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Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Aug 24, 2020 at 08:17 am
Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
7.8
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
5.0
Wired Gaming
6.0
Phone Calls
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Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

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" or "Extra Bass" series, they're designed to provide an extra thump and punch in the bass range, but their sound profile is still suitable for most music genres and audio content. While they last 10 hours off a single charge, their portable case provides only around one additional charge for your most busy days. These well-built headphones are also comfortable and stable enough for light exercise, but their slightly bulky in-ear design may not be for everyone. 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.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Sony WF-XB700 are decent for mixed usage. Their in-ear design may not be comfortable for all listeners, but with a good seal, they can be a somewhat comfortable and stable pair of headphones. They have a decently neutral yet slightly boomy sound profile thanks to their extra thump in the bass range. They have a battery life of over 10 hours, but they lack a power-saving feature, so they may run out of battery unless you remember to turn them off. On the downside, these headphones don't have any sound customization features or an ANC feature, but they can still passively isolate background voices.

Pros
  • Extra punch in the bass range.
  • Decent battery life.
  • Portable design.
Cons
  • No ANC.
  • No sound customization features.
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.
6.9 Neutral Sound

The Sony WF-XB700 are fair 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. Their mid-range is well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments should sound clear and present. However, there's an underemphasis in the mid and high-treble that can make sibilants sound a bit dull and lifeless. Unfortunately, they don't have sound customization features. That being said, these headphones deliver consistent performance and should be suitable for a wide variety of genres and content.

Pros
  • Extra punch in the bass range.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
7.5 Commute/Travel

The Sony WF-XB700 are good for commuting and traveling. They have a very portable design, and their over 10-hour battery life plus an additional charge in their charging case may be enough for most commutes and plane trips. Once you get a good seal, these headphones can be very comfortable. On the downside, they don't have an ANC feature, so they don't do a great job blocking out the low thumps and rumbles of plane engines or buses.

Pros
  • Decent battery life.
  • Portable design.
Cons
  • No ANC.
7.8 Sports/Fitness

The Sony WF-XB700 are good for sports and fitness. While they're a little bulky, they're still very lightweight. Once you get a good seal, these headphones can be comfortable and stable in your ear. They're also very portable, and you can easily fit them in your pocket or your bag. On the downside, their control scheme isn't the easiest to use during your workout.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • Stable fit for most users.
Cons
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.
6.7 Office

The Sony WF-XB700 are adequate for office use. They have an outstanding leakage performance, so you can listen to your music without disturbing your coworkers. While these headphones don't have ANC, they still do a good job of passively isolating voices and sharp noises typically found in an office setting. They have a battery life of over 10 hours from a single charge, and their charging case comes with just one extra charge, which should be enough for a typical workday. On the downside, some listeners may find that their in-ear fit isn't the most comfortable for longer listening sessions.

Pros
  • Don't leak a lot of noise.
  • Decent battery life.
Cons
  • No ANC.
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.
5.1 Wireless Gaming

The Sony WF-XB700 aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with either Xbox or PS4. While they can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs, because of their high latency, they aren't ideal for gaming.

5.0 Wired Gaming

The Sony WF-XB700 only support Bluetooth, so they can't be used for wired gaming.

6.0 Phone Calls

The Sony WF-XB700 are acceptable for phone calls. While their microphone makes your voice sound thin and muffled, the person on the other end of the line should still be able to understand you. They also do a good job passively isolating noise despite the fact that they don't have an ANC feature. On the downside, the integrated microphone has trouble separating your voice from ambient noises even in moderately noisy environments.

Pros
  • Integrated microphone.
Cons
  • Sub-par noise handling performance.
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 7.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.0 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Sony WF-XB700 are decently stylish in-ears with a slightly bulky, oblong design. The buds are also quite large and stick out from the ears. They come in two colors: blue and black.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Sony WF-XB700 are decently comfortable in-ears. They're lightweight and come with differently-sized earbud tips to help you find the best possible fit. However, they may not be comfortable for everyone as you have to push them deep into your ears to get a good seal. Also, you have to hold them down in order to use the controls, which some users may find uncomfortable. If you want a similarly-performing pair of truly wireless headphones that are more comfortable, check out the Sony WF-SP800N Truly Wireless.

6.0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Mediocre
Feedback Mediocre
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Sony WF-XB700 have a mediocre set of controls. Overall, they aren't very easy to use, and their control scheme isn't intuitive. The left earbud controls the volume. Click it once to turn the volume up, or hold it to turn the volume down. Click the right earbud once to play/pause, twice to skip forward, three times to skip backward, or hold for 2 seconds to activate the voice assistant. Unfortunately, there's almost no audio feedback from the controls, except for when you power the headphones on/off or pair them with a device. You also can't remap the buttons or adjust the control scheme.

