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.
DesignThe 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).
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.
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.
 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].