Ease of Learning: 4 / 5
Ease of Use: 4 / 5
Enjoyment: 4 / 5
Design: 3.5 / 5
Value for Money: 4 (R1400) / 5
With its red and silver metal finishing, the Sony XB920 looks very stylish, futuristic and pretty much like a product that Will.I.Am would endorse. It’s fairly bulky in its design but not to a ridiculous extent. One of the coolest things about this particular headset is the fact that it caters for heads of all sizes, so no matter how big headed you are, these headphones will fit you quite comfortably.
One of the main features that DJ’s in particular might like is the fact that the earphones can flip out and around for the purpose being able to hear what’s happening in the house but also for cueing purposes. While this may be cool, it didn’t feel very sturdy and at times it felt like the ‘turning mechanism / hinges’ could break easily. It comes with two good quality flat detachable audio cables that lock into the headphones. One of these cables comes with a mic and an answering button that allows you to answer your phone while listen to music on your handset.
In terms of the audio quality, these earphones are designed to give you extra bass in your headspace. Even though this may be its default position, one would be totally wrong to assume that there would be bass distortion when you listen to hip hop music with heavy bass. They’re pretty impressive in this regard, even when listening to heavy bass laden music at high volume. The downside of this feature though is that it may add unwanted bass when listening to different genres like jazz or classical music.
Sony’s done a fantastic job in designing a pleasant on ear and ‘in ear’ experience. The cushioning on the ear is pretty comfortable with little to no audio leaking and fantastic audio / noise isolation with no batteries needed. While extra bass is a special feature of these earphones, I thought that it was very strong / better in with its mid-range. This is fantastic, except for the part where you may be cut off from the rest of the world when it matters, like crossing the road and hearing cars hoot, etc. Overall, it provides a pleasant audio experience and I would definitely recommend this as a good set of headphones. If you want a decent pair of headphones but cannot afford the higher end equipment, the Sony XB920 might be the perfect solution for you.