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Sony ULT WEAR Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.7
Reviewed Jun 11, 2024 at 08:53 am
Sony ULT WEAR Wireless Picture
7.0
Neutral Sound
7.8
Commute/Travel
7.3
Sports/Fitness
7.7
Office
5.9
Wireless Gaming
7.5
Wired Gaming
7.7
Phone Calls

The Sony ULT WEAR Wireless are mid-range over-ears equipped with active noise cancelling (ANC). They're positioned between the more affordable Sony WH-CH720N Wireless and the flagship Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless. As they previously did with the 'XB' lineup, Sony are aiming these headphones at users who prefer a bass-heavy sound. The 'ULT' in their name corresponds to the 'ULT' bass button, which can introduce two additional levels of low-frequency enhancement. With an advertised 40 hours of continuous battery life, these over-ears have what it takes to get you through multiple work days or long trips without needing to recharge. Trading in strings of numbers and letters for simplified acronyms, are these headphones all bluff and marketing bluster? Or do they put their money where their ANC is? Let's dive in.

Our Verdict

7.0 Neutral Sound

The Sony ULT WEAR are decent for neutral sound. They have a bass-heavy sound out of the box that gets even boomier if you activate the ULT function for two levels of bass enhancement. While this is a great complement to genres like EDM and hip-hop, it can be overwhelming when listening to genres that require a defter touch, like folk or classical music. They have a well-balanced mid-range, so vocals are reproduced with clarity and detail. However, they have a very inconsistent treble range that renders sibilants either dull or piercing, depending on their pitch. You can always tweak the sound profile via the graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. While they lack an immersive and wide soundstage, they can deliver audio consistently between sittings, with deviations in bass delivery only likely to occur if you wear glasses.

Pros
  • Comfortable, stable fit.
  • 44 hours of battery life with ANC on.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
  • Can't use LDAC and Bluetooth multipoint simultaneously.
7.8 Commute/Travel

The Sony ULT WEAR are very good for commuting and traveling. While they're not the most portable headphones, they come with a solid carrying case to help with transport. They're comfortable and well-built, too, with a 44-hour battery life that'll get you through multiple long journeys with layovers to boot. Their ANC performance is excellent and does a great job of blocking out external noise across the entire frequency range, whether it's airplane engine rumble or wailing infants. You'll want to be a little careful when it comes to blasting your tunes in quiet environments, though, as leakage will be audible to those in your immediate proximity.

Pros
  • Comfortable, stable fit.
  • 44 hours of battery life with ANC on.
  • Mic has decent recording quality and great noise handling.
  • Amazing noise isolation thanks to ANC.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
  • Can't use LDAC and Bluetooth multipoint simultaneously.
7.3 Sports/Fitness

The Sony ULT WEAR are decent for sports and fitness use. While they're not the most portable headphones, they're comfortable, well-built, and surprisingly stable, considering their bulky fit. Their controls are intuitive and easy to use once you get the hang of them, so it's simple enough to adjust basic parameters on the fly. Their 44-hour battery life is also long enough that you don't need to worry about running out of juice at all, bar the most grueling ULT(ra) marathons.

Pros
  • Comfortable, stable fit.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
7.7 Office

The Sony ULT WEAR are good for office use. They're comfortable, stable, and well-built, and their 44 hours of continuous battery life can effectively last you an entire workweek without needing to recharge. While they're not the most portable, this won't be an issue if you plan on leaving them at your desk. Their ANC system does an amazing job of blocking out the sound of scraping chairs and chatty coworkers, and the integrated mic has great noise handling and decent recording quality, making these a solid pair of headphones for calls and meetings.

Pros
  • Comfortable, stable fit.
  • 44 hours of battery life with ANC on.
  • Mic has decent recording quality and great noise handling.
  • Amazing noise isolation thanks to ANC.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
  • Can't use LDAC and Bluetooth multipoint simultaneously.
5.9 Wireless Gaming

The Sony ULT WEAR aren't suitable for wireless gaming as latency is too high when using a wireless connection.

