66points

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

63points

Sony XBA-NC85D

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Audio-Technica ATH-M40x vs Sony XBA-NC85D

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

Why is Audio-Technica ATH-M40x better than Sony XBA-NC85D?

  • Has a neodymium magnet
  • Has a detachable cable
  • Can be folded
  • Has an over-the-ear form
  • Has a straight plug
  • Has a coiled cord

Why is Sony XBA-NC85D better than Audio-Technica ATH-M40x?

  • 10Hz lower low-frequency
    5Hzvs15Hz
  • 234g lighter
    6gvs240g
  • 27 Ohms lower impedance
    8 Ohmsvs35 Ohms
  • 8dB/mW higher sound pressure level
    106dB/mWvs98dB/mW
  • Has active noise cancelling (noise reduction)
  • Has a battery level indicator
  • Has included ear pads
  • Has an L-shaped plug

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Design

1.has stereo speakers
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

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 an over-the-ear form
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

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.

3.weight

240g

6g

Best

Sony MDR-EX150AP

3g

4.has a detachable cable
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

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

5.can be folded
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.

6.has an in-ear form
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

The in-ear device is ultracompact and lightweight, with little or no interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. It is inserted in the ear canal itself and blocks out a lot of environmental noise. It has stronger bass tones and is unlikely to fall out of the ear.

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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

24000Hz

20000Hz

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.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

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

4.sound pressure level

98dB/mW

106dB/mW

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

Best

AKG K553 Pro

144dB/mW

5.has a neodymium magnet
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

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.impedance

35 Ohms

8 Ohms

Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.

Best

Flips Solo 2 Social

4 Ohms

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Power

1.has a battery level indicator
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

2.has a removable battery
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

For example

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i

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Connectivity

1.Can be used wirelessly
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Sony XBA-NC85D

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

For example

RHA TrueConnect

2.has a 3.5mm male connector
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Sony XBA-NC85D

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

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