Sony WI-H700 h, The Lightness of Sound

I’ve got more bluetooth headphones laying around than most people i know. Several sennheisers, including one that went back for repair and now also doesn’t work, some m-pows that last 3 months, a set of individual obscure chinese ear pieces and a parrot zik amongst others. My wired collection is even greater with bose being the best and recently purchased cheap mee iem’s the current favourite so i approached these with some alacrity. Got this to go with my nw-a45 (a walkman). Build quality looks a bit flimsy and the usb charging cover bent on the first day. Connectivity good and sound quality extremely good. Very silly button control but as you only have limited space and fumbling time on a necklace, it’ll do. Has a delay and missed parts of anything playing using the pause button which may or may not be due to the walkman also having a delay. Battery life not yet tested. Sound isolation worryingly high as i walk the dog along country roads listening to it, not good when a truck load of goats comes from behind.

It’s good headphone and what i was expecting. I do recommend to everybody.

Good quality earphones as expected from sony. The quality of sound is very decent and i would say comparable to a similarly priced sennheiser and the like. The sound is warm, rich and balanced which allows you to enjoy a good variety of music. The earphones are sturdy and well built. These earphones even come with its own app that can be downloaded from the app store and you can use it to equalise sound, which is a nice addition. Not sure i will be using it too heavily because the inbuilt itunes equaliser probably does the job for me but for those, who are looking for a more customised sound, this is a great thing to have. The only reason why i am giving these earphones 4 stars rather than 5 is because the design is still a little bulkier than i would have liked. It would be nicer to have them a bit more discreet and fast charging wouldn’t hurt either. Instead, it’s taken me several hours to charge these earphones to full battery. That aside, it’s a good quality product and i think generally worth the money.

Key specs for Sony WI-H700 h.ear Series Wireless In-Ear High Resolution Headphones with 8 Hours Battery Life – Green:

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  • Hi-Resolution audio compatible
  • Easy Bluetooth connection with NFC one-touch

Comments from buyers

“Simply the best. Nothing matches this at this price for wireless fidelity Hi Res or Standard Res
, Excellent sound clarity
, Very pleased with these

Great sound quality from the sony stables.

Very pleased with these, much better than the beyerdynamic byron wireless earphones i bought earlier and which had poor bluetooth connection. These maintain a much better connection, i can’t recall a single drop out since i got them. Super sound from them as well, much much better than the airpods i bought (and gave to my son quickly after) and the controls on the neck band are convenient. Very comfortable to wear as well although i’d like the headphone leads to be an inch or so longer for better clearance when worn inside a shirt/coat but that is a minor quibble. Battery life is good as well although there is no ‘low battery’ warning alert so they can just shut down on you. Usefully though, sony give you a connection lead with the pack that can be plugged straight into your mobile (if it has a dedicated headphone jack) and normal service is then resumed. Over the past 2/3 years i have used wireless headphones from jaybird, beyerdynamic, apple and sony and these are without doubt the best for the overall combination of sound quality and maintaining a connection at all times.

But then, for an rrp of 150 notes (without active nc) you would expect it to be. Physically they don’t feel like a premium product – the plastic is lightweight and flimsy feeling. I replaced the latex earbuds with memory foam ones and the phones are more comfortable, but still. If you can get them for 60 quid, as they were on a recent prime deal, i think that’s a fair price.

Excellent produce would recemend fast delivery.

I researched these headphones prior to my purchase and they haven’t disappointed. There are exactly what i wanted, light and easy to wear, the sound is great for music and voice as i like listening to story books.

Great sound, comfortable and reliable connection.

Best outdoor headphones i have found so farand i have tried many more.

This is an extremely lightweight pair of earphones; i thought the band was to go over your head but it’s actually meant to go around your neck, and vibrates to alert you to incoming calls. The range from your phone is quite impressive too. The sound is good and the ear buds are pretty comfortable. It charges using a standard usb charger (cable included but no plug).

