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Sony MDR-XB950N1 EXTRA BASS™

Bluetooth® wireless noise-canceling headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Sony MDR-XB950N1 EXTRA BASS™

Sony's EXTRA BASS series headphones are popular because they feature two things that customers crave — Bluetooth and big low-end thump. The Sony MDR-XB950N1 wireless headphones tack on noise-cancellation for a crowd-pleasing trifecta. Sony's internal circuitry helps cancel out the commotion around you, so you can focus on the forceful bass. 

More bass, fewer distractions

Sony's EXTRA BASS series headphones are popular because they feature two things that customers crave — Bluetooth and big low-end thump. The Sony MDR-XB950N1 wireless headphones tack on noise-cancellation for a crowd-pleasing trifecta. Sony's internal circuitry helps cancel out the commotion around you, so you can focus on the forceful bass. 

With phone app

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

Made for the true bass buffs

If you're looking for headphones that sound absolutely balanced, look elsewhere — Sony is playing to the bass crowd here. But our customers who prefer that low-end emphasis generally review the Sony EXTRA BASS series well. They describe the bass as tight and hard-hitting — not bloated or unruly — so it enhances the overall energy of the sound. 

And for songs that need really thunderous low-end impact? Sony's even included a Bass Boost button on the left earcup. 

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
  • active noise-canceling circuitry to minimize external noise
  • 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
    • LDAC Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming from compatible sources
    • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible Android™ devices
  • 40mm dynamic drivers tuned for deep, tightly controlled bass
    • Bass Boost button offers enhanced low-frequency response
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 22 hours of wireless use with noise cancellation and Bass Boost
  • well-padded headband and earcups for comfort
    • oversized earpads help reduce vibration for better bass
  • built-in microphone for making calls with a smartphone
  • earcup controls let you answer calls, play/pause music, skip tracks, and control volume
    • Bass Boost and noise cancellation buttons also on earcup
  • 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: 96 dB
  • impedance: 47 ohms (when connected via headphone cable with noise-cancellation "on")
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless over-ear headphones (black)
  • 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)
  • Cloth storage pouch
  • Reference Guide
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty sheet
  • Sony Headphones Connect app promo

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Great sound with exceptional bass! I use the app that is provided by Sony to fine tune the sound, really nice feature. Came the next day from Crutchfield as advertised. Great company, thanks!!

Charles, Lexington, VA

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Sony MDR-XB950N1 EXTRA BASS™ Reviews

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(22 Reviews)

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Guest from Mt Crawford, VA on 1/18/2019

Easy setup. Great sound!

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Crutchfield customer from Morgan Hill, CA on 1/11/2019

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These headphones have amazing sound quality. They are also great with noise canceling. They are comfortable and very light weight.

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Crutchfield customer from Hudson, FL on 1/1/2019

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Couldn't get them to work between the Pandora and my Sony TV so I gave them away to my niece

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Tom from Pierre, SD on 12/31/2018

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OK for the price. Not very comfortable for me. Low budget headphones. Wish I would've bought a better pair.

Pros: Low price

Cons: Uncomfortable. Sound quality average

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Charles from Lexington, VA on 12/31/2018

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Great sound with exceptional bass! I use the app that is provided by Sony to fine tune the sound, really nice feature. Came the next day from Crutchfield as advertised. Great company, thanks!!

Pros: Exceptional sound Fits well and comfortable

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Bastrop, TX on 12/30/2018

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Nice product. Sound is good. Noise canceling good

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Great value

Jerry from Blytheville, AR on 12/29/2018

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Purchased these week before Christmas, has a lot of bass so if you like bass these ae for you. Have worn these for 10 hour sessions, the are very comfortable. They do everything that advertised. They are a little on the heavy side but these are a great value for the money. I would recommend these to anyone.

Pros: Does everything that advertised. They sound really good.

Cons: Little on the heavy side.

Smashing bass and crysyal clear sound!

Greg from Pompano Beach, FL on 12/29/2018

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These headphones are life changing! I would and have recommended them to friends. They feel and sound great and go a long time before recharging.

Pros: Sound great and look good and they are at a really incredible price!

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Easy set up, my wife loves them..

