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Sony WH-CH710N Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Sep 29, 2020 at 08:20 am
Sony WH-CH710N Wireless Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
6.6
Neutral Sound
6.9
Commute/Travel
7.0
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
6.9
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sony WH-CH710N Wireless noise cancelling headphones are fairly simple over-ears. They have a comfortable fit, and their over 23-hour continuous battery life is ideal for long days on the go. Their bass-heavy sound profile adds an extra thump and punch to your favorite songs. Unfortunately, their ANC feature doesn't block out a lot of background noises, and they don't have any sound customization features. That said, these straightforward over-ears have a fairly versatile overall performance.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Sony WH-CH710N are alright for mixed usage. They have a comfortable fit and a long continuous battery life that's suitable for extended listening sessions. Their bass-heavy sound profile adds extra thump and punch to your favorite music. However, their ANC feature doesn't block out a lot of background noise, so they aren't ideal to use in a noisy office or during your commute. They also aren't stable enough to wear while working out.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Long continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
  • Not very portable.
6.6 Neutral Sound

The Sony WH-CH710N are adequate for neutral sound. They have a very accurate mid-range that helps make voices and lead instruments clear and present in the mix. However, their bass-heavy sound profile isn't ideal for all listeners. They also have an inconsistent audio delivery in the mid and treble ranges, so you may perceive sounds differently depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. Unlike many other Sony headphones, they aren't compatible with the Sony | Headphones Connect app, so their sound profile can't be customized.

Pros
  • Neutral mid-range.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
6.9 Commute/Travel

The Sony WH-CH710N are reasonable for commute and travel. They're comfortable enough to wear for long periods without a lot of fatigue, and their long continuous battery life can get you through long international flights. Unfortunately, their bulky design isn't very portable. They also don't block out a lot of background noise, especially in the bass range, so you can still hear bus and plane engines while wearing these headphones.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Long continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
  • Not very portable.
7.0 Sports/Fitness

The Sony WH-CH710N are decent for sports and fitness. Unfortunately, they aren't intended to be used while working out. These bulky over-ears aren't very portable and they aren't stable enough to be worn while exercising. That said, they're very comfortable headphones.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Not very portable.
6.7 Office

The Sony WH-CH710N are alright for office use. These comfortable over-ears have a long continuous battery life that can get you through multiple work days without recharging. They don't leak a lot of noise either, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes without bothering your coworkers. Unfortunately, they don't isolate a lot of noise, so you may still hear your coworkers' voices while wearing these headphones.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
5.3 Wireless Gaming

The Sony WH-CH710N are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wirelessly with the PS4 or the Xbox One. They're compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is likely too high to be suitable for wireless gaming.

6.9 Wired Gaming

The Sony WH-CH710N are fair for wired gaming. You can plug these headphones into the controller of your Xbox One or PS4 to receive audio, however, you can't use the microphone to communicate with your teammates. Their comfortable fit is ideal for long gaming sessions, and their bass-heavy sound profile adds an extra punch to action-packed scenes.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Don't support mic when wired.
6.5 Phone Calls

The Sony WH-CH710N are okay for phone calls. Their integrated microphone makes your voice sound clear, but also a bit thin and unnatural. The microphone also struggles to separate your voice from background noise in noisier settings, like a train station. Also, they don't isolate a lot of background noise, which may be distracting during your phone calls.

Pros
  • Mic transmits voice clearly.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.6 Neutral Sound
  • 6.9 Commute/Travel
  • 7.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.9 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Sony WH-CH710N are simple, straightforward wireless over-ears. They're available in black, white, gray, or blue, and overall their design isn't particularly flashy.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.49 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The Sony WH-CH710N are comfortable. They're lightweight, and they aren't too tight on the head. The headband and ear cups are well-padded. However, the ear cups are a bit shallow, so your ears may occasionally touch the drivers, which is annoying.

