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Easy listening Free yourself with new Bluetooth® wireless headphones from Sony

Press release   •   Sep 03, 2014 15:45 BST

Enjoy music your way with this season’s line-up of Bluetooth® wireless headphones from Sony. There’s a choice of stylish Bluetooth®headphones to suit everyone’s lifestyle. Indulge your passion for bottomless bass with the MDR-XB950BT. Lose yourself in pure, undiluted music with the noise cancelling MDR-ZX550BN. Or soundtrack that rainy morning run with the splash-proof, sport-focused MDR-AS800BT.

All Bluetooth® models with NFC offer One-touch connection with your smartphone[i]. Just touch the headphone to your mobile for a moment: the connection’s made with no wires, fiddly pairing or set-up codes needed. Then you’re ready to listen to rich wireless sound with soaring highs and rich, solid lows that bring every performance to life.

Some Bluetooth® headphone models also feature a built-in microphone, letting you take calls and chat hands-free with clear digital sound quality while your smartphone stays in your pocket or bag.

MDR-XB950BT Bluetooth® headphones

From dubstep to disco: go deeper with the new MDR-XB950BT, the first Bluetooth® model in Sony’s impressive Extra Bass (XB) range. These powerful headband-style headphones are made for serious bass lovers, with an uncompromising design and high end material such as the metal comfortable fitted head-band.

The big 40mm driver units feature high magnetic density neodymium magnets for effortless reproduction of the most searing sub-bass wobble. Want to go lower still? Touch a switch to activate and the Electro Bass Booster instantly accentuates lows to club-like levels. The Advanced Direct Vibe Structure within the Bass Booster seals space between the driver unit and eardrum, ensuring tightly-focused direct reproduction of sub-bass sounds. From an acoustic study in collaboration with SME (Sony Music Entertainment), it was concluded that “the rhythm expression of bass sound”(especially, around 30~40Hz) plays an increasingly large role in the music scene.  The Beat Response Control function achieves this improved bass sound with better transient characteristic sound through increased port efficiency by an enlarged air vent at the top of the driver units.

Your comfort comes first, even when you’re listening to that marathon DJ set on your MP3 player. The ear pads of the MDR-XB950BT are crafted using a new ergonomic ear pad with soft-designed cushions that nestle comfortably around a wide range of wearers’ head shapes. The around-ear cavity lets the outer ear keep its natural shape while delivering full-range sound directly to your eardrum.

MDR-ZX550BN noise cancelling Bluetooth® headphones

It’s just you and the music, with no distractions or wires. The on-ear style MDR-ZX550BN features built-in noise cancelling that obliterates up to 90% of ambient sound.

The 30mm driver units deliver sound that’s satisfyingly clear and rich. And with an extra-long 25 hours continuous playback time (noise cancelling and Bluetooth® on), you won’t run out of battery power on the longest coach trip or transatlantic flight[ii]. The headphone’s swivel design folds away neatly for space-saving storage in a rucksack or bag while you’re on the move.

MDR-AS800BT wireless sports Bluetooth® in-ear headphones

Hit the gym or pound the streets with the super-small and light sport-oriented MDR-AS800BT. It’s made for active users who value wear comfort and secure fit as much as great sound.

The wireless MDR-AS800BT can be worn conventionally, or flipped for an even more secure fit with the cable wrapped neatly behind your ear. For an even greater secure fit, specially-styled arc supporters fit comfortably within your ear’s natural curve without compromising wear comfort.

Rain won’t stop play: the MDR-AS800BT splash-proof to IPX4 standards, with ultrasonic welds keeping water out. They’re good for 4.5 hours of music playback from a single battery charge: plenty for a relaxing afternoon in the café or commuting to and from work.   

Sony’s new MDR-XB950BT, MDR-ZX550BN and MDR-AS800BT Bluetooth® headphones are available in UK from October 2014.

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Technical specifications

Model Name







Closed, Dynamic

Closed, Dynamic

Closed, Dynamic

Wearing style

Headband (circum-aural type)

Headband (supra-aural type)


Driver Unit

Φ40 mm, Dome type

Φ30 mm, Dome type

Φ5.8 mm, Dome type


102 dB/mW (Passive operation)



Frequency characteristics

3Hz-28,000 Hz (Passive operation )

20 Hz - 20,000 Hz

(A2DP:44.1kHz Sampling)

20 Hz - 20,000 Hz

(A2DP: 44.1 kHz Sampling)

20 Hz - 20,000 Hz

(A2DP: 44.1 kHz Sampling)


40 Ω at 1 kHz (Passive operation)



Maximum input

1,000 mW(Passive operation)



Passive operation

Yes ( supplied headphone cable)



Supplied Accy

Micro-USB cable (approx.50cm) x 1,

Headphone cable (approx. 1.2m) x 1

Micro-USB cable (approx.50cm) x 1

Micro-USB cable (approx. 50 cm) x 1, Long Hybrid silicone rubber earbuds (SS/S/M/L 2 each), Arc supporters (S/M/L 2 each), Adjustment band, Carrying case

[i]  A NFC compatible smartphone with the ability to use One-touch connection

[ii] Subject to the airline’s Portable Electronic Devices Usage Policy

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