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Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
Top 6%1,230 points
Top 6%
Top 61%518 points
Top 61%
Top 31%912 points
Top 31%
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
Top specs and features

Sony MDR-XB950B1 vs Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2 vs Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000: 35 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.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
45% have it

2. 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.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
36% have it

3. no battery needed

This device works without batteries. It weighs less and you don't have to worry about recharging or replacing the battery.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
67% have it

4. 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.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
38% have it

5. 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.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
75% have it

6. has a tangle free cable

The cable is designed to minimize tangling.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
24% have it

7. can be folded

Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
31% have it

8. 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.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
47% have it

9. 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.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
45% have it

10. Can be used wirelessly

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
25% have it

11. 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.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
14% have it

12. has an over-the-ear form

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.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
39% have it

13. travel bag is included

The device comes with its own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
64% have it

14. 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.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
18% have it

15. has included ear pads

Allows you to change ear pads without buying new ones.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
44% have it

16. 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.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
30% have it

17. has a straight plug

A straight plug is better when the jack is on the top or bottom of your player.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
49% have it

18. has a 3.5mm male connector

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
81% have it

19. has a battery level indicator

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
16% have it

20. number of microphones

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
1
Parrot Zik Sport: 8
1
1

21. has a rechargeable battery

The battery can be recharged and used over again.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
19% have it

22. sweat resistant

Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
13% have it

23. cable length

A long cable ensures more freedom of movement.
1.2m
Pioneer SE-A1000: 6m
1.2m
1.4m

24. has a coiled cord

A coiled cord typically offers more flexibility as it can be extended, and taken outside for example.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
8% have it

25. has a noise canceling microphone

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2
Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000
4% have it

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