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Sony unveils WF-C500 and WH-XB910N headphones

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

Sony has today unveiled not one but two new pairs of wireless headphones, the WF-C500 Truly Wireless headphones and the WH-XB910N Wireless headphones.

Let’s begin by looking at the WF-C500. Designed to be small and light, the rounded design of the Truly Wireless headphones seems to be an adoption of the Japanese tech giant’s flagship WF-1000XM4.

The WF-C500 features Sony’s proprietary DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) technology, upscale digital music files to near Hi-Res quality. In addition, the headphones are equipped with an IPX4 splash-resistant rating, ensuring that they won’t be troubled by the odd drop of sweat or rain.

The WF-C500 also support Sony’s 360 Reality Audio, which allows playback of 360 Reality Audio tracks, personalised to the specific shape & size of the user’s ears.

On paper, the WF-C500 has a playback time of 10 hours with DSEE switched off. However, its compact and stylish charging case provides an additional charge, bringing the total to 20 hours and quick charge support where 10-minutes of fast charging will provide up to one hour of playback time.

Single side usage is also supported when one wants to multi-task, remove one earbud from the charging case and use it as usual.

Seeking to replicate the feel of one’s favourite festivals or clubs, the WH-XB910N succeeds the WH-XB900N featuring exceptional bass, made possible by a dedicated bass duct on the headphone housing, allowing increased air-tightness between the driver units and eardrums.

Noise-cancelling on the overhead headphones also improved with the implementation of Dual Noise Sensor technology, which uses two feedforward and feedback mics to cancel out the background noise and shut out the world. Like the WF-C500, the WH-XB910N also features 360 Reality Audio and DSEE with the option to adjust the equaliser settings via Sony’s Headphones Connect app.

The WH-XB910N also adopted a few features found on the flagship WH-1000XM4. Adaptive Sound Control recognises the locations one frequents and tailors the sound accordingly, whether it’s a busy coffee place or a quiet library. The multipoint connection means the headphones can be paired via Bluetooth with two devices at once. When receiving a call, the headphones detect which device is ringing and automatically connect to the ringing device. Switching devices is as easy as just pressing a button. One can also listen to the surrounding by simply placing a hand over an ear cup, instantly letting in any ambient sound.

Sony WH-XB910N
Image credit: Sony

Battery life on the WH-XB900N is impressive where one is expected to get up to 30 hours of playback time per charge, whilst a 10-minute fast charging using an optional AC adapter will yield up to 4.5 hours of playback time.

Bluetooth wise, both the WF-C500 and WH-XB910N supports up to Bluetooth 5.0, supporting AAC and SBC and AAC, LDAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs, respectively.

The WF-C500 and WH-XB910N support both Google’s Fast Pair and Microsoft’s Swift Pair allowing one to pair the headphones quickly and easily with either Android or Windows 10 device.

The WF-C500 will be available in black, white, green and orange at Sony Stores selected dealers and Sony Store Online in Singapore from October 2021 at a recommended retail price of SGD 139.00. Elsewhere, the headphone will be approximately priced at EUR 100 / GBP 89 / USD 99.99.

The WH-XB910N will be available in black and blue at Sony Stores, selected dealers and Sony Store Online in Singapore from November 2021 at a recommended retail price of SGD 269.00. Elsewhere, the headphone will be approximately priced at EUR 200 / GBP 179 / USD 249.99.

SourceSony
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