Sony is well-known for their superior electronic products. When it comes to wireless earbuds, they have endeavored to keep up their top-class tradition by producing the MDR-XB80BS and the SBH70. These are two high-quality earbuds that are versatile enough for any kind of user.
Let’s take a look at what they have they have to offer.
Sony MDR-XB80BS Premium Wireless In-Ear Sport Earbuds
Technology is moving at a rapid pace in today’s modern world. Everything can now be accomplished on-the-go, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle is getting harder.
Yet a quick look at the market reveals that some of the best earphones are not designed for people who live active lifestyles. Those who try to squeeze regular activity into their daily routine will understand what I’m talking about.
Sure, there are a lot of companies that have designed in-ear headphones, but the truth is that they fail to deliver seamless hands-free use and great sound quality. This is where the Sony MDR-XB80BS Premium Wireless In-Ear Sports Earbuds separates itself from the pack.
These particular wireless earbuds are a treasure trove of technology designed to enhance the quality of sound even over a wireless connection. Sony goes a step further and makes the claim that the MDR-XB80BS is able to meet the user’s hectic schedule. Is this actually true? Let’s find out.
At first glance, it seems as if Sony just went with a traditional look for the MDR-XB80BS. It has a looping shape that fits behind the ear. The plain black matte finish also doesn’t offer much in terms of aesthetic appeal. These in-ear sports earbuds are available in three colors – red, blue, and black. However, this style of housing is ot for everyone, you may be interested in the Bose tips or JayBirds’ wingtips.
Apart from this, the design is pretty basic, and this shouldn’t be a surprise at all. Considering that they are meant for serious sports enthusiasts who will be more interested in their workout anyway, Sony saw no need to make the MDR-XB80BS extra flashy.
However, don’t be fooled by what you see on the exterior. The Sony MDR-XB80BS has a lot to offer in terms of design, functionality, and comfort.
These earbuds are very lightweight, which is a great, if not a necessary feature for all sports earphones. At 8.2 ounces, the MDR-XB80BS will not get damaged even if they suffer a fall. It seems like Sony took a lot of time making sure that the MDR-XB80BS was comfortable for users. Soreness is a big issue with most earbud users, and having four additional earbud sizes to choose from definitely helps users better appreciate the hybrid silicon earbuds.
Not only do you get four additional earbuds, but three extra arc support sizes as well. With an adjustment band included, getting the perfect fit will be much easier. In fact, you can even wear these earbuds in a variety of ways depending on just how intense your workout is.
For example, there is the “Easy-Fit” for people who are simply enjoying a walk or light run. For those who want to engage in more physically demanding exercises, there is the option of the “Active-Sports” fit.
The MDR-XB80BS has a short cord that connects the two earbuds. This is meant to prevent any tangling that may obviously affect users who are highly active. To allow hands-free functionality when you are busy exercising, the MDR-XB80BS is designed with an inline remote and inbuilt microphone. There will be minimal hassles when making or receiving phone calls even when your hands are busy. The earbuds work with both Android and iOS devices.
Sony takes great pride in touting the great durability of their MDR-XB80BS Premium Wireless Sports earbuds. They are sweat resistant as well as water resistant.
As always, wireless in-ear earbuds cannot be compared with the wired or over-the-ear variety. The technology is still developing and the end product usually leaves a lot to be desired. In-ear headphones are prone to flat, scratchy, and unclear audio quality. This is due to the inconsistency of wireless connectivity.
Sony decided to overcome these problems by incorporating some high tech sound features in the MDR-XB80BS. There is the aptX feature which provides users with the ability to listen to their favorite tunes without having to experience any lag. This feature goes to the root of the problem, which is the Bluetooth device itself, and enhances the quality of the sound coming from your laptop or smartphone. In other words, instead of waiting for the audio to reach the earbuds, the technology deals with the audio file while it is still on the laptop or phone.
On top of that, Sony has also incorporated LDAC enhanced codec support within the MDR-XB80BS. This technology is able to send out three times the amount of data that other transmission software is capable of, thus ensuring high-resolution sound.
