Sony WF-XB700 Review Rundown

Sony Electronics | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Sony WF-XB700
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Easy-to-use case
  • 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[*] 76%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Sony's WF-XB700 are true wireless earbuds that are meant to sound more fun than refined. They have a pronounced footprint that extends well outside of your ear, a quirk that only gets more irksome each time it happens. The buds would easily take me through an entire workday before having to recharge. But again, if you're after reference-level audio, these aren't the buds for you.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality for the price
  • Solid battery life
  • Comfortable fit
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Bulky design
  • Bass isn't for everyone

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The WF-XB700 earpieces have a somewhat nondescript, eggshell-like finish on their outer panels. Internally, 12mm Neodymium drivers deliver a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz. Sony estimates battery life to be roughly nine hours, with another nine hours in the charging case.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful low-frequency response
  • Water-resistant design
  • Super-secure fit
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

phonearena[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
The Sony WF-XB700 truly offer good bass, up to 18 hours of battery life (with the case) and sport an IPX4 rating. All that, along with their snug in-ear fit and resulting passive noise canceling makes them a good choice for running or use at the gym. Unlike the slightly more expensive headphones, these don't come with a companion app.
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Pros[**]
  • Good bass for the price
  • Strong in-ear fit
  • Active noise canceling
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

rtings[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The Sony WF-XB700 are a decently versatile pair of truly wireless in-ears, though they lack a lot of features. As part of Sony's "XB" series, they're designed to provide an extra thump and punch in the bass range. They don't have an active noise cancelling feature, a companion app, or any sound customization features, but they should still be suitable for most casual listeners.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decently versatile
  • Comfortable in-ear design
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Sony WF-XB700 earbuds come in a choice of either black or dark blue. The exterior of the headphones are made from plastic and are an oval shape. On the rim of each bud, you get manual button controls which can be used to pair the headphones, adjust the volume, skip tracks and pause/play your audio. There's no support for the aptX codec on these buds - only SBC and AAC.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Good sound quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony WF-XB700 are one of Sony's cheaper true wireless earbuds and come in at $129 (£130, around AU$200) That's a sizable savings compared to the $199 (£169, AU$319) Sony Wf-1000XM3. This three-level design isn't exactly space-efficient – and is likely to be incredibly polarizing for people who just want slim, sleek buds – but it does have some advantages. That secure feeling plus their low weight makes them surprisingly comfortable and easy to wear for long periods.
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Pros[**]
  • Slim, punchy, bass-heavy sound
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Muddy charging case

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sony WF-XB700 are large true wireless earphones. They are part of the Extra Bass family and cost less than the ANC XF-1000XM3. The earphones have powerful low bass, which adds a muscular power to music. They last for ages between charges, should fit in most ears well, are suitable for exercise and sound good too.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stunning sound quality
  • Long battery life
  • Good stereo imaging
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
Sony WF-XB700 are part of the company's Extra Bass range of audio products and are tuned to emphasise low-frequency response. 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 low-end
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Sony WF-XB700 earbuds review: Affordable fun. Digitaltrends. 06 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Sony WF-XB700 Review. Pcmag. 06 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Sony WF-XB700 review. Phonearena. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Headphones Review. Rtings. 24 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Sony WF-XB700 review. Techadvisor. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Headphones review. Techradar. 11 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Sony WF-XB700 Review. Trustedreviews. 09 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Sony WF-XB700 review. Whathifi. 11 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. *. 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.
  10. **. 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.
  11. ***. 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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