• Sony WF-SP700N
  • Sony WF-SP700N
  • Sony WF-SP700N
  • Sony WF-SP700N
  • Sony WF-SP700N

Specs / Features


Specification

Overview
Type In-Ear
Noise Canceling Yes
Usability Features
Water Resistant Yes
Brand Sony
Model WF-SP700N
Warranty 12 months
Release date 14-May-2018
Size 6.13 x 5.87 x 3.8 cm (2.4 x 2.3 x 1.5 in)
Weight 15 grams
(0.53 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Comfortable, reliable fit
  • Great bass
  • No wires
  • IPX4 rating

What's bad

  • Three-hour battery life
  • Intermittent connection
  • No AptX HD or LDAC
  • Audio delays
  • Bulky case

Truly wireless earbuds are coming into their own as other manufacturers jump into the market. Sony’s initial attempt -- the WF-1000X earbuds -- failed to impress. With their new release -- the Sony WF-SP700N -- Sony is taking a second attempt at creating a truly wireless, fitness-focused earbud option. But does the experience match the price that often comes with the lack of wires?

Looking at the earbuds, you might mistake them for a pair of older Bluetooth headsets. They’re not exactly subtle with their round pill-like design. However, the lightweight plastic bulbs are IPX4 rated for sweat and water resistance. They should hold up to a good workout or a jog in the light rain. Just don’t take them in the pool or sauna.

The headphones include a set of silicon wings and tips to help you find a good fit. Reviewers had no issues with discomfort during extended use or with earbuds falling out during intense workouts.

When you’re not using the headphones, they slot into a charging case. Reviews on the case were mixed. While some liked the sliding top used to keep your headphones safe, others questioned durability and had issues with the case opening. Some loved the snug fit of the buds in the case while others found them hard to place and remove.

The case’s size was one area where reviewers agreed -- it’s a bit large. While you can throw your case into a bag or backpack, don’t expect to tote them around in your pocket.

On the sound front, reviewers found the earbuds very bass heavy. However, they noted that this didn’t drown out the lows and mids. You’ll find basic EQ in the companion app, but with no LDAC or AptX HD support, don’t expect an audiophile experience.

While the earbuds tout active noise cancellation, reviewers struggled to notice a difference apart from the noise isolation of the earbuds themselves. So if you’re looking for a pair of earbuds for a noisy environment, these might not fit your needs.

Also, in crowded places, the earbuds dropped connection -- both between each other and the phone. This left reviewers frustrated as audio bounced from ear to ear or disappeared completely.

Further aggravating issues, there appears to be a slight delay on the audio. This makes watching video using the headphones less than ideal.

A single charge offers three hours of battery life. The case can also store an additional two charges. This makes them perfect for a good workout or a run around the city, but less ideal for all-day use.

Overall, the reviews were mixed. While the WF-SP700N is an improvement over previous models, many felt that the price didn’t match what you get in the box. TechRadar summed up opinions well, saying, “... While the WF-SP700N are a decent sophomore attempt, you might be better waiting to see what Sony has planned for year three.”

Critic Reviews


G Style Magazine

Heavy on sound, lite on battery

from G Style Magazine

Right off the bat Sony has made some strides in its truly wireless department with the WF-SP700N. They still carry that stellar balanced sound profile and they are some of the more comfortable truly wireless earbuds to wear for long extended periods. Great for workouts with them being IPX4 and will stay secure while doing any running.

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Right off the bat Sony has made some strides in its truly wireless department with the WF-SP700N. They still carry that stellar balanced sound profile and they are some of the more comfortable truly wireless earbuds to wear for long extended periods. Great for workouts with them being IPX4 and will stay secure while doing any running.

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Fone Arena

Definitely one to consider

from Fone Arena

The Sony WF-SP700N is a great fitness oriented headset. The comfort levels are top-notch though the lack of volume controls is perplexing to say the least. Sound quality is good enough though we won’t recommend these if just listening to music is your top priority.

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The Sony WF-SP700N is a great fitness oriented headset. The comfort levels are top-notch though the lack of volume controls is perplexing to say the least. Sound quality is good enough though we won’t recommend these if just listening to music is your top priority.

