Price (RRP): $349
The Sony WH-CH710N is a new mid-range, Bluetooth, lightweight, noise-cancelling, over-the-ear headphone from Sony.
Sony’s flagship 2019 WH-1000xM3 (GadgetGuy review here 4.9/5) is great and due for a 1000xM4 2020 model update soon. The retail price is $419, but you can get them online for as low as $343, including delivery.
So, the conundrum for me is that the Sony WH-CH710N list for $349. The question then becomes, are these great performers for the price or do you grab an M3 bargain? That was a rhetorical question!
Let’s find out if the Sony WH-CH710N is an acceptable compromise?
Australian Review: Sony WH-CH710N
- Website here
- Manual here (if is PDF – check download folder)
- RRP: $349
- Colours: Blue, White and Black
- Warranty: 12-months ACL
- Country of manufacture: Vietnam
- Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo. Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, semiconductors, gaming, entertainment and financial services
They look typically Sony style until you compare then with the premium finish of the WH-1000xM3 that are foldable and come with a nice travel case.
OK, these are for the masses. The same matte black (or blue or white) plastic texture for everything makes them a little bland. Earpads are not plush, and my ears touch the speaker grills (no, I don’t have bat ears) – they are not as deep. The headband padding is OK but not plush.
Head clamping pressure is OK, and you could wear these lightweight headphones for extended periods, although they did get a little warm after a couple of hours.
Noise cancellation is either on or off. I find the lack of adjustment an issue. Or there is an ambient Noise setting to pass through outside noise – it is quite effective for voice.
Oh, and there is no app or EQ.
Differences WH-CH710M and WH-1000xM3
Normally I would have done this progressively throughout the review, but I realise that these devices are for very different markets despite the massive M3 run-out price reductions.
The WH-CH710N is a straight BT SBC/AAC codec device with auto-adjustment ANC. To our ears, it is one-level of ANC. But perhaps that is the tradeoff to get 35 hours battery life on BT/ANC. The sound quality for an SBC/AAC device is pretty good despite no App. Fold-flat but not foldable and no travel case.
The WH-1000xM3 is a premium device with Hi-Res audio (SBC/AAC/LDAC and aptX/HD) and has vastly superior adaptive noise cancelling via beamforming and multiple mics. It will successfully block aircraft cabin noise or sudden loud noises. We also like app/EQ and they fold into a nice travel case.
These are for those that want the Sony brand – but don’t expect WH-1000xM3 design or performance.
Setup: Easy – no app – PASS
Pair via NFC or standard Bluetooth to any BT 5.0 or earlier device. No app is available, and all controls are via pushbuttons.
- Power on/off (double for BT paring)
- NC/on/off or ANC
- Volume up/down (doubles for skip forward/back)
- Play/Paused and receive/hang up a call
- Reset – press power and NC/ANC for several seconds
Specs/tests Sony WH-CH710N
Sound – EXCEED
Let’s say that it is still a Sony!