Sony WF-XB700 Review: Great Sound, Weird Design

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Sony WF-XB700 Review: Great Sound, Weird Design
Sony has at the moment launched its model new really wi-fi providing, the WF-XB700, in India. The new earphones appear like a reasonably good deal for really wi-fi earbuds of this high quality. However, are they well worth the Rs. 9,990 price tag? Should you choose one thing from the competitors as an alternative? Well, I’ve been utilizing the Sony WF-XB700 for over per week now, and right here’s what I take into consideration these earphones.

Design and Build

When it involves most Sony merchandise, I’ve little doubt that the construct high quality goes to be glorious. That’s additionally the case for the XB700. These earphones really feel premium to the contact, though I feel they might have completed a barely higher job with the charging case. Between the transparency and the scale of the factor, it does look somewhat weaker than it’s. To make clear, it’s not weak. The charging case is sturdy and stable, and it feels nice to the contact as nicely.

The earbuds additionally include IPX4 splash-proof score, which suggests you’ll be able to simply use them whereas understanding, and even in gentle rains.

I’m not fully bought on the design right here, nevertheless. Sure, possibly this helps the earphones match extra securely in your ears, nevertheless it didn’t assist me a lot. Plus, the design simply seems very, extremely cumbersome due to this. The good factor is that after you set these earphones in, they don’t present most of that bulk to the world. However, in the event you’ve been utilizing sleeker wanting earphones all of your life, this might really feel like a fairly large (pun supposed) change.

All that’s not to say that I’m sad with the XB700’s design and construct. I truly actually like these earphones. However, I really feel like possibly Sony may have completed a barely higher job in some points of the design.

On the opposite hand, the bulkier design does have its benefits; at the very least for me. I usually use my AirPods Pro for on a regular basis music and calls. The AirPods Pro are extraordinarily light-weight, and you’ll overlook they’re in your ears. Which means I’ve left my home numerous instances with out remembering I had my AirPods on. You should be pondering, “that’s good”, and it’s. However, it’s all enjoyable and video games till one of many AirPods drops out of your ear and also you don’t even realise.

Somehow, I don’t see that being a problem with the Sony XB700. Their design would possibly make them really feel barely extra apparent within the ears, nevertheless it additionally means you’ll all the time know if they’re in your ears or not.

Comfort and Fit

When I first took the XB700 out of their case I did have reservations about how nicely they’d slot in my ear, and the way snug they is perhaps. Fortunately, it seems they’re fairly nice at each these issues.

Looking at this design you’d not count on it to really feel cozy in your ear. Having weight on the very edges isn’t often a good suggestion for earphones. However, the XB700 handle it in some way. They don’t really feel heavy on the ear, they usually undoubtedly don’t really feel uncomfortable even after a pair hours of sporting them.

Those are nice issues, as a result of after I had these earphones on, I actually didn’t need to take them off.

The match has some very tiny points. While these earphones will certainly not fall out of your ears in common utilization, in the event you’re doing one thing like a dance exercise, you will have to push them again in once in a while. That’s somewhat annoying, nevertheless it’s additionally a problem I face with the far more costly AirPods Pro, so I can’t actually dock them factors for this.

Sound Quality

Everything that I refuse to dock factors off for is usually due to the sound high quality. I’ve all the time been a Sony fan relating to headphones, earphones, and audio system. Somehow, their sound signature simply feels higher to me. That is why I’ve been utilizing the Sony MDR-XB950BT headphones since 2017.

I used to be joyful to see the XB700 dwell as much as my expectations by way of sound high quality as nicely. As the ‘XB’ within the identify suggests, these are a pair of ‘extra bass’ earphones. That means you’ll get pleasure from them greatest with bass heavy music. However, I attempted listening to classics like Frank Sinatra, and a few outdated rock songs from Bob Seger, and Kenny Rogers on these earphones, they usually sound wonderful.

