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Sony WH-XB900N

Sony WH-XB900N

from  $249.99+
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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Bass lovers will have plenty to like about the XB900N’s emphasis on low-end tone. However, what you can get for $100 more on the 1000XM3 is worth the extra cost, especially in regards to noise cancellation. Plus, the bass-heavy tuning isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking to save some money though, there’s a lot to like about the XB900N.

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Pros
  • Great sound quality for the price
  • Clear voice audio for calls
  • Option for dedicated Google Assistant/Alexa button
  • No quick-charge features
Cons
  • Touch controls are still frustrating
  • Extra Bass can be exhausting
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as powerful as the 1000XM3
  • Takes seven excruciating hours to fully charge
83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

80
johnvl
Near perfect affordable bluetooth headset with 30hour battery life, useful skype/conference...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
 
80
Gizmodo
If you’ll be happy with a slightly downgraded version of the best, the XB900N are the best noise-canceling headphones you can get for less than $300.
 
80
CNET
The Sony WH-XB900N Extra Bass is a solid noise-canceling headphone, but it doesn't quite hit the same heights as its industry-leading step-up sibling.
 
80
SoundGuys
While they're slightly cheaper, these aren't necessarily a less expensive pair of the WH-1000XM3. They share many of the same features, but they're entirely their own pair of headphones.
 
60
Digital Trends
Sony's loaded WH-XB900N prove lower pricing doesn’t always mean better value.
 
80
Business Insider
I can unequivocally recommend the Sony WH-XB900N headphones for anyone who doesn't want to spend over $300 — or even under $275, for that matter.
 
80
Android Authority
These share many of the same features of Sony’s flagship noise cancelling headphones, but are significantly more bass-heavy and slightly cheaper. The sound signature and design makes the WH-XB900N a worthy Beats competitor.
 
90
NDTV Gadgets
The Sony WH-XB900N isn't quite as capable as the WH-1000XM3 in some small ways, but is practically as good when it comes to factors that matter most. Sound quality is excellent for a number of reasons, including good drivers, proper tuning, and support for advanced Bluetooth codecs.
 
80
TechHive
Sony’s Extra Bass WH-XB900N noise canceling Bluetooth headphones sound great, are low-latency, and do a good job at blocking out unwanted sound.
 
80
GSM Arena
These are Extra Bass headphones and that really is their selling point. If you're the sort of person who enjoys big, bassy sound then you should be happy with them. The fact that they are comfortable and have excellent battery life is just a cherry on top.
 
80
TechRadar
Sony WH-XB900N wireless noise-canceling headphones exist as a bridge between the company’s Extra Bass series and the premium WH-1000XM3 cans. There aren't many headphones out there in the market that are able to provide this kind of listening experience.

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