Sunday, July 28, 2019

sony wh-xb900n review

The XB900N are the latest in Sony's line of Extra Bass headphones. These try to incorporate some of the features from the higher-end model, the WH-1000XM3, including things like active noise cancellation and a gesture-based control system. In this review we will learn how the XB900N sound, how comfortable they are, how all the different features work, and whether or not they are worth your money.

Designross between the 1000XM3 and the XB700, both of which we have reviewed in the past.

Moving up, the headband is fully adjustable and articulating, which allows the ear cups to slide up and down, swivel 90-degrees and also fold in one at a time. You can swivel the ear cups when you are hanging the headphones by your neck and both swivel and fold the ear cups while traveling. There's no travel case provided with the XB900N but you do get a thin cloth bag, which isn't particular useful.
Right at the top is the headband with a similar plush cushion as the ear cups. It's not as dense as the one on the 1000XM3 but it's comfortable enough.
In terms of materials, the externals are made entirely out of plastic with a soft, matte finish. It doesn't feel as premium as that on the more expensive 1000XM3 but the headphones don't necessarily feel cheap or poorly built.


Comfort is a major part of a headphone design. You wouldn't want to wear headphones that aren't comfortable even if they sound good.
Fortunately, the XB900N are generally quite comfortable. The thick padding on the ear cups is quite soft and easy on the ears. There's also plenty of depth to the padding so your ears wouldn't normally touch the grille inside. I wish the diameter of the ear cups was ever so slightly larger so my ears didn't touch the inner rim of the ear cups.

Noise Canceling

One of the advertised features for the XB900N is active noise canceling, as denoted by the N at the end of the model number. It works similar to most headphones by generating an inverted phase audio signal with the same amplitude as the ambient noise and piping it through the speakers to cancel out the noise.
Unfortunately, the active noise cancellation on the XB900N is extremely mediocre beyond what the headphones can do naturally with their earpads. It can cancel out noise in some parts of the frequency range, typically the mid-range, but a lot of the lower frequency noise seeps through. So you get some reduction in the noise but you can still hear most of your surroundings and you don't quite get that same sense of solitude that you get with the more expensive 1000XM3, which is the industry benchmark.

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