7.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Sony WH-CH710N have good controls. There are four buttons, and it's easy to know which button you're pressing thanks to the indentations. The multi-function button controls play/pause, the voice assistant, and lets you skip tracks forward or backward. There's also a power and pairing button, an ANC button, and volume controls.

5.6
Design
Portability
L 7.4 "
W 6.6 "
H 3.2 "
Volume 156 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

They aren't very portable. Like most over-ears, they have a bulky design. Fortunately, the ear cups swivel down to allow the headphones to lay flat so they can fit easier into your bag.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones don't come with a case or a pouch.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

These headphones have a decent build quality. They're mostly made of plastic which feels fairly durable. There are faux-leather ear cups, and the headband is made of plastic and metal with faux-leather padding. While they should be able to handle a couple of drops without any damage, they don't feel as sturdy as some of the higher-end models we've tested, and the ear cup hinges seem like a particularly weak point.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Sony WH-CH710N are decently stable headphones. They should stay in place during casual listening sessions, but they aren't intended to be used while working out. With higher-intensity movements, they may fall off your head.

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In The Box

  • Sony WH-CH710N headphones
  • USB-C charging cable
  • 1/8" TRS cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.54 db
Treble Amount
-4.31 db

The Sony WH-CH710N have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile. Overall, their sound profile is neutral enough to be suitable for most music genres, but the extra thump and punch in the bass range is ideal for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization options for these headphones.

6.5
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.74 dB

These headphones have a fair frequency response consistency. They have an inconsistent mid and treble delivery, so they may sound different depending on their fit, seal, and positioning.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.52 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
12.07 Hz
Low-Bass
2.28 dB
Mid-Bass
3.9 dB
High-Bass
4.64 dB

These headphones have a good bass accuracy. It's slightly overemphasized across the range, which adds an extra thump and punch to the mix. However, some listeners may find it to be a little too boomy.

8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.68 dB
Low-Mid
2.42 dB
Mid-Mid
0.32 dB
High-Mid
-0.5 dB

These headphones have impressive mid accuracy. The overemphasized low-mids can slightly clutter vocals and lead instruments. However, the rest of the range is quite flat and balanced, so lead instruments and vocals are mostly clear and present. That said, they have a somewhat inconsistent mid delivery, so this performance represents the average response and your experience may vary.

4.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
7.09 dB
Low-Treble
-0.37 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.13 dB
High-Treble
-12.39 dB

These headphones have poor treble accuracy. Mid-treble is very underemphasized, which makes sibilants like cymbals sound dull and lispy and may be noticeable for some listeners. However, they have an inconsistent treble delivery, so this performance represents the average response. Your experience may vary.

6.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.16 db
Dips
2.56 db

The Sony WH-CH710N have passable peaks and dips performance. There are slight peaks in the low and high-bass ranges, which add a touch of thump and boominess. The peak in the low-treble makes instruments harsh and painful. The large dip in the mid-treble makes some sibilants dull and lispy, while the peak in the mid-treble makes others piercing and painful.

8.7
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.33
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.1
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.85
Weighted Phase Mismatch
6.31

These headphones have amazing imaging performance. Weighted group delay falls mostly below the audibility threshold, ensuring a tight bass and transparent treble. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit are well-matched in phase, frequency, and amplitude response, so objects like voices and instruments are accurately placed and localized in the stereo field. Note that these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

5.2
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.53 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
11.16 dB
PRTF Distance
14.58 dB
Openness
4.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.9

Their soundstage is disappointing. Overall, it's fairly large, but it isn't as open or spacious as open-back headphones. Sound seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than all around you.

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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.

6.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.707
WHD @ 100
0.327

The Sony WH-CH710N have a reasonable weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's a spike in the treble range, but it likely won't be noticeable to most people.

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

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid using these settings.

Isolation
5.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.71 dB
Bass
-3.55 dB
Mid
-12.0 dB
Treble
-26.32 dB

The Sony WH-CH710N have a sub-par noise isolation performance. Though they have an ANC feature, it isn't really effective in blocking out background noises. These headphones struggle to block out bass-heavy sounds like bus or plane engines. While they perform a bit better with higher-frequency sounds like voices or AC units, you can still hear some of these sounds.

