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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Fit For Workouts, Running – Amazing Sound

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    pauldar
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    Was anxious to receive this complimentary Sony WI-SP600N, Sports Wireless Noise Canceling In-Ear Headphone set for evaluation while going through my running and workout paces. And, after two weeks of running and working out, alternately, every other day, I am super-impressed. These are the best ear buds I have ever used to go through the tortures of bouncing up and down while running. They stayed snugly in my ear while delivering crisp, clear, powerful sound. This whole unit, earbuds, earwings, wires and control unit, weighs less then two ounces. It was easy to run and exercise wearing this lightweight unit. I no longer have to deal with a bothersome neckband rubbing against the back of my neck. And, I can use Siri to make my hands free, phone calls too. How cool is that? ***Sound*** > For physically active sports the sound quality is just as important as the snug and reliable fit of these wireless, in-ear headphones. Sony designed this set so I can use 'Noise Canceling' when I activate it, and, or allow Ambient Sound through in two different settings. 'Normal', for safety in an outdoor environment like around auto traffic. And, 'Voice' for gym workouts to hear an instructor or buddy, and, or with a running partner like I do every other day. > Headphones Connect App – Can be downloaded for Free at the Apple or Google Play Stores. The App allows you to turn ON the Quick Sound Settings, which enables you to set the Ambient Sound Control and Equalizer Presets. The App on your smartphone or device can control switching between the two Ambient Sound Modes, Normal and Voice, and the Noise Canceling mode. The EQ Presets are Bright, Excited, Mellow, Relaxed, Vocal, Treble Boost, Bass Boost, Speech, and OFF. I personally like the Excited Preset because it has the highest bass setting (+8) over Bass Boost (+7), which I prefer for my workouts. Excited features more of the kick drum, deep bass, whereas Bass Boost accentuates the low end of acoustic guitar, piano, and deeper notes of vocalists while providing a punch for robust bass tones. Although you cannot adjust any of the EQ settings you can have FUN using the eight presets according to your musical genre choices. The App also displays what music is playing, battery power, along with your choice of Sound Quality Mode, priority on Sound Quality or Stable Connection. The APP also remembers all of your last settings. > Noise Cancellation – I found that this is a two step process. First, Passive Noise Cancellation. It is super important to match the appropriate eartip and earwing to fit your ear correctly. I started out using the large sizes, which is the best for me. These eartips are softly cushioned and elongated, which really helped me to get the right fit. Yet, they are still comfortable in my ears. WooHoo! The active Noise Cancellation feature is superior to other sets I have used for sports, in-ear headphones. However, there is no comparison to over-the-ear headphones. It uses the two built-in microphones on the earbuds to sense outside noise and sends an equal-but-opposite canceling signal to the unit. The Noise Cancellation feature is engineered to work in the low frequency band. It does reduce the ambient sound, but NOT cancel it out completely. The majority of the time I wear and use these I have the ambient sound to 'Normal' or 'Voice' so I can workout and run with a partner. > Notification Sounds – This Sony alerts you when the unit is powered ON and OFF. It also lets you know the status of the battery level and Bluetooth Pairing. ***What's In The Box?*** > Sony WI-SP600N Wireless Noise-Canceling In-Ear Sports Headphones. > Arc Supporters – Two sets, one Medium and one Large. > Hybrid Eartips – Four sets, Extra Small, Small, Medium, and Large. > Charge Cable - Micro-USB Cable. ***Other Sony WI-SP600N Features:*** > IPX4 Rating – Can tolerate perspiration, light rain, and splashes. Be aware they are not waterproof. Oddly enough, the Noise Cancellation feature works better for me after a workout or run. I think the perspiration moisture in my ear makes for a better seal with the eartips. > Battery Life - It takes approximately one and half hours to fully charge, which will last approximately six hours according to Sony. At the volume level I set I got around five hours of continued use. There is a red LED indicator light ON while charging and OFF when fully charged. > On Board Controls – They are simple and it is an easy learning curve to master. By the third day I was on top of it. However, Sony Connected App is simpler to use. > Bluetooth and NFC Connectivity – Pairing is simple and quick, Bluetooth Version 4.1. > Cleans Easily – Sony recommends to clean the earbuds with a mild detergent solution, then thoroughly dry with a clean cloth. > Charging Unit – Using the Micro-USB Cable to a USB port on a computer, laptop, or tablet. A commercially available USB AC adapter capable of feeding in more than 0.5 A (500 mA) can also be used. > Smartphone Digital Assistant – Voice Assist using Google App or I-Phone, Siri. > One Year Warranty. ***Wish It Had:*** > Would have been nice to have a small carrying bag for storage to and from the gym. > The Sony Connect App does not stay ON. You have to switch back to your smartphone screen to turn it back ON each time you want to use it. > A user adjustable Equalizer to allow personal, customization settings instead of the eight Presets. ***Conclusion*** > The sound quality is absolutely amazing for in-ear headphones once you match the correct fitting eartips and earwings for effective, Passive Noise Cancellation. The Active Noise Cancellation is topnotch for sports in-ear headphones. The two channel separation is terrific along with the extra bass. The elongated Hybrid silicone rubber earbuds provide a snug, but comfortable fit in your ear, which is great for physical activities. Along with the earwings they will keep your unit secure during heavy workouts or running. > I highly recommend the purchase of this Sony WI-SP600N, Sports Wireless Noise Canceling In-Ear Headphones. This would make an outstanding gift for a physically active family member, friend, or loved one. It would also make a great gift to yourself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good but not great