The earphones do a stable job of instrument separation, and even on the highest volumes they hold the bass good and heavy, whereas sustaining the highs and mids very well.

Music Control and Interactions

Looking on the earbuds, it may appear as if the large blue a part of the design is supposed for controlling music, and in any other case interacting with the earbuds. However, that’s not the case right here. Instead, there are small buttons, one every, on the underside of the earbud.

These buttons management all the pieces you are able to do on the earphones, and there’s rather a lot.

  • Play/Pause: a single press on the appropriate earbud performs and pauses music.
  • Next Track: a double press on the appropriate earbud skips to the subsequent observe.
  • Previous observe: a triple press on the appropriate earbud skips again to the earlier observe.
  • Invoke assistant: press and maintain on the appropriate earbud.
  • Volume up: a single press on the left earbud button will increase the quantity
  • Volume down: press and maintain on the left earbud button to scale back quantity

This management system works nicely, nevertheless it presents a problem in the event you’re planning on utilizing only one earbud. Personally, I barely ever use earphones that method, however some individuals do, and in the event you’re a type of individuals, you’ll have to sacrifice on some performance.

There’s additionally no put on detection right here, which is somewhat unhappy as a result of earbuds nicely underneath this price include put on detection lately. Moreover, it’s a useful function to have. I’d have beloved it if the XB700 packed in put on detection, however alas, what are you able to do.

Connectivity

Moving on, the Sony XB700 really wi-fi earbuds include Bluetooth 5.0, which is just about anticipated at this price level. Also, as I discussed earlier than, the earbuds can be utilized individually, and pairing them is fairly straightforward as nicely. You can simply take the earbuds out of the case and search for them within the Bluetooth settings of your cellphone. A easy faucet then connects each the earphones to your smartphone and you can begin listening immediately.

The XB700 solely help the SBC and AAC codecs, nevertheless, which is a little bit of a bummer. I’d have preferred aptX help right here for positive, however that’s lacking. It’s not a deal breaker for me, and the sound high quality right here is phenomenal anyway. However, in the event you actually need Qualcomm aptX in your earbuds, the XB700 will not be for you.

Battery

Sony has all the time provided nice battery life on its earphones and headphones, and the XB700 are not any totally different. The earbuds provide 9 hours of battery life on a single cost, which is fairly nice. Moreover, the charging case provides an extra full cost to convey the battery life as much as 18 hours.

In my time utilizing these earphones, the declare holds true fully. Listening to music at round 70% quantity, the earphones solely misplaced about 30% cost in 3 hours of music listening (and a few calls in between). That’s fairly spectacular. I’ve no complaints with the battery lifetime of the earbuds. Plus, the charging case makes use of USB-C for charging, which I actually recognize having.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Great battery life
  • Excellent sound high quality
  • Build high quality is spectacular
  • Comfortable to make use of

Cons:

  • Design seems somewhat cumbersome
  • No aptX help
  • No put on detection

Sony WF-XB700 Review: A Worthy Pair of Truly Wireless Earbuds

All issues thought-about, the Sony WF-XB700 really wi-fi earbuds are undoubtedly nicely value their price level of Rs. 9,990. They include a stable construct and are very snug to put on. The sound high quality is spectacular, which is what one would count on from Sony. The design may have been higher, nevertheless it doesn’t really feel like a deal breaker to me in any method.

Moreover, at this level, there isn’t actually a lot in the way in which of competitors. There’s the primary era Galaxy Buds (Rs. 9,987) you can get at across the similar price that supply contact controls as nicely, together with good sound high quality. However, I’ve used the Galaxy Buds as nicely, and Sony’s sound signature simply feels higher to me, personally. It’s a detailed name although, and in the event you actually need one thing that’s extra compact, and provides put on detection and contact sensors, it’s best to undoubtedly take a look at the Galaxy Buds as nicely.

Buy the Sony WF-XB700 (Rs. 9,990)

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