Sony MDR-XB550AP EXTRA BASS Headphones 2020 Updated Review

Sony MDR-XB550AP EXTRA BASS Headphones 2020 Updated Review.

Let the music flow through you with the power of EXTRA BASS. And choose from four vibrant colors to best match your style. Enjoy hard-hitting depth on every track with EXTRA BASS. All you need to know about the Sony MDR-XB550AP EXTRA BASS headphones have been highlighted for you below.

Sony MDR-XB550AP EXTRA BASS Headphones 2020 Updated Review

About Sony MDR-XB550AP EXTRA BASS Headphones

Sony’s been in the headphones market for years, producing several pairs of headphones with this exact same form factor. These on-ear headphones are compact and lightweight, but still large enough to house the powerful drivers needed to deliver some low-level kick.

While the shape remains the same, Sony relies on bright color to give these headphones an edgy look. As wired headphones, there is no concern about audio compression or battery life. These headphones seem like quite a bargain, but the ultimate test will be their sound quality.

The XB500AP headphones are available in three different colours. Both blue and red have a metallic sheen to them, making the colours seem almost electric. They’ve got a very loud look to them, but are toned down just enough to remain sleek. For those who prefer it, the matte black option is much more reserved in appearance.


  • Feel the power of extra bass. Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • 30 mm driver units deliver balanced sound with an exceptional low-end thanks to 5 – 22,000 Hz Dynamic Frequency Response
  • Take calls and switch tracks with the in-line remote and mic
  • Customize your controls with the smart key App1
  • Bold style and cushioned ear pads for long-listening comfort

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HEADPHONE TYPE: Closed, Dynamic

DRIVER UNIT: 1.18 in (Dome Type)

MAGNET: Neodymium

IMPEDANCE (OHM): 24 ohm (1 kHz)




CORD TYPE: Y-type (Flat)

CORD LENGTH: Approx. 3.94 ft (1.2 m)

PLUG: L-shaped gold-plated 4-pole mini plug


Sound Quality

When Sony said these headphones had extra bass, they weren’t lying. Every beat from the kick drum sounds like an explosion in your ear. Music felt very forceful and engaging, helping your music to gain a lot of presence. What impressed us was the quality of the bass.

It’s not just a boomy, undefined sound like you’d get with a cheap subwoofer. It sounds very tight, controlled, and precise. You can actually make out the notes of the bass, and it works in conjunction with all of the other sounds. It’s not just an enhancement, but rather a better presentation of something that serves a purpose.

What separates these headphones from other bassy models, like Beats, is the frequency response. The human ear can generally hear down to about 25 hz. But sound isn’t just what you hear, it’s what you feel. Take Dubstep, for example. This musical genre is known for its bass.

Once of its defining qualities is what you’d call ‘sub-bass.’ These are bass frequencies that you can’t technically hear, but can still be detected by your ear. Sub bass is what creates those wobbles you can feel in your chest when you walk into a club. Sub-bass is generally produced in the frequency range of 10 to 20 hz. The XBR-550s respond to sound all the way to 5hz, so you’re not losing any of your music.

Comfort Concerns

Both the inside of the headband and the earcups are lined with an incredibly soft cushion. The earcups in particular are very soft and plush, and can be worn for a very long time without any discomfort.

The headband is a little thinner, but it does a great job of evenly dispersing the pressure across your head. Coupled with the lightweight nature of these headphones, there are no points of pressure that stand out.

Another thing we noticed was the pleather earpads manage to remain quite cool. Even if you’re wearing them in the summer, you’re not going to feel like you’ve slapped no a pair of earmuffs.

Because the earcups are on a swiveling bracket, they’re able to easily adapt to any head size or shape. This keeps them flat against your ears, so the pressure is evenly distributed across them.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for an extra helping of bass, nothing delivers this more easily than Sony’s XB series headphones. The 550s offer incredibly good value, producing very clear and detailed sound. Although they’re geared more towards certain music styles than others, it’s unlikely that you’ll find sound quality anywhere near as impressive from neutrally designed headphones.

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