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    psyclopps
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    I really want to love these, but it was hard to say that they were the best. They have lots of great perks but also a lot holding them back. The box will contain some warranty information, large and small ear hooks (they are almost the same size) and a total of four different size ear buds. The device itself is a cable, two ear pieces and a control on the left side. I like that there is no excess cord and it is just long enough to reach around your head with a little slack to spare. All the controls are on the remote on the left side. The earbuds look pretty cool when wearing them and the curvy design kind of blends into your ears in my opinion. NFC pairing is present to make your Bluetooth pairing experience much easier. The controls are pretty useful once you get the hang of them but I felt they were somewhat poorly designed. The buttons are a small volume rocket on the top of the flat side with a play/pause button at the bottom. The side has a tiny button for ANC settings (on, off and ambient) and the middle has a power button. It just feels strange using these buttons on the side and takes some thinking/getting used to. There are not buttons on the earbuds which is fine but they would probably be a better place for volume controls. There are two things on each headset that look like buttons but if you touch them while music is playing you will hear static, this is where a lot of the tech for the ANC is housed. The ANC itself does a pretty good job and it is very subtle but works well with drowning out gym noise. Ambient mode works very well actually as I have tried headphones that do this but the outside sound is usually artificial sounding and overpowering, this one makes it sound very natural. One large problem I had with the remote location is that it drags on the left side of the headphones resulting it in getting caught when I turned my head or extra weight on one side affecting the fit of the earbuds. Speaking of the earbuds, this is where it will either shine or go poorly for you. When I found a good combination of sizes to fit my ears, it sounded extremely good. There is lots of Sony’s bass in these and it does a great job with the other ranges of audio. Connections were maintained with my phone via the AAC Bluetooth codec which I feel sounds much better than SBC. There is no APTX, APTX HD or LDAC compression here though. But… when I turned my head I consistently had a hard time maintaining a seal on my left ear resulting in audio that just was annoying since I have to push it back in my ear each time. Most of the time it wouldn’t be an issue but it would occur often enough I was annoyed by it. Some uses will not have this issue I am sure since it is all dependent on ear design but I have seen many other companies do better with the fit aspect. Battery life was pretty good with close to the advertised 6 hours which was enough time for a few gym visits. These are very water resistant as well with all ports covered nicely so sweat and rain will be zero issue for most people. So, if I could break it down, 5 stars for appearance, sound quality and ease of use. For fit and practicality, I would give it somewhere between 3 stars for me so I will give the total score of a 4 for these. I like them but don’t love them as much as I had hoped. If they fit your ears right I think most people would rate it a 4 or a 5