7.5 Wired Gaming

The Sony ULT WEAR are good for gaming when connected via their 1/8" TRS audio cable. Latency is very low when using this connection type, especially if they're used passively, so you'll maintain your competitive edge. The boomy bass response is great for bringing life to explosions and action-packed sequences, but the inconsistent treble response can add some harshness to higher-pitched cinematic sound effects while veiling S and T sounds in dialogue. Their small, unnatural-sounding soundstage isn't the biggest aid when it comes to locating objects, like footsteps, in the stereo field either. They're comfortable and stable enough to stay on your head through even the most jump-scare-filled cutscenes.

Pros
  • Comfortable, stable fit.
  • 44 hours of battery life with ANC on.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
7.7 Phone Calls

The Sony ULT WEAR are good for phone calls. The mic's recording quality is decent and renders your voice well, so it's easily understandable to whoever you're calling. It does a great job of separating your voice from all but the most noisy backgrounds, too. Plus, their excellent noise isolation performance helps attenuate against outside distractions that might interfere with your call audio.

Pros
  • Comfortable, stable fit.
  • 44 hours of battery life with ANC on.
  • Mic has decent recording quality and great noise handling.
  • Amazing noise isolation thanks to ANC.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 7.8 Commute/Travel
  • 7.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.7 Office
  • 5.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.5 Wired Gaming
  • 7.7 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jun 11, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 03, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated May 28, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated May 17, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 03, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sony ULT WEAR are available in three different color variants: 'Off White,' 'Forest Gray,' and 'Black.' We tested the 'Black' variant, but we expect other color variants to perform similarly. You can see our unit's label here. If you encounter another variant, please let us know if the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Sony ULT WEAR are mid-range wireless over-ears. They have a similarly bass-heavy sound profile to the manufacturer's flagship premium over-ears, the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless, but their treble response is very inconsistent by comparison. While their ANC is excellent and does a solid job of isolating you against noises across the entire frequency range, it's not quite as adept at attenuating against low-frequency sounds as the XM5. Otherwise, there's not too much to split these two over-ears. While previous Sony headphones have been marketed on the basis of having extra bass, like the Sony WH-XB910N Wireless, this is the first pair of Sony over-ears to feature a dedicated button to cycle through levels of bass enhancement.

If you're looking for other headphones, see our recommendations for the best noise cancelling headphones, the best closed-back headphones, and the best travel headphones.

Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless and the Sony ULT WEAR Wireless perform surprisingly similarly, considering the gap in price between them. Both over-ears have a bass-heavy sound with quite balanced mids; however, the ULT WEAR have a very inconsistent treble response that can render sibilants dull or shrill depending on their pitch. Both headphones have great ANC systems, too, although the XM5s are better at attenuating against bass frequency noises, like engine rumble. Otherwise, both over-ears are similarly comfortable and well-built and share a common design language. The ULT WEAR feature an 'ULT' button that can be handy if you want to amp up the bass for specific tracks.

Sony WH-CH720N Wireless

The Sony WH-CH720N Wireless and the Sony ULT WEAR Wireless are ANC-equipped over-ears that cater to different needs and price points. The ULT WEAR are mid-range headphones that can amp up the bass with a press of their 'ULT' button. Their higher price point comes with an improved build quality and better stability. While neither pair is an ideal pick for neutral sound, the ULT WEAR have a boomy, bass-forward sound, while the CH720N lean more towards sounding warm and punchy. The ULT WEAR also feature LDAC support for high-resolution audio streaming. Both sound profiles can be tailored to your preferences via the companion app though. The main point of departure is with the ANC performance, though, as the ULT WEAR perform much better across the entire frequency range when it comes to attenuating against external noise. 

Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless

The Sony ULT WEAR and the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless are both worth your consideration if you're in the market for mid-range noise cancelling over-ears. Both headphones have bass-forward sound profiles that are well-suited to genres like EDM and hip-hop, though they can be tweaked via the graphic EQ and presets in their respective companion apps. There's not much to split them when it comes to noise isolation performance either, as they both do an impressive job of cutting out external noise across the full range and in common scenarios. Ultimately, the Sony headphones have a higher retail price but have a few selling points that can help justify the additional outlay. They have a longer continuous battery life, are a little more comfortable, and have a better-performing mic, so if any of these things are important to you, they're worth a look.

