Sony MDRXB800 Extra Bass Over The Head Headphone Review

We had high expectations from the Sony MDRXB800 Headphones. After all, they belong to the X-series and are made by Sony, a brand with an excellent reputation in the headphone industry.

So, do the MDRXB800 live up to Sony’s reputation? Do they perform as expected? Let’s take a closer look at the various features of Sony MDRXB800.

The exterior design of these headphones is less flamboyant than what we’ve seen in other high-end X-series headphones from this brand. The exterior has a black enamel layering with mirrored lines that run across the ear cups.

There’s a small Sony logo that catches the eye right in the center of the cups. They also come with oversized ear pads that are covered in a plush black leatherette material. Foam adds thickness and more comfort to the ear pads. There’s a screen of grey cloth at the center of the pad which enables it to blast sound into the ears.

The Sony MDRXB800’ headband is made of good quality plastic with a thin leatherette covering to help it fit comfortably on top of your head. It has a long 3.9- cable to prevent tangling.

The ergonomic design caught our attention and it scores an extra point for being relatively light and comfortable. There are three hinged sections that allow the headphone to be folded with ease to allow portability.

The ear pads are made of foam, giving them a snug fit around the ears. They seal well with a little pressure which keeps out the outside noise so that you enjoy music without distractions. Various tests with iPhones and tablets have shown that the headset is capable of producing decent sound quality. The bass is loud and sometimes so overpowering that you may need to lower the volume.

However it’s worth noting that snare snaps, vocalsand percussion hits sound pretty distant and weak, considerably reducing theenjoyment of some music. We really hoped for a better experience in this aspect considering that this is a product from Sony.

If you compare the product with a Bose headset then you will find the MDRXB800 falling short in quality. However, if you compare these headphones with those by Beats or Cowin, we feel they come out on top.

Sony MDRXB800 Headphones

Features of the Sony MDRXB800 Extra Bass Over The Head Headphone

  • Measures 4.8 x 4.8 x 10.4 inches
  • Weighs 2 ounces
  • Tangle-free and durable cord
  • Dual-folding design
  • Powerful bass
  • Direct-vibe structure

Advantages

  • Good quality headband which feels sturdy yet comfortable
  • Doesn’t feel like cheap plastic unlike competitor products in this price range
  • Tightly-sealed acoustic design
  • Driver is capable of delivering punchy and low rumbling bass
  • Mids and highs are perfectly maintained and blended together
  • Sound quality is excellent
  • Wellbuilt—quality of construction is impeccable
  • Cables are tangle-free which is a huge plus
  • Very comfortable; can be worn all day
  • Ear pads seal in the music and keep outside noise at bay
  • Compact and portable design

Disadvantages

  • Slight loss of frequencies with weak midrange and treble
  • Lackdetail and clarity
  • Doesn’t include an adapter, carry pouch or other extras

Verdict

If you’re expecting the sound quality you’d get from some $1,000 headphones from the MDRXB800s then you’ll be disappointed. However, if you compare them with competitor products in this price range, you’ll be happy with your purchase.  At this price, they offer you a great balance of frequencies with a few excusable glitches. The sound quality is good and the bass is powerful.

These headphones are made from high-quality materials and the exterior construction looks durable. When it comes to comfort and durability the product scores extra points. Overall, we are impressed with the construction and sound quality of the Sony MDRXB800 Headphones. They’re a good buy!