Do you swear by the products of the technology giant Sony and are also looking for new headphones? Then you are exactly right with us. In our following article we would like to present you the ten best models from the Japanese manufacturer.
The Best Sony Headphones for Working out, Running, Gaming and Mixing
The WH-1000XM4 model secured first place in our list of the best. Granted, those who decide to buy our first place have to dig deep into their pockets. But what technical quality can you currently expect for a model from the upper price range?
Compared to its predecessor, the WH-1000XM4 is slightly lighter. The headphones, which weigh around 254 grams, also score points with their excellent material processing. The robust stability of the product therefore promises a pleasant longevity of the device, which is available in detail in the colors black and silver. You can use the switches built directly on the housing to switch the headphones on and off and activate the noise canceling and ambient sound function. In addition, the WH-1000XM4 has a practical touch control on its right auricle: Here, among other things, music selection and calls can be regulated and the volume adjusted.
But now we come to the key point of every model: The sound quality. Once you have paired the headphones to the device of your choice via Bluetooth, you will then enjoy excellent sound enjoyment, which knows how to impress with its crystal clear quality. Highs, mids and lows are mastered by the WH-1000XM4 with dreamlike security. Particularly noteworthy is the superbly implemented noise canceling, which reliably fades out disturbing background noises from your environment. In combination with the pleasant wearing comfort and the long battery life of around 30 hours in active use, there is no getting around the Sony WH-1000XM4 with a correspondingly large budget.
If you prefer true wireless earphones for your daily music enjoyment, you are particularly well advised with the WF-1000XM3. The compact in-ear headphones are optionally available in black or silver.
Although the earphones protrude slightly from the ear due to their construction, they never slip out of your ear canal thanks to the adapters included in the scope of delivery. Depending on requirements, the respective earpieces can also be used individually, and each listener has its own microphone.
The supplied plastic case is not only a great storage option for the earphones, but also functions as a charging cradle. The product is connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth 5. In addition, the Sony WF-1000XM3 comes with adaptive noise canceling and some touch functions. In addition, you can conveniently control the device with the currently popular voice assistants. The everyday operation of these headphones is therefore extremely easy and requires only a short period of familiarization. Thanks to the built-in sensors, the track being played is automatically paused as soon as you remove the earphones.
With a capacity of up to eight hours, the battery life is not necessarily particularly generous, but should be sufficient for everyday use. The noise canceling system works reliably and can also be readjusted individually. The sound of the headphones surprises with a particularly powerful character. The powerful sound quality comes into its own particularly with rocking numbers. The bass sounds quite powerful, but don’t quite reach the booming intensity of other models.
Third place in our selection goes to the WH-CH700N model. At the same time, the wireless noise canceling headphones represent today’s winner in the “price-performance ratio” category. Located in the middle price segment, the WH-CH700N particularly impresses with its long battery life, which is between 35 and 40 hours depending on the function performed levels off.
Using the controls built into the ear cups, you can switch back and forth between the individual tracks, answer calls, regulate the volume or switch off the music completely. Noise canceling can also be activated in no time at the push of a button. The Sony WH-CH700N is also compatible with the voice assistant of your smartphone.
In terms of comfort, there is almost nothing to complain about. The pleasantly padded shells make unpleasant feelings of pressure a thing of the past and reliably withstand sporting activities. With the help of the height-adjustable bracket, the size of the headphones can be adjusted to the individual fit of your head.
Overall, the material processing of the WH-CH700N looks very chic, at the same time the robust implementation promises a satisfactory stability. The sound can be extensively adjusted using an associated app. The highs and mids appear clear and well balanced, but the quality of the bass also knows how to please through and through.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 ranks fourth on our list. In detail, this is the direct predecessor of the product that we presented to you in first place in our selection. Just like the XM4, the XM3 also has an integrated noise-canceling system, which optimizes your listening pleasure in an incomparable way
The self-contained headphones can be purchased in black and silver, depending on personal preference. The high-quality workmanship creates a high level of comfort, which does not create any feelings of tension on your head even during longer music sessions.
In addition to the headphones, when you buy this model you will receive a carrying case that allows you to easily transport the WH-1000XM3. The battery life is 30 hours. The headphones can be switched on and off using the buttons on the ear cups, and you can also use the control panel to activate the noise canceling and ambient sound function. With the help of the touch functions, you can devote yourself to the individual music tracks and take calls. Voice control via the smartphone is also activated by placing your hand on the right auricle.
The noise suppression works perfectly and reduces annoying background noises from your environment to a minimum. On the one hand, you have the option of adjusting the noise canceling manually, or you can rely on the automatic adjustment of the device. The intensity of the noise suppression is adapted to the respective circumstances via air pressure measurement. The sound image turns out to be extremely balanced without having to record any losses in a specific segment. In fact, the sounds are pleasantly detailed and are next to nothing inferior to the XM4.
With the Sony WF-SP800N, we are once again devoting ourselves to a model that comes in the form of in-ear headphones. With the help of the charging case included in the purchase, the manufacturer promises you a battery life of up to 18 hours. In addition, the small earphones are characterized by a surprisingly strong bass. The powerful sounds come into their own especially in the context of intense hip-hop tracks. The digital noise reduction hides unpleasant background effects. The noise-canceling works particularly reliably in the well-tried Sony manner, even if the quality of the WF-SP800N is not quite achieved as we find it with comparable over-ear headphones.
On the other hand, we would like to positively highlight the fact that the Sony WF-SP800N comes along as a waterproof product. Therefore, the compact earphones are particularly suitable for use during training. At the same time, however, we do not want to hide the fact that in the case of this model, a slightly uncomfortable feeling of pressure can set in your ears after a while.
