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Sony WH-CH710N Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Sep 21, 2021 at 03:51 pm
Sony WH-CH710N Wireless Picture
7.1
Neutral Sound
6.7
Commute/Travel
6.9
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
7.0
Wired Gaming
6.8
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sony WH-CH710N Wireless are over-ear headphones with active noise cancelling (ANC). They have a comfortable fit, and their nearly 30-hour continuous battery life is ideal for long days on the go. Their bass-heavy sound profile adds extra thump and punch to your favorite songs. Unfortunately, their ANC doesn't block out much background noise, and they don't have any sound customization features. That said, these straightforward over-ears have a fairly versatile overall performance.

Our Verdict

7.1 Neutral Sound

The Sony WH-CH710N are decent 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, 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 you can't customize their sound profile.

Pros
  • Neutral mid-range.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
6.7 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.
6.9 Sports/Fitness

The Sony WH-CH710N are alright for sports and fitness. Unfortunately, they aren't intended for use 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.
6.8 Office

The Sony WH-CH710N are okay 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, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes without bothering your coworkers. Unfortunately, they don't isolate you from a lot of noise, so you may still hear your coworkers' voices while wearing these headphones.

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

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

7.0 Wired Gaming

The Sony WH-CH710N are satisfactory for wired gaming. You can plug these headphones into the controller of your Xbox or PlayStation 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.
6.8 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.
  • 7.1 Neutral Sound
  • 6.7 Commute/Travel
  • 6.9 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.8 Office
  • 5.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.8 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Aug 04, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Updated Sep 29, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Sep 22, 2020: Early access published.

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 don't fit too tightly on the head. The headband and ear cups are well-padded. However, the ear cups are a bit shallow, and 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 they each have a dot or indentation that makes it easy to know which one you're pressing. The buttons aren't very clicky, unfortunately, but you hear voice prompts for some commands

On the left ear cup is the power button. It offers the following controls:

  • Two-second press: Turn headphones on or off.
  • Seven-second press: Enter pairing mode.

On the right ear cup, there is an ANC/ambient mode button, which lets you cycle between 'Ambient Sound Mode' on, active noise cancelling on, and both modes off. 'Ambient Sound Mode' is intended to allow you to hear your surroundings while listening to audio. There's also '+' and '-' buttons that allow you to adjust the volume. Between the volume buttons is a multi-function button that offers the following controls:

  • One click: Play/pause audio
  • Two clicks: Skip track forward.
  • Three clicks: Skip track backward.
  • Two-second hold: Activate voice assistant.

5.8
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 7.4 ยฐC

The Sony WHCH710N Wireless have sub-par breathability, like most over-ear headphones. They aren't intended for sports use and may make you sweat more if you use them during workouts. However, it shouldn't be too much of an issue with more casual use.

5.6
Design
Portability
L 7.4" (18.8 cm)
W 6.6" (16.8 cm)
H 3.2" (8.1 cm)
Volume 156.00 inยณ (2,556.37 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

The Sony WH-CH710N Wireless 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.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.0
Design
Build Quality

These headphones have a decent build quality. They're mostly made of plastic that feels fairly durable. The headband is made of plastic and metal, and the ear cup and headband padding is covered in a faux-leather material. While they should be able to handle a couple of drops without any damage, they don't feel extremely sturdy, 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 easily stay in place during casual listening sessions, but aren't intended for sports use and may fall off your head if you use them for workouts. On the plus side, their wired design means you don't need to worry about a cable snagging on something and yanking the headphones off your head.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Sony WH-CH710N headphones
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • 1/8" TRS audio 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, it's 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. However, a dip in the low and mid-treble ranges hurts the comprehensibility of instruments and lead vocals and makes sibilants like cymbals seem dull. 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 alright frequency response consistency. Their mid and treble delivery varies based on the headphones' fit, seal, and positioning on your head, so you may need to adjust the headphones each time you use them in order to get a consistent sound.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.6
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 extra thump, punch, and boom to the mix. However, some listeners may find it to be somewhat muddy.

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 excellent 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 somewhat inconsistent mid delivery, so this performance represents the average response and your experience may vary.