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NDTV

Thunderous bass, very comfortable

from NDTV

The Sony WF-SP700N is extremely capable and is amongst the better options when it comes to truly wireless earphones. The earpieces are extremely comfortable and fit very securely in the ear. The bass is thunderous and the sound on offer is clear and detailed. The noise cancellation is decent, and...More

The Sony WF-SP700N is extremely capable and is amongst the better options when it comes to truly wireless earphones. The earpieces are extremely comfortable and fit very securely in the ear. The bass is thunderous and the sound on offer is clear and detailed. The noise cancellation is decent, and being splash-proof adds to the overall appeal. However, the mediocre battery life, repressed mids, the flimsy case, and connectivity issues are hard to ignore.

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Android Headlines

Sony hits the right notes on first attempt

from Android Headlines

The Sony WF-SP700N are actually a really impressive pair of truly wireless earbuds. These are perhaps the best model that we have tried so far. The only real downside here is the battery life. But even at three hours of continuous playback, it’s pretty decent and should last through a full work...More

The Sony WF-SP700N are actually a really impressive pair of truly wireless earbuds. These are perhaps the best model that we have tried so far. The only real downside here is the battery life. But even at three hours of continuous playback, it’s pretty decent and should last through a full workout or run without any issues, and you’ll get some great-sounding music.

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Gadgets Now

All that bass

from Gadgets Now

There are a lot of things going to these Sony wireless earbuds: good design, they fit in snugly, no-fatigue on the ears for long durations and offer excellent bass. The overall audio performance will also leave most users satisfied but it’s the battery that lets the SP700N down massively.

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There are a lot of things going to these Sony wireless earbuds: good design, they fit in snugly, no-fatigue on the ears for long durations and offer excellent bass. The overall audio performance will also leave most users satisfied but it’s the battery that lets the SP700N down massively.

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Good Gear Guide

First-gen fumbles fail to halt Sony's momentum

from Good Gear Guide

The Sony WF-SP700N sports earbuds take the strengths of last year’s WF-1000X and mold them to a very different cause.

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The Sony WF-SP700N sports earbuds take the strengths of last year’s WF-1000X and mold them to a very different cause.

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TechRadar

Sony’s second-gen true wireless earphones make improvements, but not enough

from TechRadar

Sony’s WF-SP700N are a middling pair of true wireless headphones. They’re lacking in clarity and in noise-cancellation prowess, but at least they’re comfortably to wear for extended periods and don’t fall out easily. While these are a decent sophomore attempt, you might be better waiting to see what Sony has planned for year three.

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Sony’s WF-SP700N are a middling pair of true wireless headphones. They’re lacking in clarity and in noise-cancellation prowess, but at least they’re comfortably to wear for extended periods and don’t fall out easily. While these are a decent sophomore attempt, you might be better waiting to see what Sony has planned for year three.

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The Verge

Mediocre battery life, a bad case, and other frustrations limit the appeal

from The Verge

Sony’s WF-SP700N earbuds are an improvement over the company’s first pass at truly wireless earbuds. And I think for their intended purpose, the bass-driven sound will satisfy many. But first, you should decide whether eliminating all wires is worth the poor battery life versus traditional Bluetooth earbuds like a $100 set of Jaybirds.

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Sony’s WF-SP700N earbuds are an improvement over the company’s first pass at truly wireless earbuds. And I think for their intended purpose, the bass-driven sound will satisfy many. But first, you should decide whether eliminating all wires is worth the poor battery life versus traditional Bluetooth earbuds like a $100 set of Jaybirds.

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Cnet

Great sound, comfortable fit

from Cnet

Fits comfortably and securely and sounds good for truly wireless headphones. Built-in noise cancelling helps muffle ambient sound. An included charging case delivers two additional charges. Battery life is only OK at 3 hours. It's a little awkward to get the earbuds into their charging case. Som...More

Fits comfortably and securely and sounds good for truly wireless headphones. Built-in noise cancelling helps muffle ambient sound. An included charging case delivers two additional charges. Battery life is only OK at 3 hours. It's a little awkward to get the earbuds into their charging case. Some audio delay when using certain streaming video apps.

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Gear Patrol

Good true wireless earphones for people working out

from Gear Patrol

The faults of the Sony WF-SP700Ns add up, but they ultimately don’t take away from what they are: very good true wireless earphones that sound great and will fit pretty much anybody.

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The faults of the Sony WF-SP700Ns add up, but they ultimately don’t take away from what they are: very good true wireless earphones that sound great and will fit pretty much anybody.

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