9.2
Design
Portability
L 1.5 "
W 1.6 "
H 1.1 "
Volume 2.6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Sony WF-XB700, like most truly wireless in-ears, have outstanding portability. You can easily transport these headphones when you're on the go as they fit easily into bags, purses, and pockets. They also come with a charging case.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.2 "
W 1.7 "
H 1.5 "
Volume 8.2 Cu. Inches

The Sony WF-XB700 have a good case. It's a little bit smaller than the case for the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless, and it can easily fit into purses, pockets, and bags. The hard case can protect the buds from damage, and it can also be used to charge the buds when you're on the go.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sony WF-XB700 have a good overall build quality. While they don't feel as premium as the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless, they still feel well-built. They're mostly made of plastic, which feels solid and not too flimsy. Even the case feels well-made and the hinge doesn't seem like it could break easily. These in-ears also have an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.

7.0
Design
Stability

Overall, these in-ears are decently stable. It can be difficult to get a good seal for a stable fit, especially if you have smaller ears. However, once you get a good seal, they shouldn't fall out of your ears during casual use or low-intensity activities like walking. Unfortunately, they don't have any stability fins or ear hooks, which can help make earbuds more stable. If you're looking for more stable Bluetooth in-ears, consider the Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless.

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In The Box

  • Sony WF-XB700 earbuds
  • 4 silicone tip sizes
  • Charging case
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.73 db
Treble Amount
-2.22 db

The Sony WF-XB700 have a decently well-balanced but slightly thumpy and warm sound profile. They're part of Sony's "XB" series, so they're designed to provide an extra thump and punch in the bass range that can surely please fans of EDM and hip-hop. Overall, their sound profile should still suit a wide range of music genres.

9.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.18 dB

The Sony WF-XB700 have an outstanding frequency response consistency. Once you get a good, air-tight seal, you should be able to get a consistent bass and treble delivery each time you use these headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.21 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
5.31 dB
Mid-Bass
3.13 dB
High-Bass
1.18 dB

The Sony WF-XB700 have a good bass accuracy performance. These headphones are designed to pack an extra punch in the bass range, and the overemphasis in the low and mid-bass is ideal for fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. However, some listeners may find the thump and rumble a bit overwhelming.

8.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.49 dB
Low-Mid
0.02 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.82 dB
High-Mid
-1.09 dB

The mid-range performance of the Sony WF-XB700 is excellent. The response is pretty flat and even for most of the range, so lead instruments and vocals should sound present, clear, and detailed.

7.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.9 dB
Low-Treble
-0.68 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.65 dB
High-Treble
-8.39 dB

The Sony WF-XB700 have a decent treble performance. The low treble is fairly flat and neutral, but there's an underemphasis in the mid and high-treble ranges, so sibilants sound a bit dull or lifeless.

8.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.02 db
Dips
1.05 db

The peaks and dips performance of these headphones is great. They are decently well-balanced and most of the peaks and dips shouldn't be audible. There's a peak across the bass range that adds an extra thump and rumble, though there's also a slight peak in the low-treble to ensure that voices and lead instruments still sound clear and detailed. There's a dip in the mid-treble, which makes sibilants sound weak or dull in relation to the thump and rumble of the bass range.

9.1
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.18
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.52
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.11
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.17

The Sony WF-XB700 have an outstanding imaging performance. The group delay is below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight and accurate bass and treble reproduction. The L/R drivers of our unit are also well-matched, so the placement and localization of objects in the stereo image likely sound accurate. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.6

Like most in-ears, these headphones have a terrible passive soundstage. In-ears don't interact with the pinna (outer-ear), so sound seems like it's coming from inside your head instead of from speakers in front of you. Also, due to their closed-back design, their soundstage won't seem as open and spacious as open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.310
WHD @ 100
0.104

The Sony WF-XB700's weighted harmonic distribution performance is very good. There are a few peaks in the treble range at normal and high listening volumes, which may cause a bit of distortion. However, audio reproduction should be mostly clean and pure.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These results are only valid for these test settings.

Isolation
7.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-20.73 dB
Bass
-7.81 dB
Mid
-21.79 dB
Treble
-34.0 dB

The Sony WF-XB700 don't have an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature, but they do a decent job passively isolating background noise. They should block out a lot of mid-range noise like speech in an office setting, and they also do a good job blocking out sharp noises like AC units. Unfortunately, they do a poor job blocking out the low rumble from bus and plane engines.

9.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
24.24 dB

These headphones have an outstanding leakage performance. You should be able to crank up your music without disturbing the people around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

The Sony WF-XB700 have an integrated microphone.

5.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
500.69 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.19 dB
HFE
3466.89 Hz
Weighted THD
1.433
Gain
2.31 dB

The Sony WF-XB700's mic has a sub-par recording quality. Recorded speech may sound a bit thin and muffled, but still understandable.