Sennheiser ACCENTUM Wireless

The Sennheiser ACCENTUM Wireless and the Sony ULT WEAR Wireless are mid-range over-ear offerings from two of the biggest headphone manufacturers. They both offer a solid all-around performance but have slightly different strengths. The Sony are more comfortable and more stable, although the two have a similar build quality. When it comes to sound, the two have a comparable sound profile. They both lean towards being bass-heavy, but the Sony can add an additional bass boost via their 'ULT' button. Both headphones have customizable sound profiles via the graphic EQ and presets in their companion apps. The Sony have a much better noise isolation performance, as they attenuate much more noise across the entire frequency range. Combined with their excellent 44-hour battery life, they're a better choice for commuting and travel.

Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless

If you're choosing between the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless and the Sony ULT WEAR Wireless, it's likely because you love bass and want headphones that bring the low end. There's no doubt that the Sony are better all-rounders: they're more comfortable and stable, and their ANC system far out-performs the Skullcandy. They even have a longer continuous battery life and support LDAC. That said, it's hard to beat the Skullcandy headphones' haptic bass slider when it comes to outputting bonkers amounts of bass. Although the Sony headphones have two levels of bass accessible via the 'ULT' button, nothing quite beats the pulverizing bass of the Skullcandy when their slider is maxed out. You can also find them for a fair bit cheaper.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Dynamic

While the Sony ULT WEAR are the first of the ULT product line, their design bears some resemblance to other Sony wireless over-ears, like the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless and the Sony WH-CH720N Wireless. They feature a sleek, recycled plastic design with yokes integrated into the ear cups. This integrated design, coupled with a monochromatic color scheme that's punctuated only by a silver Sony logo on the headband, makes for a unified aesthetic. They come in three color variants: 'Off White,' 'Forest Gray,' and 'Black.'

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.56 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

These over-ears are comfortable. They're as lightweight as the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless and feature large plastic ear cups that sit nicely on your ear. While they can clamp your head quite tightly, this is mostly mitigated by plush, soft earpads. However, the earpads are so soft that they can cause some fatigue in parts of your head over time, especially if you have a larger head.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls ULT + Voice Assistant

These headphones have a large array of controls that are spread across a touchpad on the right earpad and three physical buttons. For users that have a visual impairment, there's even an indent carved into the left ear cup so you can tell right from left. The touch surface is large and responsive, making it easy to register commands, but the physical buttons are almost too responsive and located in a place where they can easily be accidentally pressed. There are audio prompts to acknowledge various functions, like powering on/off, pairing status, battery level, ANC mode, ULT mode, and min/max volume. It's worth noting, however, that the user guide that comes with these headphones is extremely long and dense, so finding out how to perform simple commands can be a challenge.

On the left ear cup:

Power button:

  • Press once: Checks battery level.
  • Press-and-hold: Turns headphones on or off. If you continue to hold this button past turning the headphones on, you'll enter Bluetooth pairing mode.

ULT button:

  • One press: Cycles between ULT 1, ULT 2, and ULT OFF (ULT 1 for a deep bass sound and ULT 2 for an even bassier sound).

ANC/Ambient Sound button:

  • One press: Cycles between active noise cancellation mode and ambient sound mode (which uses the mic to filter in some external audio).

On the touchpad on the right ear cup:

  • Double tap: Plays and pauses audio. Also answers and ends a call.
  • Swipe forward: Skips to the next track.
  • Swipe forward and hold: Fast forwards through your track.
  • Swipe backwards: Skips to the previous track.
  • Swipe backwards and hold: Backtracks through your track.
  • Swipe up: Turns the volume up incrementally.
  • Swipe up and hold: Turns the volume up continuously until you release.
  • Swipe down and hold: Turns the volume down continuously until you release.
  • Cover the ear cup with your palm: Enters quick attention mode, which turns down all audio and increases the volume of ambient sound.
  • Cover the touchpad with one finger: Activates voice assistant for duration of the hold.

