Sony MDR-XB55 Extra-Bass Earphones Review
Sony MDR-XB55 is a successor of last years best seller XB50AP. Sony MDR series headphones are bass oriented and XB55 is not an exception. As the name suggests, this earphone has extra bass. At the price of Rupees 1500, are they worth consideration? Let us find in this review.
Design and Box contents of Sony MDR-XB55
The earphone pair comes in a nice box with warranty mentioned on the back side of the box which is 1 year. The box contents are earphones itself, warranty information, a carry case, and ear tips. We ordered the black variant as it looks classy in our opinion.
On the design front, you get a premium looking earphone pair with extraordinary design. The cable is tangle free and it doesn’t come with an inline microphone. If you want MIC as well, then go for “AP-model”. The ear tips of different sizes will ensure that earphones stay with you when you run or jog.
The disappointing part was the 3.5 mm jack. The gold coating on it didn’t last long(faded away in few weeks). Nowadays, earphones under 500 rupees also offer gold plated connector like Boat Bassheads 225. The gold coating on the 3.5mm connector of Boat Bassheads 225 didn’t fade even after usage of over 3 months.
Overall the design was overwhelming. Thanks to the premium design, earphones don’t look like cheap in any way.
Specifications and comfort
The Sony MDR XB-55 is an in-ear headphone and has a frequency response range of 4 Hz-24,000 Hz. It has a standard 1.2 m cable. Treble is low as these are heavy bass earphones. However, you will hardly notice that while listening to your favorite track. The earphones fit into the ears easily and they don’t strain your ears while listening to music for a longer session. For most users listening to 70 %(80 % max) volume will be efficient. The sound doesn’t distort even on higher volume which is a sign of the premium headphones.
As the company claims these earphones performs really good in terms of bass. Treble is naturally less as these are bass oriented headphones. Treble could have been kept as balanced so that all kind of music would have been enjoyable. In general, this doesn’t hamper the quality of output you get from the headphones in most situations. For bass lovers, this is a real treat from Sony as you can’t get such kind of bass in this price range.
Bass is more but not over-dominating which means that you will enjoy classical songs as well as heavy-bass songs. The sound quality is soothing. The sound is clear and crisp. Watching movies using these headphones was a really wonderful experience.
Due to the absence of the inline microphone, you will never face issues while calling as the phone’s mic still works while using this earphone. However, if you compulsorily need an inline mic with your earphone, going for Sony MDR-XB55AP(BLACK, BLUE, WHITE) seems to be a wiser choice. You need to pay Rs. 500 extra to get the “AP-model“. If you are on a tight budget and don’t care much about an inline mic then just grab the earphone without a mic.
Besides having an excellent build, these earphones excelled in all the department be it sound, bass, comfort. Treble is low but considering that these are bass oriented headphones you can’t really complain. We noticed that gold coating fades away from the 3.5 mm connector quickly. However, it didn’t affect the performance of earphones. The earphones are little costly (RS. 2190) but you can get it at a discounted price on Amazon(at RS.1500). So if you are a bass lover you should definitely consider these earphones while purchasing your next pair of earphones. The warranty is just 1 year(standard). If you want longer warranty period then we recommend getting Sennheiser CX 275(with mic) which comes with 2 years of warranty at approx. same price. Do you think Sony MDR-XB55 is the best option in under 2000? Let us know other alternatives in the comment section below.
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