52points

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x

68points

Sony MDR-XB550AP

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
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Audio-Technica ATH-M20x vs Sony MDR-XB550AP

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP
52
points
68
points

Why is Audio-Technica ATH-M20x better than Sony MDR-XB550AP?

  • Has a straight plug

Why is Sony MDR-XB550AP better than Audio-Technica ATH-M20x?

  • 2000Hz higher high-frequency
    22000Hzvs20000Hz
  • 10Hz lower low-frequency
    5Hzvs15Hz
  • 23 Ohms lower impedance
    24 Ohmsvs47 Ohms
  • 10g lighter
    180gvs190g
  • 6dB/mW higher sound pressure level
    102dB/mWvs96dB/mW
  • Can be used as a headset
  • Can be folded
  • Has a tangle free cable

Top specs and features

Design

1.has stereo speakers
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

2.has a detachable cable
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

For example

JBL Live 650BTNC

3.has an over-the-ear form
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

4.weight

190g

180g

Best

Sony MDR-EX150AP

3g

5.has a tangle free cable
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

The cable is designed to minimize tangling.

6.has included ear pads
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

Allows you to change ear pads without buying new ones.

Sound quality

1.lowest frequency

15Hz

5Hz

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

Best

Sony MH1CBLK

1Hz

2.highest frequency

20000Hz

22000Hz

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

Best

Sony MDR-Z1R

120000Hz

3.sound pressure level

96dB/mW

102dB/mW

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.

Best

AKG K553 Pro

144dB/mW

4.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

5.has a neodymium magnet
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

6.has active noise cancelling (noise reduction)
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.

For example

JBL Live 650BTNC

Connectivity

1.Can be used wirelessly
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

For example

JBL Live 650BTNC

2.has a 3.5mm male connector
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

3.Has WiFi
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

Meters OV-1 Bluetooth

Features

1.control panel placed on a device
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

For example

JBL Live 650BTNC

2.can be used as a headset
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.

3.has an in-line control panel
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

4.has a noise canceling microphone
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
Sony MDR-XB550AP

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

For example

Microsoft Surface Headphones

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