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Noise Canceling On The Go

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    Trobadour
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    ---SETUP--- The setup for the SP600N headset was simple but does require that you download the free SONY headphones app from your Android or Apple Store. Following the instructions within the app, I was able to pair up my headset immediately. This pair of headphones doesn’t come with a fully charged battery, so you will have to charge them out of the box prior to an extended period of use. ---FEATURES--- The key feature of this headset (as it’s called on the box) is that it has a noise cancellation mode and an ambient sound mode. The former allows you to reduce most external noise to a certain degree but it doesn’t drown it out completely. The latter allows you to mix in external sounds you may need to hear, like people speaking to you and traffic. The headset also touts 6 hours of use on one charge. One feature it lacks compared to other similar products is that there is no clip that can hold onto your shirt from the back neckline. This would have prevented it from falling off without your knowledge when not in use. They did fall off once when I was driving back home and I didn’t realize it until I had gotten off and was looking for them. ---PERFORMANCE--- The performance of the noise cancellation is great but if you have tried noise cancellation headphones that fully cover your ear, then it’s not to the same degree. What noise cancellation does with this set is it drastically reduces all sounds around you, but you will still hear them in the background if loud enough. At the gym, this is perfect. At a park with traffic, it works moderately ok. The ambient mode purposefully picks up the noise and mixes it in with your audio. I was able to have a conversation with my wife while listening to music exercising around the park. This headset has an IPX4 rating (a scale that goes from IPX 0-8). This means that is is resistant to splashes of water or sweat for at least 5 minutes. Great for exercising but make sure to wipe them when finished. They are not waterproof, so keep that in mind. ---EXPECTATIONS--- The product meets my expectations. If you mess around with the app, you can find a sound that works for you. For example, I listen to mostly podcasts, so there are two settings to take advantage for me, SPEECH or VOCAL. I do listen to Mexican Rock as well as Electro-House, both of which make good use of bass. When you set it to BASS mode within the app, you can hear the extra bass that the box proudly displays. However, for that to work, you need to use the app, as you can’t make that change with just the headset itself. ---VALUE--- The price for the headset in terms of value is very competitive for what it can do. ---APPROVAL--- I highly recommend this product for people who will exercise in both the gym or in the outdoors. The headset is best put to use if you have it in one place consistently, but I don’t recommend you going about your entire day with them around your neck at the risk of them falling off without you noticing. The left side that houses the controls tends to slide down because of the weight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good bass, nice design

