Sony Wh-ch700n Noise Cancelling Headphones Review
The Sony’s WH-1000XM3 is without a doubt the best noise cancelling headphones on the market today. They are a bit expensive, so if you don’t want to spend that much you can look at the Sony WH-CH700N. The noise cancelling headphones are fully supportive Google Assistant and also Siri integration for hand-free users and excellent notification. It also has excellent battery life for listeners that like to roam around while listening.
Who is the Sony WH-CH700N for?
These are over-ear headphones and serve as a great middle-of-the-road option for those who like the WH-1000XM3 but need something cheaper. The Sony WH-CH700N may not be the best option for noise cancellation, but it’s low price and lightweight and this makes up for it a lot. Additionally, since the headphones support aptX HD, they’re great for those who travel but also want to continue using quality headphones.
How is it built?
This headphone’s headset is made of a lightweight plastic and has rotating ear cups that make them a great choice for travel. An oval cushion is attached to each earpiece. The padding isn’t, unfortunately, deep enough to prevent irritation from rubbing. This is worse for users who wear glasses.
While the lightweight form factor is great for travel, the headphones would benefit from deeper cushions.
These headphones are not the most comfortable, yet the positioning of the playback controls makes it overall use very easy. Each feature of the headphones has their own dedicated button, so you won’t need to worry about double-pushing any of the buttons. The noise cancelling button is able to be configured to pull up Google Assistant and also – if you want – Alexa. This can be done through the Sony Headphones phone app. I liked this a lot as there were times, I wanted to shut the noise cancelling features off.
The microphone chart shows an even sound performance, though it does have an echo with the voice transmission. It persisted no matter where the headphones were used, but it wasn’t enough to ruin the headphone experience for me.
In being able to take advantage of Alexa and other services (as of its 4.2.0 update to the firmware), these headphones are even better than its competitors on the market. It was great to get texts through the device, and the user can press the ANC button (once you remap it) in addition to voice commands.
With the headphones subjected to an output of 75dB(SPL), our testing yielded standalone playback time of 43.57 hours when the noise cancelling was turned on. This is a great readout which earns Sony WH-CH700N a very high score for its overall battery life. It annoyed us that Sony chose to incorporate a micro-USB input; it ends up being only a minor inconvenience. For those – for example – going through their morning commute, 10 hours is more than enough to last you.
These headphones do not support the Sony LDAC codec, but they do have aptX HD support they also combat all kinds of audio-visual latency. You can adjust the settings to balance between audio quality and stability. You can always use them wired if your phone allows for wired connections. This will outperform the codec any day of the week.
The Sony WH-CH700N has a neutral midrange frequency response and emphasizes the low-end far less. If you like lighter or acoustic-heavy music, these are great headphones for reproducing mids and highs for excellent overall sound. Keep in mind that these may be a bit underwhelming for hip hop and similar styles. Its dynamic drivers are built to be parallel with your ear for realistic fit that conforms to human ear anatomy. It leverages the pinna prior so soundwaves enter the inside of the ear.
Isolation and the noise cancelling are average. When you compare the WH-CH700N to its WH-1000XM3 counterpart, the former is underwhelming at accentuating low-end noises. Regular listening confirms this – passing cars cut right through the sound barrier. The passing male voices were also audible. It’s better than nothing, in terms of noise cancelling, but some headphone models could be better.
If you want a light build and a long battery life, the Sony WH-CH700N is the best choice. When it comes to noise cancellation, these headphones are great, and it would be very hard to find a better performer. These headphones are a bit lacking for noise cancellation, however, and will make you a bit disappointed. Look at the Bose QuietComfort 35 II for better noise cancellers. For the rest of the features you need for your headphones, the Sony WH-CH700N delivers very well!