Oober-Review: Sony MDR-XB450AP - Superb bass performance
The Sony MDR-XB450AP are headphones that are designed to excite your eardrums with some seriously powerful bass. They can function as a normal pair with a bit of a bass emphasis but nothing too out of the ordinary.
There’s a certain thrill in the aural experience of these headphones that ought to be experienced to believe. Let’s take a closer look at the Sony MDR-XB450AP Extra Bass headphones and why you should buy them.
Sound QualityBefore looking at what the bass-booster feature is like, we’re going to deal with what the Sony MDR-XB450AP sound like normally, because it’s probably how these headphones will be used for most amount of time. There’s a nice bass kick and it’s fairly well-handled. It’s not hugely boomy. The mid-range is flat, full and offers good detail. With a good treble presence, the Sony MDR-XB450AP don’t sound foggy or veiled. The soundstage width and dynamic range are offer a pleasant listen with some extra bass, but not a ridiculous amount.
Design & ComfortThe Sony MDR-XB450AP are large headphones, however they are not the over-the-ears kind you normally get with pairs of this size. Sony has classed-up the look of the MDR-XB450AP and headphones are pretty eye-catching. The back plate of each ear cup has a metallic finish of concentric circles widely used in Sony’s current headphones. It’s a good-looking design trait, with a classier, more inclusive look.
The all-plastic finish is sharp and sets a benchmark for the build quality you should expect from headphones in this price range. The Sony MDR-XB450AP pads are big and soft, with soft synthetic leather that keeps the headphones in place. The padding is thick and soft enough to be worn comfortably for several hours. The padding style also allows good noise isolation for an on-ears pair of headphones.