How good are Sony MDR XB650BT headphones

Sony MDR-XB650BT - Bluetooth headphones for that extra helping of bass

The MDR-XB650BT from Sony are new, compact Bluetooth headphones that are ideally designed to complement the existing headphones in Sony's EXTRA BASS range. As the only model in this product family, it has a 30 mm driver and, together with a bass booster and a special EXTRA BASS membrane, achieves a highly realistic sound that works out the rhythm and beat of the bass particularly precisely, according to the manufacturer.

The one-touch Bluetooth connection and playback via NFC should ensure wireless freedom.

The one-touch Bluetooth connection and playback via NFC ensure wireless freedom. Since it is compatible with the Bluetooth codecs AAC and aptX, the headphones deliver first-class sound even when listening to music wirelessly, according to the press release. The MDR-XB650BT from Sony is said to have been specially designed to improve the reproduction of deep bass. Its enlarged contact area enables a stable seat that can withstand the powerful, deep bass tones. The soft ear pads, which are close to the skin, should also ensure excellent wearing comfort and a balanced sound. Thanks to a special swivel mechanism, the ear cups of the headphones can be folded flat so that they can be stored in a space-saving manner and conveniently taken anywhere.

The headphones should ensure around 30 hours of uninterrupted music playback after just four hours of charging.

Technical specifications:

  • Weight: approx. 190 g
  • Driver unit: 30 mm
  • Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity (dB / mW): 95 dB / mW
  • Impedance: 24 ohms
  • Volume control: Yes
  • Microphone unit: electrical condenser
  • Alignment of the integr. Microphones: omnidirectional
  • available in black, red and blue

Recommended retail price and availability: € 129.00; from April 2016

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