"The AKG K92 is a great headphone to be used indoors and studios. At this price point, it invariably gives you more than you can ask for.
If you are very much into bass heavy music, and love that thumping sound on and around everytime, then you would love the XB950AP."
STURDY AND DURABLE BUILD VS FOLD-ABLE AND PORTABLE DESIGN
SONY, the consumer electronic band has always outdone themselves with their products and displaying utmost style in the best budget possible. With the release of the XB950BT, the brand delivers you your desired bass and a fashion statement you can't ignore.
The XB950AP displays an amalgam of metal and Plastic. The exterior traits of these over-ears are noteworthy and only goes on to lend these over-ears a luxurious look and feel. Although built of plastic, its joints and braces are extremely durable and sturdy. The headband is engineered from metal and retains all the solidity.
SONY has not done much about the branding either, with SONY's logos placed over each ear cups and MDR-XB950 written in smaller fonts over the joints.
The MDR-XB950BT is built with portability and convenience in mind, thus portrays a detachable chord, with an all compatible remote + mic. This makes them highly desirable for people who love to listen to their music over long commutes.
When it comes to comfort and usability, the AKG 92 offers the best comfort among headphones in this price category. The large earcups house large earpads that can engulf largest of the ears. The synthetic leather used to wrap the earpads is of high quality too, thus, the comfort found with these in-ears is something you will love the most.
Although closed-back, noise isolation is decent and nothing to write home about.
The headband also aids in making these in-ears extremely comfortable. The fabric headband gently cradles your crown, making long listening hours a real pleasure.
The cable is 3 meters long and thicker than most usual cables that we have come across. Although it does make the cord strong and durable, it does restrain easy portability. A big issue, the cable is not detachable, something that is particularly common among monitoring headphones.
AKG'S BEST IN CLASS COMFORT VS MDR-XB950's DETACHABLE CABLE
When it comes to comfort, SONY has made a pair of headphones that is sure to be appreciated by the masses.
Although, not much padding is done on the underside, but it isn’t needed at all. What little padding that is there is more than justified for the excellent fit and comfort this headphone offers. But, we have to admit to feeling a bit saddened over the imitation leatherette pads not being authentic, but that sentiment is a worthless one due to the materials used being very good for what they are. The ear pads are excellent imitation leather indeed, but are also yummy in plushness and sink in a great deal. Clamp factor is a no issue and the headphone offers plenty of support.
The XB950AP is verycomfortable and lightweight. It is not only great sounding but intelligently well-built. Itssleek design conforms to any head size, making long music sessions a treat. Also, the Swiveling ear pads allow for easy transportation
When it comes to warranty, the SONY MDR-XB950BT comes with a warranty of 1 year whereas the AKG K92 comes with an astounding 2-year warranty.
BALANCED SOUND SIGNATURE VS THE BASS ENHANCED SOUND?
Lower impedance and higher sensitivities are better with lower power devices such as MP3 players or smartphones. The Sony MDR-XB950AP is one such headphone with a slightly lower than average impedance. As such, to avoid damage we do not recommend using it with an amp.
Given the low bass frequencies and closed operating principle, this is a great set of headphones for bass heavy music such as dubstep or EDM. It is designed for today's bass-heavy music, picking up every possible sub bass note. It covers sounds across a wide frequency spectrum of 3Hz to 28kHz (not in the case of passive operation).
The most important feature of these over-ears is that, even through all powerful bass, the mid and the high range is clear and distinct. Every little tone comes out smooth. The vocal brilliantly stand out even through the strong and crisp frequencies.
Sound leakage does not occur even at the highest volumes, nor does the audio distort. A small complaint and this is sure to bother true audio purist. The sound does rattle when playing bass heavy tones. All being said, the MDR-XB950AP is great when paired with genres like Jazz, Hip-hop and Bollywood.
The AKG K92 is the best buy if you want to get your hands on serious studio monitors, wIthout robbing the bank. Delivering crisp and clear balanced audio, these Over-ears are the best you will get at this price budget.
But if you want a pair of headphones that are bass heavy and portable, with an additional in-line remote and mic, then SONY MDR XB950AP may end your search.
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