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Sony MDR-XB800

On-Ear 50mm Driver Extra Bass XB Series Stereo Headphones


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Crazy Bass

For those with a true craving for powerful and explosive bass from their headphones, the MDR-XB800 are an apt solution. Equipped with intimidatingly large 50mm drivers and oxygen-free copper wire wound voice coils, the MDR-XB800 has all the strength necessary punch bone-rattling bass. The enclosed ear design with a thickly padded earcup virtually eliminates ambient noise and keeps all the rumbling concentrated. With a frequency response as low as 3 Hz, the MDR-XV800 is simply a remarkable addition to any bass-loving audiophile's collection.

Product Features:

  • Extra Bass Headphones
  • Exclusively produced for Sony, massive drivers push remarkably low bass
  • Vibe structure is direct for superior bass response
  • Newly-developed seamless, noise isolating ear pads use pressure relieving urethane foam
  • 90° gold-plated 1/8" (3.5mm) mini stereo jack
  • Oxygen-free copper voice coils designed for high power handling
  • Y-type cord with flat-cable minimizes cable clutter and prevents tangles
  • Remarkably broad frequency range also reproduces high frequencies with fidelity
Technical Specifications
  • Exclusively designed 50mm dynamic drivers
  • Frequency response: 3-28,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 24 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 106 dB
  • Power handling capacity: 3000 mW
  • Neodymium magnets
  • Gold-plated 90° 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini jack
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
Sony MDR-XB700 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Sony MDR-XB800)
Sony MDR-V700DJ thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Sony MDR-XB700 Extra Bass Headphones with 50mm Drivers)

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).
3 - 28000 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".
106 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
50 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.
24 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.

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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Pete Chorto

Baldwinsville ny

Quick ship great price

September 18, 2013

The Sony alarm clock does everything well easy to operate great value

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Lives up to its claim of rich bass depth

May 22, 2014

Billed as "extra bass" and will deliver depending on the source. I bought the XB800 because I liked the Sony MDR-XB600. With my MP3 players the two headphones didn't sound much different. I do not have a high end amp but plugging the XB800 into a computer, the Sony delivers remarkable bass depth with disco and electronica music. Doesn't have the crystal clarity in the mid-range MHz range of say a AKG 701, but then again you are paying 1/4 the price. Certainly, I found the XB600 (40 mm drivers) much lighter and easier to wear. The Sony MDR XB800 (with their 50 mm drivers) is perhaps heavier and bulkier than pricier headphones. Overall, good value for money.

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waupaca, wi.

Nice headset!

August 6, 2014

with these ten words I like the headset very much!

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Phoenix, AZ

Excellent Headphones! Great Headphones! BUT made for BASS heads

July 19, 2013

These are by far the most comfortable headphones I have ever used. The memory forming foam padding isolates like no other. They sit like pillows on my ears. The sound... well they are extreme bass headphones. Hence XB in the model. I just so happen to be a bass head. so yes, i am in love!!! however, i have noticed a few tracks where certain details sound different than in my car. I have a sick system in my ride and i love my headphones. but make sure you are a fan of the bass. if you arent, you may want to steer elsewhere. and you may want to consider listening to good music too :) hahaha!!!!!

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