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Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earbud Headset (Black)
- Low Return Rate: 43% fewer returns than similar products
- Highly Rated: 4.2 star rating with over 3,000 reviews
- Popular Item: Popular with customers shopping for "earbuds"
- 12mm dome type driver units deliver powerful deep bass. Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Integrated microphone and smartphone playback control
- Hybrid silicone earbuds for secure, comfortable fit
- High-energy neodymium magnets for powerful sound
- Tangle-free, Y-type flat cord with slider
- Lightweight for ultimate music mobility. 0.47 in neodymium drivers for powerful, balanced sound
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From the manufacturer
Specially designed drivers with high-energy neodymium magnets deliver deep, powerful bass that perfectly complements today's popular music genres.
Bass Duct Design
A tightly sealed acoustic design allows for a high level of sound isolation which aides in the reproduction of powerful and extended bass response.
Smartphone Playback Control
The integrated microphone and multi-function control button make the MDR-XB50AP the perfect companion for your smartphone. Android users can also enjoy the convenient Smart Key app for added control functionality directly from your smartphone.
Hybrid silicone earbuds provide long lasting comfort and designed to reduce ambient noise; x-small, small, medium and large earbuds are included to fine tune your fitment.
Convenient Case and Tangle Free Cable
The durable, 1.2 m flat cord reduces tangles, so you can get caught up in your music, not your cord. A convenient soft carry pouch is also included to store your new favorite headphones.
|Type||Extra Bass On-ear||Extra Bass In-ear||Extra Bass In-ear Sport||Extra Bass On-ear||Extra Bass In-ear Sport||Extra Bass In-ear|
|Battery Life||30 Hrs||9 Hrs||8.5 Hrs||N/A (wired operation only)||N/A (wired operation only)||N/A (wired operation only)|
|Driver Size||30 mm||12 mm||12 mm||30 mm||12 mm||12 mm|
|Wireless Functionality||Bluetooth/NFC||Bluetooth/NFC||Bluetooth/NFC||N/A (wired operation only)||N/A (wired operation only)||N/A (wired operation only)|
|Water Resistant/ Splash Proof||No||No||Yes (IPX4)||No||Yes (IPX5/IPX7)||No|
|Extra Bass On/Off||Always On||Always On||Always On||Always On||Always On||Always On|
|Wired Operation||No||No||No||Yes (wired only)||Yes (wired only)||Yes (wired only)|
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Enjoy crisp, powerful low-end audio with this Sony MDRXB50AP/B earbud headset, which features a bass duct design that provides optimal sound isolation. An integrated elecret condenser/omnidirectional microphone lets you chat hands-free.
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Like most people I am on a budget. I try to buy the best product for the most affordable price. I bought the Skullcandy Ink'd 2 Earbud (Black/Red) a few years back in an effort to get quality for a price. I was disappointed. At first they seemed to be pretty good, but as I listened more and more, I found the treble was incredibly saturated. If you listen to rock, the cymbal work can come through sounding like shattering glass and distorted. The bass also seemed impressive at first, but over prolonged use I noticed it was just a false and under powered bass sound.
I finally decided to grab some earbuds that would give me what I wanted, a balanced sound stage with crisp mids, clear highs and punchy bass. If that's what you're looking for, then these earbuds are the way to go. For 30 bucks, they are double the price of most 'okay' earbuds, but quadruple the quality.
The bass is dynamic, able to deliver big sound without drowning everything else out on more electronic driven songs(2NE1 I Am The Best intro for example) while delivering punchy bass on rock and metal. The mid and high range comes through clearly without distortion and doesn't hurt your ears at higher volume.
The design is cool, though the way they go into your ears is a bit weird at first. The microphone for phone calls comes through clearly as well.
If you can only afford 10 dollar earphones, by all means, buy what you can. However, if you can afford a bit of a higher price, buy these, you will not regret it.
