Sony is a household name- one of the old-school names in the technology domain and they have a long history of developing reliable and quality products.
One of the areas Sony is renowned for is the audio market.
In recent times, Sony has been hitting it out of the ballpark with their wireless headphone rage.
And today, we shall have a closer review of one of its wireless headphones, the Sony WH-CH500.
What is the Sony WH-CH500?
Launched on June 3, 2018, the Sony WH-CH500 is an on-ear headset that connects to your devices through Bluetooth or NFC and can be used to make calls.
The newly launched Sony CH-500 is an around-ear headphone but from a first glance, you would hardly notice. The CH-500 look and feel every bit as portable as the smaller units from Sony.
Sporting sizeable 30mm drivers, the headphone offers considerable sound detail, as well as a punchier bass, something out of the ordinary from the smaller headphones.
The closed dynamic design ensures a no-disturbance experience, while the minimalist 5-ounce weight strikes the perfect balance between lightness and pragmatism.
With Sony deciding to join the bang for the buck club, it`s Sony WH-CH500 is going to tussle against other fierce competitors such as Sony ZX220BT, MDR-zx330bt, beats and jbl e45bt. And these brands/products should be afraid. Very afraid.
Who is the Sony WH-CH500 for?
The Sony CH500 should be the perfect headphone if you`re looking for:
• Headset with clarity and good sound quality
• Want to connect their headset to their favorite device using Bluetooth or NFC
• Don`t want to spend a fortune, but looking to get a something out of the average but a modest price
Traditionally, over-the-ear design is more comfortable for longer than essentially any other type of headphones, and so, you should expect the ultimate coziness with the CH500.
Sporting a slim, adjustable headband, this headset allows you to find a comfortable fit that is uniquely suited to you.
The thick, soft ear cushioning on the ear cups, means that the headset doesn`t exert too much pressure on your ears.
Unfortunately, the entire edifice is plastic-build, making the headset feel a tad flimsy and cheap. In particular, the lack of padding on the headband makes the headset feel a tad stiff after long listening sessions.
For the ultimate luxury, and satisfaction, we would have liked to see the Sony CH500 with a padded headband, and if possible a change to the construction material.
A major design upside that we really love is the use of a full-bodied build that allows a swivel cup design for the ear cups. The benefit of the swivel cup design is it allows the cups to rotate into a more portable format allowing you to carry them easily in your bag or rucksack.
Alongside portability, the full-bodied build adds to the durability, and sturdiness of this product, by making it more flexible and ensuring a comfortable fit for hours.
For the price, I`m totally impressed by the sound, quality, particularly on the volume.
Normally, wireless headphones are not known for their power, but this little cutie does not skimp on performance.
For instance, the CH500 performs exceptionally well while playing bass-heavy songs, while achieving reasonably sound levels. While the equipment will not offer the driest sound, it stays true to Sony`s fun sound signature.
For the mids, expect smoothness across the varying range, without subduction by the bass. While the CH might not provide the absolute clarity and might result in the loss of texture in vocals, it should be expected since they`re not tailored for critical listening.
A major drawback on the highs is that they`re not as pronounced, meaning if you love listening to classics, you might get a tad disappointed with the strings. Fortunately, there`s no ear-aching sizzle in the high range. Instead, the headset offers a smooth sound.
Overall, the sound quality of this headphone is remarkable, and though not the absolute best, it`s still amazing for its price.
What most users love about this headset is the intuitive, and minimalist design
The controls on the Sony 500 are simple and relatively easy to use.
For instance, on the side, you`ll find an extremely convenient volume control module that is well within your reach. Alongside the volume control is a play/pause button that also doubles up as take and end call buttons.
Another major highlight of this headphone is the wireless Bluetooth connection that has an excellent wireless range of approximately 59ft of obstructed range.
Beside Bluetooth connection, the WH-CH offers support for NC, which is great for those looking for a quick and easy pairing procedure.
On the downside, the NFC supports cannot connect to more than one device.
According to Sony, the WH-CH500 can deliver a battery life of up to 20 hours.
While we`ve not exactly tested the accuracy of the above figure, what we can attest to is that your smartphone will run out of battery before the headphones do.
This itself is a strong statement that the battery life is remarkable. Notwithstanding your smartphone life, few of the wireless audio products can offer such battery life.
For the price, I would highly recommend the Sony WH-CH 500.
It`s highly pragmatic, easy to use, lightweight and long-lasting.
Save for the plastic construction, and inability to pair with more than two devices, I think the Sony WH-CH500 is an amazing option, and you should go for it.