Sony DR-BT50

Stereo Bluetooth Earcup Headphones with an Auranomic Design and Circumaural Closed Design


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Product Features:
  • Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset
  • 40mm neodymium magnet headphone driver units for reliable audio accuracy
  • Delivers crisp treble and superior bass
  • Bluetooth 2.0 hands-free enjoyment with a compatible mobile phone
  • AVRCP compatible to operate the basic functions of a Bluetooth enabled music player
  • Maximum Bluetooth range: 30 ft
  • Foldable design for easy carrying and travel
  • Circumaural over-the-ear design for maximum audio enjoyment while reducing outside noise
  • Auranomic inner earcup for an excellent fit and enhanced audio quality
  • Cushioned, adjustable headband and earpads for extra comfort
  • Built-in rechargeable battery for up to 17 hours of music playback or talk time
  • Remote control for play, stop, fast forward and rewind
  • 1-year Manufacturer Warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Standby power consumption: 200 hours
  • Driver unit: 40mm dome type
  • Frequency range: 2.4 GHz band
  • Volume control
  • Omni-directional microphone

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.
Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

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.

Headband 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
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.
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.

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.
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
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.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

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

Bluetooth Wireless
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.
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.

Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.

Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child can’t damage their ears while listening to music.
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Detachable Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone can be detached from the headphones.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

Audio Features

Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
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).
20 - 20,000 Hz
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Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Accessories included with the headphones
Paperwork included with the product.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
90 days
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating



Bluetooth Headphones by Sony

April 26, 2011

I am very pleased to have these headphones perform to my expectations. I was skeptical, being a music enthusiast, about A2DP compression and frequency response, but that proved to not be a issue for me. True audiophiles will still require wires though--there is a compress/decompress delay of approx. 180-190 milliseconds on my machine (Windows 7, lean). Linux is even less; not even noticable. This is just a warning to those who might do audio/video editing. Advanced media players can timeshift audio, no worries.

Windows 7 does not provide A2DP drivers. The most common driver you will have to Google is by Widcomm/Broadcomm--something like that. Read through forums to figure it out. Linux Mint picked up on it out of the box. Windows is still temperamental with it, but ... Windows is temperamental and I'm a super user.

Will help to be IT savvy for any Bluetooth audio products at this stage. I gave full 'ease of use' rating because it's not the headphones causing complications.

Charge time is quick--maybe 40 mins. Last me several days @ several hours constant use per day. No complaints here.

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Sony DR-BT50 aficionado daily

February 13, 2013

This amazing headset, is my transit companion, everyday since it arrived here.

It has a pretty good noise cancellation/isolation, and has good balance between bass and treble (not that bass overdose that some phones makers says that is quality).

It's super confortable to use for an entire workday. It's what I've done actually today using it in transit to the work, from there to house, and while I was working.

Battery is another plus, it run at least, 10 hours without problems, the disadvantage is that you certainly will not remember to recharge it everyday, and the specific charger connector, is not as convenient as a USB one, that you can find easily nowadays.

It look not so strong, but I dropped it a couple of times and it resisted perfectly.

Overall is an AMAZING PRODUCT!!!

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Kick a** awesome

January 31, 2013

I have used these head phones on the bus every day for the past six months. Sound is awesome, battery is great. Anybody who complains about these....

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Golden Valley, MN

Great Sound

December 27, 2010

The rewiews for these headphones are all over the place but I found them to work great and have great sound. I use the headphones with my BlackBerry Storm 2 and have had great results with both music and the phone. I will order a second pair for my wifes iPod Touch. I was concerned with reception distance as most bluetooth device have about a 3 foot range. I tested the headphones to 40 feet before they dropped signal, 30 feet through one wall. The headband is plastic but I don't see any problem as long as they are not abused.

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Well worth it

March 22, 2011

Whilst it might seem ridiculous to spend AUD$200 on a pair of headphones, if you're serious about taking your music around with you everyday this is a really great product.

The design won't be for anyone, I had long hair when I first bought it which hides the fact that the ear cups poke about about an inch from your head. But now that I have a shaved head they can look a little silly, but I'm not too bothered about that.

Bass response and sound quality are good. They're not high-end audiophile 'phones but I'm fairly picky about the music the quality of music I listen to, and this products suites me fine.

While the call quality is fine, it's pretty much impossible to take a call on a windy day outside. Though I only really use this for making Skype calls through my mobile or laptop.

Pairing is pretty easy, I've had to reset the pairing settings a few times when I had Eclair (the OS not he dessert) on my Android phone. But since installing Froyo there's be no issues. It works works well with the DoubleTwist app on my HTC Desire thought if I could change anything it would be to speed up the slight (half a second) delay in starting up and skipping tracks.

The charger indicator (3 flashing lights for full, 1 for nearly empty) would have worked better on scale of 4 (4 for full, 3 for nearly full, 2 for "you should charge it tonight", 1 for nearly empty). I use my headphones on my walk to work, for about half of my working day, the walk back home, at the gym, on the phone in the evening etc and the battery lasts about 3 days, which I think is very good!

Basically, until something better comes along I'd definitely recommend this product.

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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.

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Sony DR-BT50

Stereo Bluetooth Earcup Headphones with an Auranomic Design and Circumaural Closed Design


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