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Item No.  388920
Mfg Part No.  MDR-XB300
Product Condition:  New
Manufacturer:  Sony

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  • Connectivity Technology:Wired
  • Sound Mode:Stereo

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Say goodbye to your old headphone and hello to the massive power of the MDR-XB300 Extra Bass headphone. Designed to create astoundingly deep bass tones within the confines of a comfortable ear cushion, these babies really thump. From the powerful 30mm diaphragm driver units to the incredibly high level of sound isolation, the Extra Bass headphone deliver the dramatic bass effects you crave.

General Information

  • Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
  • Manufacturer Part Number: MDR-XB300
  • Manufacturer Website Address: www.sony.com
  • Product Type: Headphone
  • Product Model: MDR-XB300
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Technical Information

  • Impedance: 24 Ohm
  • Sound Mode: Stereo
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Minimum Frequency Response: 5Hz
  • Maximum Frequency Response: 22kHz
  • Plating: Gold Plated
  • Operating Distance: 3.94ft
  • Physical Characteristics

  • Form Factor: Ear-cup
  • Weight: 4.233 oz
  • Miscellaneous

    Warranty

    Interfaces/Ports

  • Host Interface: Mini-phone
  • Earpiece

  • Earpiece Design: Over-the-head
  • Earpiece Type: Binaural
  • Driver Type: Neodymium Driver
  • Driver Size: 1.1811"
  • Controls/Indicators

    Digital Signal Processing

    Network & Communication

  • Wireless Technology: Not Applicable
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    SonyMDR-XB300
     
    4.6

    (based on 37 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (4)
    • Powerful bass (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Sony MDR-XB300 Extra Bass Headphones

        A brisk winter morning. Bright sunshine. Frigid conditions. Snow on the ground. The bus stop. A cool breeze pressing against the face. A tense day ahead. Sudden warmth and comfort over the...Read complete review

