The free earbuds that come with your smartphone are nice and everything, but there’s only so far they’ll take you. If you’re ready to dial things up a notch, Sony has some of the best earbuds on the market. They’re not necessarily always the cheapest option, but in terms of performance, style, and functionality, you get a lot of bang for your buck. To help you sort the best from the rest, we’ve rounded up the five best pairs of Sony earbuds on the market.
5. Sony WF-SP800N
It’s hard to pick a fault with the Sony WF-SP800N. If we had to, it would be that the battery life is average. But that’s it, and considering you still get a good nine hours of constant playback from a single charge, it’s really not that big a deal anyway. Other than that, they’re an exceptional pair of noise-canceling earbuds with a very reasonable price point. Feature-wise, they’re excellent – as well as supporting 360 Reality Audio, Sony’s spatial audio format (a real plus point if you have a Deezer of Todal subscription already), control is available via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri. Per soundguys.com, they don’t have a whole lot of bass out of the box, but they can easily be adjusted according to your preference thanks to the EQ settings in the Sony Headphones Connect app. The design is sleek and comfortable, and the dust and water-resistant qualities are a real bonus. If you want a pair of earbuds with a quality build, smart features, dynamic sound, and a very affordable price tag, they’re a very sound option.
4. Sony WF-XB700
Are you in the market for a pair of noise-canceling Sony earbuds with a buoyant sound, a comfortable fit, and an affordable price point? Then look no further than the Sony WF-XB700, a great all-rounder that’s small on price but big on quality. Key features include a very reasonable nine hours of battery life (plus a further 9 hours from the case, which also serves as a charger). Control is available via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, and there are also convenient touch controls to adjust the volume. As an additional benefit, they’re geared to support Sony’s spatial audio format, 360 Reality Audio.
3. Sony MDR-EX650
If you like your earbuds to make a statement, the Sony MDR-EX650 could be your perfect match. With a striking black and gold design, they certainly stand out from the crowd. They’re not just a case of style over substance, though – in terms of both fit and performance, they’ve got a lot to shout about. Compared to a lot of their rivals, there’s a lot of earbud to work with, but despite their size, their innovative design (which pushes the bud into the ear tight enough to create a noise-canceling seal, but not enough to be irritating) makes them easily one of the most comfortable sets of earphones on the market. The performance is just as stellar, with a perfectly judged tonal balance that allows for an immersive sound experience. As an added advantage, the box comes with four different-sized pairs of buds, along with a soft carry pouch for safe transportation. if you’re looking for a set of earbuds with a humble price tag but exceptional functionally, you won’t feel short-changed by the Sony MDR-EX650AP.
2. Sony WF-1000XM3
Before the Sony WF-1000XM4 came along and stole its thunder, the WF-1000XM3 was the best set of earbuds on the market. Even though they’ve now been succeeded, they still rank as one of the best sets of wireless earbuds Sony has ever made. In more good news, and as whathifi.com notes, now they’re not the brand’s latest and greatest earbuds, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to snap up a pair with a very reasonable discount. As to why you should, the reasons are multiple. First of all, there’s the innovative active noise canceling technology which effectively blocks out any amount of outside noise. Then there’s the portable carry case that does double duty as a charger, giving you an impressive 32 hours of wireless playback. The fit is comfortable and secure enough to ensure the buds won’t fall out or irritate your ears. The features – which include touch control for music playback and volume – are top of the line. All in all, they’re an exceptional pair of earbuds.
1. Sony WF-1000XM4
Named as one of the best wireless earbuds on the market by Laptop Magazine, the Sony WF-1000XM4 is one of the best audio products currently available, period. With a swanky new design and enough little tweaks to address any imperfections that plagued earlier versions, they offer a rich, full-bodied sound and enough features to get even the most hardened audio addict excited. The inclusion of 360 Reality Audio adds extra vibrancy to the sound, while the all-new V1 chip guarantees faultless noise cancellation. IPX4 water resistance comes as part of the package, so you don’t have to panic if they get splashed. Also included as standard is the Sony Connect Headphones app for IOS and Android, along with some nifty little features like Speak-to-Chat and Quick Attention.
In terms of battery life, they’re head and shoulders above the competition – expect to get eight hours of play with noise-canceling and Bluetooth turned on, and a further 18 hours of charge from the case. If you’re not sure how much charge you have remaining in both the case and the buds, you can easily check via the Sony Connect Headphones app, which will also send you a helpful reminder when the case drops below 30% charge. If the performance wasn’t impressive enough to tempt you to hand over your money, the comfort definitely will. As an added incentive, Sony has decided to swap the usual glossy box for a plastic-free recycled alternative made from a special blend of paper – it’s not necessarily the prettiest packaging in the world, but it’ll do wonders for your environmental credentials. They aren’t the cheapest earphones on the market, but if you’re looking for a set of earbuds that offer unparalleled noise canceling, superb audio, and excellent call quality to boot, they’re well worth the splurge.