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Sony MDR-XB400 (Blue/Black)

Blue & Black Luxuriously Padded On-Ear XB Series Stereo Headphones with Powerful 30mm Bass Drivers

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Sony MDR-XB400, XB Means eXtra eXtreme Bass

If you love R&B, hip hop, dubstep and other bass-heavy beats, the Sony MDR-XB400 XB Series headphones were made for you. The specially designed 30mm driver units and direct vibe structure tightly sealed acoustic design combine to serve up a powerful and dynamic bass response to do your music justice. Infused with comfort-enhancing features like ultra-cushy earpads crafted from pressure-relieving urethane foam, they're perfect for those extra long playlists. Featuring a lightweight design and swivel-fold ear cups for collapsible convenience on the go, these headphones are perfect for travel. Engineered to pack the earth shattering bass of a powered home subwoofer, the 24 Ohm Sony XB400 series is a match made in heaven when paired with your new iPod Touch or iPod Nano, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, iPad and iPad mini, HTC One, BlackBerry, Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S4, Android Smartphone, or any other tablet, laptop, or portable mp3 media player. The best new headphones are here and waiting, in a wide variety of colors including the rarest of rare versions. Step up, can you handle it? You may think you have heard "Real Bass", but you haven't heard anything yet!

What's In The Box?
  1. Sony MDR-XB400 Extra Bass Headphones (Blue)
  2. Flat 3.96 Foot Headphone Cable (Attached)
  3. Owners Manual & Operating Instructions
  4. Warranty Information

General Features:

  • On-Ear XB Series Extra Bass Stereo Headphones
  • Luxurious seamless, noise isolating ear pads with pressure relieving urethane foam offers users the softest, most comfortable fit available perfectly forming to the shape and contour of users ears
  • Direct-Vibe Structure and specially designed powerful 30mm drivers deliver tight, extended deep and powerful bass that perfectly complements today’s popular music genres
  • Slim in stature with swivel-fold earpads conveniently lay flat for compact storage, tight fit packing, or easy adjustments during use
  • Tightly sealed acoustic design allows for a higher level of sound isolation great for users, and equally enjoyable for neighbors close by
  • Tangle-free cable with flat design for convenient listening without the hassle
  • Adjustable headband for comfortable listening sessions
  • Nickel-plated, corrosion-resistant stereo jack
  • Main Color: Blue
  • Secondary Color Accent: Black
  • Manufacturer Part Number: Sony MDR-XB400/BLU (MDRXB400/BLU)
  • Also Found As: Sony MDR-XB400/BLUE (MDRXB400/BLUE)
  • Sony MDR-XB400 Also available in: Green & Gray , All Black , Violet Purple & White , Pink & Black , and Coming Soon In Red & Black , and All White
  • The Sony MDR-XB400iP with iPhone, iPod, iPad Mic/Remote Available In: Blue & Black,
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Headphone Design: Over-the-Head, Headband, Closed-Back
  • Speaker Type: Dynamic Driver (Supra-Aural)
  • Speaker Size: 30 mm, Dome Type
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium (Neo-Dymium)
  • Frequency Response: 5 - 22,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 24 Ohms
  • Max Input Power: 1000 mW
  • Cable Type: Copper, Flat Cord
  • Cord Length: 3.96 Feet (1.2 Meters)
  • Plug Type: Gold-Plated L-Shaped Stereo Mini

Product History:

Sony MDR-XB400/BLU thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Sony MDR-XB300 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Sony MDR-XB400 (Blue/Black))

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

On-Ear
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Lifestyle

This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Athlete:
Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

Audiophile:
For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

DJ:
Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

Gamer
This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Music Lover:
These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Student:
Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

Traveler:
Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Music Lover
Student
Acoustic Principle
The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types: Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source. Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room. Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.
Closed

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

No
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
5 - 22000 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
100 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
30 mm
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
Dynamic
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
24 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Blue
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.
Black

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
56%
4 Star
31%
3 Star
6%
2 Star
6%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
3.8
Value
4.6
Features
4.1
Design
4.6
Usability
4.8

ggrm

Winooski

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Nice sound

December 27, 2013

I bought these for my ipad to listen to music on different internet sites. The sound for the money is incredible. The base does stand out. So happy with transaction bought a pair for my wife.

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Justin

Twin Lake, MI

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Great for the price

December 26, 2013

Getting these for less than $28 is a steal! For the price range, these are premium headphones. They have great mid-range and highs! They do great in bass for this price range, but don't expect to be able to tune in more bass to get more bump out of them. They only handle so much before they distort, alas, they aren't overly big drivers or priced for the brand. The headset is comfortable and well adjustable for a bigger sized head. The pads are nice enough to wear for extended periods of time and the cord does actually keep un-tangled better due to the flat cable. Overall, these are great and I would recommend them to those who want premium quality without spending more than necessary. I do like my bass, but if I want that much bump, i'll drive my car, as direct into the ears at 20 Hz is not well for the hearing. I enjoy the clarity and all around quality from them. Premium sound that is balanced across all the ranges. 4 on durability due to shorter time of owning, but has held up well to lots of hardcore use. 4 on Look/Design as they could've made them a bit more compact, lots of space in the shell of the drivers. And of course Sonic Rocks!

