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Sony's MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth sports headphone: Not quite a steal, but a good dealA comfortable fit and decent sound are the highlights of Sony's affordable, bass-heavy in-ear wireless sports headphone.
This is Sony's new MDR-XB50BS extra base sports wireless in-ear headphone and what makes it worth considering is that it's relatively inexpensive at around 60 dollars online. It fits It's well, and sounds good particularly if you listen to base heavy music. As you can see this isn't the smallest in your wireless headphone, and it's footprint is round size to the beats, powerbeat3 wireless. It's very light weight however. It could be better than the Power Beat 3. It comes with a few different size fins and ear tips and I was able to get a nice tight seal with the larger size which is crucial for maximizing bass performance. This is a noise isolating headphone and it does passively muffle ambient noise so you wouldn't be able to hear Here traffic while you're running if you're playing your music even at moderate levels, battery life is rated at 8.5 hours which is decent, and the headphone is water resistant but not water proof. I can't say that they seem like the sturdiest headphones in the world. But they do only cost $60. There's a built in microphone along with volume and track skipping controls on the ear pieces, the call quality was okay, not great. This will perform better as a headset in quiet environments, not say, the noisy streets of New York. They don't call these extra bass wireless In your headphones for nothing, as I said they put out a lot of base. And it's pretty decent base that's got some punch to it and isn't too boomy. These aren't the cleanest or most detailed headphones but they do sound particularly good when you're listening to electronic or hip hop music. They manage to maintain a mostly hiccup free wireless connection. Anyway I'm David Carr for CNET.com and that's the MDR XE-50 BS, one of the better affordable wireless sports headphones currently available. Thanks for watching.