Our Verdict
While these headphones provide relatively good performance over the board, the Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass headphones don’t shine in virtually any specific capacity. Even the titular bass isn’t much better than other high-end models. During this writing, these headphones are available for practically half of their list price. When you can see them near that price these headphones certainly are a great value. However, if you are paying list price, it could definitely be worth spending somewhat more on the flagship models from Bose and Sony.

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Our Analysis and TEST OUTCOMES
The Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass are good all-around headphones that tend to be on sale for far below their list price. When you can see them on the cheap they’re a fantastic choice, but if you’re likely to pay list price you may want to check out various other options.

Performance Comparison
The Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass sat in the midrange of our overall scores, as is seen in the table above. We used five different test to determine our headphone hierarchy. You can read more about how precisely the Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass fared in those tests below.

Sound Quality
The Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass earned an above average score of 7 out of 10 inside our sound quality testing. It will be does deliver on its name with deep resonant bass that’s on par with that of the very best models. It can have a bass boosting feature that escalates the bass power. However, while this made the bass boomier, in addition, it made all of those other music sound very hollow and echoey. Overall we thought the music sounded far better with the bass boosting feature switched off.

THE EXCESS Bass does suffer a lttle bit with regards to clarity. Inside our testing the clarity was decent, maybe a tiny step above that of an inexpensive couple of earbuds, but was no match for the crystal sound of the Bose models and the bigger end Sony WH1000XM2. Actually, even the budget-priced TaoTronics TT-BH060 produced clearer sound compared to the Extra Bass. Important thing, if you want your bass thumpy the excess Bass offers a reasonably value per dollar. But, in the event that you tend to pay attention to a whole lot of acoustic music or podcasts, you might appreciate the excess clarity you may get by spending somewhat more using one of the Bose models, and even by spending less on the TaoTronics TT-BH060.

THE EXCESS Bass doesn’t fold up no more than other models.

Noise Isolation
THE EXCESS Bass earned a score of 7 out of 10 inside our noise isolation testing. While that score is very good, it is also the cheapest score we awarded to any model which offers active noise cancellation. THE EXCESS Bass could drown out almost all of the din of our office, but voices and even some aggressive typing noises did make their way through, even though we’d music playing.

This amount of noise isolation is on par using what the TaoTronics TT-BH060 offers, though it can it at a lower price.

THE EXCESS Bass’ thick padding earned it a score of 7 out of 10 inside our comfort testing. It missed from a higher score since it opts for properly circular ear cups. There are incredibly few persons with correctly circular ears, so if your auditory appendages tend towards the bigger side the excess Bass may feel just like a tight fit. That is an issue distributed to the TaoTronics TT-BH060. If you large ears Bose’s more anatomically designed ear cups will be the strategy to use, though they do cost more.

User Friendliness
THE EXCESS Bass shared the very best score of 8 out of 10 inside our ease of use testing, mostly because of its intuitive button layout. It really is mostly of the models that uses dedicated buttons for most of its various functions: play/pause, volume control, track skipping, noise cancellation, and the bass effect. This feels a lot more intuitive than models that use multifunction buttons that must definitely be pressed twice quickly to accomplish one thing and 3 x to do another.

THE EXCESS Bass actually has specific buttons for each and every function, no triple taping so as to return back a track.

THE EXCESS Bass was among the lowest scorers inside our portability testing, picking right up a score of just 5 out of 10. That is mostly as a result of headphones relatively heavy weight of 10.25 ounces, and the actual fact that the only included case is a drawstring pouch. Most competing headphones are slightly lighter and include sturdier travel cases.

The worthiness of the Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass is somewhat hard to pinpoint. That is partially because, like many wireless headphones, the excess Bass is normally designed for considerably significantly less than its $250 list price. If you want bass and will find the excess Bass in the sub $200 range, it’s an excellent value. If you are more worried about clarity than bass the TaoTronics TT-BH060 is an improved value. If you’re likely to pay list price for the excess Bass, you may consider looking into the superior sound of the Bose SoundLink Wireless II before you make a purchase decision (remember those headphones don’t possess active noise cancellation).

THE EXCESS Bass’ carrying pouch.

The Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass headphones are fairly good all-around and a good deal if you can see them on sale. They can not compete with the very best tier models, but certainly are a decent option if your headphone budget is more mid range.