Conclusion: To be clear, Sony does make a wide variety of well-balanced headphones, suitable for a myriad of applications. And, though not our cup of tea, we can see why the Sony X might be popular with some listeners for its intense sound signature. But in its search for the extreme, Sony’s XB800 headphones cross the line from playful to painful. If you want to hear what the edge sounds like, and all you care about is low end, the XB800 may be for you.
Pros: Flashy styling, Thunderous bass
Cons: Severe lack of balance, Anemic midrange and treble, Absent of detail or clarity