Now let’s move on to the features offered by Sony on its WF-XB700s. What we notice above all is that there is no companion application : sony mdrxb950bt b review no matter how hard you try to connect these wireless headphones to Headphones Connect, it will be a waste of time. Consequently, we have here a simple product – a physical accessory – and not a real experience enhanced by an additional service. It is therefore impossible to adjust anything in terms of audio, except by downloading a third-party equalizer but not optimized for the WF-XB700
The Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless headphones are also compatible with voice assistants , which allows you to control your iPhone or your Android mobile phone orally using Siri or the Google Assistant. To do this, simply press the button on the right earbud for a few seconds firmly, then speak when a beep is heard. Everything worked fine there too during the test.
Battery, speakers, sensors, transmitters and hydrophobic coating are not well made with all brands. Here is how the Sony WF-XB700 performed in this area during our test.
The Sony WF-XB700 wireless headphones can last nine hours straight . It’s consistent and better than most other competing models, except maybe at Bang & Olufsen. Admittedly, on a daily basis it is difficult to verify this data especially by pushing the sound regularly to more than 70% of its power during the test, sony mdrxb950bt b review but we take long enough to come to completely forget that it is sometimes necessary to recharge the drums. The wireless charging box, meanwhile, is powered fairly quickly thanks to the USB-C standard , but as seen above you will often have to go through an extension cord if you move around a lot.
Now we come to the most important: the audio performance test of the Sony WF-XB700. You would think that since these are such compact and wireless headphones, the quality will never be as good as on real speakers. And yet. Even having tested the Danley or Funktion One subwoofers in the German capital, you can have a great time with the WF-XB700 because they have a filter called EXTRA BASS , which as its name suggests improves the power and the roundness of the bass frequencies, without this being at the expense of treble and Mids.
To date, no other pair of wireless headphones, except perhaps from true specialists like Bose and Audio Technica, seems to come close to the Sony WF-XB700 in terms of audio, and particularly in the field of the electronic music , which from acid jazz to dubadub built most of his songs around this rhythmic drive. This is really a product designed according to the customs of its time.
Our opinion (sound test): The Sony WF-XB700 wireless headphones play the music as clear and faithful as possible, so it’s a big 20/20 for the audio with mention very well for the bass, better than on the 1000-XM3
During my test of the Sony WF-1000XM3, I was particularly disappointed by untimely disconnections, which can quickly cause confidentiality problems in the event of a private conversation. Fortunately, this bug is not found in the Sony WF-XB700s, which are victims of another technical problem. Indeed, since the beginning of my test, by picking up a call received on the iPhone, the sound automatically returns to the speakers of the phone instead of remaining in the headphones. This makes it necessary to remove the earpieces to resume the call on the mobile, especially since even if a menu appears to allow the WF-XB700 to be selected as an output device, the choice does not apply.
For the rest, we see that the Bluetooth connectivity is particularly “ stable and reliable ”, as Sony indicates in its marketing materials, without suffering any naturally detectable latency. Even when watching quick videos, the result is there. As for the pairing with the smartphone or with the computer (I tested with a 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2018 and an iPhone XR), everything is going as planned there too. The only drawback is that you often have to remember to disconnect the WF-XB700 wireless headphones from the first device to which they are connected in order to be able to connect to another source.
One of the major selection criteria when deciding to test the Sony WF-XB700 is also their IPX4 certification . This standard means that they are therefore able to withstand a few splashes without being damaged (be careful, this is only the case for the headphones but not for the wireless charging box). This way, even if it’s raining, you don’t have to worry about leaving your home with the music in your ears – a big plus
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