44points

Grado PS500

87points

Sony MDR-XB950B1

Grado PS500
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Grado PS500 vs Sony MDR-XB950B1

Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Why is Grado PS500 better than Sony MDR-XB950B1?

  • Has a straight plug
  • Has an on-ear form
  • Has an open-back design
  • Has removable speakers

Why is Sony MDR-XB950B1 better than Grado PS500?

  • 11Hz lower low-frequency
    3Hzvs14Hz
  • Has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
  • 8 Ohms lower impedance
    24 Ohmsvs32 Ohms
  • 55g lighter
    245gvs300g
  • 7dB/mW higher sound pressure level
    105dB/mWvs98dB/mW
  • Has a detachable cable
  • Can be folded
  • Can be used as a headset

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Design

1.has stereo speakers
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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.has a detachable cable
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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

4.weight

300g

245g

Best

Sony MDR-EX150AP

3g

5.can be folded
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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

6.has a tangle free cable
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The cable is designed to minimize tangling.

For example

SoundMagic E11C

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Sound quality

1.highest frequency

29000Hz

28000Hz

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

2.lowest frequency

14Hz

3Hz

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

3.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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

105dB/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
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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.driver unit size

40mm

40mm

The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.

Best

Audeze LCD2 Classic

106mm

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Power

1.has a battery level indicator
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

2.has a rechargeable battery
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

3.has a removable battery
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

2.has a 3.5mm male connector
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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

3.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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.

4.Has WiFi
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

Meters OV-1 Bluetooth

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Features

1.control panel placed on a device
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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.

2.can be used as a headset
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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

For example

AKG N200 Wireless

4.has a noise canceling microphone
Grado PS500
Sony MDR-XB950B1

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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