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Sony WF-SP800N Truly Wireless Headphones w/ Noise Cancellation, Extra Bass & Weather Resistance

MSRP 180 EURNEX score 75%

Product Overview

Sony WF-SP800N truly wireless headphones are designed for active outdoor use with IP55 weather resistance rating (splash, sweat, and dust). It features Sony's latest noise cancelling technology to block out undesirable distractions; it also supports Ambient Sound mode for conversations when so desired. The WF-SP800N also features Advanced Adaptive Sound Control that can adjust ambient sound settings automatically.
Sony WF-SP800N holds up to 9 hours of charge with active noise cancellation switched on; another 9 hours can be obtained from the charging case. The total playback time extends to 26 hours when noise cancellation is kept off.
These premium wireless headphones feature Sony's EXTRA BASS for extra punchy low-ends. They can charge up on a pinch for 60 minutes' playback within 10 minutes.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Water-resistant build
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Active noise cancellation isn't as effective as on AirPods Pro

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent sound
  • Decent sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor low-frequency reproduction
  • Mediocre passive soundstage
  • No NFC support
  • No wireless charging
  • Not the most portable case
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Specifications

Connectivity

Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth

Construction

Form Factor
In-ear
Headphone Type
Dynamic, closed
Magnet
Neodymium

Function

Noise Cancellation
Digital, with Ambient Sound mode
Weather Resistance
IP55 (WF-SP800N)

Performance

Battery Life
9h + 9h from case

Production

Debut
2020-05-07

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
Sony's WF-SP800N earbuds don't sound quite as good or have as effective noise canceling. They do have the same drivers as the 1000XM3, but they're still solid on both fronts. The only issue is that with the competition out there, they're a little expensive at $200.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Top-notch sound quality
  • Excellent noise canceling
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No QN1e processor
  • No wireless charging

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
Right out of the box, the SP800N sound amazing. Tones are warm and rich, and the lows, midrange, and highs are well-defined. If big bass is not to your liking, you can adjust EQ inside the Headphones Connect app. As with Sony's XM3, all controls are handled via touch-sensitive areas on the earbuds.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • No wireless charging

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Sony WF-SP800N have amazing battery life, loud, rich audio, great active noise cancellation and 9 hours of battery life. Listening by Adaptive Sound Control is the secret sauce as it detects your activity and location and adjusts on the fly. There are 20 levels to choose from, so you can let the world all the way in or immerse yourself in jams.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent active noise cancellation
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Bass is a bit too much

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Sony's WF-SP800N earphones deliver strong ANC performance. At maximum strength, it does a solid job of tamping down powerful low frequencies. The earphones connect via Bluetooth 5.0, and support AAC and SBC codecs, but not AptX. The charging case is quite large compared with the competition.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Strong battery life
  • Water-resistance rating
Cons
  • Only delivers one full charge

phonearena[5]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from phonearena have found the following***:
Sony WF-SP800N headphones are truly wireless and conveniently feature adjustable noise cancelling. They also have an IP55 rating, meaning not only vague water and dust resistance, but that you can literally rinse them when needed. With up to 18 hours of battery life and clear sound and bass, they are quite the good purchase, particularly for use at the gym.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • IP55 rating
  • Adjustable noise cancelling
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not the most portable case

rtings[6]

Sentiment Score 28%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sony WF-SP800N are great for sports and fitness. They have a very stable fit that allows the buds to stay in your ears, even during intense workouts. With a continuous battery life of more than nine hours, they should be able to get you through a long day of travel. Their ANC system is almost useless and does very little to improve their passive isolation capabilities.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bass-heavy sound profile
  • Stable and stable fit
  • Good noise isolation performance
Cons
  • Mediocre passive soundstage
  • No multi-device pairing

t3[7]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The WF-SP800N are Sony's latest wireless in-ear headphones. Powered by '360 Reality Audio' - which puts you in the centre of the audio action. Built-in mic does an excellent job of delivering instructions, just as it does in keeping call quality crisp and coherent. A degree of control is also available in Sony's exemplary 'Headphones Connect' app.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Decent sound quality
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Poor low-frequency reproduction

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Sony WF-SP800N have a small touch capacitive control panel on each side that can be used to summon your smart assistant and control playback. Despite the myriad controls the earbuds accept, there's no way to raise or lower the volume other than summoning the Assistant. It's a tight fit if you're not used to wearing in-ear headphones and can become uncomfortable over time but in short bursts the design creates a tight seal that's great for sound quality.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as powerful as Sony’s

theverge[9]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
Sony's WF-SP800N earbuds have the company's "Extra Bass" sound profile. The low end is certainly the star of the show, which should satisfy those looking for a powerful workout soundtrack. Music is full-bodied regardless of whether you're playing a pop-filled running playlist or something quieter.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No multipoint pairing
  • No multi-device pairing

tomsguide[10]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The WF-SP800N works with Sony's new 360 Reality Audio platform. It requires a compatible streaming service (e.g. Deezer, Tidal) to get the most of it. The buds have quick charging to get 1 hour of playtime on a 10-minute charge.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Water-resistant design
  • Advanced Adaptive Sound Control
  • Wireless charging
Cons
  • No NFC support
  • Battery life could be better

whathifi[11]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
Sony WF-SP800N are built up to IP55 standard, meaning they're resistant to dust, sweat and water. Control is available via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, and the mic array ensures your instructions are heard reliably. Sony continues to make a noise about its 360 Reality Audio format, which intends to put you in the centre of the sonic action.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-balanced sound
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Noise-cancelling isn’t the best

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony WF-SP800N review: Wireless sports earbuds deliver a mostly winning combo. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/sony-wf-sp800n-review/. 2020-05-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony WF-SP800N review: Elite earbuds for every athlete. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/sony-wf-sp800n-review/. 2021-02-04. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony WF-SP800N Earbuds Review . [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/Sony-WF-SP800N-earbuds-review. 2020-05-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony WF-SP800N Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-wf-sp800n. 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony WF-SP800N review. [phonearena]. https://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Sony-WF-SP800N-review_id4866. 2020-10-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony WF-SP800N Truly Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/sony/wf-sp800n-truly-wireless. 2021-08-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony WF-SP800N review: Sony's cheaper true wireless buds are still a treat. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/sony-wf-sp800n-review. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
8. ^ Sony WF-SP800N review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-wf-sp800n. 2020-05-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Sony WF-SP800N review: noise cancellation for your workouts. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/21302861/sony-sp800n-noise-canceling-earbuds-review-features-price. 2020-06-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Sony WF-SP800N review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/sony-wf-sp800n. 2020-05-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Sony WF-SP800N review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sony-wf-sp800n. 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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