Not particularly powerful bass but for classical music its good. Its best described as a ‘pleasant’ sound – not bright or aggressive. I can use them for an hour without feeling ear fatigue. You can use the app and its equaliser to adjust the sound settings – but only if you use ldac on low quality setting ( ‘priority on stable connection’ ). Which is pretty much the same quality as standard bluetooth. So rather defeats the object of having ldaci’ve stuck therefore to ldac on maximum quality and forgone the ability to use the equaliser. I use these mostly in bed to listen to soothing classical music when i can’t sleep. The issue is the led light on the headphones blinks very brightly at 5 second intervals. And in the dark its very noticeable and distracting.

First and foremost the sound quality is very good, easily on par with the bluetooth headphones i’ve used in this price range. Some flexibility is enabled with the app, and it all works seamlessly, from pairing to tweaking the output to your preference. There’s no ambient hum or extraneous noise on bluetooth, and the connection hasn’t dropped once in the 20+ hours i’ve been using these over the last two weeks. As far as i can tell the “hi res audio” element is only really applicable with sony’s own walkman devices, or some xperia models, so as an iphone user i can’t speak to the quality of that. Seems unusual as the “for android/ios” labelling on it, but still, whatever quality level i’m getting is very good all the same. The neckband is a very unusual design. The section that sits against the back of your neck is rubberized and feels comfortable and secure, while the ‘legs’, one of which has the controls, are a more rigid plastic. The earbuds are on relatively short wires, meaning that there’s little to no tangling and you’re not contending with excessive cables when using the headphones. It’s got a neat vibrate feature when you receive a call, but that’s where the appeal ends for me. There’s a real issue with the neckband when you’re wearing certain clothes – for instance any coat that covers the neck, or a scarf.

The sony wi-h700 headphones sound fantastic, and are light and comfortable too, making them the best wireless in-ear headphones i hold. The challenge is that the battery just dies so u may not get a heads up. I may have missed the warning but it means that if you miss the warning you end up with an ornament once before it dies. Again great sound perfect for sproting or cycling.

Fabulous sound quality and good connection. Sit comfortably on the neck with not issues.

Excellent, can’t fault, highly recommend for quality and sound.

Don’t do regular reviews but very rarely after all the marketing hype does a product live up to expectations. This one meets and exceeds expectations by spades. This is by far one of the best headphones. Having bought a number of headphones that can partner for a wide number of devices. I have matched this with iphone 7 &8 and austell & kern jr and kann. The quality of sound is exceptional and beats my wired shure headphones. Needs the app to partner but have tried rock, jazz, classical and the musical fidelity is exceptional. Bluetooth signal stability is very good but follow exactly the instructions given on the leaflet as otherwise it does not connect easily but once connected the signal stability is fantastic and better than anything else. The hi res connectivity is best experienced by wired but can easily be enjoyed wireless as the signal on both android and ios devices were both truly exceptional. The various ear fit options help find the right one and as i am very fussy between fit and comfort this exceeded my expectations.

These sound pretty good for bluetooth phones, decent depth and bass. The battery life is not quite as good as i would like – a whole day of listening in the office is a stretch. Still, well worth the £99 i paid for them.

I recently changed my phone and i needed new wireless earphone. Up until now i always bought cheap earphones, but seeing the reviews on this earphone i decided to give it a go. The sound is amazing, i can ear instruments i had never heard on some songs and i very clearly hear the lyrics. It is something i was not expecting at all. The charging time is alright for me and the bluetooth easy to connect. It might look a bit fragile though i wonder if it is really the case: i fell asleep with it around the neck and it did not break. On the plus side: i love the colour. My only complaint would be on the battery life, i wish it had 2 hours extra. At least it turns off by itself if it is not playing music/ connected and you forgot to do it.

Sound quality great, almost as good as 50£ wired headphone, but battery life too short. Around 5 hours with aptx hd. Not enough for daily use and you cannot listen music while recharging.