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    Sony WI-SP600N Full disclosure: A Sony WI-SP600N was give to me in exchange for a timely and honest review. I have used headphones and earbuds of various types and quality levels for over 50 years. My primary set for the past several years has been the Bose QuietComfort 20 noise cancelling earbuds which are not wireless. I chose to try the WI-SP600N as a wireless alternative, since wires can be a pain in some situations. I started by fully charging the battery which takes about 1.5 hours according to the documentation. That seems about right from my experience. I had no trouble pairing the earbuds with my iPhone X. It was very easy and they worked immediately. The rubber ear inserts fit well for me and offered good physical sound isolation. The set came with three other ear inserts which was a little puzzling. I’m accustomed to receiving small, medium and large sets with earbuds. Two looked like the smaller size, but the single third looked a bit larger, so perhaps one was missing. Either that or it was a direct replacement for the size that came installed on the earbuds. I checked out the app for controlling the earbuds and read the reviews, then I downloaded it. Sony offers both Android and iOS versions of the app (I used the iOS version). The app allows us to control the behavior of the earbuds. The app seemed to have some low reviews, but I found it worked just fine and does what it needs to do. It is nice to have options for noise cancelling and audio style. The noise cancelling modes are: “Noise Cancelling” or “Ambient” with “Normal” and “Voice” as sub-options on the ambient setting. I tested the noise cancellation next to my kitchen sink. I turned the water on, listened and then cycled through the noise cancellation modes. Noise with the 600s in cancellation mode, was reduced, but not eliminated. When I did the same test with my Bose earbuds, noticeably more noise was cancelled. I could hear a reduced level of splashing in the sink in both cases, but with the 600s I could still hear the water going down the drain whereas the Bose earbuds managed to make that particular sound imperceptible. Perhaps being wired, the Bose set can dedicate more compute power to the task. There are ten settings for the frequency equalizer, counting “off” as a setting. So we can choose various acoustic profiles for the various types of audio and our personal preferences. Lots of base, lots of treble, voice optimized, and several others. The difference was obvious as I went through the options. Again, I did side by side tests. The 600s offer far more options and stronger base than my Bose earbuds, but my Bose earbuds offered a cleaner/clearer and seemingly broad range of sound. Personal preference will matter here. The physical buttons on the side are intuitive and wisely designed with different sizes and shapes to see them easier to discern by touch alone. Kudos to the designers here. With the earbuds in my ears, pressing the power button for a few seconds turned on the power and a voice reported the “Power On” and then “Bluetooth Connected”. Once on, if you press the power button briefly, a voice will report the battery level. Press it a bit longer and the voice will say “power off” and the set will power down. I won’t replace my Bose earbuds for travel. IMHO the audio is significantly better on my Bose earbuds, for my personal taste and listening preferences. Since the Bose earbuds are 60% more expensive, that seems reasonable. However, there will be times when I will want wireless earbuds and I will happily use the WI-SP600s on those occasions. I gave the product four stars because I have clearly been spoiled by the incredible audio clarity and superior noise cancellation of my current earbuds. It may be unfair due to the price difference. I believe Sony offers another model up from the 600, so the audio performance may be exactly what one should expect for this model in their lineup. Overall, I think the WI-SP600N is a good head set. If you like base, these have plenty of it...more than I would have expected for wireless earbuds and I like having the tether between the two earbuds so I will have less chance of losing them. I would recommend this to someone looking for wireless sports earbuds at this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Decent Noise Cancellation

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    lambda100
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    Here's what I liked about the Sony WI-SP600N... 1. Excellent audio quality. Although it is marketed as part of Sony's Extra Bass line up, I never felt the bass was over the top and did not compromise the mids and the highs. Vocals are well represented, and the highs were clean and clear. In fact, the audio was quite well balanced. Sony did a great job squeezing as much out of these 6mm drivers as they could. 2. Comfort. If the ear buds are not comfortable, there is no point in purchasing them no matter how good the audio quality is, since the discomfort would deter you from using them. Well, with the Sony WI-SP600N, I didn't feel any discomfort even after wearing them for hours. Just make sure you try on the various sizes of ear tips and wingtips that Sony includes in the package to find the right fit for your ears. I also like the fact that the earbuds don't fall out during exercise. They stay firmly in place in my ears even with sweat dripping down. 3. Sony Headphones Connect app has good features. The app allows you to view the remaining battery life, adjust the preset equalizers, select between noise cancellation, ambient sound, or turn off noise cancellation. 4. The earbuds have decent noise cancellation, but don't expect them to eliminate all noise. Low frequency machine noise is reduced when the noise cancellation feature is turned on. Keep in mind that all other noise will still be heard, albeit a little bit muffled. In a gym environment where there are a variety of audio frequencies, the noise cancellation is just able to eliminate a fraction of the sound. Since these are sport earbuds, it was also good that Sony included an option to allow ambient noise to be heard in instances where it is important to be aware of your surroundings, such as when you are exercising outdoors and need to be aware of street noise. If you really want to seal out as much noise as possible, I would suggest replacing the eartips with Comply foam tips for some superior passive noise isolation. Here are some things about the earbuds that I disliked: 1. The inline controller is a bit bulky. If you wear the wires behind your neck like most people do, the weight of the controller, which is located on the left side, will cause the entire wire to hang to the left behind your neck. I like having equal amount of wiring to the left and right. An easy fix for this would be a collar clip positioned midway along the connecting wire between left and right earbuds, but Sony neglected to include this probably to shave off a few pennies in the manufacturing costs. 2. The Sony app, although it has a number of preset equalizers, does not allow user customization of the equalizers. As much as I like to use the presets, I would also like to be able to adjust the equalizers to my personal taste. I hope that a future app update will correct this oversight. Recommendation: Dislike #1 above bothered me enough for me to deduct one star from my rating, otherwise it is a five star product. The WI-SP600N wireless earbuds really impressed me with their well balanced sound quality with enough low end bass to keep the rhythm going during my exercise routines. And with pretty decent noise cancellation, I think these earbuds prove their worth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sony's new Noise cancelling, cool concept BUT

