They’re not audiophile headphones by any means, but I’ve been a fan of Sony’s WF-XB700 “extra bass” headphones ever since they were released. A big part of that is its unconventional shape, which twists into my ear canal deeper than most other headphones for a sturdy fit that still manages to stay comfortable. But today Sony is introducing the replacements for those headphones, and while there are notable improvements like app compatibility (with EQ), longer battery life, and easier controls, the overall design of the new $ 100 WF-C500 headphones definitely makes it more secure. . They also cost less out of the door than the XF-XB700s.
Sony says it decided to go for a more compact style this time around, but has kept the IPX4 water and sweat resistance of the WF-XB700s. Battery life has been increased to 10 hours of continuous playback (from 9) and 20 hours counting case recharges (from 18). Surprisingly, the new headphones ditch Sony’s “extra bass” sound tuning. But since the CF500s work with Sony’s mobile app, you should be able to boost the bass with the adjustable EQ for a similar result. The company is really trying to position them as ideal for people buying their first set of true wireless headphones.
However, I am happy that Sony has preserved one thing about the XB700s. Well, two, actually. The headphones still have an excellent, grippy matte finish. And the top half of the charging case is still semi-translucent, so you can easily tell when the individual earbuds and the case have finished charging.
The new headphones also have Sony’s DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) to enhance the audio, but that always seems a bit misleading to me, especially when it comes to $ 99.99 headphones. What’s more useful is that they support Fast Pair on Android and Swift Pair for quick setup on Windows. The WF-C500 headphones are available to pre-order today, and there are a variety of exclusive colors depending on where you buy them. Sony will sell them in black, Amazon has black and white, Best Buy you get them in black and green, and Target sells black and orange.
Sony is also introducing a new set of mid-range noise-canceling headphones. Priced at $ 249.99, the WH-XB910N headphones have that extra bass boost and up to 30 hours of continuous battery life. They also carry support for multipoint (two simultaneous Bluetooth connections), a feature that came to Sony headphones from the flagship WH-1000XM4. Like those more expensive headphones, these have tap and swipe controls. The huge Sony logo is a bit too much for me, but that comes down to personal taste.
It is the same story as the WF-C500s with exclusive colors in different stores: Sony keep it simple with black, Amazon offers black and blue, Best Buy it has black and green, and Target sells them in black and orange.