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Sony MDR-XB450AP: Worth An Upgrade From The Sony MDR-XB450?

by Sheena Ribeiro January 25, 2017

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Sony is one the most popular headphone brand in India. Lauded for its Extra Bass range, the brand continues to bring more. An addition to its already wide range, Sony launched the very popular MDR-XB450. The Sony MDR-XB450 quickly became a favourite amongst Bass enthusiast. The newly launched MDR-XB450AP is an upgraded version of the MDR-XB450AP.

A lot of people continue to ask us about the difference between the Sony MDR-XB450 and MDR-XB450AP. Is it worth the extra money? Let's find out in today's Face-off.

 


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"The Sony MDR-XB450AP is absolutely no different from the MDR-XB450. The mere point of difference is the microphone and remote. A great pick if you wish to use it with your mobile phone."

-Raghav Somani

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A STEP UP TO THE SONY MDR-XB450



DESIGN AND COMFORT: IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

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On the design front, the MDR-XB450 and MDR-XB450AP are identical to look at. Designed to look stylish,  they feature robust metallic earcups. The glossy finish adds to the charm of these and are perfect if you want to sport fancy cans on the go. Like most Sony headphones, the XB450 series has a flexible body. The swivel design allows you to conveniently store your headphones in a bag or briefcase. 

The earcups are padded and sit comfortably over your ears. The only flaw is that both the models do not come with a padded headband. You may feel that you head is clamped after continuous music listening.

THREE OR FIVE SHADES OF COLOUR. WHAT WOULD YOU PREFER?

Both the headphones come with Sony's serrated flat style cable. The cord is tangle free and keeps annoyance away. 

The big difference, unlike the Sony MDR-XB450 that comes in 5 different colours, the MDR XB450 comes in only 3 different colours,namely-Black, Blue, and Red. If you are looking for the Yellow and Silver, unfortunately, you will have to go for the MDR-XB450.


SOUND: IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

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Coming to the sound. Again there is absolutely no different in the sonic signature of both the headphones. Just like the MDR-XB450, the XB450AP too delivers all the promised bass. The sound is loud, overwhelming and punchy. Since the bass is heavy, you will find that the mids and highs are slightly muted. Music from genres like EDM and Trance thus sound great with this pair.  

BASS BASS AND LOTS OF BASS.
On tracks with serious bass, the MDR450 and MDR XB450AP provide ample boom. You will be amazed that headphones do not crack even at the highest volume. With a wide soundstage, the headphones are perfect for a fun and entertaining listen on the go.

 


THE BIG DIFFERENCE: MICROPHONE AND REMOTE

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The only difference between the Sony MDR XB450AP and Sony MDR XB450 is that the former comes with a microphone and remote.  The upgraded feature allows for call control, thus you can answer and switch calls on the move. The one-button microphone is a great feature if you want to use your headphones with your mobile phone.

A nice feature, you can Install the Smart Key app from the Google Play™ store. It lets you enjoy the extra convenience of adjusting track and volume on your smartphone via the multi-function button. Cool, Isn't it?

MICROPHONE AND REMOTE VS NO MICROPHONE AND REMOTE

You may however, stick to the Sony MDR XB450 if you wish to use your headphones with an MP3 Player or any other music player.

Hence the point of difference is merely an addition of the remote and microphone, allowing for better functioning and more convenience.


Conclusion

To put in simple terms, the Sony MDR XB450 and MDR XB450AP has a marginal difference.
So is the upgrade worth it? We would say yes. If you need a remote and microphone, the extra Rs. 200 is definitely worth paying.

For a genuine wireless upgrade, you may want to consider the Sony MDR XB650BT, which is enabled with mic and many other features.

Beware of Fake Sony Headphones being sold in the market. Read to know more.


Consult an Expert Now
Still confused? Book a time of your preference and let us guide you through other options, discuss sound and help you make the right choice. Allow us to introduce you to the choicest of products at your leisure. 

 

 

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