Looking for a set of comfortable over-ear headphones with noise-cancellation and good sound quality? Well, the Sony MDR-XB950N1 (yeah, it’s a mouthful) headphones are worth looking into. It might be 3 years of age, but for its comfort and performance I think it still deserves a looking into—especially if you’re into that bass thump in music…

I’ve had my set of these Sony headphones for over 2 years now and they still hold up and perform very well. The headphones come with very soft, thick cushioning that feels like a cloud resting on your ears; the overall weight might be a bit hefty but it’s still comfortable. The cushioning provides a lot of support and comfort that essentially lets you wear it day in and day out without leaving your ears red and hurt. The thick cushioning definitely doesn’t help with the overall aesthetics department, but it excels in comfort. The pair of headphones also support NFC and Bluetooth so you can listen to all you want, wirelessly. However, it also comes with a 3.5mm male-to-male adapter cord if you want to listen to your music old-schooled. It has a claimed usage time of 22 hours (with noise-cancelling on) and a microphone to support any calls you want to make/take. I can attest to the usage time as I hardly have to charge my pair through about 2-3 weeks of usage, intermittently. Charging times take quite a long time though, partly due to its use of micro-USB.

Noise-cancellation comes standard with the 950N1, which works adequately. Noise-cancellation isn’t its forte—with noise-cancellation alone with no audio playing, you can still hear some outside noise. However, with audio playing and noise-cancellation on, outside noise is easily drowned out. If you’re not looking for noise-cancellation, the MDR-XB950B1 might be fitting for you; it has all the same features minus the noise-cancellation.

Sony’s product model names are always a mouthful, yet it tells what some products may be packing—like the MDR-XB950N1. The “XB” signifies Sony’s renown EXTRA BASSTM effect, which is one of the best features that this pair of headphones has. Yes, this pair of headphones gives you the ability to turn on and off a bass effect that essentially emphasizes the bass/low frequencies. This is the main selling point of the headphones and is the primary reason I bought it. The bass effect is phenomenal and addicting to have on and is very satisfying for all the bass-lovers out there. The sound quality remains very clear and crisp, even the emphasized bass. There is no trade off in the sound quality in any way whatsoever. In addition, Sony offers an app that is compatible with these headphones, which offers some customization of your sound preference. It provides an array of sound effects, like a concert or club environment. It doesn’t offer the best customization but it’s worth to note.

Overall, I think they are a very decent set of on-ear headphones with great sound quality and customization and are worth looking into.

If you’re still interested, check out the Sony headphones with noise-cancellation here and the ones without noise-cancellation here.

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