Steven from East Sandwich, MA on 12/27/2018

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Easy set up, my wife loves them.. Frankly, this is the first "tech toy" in a while I've gotten for my wife that I didn't have to set up for her. So, I gratefully don't really know what the set up was, but it must have been pretty easy with her ipad.

Pros: Easy set up, my wife loves them..

Cons: long charge time - 7 hours

Great sound, poor fit

Crutchfield customer from Silver Spring, MD on 12/18/2018

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Great sound with high quality. Quite happy with the purchase. My 4/5 rating is because I find them uncomfortable to wear.

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They Do the Job!

Jack from Redford, MI on 12/17/2018

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I wanted some noise cancelling phones for my son. He says they block out my wife and I when we argue. If they do that, they must be DAMN good!

Pros: They work as advertised. (How much stuff doesn't?)

Cons: None

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Ruben from Carson, CA on 11/30/2018

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Was looking for some good wireless headphones to watch movies and tv on my apple tv. Loving the voice indicator when you turn on/off the device or turn on/off noise canceling or bass effect. Watching action movies with the bass effect on is the way to go. Happy with these headphones.

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Sound is Excellent; Noise reduction Wonderful

Robert from Port St Lucie, FL on 9/3/2018

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These headphones are great. The sound is superb! The noise reduction really works very well. I purchased them to use at LA Fitness. They have ongoing music there -- music that is loud and not at all what I want to hear. The Sony headphone eliminate the outside music. Fantastic!

Pros: Great purchase at a low price for the quality.

Cons: None

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Guest from Cincinnati, OH on 8/10/2018

Really like the noise canceling a lot. Used it every week day for Skype meetings. Music sound was really rich. By far my overall favorite set of head phones. I could even use it well on my Android phone. --sound is great --noise canceling is good --blue tooth range works well --battery life is very long --very comfortable However, one day, as I was putting them on my head for another meeting. I heard this tiny cracking sound. Sure enough the plastic that holds the earpiece had cracked just below the swivel. I called Sony because I was well within my one year warranty to get it fixed. And wouldn't you know it, they don't cover physical damage even if it's from deficiencies in their product design. The reviews on Sony's site seem to prove this issue best with multiple photos of this defective cracking. Wow...what can I say after 10 months of careful use this happens. The plastic the holds with the actual earpiece is just too weak near the MDR-XB950N1 logo and swivel. It will only be a matter of time before it cracks. The more you travel, the more this flaw will become apparent because of the need to re-adjust the headphones after you remove them from the case. So, mileage may vary but I used my just about every day. AND I have a hard case to protect them--which is also doesn't come with. But if you happen to use a head set mostly every day, it's just a matter of time before this cracking happens to your headphones.

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Best sound ever

Les from Bluffton, SC on 8/6/2018

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Wow, great sound quality and ease of use. The bass is incredible and the unit is very comfortable to wear. Another Sony hit.

Pros: Easy to charge, bass is A-1, very well made product

Cons: None that I could think of.

Wow!!

Mason from Lynden, WA on 6/1/2018

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Trying to buy the best n/c BT over ear headphones at or around $200 involved quite a bit of research. I own some open back Sennheiser HD650's and a pair of Audio Technica ATH M50X's. Let me first say that I was unsure of buying anything with the label extra bass associated with it. I soon discovered that my fears were unwarranted and these headphones have exceeded my expectations in every way shape and form. They have great range and the base can be adjusted using the app, which is a critical component to the performance of these headphones. The noise canceling technology is excellent and can block out a loud TV nearby, a mower outside and a snoring wife. I was concerned that the noise canceling would not be perfect like other more expensive brands but when it comes down to how it performs I simply did not think about the sound being played through the headphones at the same time the noise canceling is working. And you just don't hear anything around you but the music. The sound is full bodied and has excellent range. The ear cups do in fact stick out a bit, but I am not in a beauty contest when I wear these things and they are extremely comfortable. I believe that if you use the app to fine-tune the sound these headphones are an incredible value and come very very close to some models $150 more.

Pros: Sound tuning using app, comfort, surprising range and yes the bass is incredible.

