Sony Europe releases new line of XB headphones

The XB stands for “eXtra Bass,” according to Sony. These new deluxe cans also “recreate the club ambience,” which is not really what I try to get out of my headphones, but a lot of people seem to like clubs, so it’s a worthwhile goal for Sony.

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There are three tiers of the fat style, The MDR-XB300/500/700. I have an old pair of MDRs (probably the equivalent of the mid-range ones here) and they were great to me for years, although I prefer fuzzy headphones to leather. The aim is to get big bass, and until we get our hands on some you’ll have to take Sony’s word for it.

The MDR-XB20EX and XB40EX are the in-ear options, the latter of course being the superior one. They’ve got an “innovative ‘direct vibe’ acoustic design,” which I somehow doubt is all that innovative, but I’m sure they sound just fine.

No prices are mentioned in the press release, but you can expect probably a $40 and $80-ish price points for the in-ears, and a similarly spaced progression for the big ones. I’m going to say $90, $150, and $250. These are right out of my head, I’ll update them as soon as I get real numbers. They’ll be available in March.