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Do you swear by the products of 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.
1st place: Sony WH-1000XM4
- Industry-leading Active Noise Canceling thanks to the HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1: Optimization of noise reduction based on movement patterns and adaptation to air pressure
- LDAC transmits about three times the amount of data (at a maximum transfer rate of 990 Kbit / s) as conventional BLUETOOTH audio, so you can enjoy high-resolution audio content in almost the same quality as when connected via cable. The further developed Digital Sound Enhancement Engine Extreme (DSEE Extreme) optimizes compressed digital music files so that they achieve almost high-resolution audio quality.
- Speak-to-Chat automatically stops when you are in a conversation. The proximity sensor switches off the headphones as soon as they are no longer worn. In addition, you have extensive intelligent audio functions available for a rich, clear, room-filling sound. Compatible with Amazon Alexa. Perfect fit in around-ear design. With Bluetooth 4.2 and one-touch connection via NFC for wireless music listening
The WH-1000XM4 model secured first place in our list of the best. Admittedly, 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 workmanship. 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. Using the switches built into the housing, you can 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 can be 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 grandiose 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.
2nd place: Sony WF-1000XM3
- True wireless headphones with industry-leading noise canceling. Compatible Bluetooth profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
- Up to 8 hours of battery life + 3 additional charges using the supplied charging station
- Stable Bluetooth connection
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 design, they never slip out of your ear canal thanks to the adapters included in the scope of delivery. Depending on your needs, the respective ear pieces can also be used individually, and each listener has its own microphone.
The supplied plastic case is not only a great way to store 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 extraordinarily generous, but it 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 especially with rocking numbers. The bass sounds quite powerful, but doesn’t quite reach the booming intensity of other models.
3rd place: Sony WH-CH700N
- Digital noise canceling lets you block out noise and enjoy only the best sound quality
- Up to 35 hours of battery life, 10 minutes of quick charge for 60 minutes of running time
- Audio cable included in delivery for wired connection when the battery is empty
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 next to no time at the touch of a button. The Sony WH-CH700N is also compatible with the voice assistant on your smartphone.
There is almost nothing to complain about when it comes to wearing comfort. 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.
4th place: Sony WH-1000XM3
- Active noise canceling: Optimization of noise minimization based on movement patterns and adaptation to air pressure
- Quick Attention Mode: perceive your surroundings at lightning speed by intuitively laying on your hands and gesture control via the auricle to operate the headphones
- Compatible with Amazon Alexa. Perfect fit in around-ear design. With Bluetooth 4.2 and one-touch connection via NFC for wireless music listening
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 the first place of 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 to adjust 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.
5th place: Sony WF-SP800N
- Up to 18 hours of battery life with the charging case.
- Degree of protection IP55 for outdoor use and easy cleaning.
- Completely wireless design with a stable Bluetooth connection.
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 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 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, you may experience a slightly uncomfortable feeling of pressure in your ears after a while.
In terms of sound, however, as already briefly mentioned, there is practically nothing to complain about. The sound image is both differentiated and powerful, the 360 reality audio system also takes you into astonishing 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 receive high-quality headphones and do not need to worry about money.
6th place: Sony MDR-7506
- Dynamic, closed, 10 Hz-20 kHz.
- 40.0 mm plug made of neodymium.
- Impedance: 63 ohms, sensitivity: 106 dB / W / m.
While the models presented so far were still 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 it 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. However, the background noise from your surroundings is not completely isolated. 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 cope with a few slight points of criticism, but the model has a big plus on its side in terms of price.
7th place: Sony MDR-XB650BT
- Bass booster technology delivers deep bass with precise bass reproduction
- Bluetooth + compact design with fast NFC pairing
- Long battery life of up to 30 hours, impedance: 24 ohms
True to the motto “The eye listens too”, Sony decided in the case of the MDR-XB650BT to bring its headphones onto the market in three different color designs. 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 what else does the model have on the box apart from its colorful optical gimmicks?
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 accompanied by a material vulnerability 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 to be equally full-bodied and intense. However, quieter tracks didn’t really want to convince us. You can tell that this model was simply designed to reproduce booming bass, which is why it always appears to be too dominant in more leisurely songs. The occasional connection problems also ultimately ensure that the Sony MDR-XB640BT is denied a higher position in our current list of the best.
8th place: Sony MDR-1AM2
- High-resolution audio as intended by the artist
- Aluminum coated LCP
- Large frequency response for the full sound
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 with the sums that are estimated for the headphones in the first places in our selection today.
The wired product has a simple design and does without any optical gimmicks. The 40 millimeter drivers are able to reproduce frequencies between 3 Hertz and 100 Kilohertz. Conversely, this considerable frequency response ensures an extremely detailed sound image, which depicts a wide spectrum in high quality.
Apart from its tonal properties, however, the manufacturers pursued a very simple line. With the help of the standard jack plug you can connect the Sony MDR-1AM2 to your smartphone. In the case of this product, you are hoping for an active noise-canceling system in vain. Instead, the headphones want to keep any background noise away from your listeners thanks to their circumaural design. In practice, however, this approach does not always prove to be 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 despised, is offset by the outstanding wearing comfort. In our opinion, however, a significantly lower purchase price would have been far more appropriate.
9th place: Sony WI-1000X
- Active noise canceling: optimization of noise reduction on
- Movement pattern as well as adaptation to the air pressure
- Sense Engine with ambient sound mode: continuous analysis of ambient noise for the best possible noise reduction
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 is 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 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 requires 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,
The 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 image 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.
10th place: Sony WH-H900N
- Ambient Sound Mode: continuous analysis of ambient noise for the best possible noise reduction; Up to 34 hours of battery life
- Quick Attention Mode: perceive your surroundings at lightning speed by intuitively laying on your hands
- Individual noise canceling thanks to the Headphones Connect app, NFC
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 a coherent, mobile listening experience. 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 to be extremely stable in terms of their workmanship. At the same time, the headphones can be folded up in no time for transport purposes. In terms of handling, this model has all the usual touch and key fields that the current headphone standard provides. The battery life promises you a 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.
The sound turns out to be extremely intense, but could seem a bit too aggressive for some users.
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