Sony’s WF-C500 is its most affordable true wireless earbuds yet

Sony’s entry into affordable wireless earbuds features its Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine technology.

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The wireless wave continues, with Sony introducing two fresh offerings in the WF-C500 true wireless earbuds, which are their most affordable wireless earphones yet, and the WH-XB910N wireless on-ears.

Touted as budget wireless earbuds for the gym, the WF-C500 earbuds feature Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) technology, which it claims will help restore high-range in compressed file formats. They’re also IPX4 water-resistant, which further bolsters the case for these earbuds as activity companions.

With DSEE switched off, the WF-C500 earbuds reportedly have a battery life of 10 hours, with a further 10 hours stored in the charging case. For users in a hurry, 10 minutes of fast charging will provide about an hour of battery life.

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The WF-C500 also supports Sony 360 Reality Audio, a feature it shares with the WH-XB910N. Both headphones also feature touch controls and hands-free voice assistant functions compatible with Google Assistant and Siri, and a Multipoint function that will allow you to pair with two Bluetooth devices at once.

The WH-XB910N on-ears come with the new Dual Noise Sensor technology for noise cancelling, a combination which Sony claims allows the headphones to produce “club-like bass”. The Dual Noise Sensor employs two feedforward and feedback mics to cancel out sound from the surroundings, while 360 Reality Audio delivers immersive surround sound.

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Adaptive Sound Control has been included, allowing the headphones to adjust the level of noise cancellation to the user’s surroundings. Should awareness be needed, cupping a hand over on side of the earphones will let ambient noise in.

The battery capabilities of the WH-XB910N might just be show-stealing however, as they currently boast 30 hours of playtime on a full charge, and 10 minutes of charging with an optional AC mains charger will net users a full 4.5 hours of playtime.

The WH-XB910N will be available starting in October in black and blue, retailing at £179 / $250. The WF-C500 wireless earbuds will be available in black, green, and white, and retail at £89 / $130.


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