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Before we get into the Sony MDR XB950N1 Review, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Ratings/Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Amp/DAC requirements
  8. Who these headphones benefit?
  9. Consensus/Conclusion
  10. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

Sony MDR XB950N1



  • Type: Closed back.
  • Fit: Circumaural (Around the Ear).
  • Impedance: Not specified.  What is Headphone Impedance?
  • Sensitivity: Not specified. What is Sensitivity in Headphones?
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz.
  • Material: Plastic, Protein leather.
  • Volume control: Yes.
  • Chord length: 3.94 ft.
  • Usage Time: 22 Hours with ANC On.
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes. How do noise cancelling headphones work?
  • Bluetooth: Yes.
  • Buttons: Power button, Bass effect button, Noise cancellation Button.
  • Right ear cup: Dedicated volume control, button to control playback, call management, and track navigation.
  • Accessories: Carrying pouch, Headphone cable.
  • Detachable Cable included: Yes.
  • Inline remote: No.
  • Color: Varies.


The closed back XB950N1 is a very comfortable headphone with a good build quality. The cups are nice and big, and they envelop your ears nicely. No complaints with either. Closed back vs. open back headphones.

The problem I have is with the sound. It’s absolute poop. Frankly, it’s laughable that Sony would even include an “Extra Bass” switch on these. I mean, for what? The bass is already out of control and bloated, and the button only magnifies that issue. It’s almost a slap in the face. “Here, you want more bass? We’re gonna slap you silly with it!”

That might seem harsh, but the headphones really left a bad taste in my mouth. I suppose for $20 I could excuse this, but these are well over $100. It’s just wrong on so many levels.

You could include these with Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket and it still wouldn’t excuse the poor sound. Sure, there’s a lot of features, but they all amount to bunk if the sound is poopy. And these certainly are.

Imagine me taking two drum sticks and beating them on a beach ball. That’s what the bass sounds like. Lol. I wish I were kidding.

The bass is so bad that I couldn’t even make out any semblance of a mid-range or treble. So that’s it. I can’t. It’s that bad. I’m serious, the $15 Sony MDR V150 is better than this trash heap. Heck, the MDR ZX100 is better. Gosh. Okay. I’m done ranting.


  • Excellent build.
  • Excellent comfort factor.
  • Portable.


  • Poopy sound.

Video Review!

Coming soon!

Amp/DAC requirements

Who these headphones benefit?

No one. Lol.


The Sony MDR XB950N1 provide excellent comfort and build, but the sound suffers. Not recommended.

Final Word

If you want the real deal, Sony’s WH1000xM2 is the solution you’re looking for. Interested in learning more?


Want the balanced version of the WH1000xM2? That’s the Bose QC35 friend.


Well that’s about it for today folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Sony MDR XB950N1 Headphone Review.

What do you think about them?? Was I too harsh? Want to flame me? Let me know!!

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Until then, all the best and God bless..





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