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Product Overview

Sony WF-C500 are basic true wireless headphones with IPX4 water resistance and a long battery life. Available in four different colors, these more barebones headphones are targeting the more price-sensitive youth market.
The WF-C500 feature 5.8mm dynamic drivers with Neodymium magnets. While the charging case carries only one additional charge, the earbuds themselves are able to deliver up to 10 hours of continuous music playback or 5 hours of talk time.
Sony touts its Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) that digitally enhance low-resolution sources, though it is up to the listener to find out whether the specific tracks that s/he is listening to benefits from such program.
One advantage that the WF-C500 have over more premium alternatives is that the sleek carrying case is very compact. The earbuds also fit into smaller ears better.
Alongside the WF-C500, Sony also introduced the WH-XB910N mid-range over-ear headphones.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Decent build quality
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No side-tone option
  • No transparency mode
  • No active noise-cancelling
  • Not the most expansive in terms of scale
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Specifications

Variants:
Charging Case

Connectivity

Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0
Wireless Range
10 m

Construction

Colors
Black, White, Orange, Green
Drivers
5.8 mm drivers
Form Factor
In-ear, True wireless earphones
Headphone Type
Dynamic headphones, closed
Magnet
Neodymium
Microphone
MEMS driver

Dimensions

Charging CaseSize | Depth
34.9 mm / 1.38"
Charging CaseSize | Height
30.9 mm / 1.22"
Charging CaseSize | Width
80 mm / 3.15"
Weight
5.4 g / 0.2 oz each
Charging CaseWeight
35 g / 1.24 oz

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
SBC, AAC
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Fast Charging
10 min for 1 hour of playtime
Microphone Pickup Pattern
Omni-directional
Weather Resistance
IPX4

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 10 hours + 10 hours (case) playback
Charging Time
2.5 hours
Charging CaseCharging Time
3 hours
Frequency Response
20Hz ~ 20kHz
Power Consumption
1.9 W

Production

Debut
2021-09-29
Made In
Vietnam

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External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The WF-C500 are a very comfortable set of true wireless earbuds with great sound quality. They're missing some helpful features like transparency mode and auto-pause. Their total battery life is a bit anemic, but they're still a good buy for Sony fans.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No transparency mode
  • No side-tone option

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Sony WF-C500 use Bluetooth 5 for wireless connectivity, delivered by a pair of 6mm full-range drivers. IPX4 makes them nicely resistant to moisture and water-splashes, and a choice of four colors is welcome too. No active noise-cancelling, there's no wireless charging, the charging case itself (while perfectly well made) is nothing special.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Decent sound quality
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • No active noise-cancelling
  • No wireless charging

whathifi[3]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
Sony WF-C500 are a great sub-£100 pair of in-ear headphones. Built-in Google Assistant and Siri can be used to control the Sonys. Bass is just slightly short of what we'd describe as 'deep', but the low end is properly shaped and controlled, and carries plenty of detail regarding texture and timbre.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Decent build quality
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Not the most expansive in terms of scale

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony WF-C500 earbuds review: Small buds, big sound. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/sony-wf-c500-review/. 2021-10-26. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
2. ^ Sony WF-C500 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-wf-c500. 2021-10-11. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ Sony WF-C500 wireless earbuds review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sony-wf-c500. 2021-11-15. Retrieved 2021-11-19.

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