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Sony MDR-XB650BT Review

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We are quite frequently jamming into some song or podcast while commuting or just getting bored at our place with our smartphone or tablet in hand, or PC at work. And it wouldn’t be wrong to say Sony is one of the popular names associated with headphones.

Son’y MDR-XB650BT is a pair of on-ear Bluetooth and NFC enabled wireless headphones that aim to bring convenient and better music for when you don’t want any wires around. The pair, weighing just under 200 grams, is pretty nice to see — clad in Red metal with not much shine, it is a typical Sony audio product that looks and feels nice without glaring a lot of flare. It has a toggle playback button, volume buttons, and microUSB port, mic on one side, and the NFC chip hidden in the other. The cushion inside seems just about enough, but while it isn’t the most comfortable pair of on-ear headphones I have tried, this certainly depends on your ear size and shape. The size extending band might come in handy for when you want to use it for longer periods and may tilt your head several times.

Sony MDR-XB650T

The Sony MDR-XB650BT is equipped with a 30mm dynamic (closed) driver that gives 20-20,000 Hz (with 24 ohm). Pairing it with a new device requires you to long-press the power button and keep it pressed until it shows in your source (input) device. For pairing it again, just long-press it once. Pressing the power button once tells you the battery level, which is a nice touch. I didn’t have too much of a problem connecting it with an Android device, an iPhone (iOS also displays the headphones’ battery level in the notification bar), and a PC.

Now, on to the most important part — sound quality. The headphones give pretty loud music for most genres I tried — progressive Rock, Metal, Instrumental, even electronic (just some) and good enough for podcasts. It might not score highest in terms of sheer loudness, but it is more than enough for most needs. As soon as you wear these, you will notice how well noise-cancelling works — much better than a few Sony pairs I had tried a couple of years back. With these MDR, Sony looks to boost its bass output that isn’t usually the case with them. I was in a bit of doubt that they might over-do it, but it wasn’t the case. The bass output is just about good and most bass lovers out there will be satisfied with it. Treble and mids is where these headphones shine and really do a great job provided you have a good quality music collection in store.

Sony MDR-XB650T

So, the verdict is clear on these Sony headphones — they are punchy, offe great music quality, can be slightly more comfortable to wear (in my case) for longer time periods, and, safe to say, one of the better headphones at Rs. 7,000 today.

Student. I also write a bit about phones, apps, and stuff here and there. Almost nobody.

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