Written by Lisette

Compare the Sony MDR-XB950B1 to the Sony MDR-XB950N1

Sony MDR-XB950B1

  • Via Bluetooth you can wirelessly stream music from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Thanks to the Extra Bass mode you can enjoy a powerful bass sound.
  • With the Sony Connect app you adjust the bass level and select presets.
  • The headphones have not about active noise canceling.

Sony MDR-XB950N1

  • Over ear
  • Bluetooth, noise canceling
  • For traveling
in stock
  • Bluetooth wirelessly stream music from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Active noise canceling attenuates disturbing ambient noise and noise.
  • The Extra Bass mode allows you to enjoy a powerful bass sound.
  • The Sony Connect app adjusts the bass level and select your presets.
  • You can not determine the strength of the noise canceling.

The differences in short

Sony MDR-XB950B1 Sony MDR-XB950N1
I want to stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth Yes Yes
I want to block ambient noise via noise canceling No Yes
I want to adjust the strength of the bass Yes Yes
I want a battery life of more than 20 hours No Yes
I want a pair of headphones No No
I want to fold the headphones to take them with you easily No Yes

Noise canceling

Noise canceling Sony MDR-XB950B1

MDR-XB950B1: no noise canceling

The price difference between the 2 headphones is mainly due to the noise canceling. The B1 does not have noise canceling. The over-ear design blocks ambient noise only passively, not actively. As a result, outside noise can sometimes still be heard. This ensures that you can listen to safer music when you participate in traffic.

Noise canceling Sony MDR-XB950N1

MDR-XB950N1: or noise canceling

The N1 has active noise canceling, so that annoying ambient noise is attenuated. This is especially nice if you often listen to music in public transport or airplane. You can not hear the roar of the train or the irritating aircraft engine. Active noise canceling is not safe if you participate in traffic.


Sound quality Sony MDR-XB950B1

MDR-XB950B1: customizable bass and Extra Bass mode

Thanks to the Bluetooth profile aptX you can stream in high quality with the B1 audio. The headphones have an Extra Bass button that lets you listen to an extra strong bass sound. In the Sony Connect smartphone app you adjust the bass level further. It is also possible to select presets in the app, such as 'club', 'arena' and 'outdoor stage'. The battery life is 18 hours, regardless of whether the Extra Bass mode is switched on or not.

Sound quality Sony MDR-XB950N1

MDR-XB950N1: customizable bass and Extra Bass mode

On this part the 2 Sony variants are identical. As with the B1, you can listen wirelessly via the N1 via Bluetooth. Also with this model stream in high audio quality, through the aptX Bluetooth profile. The N1 also has an Extra Bass button and can be linked to the Connect app. The battery lasts 22 hours, even if the Extra Bass mode and noise canceling are switched on.


Design Sony MDR-XB950B1

MDR-XB950B1: over ear, large and not collapsible

The B1 has an over ear design. With a width of 20.1 centimeters, a height of 19.5 centimeters and a thickness of 4.5 centimeters, the headphones are larger than most other headphones. That the ears are large, immediately stands out when you put the headphones on your head. You can not fold in the ear cups and no protective cover is supplied.

Design Sony MDR-XB950N1

MDR-XB950N1: over ear, large and foldable

The N1 has the same design as the B1: over ear with large ear cups. This model is foldable, so you can easily put it in your bag and take it with you. A soft cover is included for extra protection.


The differences between the Sony MDR-XB950B1 and MDR-XB950N1 are, in addition to the noise canceling, minimal. The B1 has a battery life of 18 hours, where the N1 is 22 hours. In addition, the N1 foldable and you get a protective cover, while the B1 is not foldable and you do not get a protective cover. Furthermore, the models are almost identical. They stream audio in high quality, have Extra Bass mode, can be connected to a Sony app and have a strikingly large over ear design. The price difference is therefore mainly in the fact that the N1 has noise canceling and the B1 does not.

© 1999 - 2019 - Coolblue B.V.
Customer rating: 9.4 / 10 - 17,090 reviews