Sony expands its EXTRA BASS headphones series, adding four new models to its popular lineup. The four models are the wireless MDR-XB950N1 with added noise cancelling technology, the wireless MDR-XB950B1, the colourful range MDR-XB550AP, and the in-ear sports headphones MDR-XB510AS. If you ignore the model names, the new range features the wireless headphones with and without noise cancelling, a wired range that comes with a variety of colours and a in-ear headphones that is water resistant.
If you love bass, this lineup lets you boost and control the intensity of bass notes wherever you are.
MDR-XB950N1 and MDR-XB950B1 EXTRA BASS Wireless Headphones
As mentioned, the main difference between these two models is that the MDR-XB950N1 model (S$339) comes with noise cancelling options. With noise cancelling on, the built-in rechargeable battery can power up to 22 hours of wireless music playback. The XB950B1 (S$269) on the other hand provides a less stellar 18 hours playback on a full charge. As these are wireless models, Sony also supplies a cable to ‘extend’ your play time on a passive mode when your battery runs low.
Tweaking of EQ or equalisation to your taste can be done through Sony’s Headphones Connect mobile app. Other than being able to create listening experiences that puts you in a club, a concert hall or outdoor stage environment, you can also adjust the bass level with the CLEAR BASS to further fine-tune your music preferences. Both models come with and integrated microphone that allows you to do hands-free calls while on the move.
MDR-XB550AP EXTRA BASS Wired On-Ear Headphones
The budget-friendly XB550AP (S$89) is a wired on-ear headphones is a pretty straight-forward model that can deliver deep and punchy bass response with its 30mm driver units. The range is available in red, blue, white and black and comes with an in-line remote with microphone that lets you control incoming calls and audio track control functionality. The durable serrated cable that connects your device to the headphones also helps in keeping it a tangle-free experience.
MDR-XB510AS EXTRA BASS In-Ear Sports Headphones
The thing about sports headphones is that the sweat always gets in the way after working out with it. From Sony’s Walkman Sports Player to its Sports Bluetooth headphones, our usage with these sports gear had been relatively short-lived. According to Sony, the latest MDR-XB510AS In-Ear Sports Headphones (S$69) is highly sweat resistant, allowing users to exercise without compromising comfort. While we haven’t had a chance to try this out yet, the in-ear arc supporters fit seems like a popular choice among other makes of sports headphones. The IPX5/IPX7 water-resistant in-ear headphones comes with four sizes of earbuds and arc supporters for you to mix and match a better fit. The washable in-ear headphones comes in red, blue, green and black.
Of the new series, we love the MDR-XB950N1 wireless headphones with noise cancelling the best. The over-ear design is sleek, minimal and has a premium matte finish. However, if you are not used to wearing over-ears, the MDR-XB950N1 with its thick cushion can make you look like a F1 technician waiting to flag down a 350km/h car. The new series of headphones will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from April 2017 onwards.