        A brisk winter morning. Bright sunshine. Frigid conditions. Snow on the ground. The bus stop. A cool breeze pressing against the face. A tense day ahead. Sudden warmth and comfort over the ears. Sonic accuracy. The morning commute. Relaxation. Perfect. The Sony MDR-XB300 Extra Bass headphones plunge you into a stunning world of deep bass performance bliss. The sound quality coming from these headphones is so good that it will just bring a smile to your face on a cold winter day. To state that the Sony XB stereo headphones are lightweight, snug, and produce natural sound tones from music, movies, and computer games is a profound understatement. This pair of headphones offers supremely comfortable oversized cushioned ear pads that cover the most acoustically accurate 30mm dynamic stereo headphone drivers on the market. The Sony headphones are compatible with virtually any audio, video, TV, DVD player, VCR, digital video recorder, portable video game system, or computer product that features a 3.5mm or 1/4� component stereo headphone jack. The 3.9 ft. Y-shaped durable headphone cord provides optimal length, reduced tangles, and freedom of movement for the Sony Walkman that I have connected to it. This item’s gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini-plug connector offers seamless connectivity to your portable entertainment devices and maximum signal transfer from the source component to your ears. The expertly constructed headband is highly adjustable for maximum flexibility during a lengthy private listening session. I don’t notice any other outside noise distractions while wearing this item, but I admit that I am always engrossed in the music that is playing from these sophisticated stereo headphone drivers. Vocal clarity is superbly transmitted across a lush dynamic audio landscape. Midrange response, where most musical instrument reproduction resides in the audio universe, is nicely-defined, balanced, and harmoniously detailed. This unit’s overall sound quality is warm, delicate during select musical passages, nuanced in the treble range, and not the slightest bit rolled off at the low or high end frequency ranges. If you are passionate about portable musical reproduction, then the Sony MDR-XB300 headphones are the best choice in the over-the-ear headphone product category with respect to its price class and driver type. The Sony MDR-XB300 XB stereo headphones offer an audiophile feature set for the budget conscious consumer. Those high class portable audio features include: The Sony Extra Bass headphones sport an attractive appearance with its large over-the-ear design, sturdy construction, adjustable headband for maximum comfort, silver ear cup exterior finish, and a 3.9 ft. flat Y-type cord. The Sony MDR-XB300 headphones feature a sealed acoustic design for improved sound isolation characteristics, direct vibe structure for the highest quality sound output, 3.5mm gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini plug for compatibility with the widest range of portable, MP3, computer, and home audio equipment possible. The Sony Extra Bass headphones provide the following portable audiophile accoutrements: stereo reproduction, 30mm dome type XB driver units, neodymium magnet high-energy speaker drivers, two diaphragms and gaskets for extended low frequency response, king sized pressure-relieving ear cushions, left/right ear cup placement marks, 1.2" ear cup thickness, 3.1" ear cup diameter, over-the-head supra-aural design, Copper-Clad Aluminum Wire Voice Coil, lightweight double-sided flat cord, 1000mW power handling capacity, 5-22,000Hz frequency response, 24 ohms at 1 kHz impedance rating, 100db/mW sensitivity rating, and this unit's weight is 4.23 ounces without cord. The Sony headphones includes a 90-day parts and labor limited manufacturer warranty, handsome black/silver exterior finish, Sony logo, high quality product packaging with printed limited warranty statement, and it comes with pamphlet-style operating instructions. With its excellent stereo channel separation, localization of sound between string and percussion based instruments, exceptional low bass reproduction performance, transparent midrange tonality, clear voice quality on news, weather, or sports talk radio broadcasts, and clear vocals on country, rock, grunge, blues, alternative new wave, and disco music forms, the Sony MDR-XB300 Extra Bass stereo headphones provide a spectacular portable audio experience that amount to a riveting personal listening experience. The Sony Extra Bass headphones are more than worthy of their very economical price tag. The Sony headphones are ideal for use at home, at work, outdoors where portable audio is required, traveling, the daily exercise routine, listening to the radio, and a quality audio experience through any of the yearly seasons. I spend most of my time with the Sony MDR-XB300 headphones while listening to my assortment of Sony boomboxes for an utterly amazing privately enjoyed portable audio performance. I also use a headphone extension cord with the Sony Extra Bass headphones when I listen to a component based stereo system. The Sony headphones do not come with a carrying pouch for storage, in-line volume control, or a gold-plated unimatch stereo plug adapter for connection to a component stereo headphone jack. Please note that you will need a 1/8� to 1/4� stereo headphone plug adapter to connect the Sony MDR-XB300 headphones to a home stereo system. The Sony stereo headphones are compatible with a portable FM/AM radio’s 3.5mm monaural earphone jack. The customer will be able to hear audio out of both speaker drivers from the pocket radio with the use of a 3.5mm monaural-to-stereo headphone plug adapter that is attached to the stereo mini plug connector of the Sony Extra Bass headphones. I believe that elite headphone drivers must be able to reproduce high frequency or treble notes accurately in order to present a realistic concert venue listening experience to the end user. The high frequency range ordinarily includes high-pitched vocals and/or instruments like cymbals and keyboards. The low frequencies or bass notes that are produced by headphone drivers originate from bass guitar or drums. Midrange driver frequencies contain most vocals and musical instruments such as guitar, keyboards, and drums. The Sony headphones reproduce midrange and low bass frequencies with extreme competence. This pair of Sony Extra Bass headphones offers dome type drivers, compelling stereo sound, and they can produce the entire spectrum of sound that is associated with today’s music. Ultimately, headphone speaker driver quality and its subsequent audio reproduction depend on multiple factors which include the type of materials that are used to make the drivers, the sensitivity rating of a particular speaker driver, and the quality of the source component that the headphones are connected to. Stereo headphones with a higher sensitivity rating can play more loudly, with less distortion, without turning the volume up on the connected component to maximum volume. The Sony Extra Bass headphones feature a high sensitivity rating that is measured in decibels. Additionally, the better performing Sony headphones feature neodymium magnet units, large speaker driver diameter that is measured in millimeters, advanced diaphragm design for deep bass response, high-end voice coils, super comfortable ear pads, adjustable headband, professional build quality, tangle resistant connecting cord, a gold-plated mini plug connector, and they can reproduce bass notes that are on par with a home theatre’s dedicated subwoofer. Low bass response should be realized without the assistance of custom or preset equalizer sound modes on the source equipment. The Sony MDR-XB300 headphones meet all the criteria listed above rather easily to become an outstanding headphone product that trounces its competition in terms of overall sound quality. It is obvious that this Sony product can recreate a live band, studio, or night club musical atmosphere anywhere headphone use is considered appropriate. Lastly, the Sony MDR-XB300 Extra Bass headphones transmit glorious, full-bodied, and rich sound tones from any stereo component that it is plugged into. Good Luck. Enjoy.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Good quality, bad comfort

