With a full-size flagship headphones noise cancelling Sony is clear — they are great, at the end of August has already reached the third generation. But what about those for whom a large headset causes discomfort?
In 2017, the presented WF-1000X, but their shape and dimensions will not allow to be engaged in sports hall or on the air. 2018 at CES in Las Vegas, the Japanese company presented the earphone WF-SP700N — compact, well stay in the ear and also know how to suppress the extra noise.
We stayed with them for two weeks, used daily and ready to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the device.
Appearance and ergonomics
At a cost of WF-SP700N comparable to the AirPods, but the positioning of them is different. Sony headphones aimed at people who lead an active lifestyle and could not imagine their life without sport. That is why the body is protected from splashes or sweat to the IPX4 standard.
The selection of the shape of the plugs with a special pad that moves with you and will not allow to fall out headphones with active exercises. Included are nozzles in various sizes and colors inner stroke (probably to avoid confusion). Headphones sit really comfortably, snugly, do not cause discomfort. Though for those who will see them for the first time, it will be difficult to understand how this can be put in the ears. Everything comes with experience.
Touch no, instead on each earpiece placed keys. The solution is extremely inconvenient, since with each button you just pressed the earpiece into your ear.
The weight of each earphone approximately 7.5 grams. Case for charging another 45 grams, size is 61.3 x 58.7 per×38 mm. For comparison, the weight of the earphone AirPods 4 grams, case 38 grams, dimensions 44,3×21,3×53.5 mm. case Recharges via microUSB.
Color solutions four headphones: black, white, yellow, pink.
As big headphones Sony, WF-SP700N have several modes of operation — active noise cancellation, Ambient Sound and without. Switching occurs by pressing the button on the right ear. A few taps on the left will use the fast mode sound settings (Sound Settings Quick).
For those who first acquainted with the range of Sony headsets, I will explain on the part of the regimes. Plugs have passive noise reduction, but if you add active, then you literally cease to hear any noises and noises taking place around you. Of course, this applies only if you have enabled music for at least 30 percent of the volume. Without music there is sound, albeit much lower.
Ambient Sound or ambient sound, uses microphone and you either hear the music and everything, or just the music and voices around. To configure this, like equalizer, you can brand your Sony | Headphones Connect.
The application interface
Headset supports voice assistant Google it also, by pressing on the left headphone. It is impossible to reconfigure.
The Hands-free function only supports a single headset that destroys the root of the meaning of a stereo headset and does not enjoy the conversation. Audibility is bad both for you and for the hearer. For phone calls it is better not to use.
Frequency response 20 to 20,000 Hz. Bluetooth 4.1, NFC for instant connection with a smartphone.
On a single charge the headset can work up to three hours, with the case to nine hours, provided always-on noise reduction. Without it, up to 35 hours.
Headphones WF-SP700N sit perfectly in my ears, more reliable wireless competitors. The cover case opens either to the right or to the left, what will alert sticker (can be removed). Because of the strange shape, quickly remove the headset in case it does not, you need to be accustomed. Inside the headphones are tight, on the power status will report the indicator turns red.
The sound quality was tested on the train, in a busy city and shopping centers on the Galaxy S8+ 6 and OnePlus. In all cases, was not noticed the interruption, that’s a plus. But on the other hand, delayed broadcast, whether audio or video.
Pressed play — the music starts in a second and watch the video at all, the gap of voice of the picture terribly annoying. Maybe that’s asking too much, because headphones are made for sports, and when you while running, watched the match of your favorite team? And in a perfect world, most likely, have to be headphones for each case: one for watching TV shows, others for sports, others for music.
WF-SP700N liked the look, the presence of noise reduction, quality connection for sound. The disadvantages include the hands-free mode, buttons to control (when it is time to introduce touch), the lag of the sound from the picture and low battery mode the noise canceling.
Buying earbuds for 12 990 rubles, even for sport, it is expected that they will not give a market leader in anything, and in fact you are upset by mistakes.
However, as the user MDR-1000X, I think this model is great for travel when you need silence, and to carry a large headphones is not desirable. And the gyms they are perfect, especially for those where the spinning one and the same drive to 2000s.
But wait for CES 2019, maybe Sony will present something really compact noise cancelling and not for sport, but for daily Affairs.
P. S. In the framework of 2018 IFA in Berlin Sony unveiled yet another headphones for athletes — WF-SP900. They have no threshold, but there is protection from salt water and internal memory of 4 GB. Inserted in his ears and swam to consider the corals in the Red sea. And they added touch controls.