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Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Mar 11, 2020 at 09:43 am
Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Picture
Mixed Usage
Neutral Sound
Wireless Gaming
Wired Gaming
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sony WH-CH700N are Bluetooth ANC over-ears with a somewhat excited sound profile that should be suitable for a fairly wide range of genres. They're an improved redesign of the Sonyย MDR-ZX770BN with better app support that gives them customization options. They're lightweight, comfortable, and easy-to-use; however, their build quality still feels a bit flimsy compared to other headphones in their price range and their noise cancelling is quite poor.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Sony WH-CH700N are alright headphones for mixed usage. While they can be an okay choice for commuting or office use thanks to their comfortable design and 34-hour battery life, unfortunately, their ANC doesn't work well and they won't block out much background noise. Their sound profile is fairly well-balanced and excited, making them well-suited for a wide variety of genres. On the downside, their plasticky design may not be the most durable, and they likely aren't stable enough to use while working out.

  • Versatile sound profile with graphic EQ.
  • Comfortable, lightweight design.
  • Efficient control scheme.
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Bad noise cancellation.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
6.9 Neutral Sound

The Sony WH-CH700N are decent headphones for neutral sound listening. While their out-of-the-box sound profile isn't flat and neutral, it's still fairly well-balanced and is slightly excited and V-shaped. They'll likely be a good choice for a wide variety of genres and content, with a little extra kick of bass that won't be overpowering. Unfortunately, they aren't consistent among users, so you'll likely have to adjust them to achieve the same response every time. On the bright side, they're compatible with the Sony | Headphones Connect app so you can customize their sound with a graphic EQ.

6.7 Commute/Travel

The Sony WH-CH700N are an alright option for your daily commute or to take with you traveling. They're comfortable enough to wear for extended periods, and their 34-hour battery life should easily last even the longest of travel days. Unfortunately, while they have an ANC feature, it doesn't work well and they won't block much background noise, especially the low rumble of bus or plane engines.

7.0 Sports/Fitness

The Sony WH-CH700N are decent headphones for sports. While they feel decently stable, they may be best suited for a light job as opposed to a more intense workout. On the upside, they're comfortable enough to wear for extended periods, and their out-of-the-box sound profile has a bit of extra kick to keep you pumped up. Unfortunately, as with most over-ear headphones, they may cause you to sweat a bit more than usual.

6.6 Office

The Sony WH-CH700N are okay office headphones. Their excellent battery and comfortable fit mean you should easily be able to wear them through an entire workday. Unfortunately, they don't isolate noise well at all so they won't help if you work in a very noisy office and want something to keep you concentrated.

5.7 Wireless Gaming

The Sony WH-CH700N aren't recommended for wireless gaming. These are Bluetooth headphones so they won't be compatible with a PS4 or an Xbox One. You can plug them into your console's controller, but it'll only transmit audio, so you won't be able to use their mic. You can connect them wirelessly to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, it's likely that their latency will be too high for gaming.

7.3 Wired Gaming

The Sony WH-CH700N aren't suitable for wired gaming. You can plug them into your PS4 or Xbox One controller, but you'll only hear in-game audio and your microphone won't work.

6.2 Phone Calls

The Sony WH-CH700N are an alright option for phone calls. They have an integrated microphone so you can take calls while you're on the go, but like most Bluetooth headphones, their microphone isn't the best. Your voice will be fairly clear but will be lacking in body, and the person you're speaking to likely won't hear you well even in a moderately noisy environment.

  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 6.7 Commute/Travel
  • 7.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 5.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.2 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Feb 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Updated Jul 24, 2018: The review is now complete, and battery data has been updated.
  5. Updated Jul 16, 2018: Review published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image

The Sony CH700N look very similar to the Sony MDR-ZX770BN, though they have slight differences and a sturdier build quality that doesn't creak as much. The hinges are a little wider, and the pads are a bit softer and more comfortable. They're available in matte grey or blue, and overall their design isn't particularly flashy, which some may prefer over some other Sony headphones like the Sony WH-H900N.

