Sony expanded its EXTRABASS headphones series. The elevated line-up fits with today’s choice of popular music genres. The consumer sentiment has recently witnessed a spike in experiencing high bass music. Sony’s EXTRA BASS headphones have grown by 40% in FY16 and estimated to further grow by 54% in FY17. Sony with the new line-up aims to address a more price conscious space, one that preoccupies a select group of audiophiles interested in deep bass delivery. EXTRA BASS technology delivers powerful, clear bass. The result is a full, deep, resonating sound that’s perfect for EDM, hip-hop or any favourite music genre lovers.
The constituents of the EXTRA BASS family are the wireless MDR-XB950B1, the vibrant and stylish MDR-XB550AP and MDR-XB510AS a splash proof, in-ear sports headphones. This improved and ramped up line-up enables users to savor the deep bass intensity in varied locations and scenarios. The bass booster in the headphones presents a comfortable yet premium sound quality experience.
MDR-XB950B1 EXTRA BASS Wireless Headphones with personalized music application
The MDR-XB950B1 is a successor to MDR- XB950BT wireless headphones made especially for EDM music lovers delivering powerful, enhanced bass response while supporting Bluetooth audio streaming. The headphones offer simplified connectivity with Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, making it easy to connect wirelessly. To enjoy the ultimate wireless audio streaming experience, the aptX & AAC codec support ensures maximum signal quality.
The headphones can be controlled with “Sony Headphones Connect” smartphone application. It enables listeners to control the sound levels with an easy to use interface. The app adjusts the amplitude of audio signals at particular frequencies to emulate different listening experiences. It is also possible to tune the bass level with the CLEAR BASS feature to suit your preferred music preference.
The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 18 hours of continuous, wireless music playback. When the battery does run low, passive mode allows for continued listening with the supplied cable.
One can enjoy the convenience of hands-free calling on the XB950B1 with an integrated microphone and Bluetooth connectivity. Once a phone is paired, one can simply press the phone button on the earpiece to accept incoming calls then press again to terminate the call. Music playback will automatically resume once the call is completed.
MDR-XB550AP EXTRA BASS Wired On-Ear Headphones
The XB550AP wired headphones feature a metal headband and specially designed ear-cups work in conjunction with the drivers to deliver powerful, deep and punchy enhanced bass response. The 30mm driver units deliver balanced sound with exceptional low-end, with 5 – 22,000 Hz frequency response.
The in-line remote with microphone allows for simple control: call answer/end, and audio track play/pause functionality while a durable, serrated cable design makes for a tangle-free experience. The free Smart Key App (available on Google Play) lets one customize the control of the in-line remote via your smartphone.
MDR-XB510AS EXTRA BASS In-Ear Sports Headphones
The specially designed earbuds of the XB510AS in-ear sports headphones work in conjunction with the drivers to deliver powerful, enhanced bass response. The easy to wear style with arc supporters provides a perfect, stable fit for active users and with an IPX5/IPX7 water-resistant design. The XB510AS can be worn while running in rain or sitting around the pool. They are also highly sweat resistant, so users can exercise without compromising comfort.
The XB510AS headphones come with 4 sizes of earbuds and arc supporters for stable fitting, as well as a clip, cord adjuster, and mesh carrying pouch to further enhance your workout, before, during, and after.
MDR-XB950B1, MDR-XB550AP, and MDR-XB510AS EXTRA BASS series headphones will be available across all Sony Center and major electronic stores in India.
|MDR-XB950B1||Rs.12,990||20thApril, 2017||Black, Blue|
|MDR-XB550AP||Rs.3,290||20thApril, 2017||Black, Red, Blue, Green, White|
|MDR-XB510AS||Rs.2,790||20thApril, 2017||Black, Red, Blue, Green|
Sony also unveiled its lineup of Extra bass Bluetooth speakers at the event.
Sony has further expanded its EXTRA BASS series with the inclusion of four new portable wireless speakers–SRS-XB40, SRS-XB30, SRS-XB20 and the SRS-XB10.The line-up has been expanded keeping in mind Sony’s EXTRA BASS speaker growth. FY16 saw a growth of 52% and Sony can expect the market to further grow by 56% in FY17.
The new EXTRA BASS speakers are designed to enable users to experience the dominant intensity of deep bass notes in a variety of locations and scenarios. Contrived for today’s heavy-hitting bass lines and dropping beats, EXTRA BASS technology delivers powerful, clear bass sound in a compact, portable speaker. The result is a full, deep, resonating sound with synchronized flashing lights that’s perfect for EDM, hip-hop or any favorite music genre lovers.
All speakers attribute easy, one-touch connectivity and music streaming with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility. These features make it easy for consumers to carry their party setup anywhere.
The speakers come in a compact size and offer long battery life. These speakers are extremely portable and can be carried around in every setting.
Whether one is listening to tunes indoors or outdoors, one can relax knowing the wireless speaker is IPX5splash proof and is protected against splashes.
Flexible design (SRS-XB40, SRS-XB30 and SRS-XB10) – The Speakers exhibit flexible two-way design which gives great sound, wherever the system is placed. Set it up horizontally, or flip it vertically if subsequent short on space.
The SRS-XB40 features club-like lighting effects with an LED perimeter line-light, a strobe flash and speaker light.
Using the wireless party chain, speakers can be connected to each other for a performance featuring synchronized lights and great sound. Up to 10 units can be interconnected via Bluetooth (mix and match the SRS-XB40/XB30/XB20 models) and used interactively.
The speakers come with Music Center mobile application in smartphone. The app becomes like a remote control of your Bluetooth speakers which enable to control play, pause, EXTRA BASS on/off and many other features. Other features include Voice Guidance which announces important to know information, such as the battery life level of the device. These models also allow multi-device connectivity, meaning that more than one smartphone can be connected at the same time, enabling user to quickly switch between music sources. Get Siri /Google now to call a friend or play a specific track without having to touch your smartphone.
SRS-XB10 can be pre-booked on Amazon from 14th to 20th April at a discount of Rs. 1,600 on MRP.
The speakers offer a battery life of up to approximately 16 hours, with SRS- XB10 it is possible to keep the party going all night long and well into the next day. SRS-XB20 on the other hand offers up to 12 hours of battery life. Whereas SRS-XB40, SRS-XB30 have a more long standing battery life of up to 24 hours.
The two speakers, SRS-XB40, SRS-XB30 also offer a little extra to the power set up and can be used as a power bank with 8800 mAh.
The SRS-XB40, SRS-XB30, SRS-XB20 and XB10 wireless speakers will be will be available across all Sony Center and major electronic stores in India.
|SRS-XB40||Rs 13,990||25thApril, 2017||Black|
|SRS-XB30||Rs 9,990||25thApril, 2017||Black, Red, Blue|
|SRS-XB20||Rs 6,990||25thApril, 2017||Black, Red, Blue, Green|
|SRS-XB10||Rs 3,590||25thApril, 2017||Black, Red, Blue, Green|
So, that was all about the launch part. In a personal interaction with the Sony team, I had a couple of doubts, which the team handled really well. Before preparing my final review, I would like to say that all the devices are great in their class. Whether it’s the speaker, headphone or earphones, each product excel in the range it comes it.
During the demo session Sony team showcased the waterproofing capability of all the Bluetooth speakers, and I was impressed by each one of them. Before I do an in-depth comparison of any of the speaker with Logitech Boom 2 wireless speaker, I would say, Sony has done an incredible job. And I’m very impressed by the latest products. Every feature which is there on the UE Boom 2 is also present in the latest Sony wireless speakers with some additional features.