Sony MDR-XB50BS review: An affordable wireless sports headphone that fits well and sounds decent

Battery life is rated at 8.5 hours, which is decent, and the headphone is water-resistant but not waterproof. I can't say 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 and the earpieces. The call quality was OK, not great, and this will perform better as a headset in quiet environments, not, say the noisy streets of New York.

Close up the earphone, with volume and track-skipping controls.

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From a sound-quality standpoint, they don't call these Extra Bass Wireless in-ear headphones for nothing. As I said, they put out a lot of bass and it's pretty decent bass that's got some punch to it and just manages to avoid entering boomy territory.

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, and they maintained a mostly hiccup-free wireless connection.

You can get cheaper in-ear wireless sports headphones than this. Usually, they're from no-name companies and they work acceptably for a lot of people. The Sony MDR-XB50BS is a step up from a lot of those models, but it's not as good as Jaybird's X3, which costs around twice as much. Sony also offers the new XB70BT neckband wireless models for a bit more than the XB50, too.

As I said, for the price it's a decent deal. And if I didn't have that little bit of slippage when I was running I'd rate it even higher.

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