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Sony's latest truly wireless earphones are its best yetDespite some small drawbacks, the Sony WF-SP700N earphones sound better than the AirPods and fit comfortably and securely.
We've seen a lot of new truly wireless earphones at the market in 2018, and this is Sony's latest the WFSP 700N which retails for $180. And comes in four different color options. It's essentially the sports version of Sony's WUF 1000X. And like that model has a noise cancelling feature. That helps block out the sound around you. These earphones have a few things going for them. They're relatively lightweight, and fit me comfortably and securely thanks to the design of the included sports fins. They also sound good for a truly wireless headphone and work mostly reliably with a minimum amount of dropouts. Using the app, you can tweak the sound by toggling through various Preset equalizer modes including one that boosts the bass, however I personally found that the offsetting offered the best sound. And you can also turn off the noise cancellation, but I mostly left it on, especially when I was walking the streets of New York or riding the subway. The noise cancelling isn't as strong as the noise cancelling found in Sony's over ear headphones, but it does help muffle sound around you. These earphones do have a couple of downsides. At three hours on a single charge, the battery life isn't great. The included compact charging case offers two additional charges on the go, but the case felt a little cheap, and I sometimes had a little bit of a hard time getting the ear buds back into the case for charging. Lastly I had to swap in a set of my own extra-large ear tips because the ones Sony supplies in the box don't quite fit my ears. And getting a tight seal with these earphones is crucial to maximizing sound quality, particularly bass performance. Those caveats aside, I did like these guys. While they don't quite measure up to competing sports models from Bose and Jabra in the same price range [MUSIC] They're among the better truly wireless headphones I tested. I'm David Carnet for cnet.com, and thanks for watching.