Sony WF-XB700: 2020 Extra Bass Wireless Headphones

Today, in a review of the Sony WF-XB700, I will analyze, perhaps, some of the most interesting Sony wireless headphones in terms of price / quality. The WF-XB700 Extra Bass offers such advantages as built-in controls, low weight, moisture protection and much more, but for such a budget you sacrifice more attractive features of TWS headphones.

Sony WF-XB700 has something to offer: they have excellent sound quality, comfort during long listening hours and 18-hour battery life. Of the minuses, I highlight the shape and the absence of noise reduction (ANC), however, these are some of the best Sony wireless headphones.

Advantages and disadvantages of the WF-XB700

9.6 Total Score
Sony WF-XB700

PROS
  • Comfortable fit
  • Great bass
  • Waterproof IPX4
  • Have aac
  • excellent quality
  • Price
  • Battery life
CONS
  • Strange design
  • No aptX support
  • No noise reduction ANC
  • No application
  • Low charge case
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Kit and Specifications

Kit

  • Headphones Sony WF-XB700
  • Silicone ear pads
  • Charging case
  • Instructions
Sony WF-XB700 kit

Specifications

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Features Sony WF-XB700
ParameterA type
Designintra channel
Moisture protectionIPX4
Microphonebuilt in housing
ConnectionBluetooth 5.0
Radius of action10 m
Soundstereo
frequency range20 – 20,000 Hz
Speaker diameter12 mm
Type of emittersdynamic
Noise suppressionno
Codec supportAac
Nutritionbattery
Charging inputUSB Type-C
Working hours9 hours
Case time9 hours
Charging time2.5 hours
Weight8 g
ColourBlack, navy

Short review of Sony WF-XB700

Wireless headphones Sony WF-XB700 (True Wireless) turned out really good for its price. The gadget is noticeably better compared to the WF-1000X and WF-SP700N and, without a doubt, replenished the collection of Sony wireless headphones.

Sony WF-XB700 Headphone Review

This is the result of many years of painstaking work by the Sony development team, which began with the development of the Sony WF-1000X and the sports Sony WF-SP700N, and then created the perfect Sony WF-1000XM3 with active noise reduction.

The latter are still the best wireless headphones (TWS), but a review of the Sony WF-XB700 showed that they are more affordable and attractive. And in some places they can even compete with Apple AirPods.

Are headphones with a comfortable fit, balanced, rich sound (Extra Bass here for a reason) and an IPX4 rating with a battery life of 18 hours suitable for you? Below in the review of the WF-XB700 I will talk in detail about all the nuances!

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Release Date and Price

The Sony WF-XB700 was launched in April 2020, the latest addition to the Sony Extra Bass Headphones. The gadget was announced along with the Sony WH-CH710N and immediately went on sale together.

In terms of price, the Sony WF-XB700 is one of the cheapest Sony wireless headphones and costs $ 130. This is significantly cheaper than the Sony WF-1000XM3, which now costs $ 200, but do not forget that the latter has active noise reduction (ANC), but the WF-XB700 does not.

Sony WF-XB700 headphones

Compared to other real wireless headphones, the Sony WF-XB700 is right in the middle, a bit cheaper than the Apple AirPods ($ 140), which are now dominant in terms of sales. Which of these headphones you should use most likely depends on which mobile operating system (OS) you are using.

Design

The appearance of the WF-XB700 is clearly different from past real wireless headphone models that Sony made. This is because the company usually chooses a rounded, oblong shape resembling beans.

Case Sony WF-XB700

The WF-XB700 definitely has similarities in design with its predecessors, but looks more like a round disc.

The color scheme is not rich, but in the Sony style:

  • black
  • dark blue

Sony WF-XB700 colors

On the outer edge of each earphone you will find a button: on the left inlay you have an increase / decrease in volume, and on the right you can play / pause and change the track. You can also use them to activate your voice assistant and receive calls.

Headphones Sony WF-XB700

The WF-XB700 earphones have three parts: the tip, which is inserted into the ear canal, the middle part, in which the drivers are located (located inside the ear), and the outer shell, in which the battery is located. Such a three-tier design is not economical and will not appeal to people who just want small, smooth liners. But the Sony WF-XB700 has some advantages.

Sony WF-XB700 design

Due to size, they completely fill the ear canal. This gives a sense of security, and the light weight makes the gadget surprisingly comfortable and pleasant to wear for a long time, and such a density gives a great sound. If the nozzles do not fit by default, then you can choose the ideal ones for you – several additional ear cushions are included.

