Sony WF-SP700n Review
So I was walking through Best Buy several weeks ago and saw these funky looking truly wireless earphones from Sony.
now I wasn’t going to buy them but looking at the box obviously I noticed that it has active noise-canceling now passive noise isolation is already great on most in-ear earphones so I said let me spend the money here.
So besides I’m still testing the Bose headphones so stay tuned for that as always being transparent I did personally buy these.
But for the price of $150 dollars but I think the prices have gone up to about a $180 I think that’s the retail price.
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All right so going over the physical features first these things do indeed look quite unique here kind of like abeam but it’s much different than most other truly wireless earphones that just simply stick out of your ears.
Now it’s all plastic construction with silicone ear tips and your wings with the extended part right here to help stabilize the earphones.
Now the little circle here isn’t a button at all but this is where the microphone is located during my time testing these Sony 700ends tends to be the earphones you have to kind of push it a little deeper into the ear canal for them to not lose at the seal.
they don’t fall out during vigorous movements which is a huge plus as you guys can see they’re just dropped but they’re stable during running and working out.
but if you want as much passive noise isolation as it can plus taking advantage of ANC at least with my ears here I felt I had to push them quite firmly in.
And even at time they still lose that nice seal that blocks out the world and I did swap out different ear tips as well.
Now, these things are IP 4 rate admitting they are able to take splashes of water from any direction this is enough for most people.
But if you’re looking for something more rugged the IP 5 can take on jet sprays instead of splashes and IP 6 and IP 7can be dropped into the water up to a certain amount of time and a certain amount of depth as well.
Your call on if IP 4 is enough for you and with my testing with splashing water and these are they’re still working perfectly fine today.
Now taking a closer look here the buttons are easily identifiable and offer a very click response the right earbud allows you to pause and play with a single press 2 taps to skip forward 3taps to go back.
Now the left earbud you can cycle through ambient sound active noise-canceling and basically leaving everything off you’re listening to your music like a traditional pair of earphones.
Now with ambient sound, the Sony SP 700 ends turn on the built-in microphones and let your environment kind of basically be pumped in perfect for running safety or when you want to hear what’s going on around you.
When I tested this Sony did a great job with audio not being too amplified and everything’s sounding very natural.
The only downside though I do hear this slight hiss when I don’t have music playing now if I turn off ambient sound control it does go away.
not a big deal but just not a clean sound testing active noise canceling and this is the one the main reasons why I wanted to test these besides of course the audio performance.
At first, being upfront here it didn’t sound too impressive since passive noise isolation seemed to be doing most of the work.
Now there was a slight improvement but nothing major and very initial first impressions not.
On the second day and wearing them all day now wearing them everywhere I can appreciate this a little bit more.
Especially outdoors this does cut out a lot of the airiness around your cars driving by the sound of just how open maybe a park is etc.
Now going indoors the air conditioner is cut down a bit here as well you don’t hear that whooshing noise with people who speak you’re nearby especially at a coffee shop where it can be loud at times ascertain locations there’s slight suppression.
But I can still hear conversations anything loud in general that they have doesn’t sound to have been canceled or even some frequencies doesn’t sound to be canceled at all.
Now the ANC does work and it does offer something more than what passive noise isolation alone offers just don’t come into this thinking that this was life-changing like the Sony 1000 xm3 headphones.
Now coming to this expecting moderate levels of sound cancellation with the ear tube doing most of the work and it works the best with softer sounding areas and keep in mind you still have this weird hiss going on there as well.
Now moving on within the app you can change that same bun that left one on the left ear tip or ear bud that is to access Google assistant now with the press you can get the time notifications and such which is really handy.
Now no Google assistant is not built into the earphones themselves so you have to have your phone nearby for the feature to work.
Now also test this with Siri and the didn’t do anything at all unfortunately.
Base on phone call
Now touching base on phone call performance their microphones and these are really good my voice comes across very clear and natural no echoes hurt at all here.
There is some background noise being picked up but most speakerphones do that already but when using this for phone calls it’s only played through the left earbud an ambient sound does automatically turn on.
