Sony WH-XB900N Review – Best Versatile NC Bassy Headphones

Sony WH-XB900N Review – Best Versatile NC Bassy Headphones

People's request for wireless noise-canceling headphones is increasing, and while most are obliged to face the noise of life and the accelerated pace of life. The familiar Sony, perhaps out of a keen understanding of the market, has added active noise cancellation to a variety of headphones, the WH-XB900N is one of them. It features an active noise cancellation system that enriching users' lives.

After the highly acclaimed noise-canceling headphones WH-1000X series came out to the XM3, Sony’s bass series XB (Extra Bass) also ushered in innovation with the WH-XB900N.‚Äč

Sony WH-XB900N Bassy Noise Cancelling Headphones Review

Sony WH-XB900N Noise Cancelling Headphones with Bass
Sony WH-XB900N Noise Cancelling Headphones with Extra Bass | Source: Sony

Type: Closed-back Over-ear Noise Canceling Headphones | Bluetooth: 4.2 | Latency: 160 ms (average) | Supported Audio Format(s): SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC | Battery: 30 Hours | Charging Time: 7 Hours | Quick-Charge: 1 Hour in 10 mins | Drivers: Dynamic | Impedance: 50 Ohms | Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz | Weight: 254g

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Thanks to the Quick Attention feature, users can hear meaningful discussions around them without taking off the headphones. The WH-XB900N will pause your music and activate its microphones to listen to the surroundings. The WH-XB900N is made of frosted plastic, which is very comfortable to the touch, but also more resistant to scratches, as opposed to the WH-1000X series. In terms of sound, the bass of the EXTRA BASS series headphones is different from the Sony MDR 1000X, or Sony WH-1000XM3. In essence, WH-XB900N sound is more oriented in the direction of the bass pop, the 40 mm dynamic coil driver can unleash its full of power as well as render the bass in a slightly soft manner.

Overall 5/5
5/5

Compared to the workmanship, sound quality, and noise reduction of the highly acclaimed WH-1000XM3, Sony wireless noise-canceling bassy headphones WH-XB900N retain the same design style and noise-canceling function. Slightly less expensive, the official price of $ 250 is rather lovely.

Although the overall appearance is more similar to the style of the WH-1000X. The WH-XB900N is made of frosted plastic, which is very comfortable to the touch, but also more resistant to scratches, as opposed to the WH-1000X series, which is made of soft rubber. As its design and structure are based on the popular WH-1000X series, consequently, the weight is further reduced.

The WH-XB900N can switch songs, adjust volume, play/pause music and make and receive phone calls by double-tap, slide up and down, and slide left and right on the right ear cup. The gestures are the same as those on the WH-1000XM3. A button is also housed on the left side of the earcups to activate the smart phone’s voice assistant.

5/5
5/5

Thanks to the Quick Attention feature, users can hear meaningful discussions around them without taking off the headphones. The WH-XB900N will pause your music and activate its microphones to listen to the surroundings.

The sound position control is a fantastic feature. It lets you set the direction of the sound source freely. The VPT surround effect allows for a vivid and realistic sound experience, creating a sense of sound presence similar to that of concerts. The equalizer provides multiple bands ready to be adjusted. It allows you to set your own preferred sound according to your personal taste. The “Clear Bass” function enables the low volume adjustment without losing the sound quality is also not absent this time. Simultaneously, the DSEE function improves the voice’s treble details, making the WH-XB900N a popular Hi-Fi headset that doesn’t miss a detail. Therefore, WH-XB900N is the perfect choice for many Sony enthusiasts. The XB900N is more than capable of handling podcasts or any genre of music. Movies aren’t excluded.

Besides, the 1000X series’ highly acclaimed fast charging function has been retained on the WH-XB900N, which requires only ten minutes of fast charging to get an hour’s battery life.

5/5
5/5

Active noise cancellation technology is not a new concept among commuters. For various types of transportation, a Bluetooth headset with active noise cancellation function can protect users from all kinds of noise hindrance when using mobile phones to listen to music or movies and are a very convenient choice.

The Headphones Connect application can be very effective. Identifying the surrounding environment is very accurate; thus, the processing of the noise is highly targeted. Also, for safety reasons, the sound of cars will not be filtered. You can make certain manual adjustments to achieve your desired noise reduction experience.

The headphones can also be optimized for sound and noise reduction based on the surrounding environment to achieve an optimal listening experience. Turning on the Focus on Voice feature allows the headphones to automatically recognize surrounding voices. With the “Quick Attention” feature, you won’t miss conversations with people around them or public announcements that might delay things.

With the Noise Cancellation mode activated, one can finally enjoy listening to music more conveniently when walking through noisy subways, streets, offices, or other environments. With such a powerful noise cancellation system, it’s hard to contend the performance of the $180 WH-XB900N noise canceling headphones.

5/5
5/5

In terms of sound, the bass of the EXTRA BASS series headphones is different from the Sony MDR 1000X, or Sony WH-1000XM3. In essence, WH-XB900N sound is more oriented in the direction of the bass pop, the 40 mm dynamic coil driver can unleash its full of power as well as render the bass in a slightly soft manner. It can handle a variety of pop music while maintaining a strong bass and developed midrange. The sound of the headphones is more voracious and energizing than usual. Moreover, WH-XB900N’s high-frequency performance makes it ideal for watching movies and playing games on the go with your mobile phone or tablet, whereas the 30-hour autonomy provides enough time for most people’s needs.

In classical music, the bass performance of WH-XB900N still retains its unavoidable presence. The orchestra, piano, and violin will not appear to be overshadowed and blend beautifully with the whole audio spectrum. They can still express themselves clearly and fully but to a certain limit.

Overall 5/5
5/5

We were amazed at Sony’s grasp of the overall sound, to achieve such a high-quality, rich, sound. After a thorough listening session, I was satisfied with the use of the WH-XB900N. The headphones, which are bass-oriented noise-canceling headphones, provide rich musical layers and details.

The WH-XB900N costs approximately $180, positioned lower than the WH-1000XM3, which demands around $350, is very distinctive and suitable for those who like to listen to modern, electronic, or pop bassy songs.

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