        These headphones have pretty good sound quality and delivered their promise on extra bass, but i feel like these headphones are too centered on the bass and that the vocals and the other instruments are...Read complete review

        These headphones have pretty good sound quality and delivered their promise on extra bass, but i feel like these headphones are too centered on the bass and that the vocals and the other instruments are just kind of a background to the music. Also, after about 15 minutes of listening, the headphones started to make my ears sore. Even though the cushions are very soft and spongy, they start to hurt after a relativity short period of time. Plus, the plastic headband isn't the best either. Overall, these headphones would be good if you would use them lightly and if you didn't want to spend too much money, but choose something else if you are looking for the best overall experience.

        Reviewed by 37 customers

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        5.0

        Amazing BASS!

        By BestFromTheWest

        from NC

        Comments about Sony MDR-XB300:

        Spending hours reviewing headphones to find a pair of cans with decent bass, I noticed a lot of good reviews on the MDR-XB series so I decided to try out these XB300s. And I'm very glad I did, these $40 headphones beat out my cousins Beats Solo when it comes to bass and sound quality. We all agree this is definitely the best headphones out there for the price. Way to go Sony!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great headphones for the price

        By Anonymous

        from Washington D.C.

        Pros

        • Great sound and bass, very inexpensive, lightweight

        Cons

        • uncomfortable after 30 min or so, leakage

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony MDR-XB300:

          I bought these headphones after my skullcandy ones broke. They have the same cons, but these have so much better sound and bass. They cost a lot less than most headphones out there and are prob better than most as well. For $50, this is more than i was expecting. However, after about 30 mins of use, my head started to get uncomfortably hot, and my jaw starting getting sore. Another con is the leakage. I don't play these on full vol because they are very loud, i play them on about 70-85% vol and people still tell me to lower it because they can hear it and all. I would MOST DEFF recommend these to anyone. However, I would not recommend using these on a bus or something because people can get mad. They are perfect for home or in a car and what not. I wish these were slightly more comfortable, but for $50 these are the best headphones available. Inexpensive and amazing.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good quality, bad comfort

          By RemingtonT

          from Phoenix, AZ

          Comments about Sony MDR-XB300:

          These headphones have pretty good sound quality and delivered their promise on extra bass, but i feel like these headphones are too centered on the bass and that the vocals and the other instruments are just kind of a background to the music. Also, after about 15 minutes of listening, the headphones started to make my ears sore. Even though the cushions are very soft and spongy, they start to hurt after a relativity short period of time. Plus, the plastic headband isn't the best either. Overall, these headphones would be good if you would use them lightly and if you didn't want to spend too much money, but choose something else if you are looking for the best overall experience.

           
          4.0

          Great bass, total leakage

          By WhereThereIsAWilliam

          from Waukegan, IL

          Comments about Sony MDR-XB300:

          I often take airline trips that exceed 20 hours (with a stop and layover). I play Drum and Bass music very loud to relax. I have found these to give quite a full range of sound, great for music immersion. Also because I am wearing these extensively, they don't give that pain on the top and bottom of the ears or the jaw. I can sleep with them on, due to the comfortable pads and music clarity. They also drown out the surrounding noise well such as aircraft engine noise or a whiny boss. Unfortunately these do tend to leak the sound in detail. Sometimes people sing along, sometimes they tap me on the shoulder. Either way, I don't recommend them for using in public or the office.

           
          5.0

          Simply Amazing.

          By Mondo16

          from Boston, MA

          Comments about Sony MDR-XB300:

          Prior to purchase, i was not sure how the MDR-XB300 would hold up, yet i have had these for almost two years and they are still in pristine condition, despite being used daily in all sorts of conditions. The bass is amazing, and the sound in general far surpasses that of the popular "Beats" headphones by Dr. Dre. The sound, quality, and all around looks are fantastic, and these were a great buy. The MDR-XB300 by Sony is definately worth its price and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a great pair of headphones.

           
          5.0

          Amazing Sound !

