Sony's new XB 'phones bomb the bass

Sony's new bass-heavy headphones
Sony's new bass-heavy headphones

Sony's latest headphones release looks to make tinny personal music a thing of the past.

The new XB series of headphones have been equipped with a driver unit which is said to "reproduce low frequencies accurately".

Sony has really turned the bass up to 11 with this release, adding a new feature they have given the Ronseal-esque moniker of 'eXtra Bass'.

Sound advice

The XB range features five new styles of headphone – each with a different sized driver unit.

The MDR-XB700 is the daddy of the bunch: the closed headset has a 50mm drive unit and handles 3,000mW of power. Its king-sized ear cushions reduce sound leakage and add more boom to the bass.

When it comes to in-ear headphones, the pick of the bunch is the MDR-XB40EX. This handles 100mW of power, and comes with a selection of small, medium and large earbuds. It also ustilises a new 'direct vibe' acoustic design, so there shouldn't be much in the way of sound spillage.

The rest of the range is as follows: MDR-XB500 (over the head), MDR-XB300 (earbud) and MDR-XB20EX (earbud).

The XB series of headphones are out in March with exact pricing to be announced.

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.