Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones : Gym or Running

Firstly, these are really comfortable to wear and they stay in place. They are easy to set up and the battery life is around eight hours. I’ve used them for cycling and the odd jog and when commuting. Sound-wise they’re a little light on bass response, but great on mid and top range. The call / phone feature works well for the user, but is less well received by the person on the other end of the phone. The controls are easy to use and i’ll continue to use these as they’re better than most i’ve tried.

Bought these specifically to use at the gym. They hold in the ears even whilst using the treadmill and rowing machines they are loud but really clear with no distortion at higher volume. Really light and the battery life seems to be just about right for these types of in ear headphones really impressed with these sony👍.

Extremely love the design of these earphones but sometimes find the volume is a little bit low especially in gym. Hope sony would make improvement in the future.

The sound quality on these is decent but the bud design is not the best. Neither of the two sizes provided keep these in my ear. This makes the gym or running a no go for these earphones, particularly as they are a bit bulky and heavy. I’ve since moved on to the wi-sp600n which are worth spending that little bit more on, or perhaps even the wi-sp700n if you don’t want wires at all.

Comfortable and high-quality earphone.

Brilliant, the only headphones i will use for running as they are the only ones that stay in your ears (probably due to the bump texture on the inserts). The sound is nice and open, no distortion at higher levels and they are not bass oriented like so many phones these days. Can’t comment on battery life yet, only been using them for a few hours.

If apple’s airpods are a little on the pricey side, then it’s well worth checking out what sony now have to offer. Early attempts at the in-ear bluetooth convenience where less than adequate to say the least, but technology (or at least decision making) has come a long way recently. Sony put a lot of effort into making their products sounds incredible, and these wi-sp500s hands-down sound better than apple’s offering – at almost twice the price. Part of the improvement in sound quality, i believe, is actually down to how well these ‘buds sit in your ear. How much this improvement sways your decision is of course subjective, but those prioritising sound quality will strongly want to consider this product. Other aspects of the hardware, including syncing and build quality, are equally impressive. I’m also a big fan of the cable between the two ‘buds, as it means you can’t lose one. The product is also technically splash proof, though in the grand scheme of things you’re talking about sweat resistance. Don’t attempt to wash these things under a tap.

These headphones are comfortable, stay in the ear well, connect very easily and don’t seem to suffer badly from signal drop outs. They are airy and perfect for what i assume is the target market – runners who require a degree of outside awareness. Sound quality on the other hand is not great. The openness results in quite tinny sound with little in the way of bass – definitely not recommended for pleasure listening. For a bit of motivational music whilst exercising though, these wii probably suffice for most. Also a shame that no form of carry case/pouch is included.

Very good built quality and sound quality. Battery life though not the best.

Came on time, as described and and presented, brand new, works well i am very happy thank you.

Good sound reproduction- not too much bass. Light weight and seem well made. Never feel entirely secure though, but having said that they have not fallen out so far.

Comfortable and good sound quality.

I bought this sony bluetooth almost in 100 euro but its totally wastage of money its disconnect automatically after sometime and then again you need to connect not happy with this sony sp500 👎.

Firstly what a lovely delicate shade of pink. These are easy to set up and pair off to your device. Mine were paired to my ipod. I used them whilst doing a workout at home which includes using weights. These headphones didn’t move the entire time of the work out and were very comfortable in my ears. Sound is excellent no tinny sound, good all round sound and good bass tone. They tuck round the back of my neck comfortably and didn’t get in the way at all, i could have easily forgotten i was wearing them whilst working out and just listening to my music. In this day and age of jogging/cycling, gym workouts etc, these are essential kit frankly.

Product lacks bass, doesn’t sit in the ears when exercising etc.

This it a gift to my friend.

I love it, the sound is great. Fit and secure while you are running. Just on thing to concern is the silicone may slip off and i have no idea where to get the spare.

Sound quality was great but i had to send them back because they kept falling out. Sony earphones are shaped funny, so it makes them difficult to stay in your ears.

Great purchase, my dad loves them. The only thing i would say is that the rubber tips are nearly impossible to replace if you lose them.

