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
- 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
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
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.
- 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)