 18 hours of use
  • well-padded headband and earcups for comfort
    • oversized earpads help reduce vibration for better bass
  • earcup controls let you answer calls, play/pause music, skip tracks, and control volume
    • built-in microphone for making calls with a smartphone
  • free Sony Headphones Connect app for Apple® and Android allows you to adjust bass levels
    • select from sound presets like "outdoor stage, club, hall, or arena"
  • 47-inch detachable cable with 3.5mm miniplug connector for wired use
  • includes USB cable for charging
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz (Bluetooth), 3-28,000 (wired)
  • sensitivity: 105 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless over-ear headphones (blue)
  • 49" Audio cable (straight 3.5mm plug on one end and right-angled 3.5mm plug on other end)
  • 20" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Reference Guide
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty sheet
  • Sony Headphones Connect app promo

Headphones and your sale price are both great. Instructions by Sony misleading.

Roger, Elon, NC


Sony MDR-XB950B1 EXTRA BASS™ Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(13 Reviews)


mike from Pinon Hills, CA on 1/8/2019

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

the bass switch does not function I do not know how to employ the blue tooth system

Pros: it plugged in to my computer

Cons: the controls on the headphones none of them work there is absoulty no response on the controls

Crutchfield response on 1/9/2019 Mike, we're sorry you're having issues with your headphones. If you'd like some help, please just reach out to our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Great price.

Roger from Elon, NC on 9/13/2018

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Headphones and your sale price are both great. Instructions by Sony misleading.

Pros: Price

Cons: Sony instructions

Love them!

Daphne from Stafford Spgs, CT on 7/10/2018

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Sounds great! They could be a lil more comfortable because they don't relieve pressure if you try to stretch them due to the materials. Puts pressure on your extra ear piercings, such as industrial or gauges which can become sore if worn too long. Charges fast & battery life is good. Microphone could be better but still good for hands free phone calls. I reccomend if you love bass!

Pros: Great sound Charge time Battery life Noise cancelling Color BT range

Cons: Slightly uncomfortable after while Not flexible Mic could be better Makes ears sweat if not in cool place


Crutchfield customer from Arlington, VA on 5/18/2018

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Great sound and battery life!



Great Sound - Long Battery Life

Dave from Phila., PA on 4/17/2018

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Overall Very Happy - Bought a 2nd as a gift for someone else. (see Pros & Cons below for details)

Pros: - I use these when mowing the lawn and other household chores. The sound is great and the bass is definitely present. - After a month of use, I still did not need to charge it. - Surprised at the high quality of construction and materials.

Cons: Need new color choices. The shade of blue is not my favorite, too metallic (for lack of better term). However I really do like the blue on the ear cushions. A contrasting color on the head-band would be cool (maybe gloss gray [not metallic]). function wins over form in this case.


Patrick from Bellingham, WA on 3/16/2018

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See below.

Pros: You handled situation very professionally & timely. I will buy from you again.

Cons: shipment lost by shipper

Sony MDR-XB950B1 on-ear wireless

Crutchfield customer from Pagosa Springs, CO on 1/23/2018

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Sound quality is terrible. Almost unlistenable. On a kiosk at a local big box store, Sony billed this item as "nothing but bass". That's exactly how it performs. When listening to music why would one want to hear nothing but bass? Personally I would rather experience the full audio spectrum. Unless you do not know what true audio quality is or do not care, stay away from this disappointing product.

Pros: Appears to be of good structural quality and is very comfortable.

Cons: Poor sound quality. Virtually nothing broadcast over about a thousand cycles. Does not hold a charge for the amount of use time billed.

Sony MDR-XB950B1 on-ear wireless

Daniel from Bethlehem, PA on 1/12/2018

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They feel great even for long periods of time. I just thought for being headphones at this price point they would have a little better sound quality to them. They bass is almost too pronounced with bass effect on and not enough with it off. Overall they are good but I expected more.

Pros: battery, comfort

Cons: Sound quality

Sony home run

Carlos from Los Angeles, CA on 12/30/2017

Definitely surprised. I just came across these looking for a Bluetooth headset and I was dead set on the QC35's because of my experience traveling on long flights with my QC15's and I was sold on just dropping $$$ on another QC model. I have never been a fan of Bluetooth headsets and if someone would ask me I would say stay away and roll with the cord to get the best sound. First experience with Bluetooth headset were Macally in early 2k's when there were few stereo headsets out. It was cumbersome and sound quality was not there. I preferred infrared wireless headsets because the had the least latency as opposed to BT. I tried the QC35 but I am always a fan of more control. The QC has all the controls in 3 buttons, and I do despise holding down a button to go to next track just give me one button per function like a tapedeck (haha) these Sony's give you the control. Isolated buttons for volume then dedicated buttons for track selection that have a good tactile feel. The buttons for power, bass effect and Noise canceling on the left ear cup have unique contours going from convex to flat to concave which make them easy to locate. The bass thing worries me because not all tracks need bass extension but the app (once again) gives you the control needed. Turn the effect on and then dial it down as needed to get you closer to the accurate levels. They are definitely tuned with a scooped eq setting. These are not recording headphones, great for traveling and personal isolation. A+

Pros: Comfortable, control, efficient, lightweight, long battery life that can outlast any flight in a full charge, mic wounds good

Cons: Cannot mute the apps audio response when using functions like noise cancelling or bass effect - always a pause / audio reply / pause then continue to program material


Georges from Corona, CA on 12/19/2017

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fantastic ! LOVE!



