As you all know that the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are one of the best true wireless noise-canceling earbuds from the flagship, but still, somehow it lacks in one feature that is water resistance. That inefficiency makes it a not good choice for sports. So the question is, does Sony have any solution for this? And the answer is Sony WF-SP800N.
The Sony WF-SP800N is a sweat-resistant pair of true wireless earbuds that have both active noise cancellation and support for Sony’s spatial audio format, 360 Reality Audio.
The latest Sony WF-SP800N is a 3-in-1 choice for you. They’re IP55-rated to be sweatproof and dustproof with a great capacity of water resistance, but they’re also pretty great for commuters because they have active noise cancellation built-in – which is excellent for a sports pair of earbuds – and work fine for enthusiastic music lovers thanks to their support for Sony’s modern spatial audio format, 360 Reality Audio.
It’s strong and full-on, with a more spacious soundstage than you’d expect from a pair of true wireless earbuds. They can get comparatively loud, which really adds an extra coat of passive noise cancellation.
Talking about the weak points, there’s no wireless charging option here, just USB-C. You can get nine hours of battery life on a single charge and up to a huge 13 hours if you turn the noise-canceling mode off. The case provides one full extra charge and a 10-minute quick charging gives you up to 60 minutes of music playback. That’s great for true wireless. By comparison, Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus gives about 11 hours of battery life on a single charge.
They stick out from your ears a decent amount, but they’re convenient to wear, even though they do weigh more than your average true wireless earbuds. As they are a preferred choice for sports, so they also work fine while running.
It can give a tough competition to all the other earbuds in the $150 to $200 range, as only a few of which currently allow active noise-canceling. But we wouldn’t say it surpasses them completely. Those models include the Galaxy Buds Plus and Jabra Elite 75t, both of which we’ve reviewed offer a more modest design.
If you tap and hold the left earbud you go into a quick awareness mode. Your music pauses and you can listen to the outside world and have a talk. Let go and it resumes. It’s a pleasant little feature.
Tap and hold the right earbud and you get your voice assistant of choice. These support your phone’s voice assistant along with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. These have a sensor that recognizes when the buds are in your ears or not and pauses your music when you take them out.
Some people prefer to be capable of Bluetooth pair their headphones to multiple devices, including their phones, tablets, and laptops. You can wirelessly pair these with multiple devices, but you have to manually switch between them.
In a nutshell, they are an ideal choice for workout enthusiasts, commuters, and everyday listeners and are available in the market at the price of $198.