5.7
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
8.38 dB

The microphone has a middling noise handling performance. It has a hard time separating speech from background noises even in moderately noisy environments like a busy street, so your voice may get lost unless you use the microphone in a quiet setting.

Active Features
6.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
10.6 hrs
Additional Charges
1.0
Total Battery Life
21.2 hrs
Charge Time
1.7 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Sony WF-XB700 have a mediocre battery performance. We measured over 10 hours of continuous playback, which is slightly longer than the advertised nine hours. We also measured a charge time of 1.7 hours, which is less than the advertised charging time of 2.5 hours. Their portable case only gives you around one additional charge for when you're on the go though. Casual users who want to use these headphones during their commute may not have to recharge them every day, but they may not be ideal for long flights.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones don't have a companion app.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
303 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
222 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
174 ms
Android Latency
162 ms

The Sony WF-XB700 are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible. They have an outstanding line of sight range, so you can listen to audio even when your Bluetooth device isn't close by. On the downside, these headphones don't support multi-device pairing or NFC pairing, which may be disappointing if you want to easily switch between devices. They also have a decent amount of lag on PC, iOS, and Android, so they won't be ideal for mobile gaming or watching a lot of videos. However, some apps seem to compensate for lag, so you may get different results.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth-only.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The Sony WF-XB700 are truly wireless headphones that can't be used wired. They come with a very short USB-C charging cable.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

The Sony WF-XB700 can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but because of their high latency, they aren't recommended for gaming. They're also incompatible with PS4 consoles.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones aren't compatible with Xbox One consoles.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

These headphones have a hard charging case that holds around one additional charge. It charges via the USB-C port, but it doesn't have any other inputs.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

These headphones come in two different color variants: Black and Blue. While we tested the Black model, we expect the Blue model to perform similarly.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Sony WF-XB700 are decently versatile truly wireless in-ears. They have a similar design to the Sony WF-1000XM3, but as part of Sony's XB or Extra Bass series, they pack an extra thump and punch in the bass range. Unlike some of the other in-ears we've tested, they don't have an ANC feature, a companion app, or sound customization options. If you're looking for more headphones, see our recommendations for the best truly wireless earbuds, the best wireless earbuds for running, and the best cheap wireless earbuds.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless. The WF-1000XM3 have a better build quality and come with an ANC feature, though it isn't the most robust. They also have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, though some listeners may prefer the WF-XB700's overemphasis in the low and mid-bass ranges. You can easily adjust the sound profile of the WF-1000XM3 in the companion app using the graphic EQ and presets, which the WF-XB700 lacks. On the other hand, the WF-XB700 lasts longer off of one charge, but the WF-1000XM3 has more charges built-in to its portable case.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless are somewhat better overall headphones than the Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless. While the Sony are more comfortable, the Jabra have a more stable in-ear fit. The Jabra also have better noise isolation and leakage performance, and they have a better-performing integrated mic that makes them more ideal for phone calls. While the Sony have a longer battery life, the Jabra have a companion app with lots of customization features including a graphic EQ, so you can tweak their sound to your liking.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless. Both headphones have a decently neutral sound with an extra punch in the bass range. However, the Jabra are more comfortable and more stable in the ear, and they also have a better build quality. Thanks to their companion app and graphic EQ, you can easily customize the sound to your liking, unlike the Sony. On the other hand, the Sony last longer off of a single charge, but the Jabra's case comes with more charges built-in. The Sony do a slightly better job passively isolating noise, which may be preferred by listeners who want to use their headphones in an office setting.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are better overall headphones than the Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless. The Samsung are more comfortable and have a more stable fit, and they also have longer battery life. Out-of-the-box, their sound profile is more neutral and better-balanced, though some listeners may prefer the bass-heavy sound of the Sony. Thanks to their companion app and EQ presets, the Samsung offer more customization options. The Sony have less intuitive-to-use controls but they offer volume control, which the Samsung lack. The Sony are also better at passively isolating background noise, and they leak less audio.

JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless and JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless are closely-matched headphones, and you may prefer one over the other depending on your preferences. The Sony headphones have onboard volume controls, better-build quality, and a longer continuous battery life, though the JBL have a case that supplies a longer total runtime. The JBL also have a better-balanced sound profile and a superior integrated microphone.

Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019

The Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 are better wireless headphones than the Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless. Thanks to their stability fins, the Anker have a more stable and more comfortable fit, making them better-suited for runs and workouts. The Anker also have easier-to-use, more intuitive controls, a better mic performance, and a longer continuous battery life than the Sony. That said, the Sony have a better noise isolation and leakage performance. Also, the Anker aren't truly wireless and have a cable connecting the two earbuds, which some users may not prefer.

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