Update: one month in and the headphones have failed. The buttons stopped responding properly and the unit would not power off until disconnected from bt. Further factory resets and fiddling showed the buttons to be ok but the ‘logic’ of how they worked when paired to a device was going wrong. Returning to amazon (who make this difficult after one month, but if you know how to contact customer service they will take them back) and have re-ordered the same model (now cheaper) in the hope they work better and this is a one off fault. I’ve had these headphones for a week and used them for maybe 5 hours so i can’t fairly comment on battery life beyond noting that the indicator in android seems to go from 100% to 50% without any in-between levels. The sound is however something else for these ‘sports’ earbuds. These sonys sound *clean*, *clear* and have comfortable and realistic bass. I regularly use their over-ear mdr-1abt model and there is definitely a family resemblance within the constraints of basic physics and driver size. I also have westone 4r earbuds – but can’t use those wirelessly very well and nuraphones – both ‘better’ in their own way but not so much so that i feel left out or that i’m downgrading when using these. I’ve been through a whole slew of them recently having bought the now discontinued leophile eels which stopped charging after a year but were otherwise ok to some cheap skullcandy ones where the bluetooth range was about 30cm and they stopped charging after a week to the truly terrible sounding taotronics ones.

Being worn across the neck makes this ‘sony wireless stereo headset’ a sort of cross between traditional headphone and earbuds. The set may not be as comfortable as over the ears headphones but it seems to be held more securely in place than ‘normal’ earbuds, and it incorporates controls on the neck-band. It has the capability to link by bluetooth or directly with jack connection. A lead is provided for this, and there is also a usb-micro charging cable, and there are spare earbuds. A useful magnetic clip keeps l and r earphone cables together. Initially operation appears complex, but in addition to detailed written instructions with technical specification (in many languages) there is an illustrated ‘quick-start’ sheet (without words) that makes setting up and use fairly straightforward. Nfc (near field communication) supposedly makes connecting simple, but it is just as easy with bluetooth. The set may be used with iphone and android mobiles, and the neck-band vibrates when receiving a call. Charging time is 2 to 3 hours, to give play-time of up to 8 hours – and a stand-by time of 180 hours is claimed. Most importantly sound quality and balance is excellent over a wide treble-bass range, yet if required there is an ‘app’ available to permit greater equalising of sound.

Exceptional sound quality from such an easy-to-wear headphones. Just a little bit fiddly to connect an exterior music/sound source via the small usb connector.

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One Response to Sony WI-H700 h, The Lightness of Sound

  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound clarity says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-H700 h.ear Series Wireless In-Ear High Resolution Headphones with 8 Hours Battery Life – Green

    Not particularly powerful bass but for classical music its good. Its best described as a “pleasant” sound – not bright or aggressive. I can use them for an hour without feeling ear fatigue. You can use the app and its equaliser to adjust the sound settings – but only if you use ldac on low quality setting ( “priority on stable connection” ). Which is pretty much the same quality as standard bluetooth. So rather defeats the object of having ldaci’ve stuck therefore to ldac on maximum quality and forgone the ability to use the equaliser. I use these mostly in bed to listen to soothing classical music when i can’t sleep. The issue is the led light on the headphones blinks very brightly at 5 second intervals. And in the dark its very noticeable and distracting.
    • Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:
      Not particularly powerful bass but for classical music its good. Its best described as a “pleasant” sound – not bright or aggressive. I can use them for an hour without feeling ear fatigue. You can use the app and its equaliser to adjust the sound settings – but only if you use ldac on low quality setting ( “priority on stable connection” ). Which is pretty much the same quality as standard bluetooth. So rather defeats the object of having ldaci’ve stuck therefore to ldac on maximum quality and forgone the ability to use the equaliser. I use these mostly in bed to listen to soothing classical music when i can’t sleep. The issue is the led light on the headphones blinks very brightly at 5 second intervals. And in the dark its very noticeable and distracting.
      • 5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with these says:
        Very pleased with these, much better than the beyerdynamic byron wireless earphones i bought earlier and which had poor bluetooth connection. These maintain a much better connection, i can’t recall a single drop out since i got them. Super sound from them as well, much much better than the airpods i bought (and gave to my son quickly after) and the controls on the neck band are convenient. Very comfortable to wear as well although i’d like the headphone leads to be an inch or so longer for better clearance when worn inside a shirt/coat but that is a minor quibble. Battery life is good as well although there is no “low battery” warning alert so they can just shut down on you. Usefully though, sony give you a connection lead with the pack that can be plugged straight into your mobile (if it has a dedicated headphone jack) and normal service is then resumed. Over the past 2/3 years i have used wireless headphones from jaybird, beyerdynamic, apple and sony and these are without doubt the best for the overall combination of sound quality and maintaining a connection at all times.
  2. Colour: Blue Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-H700 h.ear Series Wireless In-Ear High Resolution Headphones with 8 Hours Battery Life – Green

