September 29, 2023

High Options

Good bass output

Spectacular battery life

Respectable construct high quality

Sony has not too long ago launched its newest wi-fi headphones referred to as Sony XB700. The XB lineup of headphones are fairly standard particularly with youngsters and faculty going college students for that additional emphasis on bass. The XB700 is the improved model of final years MDR-XB650 wi-fi headphone when it comes to design, audio and different options. Sony has additionally added some new options like DSEE( Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) from its flagship headphone WH-1000M3. The headphone is priced at Rs 8,999 in India and for the value, the headphone packs fairly a formidable {hardware} and options, at the least on paper. We acquired an opportunity to take heed to this headphone for just a few weeks and right here’s our full evaluation of Sony WH-XB700.

Sony WH-XB700: Design
Sony has all the time been specializing in the great and cozy design which may be clearly seen in a few of their not too long ago launched audio merchandise. The XB700 borrows among the design cues from its predecessor and merges it with the remedy of the elder sibling WH-1000X M3. Having mentioned that, the XB700 now will get higher leather-based padding on the band and the within a part of the earcups – making certain that the headphone feels simple on head and ears whereas sustaining the premium aesthetics of the headphone. The shiny colors and the shiny end has now been changed with the extra refined wanting sandblasted matte end which provides to the general feel and look of the headphone.

Total, the headphone is made out of plastic and however the brand new matte end offers it a form of premium feel and look. The correct earpiece of the headphone options quantity rocker and a multi-function button situated between the amount up and down button. The button can be utilized to play/pause music, obtain or cancel a name, skip tracks, and so on.

Whereas the left earcup will get the facility button and an extra ‘Customized’ button which may be customised to carry out a number of actions comparable to activate Google assistant and extra. The buttons are clicky and supply correct suggestions. The location of the buttons are additionally good and we didn’t have any points with that.

The left earcup additionally will get the USB Sort-C charging port and a 3.5mm enter jack to make use of the headphone utilizing the AUX cable included within the field.

Total, Sony has executed a great job when it comes to construct high quality however now we have just a few complaints associated to its design. The XB700 earcups might have been a little bit wider to suit the ears correctly.

Sony WH-XB700: Efficiency
Being an XB collection headphone which means for additional bass, there’s little doubt that the headphone is tuned to offer some deep and punchy bass. Nevertheless, earlier than speaking in regards to the sound high quality of the headphone let’s have a look at the specification that’s accountable for that.
The Sony WH-XB700 options the identical DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) expertise from WH-1000XM3, which is a proprietary expertise of the corporate that claims to offer enhanced sound output. Every earcup is fitted with a 30mm dome sort driver. The headphone additionally comes with built-in assist for Google Assistant, Siri and even Amazon Alexa that enable customers to take heed to notifications and carry out a number of different actions. Sony has additionally supplied the three.5mm audio jack and NFC other than the standard Bluetooth v4.2 because the connectivity choices. The three.5mm audio enter jack on the headphones allows customers to plug in AUX port and convert the wi-fi headphones into wired when required. The corporate calls this ‘Passive operations’.
Coming again to the sound high quality of the headphone, the 30mm drivers of WH-XB700 are actually higher tuned to offer good bass with out compromising a lot on the mids and highs, not like earlier XB-series headphones wherein the bass used to overpower the mids and highs. We tried taking part in songs from completely different genres like rap, hip-hop, rock and a few Hindi and Punjabi music. The headphones managed to offer clear and crisp sound throughout the genres. The mids and highs are actually significantly better pronounced regardless of that deep bass output. Nevertheless, there are occasions the place the bass appears to shadow the mids however that may be simply managed utilizing the equaliser setting utilizing the Sony Join app. Sure, Sony has additionally added the app assist with the headphone which may be downloaded from the respective app shops.
The Sony Join app permits customers to tune equaliser, setup Assistant characteristic, and extra.

Total, the headphones present crisp and clear sound output even on the highest attainable quantity stage. Vocals are clear as promised, mids, highs and lows too are correctly balanced.
Connectivity choices embody Bluetooth v4.2 and NFC. We might have appreciated if the corporate would have opted for the most recent model of Bluetooth v5.0. Nevertheless, regardless of having the final era of Bluetooth module, the headphone supply good connectivity and we had no points utilizing the headphone in an 1200sq ft flat. One other attention-grabbing characteristic we favored in regards to the headphone is that tapping on the NFC tag utilizing an NFC enabled smartphone robotically activates the headphone and join it with the smartphone. Additionally, the headphones reconnected itself robotically with the final paired system virtually each time.

Sony WH-XB700: Battery
As per the corporate’s declare, the Sony WH-XB700 is anticipated to offer round 30 hours of music listening time and through our take a look at, the headphone managed to offer round 25 hours of music listening on round 80 p.c quantity. Other than this, the headphone additionally comes with USB Sort-C port that additionally helps quick charging can present round 1 hour of music listening time with simply quarter-hour of cost. The total cost, nevertheless, takes round an hour or so.

Sony WH-XB700: Verdict
Sony, as a model has fairly good expertise in making audio merchandise and so they additionally perceive what a buyer requires and that displays of their merchandise as effectively. Sony WH-XB700 isn’t any completely different. The title itself makes it clear that that is an additional bass collection and meant to offer deep bass output and it does what it claims. What Sony has executed right here with their new XB collection is that they have re-tuned the drivers to provide clear mids and highs as effectively which in response to us is the USP of the headphone. On the value of Rs 8,999, XB700 is a worthy possibility for anybody on the lookout for a bass heavy and light-weight headphone with good battery life.


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