A couple of hours gets these fully charged and ready to pair, which was a straightforward process to my iphone. Sound quality is good and clear for music or calls and the buds stay firmly in place no matter what activity you are doing. Note however that these are only splash proof, so don’t wear them to swim and remember to remove them before showering or washing your hair. I would ideally have liked a little pouch to be included as the box is unnecessarily bulky for longer term storage, but these are otherwise a good option and, with great sound, there’s nothing else to dislike.

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One Response to Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones : Gym or Running

  1. 2.0 out of 5 stars Awkward to fit in ears says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Didn’t get on with this set. Uncomfortable and struggled to get them to sit right in my ears. When i did manage the sound was great. Had to return them as the fuss of positioning them each time was not worth the hassle.
  2. Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Didn’t get on with this set. Uncomfortable and struggled to get them to sit right in my ears. When i did manage the sound was great. Had to return them as the fuss of positioning them each time was not worth the hassle.
    • 1.0 out of 5 stars Don’t lose the rubber ear tip covers! says:
      I got the headphones for £23 and felt they were good value for money, with reasonable sound quality and battery life. However, i marked them down for my experience of contacting sony customer services after losing one of the eartip covers a month or so after buying the headphones. Apparently replacement eartip covers are available from their authorised retailer eet europarts, but with postage and vat added, a single eartip cover costs almost £28. That’s for a ~1cm piece of thin rubber.Sony couldn’t have been less interested, blaming the ridiculous cost of this small spare part on the retailer. And apparently they would have only been able to offer a gesture of goodwill in replacing it had i been for a warranty replacement anyway. Luckily i can use the smaller size spare tips that came with the phone. They’re not as good a fit as the larger ones but they’ll do. Moral of this story – don’t lose the eartip covers.
      • Colour: Pink Verified Purchase says:
        I got the headphones for £23 and felt they were good value for money, with reasonable sound quality and battery life. However, i marked them down for my experience of contacting sony customer services after losing one of the eartip covers a month or so after buying the headphones. Apparently replacement eartip covers are available from their authorised retailer eet europarts, but with postage and vat added, a single eartip cover costs almost £28. That’s for a ~1cm piece of thin rubber.Sony couldn’t have been less interested, blaming the ridiculous cost of this small spare part on the retailer. And apparently they would have only been able to offer a gesture of goodwill in replacing it had i been for a warranty replacement anyway. Luckily i can use the smaller size spare tips that came with the phone. They’re not as good a fit as the larger ones but they’ll do. Moral of this story – don’t lose the eartip covers.
  3. 1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor comfort and design, they will not stay in your ear says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    These have to be the worst pair of earphones i have ever used for sport. I do a lot of running and i always like to buy the best earphones. I bought these and decided to give them a test and i was very disappointed. After running for a good couple of minutes they began to feel loose in my ears and they continuously kept falling out and also they were very uncomfortable to put on. What a letdown by sony bring back the old mdr xb80 (the ones with the ear hook) they were a much better design and actually stayed in your ear.
  4. Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    These have to be the worst pair of earphones i have ever used for sport. I do a lot of running and i always like to buy the best earphones. I bought these and decided to give them a test and i was very disappointed. After running for a good couple of minutes they began to feel loose in my ears and they continuously kept falling out and also they were very uncomfortable to put on. What a letdown by sony bring back the old mdr xb80 (the ones with the ear hook) they were a much better design and actually stayed in your ear.
  5. Colour: Black says:

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    Good sound quality but they keep falling out when jogging.
    • 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent headphones says:
      Bought for my wife’s christmas present. Not a bad thing to say about them.
  6. Colour: Pink Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Bought for my wife’s christmas present. Not a bad thing to say about them.
  7. 1.0 out of 5 stars Won’t stay in says:

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    Nicely made, usual sony build quality but would they stay in my ears?.
  8. Colour: Yellow Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Nicely made, usual sony build quality but would they stay in my ears?.
  9. 5.0 out of 5 stars THEY WONT CHARGE WITHOUT PRESSURE ON THE CABLE says:

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    They tend to fall out sometimes during a work out which is something i can get over. What i cant get over is the fact that im having to apply pressure to the cable for them to charge.
  10. Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:

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    They tend to fall out sometimes during a work out which is something i can get over. What i cant get over is the fact that im having to apply pressure to the cable for them to charge.
  11. Colour: Black says:

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    Nice features (buttons etc) but tend to fall out when running due to pod shape.
  12. 3.0 out of 5 stars Good for music bad for calls says:

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    Good for music but problem when people call. They cannot hear me and the background noise is so loud.
    • Colour: Black says:
      Good for music but problem when people call. They cannot hear me and the background noise is so loud.
      • 2.0 out of 5 stars Don't stay in says:
        The sound quality is as good as could be expected, however they constantly work themselves loose and fall out while running, so they aren’t much use as sports headphones.
  13. Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:

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    The sound quality is as good as could be expected, however they constantly work themselves loose and fall out while running, so they aren’t much use as sports headphones.
  14. 2.0 out of 5 stars Brand Name, Poundland quality says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    So apparently these are designed for activity/sport but left massively disappointed. Do not stay in your ears very well, i have to constantly adjust them/ push back into ears during runs. Tried both sets of silicone inserts but still no good. Had supermarket value ones that were better.
  15. Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    So apparently these are designed for activity/sport but left massively disappointed. Do not stay in your ears very well, i have to constantly adjust them/ push back into ears during runs. Tried both sets of silicone inserts but still no good. Had supermarket value ones that were better.
  16. 1.0 out of 5 stars Useless says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Not worth the money the earpiece becomes loose and starts falling of. Sony are no help with sending out more and replacements cost a fortune. Serious design flaw on an expensive set of ear phones.
  17. Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Not worth the money the earpiece becomes loose and starts falling of. Sony are no help with sending out more and replacements cost a fortune. Serious design flaw on an expensive set of ear phones.
  18. 4.0 out of 5 stars Gym or Running says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Bought as a gift for our son at christmas who has commented that they are good but early days yet.
  19. Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Bought as a gift for our son at christmas who has commented that they are good but early days yet.
    • 1.0 out of 5 stars Won't stay in ear. says:
      I can’t comment on sound quality or battery life as i simply could not get these to stay in my ears. I tried for half an hour in many different orientations and with both sets of supplied cushions. I emailed sony and they were very unhelpful. By the way, how is it possible to have small and medium cushions but no large option?????sorry, will be returning and trying something else.
      • Colour: Black says:
        I can’t comment on sound quality or battery life as i simply could not get these to stay in my ears. I tried for half an hour in many different orientations and with both sets of supplied cushions. I emailed sony and they were very unhelpful. By the way, how is it possible to have small and medium cushions but no large option?????sorry, will be returning and trying something else.
  20. 5.0 out of 5 stars Great headset. says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Good quality of sounds and mobile. The only con of this bluetooth device is you don’t know if the battery is fully charged or not and does not switch itself off when not in use.
  21. Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Good quality of sounds and mobile. The only con of this bluetooth device is you don’t know if the battery is fully charged or not and does not switch itself off when not in use.
  22. 5.0 out of 5 stars Affordable quality says:

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    Top quality sound and very comfy to wear, and can forgot that they are there. Both me and the daughter use these on the treadmill and whilst gyming.
    • Colour: Black says:
      Top quality sound and very comfy to wear, and can forgot that they are there. Both me and the daughter use these on the treadmill and whilst gyming.
  23. 2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me says:

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    Tried them on and they looked far stranger than i imagined they would. There’s very little to keep them in your ear while you work out, and they let in 90% of ambient sound so you will need to turn them up high to hear anything if using in a noisy gym or whilst jogging in a city. Sound quality wasn’t great although i didn’t give them enough time to burn in. Had to return unfortunately, very strange looking indeed.
  24. Colour: Black Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    Tried them on and they looked far stranger than i imagined they would. There’s very little to keep them in your ear while you work out, and they let in 90% of ambient sound so you will need to turn them up high to hear anything if using in a noisy gym or whilst jogging in a city. Sound quality wasn’t great although i didn’t give them enough time to burn in. Had to return unfortunately, very strange looking indeed.
  25. 1.0 out of 5 stars It baffles me. says:

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    In the decades to come our ancesters will discuss the early 21st century inhabitants of this small planet as absolute imbeciles. I mean what could possibly go wrong with wireless transmitters attached to either side of ones head [🤤 🤯💀].
  26. Colour: Black says:

    This review is from : Sony WI-SP500 Wireless Sports Headphones with IPX4 Splash Proof – Black

    In the decades to come our ancesters will discuss the early 21st century inhabitants of this small planet as absolute imbeciles. I mean what could possibly go wrong with wireless transmitters attached to either side of ones head [🤤 🤯💀].

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