          By Vicko

          from NYC

          Comments about Sony MDR-XB300:

          Every time i listen to music with thess headphones i feel like i m in a club! It s AMAZING ! I use it on my VAIO PC mainly listening to electronic music on Pandora. The bass are incredible as well. I love it.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          an audiophiles review

          By DaMirikal

          from az

          Comments about Sony MDR-XB300:

          these headphones are amazing for the price. i also have the 500's and Sennheiser hd280, Shure srh 440, Philips the stretch and many more.i use these sometimes but not often sense i have the 500's but when i want a less heavy option i use these. these also do not look very good but its fine i dont really care about looks. for when im in the studio i use my sennheisers or shures. i will do this to review more: bass 10/10 mids 8/10 treble 7.5/10 overall sound 9/10 build 7/10 looks 6/10 overall 8/10 the cable on mine started to short after 3 months so i stoped using them after another 3 months i used them again and the problem was gone?!?!?!? i dont know how but i was happy. over all these are nice but the 500's are much better i suggest getting them unless you dont want big headphones or you have less money. btw if your thinking or getting beats by dre DONT THEY SUCK. get any of the sony mrd xb line there 10x better and cost much less.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sony MDR-XB300 Extra Bass Headphones

          By Computerhobbyist

          from NY

          Comments about Sony MDR-XB300:

