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Sony WF-XB700 Review Rundown

SonyPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Easy-to-use case
Cons**
  • In-ear design isn't comfortable for all listeners

Summary

Sony WF-XB700 are a versatile pair of truly wireless in-ears, though they lack a lot of features. As part of Sony's "XB" or "Extra Bass" series, they're designed to provide an extra thump and punch in the bass range. The Sony headphones have onboard volume controls, a better build quality, and a longer continuous battery life.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 56%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Sony's WF-XB700 are fun, quirky earbuds that are a lot more fun than quirky. There are two buttons built into the buds, one on each side, and they proved to be adequately responsive. Call quality is solid, adding to what I would consider above-average sound for what these buds cost.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great sound quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Bulky design
  • No noise-cancellation

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Sony's WF-XB700 are a solid buy if your priorities include big bass, secure fit and water resistance. The earphones are compatible with Bluetooth 5.0, and support AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs, but not AptX. There's no app, so there's no way to adjust EQ and dial back the bass depth.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful bass
  • Comfortable fit
  • Solid audio performance
Cons[**]
  • Not water resistant
  • No app

phonearena[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from phonearena have found the following[***]:
The Sony WF-XB700 are truly wireless headphones with built-in microphones. At low-to-mid volume levels, the headphones sound very clear, and with solid punch and bass. At high volumes, the sound can truly get loud, or at least the highs, but the mids essentially disappear.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Very good Bluetooth connection
  • Good sound quality
  • Built-in microphone
Cons[**]
  • No companion app

rtings[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 39%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Sony WF-XB700 are okay for neutral sound. They're designed to pack an extra punch in the bass range, which fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop may prefer. They don't have an ANC feature, so they don't do a good job of blocking out low-frequency noise like bus or plane engines.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Well-balanced bass and treble delivery
  • Comfortable and stable fit
  • Good continuous battery life
  • Great passive soundstage
Cons[**]
  • No app or features that allow you to customize how you sound
  • Not ideal for gaming

techadvisor[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Sony WF-XB700 come in an accompanying case, which is translucent and matches the colour of the buds. On the bottom you get a USB-C slot for charging, and a short USB cable is included in the box. There's no touch pads, but fortunately the buttons don't cause any discomfort to your ear when you press them. Outside of the case you get around nine hours of playtime, and when in the case that doubles to around eighteen.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Secure fit
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No aptX codec
  • No app

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
Sony's WF-XB700 earbuds have a three-level design that is likely to be polarizing for people who just want slim, sleek buds. Because of their size, they should actually completely fill both the ear canal and outer ear where they rest. According to Sony, that battery life is about nine hours on a single charge, plus an additional nine hours with the charging case, bringing the total to 18 hours. They're not noise cancelling, so be prepared to hear most conversations going on nearby.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Easy to use case
Cons[**]
  • No aptX support
  • Poor midrange

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sony WF-XB700 are some of the longest-lasting true wireless earphones I have ever used. Long battery life is the one major win here. These earphones have powerful low bass, which adds a muscular power to music, and makes them great for listening while exercising. Delicate-sounding earphones aren't the best fit for the London Tube.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful bass
  • Powerful low bass
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No active noise cancellation
  • No NFC

whathifi[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
Sony WF-XB700 are part of the company's Extra Bass range of audio products. They are tuned to emphasise low-frequency response, rather than deliver a neutral sonic balance. Design is aimed at fitness fanatics who value sweat-resistance and an ergonomic fit. Bluetooth 5.0 is onboard to provide reliable connectivity between your source and the earbuds.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Punchy, punchy sound
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No noise-cancelling
  • Bulky design

References

1. ^ Sony WF-XB700 earbuds review: Affordable fun. digitaltrends. 2020-05-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony WF-XB700 Review. pcmag. 2020-05-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony WF-XB700 review. phonearena. 2020-11-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Headphones Review. rtings. 2021-03-04 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony WF-XB700 review. techadvisor. 2020-08-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Headphones review. techradar. 2020-12-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony WF-XB700 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Sony WF-XB700 review. whathifi. 2020-12-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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