If we talk about the Sony WF-XB700 case, the plastic case is quite thin and uses a translucent cover that allows you to see the charging status of the headphones. To charge, just insert the inserts into the charging docks and wait until the red LED lights up. To charge both the case and the headphones, simply plug them in with a USB Type-C cable.

USB-C Sony WF-XB700 Case

Sound WF-XB700

So how do Sony WF-XB700 sound? As part of the Extra Bass Headphones series, I was worried that they would sound dirty and cramped. Fortunately, my negative expectations did not materialize.

The first thing I noticed right away was the bass. It is made in such a way that it seems tight and harsh, not dirty and bloated. The result is music that you really want to listen to. In fact, another should not be expected from the Extra Bass series. The disadvantage of the WF-XB700 is the midrange: the sound of the video on YouTube is noticeably quieter than listening to music, and the less powerful midrange is to blame for this.

Music Sony WF-XB700

This does not mean that you cannot listen to YouTube or movies on Netflix, but it would be nice if there was a way to change the equalizer depending on the type of content that is currently being played, for example, through the Sony headphone application . But now there is no such possibility.

Of course, Sony wants not only that the WF-XB700 be focused on music, but also that they are perfectly suited for sports (especially the gym) – which is why the model received IPX4 moisture protection. They also have a stable connection: when moving around the apartment during the review of the WF-XB700, we did not have any interference or malfunction. Of the minuses, the gadget did not receive noise reduction, so be prepared to hear surrounding conversations when listening to music.

Sound Sony WF-XB700

In my opinion, Sony can improve the limited soundstage of these headphones and add support for aptX, a higher-resolution audio codec that can broadcast HD audio. These factors and some other factors prevent them from achieving absolute sound quality, but I’m sure that 80% of people will like the sound they give.

Sony WF-XB700 Features

One of the best features of the WF-1000XM3 is the ability to adjust everything from noise reduction to the equalizer in the Sony app. This is not new to Sony gadgets, as many companies offer related applications with similar functionality. Unfortunately, the WF-XB700 does not work with the application. And the point is not only that certain functions are not available.

The Sony WF-XB700 headphones also do not pause automatically when you take them out of your ear, which really negatively affects the use of the headset. It is not surprising that in these headphones for $ 130 there is no ANC or more interesting touch controls, but it was great to be able to perform a preset of sound or adjust the equalizer for yourself.

Sony Headphones have many alternatives. The WF-1000XM3, which I have already mentioned several times, is more expensive, although you can regularly find a pair of them for about $ 200. About six months have passed since their release, but they are still the best wireless headphones .

The WF-XB700 offers a complete set of built-in controls that are easy to use and well cover all major functions. Although the design is not so ergonomic and comfortable, it is reliable wireless headphones in its price segment.

Competitors WF-XB700

Among the competitors, Sony WF-XB700 at the same price I can distinguish:

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds + ($ 150)
  • Jabra Elite Active 75t ($ 180)
  • Honor Magic Earbuds ($ 110)
  • Huawei FreeBuds 3 ($ 120)

Samsung satisfies almost all of the Galaxy Buds + needs, including the ability to run a dedicated iOS app. Galaxy Buds + does not have ANC, but they have isolation mode and 11 hours of battery life. Jabra has improved its already good TWS wireless headphones in its latest version. Elite Active 75t is smaller and lighter, but it has good sound quality and a convenient application for adjusting sound. They are more expensive, but remain one of the best options that can be found for up to $ 200.

Battery life

In the WF-XB700, Sony promises up to 9 hours of battery life on a single charge. This is three hours more than the WF-1000XM3. I spent a little over 8 hours testing autonomy while reviewing the WF-XB700. This is a great result considering the volume with which I usually listen to music. The only drawback is that the included charging case offers only one full charge. In most analogues, you get at least 2-3 additional charges.

However, 18 hours is a decent time to listen to music. And if you are in a hurry, a 10-minute charge will give you 1 hour of work.

Review results Sony WF-XB700

The WF-XB700 has negative aspects: a mediocre design, a weak mid-range and the absence of noise reduction. However, there was a place and pluses: as for me it is a worthy model that can compete with its main competitors. The gadget has an adequate cost, a fairly balanced sound and the best battery life.

Sony WF-XB700 in the ears

The headset can be improved with a few simple settings, such as aptX support and the addition of an automatic pause function to save battery power. But even without these features, the Sony WF-XB700 review showed that the company is responsible for its products, even if it is a budget gadget. Such headphones are worth buying for those who want a solid sound and a long battery life!

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