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SONY MDR-XB90EX | In-Ear EXTRA BASS Headphones (Japanese Import)

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #100 in Universal Fit

Posted

Pros: Huge bass.

Cons: Somewhat muddy. CKS-77x better, without sacrifice of bass.

Waited a while to write this, wanted to give them some burn in time. Thoughts haven't changed though.

 

Just wanted to let people know this does not have the best clarity. Don't get me wrong, it's very good, and I think worth the money. The bass is HUGE (provided you get a good seal), with minimal sacrifice of other freqs; I get a little nauseous if I turn it up on something too bass heavy (and I love/need bass).

However, there is definitely noticeable lack of clarity in highs and mids. AKA: sounds a little muddy. Again, good sounds, and wide range--not cheap crap (I honestly dont understand people comparing these to crappy JVC HAFs and the likes).

I write this coming from the AT CKS-77x, which has more bass than you need as well, but has much better clarity in the highs and doesn't sacrifice bass. You can definitely FEEL the power of the larger drivers in the Sony and the amount of air it moves, but that's really about it. The CKS-77x definitely has crisper sounds, and without the sacrifice of bass. Check them out.

 

On the other hand, these are hands down the bassiest <100$ IEMs Ive tried. Large but comfy, moves lots of air, good range, could be clearer. Can't go wrong with them if you're looking for bass.

Posted

Pros: BASS, Soundstage, very good clarity, Comfort.

Cons: Perhaps not as clear or balanced as a BA, perhaps a bit big?

Sony XB90EX Review

This is not gonna be super in depth but just a small review and a comparison to the Sony XBA30.

Ok so first thing I noticed when unboxing, wow they are big! Definitely much bigger than the 30.

Build/Comfort

Impressive, very impressive actually, as huge as they are they fit in your ear perfectly because of the way sony shaped them, there is a little area that sticks out on the back which sits in your ear and its made of rubber so its very comfortable. Overall I can wear these all day and they stay in perfectly, better than the 30 I must say!

As far as build they are really well built, very sturdy and I cant see these "just breaking", it has a serrated cord which is nice, the jack is not as fancy as the 30 but it does the job and seems solid; these headphones look very cool as well.

Soundstage:

Very nice, bigger than the 30 and a really nice 3D sound, really good.

Highs:

Very clear and well done, perhaps not as pronounced because of the obvious bass as the highlight but its there and its good.

Mids:

Clear and pretty smooth, not as smooth as the 30 but its not bad at all for a bass headphone, again not as pronounced as the lows for obvious reasons but its good as well.

Lows:

What you really want to hear about, well they suck, Im totally disappointed....ha gotcha! Well first of all, do you want badass bass? Buy these now.

I could end it there but to be specific, not only is the bass badass but the sub bass its crazy awesome, listening to hip hop has me bobbing my head and with rock i wanna start breaking a guitar in a hotel room, its not like are muddy either they are clear boomy and just in your face awesome! Combined with the soundstage these are THE iems to get for hip hop and rock imo.

Perhaps most surprising is there versatility, yes they are bass monsters but they work well with any genre, perhaps the 30's are a better bet for an all rounder but at a cheaper price these are just as good if not better and they aren't even burned in yet.

Another thing is that if your recordings are high SQ these eat em up, if you have some low SQ tracks these really make you hear how crappy they sound.

If hard rock and or hip hop are your main genres then I implore you to try these, and even if you are an all rounder like me don't let that scare you, these are excellent.

Posted

Pros: Everything With The Subbass, Very Good Mid bass, Mid and High Clarity

Cons: Somewhat Evident Microphonics, Housing A little Large, A Little DIfficult For Fit To Small Ear Canal Possibly

  • XB90EX Review By - Snyper0012

    Accessories: lots and lots of tips. I got 7 pairs of tips, 3 which include foam insulation for better isolation. They are sony hybrid tips which are pretty popular since they are comfortable and isolate well.

     

    Build quality: very solid in my hand. Read its made of abs plastic which is shock resistant, but very light material. I think sony did pretty well making them sturdy.

     

    Isolation: All im saying is these isolate like wearing high end fullsize headphones. They isolate very well compared to my jvcs since the driver of the iem is closed.

     

    Microphonics: It is evident but quite minimal compared to my jvcs. Can be reduced using the cable clip provided anyways.

     

    Comfort: Despite being very large, they are actually very comfortable once you get them in your ear. It is a little more difficult to fit into your ear but once it is in, it is very comfortable.

     
     
    Sound: Main things with these headphones are their massive 16mm Driver unit, which is able to reproduce some amazing levels of sub bass. The drivers are able to rumble very minimal to no distortion. The bass also does not bleed into other frequencies compared to most other bass orientated iem's. Mid bass is evident but not nearly as the sub bass of the iems. So if you are looking for massive punch, i dont know if you would want these headphones. Mids and highs of these headphones are very smooth and articulate. They are very clear with no distortion. A very pleasant iem to listen to with acoustics and vocals. I do agree others that the highs are a little rolled off.
 

Value: I got them for 60$, which is nearly half the original price of 120$. So from a 120$ price point, I would have to say these are quite a deal for the sound you get. 60$, well that is just plain insane for the sound. 

SONY MDR-XB90EX | In-Ear EXTRA BASS Headphones (Japanese Import)
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A genuine Sony Japan product. In a Japanese retail packaging. 1 year warranty valid only in Japan.

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FeatureClosed Dynamic Type | Advanced Direct Vibe Stracture 16mm driver units Plug: Gold-Plated L-shape Stereo Mini Cord Length: 1.2m Weight: 9g
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TitleSONY MDR-XB90EX | In-Ear EXTRA BASS Headphones (Japanese Import)
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Package Height2.2 inches
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Package Weight0.35 pounds
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