Sony debuts 2 new headphones -- but not the WH-1000XM4

Meet the true wireless WF-XB700 and WH-CH710, a midrange full-size noise-canceling headphone.


We've long waited for the successor to Sony's noise-canceling WH-1000XM3, which earned a CNET Editors' Choice award in 2019. Credible photos of headphones that appeared to be the Sony WH-1000XM4 appeared on Twitter in early March -- but it looks like they're no-shows for now. While we're waiting, the company on Wednesday announced that it's bringing out two new wireless headphones. 

The WF-XB700 is a true wireless headphone in the company's Extra Bass line. It costs $130, while the WH-CH710N, a new noise-canceling over-ear headphone, will cost $200. Both are set to be be available for preorder in April with no word yet on UK or Australian pricing ($130 converts to roughly £105 or AU$215).

I'll be able to judge how they sound and fit once I've had a chance to try them for myself. In the meantime, here are the headphones' key specs, according to Sony. 

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WF-XB700 Extra Bass

  • True wireless earbuds with Sony's Extra bass technology
  • Tri-hold structure creates a comfortable ergonomic fit
  • Up to 9 hours of battery life (charging case delivers an additional 9 hours)
  • 10-minute quick charge provides 60 minutes of music playback
  • USB-C charging
  • IPX4 water-resistance rating (splash and resistant)
  • Audio codecs supported: AAC, SBC
  • Low-latency audio (for video watching)
  • Available in April for preorder, in black and blue

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The WH-CH710 cost $200.



  • 30mm drivers
  • Artificial Intelligence Noise Cancelation constantly analyses environmental ambient sound components and automatically selects the most effective noise canceling mode for users' surroundings
  • Dual microphones (feeding forwards and backwards) help catch more ambient sounds
  • Up to 35 hours of audio on a single charge
  • 10-minute quick charge provides 60 minutes of music playback
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB-C charging
  • 30mm drivers
  • Support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (one-touch button access)
  • Available in April for preorder, in black