ReviewSony MDR-XB70BT

Cumbersome and thunderous

Impractical design and excessive bass rendition make them uninteresting for most people.

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Sony MDR-XB70BT
Our opinion
Impressive bass for its size. The actual earbuds are light and comfortable.
Cumbersome and heavy design. Bass is too intrusive.
Specifications

Element: 12 mm

Bluetooth: yes, NFC

Frequency range: 4 Hz–24 kHz

Battery life: 9 hours

Remote control/microphone: yes/yes

Certified: –

Weight: 43 grams

Website: sony.no

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Compared to the other earbuds in the test that also have a collar, you cannot help but notice how big the XB70B is. The battery and electronics boxes at the ends of the neck collar are twice the size of certain competitors. Despite this, the battery life is not better, quite the opposite. It also makes the neck collar thick so it is quite noticeable that you have something around your neck. The cords of the earbuds are long, and they hang far down when not being used.

Thanks to NFC capability you can easily connect them with your phone. However, the handling is not as easy, since the buttons on the collar are hard to find with your fingers. The earbuds are quite lightweight though, and thanks to the angled shape they sit comfortably in the ear. The silicone tips come in four sizes, but some form of storage for transport is not included.

This model is part of Sony’s “Extra Bass” assortment, and it is therefore no surprise that they have a thundering bass. It’s certainly entertaining when listening to certain genres, but it dominates so much that other genres almost become annoying to listen to. It’s too bad, because the sound is otherwise warm, appealing and quite charming. If you listen at a low volume, you notice a rather prominent background noise that might become irritating.

Sony’s earbuds can be obtained in multiple colours.

Conclusion

We tend to associate Sony with smart solutions, neat designs and the latest technology. We almost wondered if XB70BT was really made by someone else. The earbuds are large and cumbersome, and gives the impression of anything but elegance. Despite this, battery time is far from the best. The last straw is nonetheless the sound, with the thundering bass drowning out nearly everything, making sure that only real bass buffs will be interested. But even then there are options with better sound.

 

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Urbanears Jakan

Uncomfortable and boxy

Even though everything else was perfect, the uncomfortable shape tipped the scales.

Available in five sober colours. Decorative around the neck. Good battery life.
Large ear pieces that are unpleasant in the ear. Mediocre sound quality.

Supra Nero-X

More sporty and affordable

The low budget alternative to the award-winning Nitro-X is better for workouts and still sounds good.

Good battery life and rapid charging. Robust. Excellent sound quality.
Not as comfortable as its predecessor.

Sol Republic Shadow Wireless

Entertaining bass cannon

If you want the right heavy bass without completely destroying the music, Shadow is the answer.

Practical and lightweight earbuds. Easy handling. Powerful, but not indiscriminate bass.
Unrefined sound for acoustic music. Battery life is mediocre. No storage bag.

RHA MA650 Wireless

Neat and appealing

Practical earbuds where the sound is as attractive as the luxurious exterior.

Comfortable thanks to the selection of ear tips. Nice and sturdy. Clear sound.
A little harsh in the upper range. A certain amount of listening fatigue may occur.

Jays A-six Wireless

Large bass in small packaging

For the bass buff, they are a bargain, but they are less suited for a varied music taste.

Excellent battery life. Lightweight and comfortable to wear. Surprisingly precise and heavy bass.
Bulky battery on the wire. The bass dominates in slower music.

Marley Uplift 2 Wireless

Environmentally friendly but dull

An alternative for the one who wants to sit back with light music and a good conscience.

Manufactured from environmentally friendly materials. Good battery life. Balanced sound without exaggerations.
Bulky positioning of the battery. Tame bass and unengaging sound.

OnePlus Bullet Wireless

Magical first attempt

OnePlus does everything right with Bullet Wireless, their first wireless earbuds.

USB-C rapid charge. A certain water robustness. Engaging sound with few errors.
The sound becomes slightly strained at high volume.

Audiofly AF45W

Nice and bass heavy

Gorgeous earbuds with rock-hard bass, but disappointing battery life and treble.

Splash proof according to IPX4. Potent bass reproduction. Exclusive look and good accessories.
Short battery life. Harsh treble and sculpted sound.
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