New Sony Extra Bass headphones and wireless speakers are announced at CES


When I was younger, I had a Sony Walkman cassette player, and that Walkman had a big Extra Bass button on it. That button was always in the On position – it gave my music that extra punch it needed to satisfy my teenage ears. Since then, Sony's Extra Bass has evolved into a whole range of products, and the latest members are currently on display at CES.

There are four new Extra Bass earphones being shown, and the largest of them are the MDR-XB950N1 (pictured) and MDR-XB950B1. While these two models are mostly identical, the former includes active noise cancellation. That aside, both wrap your ear fully and connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth connection. There's also NFC for easy pairing, as well as Apt-X and AAC codec support for better sound quality when paired to compatible devices. Battery life is rated at 22 hours for the noise-cancelling N1 model and 18 hours for the B1. To save battery, you may also listen to music over the provided and detachable 3.5mm-jack cable.

Moving further down the line, there's the MDR-XB550AP – a set of wired Extra Bass on-ear headphones. While there's nothing fancy about these, their large, 30-millimeter drivers promise to deliver punchy sound. Plus, there's an in-line remote with microphone, allowing you to make calls and control music playback. Controls are customizable via a free Android app. 

Last but not least, there's the MDR-XB510AS. This is a wired set of Extra Bass earphones with sporty and compact design. They're protected against rain and sweat, while specially shaped ear hooks provide comfort and support. 

All four earphone models will launch in spring of 2017, but if you're at CES, you may take a look at them at Sony's booth. Prices are to be announced at a later time.

The Extra Bass lineup is also being expanded with four new portable wireless speaker models. Interestingly, three of them are made to entertain with more than just sound. The top model in the range, the SRS-XB40, features LED light effects, a strobe flash, and illuminated speakers. Lights are able to sync with the rhythm of the beat, and their color blends with the mood of the music. The smaller SRS-XB30 and SRS-XB20 also feature less-sophisticated light accents. 

Technical details are scarce at this time, but all these three speaker models produce stereo sound backed by passive radiators for enhanced bass. Battery life for the XB40 is rated at up to 22 hours. They're also splash-proof, in case you feel like using them around the pool.

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And the SRS-XB10 is Sony's most portable Extra Bass Bluetooth speaker. Unlike the three models mentioned before it, it has only one speaker radiating sound in all directions, although you can hook up two of them to achieve stereo sound. It is also resistant to water and light rain, while the built-in battery lasts through up to 16 hours of playback.

All of Sony's new Extra Bass Bluetooth speakers will launch in Spring of 2017. 

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