Sony MDR-XB950B1 EXTRA BASS™
Wireless Bluetooth® headphones (Blue)
Our take on the Sony MDR-XB950B1 EXTRA BASS™ by Crutchfield's Jeff Miller
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'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.
- 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):
Thanks for submitting your review
Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height||3.246" x 3.246"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||3-28k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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|
Note: About 6 hours of continuous use is possible after 1 hour of charging.
Our Product Research Team
At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.
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 ]
Frequently Compared With
Sony MDR-XB950B1 EXTRA BASS™
Wireless Bluetooth® headphones
Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Wireless
Over-ear Bluetooth® headphones
Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II
Beats by Dr. Dre® Solo3 wireless
On-ear Bluetooth® headphones with Apple® W1 chip