5.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
7.09 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.13 dB
Low-Treble
-0.37 dB
High-Treble
-12.39 dB

These headphones have poor treble accuracy. The dip in the low and mid-treble ranges hurts the detail and articulation of instruments and lead vocals and makes sibilants like cymbals sound dull and lispy. However, they have inconsistent treble delivery. This performance represents the average response and 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 to mixes. The peak in the low-treble makes instruments harsh and painful. The large dip in the low and mid-treble can make instruments and lead vocals sound less detailed and articulated while some sibilant sounds, cymbals, seem dull. However, a peak in the mid-treble makes some sibilant sounds piercing.

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

These headphones have an amazing imaging performance. Weighted group delay falls mostly below the audibility threshold, ensuring a tight bass and transparent treble. There are some peaks in the bass-range, but they shouldn't be audible for most with real-life content. Also, the L/R drivers of our 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 unit, and yours may perform differently.

5.3
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.53 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
11.16 dB
PRTF Distance
14.58 dB
Openness
4.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.9

They have a disappointing passive soundstage performance. Sound is perceived to come from inside your head rather than from speakers set in the room around you. Also, while the soundstage seems fairly large, it's not as open or spacious as that of most open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
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 some distortion present in the treble range at both normal and high volumes, but it shouldn't be too noticeable with real-life content, resulting in fairly clean and pure audio reproduction.

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
5.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.71 dB
Bass
-3.55 dB
Mid
-12 dB
Treble
-26.32 dB

The Sony WH-CH710N have a sub-par noise isolation performance. Though they have an ANC feature, it struggles to block out bass-range noises like rumbling bus and plane engines. However, they isolate you from a fair amount of sounds like ambient chatter or humming A/C units.

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

These headphones have a good leakage performance. They don't leak a lot of sound, and the leakage isn't very loud, so even if you're listening to audio at high volumes, your music is unlikely to bother people sitting near you at the office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
265.23 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.77 dB
HFE
6,088.74 Hz
Weighted THD
0.523
Gain
3.27 dB

The Sony WH-CH71N Wireless' integrated microphone has a decent recording quality. Your voice is clear, but it also sounds a bit muffled and unnatural.

7.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
13.04 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone has a decent noise handling performance. It can separate your voice from moderate background sound, although noise seems to cut in and out, which can be a bit distracting. If you use them to take a call somewhere loud like a subway station, your voice can get completely drowned out.

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. They last for just under 30 hours of continuous use on a single charge, which is less than the advertised 35 hours, but should still mean you don't need to charge them every day. However, battery performance can vary with real-life usage, so your experience may vary. They also have standby mode to conserve battery when they aren't in use and can even be used passively if the battery dies. Unfortunately, they take a long time to recharge.

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
276.00 ft (84.12 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
255 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
164 ms
Android Latency
220 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
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.00 ft (1.22 m)
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-A to USB-C charging cable.

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

The Sony WH-CH710N are compatible with PCs using their 1/8" TRS audio cable. However, you can only receive audio.

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 are compatible with PlayStation consoles via analog connection if you plug the 1/8" TRS audio cable into a controller. However, you can only receive audio.

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

You can plug these headphones into your Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S controller using their 1/8" TRS cable, but you can only receive audio.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sony WH-CH710N come in four different colors: 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 variant that isn't mentioned, let us know in the discussions, and we'll 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 extra thump and punch to the mix. Unfortunately, their ANC feature doesn't do much to isolate against background noise. 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-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 lack. That said, the WH-CH710N leak less sound.

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 sound.

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, which some users may prefer, and they also have a graphic EQ and presets in their companion app, which the Sony lack. Unlike the Sony, the Sennheiser can be paired with up to two devices at the same time. However, the Sony are a more comfortable pair of 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, have a more neutral default sound profile, and feature a more effective ANC system. They also have a longer continuous battery life, and they're more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets in their companion app.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless are better than the Sony WH-CH710N for most uses. The Beats are sturdier and have a more neutral sound profile, which some may prefer. Their ANC feature is also much better at blocking out ambient sound. However, the Sony have a much more comfortable fit. They support NFC pairing and can be used wirelessly or with a wired connection. 

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