Cons: Ear cup thickness

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Crutchfield customer from Isle Of Palms, SC on 1/10/2018

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These headphones are outstanding. I was prepared to go with another type but calling Crutchfield I was guided to this quality at such a reasonable price. Awesome sounds

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They simply won't die!?

Steve from Virginia Beach, VA on 1/7/2018

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I love my new Sony Bluetooth Headphones! First, the battery life is amazing. I put it on charge on Christmas Day before using for the first time, and so far, it hasn't needed charging with sporadic use including one night where I fell asleep with them on. I have 4/5 based only on comfort and size. I have a large head, so they fit especially tight on my head, so much I was worried about it causing headaches, but that hasn't happened. They're also rather large, so if you're looking for sleek, not so much. Pairing is fast though, if you're looking for Bass, I had to turn the bass down in the Sony app so Bass-lovers will be satisfied. There's also the Bass button you can turn off, but I simply fine tuned it for my desired level. Distance from my phone was pretty impressive and the noise canceling is pretty good. I plan on using these during work around the house/garage, so it definitely works better than any other headphones I've had for noise canceling, but I believe there are better options out there. Overall a solid 4/5 stars is a respectable score. I'm happy with them and hoping to enjoy them for many years.

Pros: Long battery life, fast pairing, tons of bass, good on ear controls, solid/robust design, 1/8" jack and wire for non-Bluetooth devices

Cons: TIGHT/slightly uncomfortable on head, Very large profile

Ok, Not great

Daniel from Bethlehem, PA on 1/5/2018

First off I got these on a great sale and got gift cards 20% off so I shouldn't really complain since these ended up costing me a lot less. I thought for initially being such expensive headphones that they would have a better overall sound. Bass is a little lacking without the bass boost and is too much with it on. The mid and highs are alright but nothing great. They are very comfortable and battery has been good.

Pros: Comfort, battery life

Cons: Sound quality

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Crutchfield customer from Alexandria, VA on 1/2/2018

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Great sounding headphones. Awesome bass. Good value

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Julio from Guaynabo, PR on 12/27/2017

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Great bang for the buck, specially on Sale. Comparable headphones cost double than these or more. No kidding.

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Paul from Windermere, FL on 11/22/2017

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Great sound, adjustable bass with the app is great. Bluetooth connects with no problem, battery life is great and noise cancelling is amazing, most of all they are comfortable, love them and loved the price.

Pros: Great sound, noise cancelling, comfortable, long battery life, great price. Thanks Crutchfield.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

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Features and Specs

General
Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.295" x 3.295"
Noise-canceling Yes
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
Sensitivity 96.4 dB
Impedance 47 Ohms
Weight 10.4 ounces
Cord Length 47"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage Pouch
Charging Case No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Features

Overview: The Sony MDR-XB950N1 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. In addition, Digital Noise Canceling eliminates ambient noise so all you hear is the music. The soft earpads and padded headband let you listen for hours without fatigue. The headphones come with a soft cloth storage pouch, 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.

Digital Noise Canceling: The Digital Noise Canceling function utilizes built-in microphones on the outside of each ear cup to pick up ambient noise. The noise canceling circuit then sends an equal-but-opposite signal to the headphones, canceling out the noise around you. The Automatic AI (Artificial Intelligence) Noise Canceling function constantly analyzes the noise around you, and categorizes it into one of three Noise Canceling Modes:

  • NC Mode A: Most effective in an airplane environment.
  • NC Mode B: Most effective in a bus or train environment.
  • NC Mode C: Most effective in an office environment.
Note: You can turn the Noise Canceling function on or off with a button on the left ear cup, or via the Sony Headphones Connect app.

Bluetooth: The MDR-XB950N1s 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 left 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-XB950N1 and MDR-XB950B1 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. You can also turn the Digital Noise Canceling function on or off. 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-XB950N1s 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-XB950N1 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 turning the Noise Canceling function 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-XB950N1 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-XB950N1s have large 40mm drivers that deliver full and balanced sound. You can enjoy a full 20Hz-20kHz frequency response when streaming music wirelessly, or when listening using the cable plugged into the source device.