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    So I had the chance at trying out the Sony SP600N Sports Wireless Noise Canceling In-Ear Headphones. I'm an avid jogger, I enjoy jogging so I'm always on the look out a good set of earphones that won't be too heavy or bounce up and down when you're jogging and trying to focus on your steps or taking time to think about other things going on. I get it, you don't want to be bothered with struggling to fix your earphones every couple of minutes when you're deep into your 5 mile jog. Opening the box the SP600N looks like any other earphones, Sony's designs are always clean and good looking as well as simple. I've had about 15 sets of earphones in the past 5 years of jogging and the SP600N is simple but compacting the battery, control s and bluetooth module all into one portion of the earphones. Other high end (and I do mean high end, ranging from $150 to $299) sports earphones I've own in the past this keep what you need and leaves out the things you don't. The Main appealing thing about the SP600N is the noise cancelling feature it has, I've also own Sony's top end headphones with noise cancelling and they're amazing on planes. Anyways, back to the SP600N, when jogging you want to just turn on some good music and forget everything, just focus on your breathing or just think about other things going on in your world. This is why the noise cancelling was so appealing to me but when you're jogging the earphones on the SP600N weren't 100% secure. This is due to the fact I used the ear cushions right out of the box. Sony does give you 2 other sets to fit your ear size so you do need to swap them out for the ones appropriate for your ears. The noise cancelling works, you can tell when you turn on and off the feature but I'm not sure if it is effective in a earphone type of listening device. I think noise cancelling is more suited with headphones. The SP600N are good set of earphones but at it's price point I'm not so sure if I can 100% recommend it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Killer Sound + Featherweight Design

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    Sony SP600N Sports Wireless Noise Canceling In-Ear Headphones deliver incredible bass and are the most comfortable earbuds I own. Here are highlights: 1- Comfortable because of the ear stabilizer (they do not fall out of your ears) and excellent weight balance (they are not heavy where the wire connects, so they do not try to pull out of your ears). 2- Light weight makes all day listening a pleasure. 3- Modern Bluetooth 4.1 provides 30-40 feet of easy connectivity & draws very little power. 4- Long battery life (up to 6 hours with noise reduction activated). 5- Sony Extra Bass features amazing on these earbuds! Simply install the free Sony Headphone App. 6- Highly configurable features let you choose the level of noise reduction (isolation); or do you prefer to blend in ambient sound? Equalization? Extra Bass? Just turn on this free app and the variations to the sound / noise reduction effects you control are stunning. 7- Microphone does double duty. The microphone built into the "pod" on the left side serves as the mic for telephone calls & picks up the sound that you can cancel via the app. 8- Attractive design. 9- Splash & sweat resistant (IPX4). 10- Three different sized ear pieces are included to ensure the perfect fit. Take time to try them all. The seal with your ear canal is critical to the sound quality (especially the bass) & the noise reduction. CONCLUSION: You will be hard pressed to find a pair of in-ear headphones (earbuds) that outperform the Sony SP600N in this attractive price range. Especially considering their superlative sound quality & comfort. They earn my Highest Recommendation!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good sounding headphones

