Sony MDR-XB910 DJ Headphones

Do you honestly feel good about the so-called Beats generation of headphones? Well, I suppose we all know what it is: that hard-kicking bass mudding almost every other frequency just for the sake of domination. While we would argue that there are really some good headphones that deliver a rich, balanced range of frequencies even with a stronger bass response, we’d love to argue as well that there are many others who cannot. Let me give you Sony’s new MDR-XB910 as an example for today, and it’s up to you if you regard it as your choice for this new generation of headphones.

On the design alone, I would simply put the MDR-XB910 as a headphone used by the Seekers in the movie ‘The Host.’ If you haven’t watched that, well, the design is awkwardly silver and reflective on almost all sides. Thankfully though, the MDR-XB910 of Sony did not keep everything alarming in reflecting the sunlight; the silver paint job also got some matte texture on some parts, especially on the band. The MDR-XB910 can be mistaken to be an overly premium-crafted piece, but you’ll set back if you learn that only a few parts here get a real metal job and the rest are plain plastic. The plastic parts may look and sound cheap, but Sony made the craft fine enough for enduring hardships during listening.

At a weight of about 305grams, the Sony MDR-XB910 is large but proportionately light as well. It is large as it really covers your ears then to a part of your cheeks, and the band gets a little more restraint in this regard. The foams on each ear cup may appear short for the big silver cups you’ll notice, but the foam is superbly venting from within, making it very comfortable to be with as it melts to the contours of your ears. I must admit, though, that I am not pleased on the foam included in the headband. The foam may feel soft at first, but after an hour and a half listening to music, I feel pressed and depressed already.


More with the foam, it can be impossible to believe that the Sony MDR-XB910 is good enough for passive noise cancellation though technically it does not really feature one. The headphone does a decent job in keeping those ambient mumbles away from your concentration, and luckily also, others will hardly hear your music from afar. Now here comes the bigger thing: the bass is invasive, intrusive, and implanting, making your music really sound like you should dance or else… If you put a mellow music to play on, then you better change your headpiece as well.

More with the quality of the sound, the neodymium drivers at 50 mm is a no head turner, so to say, but it gives bass more depth and feel without overly crashing the rest of the frequencies. If I would be putting it shorter, the MDR-XB910 should sound a way lot better and clearer if the bass or the lows are put to a lower level. But you cannot do this, and unless you throw heart-pumping rock and disco music on it, you’d surely be disappointed on your buy. I tried the piece also on a movie, and the vocals just don’t sound right either.

Oh, before I forget, the design is also foldable which means that storing this big head piece can be fun and saving even without a case. Included in the package are two cables: one of which has a universal remote control for play/pause function or answer/end call function, but no volume rockers or track changers. The cables are also pasta-like in their being flat for no tangling effect, and the 3.5mm jack terminates in a screw-on design for a more secure fit while DJ-ing. The Sony MDR-XB910 is priced relatively high at around $300, and with your decision, you really have to think about it.

Sony MDR-XB910 DJ Headphones Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 13,000.00

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