They’re not audiophile earbuds by any means, however I’ve been a fan of Sony’s “extra bass” WF-XB700 earbuds since they had been launched. An enormous a part of that’s their unconventional form, which twists into my ear canal deeper than most different earbuds for a sturdy match that additionally manages to stay snug. However right now, Sony is introducing the replacements for these earbuds, and whereas there are notable enhancements like app help (with EQ), longer battery life, and simpler controls, the general design of the brand new $100 WF-C500 earbuds is unquestionably taking part in it safer. Additionally they price much less out of the gate than the XF-XB700s did.

Sony says it determined to go for a extra compact fashion this time, however it has maintained the IPX4 water and sweat resistance of the WF-XB700s. Battery life has elevated to 10 hours of steady playback (up from 9) and 20 hours counting case recharges (from 18). Considerably surprisingly, the brand new earbuds ditch Sony’s “extra bass” sound tuning. However because the CF500s work with Sony’s cellular app, you must be capable to pump up the bass utilizing the adjustable EQ for the same consequence. The corporate is basically attempting to place these as ideally suited for individuals shopping for their first set of true wi-fi earbuds.

You possibly can see by the highest half of the case to know when the earbuds are carried out charging.
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I’m comfortable Sony did protect one factor concerning the XB700s, although. Properly, two, really. The earbuds nonetheless have a wonderful, grippy matte end. And the highest half of the charging case continues to be semi-translucent, so you may simply inform when the person earbuds and case are all carried out charging.

The brand new buds even have Sony’s DSEE (digital sound enhancement engine) for upscaling audio, however that’s all the time come off as somewhat gimmicky to me — particularly after we’re speaking about $99.99 earbuds. What’s extra helpful is that they help each Quick Pair on Android and Swift Pair for fast setup on Home windows. The WF-C500 earbuds can be found for preorder right now, and there’s a variety of unique colours relying on the place you purchase them. Sony will promote them in black, Amazon has black and white, Best Buy will get them in black and inexperienced, and Goal is promoting black and orange.

The WH-XB910N headphones have noise cancellation and as much as 30 hours of battery life.
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Sony can be introducing a brand new mid-range set of noise-canceling headphones. Priced at $249.99, the WH-XB910N headphones have that additional bass oomph and as much as 30 hours of steady battery life. Additionally they carry over help for multipoint (two simultaneous Bluetooth connections), a function that got here to Sony headphones beginning with the flagship WH-1000XM4s. Like these pricier headphones, these have faucet and swipe controls. The big Sony emblem is somewhat a lot for me, however that comes down to private style.

It’s the identical story because the WF-C500s with unique colours at completely different shops: Sony retains it easy with black, Amazon provides black and blue, Best Buy has black and inexperienced, and Goal is promoting them in black and orange.


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