Sony has been hitting it out of the ballpark with their wireless headphone range. And wireless headphones are getting cheaper. Sony has decided to join the bang for the buck club, recently releasing a host of wireless models to compete with brands like Audio-Technica and JBL. And these other brands should be afraid. Very afraid.
Sony WH-CH500 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Review
IN the BOX – Sony WH-CH500 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Review
Sony WH-CH500 Headphones
Micro USB Cable
Warranty and Quick Start Guide
FIT and DESIGN – Sony WH-CH500 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Review
The fit is really snug. In fact, for big heads it might feel too tight. The upshot is that the sound isolation is great, especially for small on-ear headphones like this. The Sony WH-CH500 is so light that it almost seems fake. The build quality is not awful, but with any wireless headphone under a hundred dollars, you shouldn’t expect too much in terms of durability and design. But compared to some other brands I’ve tried at this price, like Audio-Technica, the buttons are made with care. They’re sealed under rubber, so it would be hard to break them. These guys don’t fold, but the ear cups swivel, making them flat and easily portable. The controls are very straightforward and allow you to play, skip, control volume and answer calls. The wireless range is a standard 30 feet, and it has a 20 hour battery life, which is great for the price.
SOUND – Sony WH-CH500 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Review
Wow! Are these really 80 bucks? The WH-CH500 make all other headphones in this price range seem quite average. First, I’m impressed by the volume on the WH-CH500. Wireless headphones are not known for their power, but these cheap little cuties do a pretty good job. They’re not the most transparent headphones, but in general, the sound is bella.
The bass on the WH-CH500 is fantastic. Hip hop, pop and EDM is the way to go. The lows are full and deep. They’re not the dryest sound, but it stays true to Sony’s fun sound signature.
At this price range, I’m usually disappointed by the mids. Not today. Listen to some anthemic rock, like the Bleachers and you’ll be pleased. Again, the WH-CH500 might not convey perfect clarity; guitars are missing subtleties in tone and you lose some of the texture in vocals, but you’re probably not buying them for critical listening.
The highs on these headphones aren’t very pronounced. So, if you’re mainly listening to classical music, you might be disappointed with the strings. That being said, there’s no ear-aching sizzle in the high range. It’s smooth and easy to listen to.
There isn’t one, and the imaging isn’t super accurate. But that’s expected with wireless headphones at this price.
SUMMARY – Sony WH-CH500 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Review
Am I in a good mood, or do I really want to buy three of these as Christmas presents? I’m never this nice on reviews, and I’m not even drunk. But seriously folks, for the money, I guarantee that you won’t find a better pair of wireless headphones. At least until next week; cheap wireless technology is getting better by the day. Buy-buy.
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SPECIFICATIONS – Sony WH-CH500 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Review
Headphone type: closed dynamic
Driver unit: 11.82 inches
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20,000Hz
Battery charge time: 4.5 hours
Battery life: 20 hours