Given the competition in the real wireless earphone market, we see that Sony is more aggressive when it comes to not just missing out on last yearbut its latest real wireless models – the new one , waterproof and equipped with noise cancellation and the entry-level bass WF-XB700 Extra Bass. We have compiled the top offers below.
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The WF-1000XM3 earphone list for $ 230. At $ 178, they are the best-sounding wireless earbuds in this price range and have active noise cancellation technology to reduce ambient noise.
The only downside is that the WF-1000XM3 earphones are not classified as sweat or waterproof headphones. That said, I used it for light workouts with a bit of sweat in the gym with no problems. You are using Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC, but not aptX.
Note that there is a good chance that Sony will release the next generation WF-1000XM4 later this year.
Waterproof:: No (lacks IPX certification).
Read our Sony WF-1000XM3 review.
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It took a while, but now we finally have a new real wireless noise canceling sports model from Sony: the WF-SP800N. Funnily enough, at the end of my mostly positive review, I wrote that I would like to see them more in the $ 160 to $ 175 range. You are now $ 148 for a limited time, $ 20 less than a month ago.
This is not quite the WF-1000XM3 with a waterproof case. The Sony QN1e processor is missing, but there is still a lot to like, including very good sound, solid noise cancellation, and good call quality. It's definitely a significant upgrade over the WF-SP700N that came out in 2018, and its "arches" (sport fins) block the buds in your ears. Just make sure that you close one of the included earplugs tightly, as otherwise both the noise and the noise suppression are poor.
Waterproof:: Yes (IP55 splash-proof).
Read our Sony WF-SP800N review.
The WF-XB700 is part of the company's Extra Bass line and costs $ 130. I tried them out and really liked their fit. Their sound quality doesn't match that of the WF-1000XM3 or WF-SP800N (it lacks clarity), but if you like bass, they sound decent-sounding earphones. I found it a little expensive at $ 130. With a $ 30 discount or $ 100, they're a more tempting option.
Waterproof:: Yes (IPX4 splash-proof).
Read our Sony WF-XB700 Extra Bass first.
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First published last month. Updated to reflect new sales prices.
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