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[Evaluation]Sony WF-C500 Introductory True Wireless Headphones Excellent Sound Performance + Play Sony Headphones Flat

Sony’s true wireless headset WM-1000XM4 has achieved a very good level and balance in terms of sound quality and noise reduction, but not every mobile phone user needs such a strong headset. If you want to play Sony’s true wireless headset, now There is WF-C500. It inherits the essence of Sony’s true wireless headset, including sound quality, operation, DSEE, small body, etc., but the price is only less than half of the flagship phone.

WF-C500 can be said to be Sony’s entry-level true wireless headphones. Although there is no noise reduction function and no DSEE Extreme, other basic elements are quite the same as the flagship. The weight of the bass, the clarity of the high frequency/vocal, etc. will not make you feel that the WF-C500 has too many shortcomings. The connection experience and the DSEE sound quality enhancement technology are still there, and the operation is handy.

Lightweight and strong endurance

First of all, let’s take a look at its body design. Compared with XM4, it can be said to be one size smaller, which is roughly the same as the previous WF-XB700. The advantage of the slim body is that after the earphones are inserted into the ears, there will be no big things protruding, and it will not be too eye-catching to use on the street, keeping your shapely posture. Our reporter salad with thinner ears wears headphones. The headphones only protrude a little from the auricle, and the body can basically fit into the auricle.

Although the earphones are equipped with plastic earplugs, the fit is just right for the editor. And the shape of the earphone is not too peculiar, it is easy to find the direction of wearing the earphone, and it can be used as soon as it is plugged into the ear. In fact, Sony’s entry-level headphones have always done a good job in this regard.

Of course, the materials used will be a bit more “beginner” than XM4. But if you don’t compare it with the flagship XM4, the WF-C500 still has a very good tactile feel, especially if the headset operating buttons use physical keys, it is less likely to be wrong.

The earphone charging box is designed with matte plastic. Although it is thin, it weighs only 46g (headphones with charging box). Compared with the 56g of the XM4 and the 56g of the Apple AirPods Pro, the weight of the WF-C500 unilateral earphone is only 5g. Compared to the 7g of the XM4, it is lighter, and taking it out of the street will undoubtedly reduce your burden. However, the headset box does not support wireless charging and can only be connected to a USB Type-C charging cable. The endurance of the headset itself is 10 hours, which can be said to be very long-lasting. Under normal use, the editor can also appreciate the amazing endurance of this headset. However, the power of the charging box can only add 10 hours of battery life to the headset, not too much, and you may need to charge it more frequently. The headset is equipped with a fast charging function, charging for 10 minutes can give you 1 hour of extra playing time.

The basic advantages of Sony headsets can also be found in the WF-C500, such as single headset transmission mode, mobile phone/computer quick pairing, and you can also set the headset control, equalizer, and button operation in the Headphones Connect mobile app. and many more.

▲The ear shape analysis system, equalizer, and 360 Reality Audio that Sony headphones have always supported▲At the bottom of the menu, you can see the DSEE function. It can digitally improve the sound quality for music with a low bit rate, but it will make the sound of high-definition music slightly lower.

Sound quality test: medium sound field, excellent vocal and heavy bass performance

As an entry-level headset, the WF-C500 still uses a 5.8mm driver unit, which keeps the high frequency to a certain degree of clarity, and the weight and thickness of the heavy bass are quite good. When the iPhone 13 Pro Max is connected by AAC, the editor even feels that the vocals and high frequencies of the WF-C500 will be more prominent than that of the XM4.

When listening to Yonger’s “Sea of ​​Thorns” 24bit 48kHz, 1663kbps FLAC through MOOV, you can experience that the vocals are crisper, but not too thorny, and the vocals will be closer. At the beginning of the music, the sound field, the sense of envelopment and the vocal reverberation are concentrated, and not too diffuse. However, when you enter the core part of the song, you will find that the sense of envelopment is still at a certain level, and at the same time the low frequency part of the music background, including bass guitar and double bass, the low frequency part of the performance is heavy and heavy, and the song feels dark and clear. The degrees reflect each other. The vocal part is not only the solo part, but also can be clearly expressed during the climax of the music.

Listening to Shishan Street “Stone Mountain Pie” 24bit 48kHz, 1873kbps FLAC also found that the singer’s singing voice is better and many headphones are prominent, and it is rarely covered by music, but the same singing voice will be more crisp and sharp. Like the “Sea of ​​Thorns” I just listened to, the sound field is also click-to-stop. However, the low frequency part of the song is very good, and the dive level can be compared with other high-end headphones. There are many unique sound effects in the song that can be felt through the headphones.

All in all, the editor will feel that listening to popular music with this headset can give play to the balance of its heavy bass and singing voice. Listening to lyrical and even strong songs can also perform well, but it will not be as good as the flagship model in terms of pure music performance. WF-C500 can also be said to be a more “omnivorous” headset. After connecting to a mobile phone, you can watch YouTube, Netflix videos or listen to ASMR sound effects. Its accurate mid-frequency and strong bass can help enhance the sound experience. If you want a more delicate sound, a wider sound field, and a high-bandwidth Bluetooth connection such as LDAC, you only need to buy the flagship model.

Summary: The driver unit is delivered to have the basic experience of Sony headsets

Overall, the performance of the WF-C500 in all aspects is also Sony’s superior work. The driver unit of the headset is delivered, plus the usual operating experience of other Sony headsets. The suggested retail price of HK$999 is also quite worthwhile. Play, but sound insulation depends on the performance of the earphones themselves. Friends who bought it for sports or don’t have extreme requirements for wireless earphones can also pay attention to this WF-C500.

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