For some time now, Sony has been doing something very right in the headphones and headsets department. Not only have they left behind the likes of Bose and Harmon Kardon, but they continue to do so, year on year. We saw them make the perfect over the ear ANC headphones, the WH-1000M3, the in-ear truly wireless earbuds: The Sony WF-1000XM3. These are both excellent products and truly set the industry standards. While both are top of the line, the former has budget-friendly options as well. These are the bass boost ones from sony. Now, sony has transitioned to make something in that area for the truly wireless ones as well.
The Sony WF-SP800N
A successor to the Sony WF-SP700N, according to an article from the folks over at XDA-Developers, the company has announced the WF-SP800N. Unlike the WF-1000XM3, these earbuds are designed for sports and heavy functioning activities. Not only are they certified for sweat resistance, but they also have an IP55 rating, that means that these babies would be good to go in rain or dust storms (we do not advise that though). This is a nice improvement from the previous ones which were only rated at IPX4. A good thing that follows to the newer model is the digital noise cancellation. This is quite a useful feature since when you work out, you really want to cancel those surroundings out. Sony has included some smart controls on the earbuds to make use of this feature and play/pause.
The main selling point of the WF-SP800N would be battery life. Sony is a total champ when it comes to battery life and they have done this model justice as well. According to Sony, these buds run for 9 hours with ANC on and 13 hours without. Meanwhile, the case for these provides an additional charging time, bringing it up to about 26 hours without ANC on. The case is pretty great too, being able to charge via USB-C. There is no wireless charging option but it does have fast-charge for the earbuds. According to the article, ten minutes’ worth of charging gives you 1 hour of playback.
As far as the sound quality of the device is concerned, while it would be no studio quality, it would get the job done. As mentioned previously, these are part of the Sony bass boost lineup. That means that these will pack a punch and would definitely liven up your workouts. For casual listeners, these would be quite heavenly, that’s for sure.
These earbuds are available today at a launch price of $200.