Sony’s high-quality 1000XM3 earbuds offer noise cancellation and some of the best sound quality you’ll find in a truly wireless set, but today the company announces a significantly cheaper option: the new WF-XB700 earbuds. Priced at just $ 129.99, the XB700s feature Sony’s signature ‘Extra Bass’ technology for more powerful sound reproduction. At that price, Sony is undercutting competitors like Jabra and Samsung.
They last up to nine hours on a single charge, with the battery case you get another nine hours for 18 in total. And they have an IPX4 rating for water and sweat resistance, so they should be able to handle your workouts and the occasional run in the rain. The earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 and each earbud connects to your phone individually. For codecs, Sony supports AAC and SBC. The XB700s will be available in black and blue this month. However, you do not get any form of noise reduction in this; for that, you still have to switch to Sony’s flagship earbuds.
But Sony is releasing a noise-canceling set headphones today. The $ 199.99 WH-CH710N headphones feature ‘Artificial Intelligence Noise Cancellation’, which ‘continuously analyzes ambient sound components and automatically selects the most effective noise cancellation mode for the environment of users’.
Battery life, as usual with headphones, blows away earplugs, while the CH710Ns run up to 35 hours continuously on a full charge. Sony says that “dual microphones fed back and forth mean the WH-CH710N headphones capture more ambient sounds than ever before,” but if you want to hear the outside world, there is an ambient sound mode. Like the earbuds, these only support AAC and SBC codecs, keeping Sony’s higher quality LDAC for more expensive cans. The CH710Ns only come in black and will also pre-order this month.