SONY Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones Review – MDR-XB650BT

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A hand on review and demo video of the SONY Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones, model MDR-XB650BT

MDR-XB650BT SONY Headphones

Wireless Headphones featuring deep bass with a tight response. Its battery life is huge, lasting for up to 30 hours and the CSR aptX codecs ensure the best Bluetooth sound quality.

Highlights

  • Deep and powerful bass
  • A massive 30 hours playback
  • CSR apt-x Bluetooth codecs
  • Handsfree Calling

Pros and Cons

Where to Buy?

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If bass is your thing and you find the on-ear style comfortable, then these SONY Headphones will be perfect for you.

Intro

Are the days of wired audio numbered? Apple seem to think so…. If you’re in agreement and are about to upgrade to the iPhone 7 then you might be seeking out a set of Jack-free headphones. Preferably ones that won’t shake loose while running and get lost down a drain. Let me introduce you to the SONY Extra Bass Wireless headphones. There’s no jack in sight, just a solid CSR apt-X Bluetooth connection and a whopping 30 hours of playtime!

Design and Build Quality

The Sony Exta Bass Bluetooth headphones design and build qualityThe Sony MDR-XB650BT Wireless headphones come in a good quality retail box along with a Micro USB charging cable and user manual. The headphones I’m reviewing are a combination of matte black and brushed metal, but they also come in red and blue colour variations.

The strap is made from a single strip of spring steel with a nice brushed finish. It extends down almost to the earcups and provides 40mm of height adjustment.

On the inside, there’s a good amount of soft padding to cushion the head and clear identification of the right and left sides.

The headphone strap adjustment on the SONY Extra Bass Wireless Headphones

The matte black arms curve over the brushed metal strap to provide a simplistic and clean look. The ‘Hockey Puck’ shaped earpieces complement this minimalistic design. Measuring just under 70mm in diameter with an embossed SONY logo on each side.

A side view of the SONY MDR-XB650BT Bluetooth headphonesThe Earcups swivel 90 degrees for storage and pivot vertically for comfort. The combination of two points of axis ensures an even contact when worn. This is an important design feature with ‘on-ear’ headphones, as uneven pressure often leads to aching over time.

All of the Bluetooth controls are found on the right. These include a power button, volume control, play/pause and track selector toggle.

The track selector is one of the best I’ve used on any set of Bluetooth headphones. Its design makes navigating extremely easy with a simple flick of the finger.

The swivelled earpiece on the Sony Bluetooth Extra Bass headphones

The synthetic leather padding is almost 20mm in thickness. Its density helps provide a good audio seal on the ears and a relatively comfortable fit. The headphones seem well made and durable and I particularly like the ‘no-thrills’ design.

Features and Specs

The features and specifications of the Sony MDR-XB650BT Wireless headphones

Without a doubt, the standout feature of the Sony MDR-XB650BT headphones is the battery life. Very few, if any Bluetooth headphones come close. Beats cans are lucky to last 12 hours, the only ones I know of that exceed 30 hours are made by Bose and they don’t come cheap.

Bluetooth Version Range Battery Life Charge Time
V4.0 SBS/ACC/aptX 10M 30 Hours 4 Hours

During testing I found the Bluetooth signal and range to be consistently stable. Featuring NFC, the SONY Extra Bass headphones pair instantly by tapping your phone against the left earpiece. Regular Bluetooth pairing is also available by selecting the headphone manually from the device list.

The Sony MDR-XB650BT has built-in vocal notifications for power, pairing, and its remaining battery level. The manual controls are easy to use with independent volume and track selection.

Below is a video I made that features the SONY Extra Bass headphones. If you want to get straight to the bones of the review, skip forward to 8:40 seconds.

Sound Quality

If you watched the video above, you’ll probably already know my opinion on the sound quality. I’m certainly not one to go out looking for headphones that are designed to enhance the bass. I definitely favour a more natural sound, although I can appreciate there is a huge market for bass-rich audio.

There is no doubt that these provide a very deep bass level but beyond that, they also have a strong mid and high range.

When listening to music tracks with little bass, these headphones sound gorgeous. If it’s a track that already has a meaty bass line, just be prepared to have your bones rattled.

Gadgetviper verdict on the SONY Extra Base Wireless Headphones

Verdict

If you’re into a big deep sound and find on-ear headphones comfortable, then I can highly recommend the Sony Extra Bass Wireless Headphones. The sound quality easily rivals Beats Solo 2’s yet they are half the price with twice the battery life. It doesn’t take a mathematician to know which set of headphones are the better option.

For me personally, I think they’re ideal headphones for the gym and fitness training. If however, I was planning on spending all day working at my desk with headphones on, I’d choose an over-the-ear style with a more balanced sound.

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SONY Extra Bass Headphones
Amazon Marketplace $129.99 $78.00 view
Price updated – 13th December 2016 at 12:30 GMT
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