5.9
Design
Portability
L 8.0" (20.2 cm)
W 6.9" (17.6 cm)
H 2.0" (5.1 cm)
Volume 110.65 inยณ (1,813.15 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

As with other over-ear headphones, these headphones aren't very portable. While they can swivel to fold flat, they'll still take up quite a bit of room in a bag. Thankfully, they come with a great carrying case that can help you bring them with you on the go.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 7.4" (18.8 cm)
W 8.4" (21.3 cm)
H 2.3" (5.8 cm)
Volume 141.73 inยณ (2,322.55 cmยณ)

They come with a great circular carrying case that's made of a soft tweed-like material that's reinforced to better protect the headphones. There are two compartments to store cables and other accessories. You can see a picture of the interior here.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sony ULT WEAR Wireless have a good, sturdy build quality. They're made of high-quality recycled plastic with solid hinges and yokes. The ear cups are large and comfortable, but their stiff material means that users with glasses or thick hair might struggle to achieve a solid seal. The ear cups are covered in a comfortable, spongey material, which is also used on the headband. It's possible to see how this material might lose some of its springiness over time and become less comfortable. As with most other wireless over-ears, these headphones don't feature any kind of IP rating for protection against dust or water damage.

7.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are more stable than the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless. They'll stay in place as you move around in your daily life, including jogs and light exercise. However, they're liable to tilt and lose their seal if you need to break into a sprint to catch your bus.

Design
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In The Box

  • Sony ULT WEAR headphones
  • 1/8" TRS cable (125 cm / 49.2 inches)
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable (21 cm / 8.3 inches)
  • Manuals, warranty, and 360 audio subscription
  • Carrying case

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
5.29 dB
Treble Amount
-3.18 dB

The Sony ULT WEAR have a sound profile that's defined by their powerful bass response. We tested them with the ULT mode off, and they're positioned somewhere between the bass-forward sound signature of the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless and the extremely low-end focused Sony WH-XB910N Wireless. There's plenty of thump and rumble on tap that can be further boosted via the two stages of extra bass available via the ULT button. The mid-range is pleasant and well-tuned, adding plenty of detail and clarity to vocals and lead instruments. However, the treble range is noticeably inconsistent. The lower part of this range is recessed, while the high-end is overemphasized. As a result, sibilants can sound dull or piercing depending on their pitch. On the upside, you can always adjust the sound profile via the graphic EQ and presets.

Interestingly, using these headphones with a wired connection tames the bass frequencies somewhat, resulting in a different sound profile that some users will prefer. There are also notable changes to the sound profile when the ANC is enabled and when the microphone is activated.

7.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.44 dB

These headphones have very good frequency response consistency. If you can achieve a solid fit, you'll experience consistent audio delivery across different listening sessions. However, they form somewhat of a tight seal on your head, so if you wear glasses, it's possible that this will affect the consistency of bass delivery.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.6
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.48 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
5.33 dB
Mid-Bass
6.98 dB
High-Bass
5.56 dB

The Sony ULT WEAR Wireless have alright bass accuracy. Their bass response is boosted across the entire range, so basslines and kicks are emphasized in your mix. On songs like 'I Used to Love Him' (feat. Mary J. Blige), the bassline and lower frequencies of the breakbeat sound visceral but lean towards being boomy, which detracts from individual note definition.

9.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.15 dB
Low-Mid
0.42 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.03 dB
High-Mid
-1.26 dB

The mid-response is outstanding. The response is well-balanced across the entire range, resulting in the detailed and balanced reproduction of vocals and instruments. There's a very slight bit of overemphasis in the low mids, which can add some warmth to snares and bass overtones. There's also a slight dip in the high-mid that slightly thins out the upper harmonics of vocals.

5.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.17 dB
Low-Treble
-6.45 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.41 dB
High-Treble
-5.95 dB

The treble accuracy is disappointing. The response is inconsistent across the entire range. The low treble is very veiled, resulting in a loss of definition in the upper harmonics of vocals. This extends to the lower part of the mid-mid, after which the response peaks. As a result, lower-pitched sibilants, like S and T sounds, can sound dull and lispy, but higher-pitched sounds, like cymbals, can be bright and piercing.

