If you want the best headphones out there, it will cost you. But you can get some of the same features for a lot less money, thanks to Sony’s latest over-ear headphones.
The Sony WH-CH720N features the same Dual Noise Sensor technology and Integrated Processor V1 found in the company’s award-winning WH-1000XM5, but they cost a fraction of the price. The V1 cancels out outside noise, while Dual Noise Sensor technology helps capture ambient noise for more advanced noise canceling functionality.
And that’s not their only skill…
With a battery life of 35 hours – 50 hours with active noise canceling (ANC) turned off – they’ll last all day, too. And unlike their predecessors, the CH710N, they feature Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE), which aims to fill in the information lost during the compression of a music file to produce a higher quality sound. to create. Multipoint is on board for seamless switching between wireless devices.
As with the WH-1000XM5, the Sony Headphones Connect app lets you adjust how much ambient noise comes in. If the ANC is even a patch on the XM5 it will be excellent for the money. The app also allows you to adjust the equalizer, choose from presets and save your own settings.
Weighing 192g, these are Sony’s lightest over-ear wireless ANC headphones.
Conversations should be clearer than ever thanks to beamforming microphones with Sony’s Precise Voice Pickup technology, while the newly developed Wind Noise Reduction Structure around the microphones reduces background noise, meaning less interference.
Voice control comes as standard and the cans work with both Swift Pair and Fast Pair technologies to quickly and easily connect to your mobile device. They’ll be available in black, blue and white from next month and cost £130 (about $150, AU$230). That’s a lot less than the XM5’s RRP of £380 / $399 / AU$550.
Sony also has a new Bluetooth on-ear headphone. The Sony WH-CH520 (above) have a lot in common with the CH720N – they too have up to 50 hours of battery life, DSEE and Bluetooth Multipoint for easy switching between devices, but without the active noise cancellation of their more expensive siblings. They also support voice control and work with the Sony Headphones Connect app.
This model comes in four colors – black, blue, white and beige – and will be available next month for £60 (about $70, AU$100).
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