Good sound, fit not so great

Kenton from Decatur, GA on 12/7/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought these headphones during cyber Monday as they were 50% off, and I had unused reward points/gift card that brought the price of these down. As always with Crutchfield, the headphones came fast with 2 day shipping, and packaged nicely. The Pros to these headphones are they sound really, really nice, especially with the genre of music I primarily listen to (hip hop/R&B/reggae). If you crave bass in your music, the bass in these headphones sound really nice. They paired to my iPhone effortlessly. They also look nice as well in person. So why the three stars? Well it's more like 3.5 stars. They aren't that comfortable to wear. Wearing these for longer than 30 minutes is a pain to say the least. I have worn these to the gym several times over the past week and a half and sometimes it's hard to focus on my workout because of how uncomfortable these things can be after a while. I am contemplating returning these. My last pair of headphones (Bose QC35s) were a lot more comfortable than these. It's just a shame I lost those on vacation a few months back.

Pros: Great sound, easy pairing, the bass

Cons: Not comfortable...


Crutchfield customer from Pierre, SD on 9/2/2017

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Great sounding. Excellent bass. Not noise cancelling but definitely noise reducing




Guest from Dania Beach, FL on 6/13/2017

I used beats before listening to these at a local retail store on the demo racks, by far one of the best bass outputs I have ever heard on a set of headphones. Another thing that I find kinda weird is when attached with wire it doesn't push the same amount of bass as when your listening to its wireless. If your looking for a nice set of wireless headphone and don't want to spend a bunch of money these are it.

Pros: Bang for Buck

Cons: Blu tooth stop working on first pair had to get a second pair but have not seen a problem sense


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.246" x 3.246"
Noise-canceling No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 3-28k Hz
Sensitivity 105 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 9.7 ounces
Cord Length 47"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage No
Charging Case No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Sony MDR-XB950B1 Bluetooth wireless over-ear 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. The soft earpads and padded headband let you listen for hours without fatigue. The headphones come with a USB charging cable, and an audio cable for plugging in to your music source when you can't (or don't want to) go wireless.

Bluetooth: The MDR-XB950B1s feature Bluetooth 4.1 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, SBC, 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.

Sony Headphones Connect: The new Sony Headphones Connect app is designed for use with the MDR-XB950B1 and MDR-XB950N1 headphones to make it easy to pair your device and headphones more easily, and customize the sound with new features. First-time Bluetooth pairing can be done exclusively on the app by following the easy on-screen guidelines. The app gives you exclusive "Surround" settings, allowing you to choose from the following "live sound" presets: Arena, Club, Outdoor Stage, and Concert Hall. The app's Dashboard indicates when you are connected via Bluetooth, and the level of the remaining battery charge. The Headphones Connect app is available for iOS (requires 9.0 or later) and Android (requires 4.2 and up) devices.

Extra Bass: The MDR-XB950B1s Extra Bass design emphasizes the deep heavy bass sounds, making them ideal for electronic dance music, rock, and other bass-heavy music genres. You can turn on Extra Bass by pressing the Bass Function button on the left ear cup. Extra Bass can only be used when the headphones are powered on. Using the Sony Headphones Connect app, you can vary the amount of the Extra Bass effect from -10 to +10.

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 left ear cup for making phone calls. The mic's frequency response is 50-8000Hz.

Voice Guidance: The MDR-XB950B1 features voice guidance to give you vocal confirmation of certain commands and functions. Through the headset you will hear voice guidance when powering the headphones on or off, when pairing with your Bluetooth device, when checking the remaining battery charge, and when turning the bass effect on or off.

Swiveling Ear Cups: The ear cups on the MDR-XB950B1 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-XB950B1s have large 40mm drivers that deliver full and balanced sound. You can enjoy a full 20Hz-20kHz frequency response when streaming music wirelessly, or an extended 3Hz-28kHz frequency response when listening using the cable plugged into the source device.

Rechargeable Battery: The MDR-XB950B1 has a built-in 3.7-volt Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The battery fully charges in about 4 hours via the supplied USB charging cable. Maximum battery life estimates (with Bluetooth) are as follows:

Music Playback 18 hours
Communications 18 hours
Standby 200 hours
Note: About 6 hours of continuous use is possible after 1 hour of charging.

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Why did you buy this?

Has a good reveiw from your staff [ Jose  Jul 25, 2018 ]
I've never been disappointed with Sony headphones. [ DANIEL L  May 08, 2018 ]
Like Sony products and good reviews. Also a great price on special. [ Andrea  Dec 19, 2017 ]
Price, features [ Cory  Dec 18, 2017 ]
Listened to them at a store... they sounded awesome. [ Jason  Dec 03, 2017 ]
For my college student who loves strong bass. [ Steven  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Great performance for this amount of money! [ DOMINGO  Jul 20, 2017 ]
Has good reviews, I couldn't pass on the sale price. [ CHRIS  Dec 22, 2017 ]
It feels right for my son's ears. [ Amol  Nov 12, 2017 ]
Well after reviewing some other Brands,music quality"performance" and comfortability, i did choose this one for my Son. [ Frank  Dec 21, 2018 ]