6.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.25 dB
Dips
1.76 dB

The Sony ULT WEAR have an alright peaks/dips performance, meaning they mostly follow their own sound profile. There's a sizeable peak in the high bass that adds warmth and punchiness to kicks and basslines and is followed by a dip in the low mid that can remove some overtones from bass guitars and other lower-pitched instruments. A slight peak brings the upper harmonics of vocals into focus. However, this is followed by a huge dip in the low-treble that can make sibilants sound dull and lispy. Finally, there's a very large peak in the mid-treble that can add shrillness and excessive brilliance to higher-pitched sibilants, like cymbals.

8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.19
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.51
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.6
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.64

The higher-end Sony headphones that we've tested have performed well when it comes to imaging, which is representative of the brand's commitment to quality control and ergonomics, and these headphones are no exception. Their L/R drivers are well-matched when it comes to group delay. They're also well-matched regarding phase, amplitude, and frequency response, which helps accurately localize objects within the stereo field. While there's a slight mismatch in the amplitude at the very top of the frequency range, it's within a band that we lose sensitivity to with age, so it's not noticeable in real-life content.

4.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.68 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.52 dB
PRTF Distance
4.72 dB
Openness
1.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.6

The passive soundstage performance is poor. These headphones have a closed-back design that struggles to facilitate audio interaction with your outer ear. As a result, they create a soundstage that sounds small and closed off, lacking the immersive quality of open-back headphones.

4.1
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
On/Off
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
360 Reality Audio

These headphones are compatible with Sony's 360 Reality Audio feature, which can help create a more immersive, 3D listening experience using Digital Signal Processing (DSP). It can even analyze your ear to adjust audio to suit your unique ear shape. However, you'll need to be subscribed to a compatible app, like TIDAL or Nugs.net, to take advantage of this.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.343
WHD @ 100
0.133

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is good. There's a slight peak in the low treble at regular listening volumes, but it's difficult to hear unless you're an astute audiophile. Otherwise, other frequencies fall within good limits, so audio reproduction is clean and pure.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.0.8
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
LDAC, 32-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Off
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Sony ULT WEAR Wireless. Our results are only valid when using them in this configuration.

Isolation
8.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation - Full Range
Noise Cancelling Yes
Overall Attenuation
-22.90 dB
Bass
-16.64 dB
Mid
-24.24 dB
Treble
-29.03 dB

The Sony ULT WEAR have an amazing full-range noise isolation performance. While they're not quite as effective in this regard as the flagship Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless, they do a great job of blocking out external noise across the entire frequency range. Their ANC system offers a similar level of attenuation against bass-range noise to the XM5, which is great for blocking the sounds of passing bus engines. While they're not quite as adept at blocking out higher frequency sounds, like car horns and street noise, they'll still insulate you from these noises and allow you to focus on your tunes. There's even an Adaptive Sound Control function that recognizes common environments that you visit and adjusts the ANC levels to match your environment.

8.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation - Common Scenarios
Airplane Noise Attenuation
-20.16 dB
Airplane Noise Isolation Audio
Office Noise Attenuation
-21.25 dB
Office Noise Isolation Audio
Street Noise Attenuation
-21.73 dB
Street Noise Isolation Audio

These over-ears do a remarkable job of blocking out kinds of external noise encountered in common day-to-day scenarios. They can effectively attenuate the sound of rumbling plane engines, the scrape of chairs, and the chatter of co-workers in an office. They're also great at reducing the noise of a busy street.

Isolation
Noise Isolation - Voice Handling
Female Voice 1
Male Voice 1
Female Voice 2
Male Voice 2

This test allows you to hear how much voice is blocked out by the ANC system. Depending on your needs, you may want to block out all sounds or block out most sounds aside from voices.

If you want to use the voice passthrough mode on these headphones to hear your conversation even more clearly, we found a noticeable increase in the volume of voices. You can hear recordings of different voice types while using this feature below:

Isolation
ANC Wind Handling
ANC Wind Noise

Wind noise is hard for the ANC system to counteract as it directly interferes with the microphones, often producing a high-pitched squeal. While the headphones don't have a dedicated wind noise feature, they do have a wind noise reduction structure built into the mic itself that helps reduce some of this unpleasant noise.