Weight 0.5 lbs
Clamping Force
0.8 lbs

The Sony WH-CH700N are comfortable over-ears with a lightweight design and decent padding. They're not too tight on the head and the ear cups are large enough to fit most ears, although they're not very deep so they won't be the most spacious. The headband isn't as well-padded as the rest of the design, but overall they're comfortable headphones that you can wear for a bit longer than the original Sony MDR-ZX770BN.

OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Additional Controls No

The CH700N have a simple and efficient control scheme. The well-designed buttons are located on the bottom of the ear cups. These headphones provide volume, call/music, and skip controls, as well as the power and noise cancelling enabling buttons laid out across the two ear cups. They take a little time to get used to, but once you're accustomed, they're efficient and easy-to-use. Many people will also likely prefer their tactile, clicky buttons to the touch-sensitive controls of some other options, like the Sony WH-1000XM3.

Avg.Temp.Difference 5.5 ยฐC

The Sony WH-CH700, like most closed-back headphones, don't have the most breathable design. They create a decent seal around your ears which prevents a lot of airflow and will make your ears fairly warm during longer listening sessions. They won't be the most suitable option for intense workout routines (see our recommendations for the best over-ear headphones for working out), but like most over-ear headsets they're fine for casual listening.

L 7.5"
W 7.5"
H 1.8"
Volume 101 inยณ
Transmitter Required No

The Sony CH700N aren't the most portable headphones but should easily fit into a bag. While the ear cups swivel to allow the headphones to lay flat, they don't fold into a more compact format like some of the other over-ears we've tested.

Type No case
Volume N/A

The Sony WH-CH700N don't come with a case.

Build Quality

The WH-CH700N have a decent build quality. They feel sturdy enough to handle a couple of drops without any damage. The ear cups are relatively dense and shouldn't break or crack easily. However, they're mostly made of plastic and don't feel as durable as some higher-end headphones. The metal frame that reinforces the headband is thin, and the swivel joints seem susceptible to breaking under moderate physical stress.


The WH-CH700N are decently stable headphones that should easily maintain their position during casual listening sessions. They have a wireless design that prevents the headphones from being yanked off your head due to the audio cable getting hooked on something. However, they aren't sports headphones and aren't tight enough on your head to stop the ear cups from swaying and slipping off your ears when used while running.

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In The Box

  • Sony WH-CH700N headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Micro USB cable
  • Manual
  • Carrying pouch

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.39 dB
Treble Amount
0.05 dB

The Sony WH-CH700N have an excited, V-shaped sound profile. While it doesn't follow our target curve perfectly, the bump in both bass and treble means they still sound fairly balanced and will be suitable for a wide variety of genres. If you want something that follows our target curve a bit more accurately, check out the JBL TUNE 750BTNC Wireless.

Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.61 dB

The frequency response consistency of the WH-CH700N is sub-par. Glasses-wearers will likely notice decreased bass response due to not being able to get a proper seal. You may also have to adjust the headphones on your head to achieve proper treble reproduction.

Raw Frequency Response
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.52 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
4.21 dB
2.86 dB
4.54 dB

The bass accuracy of the CH700 is good. There's a bit of extra thump to the bass, but it won't sound muddy or overpowering. Low-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums, is flat and balanced. High-bass, responsible for warmth, is also flat and balanced. Overall, the bass of the Sony is deep, balanced, and thumpy, without sounding boomy or muddy.

However, their bass delivery is quite sensitive to the quality of fit/seal achieved between the headphones and the ears, so if you wear glasses or have a lot of hair around your ears, you may experience a drop in bass.

Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.96 dB
2.02 dB
-0.39 dB
1.06 dB

The mid accuracy of the Sony CH700N is excellent. Almost the entire range is flat, with only a bit of low-mid and high-mid being slightly overemphasized. Instruments and vocals will be well-balanced and present.

Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.02 dB
4.13 dB
3.91 dB
-3.43 dB

The treble accuracy of the WH-CH700N is mediocre. Though most of the range is overemphasized, thanks to these headphones' slightly pumped-up bass range, it shouldn't sound too piercing or harsh.

1.76 dB
1.28 dB

The peaks and dips performance of the WH-CH700N is decent. Most of the bass and treble ranges peak upwards, with the mid-range dipped for most of the range. This will result in an excited sound profile. There's a fairly large dip in high low-treble which may cause some brighter sounds to appear slightly dull and lispy.

Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
Weighted Phase Mismatch

The imaging of the Sony WH-CH700N is great. The GD graph shows that the group delay response barely crosses the audibility threshold, ensuring a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects), in the stereo field.

Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.27 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.52 dB
PRTF Distance
17.36 dB
Acoustic Space Excitation

The soundstage of the WH-CH700N is mediocre. The PRTF graph shows a decent amount of pinna interaction with decent accuracy. This PRTF response and the closed-back design of these headphones results in a relatively large soundstage, but it'll most likely be perceived to be located inside the listener's head, as opposed to in front.

Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
Speaker Modeling
Room Ambience
Head Tracking
Virtual Surround

The WH-CH700N use Sony's Virtualphone Technology (VPT) to create a virtual surround effect. We don't test for the effectiveness of this feature.

Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
WHD @ 100

The weighted harmonic distortion of the WH-CH700N is decent. There may be some distortion when listening at moderate levels, though it likely won't be noticeable by most.

Test Settings
aptX, 16-bit, 48kHz

These are the settings used to test the WH-CH700N. These results are valid only for these settings. It's worth noting that we tested these headphones over Bluetooth and several users have reported their sound profile varying when used wired, though we don't test this.

Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.26 dB
-0.69 dB
-10.2 dB
-23.76 dB

The isolation performance of the WH-CH700N is bad. In our test, they didn't provide any isolation in the bass range, which means they'll let in all the thump and rumble of airplane and bus engines. However, since the bass isolation of these headphones is dependent on their seal and fit, some people may notice slightly better results, though it likely won't be enough to make much of a difference. While they do a decent job at blocking out high frequency sounds like AC units, they're only mediocre at isolating out background chatter. If you want headphones that perform similarly overall but have better active noise cancelling, check out the JBL CLUB 950NC Wireless.

Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
40.4 dB

The leakage performance of the WH-CH700N is decent. The overall level of leakage isn't very loud. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at one foot away averages just above the noise floor of an average office. If you're looking for headphones that leak less noise, check out the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless.

Microphone Style
Detachable Boom

The Sony WH-CH700N have an integrated microphone in the ear cups.

Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
64.42 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
5.33 dB
3,179.16 Hz
Weighted THD
40.63 dB

The microphone of the WH-CH700N has an average recording quality. Speech recorded/transmitted with this microphone will be a bit thin and will sound noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. Overall, however, speech will still be relatively understandable.

Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
11.98 dB

The noise handling of the Sony WH-CH700N's microphone is mediocre. They're best suited for quiet environments as they'll struggle to fully separate speech from ambient noise even in moderately loud places.

Active Features
Active Features
Battery Type
Continuous Battery Life
34.1 hrs
Additional Charges
Total Battery Life
34.1 hrs
Charge Time
6.2 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Passive Playback
Charging Port micro-USB

The Sony WH-CH700N have an excellent battery life, easily lasting a day, but they take over six hours to charge, which is one of the longest we've ever tested. If this is too long for you, we suggest taking a look at the Plantronics Backbeat Go 810 with their advertised quick charge feature that gives you 3 hours of playback for only 15 minutes of charging, though we don't test for this. On the bright side, The WH-CH700N support passive playback, so they can be used when the battery is dead, though they won't have wireless audio while charging like some of the other wireless over-ears we've tested.

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

The Sony CH700N work with the Sony | Headphones Connect app, available for iOS and Android. The app is well-designed and intuitive and offers a good selection of features. It gives you access to a graphic EQ as well as presets and room effects can also be added or adjusted to change the soundstage to your personal preference. The noise cancelling feature can also be controlled but not to the extent of other Sony headphones like the WH-1000XM2. There are also no customization settings for the standby feature, which is a shame.

Bluetooth Version
Multi-Device Pairing
NFC Pairing
Line Of Sight Range
185 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
183 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
165 ms
PC Latency (aptX HD)
196 ms
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
iOS Latency
263 ms
Android Latency
78 ms

The Sony WH-CH700N don't have simultaneous multi-device pairing like many other options, including the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. On the upside, they do support NFC which makes pairing with compatible smartphones a bit easier. While their PC and iOS latency is quite high, their Android latency is good and you shouldn't notice too much delay. It's worth noting that some apps seem to compensate for this, so your mileage may vary in actual day-to-day use.

Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
Non-BT Latency

These headphones only connect wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Analog Audio
USB Audio
Detachable Yes
Length 4.1 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The Sony WH-CH700N come with a regular audio cable that doesn't have an in-line remote/microphone or a USB adapter.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless

The Sony WH-CH700N won't work wirelessly with a PS4 due to their Bluetooth connection. When they're connected to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, their latency will likely be too high for gaming. You can use them wired with a PS4 by plugging them into the controller, but you won't be able to use their microphone.

Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless

The Xbox One doesn't support Bluetooth headsets, so you can't use the WH-CH700N wirelessly. You can use them wired by plugging them into the controller, but you won't be able to use their microphone.

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

The WH-CH700N don't have a base/dock. If you want a versatile headset with a base that you can also use wired, check out the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless.

Compared To Other Headphones

Comparison picture

The Sony WH-CH700N are a good mixed usage headphone with above-average sound quality and a decently comfortable design. They look somewhat similar to the Sony MDR-ZX770BN but they're more customizable since they support the Sony | Headphones Connect app. Unfortunately, their noise cancellation is fairly weak and won't be good enough for noisy commutes. They also take a very long time to charge, but on the upside, they deliver up to 35 hours of playback on a single charge. They're a decent headset but don't quite outperform other headphones in their price range for mixed usage. See our recommendations for the best wireless headphones, the best wireless headphones under $100, and the best noise cancelling headphones under $100.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM3s are more versatile headphones than the Sony WH-CH700N, thanks to their great noise cancelling feature. Even if the WH-CH700N are also noise cancelling, their isolation performance is sub-par and the feature barely does anything. The XM3s will be a better option for commuting and at the office, but their default sound profile might be a bit bass-heavy for more neutral critical listeners. If you care about sound fidelity, then the CH-700N might be a better option. They also have a longer battery life, but take a long 6 hours to charge fully. On the other hand, the XM3s are slightly more comfortable and have a nice touch-sensitive control scheme. They also feel more premium, but are significantly more expensive.

Sony WH-CH710N Wireless

The Sony WH-CH700N Wireless and the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless are very similar headphones, and depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The WH-CH700N have longer continuous battery life and more customization features thanks to the graphic EQ and presets in their companion app. They have a V-shaped default sound profile, but some listeners may prefer the WH-CH710N's bass-heavy sound. The WH-CH710N also leak less sound.

Sony WH-XB900N Wireless

The Sony WH-CH700N Wireless is a better option for people who want a neutral sound, while the Sony WH-XB900N is a better choice for people who prefer bass-heavy music. The XB900N has a better noise isolation performance thanks to their ANC feature. They're also more comfortable and slightly better-built.

JBL TUNE 750BTNC Wireless

The JBL TUNE 750BTNC Wireless are marginally better mixed usage headphones than the Sony WH-CH700N Wireless. The JBL have a better-balanced default sound profile that's much more consistent among various users and reseats. They also block out more background noise and leak much less audio. On the other hand, the Sony last almost twice as long off a single charge, and have a great dedicated companion app that allows you to customize the way your headphones sound via a graphic EQ and presets. They also look and feel quite a bit more comfortable and durable.

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Wireless

The Sony WH-CH700N are slightly better headphones than the Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT. They have a great audio reproduction and have over 30 hours of battery life. Their control scheme is noticeably easier to use, and they have an ANC feature, though it doesn’t seem to isolate against ambient noise that well. The Sony app is also great and offers multiple controls and customization. On the other hand, the Sennheiser headphones have low latency for Bluetooth and take noticeably less time to charge. However, they won’t be as comfortable as the WH-CH700N.

Sony WH-H900N/h.ear on 2 Wireless

The Sony WH-H900N are a bit better overall than the Sony WH-CH700N. The WH-H900 have a slightly better sound quality and noise isolation performance than the CH700N. Therefore, the H900N will be slightly better for your daily commutes than the CH700. On the upside, the CH-700N are easier to use with tactile controls, have a better soundstage, and have a greater wireless range.

