Review: Sony ULT WEAR is a love letter to the sound of the streets


When I was 14 years old, I had an older friend, Danny, who had a Volkswagen Scirocco. He was the eldest of our friend group and the only one at the time who had a license and a car. He had something else none of us had at the time: a boomin’ system. Two 10-inch subwoofers in a beautifully crafted speaker box, complete with amps, crossover, and any other technology the late 80’s had to offer. The bass his twin tens put out was so aggressive when maxed that you could almost feel it messing with your heart rhythms when you sat in the back seat. That is not hyperbole.

When I first donned the new Sony ULT Wear wireless noise-canceling headphones and pressed Play on my “Bass Test” playlist, I immediately started smiling like the Cheshire Cat. The ridiculous (in a good way) bass response immediately evoked nostalgia for that late 80s and early 90s trunk-rattling boom bap. *If your system was high caliber, your trunk didn’t rattle btw.

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