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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).

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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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80
johnvl
07.04.19
Near perfect affordable bluetooth headset with 30hour battery life, useful skype/conference capability and touch controls. Walking around during conference call with noise cancelling headphones is a revelation! The only flaws are: 1) no touch controls to mute the mic for skype, slack or hangouts conferences. 2) mic picks up too much ambient noise during conferences (e.g. your typing). You have to mute the mic when not speaking. 3) No option to connect to a different bluetooth device. It should have a cycle button. The only way to stop it connecting to your phone instead of your laptop for example is to disable bluetooth on your phone then reconnect. Its too painful if you have multiple devices (e.g. table, TV, laptop, phone). 4) No companion app for mac/windows showing battery life etc. No battery life indicators. There is a button which says "good" etc but its not user friendly or obvious. If the above issues were solved, it would be a 10 out of 10.

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