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KENWORTH

los anjeles.CA

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wonderful sound

December 25, 2013

Wonderful sound. Great bass sound and super comfortable. I connect my TV to play call of duty and I can hear everything perfectly.

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Moses

Israel

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Great Value!

December 24, 2013

Great sound! Very comfortable too. Short cord though. To sum it up: Great Value!

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TQuill

Atlanta

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Decent headphones

December 13, 2013

Sound isnt as crisp as more pricy headphones but these have good comfort, inexpensive and its hard to beat them for the price.

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Jaabir Peerally

Mauritius

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Awesome Entry Level Extra Bass Headphone

December 7, 2013

Hello EXTRA BASS lovers, If you like superb deep bass, rich sound with great highs and mids in a lightweight, very inexpensive headphone, you won't be disappointed. I went on Google and search out several types of headphone with a budget of around 40$ - 60$ and came out with a lot of possibilities and by my great surprise i have found this Sony MDR XB 400 cheaper that what i intended to pay for. As I like a little more bass, i chose this headphone instead of Sennheiser as these are exactly what its all about as its meant to reproduce deep powerful bass like in pro headphones i guess. I own mine since a month now and what i can say is that it delivers low frequency response so well that am loving Sony products and even highs and mids are just mind blowing and I use them not only for music but for listening to all other stuffs like TV at all times. I hear all voices and the clarity is superb. TV watching is much more enjoyable now. Even YouTube videos are more fun. I also use them for listening to music on my iPod and on my HTC One Mini powered by BeatsAudio which is something you will be amazed, it sounds beautiful and way better that without BeatsAudio. For those who own anything that include BeatsAudio, this will be a plus as those crazy output and clarity you will get through those 30mm driver that delivers exactly what you want to hear and that sound experience will change the way you listen to music or watching a movie. If you guys have any equipment that have BeatsAudio, please do not hesitate to BUY this headphone along with POWERAMP, those EQ in poweramp makes a HUGE difference in listening to music in better way of course compare to all other music players :) Delivery was very fast even if am oversea. Very satisfied costumer !

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Cameron

Maumelle AR

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Excellent!

December 3, 2013

Great product. Comfortable and sounds great. Good bang for the buck

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Mutwa

Atlanta, GA

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Bass headphones

October 2, 2013

I love these headphones. Love the look, and the feel of them. They are SO much better than beats. I love listening to my music with extra bass, and they handle them amazingly. I'm 17 and I would recommend then to any teenager that like to listen to music.

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J. Lambert

S.L.C., UT

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Nice

September 22, 2013

The Sony MDR-XB400/BLU XB Extra Bass Headphones are pretty darn good. The extra bass is nice and the sound quality is great. The price fit my budget as well. They also block out outside noise fairly well. Really, there is only one drawback to them and that is that the way they are made, they creak and pop. Annoying as it is though, they are nice headphones.

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stifler305

weston, fl

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great headphones for the money

September 18, 2013

Comfortable headset. Only downside about them is the ultra thin leather skin on the headphones themselves. It peels off with light use.

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jeanette

catskill

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Didn't last very long

September 17, 2013

I bought this for my 16 year old grandson, it worked fine for the first month then it just stopped working, not sure if I would recommend this product again, I have to return it.

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Anthony

Chicago, IL

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I love it

July 1, 2013

My first impression was that it felt cheap and I was afraid they would break. After having it for a few months now, I grew to love them. The bass is outstanding. I even use these for mixing on my turn tables. Overall, they're a great buy and they last.

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Ken

Savannah, MO

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Sony MDR-XB400/BL

June 12, 2013

Very nice headphones for the price. Comfortable and good sound.

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Bozua

Santa Barbara, CA

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Awesome Headphones

March 7, 2013

I bought these headphones for the 'extra bass' and they really deliver. The bass is balanced and not over powering over the music, but is still has that extra umph. The ear padding creates really great noise cancellation and I can hear nothing outside my headphones. I ordered these at 10am and got them the next day. Really fast shipping. Really happy with my order.

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Morel Orel

Scottsdale, AZ

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Most comfortable ear pads and great sound

February 28, 2013

These headphones have the softest ear pads ever. I can wear them for hours! They sound great, and are really light. They are the whole deal!

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Tyrell

Edmond, OK

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Bass!

February 23, 2013

These headphone are perfect for BASS! i recommend this to someone who like hip-hop ,rap,or dub-step music.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

MDR-XB400/BLU

UPC

027242854390

Weight

0.50lbs

Internal SKU

mdrxb400-blue

Internal Product ID

62279

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Sony MDR-XB400 (Blue/Black)