6.9
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
40.22 dB

The Sony ULT WEAR have an alright leakage performance. Leakage is present across the entire frequency range but is particularly prominent in the mid-range, so leaked audio sounds relatively full-bodied. If you like to crank up your tunes, others situated close to you may hear it, especially in quieter environments.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes
7.3
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
87.24 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.5 dB
HFE
6,933.79 Hz
Weighted THD
6.936
Gain
31.29 dB

The Sony ULT WEAR Wireless have a decent mic recording quality. There's a high shelf in the response, which means your voice lacks airiness and can sound a little closed off. That said, the rest of the range is quite balanced and doesn't have the bass roll-off that's present in the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless' integrated mic, for example. As a result, your voice will sound natural and easily understandable to whoever's on the other end.

8.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
22.6 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
8.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The integrated mic has an impressive noise-handling performance. It does an excellent job of separating your voice from moderately noisy environments, so you'll be easily understood if you need to take a call in a co-working space, for example. While it still performs well in noisier environments, like a train station, some louder background noises will find their way into the microphone's signal.

Active Features
8.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
44.1 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
44.1 hrs
Charge Time
2.4 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

The Sony ULT WEAR Wireless has an excellent battery life performance. The manufacturer advertises 40 hours of continuous battery life with the ANC enabled, which can be stretched to 50 hours if it's disabled. However, we measured slightly more than this at 44 hours with the ANC enabled. There's even an auto-off timer that can help you preserve battery life by powering down the headphones after a period of inactivity. The manufacturer advertises a quick charge feature that gives you 90 minutes of battery from a three-minute charge. However, battery life tends to vary on use so your experience will differ.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Sony| Headphones Connect
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
Yes
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

These headphones use the Sony | Headphones Connect app, which will be familiar if you've used other wireless Sony over-ears. It's a great app with a huge array of features and parameters to adjust, which you can see in action here. The app gives you control over everything from the sound (via graphic EQ and presets) to ANC and Adaptive Sound Control (which adapts the ANC based on your location and activity). You can also re-map certain physical controls, though the possibilities here are limited. For example, it's possible to create a hotkey to turn on Spotify by pressing the ANC/AMB button twice, but you won't be able to re-assign this as a single-press command.

Connectivity
9.9
Connectivity
Wired Connection
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable
Yes
Length
4.10 ft (1.25 m)
Connector
1/8" TRS
Latency - Analog
0.3 ms
Latency - USB
N/A
Recorded Latency
Recorded Latency Connection Analog

These headphones come with a 125 cm (49.2 inches) 1/8" TRS analog cable that you can use to support a wired connection. However, you can't use the integrated microphone if you use this connection type. Latency is extremely low when using the headphones passively with this connection type, and it's only slightly higher when they're powered on and connected via the audio cable.

8.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth Connection
Bluetooth Version
5.2
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
Quick Pair (Android)
Yes
Quick Pair (iOS)
No
Line Of Sight Range
334.65 ft (102.00 m)
Latency - SBC
214 ms
Latency - aptX
N/A
Latency - aptX Adaptive (High Quality)
N/A
Latency - aptX Adaptive (Low Latency)
N/A
Latency - LDAC
238 ms
Recorded Latency
Recorded Latency Codec SBC
AAC Support
Yes

These headphones have excellent Bluetooth connectivity. They support LDAC for high-quality audio streaming and Bluetooth multipoint, so you can connect with up to two devices simultaneously. That said, you can only use LDAC if you have disabled multipoint connectivity in the app, so the two features are mutually exclusive. The headphones support Windows Swift Pair for Windows 10 and Google Fast Pair for seamless integration with Google devices. Latency levels are good when using the default SBC codec but slightly increase when you switch to LDAC, so you'll likely experience lip sync issues when using this codec to watch videos. However, different apps and devices will compensate for latency differently.

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Connectivity
Wireless Connection (Dongle)
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Latency - Dongle
N/A
Recorded Latency
N/A
Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
Audio Only
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

The Sony ULT WEAR have full audio and mic compatibility when connected wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled PCs. You can also use the 1/8" TRS cable, but you'll only receive audio and can't use the mic.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
Audio Only
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones can only receive audio when you plug their audio cable into your PlayStation controller's AUX port, so you'll need a separate mic to communicate with your teammates.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio Only
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones can only receive audio when you plug their audio cable into your Xbox controller's AUX port, so you'll need a separate mic to chat with friends.

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Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock