Advantages: According to the Sony WH-XB900N Review extra Bass has a similar design to the WH-1000XM3 and also shares many of its features but costs $100 less. It works as a great headset for making calls, and also the sound quality is quite good as long as you don’t mind a preponderance of bass. It is a very comfortable headphone, has USB-C charging, good battery life and also effective noise-canceling.
Drawback: Very High bass for some people. Lacks the premium feel of the awesome Sony WH-1000XM3.
Conclusion: The Sony WH-XB900N Headphones are the solid noise-canceling headphones, but it does not quite hit the same heights as its industry-leading step-up sibling(Sony WH-1000XM3). Also, it is very cheap as compared to the sibling.
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Sony WH-XB900N Vs Sony WH-1000XM3
The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are much better headphones than the Sony WH-XB900N. They feel like more premium headphones and also their ANC feature is way better, which makes them more versatile and also a better option for commuting. Their sound is also very less bass-heavy, but you can EQ both headphones in their app to make them sound more like you prefer.
But, the Sony WH-XB900N Headphones have a better-obstructed range and they also have remarkable battery life. They are also overall very similar headphones, but the XM3 will offer better value.
The WH-XB900N is comfortable to wear. The new model has nice and padded ear cups that are thicker than the WH-1000XM3’s, though not made out of exactly the same material.
That Sony WH-1000XM3’s atmospheric-pressure-optimizing feature, which is for use in flight, is missing from the WH-XB900N. The same goes for the QN1 processor that facilitates also the WH-1000XM3’s higher grade noise canceling– it’s also absent here.
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Sony WH-XB900N Features
How are the Sony WH-XB900N Headphones Built?
The first thing you notice about the Sony WH-XB900N wireless noise-canceling extra bass headphones is that they are of a lightweight plastic (254 grams) which is nice considering that you’re going to be using them out and about most of the time. They are also very flexible and fit on the head thanks to the padding at the crown and the earpads.
Sony usually does a good job of making sure that its headphones are also portable, and these are no different. The ear cups rotate 90 degrees to lie flat and also fold at the hinges for a smaller footprint. The plastic build has a weird texture that almost feels like it’s fused with fabric or something similar that provides a bit of grip to it which comes in hand when using the swipe playback controls.
The plush memory foam padding feels very light on the ears, though like most other over-ears headphones they get somewhat warm after extended usage. Something to be aware of if you are in a warmer climate as you don’t find these let your ears breathe all too well. The padding helps with isolation which is way more important to the listening experience.
Then there are also the buttons, which are on the left earcup and raised so you can feel which one you are pressing. You will get a power button and a custom button, both of which are clicky enough and don’t feel made.
How to connect these Sony WH-XB900N?
Pairing the Sony WH-XB900N headphones with your Pixel 3 is as seamless as pairing to AirPods on an Apple device. If for some reason that does not work for you, you can still take advantage of the built-in NFC to pair, or you can do it the good old fashion way by going into Bluetooth settings.
Speaking of which, these are rocking Bluetooth 4.2 which is a bit of a bummer for a pair of headphones that came out in the year 2019 when Bluetooth 5.0 was available, but on the bright side, these are put with Bluetooth codecs.
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Download the Sony Headphones Connect app. Once you do so, you will be able to control the amount of ambient noise you are comfortable with as there are twenty different levels ranging from maximum noise-canceling to using the microphones to hear everything around you. Or you also could always leave adaptive sound control on and let the headphones change on the fly depending on your surroundings.
You can adjust the sound position control from the app, which as the name suggests: lets you pick from which direction you prefer to hear your music coming from. It’s not quite 360 Reality Audio that Sony has been pushing or even the like what you’d find on the Audeze Mobius.
What is the battery life of the Sony WH-XB900N?
Sony claims a great battery life of 30 hours of constant playback with active noise-canceling turned on. We can report a final playtime of 37 hours and 22 minutes of constant playback at an output of 75dB. That is very long, and you most likely won’t have any issues with the battery seeing as it lasts more than enough for a flight from New York to Hong Kong.
These do charge via USB-C so if they die you can charge them back up with the same cable that comes with most phones nowadays. On top of that, they have a 3.5mm input and come with an audio cable so you can still use them if the whole battery runs dry.
The WH-XB900N’s feature set is otherwise very similar to that of the Sony WH-1000XM3. It’s got “adaptive” noise-canceling, surround modes and an equalizer in the app that lets you tweak the sound to a small degree. The noise canceling is not as strong or effective as the WH-1000XM3’s, but it’s still decent. It is more comparable to the noise canceling found on the original WH-1000X.
The WH-XB900N has different drivers from the WH-1000XM3 and therefore sounds very different. While you can make some small adjustments in the app’s equalizer settings, they will not change the bass-heavy nature of this headphone. Those who dig big, boomy bass will appreciate that, but the WH-1000XM3’s bass is much better, and by that it is as deep but is tighter overall.
The WH-XB900N worked well as a headset for making cell-phone calls. Out on the street, callers say that they could hear quite fine, and background noise was reduced enough not to impede our conversations. While Sony doesn’t mention it in the specs, there’s some sidetone when you use it as a good headset. That feature allows you to hear your voice in the headphones as you speak so you do not talk too loud.
Sony WH-XB900N Specs
- Have a similar design to the WH-1000XM3
- Shares many of its features
- Costs $100 less.
- It works as a great headset for making calls
- Also, the sound quality is quite good as long as you don’t mind a preponderance of bass.
- It is a very comfortable headphone
- Has USB-C charging
- Good battery life
- Too much bass
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