JBL Live 650 BTNC Wireless

The Sony WH-CH700N Wireless and the JBL Live 650 BTNC Wireless are both decent mid-range noise cancelling headphones, but the JBL provide a slightly more premium listening experience. They both sound quite well-balanced, but the JBL have better noise cancelling, support multi-device pairing, and feel better-built. The Sony have a longer battery life, but they also take over six hours to charge, which is disappointing.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

The Sony WH-CH700N Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT. They are compatible with the Sony Headphones Connect app which allows lots of sound customization options, while the Audio-Technica app lacks features. Also, they are noise cancelling headphones, but this feature doesn’t actually seem to perform well. The Sony are also very sensitive to glasses. On the other hand, the Audio-Technica are better-built headphones and have a better wireless range thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0 support.

Sony MDR-XB950N1 Wireless

The Sony WH-CH700N Wireless are better headphones than the Sony MDR-XN950N1 Wireless. They are more comfortable and have noticeably better sound quality. The XB950N1 have a very dark sound profile that's better-suited for very bass-heavy genres like dubstep. Unfortunately, both headphones’ ANC feature is disappointing and barely block ambient noise, but the MDR-XB950N1 are slightly better in that regard. On the other hand, you’ll get more battery life on the CH700N, although they take a very long time to charge. Also, their app offers more controls and a good 5-band EQ, while you can only play with the bass levels of the XB950N1.

Sony WH-CH510 Wireless

The Sony WH-CH700N Wireless are better headphones than the Sony WH-CH510 Wireless, but with a different design. The CH700N are over-ears that are a bit bulkier but are more comfortable, while the CH510 are slightly smaller and more portable thanks to their on-ear design, but aren't nearly as comfortable. The CH700N also look and feel better-built, feel more stable on the head, have a better-balanced sound profile with more low-bass, and have a dedicated companion app with a graphic EQ and presets. On the other hand, the CH510 breathe better, are much more consistent among different users, and have slightly longer battery life.

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

The Sennheiser HD 4.50 are a somewhat better wireless headset than the Sony WH-CH700N. The Sennheisers have much better noise isolation and would be more suitable for commuting and noisy environments. The HD 4.50 also leak a little less, so you won't distract your colleagues. On the other hand, the WH-CH700N are a bit more comfortable, have a slightly more balanced sound, and a longer battery life.

Bose SoundLink 2 Wireless

The Bose SoundLink 2 Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Sony WH-CH700N Wireless thanks to their very comfortable build. They can also connect to two devices simultaneously and have a way shorter charge time than the Sony. Their fit also isolates more than the disappointing noise cancelling feature of the Sony. On the other hand, the Sony have noticeably more battery life but have a very long charge time of over six hours. On the upside, they have a nice 5-band EQ to customize their sound to your liking, which you can’t do with the Bose.

Bose QuietComfort 25/QC25

If you want a wired headset for commuting, then the Bose QuietComfort 25/QC25 are better than the Sony WH-CH700N Wireless. The Bose have a much stronger noise cancellation for noisy environments. They're also more comfortable and have zero-latency since they are wired. However, the Sony have a greater range, and their wireless design makes them a bit more convenient to use with your phone on a daily basis.

Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless

The Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 are better mixed-usage headphones than the Sony WH-CH700N. Both headphones sound great, but the Go 810 are a bit more neutral and sound less sibilant. They also perform more consistently between different humans and reseats. While their ANC feature isn’t the best, it still outperforms the near-useless one of the CH700N. On the other, the Sony app is more customizable than the Plantronics app, and their battery life is better but takes longer to charge. The Go 810 also have a nice quick charge feature that gives you 3 hours of playback in 10 minutes, and they can connect to two devices simultaneously, which the Sonys can’t do.

HyperX Cloud Alpha

If you want a gaming headset, then the wired HyperX Cloud Alpha are the better option, but for mixed usage, the wireless Sony WH-CH700N Wireless are more convenient. The Cloud Alpha have no latency, they're a bit more comfortable, and they're better built than the Sonys. However, the WH-CH700N have a much better range since they are wireless, and they're a bit more practical for outdoors since they are noise canceling headphones.

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