Sony’s Extra Bass headphones tweak traditional specs to cater to today’s tunes

sony extra bass headphones mdr xb800 02

Check out our full review of the Sony MDR-XB800 headphones. 

Sony has just unveiled an update to its bass-centric line of headphones, the Extra Bass series. Sony says the new Extra Bass headphones have been designed specifically to take advantage of today’s musical stylings and produce a deeper range of sub harmonics and a solid low-frequency response.

The line, which includes the MDR-XB800 ($150), MDR-XB600 ($100) , MDR-XB400 ($60) , and MDR-XB60EX ($100) models, is focused on delivering power and an “impressive listening experience.” And in case you couldn’t glean this from its title, the series boasts extra bass, ostensibly reproduced with high-fidelity. The biggest part of the series refresh, however, appears to be an update to the headphones’ look, which adopts a more modern aesthetic. 

The MDR-XB800, 600, and 400 are on-ear offerings and, according to Sony, the phones feature well padded headbands, pressure relieving ear cushions, and an acoustic seal. Though such features are important — especially during extended use — at this stage in the game, they’re expected in a pair of quality on-ear headphonessony extra bass headphones mdrxb600

The MDR-XB60 EX is the lone in-ear offering. The model features 13.5 mm drivers, hybrid silicone/rubber ear-buds in four separate sizes, and foam noise-isolation ear tips in three.

Does the world really need another round of bass-heavy headphones? We think not. But at least Sony comes right out and calls the headphones what they are rather than trying to pass them off as  “studio-grade” or “audiophile” headphones. 

All four models models are available as of now at Sony Stores, Sony’s website, and at several other retailers. 

Product Review

Say yes to Sony’s stellar 1000XM3 headphones and say goodbye to nasty noise

Sony took its already outstanding 1000X wireless, noise-canceling headphones and somehow made them even better. With best-in-class noise-canceling, stellar audio quality, and clever and useful features, these classy cans are the full…
Home Theater

The seven best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2018.
Product Review

Bright, clear, and beautiful, the X900F proves Sony owns premium TV

Sony does it again with the outstanding X900F 4K HDR LED/LCD TV. With excellent contrast, remarkably accurate color, and punchy HDR processing, Sony proves it has the chops to make the best TVs in the world.
Photography

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.
Movies & TV

Save a few bucks with the best free feature-length movies on YouTube

Bank account emptier than you thought? Check out our curated list of the best full-length movies on YouTube to find feature-length flicks that are free, legally uploaded, and actually worth watching.
Home Theater

Need to get rid of an unused Netflix profile? Just follow these simple steps

Need to delete an unwanted profile from your Netflix account? It's easy to do, no matter what kind of equipment you've got. Check out our handy how-to guide for step-by-step instructions.
Home Theater

Jaybird’s new Tarah wireless headphones are meant to be as tough as you are

Jaybird’s new Tarah wireless sport headphones are meant to be tough enough to withstand everything athletes can throw at them while they’re in the middle of a difficult training session.
Home Theater

How to crack the code and find the best TV resolution for your needs

720p? 1080p? 4K UHD? What does it all mean? Choosing the best resolution for your TV can be tough, but fear not: We’ll break down the dirty details and help you figure out the right resolution for you.
Home Theater

Six sensational subwoofers that will shake any room on any budget

Whether you're a film buff or a music junkie, sometimes you just need to go lower. Luckily, we've put together a guide to the best subwoofers, so you can feel your favorite movies instead of just hearing them.
Business

Monster fires ‘toxic’ COO, alleges threats of mutilation, death

Monster, the company that turned the headphone industry upside down with Dr. Dre, is upending its own executive board, announcing in a press release that it had fired “toxic” COO Fereidoun “Fred” Khalilian as of July 27, 2018 –…
Home Theater

ATSC 3.0: The next major broadcast standard explained

ATSC 3.0 is the next major update to the broadcast standard we use today. Will this be the second coming of free, over-the-air TV? We're here to explain everything about the new standard.
Home Theater

Make the most out of your new Apple TV with these must-have apps

If you're looking to turn your fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K into an all-in-one entertainment powerhouse, we can help you get started with this list of the best Apple TV apps you can download.
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for budget options, pure power, smarts, or tons of features.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.