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Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
Top 62%501 points
Top 62%
Top 9%1,196 points
Top 9%
Top 54%614 points
Top 54%
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
Top specs and features

Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2 vs Sony MDR-100ABN vs Sony XBA-H1: 24 facts in comparison

1. has sound isolation/passive noise reduction

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
44% have it

2. weight

26.7g
Sony MDR-EX150AP: 3g
290g
7g

3. has a neodymium magnet

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
36% have it

4. no battery needed

This device works without batteries. It weighs less and you don't have to worry about recharging or replacing the battery.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
67% have it

5. has a detachable cable

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
39% have it

6. has stereo speakers

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
76% have it

7. can be used as a headset

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.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
46% have it

8. can be folded

Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
31% have it

9. has an in-line control panel

There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
47% have it

10. has active noise canceling/noise reduction

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.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
15% have it

11. Can be used wirelessly

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
26% have it

12. control panel placed on a device

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.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
19% have it

13. travel bag is included

The device comes with its own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
64% have it

14. has included ear pads

Allows you to change ear pads without buying new ones.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
44% have it

15. has an L-shaped plug

An L-shaped plug is better if the jack is on the left or right side of the device, so that the cable isn't bent, and is less likely to break when the device is in your pocket.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
30% have it

16. has a battery level indicator

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
18% have it

17. has a 3.5mm male connector

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
80% have it

18. has a rechargeable battery

The battery can be recharged and used over again.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
20% have it

19. sweat resistant

Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
14% have it

20. cable length

A long cable ensures more freedom of movement.
1.2m
Pioneer SE-A1000: 6m
1.2m
1.2m

21. has an on-ear form

This device comfortably rests on top of your outer ears. As it doesn't block out everything from the outside world, it's preferred in places like office environments and recommended for outdoor activities.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
22% have it

22. has an in-ear form

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.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
37% have it

23. supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
4% have it

24. has an open-back design

The device is designed in a way that allows sound to go out through the back of the ear cups, which usually have vents or perforations. This design provides very natural and accurate sound.
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Sony MDR-100ABN
Sony XBA-H1
10% have it

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