Sony MDR XB50AP is up front about it’s big on bass nature, as the pics of box show it clearly and in large letters say ‘EXTRA BASS’. So I thought this is what exactly I want! And I have good experience with Sony bass as years ago I had a SE ‘Walkman’ phone (for those of you still remember such) with Mega Bass earbuds. I loved those buds, great bass in small package.
I was to buy off amazon but some reviewers mention there are knock-offs. So I went to BB and got a price match on the Amazon’s price.
I’ve included few pics to show certain details on this pair (it says made in Thailand, the flat cables have tiny grooves and feels well made, there’s ‘THAILAND’ embossed on the place where earbuds divide…) all of which another reviewer tells are not seen in the knock-offs. So someone buying these on Amazon can check if those details are in fact there.
So after few hours of burn-in (TBH I don’t know how much difference it made) I feel this is pretty good for me. I listen to all kinds of music and as mentioned before I like punchy bass and it delivers just that. Compared to my older CX300-II these feels a little less accurate, but I don’t really care.
Quality wise I feel they are well made. Hopefully they’ll last a long time. I’ll update here if there’s anything to update. Only downside I could see is because they are large in size, there’s a bit more possibility of breaking easily by misuse (walking on them etc.) I’ve included pics along with my CX300-II for size comparison. The CX300-II are small made, so I’ve walked on them couple of times by mistake when they were on carpet floors and didn’t affect at all. But will with these I don’t think I can ever take that chance).
So, in short:
- Really punchy bass
- Well made
- Flat wires are easy to keep tangle-free
- Slightly larger earpieces (drivers are 12 mm, so guess we can pardon the size)
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I won't get into too much about the other earphones and focus more on these since all earbuds are basically different in its own way. Here's my 2cents on these.
Build quality/aesthetics = 9/10 Build quality looks really good and is pleasing to the eye. Cord feels durable and seems to be tangle free. Everything is made of plastic. cord noise from rubbing is not bad on these.
Sound: 9/10 First off, BASS, it's definitely there. And it actually sound pretty good. No distortion, clean, and can get deep. Doesn't seem to drown out the mids or highs. Personal preference but I would have gave this a better score if the mids and highs were slightly more crisp or clarity like the Senheisser. I like to hear more "sizzle" in drum symbols and separation. These seem a bit more "muffled" in the mid to high range when compared all the other headphones I have. Compared to the Klipsch and Senheisser, these are noticeably louder at the same volume level. I felt the sound is more "in your ear" with these.
Mic control: Mic works, it's clear enough for calls. Only tested on an iPhone7+. One button controls all. For controlling tracks, one press play/pause, two press skip, three press previous, hold down Siri. Simple and works good.
Comfort: 9/10 these are surprisingly comfortable in the ear and stay in place. These block out sound very well for not being noise canceling. At loud volume compared to the other headphones, these do not leak sound not nearly as much. So listening at loud levels shouldn't be bothersome to your neighbors.
My son has been using the Senheisser Cx 3.00 and liked these better and wanted to keep them for himself. For me, I like them a lot too but I feel the the Sens had a slighter edge in overall sound quality to me because of the crisper mids and highs. Out of all the headphones I've had, the Sony h.ear over ears had the best all around sound and clarity. But that's not to say the less expensive phones can't compete or aren't good enough.
I like all types of music so I tested listening to various tracks from just to name a few:
John Legend, Eminem, Kanye, Tupac, the Fray, Darius Rucker, Aaron Lewis, Ziggy Marley, The Weeknd, Hans Zimmer, System of the Down, Boney James
Would I recommend these, yes these definitely should be given a try.
UPDATE: 6 months later. After a little use they are Comfortable and my ears got use to them. I actually really like these earbuds and find myself using these more than the Senheissers. I really like that I can have these at higher volume and they hardly leak sound. Even when out of my ears! I use these at work a lot (office setting) and these are great. Don't have to worry about colleagues hearing them while I tune them out. Perfect! Oh and they sound VERY good for the price.