    Very pleased with these, much better than the beyerdynamic byron wireless earphones i bought earlier and which had poor bluetooth connection. These maintain a much better connection, i can’t recall a single drop out since i got them. Super sound from them as well, much much better than the airpods i bought (and gave to my son quickly after) and the controls on the neck band are convenient. Very comfortable to wear as well although i’d like the headphone leads to be an inch or so longer for better clearance when worn inside a shirt/coat but that is a minor quibble. Battery life is good as well although there is no “low battery” warning alert so they can just shut down on you. Usefully though, sony give you a connection lead with the pack that can be plugged straight into your mobile (if it has a dedicated headphone jack) and normal service is then resumed. Over the past 2/3 years i have used wireless headphones from jaybird, beyerdynamic, apple and sony and these are without doubt the best for the overall combination of sound quality and maintaining a connection at all times.
    • 4.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for says:
      Update: one month in and the headphones have failed. The buttons stopped responding properly and the unit would not power off until disconnected from bt. Further factory resets and fiddling showed the buttons to be ok but the “logic” of how they worked when paired to a device was going wrong. Returning to amazon (who make this difficult after one month, but if you know how to contact customer service they will take them back) and have re-ordered the same model (now cheaper) in the hope they work better and this is a one off fault. I’ve had these headphones for a week and used them for maybe 5 hours so i can’t fairly comment on battery life beyond noting that the indicator in android seems to go from 100% to 50% without any in-between levels. The sound is however something else for these “sports” earbuds. These sonys sound *clean*, *clear* and have comfortable and realistic bass. I regularly use their over-ear mdr-1abt model and there is definitely a family resemblance within the constraints of basic physics and driver size. I also have westone 4r earbuds – but can’t use those wirelessly very well and nuraphones – both “better” in their own way but not so much so that i feel left out or that i’m downgrading when using these. I’ve been through a whole slew of them recently having bought the now discontinued leophile eels which stopped charging after a year but were otherwise ok to some cheap skullcandy ones where the bluetooth range was about 30cm and they stopped charging after a week to the truly terrible sounding taotronics ones.
      • Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:
        Update: one month in and the headphones have failed. The buttons stopped responding properly and the unit would not power off until disconnected from bt. Further factory resets and fiddling showed the buttons to be ok but the “logic” of how they worked when paired to a device was going wrong. Returning to amazon (who make this difficult after one month, but if you know how to contact customer service they will take them back) and have re-ordered the same model (now cheaper) in the hope they work better and this is a one off fault. I’ve had these headphones for a week and used them for maybe 5 hours so i can’t fairly comment on battery life beyond noting that the indicator in android seems to go from 100% to 50% without any in-between levels. The sound is however something else for these “sports” earbuds. These sonys sound *clean*, *clear* and have comfortable and realistic bass. I regularly use their over-ear mdr-1abt model and there is definitely a family resemblance within the constraints of basic physics and driver size. I also have westone 4r earbuds – but can’t use those wirelessly very well and nuraphones – both “better” in their own way but not so much so that i feel left out or that i’m downgrading when using these. I’ve been through a whole slew of them recently having bought the now discontinued leophile eels which stopped charging after a year but were otherwise ok to some cheap skullcandy ones where the bluetooth range was about 30cm and they stopped charging after a week to the truly terrible sounding taotronics ones.
  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound. says:
    Use these on my early morning walk, it has been too hot to use my on-ear headphones but these are great and cool on the ears. Light weight and easy to use once you get used to the controls. The sound is excellent with good base response, battery life is more or less as stated and quite quick to charge. The voice information is good too telling you if the batteries are low and informing you of pairing mode or switching off. All in all a great set of wireless headphones and at half price excellent value.
    • Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:
      Use these on my early morning walk, it has been too hot to use my on-ear headphones but these are great and cool on the ears. Light weight and easy to use once you get used to the controls. The sound is excellent with good base response, battery life is more or less as stated and quite quick to charge. The voice information is good too telling you if the batteries are low and informing you of pairing mode or switching off. All in all a great set of wireless headphones and at half price excellent value.
      • 4.0 out of 5 stars Decent sounding in-ear earphones with reliable bluetooth says:
        I use these sony earphones with an iphone xs. I’ve found they stay connected reliably (no bluetooth blips) and sound very reasonable. The sound quality is helped on ios by them supporting aac streaming. They’re no competition for serious listening headphones, but for normal listening they are absolutely fine. The neckband isn’t ideal, but it does provide ok battery life. It’s reasonably comfortable and after a while you tend to forget it’s there. An extra excellent feature is the included 3. This lets you connect these earphones to devices that don’t support bluetooth audio (i use them with a 3ds as well as my iphone).
  4. Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-H700 h.ear Series Wireless In-Ear High Resolution Headphones with 8 Hours Battery Life – Green

