Sony WH-XB900N acts as a bridge product between the company’s Extra Bass series of headphones and the high-end model WH-1000XM3. As a result, the XB900N is equipped with the best features from two product segments.
The pair of headphones support the Extra Bass feature, which enhances the low-frequency range to deliver stronger bass. Combine that with class-leading performance active noise cancellation, and you get a pair of excellent quality Bluetooth headphones.
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Sony WH-XB900N: Design
With an overall weight of 254g, the exterior details of the XB900N are made mainly of plastic and are very well finished. The pair of headphones comes with an audio cable, a USB Type-C charging cord and a carrying bag.
Although the XB900N does not feel as high-end as the 1000XM3 headset, this product is more affordable, providing a great value for users. And that doesn’t mean that the XB900N has poor build quality, because in fact, the XB900N gave me a very comfortable wearing experience during the trial.
The XB900N is a pair of highly portable headphones because the product’s 2 ear buds are able to fold together, allowing you to carry it around easily and conveniently. Both sides of the earbud can be folded together with a 90-degree angle, helping you to tuck the headset into your bag every time you go to work.
The surface of the XB900N is finished with a smooth flat texture, providing a very comfortable hand feeling. Overall, the XB900N is a pair of headphones with a minimalist and neutral design, and won’t attract much attention when used in public places.
All control buttons of the Sony WH-XB900N are equipped on the left earbud, which includes a power button, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port and a multi-function button. You can assign different functions to this button through the companion Sony Headphones Connect app. In addition, the pair of headphones is also equipped with an NFC proximity sensor chip, providing the ability to pair with compatible source devices quickly and conveniently.
Of the right ear is hidden a capacitive sensor panel, allowing the user to control the pair of headphones through swipe gestures. You can perform a horizontal swipe on the surface of the pair of headphones or press once on this surface to switch songs, change the volume, and turn on/off music.
The Sony WH-XB900N supports a feature called Quick Attention, which helps external sounds be transmitted directly to the inside of the pair of headphones. This is a very convenient feature in case you need to quickly listen to outside sounds but don’t want to remove the headphones from your head.
The Sony WH-XB900N is thickly padded at the headband position, providing a comfortable wearing experience for a long time. The two ear pads of the Sony WH-XB900N have good softness and medium depth, helping the user’s ears to be fully embraced inside. Not only providing a comfortable wearing experience, this detail also contributes to enhancing the noise-canceling performance of the headphones.
As a pair of headphones with a closed back design, the Sony WH-XB900N has not very good ventilation. So your ears may heat up a little during long-term use. This is a limitation not only of the Sony WH-XB900N, but also present on many noise-canceling headphones on the market.
Sony WH-XB900N: Sound Quality
Sony WH-XB900N is equipped with 2 main features when it comes to the sound array, which is Extra Bass technology and active noise cancellation. This means that if you are a fan of music with a lot of bass, then surely the Sony WH-XB900N will satisfy you.
Regarding the array of active noise cancellation features, the pair of headphones uses an external microphone combination. This mic combination is responsible for recording the frequency of the surrounding noises, then sending it back to the processor located in the headset for analysis and then the pair of headphones will play back a frequency band with inverted wavelengths. against ambient noise. These two frequency bands will cancel each other, providing a listening space that is not limited by external noise for users.
However, when it comes to the actual performance of this feature, the Sony WH-XB900N’s noise cancellation is still one level lower when compared to its high-end model, the WH-1000XM4. This is understandable compared to the price difference between the two product models is quite significant.
A pair of Sony Bluetooth headphones can be paired with your phone via the Sony Headphones Connect companion app. The software can be downloaded for free on both Android and iOS platforms, giving users more features and options to optimize their headset experience.
The companion app provides users with EQ settings, noise cancellation strength options, the ability to change the controls of the pair of headphones, and more.
The XB900N connects to phones via Bluetooth 4.2 standard and supports codec formats including LDAC, SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD. The most optimal connection range of a pair of headphones is within 10m of each other. Actual usage experience shows that the pair of headphones has strong and stable connection performance, no lag during long hours of music listening.
Extra Bass technology helps to improve the strength of the low frequency range, helping to bring out the bass with great influence in the music. In addition, the headphones themselves also provide a relatively balanced sound quality between mid, high and low ranges, providing a fairly comprehensive listening experience for users.
Sony WH-XB900N: Battery life
According to the manufacturer, the XB900N has a theoretical battery life of about 30 hours in a charging cycle when used with the ANC feature. This level of battery life can be extended to 35 hours if you turn off the noise canceling feature of the headphones. Through actual use, we can conclude that the battery life that the company promises is quite accurate.
For most general users, this is a level of battery life that is enough for you to listen to music comfortably for a long time before having to plug in the charger. The pair of headphones is fully charged from 0% in a period of 7 hours.
Sold in the mid-range segment, the Sony WH-XB900N is a comprehensive pair of headphones for what you pay for. The pair of headphones has convenient noise cancellation, plus a relatively balanced sound quality. In addition, the product has a good build quality and high level of finishing, providing a comfortable wearing experience for a long time. The Sony WH-XB900N is a good choice if you’re looking for an affordable pair of headphones, especially if you’re a heavy bass listener.
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- Powerful bass
- Long battery life
- Good build quality
- Many useful features
- Has a noise canceling feature
- Strong bass may not be suitable for everyone