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    The Sony SP600N Sports Wireless headphones are a solid headset that sounds great and looks great too. Fit: They fit snug in my ears and they do not feel like they want to fall out. Sony includes 4 different size ear gels and two sets of ear ‘holders’ that go into the crevice above your ear canal to help secure the devices. I had to play around with the different combinations until I found the right solution for me. Sound: They sound really good once you find your perfect fit. The extra bass is awesome and the treble is clear and I am very happy with the way they sound. Battery: Enough to last through just about any workout for sure and possibly a few. I only had to charge mine back up after about a 5 hour session of constant use and I am happy with that. I did have Noise Cancelling off with that time. They seem to charge back to full in just over and hour and 15 minutes. App: The Sony connect app is pretty good. It’s the same app that you use for the new line of portable BT speakers that Sony has out now. You can fine tune a lot of settings in there and check battery level, Ambience, and Noise cancelling options and of course and EQ function. Device Buttons: Each ear bud only has one button that will do different functions. The left ear bud button toggles between Noise Cancellation/ Ambience sound/ OFF. The Right will Play/Pause, answer phone/ activate your phone’s digital assistant, also, a double press will of the right button will skip forward and a triple press will skip back. Not the best use of the buttons IMO, I wish they would have just added more buttons. Cons: I was not able to find a way to use the ear buds to adjust the volume and skipping back and forward is not great.. I had trouble getting google assistant to do that for me using the Right ear bud button. That is my biggest gripe with these though. Also, NC didn’t seem to have that much effect that I could tell. Verdict: They are pretty good for wireless headphones, they don’t have the greatest battery life, but are good enough for most people. Sound is awesome and call quality is really good as well with the HD feature. NC feature is more of a gimmick on these than anything and ambient sound needs a little work also.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money.

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    Kingspade

    I got these on a replacement plan because my previous Razer Hammerhead BTs broke. I was excited at first to use Sony and then was disappointed later when I used them. Returned them a day later and the reasons are listed below. I used to DJ so I have a lot of experience with headphones sound quality and features so please use this review to your advantage. Pros- Decent sound & good bass and seemed to have a long range connectivity wise. Cons- Noise cancelling feature and ambient noise is garbage. You hear echo and background noise is amplified on every phone call making it annoying to talk on the phone. I tried cycling through all the settings and its still horrible doesn't even make sense why they do that but terrible for phone use. ( Granted my work environment is loud) this makes it even worse to try and talk hearing yourself and everything around you amplified even when in off position. Even when you are not listening to music or on a call and they sit in your ear you can hear a low echo or hiss at all times. - No track >> / << or skip option. I mean its headphones for music so the fact that you cant change or cycle through music is stupid IMO especially from a company that's known for music. TERRIBLE even $10 ones can do that. - The cord is left side heavy with controls so you feel the cord tighten on your neck as it always seems to drag to the left side riding up the right side of your neck always having to adjust them adjusting them. After having previous wired Sony headphones in the past and coming back to Sony years later for wireless I must say that I will never buy another Sony Headphone product. I was skeptical on getting these cause even older pairs were always just ok. Very disappointed. I will go without headphones for a few days until they restock the Razer Hammerhead BT. Hands down best headphones for music and functionality, comfort and overall features and attention to detail.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Some odd choices. But solid overall.

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    dharr18
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    First, let me say I am giving this a 4 star review based solely on the sound quality and comfort. I believe those to be the two biggest factors in any headphone/headset purchase. Second, let me give a major gripe I have with Sony headphones and headsets. Why no carrying case? Every headset or headphone I have purchased within recent memory have come with a case or a bag except for most Sony headsets. The exception, when the case also charges them. Anyhow, if you like the sound Sony is known for, you will be happy with these headphones. The Headphone Connect app includes a equalizer and enough controls to get the sound just where you want it. ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) is done pretty well. I would estimate 80-90% of background noise is eliminated. But this comes at a cost, battery life is probably cut in half. There are 3 modes, OFF, ANC and a pass thru mode that will play ambient sounds through the headphones. Battery life is quite good with ANC turned off. I have not completely drained them yet, but I would estimate a good 10-12 hours with ANC off. WIth ANC on, you can probably get about 5 or 6 hours. Your milage may vary. On Android, the mic works pretty well drowning out background noise. On an iPhone, there must be something odd happening with the firmware. The mic was picking up all kinds of background noise and amplifying it. I had to go on mute and disconnect from BT. Initially I thought ANC was part of the issue, but nothing I did rectified the background noise being amplified. Overall these headphones are really comfortable, the cord connecting the earpieces is weighed about perfect to give durability and comfort. You don't notice the cord wrapped around the back of your neck. An odd choice by Sony, the controls are on the left hand side. Most other headsets I have used have the controls on the right. It takes a little getting use to, and I still am fumbling with the controls. Charging time is quite fast, between 2 and 3 hours to get a full charge. The industry standard charger seems to be micro-usb for most headsets. I am looking forward to the first USB-C charging headphones I come across. It will be nice to get rid of my old cables. Wireless range might be the best I have come across. I can go a good 30-40 feet away before they start losing connection. IP rating is currently said to be IPX4 for splash and sweat resistance. For "sport" headphones I would expect a higher rating. In conclusion. If you are a Sony fan and like their sound, then you will be quite pleased with these headphones. They are comfortable and very durable. The drawbacks are not enough to rate them poorly. I would recommend them to most anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Sony, What?