Rechargeable Battery: The MDR-XB950N1 has a built-in 3.65-volt Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The battery fully charges in about 7 hours via the supplied USB charging cable. Maximum battery life estimates (with Bluetooth on) are as follows:

  NC On NC Off
Music Playback 22 hours 24 hours
Communications 20 hours 20 hours
Standby 20 hours 40 hours
Bluetooth Off
(headphone cable plugged in)
20 hours ---
Note: About 3 hours of continuous use is possible after 1 hour of charging.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (headphone cable plugged in, NC On)
  • Power Handling Capacity: 100 mW (headphone cable plugged in)
  • Impedance: 47Ω (headphone cable plugged in, Unit On); 35Ω (headphone cable plugged in, Unit Off)
  • Sensitivity: 96.4 dB/mW (headphone cable plugged in, Unit On); 100.8 dB/mW (headphone cable plugged in, Unit Off)

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Why did you buy this?

Birthday gift [ Jose  Dec 30, 2018 ]
Sound is rich, love the adjustable features [ Lisa  Dec 30, 2018 ]
I purchased these for my husband he was looking for wireless bluetooth noise cancelling headphones to wear to work. These were on sale and they appeared to have better reviews than a cheaper pair of the Sony headphones. [ Jill  Dec 18, 2018 ]
good reviews good sale price [ TOM  Dec 17, 2018 ]
Sale [ CHENG  Dec 08, 2018 ]
Good product for the price. Product can be used with my smart TV and smart phone. [ Gerald  Dec 08, 2018 ]
Price [ Mario  Dec 04, 2018 ]
Bought these as a replacement for a pair of almost identical Sony headphones we bought for our daughter about three years ago that she used pretty much every day until they fell apart. Even with careful use, the earcups eventually broke away from the headband, so this time we bought the 3-year protection plan along with the headphones. When I asked if she would want a different kind/brand, she just said, "I loved these headphones so much!" So, that's good enough for me. [ Bunnie  Dec 02, 2018 ]
I've been impressed with the sound quality of Sony. And with the sale price, I just couldn't say no! [ Jacob  Dec 01, 2018 ]
Wanted primarily for noise cancelling. Great value on this headset. [ Kathleen  Nov 28, 2018 ]
I love sony products. they are extremely cool. [ gwendolyn  Nov 28, 2018 ]
Need some new wireless headphones [ W  Nov 27, 2018 ]
After looking at many wireless headphones, I felt these met the need best....especially the noise canceling. It can get loud and hectic in our house, and these should make my husbands life better ;) [ Erin  Nov 26, 2018 ]
I checked with another brands include beats on walmart; and price is excellent compared with others.... sounds and bass excellent. [ HUGO R  Nov 25, 2018 ]
I Spoke to Reid today. 434-218-6134 [ Brenda  Nov 16, 2018 ]
Features and value. [ Richard  May 06, 2018 ]
amazing cost for amazing sound [ Steven  Mar 15, 2018 ]
LOOKS GOOD PLUS XTRA BASS [ LUIS  Feb 02, 2018 ]
Looking for ease of use, noise cancellation, over ear bluetooth headphones. Have Sony wired phones and quality is excellent. Price can't be beat. [ George S.  Jan 30, 2018 ]
noise cancelling and newer model and highly rated . Familiar with Sony products. [ David  Jan 28, 2018 ]
It's big brother xb1000 are awesome but with $400 price tag. These are the 950bt, only one notch below the1000s at one third the price. I'm sure I will enjoy these for years to come [ Robert  Dec 29, 2017 ]
Price point was tough to turn down [ Matt  Dec 21, 2017 ]
Good price, good reviews, looking forward to quick delivery. [ Rick  Dec 19, 2017 ]
Price was very reasonable for good brand; I trust Crutchfield to have very good products. [ Peter  Dec 18, 2017 ]
Crutchfield reccomendations [ J  Nov 30, 2017 ]
Price and quality of the product. I love Sony headphones [ Craig  Nov 24, 2017 ]
Bose was too expensive. [ Pete  Jun 23, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

I'm afraid the noise-cancelling attenuation (in dB) is not provided from Sony. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. They can help determine if these are the right headphones for you--and if not, show you some alternate options as well. [ Larry  Jul 14, 2017 ]  Staff
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