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

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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)

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


AndroidPIT

Solid for sports, but can't compete on the street

from AndroidPIT

For active people who want a set of truly wireless earbuds with noise canceling, the Sony WF-SP700N headphones are an excellent choice. With a rock solid fit and good sound quality, plus impressive noise canceling, you won’t be disappointed. For those looking for a sporty pair of true wireless...More

For active people who want a set of truly wireless earbuds with noise canceling, the Sony WF-SP700N headphones are an excellent choice. With a rock solid fit and good sound quality, plus impressive noise canceling, you won’t be disappointed. For those looking for a sporty pair of true wireless buds that can also do a job on your daily commute, sitting at work or pottering around the city, you might want to look elsewhere.

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Sound Guys

A great option for athletes and commuters

from Sound Guys

The small form factor is convenient and understated, well, as far as true wireless ‘buds go. Plus, they’re IPX4-certified, successfully attenuate outside noise (even do a decent job with human voices), and fit well. That isn’t to say that these are without fault, the battery life is disappo...More

The small form factor is convenient and understated, well, as far as true wireless ‘buds go. Plus, they’re IPX4-certified, successfully attenuate outside noise (even do a decent job with human voices), and fit well. That isn’t to say that these are without fault, the battery life is disappointing and sound quality is OK, but for some, the flaws are forgivable. If you find the drawbacks easy to overlook, then you’ll be pleased to have these in your ears whether you’re on the train or in the gym.

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MajorHifi

One of the most reliable truly wireless earphones

from MajorHifi

If I were judging the WF-SP700N on sound alone, I’d tell you to buy them today. And if you’re worried about these buds staying in, don’t. They’re the most secure fitting pair of truly wireless earphones I’ve ever tested. But if you’re wearing these earphones for more than 30 minutes a...More

If I were judging the WF-SP700N on sound alone, I’d tell you to buy them today. And if you’re worried about these buds staying in, don’t. They’re the most secure fitting pair of truly wireless earphones I’ve ever tested. But if you’re wearing these earphones for more than 30 minutes at a time, your ears might run into some pain. That being said, I experienced minimal technical tribulations while using these.

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TechNave

Workout focused wireless noise cancelling earphones

Definitely a great choice for athletes who want a pair of music oriented noise cancelling earphones to immerse themselves as they’re doing rigorous activities with the Active Noise Cancellation or while out jogging with the Ambient Sound mode to help them stay alert.

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Definitely a great choice for athletes who want a pair of music oriented noise cancelling earphones to immerse themselves as they’re doing rigorous activities with the Active Noise Cancellation or while out jogging with the Ambient Sound mode to help them stay alert.

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RTINGS

Average truly wireless in-ears for most use cases

from RTINGS

They're decently well built, stable enough for sports, and have a fairly well-balanced sound quality that packs a lot of bass, but won't as detailed with instruments and vocals. Unfortunately, they have a sub-par control scheme that makes them a bit difficult to use, very high latency not suitabl...More

They're decently well built, stable enough for sports, and have a fairly well-balanced sound quality that packs a lot of bass, but won't as detailed with instruments and vocals. Unfortunately, they have a sub-par control scheme that makes them a bit difficult to use, very high latency not suitable for watching videos, and a poor noise cancellation feature that does not isolate better than most passive in-ears, which is very disappointing.

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Gadget Guy

Very solid Bluetooth connection, good sound

from Gadget Guy

The Sony Sport WF-SP700N earphones are actually very good earbuds, well designed, comfortable and with respectable sound. Just don’t expect to get anything much out of the active noise cancellation.

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The Sony Sport WF-SP700N earphones are actually very good earbuds, well designed, comfortable and with respectable sound. Just don’t expect to get anything much out of the active noise cancellation.

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PC Magazine

Poor audio performance

from PC Magazine

Sony's WF-SP700N true wireless earphones are a rare misstep from a company that typically has much higher standards.

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Sony's WF-SP700N true wireless earphones are a rare misstep from a company that typically has much higher standards.

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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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