In terms of sound, however, as already briefly mentioned, there is practically nothing to complain about. The sound is both differentiated and powerful, the 360 reality audio system also takes you into amazing sound spheres. In terms of price, the WF-SP800N usually ranks in the higher category. Therefore, the product is particularly suitable for those of you who
want to get high-quality headphones and don’t need to worry about money.
While the models presented so far came as wireless products, the Sony MDR-7506 is returning to the classic roots of mobile listening pleasure. With the help of a jack plug, the circumaural headphones are connected to the end device. In detail, the shells can be rotated by up to 180 degrees. What may initially promise pleasant freedom of movement, however, does not always turn out to be practical in actual use. The temple knows how to please with its stable workmanship and convinces with an 11-stage adjustment mechanism that provides the right fit for every imaginable head size. The padded shells make them comfortable to wear, even those who wear glasses do not have to expect any restrictions.
The sounds reproduced by the MDR-7506 can be described as balanced in quality. Both mids and highs are played back precisely, basses appear rock-solid, but lack some intensity. The background noise from your surroundings is not completely isolated, however. Although the headphones come as a wired model, you don’t have to worry about any great restrictions in your freedom of movement. The approximately three meter long cable should only rarely get in your way during your music sessions. Compared to the headphones presented so far, the MDR-7506 has to deal with a few slight points of criticism, but the model has a big plus on its side in terms of price.
True to the motto “The eye listens too”, Sony decided to bring its headphones to the market in three different color designs for the MDR-XB650BT. So if the classic, simple black is too conservative for you, you can get the MDR-XB650BT in bright blue or in bright red instead. But apart from its colorful optical gimmicks, what else does the model have on the box?
In the case of the MDR-XB650BT, Sony clearly focuses on the bass intensity. The headphones are largely made of synthetic leather and plastic. Anyone who worries that the choice of materials is associated with material susceptibility should be told that the model appears robust through and through despite this. As is usual for headphones of the current standard, the MDR-XB650BT also has numerous buttons that have been integrated directly into the housing of the product. The volume can be adjusted, tracks started and stopped and calls can be received using the keypad and control panel. In the case of the MDR-CB650BT, however, there is no touch-field at all.
Once the headphones are connected to your cell phone, the sound of this model must be put through its paces. You will quickly notice that the bass quality mentioned at the beginning actually delivers what the manufacturer promises us in this regard. Accordingly, the bass appears as equally full-bodied and intense. However, quieter tracks didn’t really convince us. You can simply tell that this model was designed to reproduce booming bass, which is why it always appears too dominant in slower songs. The occasional connection problems also ultimately ensure that the Sony MDR-XB640BT does not get a higher position in our current best list.
Although the Sony MDR-1AM2 comes with a comparatively simple equipment, the manufacturer demands a very high price for this model, which is usually comparable to the sums that are estimated for the headphones in the first places in our selection today.
The wired product comes in a simple design and does without any optical gimmicks. The 40 millimeter drivers are able to reproduce frequencies between 3 Hertz and 100 Kilohertz. This quite remarkable frequency response, conversely, ensures an extremely detailed sound image, which depicts a wide spectrum in high quality.
Apart from its sonic properties, however, the manufacturers pursued a very simple line. You can connect the Sony MDR-1AM2 to your smartphone using the standard jack plug. In the case of this product, you hope in vain for an active noise-canceling system. Instead, the headphones want to keep any background noises away from your listeners thanks to their circumaural design. In practice, however, this approach does not always prove successful. Some users complained that there were unwanted background noises again and again during use, which significantly clouded the listening pleasure. This point of criticism, which should not be disregarded, is offset by the outstanding comfort. In our opinion, however, a significantly lower purchase price would have been far more appropriate.
The Sony WI-1000X in-ear headphones have a firmly integrated neckband, in which the technology required for the noise-canceling system has also been installed. The fly weight comes to just 70 grams, the neck tape is also pleasantly light and does not represent a disruptive factor during use. At the same time, there are also various buttons with which you can switch the product on and off, start or pause tracks , Manage calls and activate the voice assistant. But we don’t want to hide the fact that the handling via the neckband takes a certain amount of time to get used to and certainly not to everyone’s taste. But once you’ve got into the unorthodox service.
Noise canceling works reliably in most cases, but does not achieve the insulating qualities of a comparable over-ear model. In fact, a low level of background noise cannot be avoided with active noise suppression.
In terms of sound quality, the Sony WI-1000X again knows how to surprise. With the right earplugs you can achieve a powerful sound that is essentially bursting with richness of detail. For some users, however, the bass could be a little too dominant. The bottom line is that the WI-100X, thanks to its compact, lightweight design, is primarily suitable for those customers who see headphones as a valuable product for on the go.
So we come to the tenth and last place in our Sony headphones leaderboard. We would like to give this to the WH-H900N model. With its light design, the headphones appeal primarily to those customers who place a particularly high value on consistent mobile listening pleasure. The wireless, Bluetooth-enabled headphones are once again capitalizing on the noise-canceling function, which should once again lift the sound experience into completely new spheres.
The over-ear shells appear extremely stable in terms of their processing. At the same time, the headphones can be folded up in no time for transport purposes. In terms of handling, this model has all common touch and key fields that the current headphone standard provides. The battery life promises you to use over 28 hours with activated noise canceling. The noise suppression proves to be reliably precise, but can also be switched off completely if necessary.