7.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
36.64 dB

These headphones have good leakage performance. They don't leak a lot of noise, and the leakage isn't very loud, so it shouldn't bother the people around you in an average office setting.

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

The Sony WH-CH710N have an integrated microphone.

7.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
265.23 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.77 dB
HFE
6088.74 Hz
Weighted THD
0.523
Gain
3.27 dB

The integrated microphone has a decent recording quality. Your voice is clear, but it also sounds a bit muffled and unnatural.

6.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
13.04 dB

The microphone has a mediocre noise handling performance. It struggles to fully separate speech from background noise, even in moderately noisy environments, so it's best used in more quiet settings.

Active Features
8.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
29.4 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
29.4 hrs
Charge Time
5.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

The Sony WH-CH710N have a great battery performance. The manufacturer advertises a continuous playtime of 35 hours with the ANC On, and while we only tested continuous battery life of over 29 hours, it still ensures that you don't have to recharge these headphones daily. They can also be used for passive audio playback, and there's even a standby mode that automatically turns them off when they aren't being used to help conserve battery.

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

Unlike the Sony WH-CH700N Wireless, the Sony WH-CH710N don't have a dedicated companion app.

Connectivity
7.6
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
Yes
Line Of Sight Range
276 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
240 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
169 ms
Android Latency
197 ms

The Sony WH-CH710N have good Bluetooth connectivity. They support NFC pairing, but you can only connect them to one device at a time, which may be inconvenient if you like to use your headphones with your computer and your phone. They have high latency on PC, iOS, and Android, so they aren't ideal for watching videos or movies. However, apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.

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

These headphones only connect wirelessly via Bluetooth.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.0 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

These headphones come with a 1/8" TRS cable that doesn't have an in-line microphone. There's also a USB-C charging cable.

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

You can plug these headphones into your PS4 controller or PC using their 1/8" TRS cable, but they only transmit audio, so you can't use the microphone. They're also compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is likely too high for gaming.

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

You can plug these headphones into your Xbox One controller using their 1/8" TRS cable, but they're audio-only compatible, so you can't use the microphone.

0
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

The Sony WH-CH710N don't have a base or a dock.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sony WH-CH710N come in four different color variants: Black, Gray, White, and Blue. We tested the Black model, but we expect the other models to perform similarly. You can see the label for the model we tested here. If you come across a model variant that isn't mentioned, let us know in the discussions so that we can update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Sony WH-CH710N are fairly straightforward wireless over-ears without a lot of features. Their bass-heavy sound profile adds an extra thump and punch to the mix. Unfortunately, their ANC feature doesn't do much to isolate against background noises, and they don't have any customization features and aren't compatible with the Sony | Headphones Connect app. If you're looking for other headphones, check out our recommendations for the best headphones under $200, the best noise cancelling headphones, and the best wireless Bluetooth headphones.

Sony WH-CH700N 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 noise.

Sony WH-XB900N Wireless

The Sony WH-XB900N Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless. The WH-XB900N are better-built, more comfortable, have a longer continuous battery life, and block out more background noise. However, as part of Sony's Extra Bass series, they have a much more bass-heavy sound profile than the WH-CH710N. You can customize their sound using the graphic EQ and presets in the companion app, which the WH-CH710N lacks. That said, the WH-CH710N leaks less noise.

Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless

The Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless are slightly more versatile headphones than the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless. The Sennheiser are more stable, and they have better noise isolation performance. Their default sound profile is a bit more balanced than the bass-heavy Sony, and they also have a graphic EQ and presets in their companion app, which the Sony lacks. Unlike the Sony, the Sennheiser can be paired with up to two devices at the same time. However, the Sony are more comfortable headphones.

Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless

The Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless are better, more versatile headphones than the Sony WH-CH710N Wireless. The WH-H910N are better-built, and they have a more neutral default sound profile. They also have a longer continuous battery life, and they're more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets in their companion app.

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