So that way it sounds like you’re isolated and that when you’re not shouting out in public.
Bluetooth and battery performance
Touching based on Bluetooth and battery performance.
Bluetooth is a 4.04 don’t we don’t even tip Bluetooth the 4.2 you can listen to one earbud at a time while leaving the other one distant away basically.
I’m getting about 85% coverage in general with the Bluetooth performance on both of these earbuds.
This is not bad but competitors are getting about five to ten more feet in the distance before this signal starts to cut out and they do have Bluetooth 4.2at least some of them with Bluetooth 5.0.
Now in addition I did confirm you can pair this to more than one device at a time let’s go into your Bluetooth menu and click or tap on the earphones and it’ll switch over.
Now touching base on battery life these are rated at a low three hours of performance per charge with an additional six hours from the case giving you a total of 9 hours to give you some perspective four to five hours per charge as the norm and total use the average is usually around 12 to 15 hours.
Sony falls short in this area and with my test I did this twice here once without ambient sound or ANC on strictly passive noise isolation just like any other pair of earphones and I got 2 hours and 44 minutes with ANC I’m at 50%bum until it died I got 2 hours in 26minutes.
This does feel quite short if you’re intending on wearing these for long walks or simply worried them at the office.
Now as a side note the case to charge them it’s simply not as intuitive as some of the competitors you have to slide it in at a certain angle like so and also press it down to ensure contact and charging.
and I’m not trying to be a text them I’m not hitting on Sony actually really like Sony the being realistic the competitors offers a magnetic click and you can just literally just drop them in and go.
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Guys of course audio recorded on my end here and then play through your own headphones or an earphone is not the best depiction of audio quality.
But hence my review here and Lisa guys got some form of sample.
Now first off make sure you download these Sony app called headphones connects and you can control your settings.
And there’s a little equalizer on there that does help a bit to tune these ways that you would like and I personal aft this at stock settings for my test.
Now first thing you’ll notice these things are nice and loud a 50 to 60% in volume the seven hundred n is capable of getting you grooving to your music any higher the sound quality.
Does become a little too aggressive some might not mine some may some with more sensitive ears will experience a little listening fatigue listening at those higher volumes.
Now the bass is really nice with punchy lows we’re not touching sub based levels but there’s a nice thumb enough depth to make most genres enjoyable especially pop and EDM enough for hip hop for bass-heavy songs there isn’t muddiness experience in the vocals that’s a plus.
But the bass does ever so slightly overshadow the vocals just by a bit here just by a little smidge.
but for the most part the mid-range is present And clear audio separation is very much a present with these earphones voice is standing more so in the 4.Versus the beats going on in the background.
Never did I notice the mid-range being recessed or dull yep never too bright either there’s not even really bright these slight Fordyce is a nice touch and gives the audio a bit more dimension in the audio experience.
the high frequencies are played safe here so those sharp high plucks on strings aren’t as sharp or detail as much as I was hoping for snares cymbal crashes those kind of things I wish there was a bit more sparkle up.
there same with soundstage I wish it was slightly wider or bigger but it’s hard to experienced soundstage and truly row lf’s earphones for some reason here there’s only a very few that even offer that.
Overall I think the audio is very good in my opinion and that 50 to 60 % environment it’s probably the biggest Pro or plus I can give to these earphones everything else was really okay.
And some of them were a complete miss I’ll be honest with you with these earphones do I recommend these.
Yeah, not so much I know some people will be disappointed with my verdict here but you at the same time I feel as though here are so many other competitors offered so much more.
The active noise-canceling is a huge perk on here and it does help somewhat but honestly, this is unbiased here obviously I’m biased.
But if you listen to any other truly wireless earphones or even just any pair of in-ear earphones.
And you have music going and you, of course, you have a good seal on your ears it’s going to block upmost for you already if you’re listening at very low volumes.
Then yes then the ANC does kick in it does help to an extent there.
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- Very Sturdy
- Good Build Quality
- IPX4 water and sweat resistant
- Case is way too big
- Videos rendering Problem
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