Sony has introduced a brand new pair of noise-cancelling earbuds, referred to as the Sony WF-C700N. They function many of the similar tech you will discover within the class-leading Sony WF-1000XM4 wi-fi earbuds – which we nonetheless charge as the perfect wi-fi earbuds on the planet years after their launch – however they are much smaller, a lot lighter, and less expensive.
The Sony WF-C700N price £99 (about $120 / AU$181), and can go on sale throughout April 2023, although Sony hasn’t confirmed a precise date but.
Regardless of a collection of tech (which we’ll come to shortly) that rivals premium buds reminiscent of Apple’s AirPods Professional 2 on paper, a number of the main focus within the Sony C700N is on consolation and elegance.
These earbuds are 37% lighter and 38% smaller than the Sony WF-1000XM4, for instance, so that they’ll be much less bulbous, will go well with smaller ears higher, and can probably really feel safer due to being lighter. As well as, a brand new coating on the buds that Sony says will maintain onto your ear higher to make sure the buds hold in place solidly.
Being smaller must also assist with wind noise discount within the lively noise cancellation, and Sony says there is a new type of mesh on the exterior mics to assist keep away from wind interference even additional.
And in the case of fashion, you get that discreet look, a pleasant textured case, and a selection of 4 colours: black, white, lavendar and sage inexperienced. We have the inexperienced model, and our Senior Audio Author Becky Scarrott says that it is “extra like mint ice cream”.
Filled with tech
Relating to tech options, you have obtained adaptive lively noise cancellation, Bluetooth multi-point pairing for connecting to 2 gadgets concurrently, Sony’s DSEE upscaling tech to make average-quality music sound higher, help for 360 Realty Audio music with spatial sound, and it really works with the Sony Headphones app to tweak the EQ and noise-cancellation settings.
Sony’s app makes it simple to set completely different ranges of ANC for various environments (ie, ‘at work’ versus ‘on the practice’), and it could actually swap between them routinely, and you’ll even set your personal – not one thing you see on gadgets this low cost often.
The sound is equipped by a 5mm driver in every ear – this is identical measurement because the spectacular Sony LinkBuds S, and is smaller than the Sony WF-1000XM4.
Battery life is the much less thrilling level right here. 7.5 hours from every cost rivals the perfect noise-cancelling earbuds, however Sony says you solely get one cost from the case, so the entire battery life is 15 hours. That is fairly weak, although with ANC off, it goes as much as 20 hours.
The earbuds are additionally IPX4 rated for waterproofing, so can be okay for gentle train.
They appear like they may very well be an enormous hit, assuming the battery life is sweet sufficient. Sony can all the time be relied on to ship good-quality audio for the worth, as with the just lately low cost Sony WH-CH520 headphones, and the wonderful Sony WF-C500 earbuds (which these sit above within the vary).
Actually, our solely grievance with this announcement is that it is not the Sony WF-1000XM5, which we anticipate quickly – however for now, and for these on a finances, we’re excited to present these a full evaluate.