Sony unveils affordable WF-C500 sports headphones
Sony hasn’t released one, but of them new pairs of wireless headphones. As expected, the WF-C500 wireless headphones are budget-friendly wireless headphones for the gym, while the WH-XB910N on-ear headphones promise ANC (active noise cancellation) and “club-like bass”. .
Let’s start with the buds (above). The WF-C500 are touted as “small and light”, with an IPX4 water resistant design that won’t be bothered by a drop of sweat or rain. The rounded shape appears to be based on the company’s much more expensive WF-1000XM4 heads, which isn’t a bad thing.
Although it costs just £ 89 (around $ 130 / AU $ 170), Sony claims the WF-C500 produces “authentic” sound thanks to the company’s DSEE technology (which converts digital music files into a near high resolution quality). You can also choose to use one earpiece without the other, which can be convenient when you are sleeping.
Battery life is 10 hours with DSEE turned off, while the sleek translucent charging case adds an extra 10 hours of charge. Hurry? A 10 minute charge should provide an hour of playtime.
Like Sony’s new WH-XB910N on-ear headphones (below), the new headphones support Sony 360 Reality Audio, which offers 360-degree surround sound. There is also Multipoint, which allows you to pair your headset with two Bluetooth devices at the same time.
As far as intelligence goes, both new models come with touch controls and hands-free voice assistant functions (the headphones are compatible with Google Assistant and Siri; the headphones work well with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa).
The WH-XB910N wireless on-ear headphones promise “club-like bass” to transport you to your “favorite place” – assuming your favorite place has a stack of speakers the size of. a London bus.
The new cans are also said to offer “improved” noise cancellation over their predecessors, the 2019 WH-XB900N. The new Dual Noise Sensor technology uses dual feedback and feedback mics to cancel out ambient sound, making it easier the closure of the world.
The new headphones also include DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), as well as the ability to change equalizer settings through Sony’s Headphones Connect app. Useful if you want to tone down some of that starting bass.
On paper, the battery life is impressive. You get up to 30 hours of playback per charge, which is enough for most road trips and weekend adventures. Are you short? A 10 minute charge via the optional AC charger provides 4.5 hours of play time. Impressive.
Last but not least, the WH-XB910N pinched some of the premium features found on Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM4 headphones. Adaptive Sound Control recognizes the places you frequently visit and adapts the sound accordingly, whether it’s a noisy gym or a rumbling train car. You can also listen to what’s going on around you simply by placing your hand on an earpiece.
Attempted ? The WH-XB910N will be available in black and blue from October, priced at £ 179 (around $ 250 / AU $ 340). The WF-C500 wireless headphones will be available in black, white, glacier green and coral, also from October.
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