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    thelqh

    Sony is known for their amazing sound, great design and overall market dominance in so many areas (TV, sound systems, headphones, etc.), but with this, I'm really questioning why things are the way they are. Sound: These headphones sound fine. I mean, I enjoy a lot of bass and the EQ settings in the app make that great. Everything is clear and with the sound isolation from the earbuds and "noise cancelling", if you could even call it that, they're great for a lot. Design: What in the heck is this design? The earbuds are MASSIVE and look really bulky. I really like the material, but they are extremely heavy and just hard to get around. They also didn't include a carrying case or smaller fins (in my packaging they didn't even include the large ones). This is a major misstep for Sony at this price point where earbuds that are less expensive have these options. The controller is HUGE. Everything about this design seems like it was made way too big. It's positioned over your left shoulder so it's always bogging that side down, leading to some sealing issues with the left ear bud and constant falling over. It is way too big for what it needs to do, and honestly, Sony needs to implement USB-C. Comfort/Fit: These HURT. None of the included eartips fit my ear and the fins hurt really bad after a while. I wish they followed JayBird's example and included some foam ear tips or at least some better wings. If they don't have the wings, they're falling out and if they do, they're just plain uncomfortable. For $150, These are way too poorly designed for me to enjoy wearing them. The charging cable is poor quality, the sound cuts out sometimes when the phone is switching between apps, and the final point: Sound Cancellation/Ambient Noise: Okay, the Ambient Noise feature is great. I can hear myself talking and it doesn't sound like I'm underwater when I'm on the phone. Phone calls have been fine so far and the other party can hear me just fine. However, when we switch to noise cancellation, it honestly sounds exactly the same as when you have just the earbuds in your ear -- there's no noticeable difference like when you're wearing other active noise cancelling headphones. Overall: So many design flaws for an otherwise decent product make this a 1/5 for me. I can't stand companies with massive design teams and budgets making these kinds of mistakes. Connectivity issues, uncomfortable fit, and awkward and bulky design on SPORT headphones should not be a thing. I'd say ditch the NFC (unnecessary) and keep everything else with a slimmer profile and you might have yourself a better product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable with Awesome Sound for Music

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    JCChiefsfan
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    The first day I got them, after charging for an hour and a half, I just paired them directly to my Samsung Galaxy S6+ via Bluetooth which couldn't have been easier and was found instantly. Since I had to got to work and I really just wanted to see how they sounded using my phone as an mp3 player, I just used the Samsung music. After making a few adjustments in the app through the equalizer and wow, I couldn't believe how good my music sounded on the Sony SP600N and they sound as good as the Sony WI1000X headphones and slightly better than the JBL Under Armour Flex Wireless behind-the-neck headphones. I believe that the sp600n headphones are more comfortable than the behind-the-neck headphones with the slightly annoying controller box wired into the wire on the left side and pulls towards that side. It's not a deal breaker but it is worth noting. I didn't download the app for a few day's and when I finally did was before going to work driving a truck so I could test out the noise cancellation. When I installed the Sony headphones app, they also give you the option of installing the Sony Music app which I did along with some other apps but these we're the only two that I downloaded. So that night through the next morning I tried calling 3 different people and it didn't seem to matter who I called or which settings I turned on or off. Every call was terrible and had static that I was unable to correct whether or not I used the noise cancellation or not and so I decided to try my JBL Under Armour Flex Wireless behind-the-neck headphones and they sounded perfect to both myself and whoever I was talking to on the line. I have not yet tried uninstalling the app's yet but will be doing that today before going to work in order to figure out where the static problems are coming from but i'm pretty sure that one of the app's are causing the static, so unfortunately I can only give the Sony SP600N semi wireless headphones a 4 until I can figure out what is causing the static during calls and the short battery life when using the noise cancellation. The battery life wasn't to bad before installing the app when I was only listening to music they lasted for a little over 5 hour's but after installing the app's and only using them for phone calls with using noise cancellation for 4 of the 7 calls and I was only able to get 3 1/2 hour's which isn't very good and once the static problems are solved then I'll try them again for calling without the NC to see how much difference that makes and if I am able to solve the static and battery issue's then I'll post an update.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional sound, comfortable, rugged, & flexible