Users who live active lifestyles generally prefer to have earbuds that have an extensive lifespan. It can get pretty frustrating when your device dies on you in the middle of a run or hike. The MDR-XB80BS offers users a decent battery life of 7 hours when it is fully charged.
It has an inbuilt rechargeable Li-ion battery with a 12-mm driver that ensures maximum efficiency even at high volumes. It is important to note that when a pair of earbuds is designed with inefficient drivers, the battery life advertised is usually dependent on how loud you listen to your music. However, with the MDR-XB80BS, you won’t have to worry about this.
The Sony SBH70
The Sony SBH70 is a stereo Bluetooth behind-the-neck headset that proves that you can fit a big sound in a lightweight package. With its superior sound quality and elegant design, the SBH70 should appeal to audiophiles who love looking good while listening to great tunes.
The Sony SBH70 is definitely impressive in many ways. The soft rubber finish gives it a high-quality appeal that stuns most people who come across it. This aesthetic value is compounded by the metallic yet ergonomic earbuds that give it a superior look despite its price. The rubber-like material that coats it also helps you get a firm grip on the device.
Whatever the type of phone you have, the SBH70 guarantees you awesome call quality and fast connectivity. It won’t take you to long to become accustomed to the keys for operating the headset.
When it comes to durability, the SBH70 is water resistant with a standard rating of IP57. You can use it in any kind of weather and it will still keep working. They are great accessories for joggers since all the sweating won’t affect it. With its super light design (50 grams) and flexibility, the SBH70 is a delight to use. You can wear it the whole day and wouldn’t even notice it was there.
The SBH70 offers music lovers the ultimate Sony experience. The quality of the sound in these in-ear headphones is quite balanced. When it comes to streaming music, prepare to enjoy clear highs and a balanced bass. The headset is compatible with any device that is Bluetooth-enabled, allowing you to enjoy great sound from diverse options.
The Sony SBH70 earbuds are designed with a shape and sound that ensure that making and receiving phone calls is as comfortable as possible. Their echo, wind and noise cancellation feature enable the user to lock out ambient sounds. The person on the other end of the line will hear your voice and nothing else.
The SBH70 also has a Bluetooth voice-activated dialing feature. It works with voice commands that allow you to make calls or give instructions to your smartphone
The SBH70 comes with a Li-ion battery, which has a capacity of up to 6 hours of streaming time when fully charged. The inbuilt rechargeable battery also charges up pretty fast.
As always, no pair of earbuds is perfect. The SBH70 has a flexible cord, which in most cases would be a good thing. However, this can also be very frustrating since the cord has the tendency to entangle itself. The wire is also a bit too thin.
Another issue that some users may have is the sound. The SBH70 will not generate a very loud sound if you are the kind of user who loves to listen to powerful music. If you intend to listen to a podcast while taking the subway or just walking the streets of a large city, you will not be able to hear the podcast clearly.
If you set the volume at the maximum level, the quality of the soundtrack tends to deteriorate. You will begin to hear the usual clipping whenever the bass becomes too much for its drivers to handle. The bass is OK at best, but it lacks the punch that other Bluetooth in-ear earphones have.
If you don’t like the hook or neck-band, the budget Sony MDR-XB50BS is a excellent alternative. It sound good for heavy bass music, fit well and is water-resistant. The sport fins provide additional fit for sports but these fins only work at its best when you do light exercise. If you run the earbuds my slip out. The battery is solid for 8.5 hours, which is much longer than average Bluetooth earbuds.
The Sony MDR-XB80BS Bluetooth earbuds is meant to suit users who love to engage in active sports and activities. They are durable and comfortable, and anyone who loves to combine excellent sound quality with their workout will definitely appreciate these earbuds.
The Sony SBH70 is a great-looking, lightweight pair of earbuds that you can comfortably wear the whole day, as you listen to your favorite music while making and receiving phone calls.
Note that Sony also has Sony hear.in Bluetooth headphones – around the neck with ANC. They look nice and sound good but the the call quality is somewhat below average.
At CES 2017, Sony did show off their prototype of totally wireless earbuds with charging case. We will update this post when they release the product on the market.
Published on 04/08/2017