Sony MDR-XB950AP : When extra bass becomes too much bass

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to try a pair of MDR-XB950AP headphones by Sony and thought of sharing my experience with my fellow readers.

Design

Figure : Sony MDR-XB950AP headphones

Figure : Sony MDR-XB950AP headphones [1]

The MDR-XB950AP is a pair of over-ear (circumaural) headphones, which belongs to the extra bass family. The headband has been manufactured using metal, which gives a premium look but has cushion, so that a comfortable fit is achieved. The ear-cups have a swivel folding design, so that the headphones become quite portable during travelling. The driver size is 40 mm, so you will not feel as if two big cans are fitted to your ears (like the XB500 or XB700).

Sound Quality 

These headphones have a frequency response of 3 Hz to 28 kHz, which makes them ideal for dance and hip-hop tracks but I felt that the bass has been overpowered (as in Beats Mixr) and the equaliser setting in my phone was set to Normal. The vocals were clear but the mid-frequencies were a bit muddy. I think the XB500’s have better sound quality when compared with XB950’s.

Price

MDR-XB950AP headphones cost around £84.00, so they are affordable when compared to headphones manufactured by Beats by Dre but I think these should actually cost around £60.00.

References

[1] Extra Bass Headphones with Microphone | MDR-XB950AP | Sony UK. 2015. Extra Bass Headphones with Microphone | MDR-XB950AP | Sony UK. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/headband-headphones/mdr-xb950ap. [Accessed 31 May 2015].

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How to Make Clean Versions of Songs

Have you ever had the problem of playing songs with explicit lyrics in public? Well, software such as Audacity and Adobe Audition could be used to censor these lyrics, so that a song with explicit content can be transformed into a clean version like a radio edit.

  1. Install and open Audacity.
  2. Go to File > Import > Audio and after selecting the audio file that has explicit content, click on “Open”.
  3. Click on the “Zoom In” tool and select the area of the track that has to be censored.
Figure 1 : Audio track to be censored

Figure 1 : Audio track to be censored

For the next step, there are two options :

  1. Go to “Effect” and click on “Reverse”. This is will flip the selected section vertically, so that the explicit word becomes meaningless.
  2. The other option is go to Effect and click on “Vocal Remover” and then click on “OK”.
Figure 2 : Vocal Remover window

Figure 2 : Vocal Remover window

However, it should be noted that sometimes the instrumental part of the selected section could get removed as well by using the second method.

Finally, click on “File” and then on “Export” to save the censored version. After checking the details (info) of the track are correct, click on “OK”.

These are the ways that could be used to remove or alter the f-bombs and s-bombs in tracks. Hope this helps.