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Sony MDR-XB600

On-Ear XB Series 40mm Drivers Extra Bass Stereo Headphones with Large Soft Ear Cusions


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Extra Bass!

Tap into the pure power of premium bass with 40mm drivers engineered to deliver hard-hitting hooks the way the artist intended. Innovative direct-vibe structure creates a tightly sealed acoustic design making for an incredibly high level of sound isolation while also allowing for the reproduction of a more powerful extended bass sound. Newly-developed ear pads made of pressure-relieving urethane foam provide ultra-comfort and superb noise-isolation, while a dual-folding design makes it possible to reverse the ear pads for listening flexibility and hassle-free portability. Tangle-discouraging flat cord won't crimp your style with unsightly snarls.

General Features:

  • On-Ear XB Series Extra Bass Stereo Headphones
  • In-ear design
  • Specially designed, powerful drivers deliver deep and powerful bass that perfectly complements today’s popular music genres
  • Slim in stature with swivel-fold earpads
  • Tightly sealed acoustic design allows for a high level of sound isolation
  • Tangle-free cable for convenient listening
  • Adjustable headband for comfortable listening sessions
  • Nickel-plated, corrosion-resistant stereo jack
  • Also Found As: Sony MDR-XB600/N, MDR-XB600/G, MDR-XB600/B, MDRXB600/N
  • Also available in: iPhone Compatible Version
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 4-24,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 104 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 40 Ohms
  • Cord Length: 1.2m
  • Max Input Power: 1000 mW

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
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(previous model, replaced by Sony MDR-XB600)

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.

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.

General Features

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
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).
4 - 24000 Hz
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".
104 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
40 mm
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
40 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.

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Warranty and Return Policy

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

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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KILLER PRICES!!! Great service & shipping.

November 22, 2013

What can I say, phenomenal pricing and Sony quality which happened to be one-half of what other places charge!!! Not only that but I didn't get charged sales tax or shipping either! When I saw this, I returned the pair I had bought elsewhere for a savings of $65.00 in all. Thank you Sonic Electronix!

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Rich C


Sony MDR-XB600 On-ear extra bass headphones

September 27, 2013

Good controlled bass but not explosive such as a sub woofer. Pristine mid-range and clear highs. I use it to listen to Windows Media Player ripped music with bass, mids and treble slightly extended (pluses) and also on my Harman Kardon and Pioneer receivers with a female 1/8 to 1/4 male adapter. Hardly no distortion factor with all types of music. Bass, Mid and Treble requencies seem to blend together in unison without one dominating the other. From a scale of 1 to 10 , I'll give it a 7.5.

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Brooklyn, NY

great headphones, great price!

December 2, 2013

I bought these a month ago, and have not been disappointed for a second. The headphones were just as described, and are great quality for the cost. They were shipped quickly and in the original box-brand new. I use them everyday and love them!

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houston texas

Best website

November 29, 2013

I would recommend this website.It has great products at fair prices.

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Just amazing!

October 20, 2013

I recommend buying this product, due to the low price, looks, the amazing sound, and everything! You will never find this pair of headphones on such a low price.

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a friend has them and loves them
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I listened to them in a retail location. They sounded great.
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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-XB600