          A brisk winter morning. Bright sunshine. Frigid conditions. Snow on the ground. The bus stop. A cool breeze pressing against the face. A tense day ahead. Sudden warmth and comfort over the ears. Sonic accuracy. The morning commute. Relaxation. Perfect. The Sony MDR-XB300 Extra Bass headphones plunge you into a stunning world of deep bass performance bliss. The sound quality coming from these headphones is so good that it will just bring a smile to your face on a cold winter day. To state that the Sony XB stereo headphones are lightweight, snug, and produce natural sound tones from music, movies, and computer games is a profound understatement. This pair of headphones offers supremely comfortable oversized cushioned ear pads that cover the most acoustically accurate 30mm dynamic stereo headphone drivers on the market. The Sony headphones are compatible with virtually any audio, video, TV, DVD player, VCR, digital video recorder, portable video game system, or computer product that features a 3.5mm or 1/4� component stereo headphone jack. The 3.9 ft. Y-shaped durable headphone cord provides optimal length, reduced tangles, and freedom of movement for the Sony Walkman that I have connected to it. This item’s gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini-plug connector offers seamless connectivity to your portable entertainment devices and maximum signal transfer from the source component to your ears. The expertly constructed headband is highly adjustable for maximum flexibility during a lengthy private listening session. I don’t notice any other outside noise distractions while wearing this item, but I admit that I am always engrossed in the music that is playing from these sophisticated stereo headphone drivers. Vocal clarity is superbly transmitted across a lush dynamic audio landscape. Midrange response, where most musical instrument reproduction resides in the audio universe, is nicely-defined, balanced, and harmoniously detailed. This unit’s overall sound quality is warm, delicate during select musical passages, nuanced in the treble range, and not the slightest bit rolled off at the low or high end frequency ranges. If you are passionate about portable musical reproduction, then the Sony MDR-XB300 headphones are the best choice in the over-the-ear headphone product category with respect to its price class and driver type. The Sony MDR-XB300 XB stereo headphones offer an audiophile feature set for the budget conscious consumer. Those high class portable audio features include: The Sony Extra Bass headphones sport an attractive appearance with its large over-the-ear design, sturdy construction, adjustable headband for maximum comfort, silver ear cup exterior finish, and a 3.9 ft. flat Y-type cord. The Sony MDR-XB300 headphones feature a sealed acoustic design for improved sound isolation characteristics, direct vibe structure for the highest quality sound output, 3.5mm gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini plug for compatibility with the widest range of portable, MP3, computer, and home audio equipment possible. The Sony Extra Bass headphones provide the following portable audiophile accoutrements: stereo reproduction, 30mm dome type XB driver units, neodymium magnet high-energy speaker drivers, two diaphragms and gaskets for extended low frequency response, king sized pressure-relieving ear cushions, left/right ear cup placement marks, 1.2" ear cup thickness, 3.1" ear cup diameter, over-the-head supra-aural design, Copper-Clad Aluminum Wire Voice Coil, lightweight double-sided flat cord, 1000mW power handling capacity, 5-22,000Hz frequency response, 24 ohms at 1 kHz impedance rating, 100db/mW sensitivity rating, and this unit's weight is 4.23 ounces without cord. The Sony headphones includes a 90-day parts and labor limited manufacturer warranty, handsome black/silver exterior finish, Sony logo, high quality product packaging with printed limited warranty statement, and it comes with pamphlet-style operating instructions. With its excellent stereo channel separation, localization of sound between string and percussion based instruments, exceptional low bass reproduction performance, transparent midrange tonality, clear voice quality on news, weather, or sports talk radio broadcasts, and clear vocals on country, rock, grunge, blues, alternative new wave, and disco music forms, the Sony MDR-XB300 Extra Bass stereo headphones provide a spectacular portable audio experience that amount to a riveting personal listening experience. The Sony Extra Bass headphones are more than worthy of their very economical price tag. The Sony headphones are ideal for use at home, at work, outdoors where portable audio is required, traveling, the daily exercise routine, listening to the radio, and a quality audio experience through any of the yearly seasons. I spend most of my time with the Sony MDR-XB300 headphones while listening to my assortment of Sony boomboxes for an utterly amazing privately enjoyed portable audio performance. I also use a headphone extension cord with the Sony Extra Bass headphones when I listen to a component based stereo system. The Sony headphones do not come with a carrying pouch for storage, in-line volume control, or a gold-plated unimatch stereo plug adapter for connection to a component stereo headphone jack. Please note that you will need a 1/8� to 1/4� stereo headphone plug adapter to connect the Sony MDR-XB300 headphones to a home stereo system. The Sony stereo headphones are compatible with a portable FM/AM radio’s 3.5mm monaural earphone jack. The customer will be able to hear audio out of both speaker drivers from the pocket radio with the use of a 3.5mm monaural-to-stereo headphone plug adapter that is attached to the stereo mini plug connector of the Sony Extra Bass headphones. I believe that elite headphone drivers must be able to reproduce high frequency or treble notes accurately in order to present a realistic concert venue listening experience to the end user. The high frequency range ordinarily includes high-pitched vocals and/or instruments like cymbals and keyboards. The low frequencies or bass notes that are produced by headphone drivers originate from bass guitar or drums. Midrange driver frequencies contain most vocals and musical instruments such as guitar, keyboards, and drums. The Sony headphones reproduce midrange and low bass frequencies with extreme competence. This pair of Sony Extra Bass headphones offers dome type drivers, compelling stereo sound, and they can produce the entire spectrum of sound that is associated with today’s music. Ultimately, headphone speaker driver quality and its subsequent audio reproduction depend on multiple factors which include the type of materials that are used to make the drivers, the sensitivity rating of a particular speaker driver, and the quality of the source component that the headphones are connected to. Stereo headphones with a higher sensitivity rating can play more loudly, with less distortion, without turning the volume up on the connected component to maximum volume. The Sony Extra Bass headphones feature a high sensitivity rating that is measured in decibels. Additionally, the better performing Sony headphones feature neodymium magnet units, large speaker driver diameter that is measured in millimeters, advanced diaphragm design for deep bass response, high-end voice coils, super comfortable ear pads, adjustable headband, professional build quality, tangle resistant connecting cord, a gold-plated mini plug connector, and they can reproduce bass notes that are on par with a home theatre’s dedicated subwoofer. Low bass response should be realized without the assistance of custom or preset equalizer sound modes on the source equipment. The Sony MDR-XB300 headphones meet all the criteria listed above rather easily to become an outstanding headphone product that trounces its competition in terms of overall sound quality. It is obvious that this Sony product can recreate a live band, studio, or night club musical atmosphere anywhere headphone use is considered appropriate. Lastly, the Sony MDR-XB300 Extra Bass headphones transmit glorious, full-bodied, and rich sound tones from any stereo component that it is plugged into. Good Luck. Enjoy.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          these head phones are ...

          By mdog

          from cedar rapids iowa

          Comments about Sony MDR-XB300:

          these head phones are amazing, skull candy has head phones with similar prices but seem to be years away. I think that even easily compare to Dr.Dre. durability is good, but i think dr.dre's are better for durability. plus they wont catch your hair when adjusting them, much like most skull candies do.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          sweet headset

          By darkzider

          from homer city

          Pros

          • nice fit and sweet bass

          Cons

          • nothing really

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony MDR-XB300:

            i love them they are great

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