Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

The Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are good-sounding wireless headphones, decent enough for most use cases. They’re an improved redesign of the Sony MDR-ZX770BN with better app support that gives them customization options. They’re lightweight, comfortable and easy-to-use, however, their build quality still feels a bit flimsy compared to other headphones in their price range and their noise canceling is sub-par.

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Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Over-ear

Enclosure:
Closed-Back

Wireless:
Yes

Noise-Cancelling:
Yes

Mic:
Yes

Transducer:
Dynamic

Conclusion The Sony WH-CH700N is the most affordable of the company’s over-the-ear noise cancelling models. However, the ‘affordability’ doesn’t mean this headphone is a limited product.

 

Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones Good audio reproduction
Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones Comfortable, lightweight design
Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones Efficient control scheme

best headphones Plasticky build quality
best headphones Sub-par noise cancellation
best headphonesBass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses

These Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are good Bluetooth headphones. They sound good, are enjoyable and the battery lasts really long. The comfort can vary depending on you. Noise cancellation, though, is average and is not suited for a daily commute.

 

Design

Has Stereo Speakers
Has An Over-the-ear Foam
Has A Detachable Cable
Has A Straight PlugX
Weight240g
Cable Length1.2m

Sound Quality

Impedance22 Ohms
Highest Frequency20000Hz
Lowest Frequency20Hz
Has A Neodymium
Has Passive Noise ReductionX
Sound Level Pressure97dB/mW

Microphone

Has A Noise Cancelling MicrophoneX

Power

Has A Rechargeable Battery
Has A Battery Level Indicator

Connectivity

Can Be Used Wirelessly
Compatible With PlayStationX
Compatible With Xbox LiveX
Has A 3.5mm Male Connector
Supports Bluetooth Pairing Using NFC
Maximum Bluetooth Range10m

Features

Can Be Used As A Headset
Has A Mute FunctionX
Control Panel Placed on A Device
Has An In-Line Control PanelX
Has Included Ear PadsX
Travel Bag IncludedX

 

