45points

Sony MDR-XB550AP

47points

Sony MDR-XB650BT

Sony MDR-XB550AP
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Sony MDR-XB550AP vs Sony MDR-XB650BT

Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT

Why is Sony MDR-XB550AP better than Sony MDR-XB650BT?

  • 15Hz lower low-frequency
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    5Hzvs20Hz
  • Has passive noise reduction
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  • 2000Hz higher high-frequency
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    22000Hzvs20000Hz
  • 7dB/mW higher sound pressure level
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    102dB/mWvs95dB/mW
  • Has a 3.5mm male connector
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  • 10g lighter
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    180gvs190g
  • Can be folded
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  • Has a tangle free cable
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Why is Sony MDR-XB650BT better than Sony MDR-XB550AP?

  • Can be used wirelessly
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  • Has a rechargeable battery
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  • Control panel placed on a device
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  • Supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
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Design

weight

180g

190g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
has a detachable cable
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.
Ingress Protection (IP) rating

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Sony MDR-XB550AP)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Sony MDR-XB650BT)

The first number of the IP rating refers to protection against dust, while the second number refers to protection against liquid. E.g. a first number of 6 denotes that it is completely dustproof, and a second number of 7 denotes that the device can withstand full immersion in water.
can be folded
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
Foldable devices are easier to transport and take up less storage space.
has a tangle free cable
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
The cable is designed to minimize tangling.
travel bag is included
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
The device comes with its own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.
has an open-back design
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
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.
is dustproof and water-resistant
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
sweat resistance
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.

Sound quality

has active noise cancellation (noise control)
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
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.
The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
highest frequency

22000Hz

20000Hz

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.
impedance

24 Ohms

24 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.
sound pressure level

102dB/mW

95dB/mW

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
has a neodymium magnet
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.
has passive noise reduction
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

Power

Battery life

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Sony MDR-XB550AP)

30h

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
charge time

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4h

The time it takes to fully charge the battery.
Has USB Type-C
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
has a battery level indicator
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
has wireless charging
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
battery power

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Sony MDR-XB550AP)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Sony MDR-XB650BT)

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
has a rechargeable battery
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
has a removable battery
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

Connectivity

Can be used wirelessly
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.
Bluetooth version

Not applicable

4

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
has aptX Adaptive

Not applicable

Sony MDR-XB650BT
aptx Adaptive is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps), which means it can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as listening to HD audio or reducing interference from other devices.
has aptX

Not applicable

Sony MDR-XB650BT
aptX is a codec used for transmitting audio wirelessly with Bluetooth. It is developed by Qualcomm, and supports 16-bit audio at a bit rate of 384kbps.
has LDAC

Not applicable

Sony MDR-XB650BT
LDAC is a codec developed by Sony for Bluetooth audio. It is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high resolution audio. It can also automatically adjust to a lower bitrate of 330kbps or 660kbps to increase stability.
has aptX Low Latency

Not applicable

Sony MDR-XB650BT
aptX Low Latency is a codec developed by Qualcomm. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology to provide low latency audio (around 40ms), which is useful when you want to avoid audio lag (e.g. when playing games).
has aptX HD

Not applicable

Sony MDR-XB650BT
aptX HD is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It supports high quality 24-bit audio (at a bit rate of 576kbps).
has AAC

Not applicable

Sony MDR-XB650BT
AAC is a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
has a 3.5mm male connector
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
This audio plug allows you to connect to a range of devices which use a standard 3.5mm jack.

Features

has a noise-canceling microphone
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.
has ambient sound mode
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
Ambient sound mode uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard. It’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re jogging but still want to be able to hear traffic.
has in/on-ear detection
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
Sensors can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused, saving battery life.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
has a mute function
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
multipoint count

Not applicable

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Sony MDR-XB650BT)

Multipoint allows you to link to more Bluetooth devices and switch between them. For example you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
control panel placed on a device
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
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.
can be used as a headset
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc.
Has an in-line control panel
Sony MDR-XB550AP
Sony MDR-XB650BT
There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

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