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Sony is synonymous with high quality earbuds and headphones. Its top-selling noise cancelling models — the in-ear WF-1000XM4 (£229) and over ear WH-1000XM4 (£279) — have won more awards than Meryl Streep.
Sharing much of the lauded DNA found higher up the range, these light-weight (just 5.4g apiece) wire-free buds adopt the familiar dot shape, and are IPX4 water resistant.
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They boast an impressive battery life too, aided by up to date Bluetooth v5.0 support.
When fully charged, the WF-C500 can deliver upwards of 9-10 hours playtime, and there’s another ten hours stored in their small lozenge-shaped charging case. If you’re in a rush, a quick ten minute top up will give around 60 minutes of music on the go.
Adding more sonic refinement than the price tag might suggest, the WF-C500 also feature Sony's Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) which effectively upscales lossy low resolution music streams, giving the small 5.8mm neodymium full-range drivers more to work with, resulting in a higher-fidelity listening experience.
You can further fine tune sound quality using the EQ setting on Sony’s partnering headphone app.
The WF-C500 may lack noise cancelling technology, but they come with hybrid silicone rubber eartips in small, medium and large sizes, to ensure a nice, snug fit with natural isolation.
The WF-C500 will also work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants, so you can ask for a news and weather update when out and about.
John Lewis buyers like what they hear. The WF-C500 are rated 4.7 out of 5, with buyers praising their audio performance and comfortable fit.
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