+ Sunday August 18th, 2019

Did you know there’s a war going on? We wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t; It’s kind of quiet. It’s the battle for your eardrums, and it’s a huge market – there’s a lot of money in it for everyone. Sony’s fired a new salvo this week, bringing a new wireless noise cancelling over-ear headset into its Extra Bass range.

Named like a typical Sony product, the new WH-XB900N headphones bring a few features from the current market leader – also a Sony set, the extremely well-regarded WH-1000XM3 – and add Sony’s Extra Bass features for enhanced bass response.

You’ll get a touch-sensitive panel on the right can, which you’ll be able to use to swipe up/down for volume, forward/back for track control and tap to play/stop. Covering it with your hand also lowers the volume so you can hear conversations going on around you.

As is also pretty common with headphones the days, the XB900 is also ready to play with Google Assistant and Alexa, and also work with something called Siri 🤷‍♂️.

They fold flat and fit into a fabric carry bag that comes in the box with them and charge from an included USB-C cable that delivers up to 30 hours of music playback (depending on the features you use, of course).

Finally, if you run the battery down or can’t use Bluetooth for whatever reason, there’s also a 3.5mm line-in, with a cable included in the box. These ports seem to be gaining popularity these days, even starting to appear on smartphones.

If you’re anxious to get your ears on the WH-XB900N, you will unfortunately have to wait until August when they’ll be available at retailers in black and blue.

Jason Murray   Assistant Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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Can you use the USB C port to listen to audio?

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