Design
The Sony WH-CH700N are a redesign of the Sony MDR-ZX770BN with a slightly better build quality and more comfortable pads. WH-CH700N look fairly similar and you may not notice the differences at a distance but comparing them side by side the WH-CH700 have slightly wider and sturdier yokes. The padding on the ear cups is softer and slightly more comfortable, and they do not creak as much when putting them on your head. The swiveling hinges are also not as loose as on the previous model making them a bit more stable for jogging and mild physical activity although they won't be the ideal headphones for sports. On the upside, they have a good control scheme that provides all the necessary functions and a simple, lightweight design that will work for most.
StyleComfort
The Sony CH700N look very similar to the MDR-ZX770BN. They have slight differences and a sturdier build quality that does not creak as much. The hinges are a little wider, and the pads are a slightly lighter grey and bit softer and more comfortable. They come in two color scheme the matte grey and blue, but overall their design is not particularly flashy which some may prefer over some of the other Sony lineups like the H.ear.on 2.The Sony WH-CH700N are comfortable over-ears with a lightweight design and a decent padding. They're not too tight on the head and the ear cups are large enough to fit most ears although they are not very deep so they won't be the most spacious. The headband is not as well-padded as the rest of the design but overall they are comfortable headphones that you can wear for a bit longer than the original MDR-ZX770BN.
PortabilityBuild Quality
The Sony CH700N are not the most portable headphones but should easily fit into a bag. They do not fold into a more compact format like some of the other over-ears we've tested but do lay flat. Overall they won't be as portable as on-ear and over-ears but should be about as portable as most wireless over-ears.The WH-CH700N have a decent build quality. They feel sturdy enough to handle a couple of drops without any damage. The ear cups are relatively dense and won't break or crack easily. However, they are mostly made of plastic and don't feel as durable as some better-built over-ear headphones. The metal frame that reinforces the headband is thin, and the swivel joints seem susceptible to breaking under moderate physical stress.
StabilityControls
The WH-CH700n are decently stable headphones. They will easily maintain their position during casual listening sessions. WH-CH700n have a wireless design that prevents the headphones from being yanked off your head due to the audio cable getting hooked on something. However, they are not sports headphones and are not tight enough on your head to stop the ear cups from swaying and slipping off your ears, when used while running.The CH700N have a simple and efficient control scheme. The well-designed buttons are located on the bottom of the ear cups. These headphones provide volume, call-music and skip controls, as well as the power and noise canceling enabling buttons laid out across the two ear cups. They take a little time to get used to but once you are accustomed they are efficient, and the tactile feedback is great.
Sound
The Sony WH-CH700N is a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a deep, thumpy, and well-balanced bass, an even mid-range which is clear and vocals and instruments, and a well-balanced treble. However, their bass delivery is not very consistent and could vary noticeably from user to user. Also, their mid-range is a bit hollow which pushes vocals and instruments towards the back of the mix and their treble is on the bright side. Overall, the CH700's sound profile resembles a classic V-shaped or "smiley face" response which is not neutral, but sounds exciting and pleasing to most people. This makes them a good option for a wide variety of genres from bass-heavy music to pop, rock, and film scores. However, they may not be the best choice for mixing/mastering applications since they are not neutral sounding.
BassMid
The CH700 have an excellent bass. Llow-frequency extension is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass (sub-bass), responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy tracks is hyped by more than 2dB. This will bring bit of extra thump to the bass, but won't make it muddy, so most people will find it pleasing. Low-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums is flat and balanced. High-bass, responsible for warmth, is also flat and balanced. Overall, the bass of the Sony is deep, balanced, and thumpy, without sounding boomy or muddy. However, their bass delivery is quite sensitive to the quality of fit/seal achieved between the headphones and the ears, so if you wear glasses or have a lot of hair around your ears, you may experience a drop in bass.The Sony CH700N have a great mid-range. The overall response is very even, but a little bit recessed. Mid-treble is flat but under out neutral target by about 1dB, which won't be very noticeable. Mid-mid is also quite flat but underemphasized by more than 3dB. This will push vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix by giving more emphasis to the bass and treble ranges. High-mid shows about 2dB of recess which is the continuation of the dip in mid-mid. Overall, the mid-range of the Sony is clear on vocals and leads, but slightly hollow.
Isolation
The noise cancellation of the Sony WH-CH700N is below-average and won't be ideal for loud and noisy environments. They will not cancel noise as well as some of the other Sony headphones we've tested and will let the rumbling sounds of a bus engine or the ambient chatter of a busy commute seep into your audio. You can somewhat mask the noise by playing your music or podcast at higher volumes, but your audio may be audible to the people around you since the headphones do leak a little at high volume levels.
Noise IsolationOverall Leakage
The isolation performance is sub-par. In our test, they didn't provide any isolation in the bass range, which means they will let in all the thump and rumble of airplane and bus engines. However, the bass isolation of these headphones is dependent on the quality of the seal/fit between the headphones and the ears. With a better seal/fit it may be possible to get about 5dB of bass cancellation, which wouldn't be very noticeable. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieved about 10dB of isolation, which is decent. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts they provide more than 23dB of isolation, which is above-average.The isolation performance is sub-par. In our test, they didn't provide any isolation in the bass range, which means they will let in all the thump and rumble of airplane and bus engines. However, the bass isolation of these headphones is dependent on the quality of the seal/fit between the headphones and the ears. With a better seal/fit it may be possible to get about 5dB of bass cancellation, which wouldn't be very noticeable. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieved about 10dB of isolation, which is decent. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts they provide more than 23dB of isolation, which is above-average.
Microphone
The integrated microphone of the Sony WH-CH700N is mediocre. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound slightly thin and noticeably muffled. However, it will still be relatively intelligible. In noisy situations, they will struggle to fully separate speech from background noise even in moderately loud environments, like a busy street.
Battery
The Sony WH-CH700N have an excellent battery life, easily lasting a day, but they take very long to charge, at 6.2 hours for a full charge. If this is too long for you, we suggest taking a look at the Plantronics Backbeat Go 810 with their quick charge feature that gives you 3 hours of playback for only 15 minutes of charging. These Sonys also have a Standby mode instead of an auto-off feature which isn't ideal for power saving but will last you long enough for most use cases especially if you're not just using the noise cancellation when listening to music. They support passive playback, so they can be used when the battery is dead but will not have wireless audio while charging unlike some of the other wireless over-ears we've tested.

Connectivity
The Sony WH-CH700N have a great wireless range and can easily pair with mobile devices via NFC. They do not have multi-device pairing and come 1/8" TRS audio cable that will only provide audio when connected to your console controller or PC. But on the upside, they support aptX and aptX HD, and their regular audio cable gives them an additional connection option for when you do not need to go wireless or to reduce latency when watching videos and gaming.
BluetoothWired
These headphones do not have simultaneous multi-device pairing like the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. But on the upside, they do support NFC which makes pairing with smartphones a bit easier.The Sony WH-CH700N come with a regular audio cable that does not have an in-line remote/microphone or a USB adapter. They will only provide audio when used wired with consoles.
Wireless RangeBase/Dock
The Sony WH-CH700N have an excellent wireless range suitable for most offices sizes. They rarely had any connection drops up to 50ft when we left the Bluetooth source in another room. They also have a good line-of-sight range of 185ft, which makes them a bit better than average if you have a fixed Bluetooth source like a PC or TV.The Sony WH-CH700N don’t have a base or dock.

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