    I use these sony earphones with an iphone xs. I’ve found they stay connected reliably (no bluetooth blips) and sound very reasonable. The sound quality is helped on ios by them supporting aac streaming. They’re no competition for serious listening headphones, but for normal listening they are absolutely fine. The neckband isn’t ideal, but it does provide ok battery life. It’s reasonably comfortable and after a while you tend to forget it’s there. An extra excellent feature is the included 3. This lets you connect these earphones to devices that don’t support bluetooth audio (i use them with a 3ds as well as my iphone).
  5. 1.0 out of 5 stars Compatibility issue with galaxy phones. says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-H700 h.ear Series Wireless In-Ear High Resolution Headphones with 8 Hours Battery Life – Green

    As others said, they sound great. Perfect balance of bass, mids and highs. Design is also good, they look much better than in the picture. As other reviewer said the call quality is horrendous. I’m returning my purchase and the replacement because of this. The microphone input is really scambled and distorted even when recording to the device. I have tried all codecs and settings, must be a compatibility issue with galaxy s 9 plus or android oreo. A damn shame as they sond better than my sennheisers.
    • Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:
      As others said, they sound great. Perfect balance of bass, mids and highs. Design is also good, they look much better than in the picture. As other reviewer said the call quality is horrendous. I’m returning my purchase and the replacement because of this. The microphone input is really scambled and distorted even when recording to the device. I have tried all codecs and settings, must be a compatibility issue with galaxy s 9 plus or android oreo. A damn shame as they sond better than my sennheisers.
  6. 5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-H700 h.ear Series Wireless In-Ear High Resolution Headphones with 8 Hours Battery Life – Green

    Bought to match my sony walkman a45. Easy to use, pair instantly and have about 4 hours battery life.
    • Colour: Gold Verified Purchase says:
      Bought to match my sony walkman a45. Easy to use, pair instantly and have about 4 hours battery life.

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