- Battery life
- Good build quality
- Full integration with Google Assistant and Siri
- AptX HD codec support
- Noise reduction is just good, but not excellent
Without a doubt, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is the flagship model with excellent noise reduction, but not everyone is ready to buy them for the money that sellers ask for. For those who want to save, there is a model Sony WH-CH700N.
They are fully integrated with the voice assistants Google Assistant and Siri, in addition, they have long battery life and are convenient for everyday use.
Who is the Sony WH-CH700N created for?
For those who want to get the potential of the WH-1000XM3 for less money. WH-CH700N are close to them in terms of sound character and noise reduction efficiency, although they lose, of course, but at the same time they are lighter, smaller and are a good balanced option for every day.
Impressions of using Sony WH-CH700N
The headphones are plastic, lightweight, the cups fold in and therefore the model is perfect for use outside the home. In the bag they occupy a minimum of space.
The ear pads are soft, large enough to suit most people, however, not deep enough, and many will have ears in contact with a protective inner net. There is nothing wrong with this, but I must warn about this. Those who wear glasses are less fortunate, because of the small thickness of the ear pads, the headphones will noticeably put pressure on the arms, making listening to music less comfortable.
The location of the controls is good, you quickly get used to them and do not miss. Each function has its own button, this is convenient, you do not need to remember how many times you need to press the universal button to achieve the desired result.
Using the proprietary application Sony Headphones it is possible to reassign a couple of buttons and adjust the noise reduction activity.
In general, the headphones are comfortable, but there is nothing special in the design, so we go further.
The microphone sensitivity graph is relatively smooth, your interlocutor can hear your voice clearly, clearly and without suspicious noises. However, if you listen carefully, your voice always has a slight echo. It does not interfere with the conversation, and many do not notice it at all, but it is. Moreover, no matter what room you are in, the echo will be even if you speak in a clean field.
In general, the microphone quality is good, you can talk on the phone without problems.
During our test, when the volume was set to 75 dB, the headphones worked for an impressive 43 hours 37 minutes with noise reduction turned on. This is a very good result.
There is support for the fast charging function, 10 minutes on the wire will give about one hour of battery life.
Sony WH-CH700N equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 module, support codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD. There is no support for the Sony LDAC proprietary codec , but with aptX, this is a small loss.
The signal remains stable unless you move further than 12 meters from the sound source. At a distance of about 23 meters, the signal completely disappears.
In the Sony Headphones application, you can prioritize the use of codecs, or enable aptX, but this will slightly deteriorate the connection stability in places with strong electromagnetic interference, or force the SBC codec to be activated, which will improve stability but degrade the sound quality.
When using aptX while watching a video, there is no desync, so I can recommend headphones for movies and computer games.
Unlike many competitors, the Sony WH-CH700N model does not emphasize low frequencies, on the contrary, they are even slightly reduced in favor of the mid-frequency range. Thus, if you like acoustic music, or you like to listen to the smallest details and nuances of the sound of instruments, these headphones will be an excellent choice.
Moreover, even popular music sounds convincing and pleasant, albeit not so dynamic, but more honest and lively. Hearing gets tired quickly from powerful bass, while listening to the Sony WH-CH700N you stay focused and focused for longer.
Mid frequencies sound honest and soft, male and female vocals sound clean, not colored. I am unaccustomed to such a sound, it fascinates and makes you listen to some long-known songs in order to enjoy the singer’s voice without having to wade through the thick and viscous bass.
Even the location of the driver inside the bowl is specially configured to be at right angles to the ear canal so that sound with minimal distortion from the auricle penetrates straight into the middle ear and gives you real pleasure.
With a pure heart, I can call the Sony WH-CH700N music lovers wireless headphones, they will surprise you with the details and the natural nature of the sound. If you listened to popular brands like Beats before them, prepare yourself for the fact that the music sounds different, and immerse yourself in a lake of pure pleasure.
However, you might have the impression that these are music-perfect headphones. This is not entirely true, for all the positive features that I wrote about above, however, I cannot but note that in general the WH-CH700N does not sound as high-quality as we would like. There is a feeling of a slightly blurry picture, sometimes the sound is very good, and in some songs there is a lack of energy and driver. In a word, Sony got controversial, but honest headphones, and to be honest, I recommend that you listen to them before buying, I haven’t got a clear opinion about the sound.
If you are primarily interested in compactness, lightness, battery life and noise reduction, then buying a WH-CH700N is 100% justified. But if you want to get a powerful, rich, deep sound, then, perhaps, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II will suit you more. Yes, they will be more expensive, but the result justifies the means.
Sony’s noise reduction was effective, but not a record.
The WH-CH700N is a controversial headphone, on the one hand they have everything that comes to mind to require a wireless model, on the other hand, each of the aspects does not quite reach excellent quality. Therefore, before buying, I recommend that you personally familiarize yourself with them so that you do not have false expectations.
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