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    Exceptional sound in a comfortable, rugged, flexible form. These earbuds sounded really good from the moment they connected to my phone. When I felt I could use a little bit more of . . anything . . . I could go into the SONY Music Center App (or directly to the Headphone Connect” App and change the sound profile with the equalizer presets, or change the Ambient Sound pass-through. or select some very effective Noise Cancellation. Those latter controls are also on the wired control/microphone. SETUP/ CONTROLS/ COMFORT: These earbuds are designed for heavy action. They look like they’ll tolerate some abuse and they have IPX4 rating. The ear gels include extended arcs that keep them in your ears. The controls are simple to find on the small controller after an easy learning curve. The lightweight, inconspicuous wire connecting the earbuds and the small, accessible controller/microphone make them really easy to live with. I found the controller to be among the smaller, if average weight, designs in this category of headphones. A collar clip accessory would give me greater confidence I won’t lose them. The startup guide is the now familiar ALL pictures, no words and oversized diagrams. Is there any chance SONY could use some words or at least loan me a teenager with more patience for cryptic icons? BT connection is fuss-free and reliable at good distances. My phone call testing was easy to hear for both me and other parties. SOUND and NOISE CANCELLATION: The sound balance on these earbuds as they come out of the box is heavier in the bass with a generally nicely balanced sound. The Equalizer presets offer a way to modify the sound to my taste, but I would have liked a manual mode so I could do my own contouring. Some more expensive models do allow this. Or, at least offer a Bass Enhancement defeat option in the APP. Once I got the sound balance right, the combination of noise cancellation and very comfortable earbud fit and finish let me forget they are on. You will want to try these out to be sure you can get the sound balance right for you. Those who want big, uncompromising bass will have no doubt that these are right for them. These earbuds easily meet the needs of travelers, serious exercisers, or those just looking for the least intrusive way to move with their music or other media. I’m less enthusiastic about bass emphasis which I equalize out and it’s why I’m lowering the score a little. Everything else is easy to love.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Sound, Bulky Control Bud

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    mikeheel
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    If you like small headphones with impressive sound, you should really check out the Sony SP600N Sports earbuds.  When I first tried the SP600N, I was immediately impressed with the rich sound. These are the best earbuds I've ever heard. Let's be clear about that upfront. This is even my favorite form factor for earbuds. I've alway prefered earbuds with a cable between them. It makes them harder to lose. It also makes it very convenient to drape them around your neck when you're not using them.  Unfortunately, the neckbud control on the SP600N is large and heavy, much heavier than other control buds I've used. For someone like myself (bald, no hair to help the cable stay more fixed) the weight on the left side was a substantial problem. The cable kept shifting and pulling due to he weight. This would easily be a strong 5-star review love it review if the control bud if not for this issue. Otherwise, these buds have a lot going for them. They are IPX4 rated, so they can handle pretty much any moisture short of immersion.  The Sony music app is very helpful. You can choose a sound profile. Unlike some other earbuds, the sound profiles actually make a noticeable difference. Also, the app lets you control the degree of noise cancelation, which I really appreciate. Of course, the SP600N comes with a variety of size options for the tip that inserts into your ear as well as two different size wings to help keep the fit secure. I'm very pleased with the comfort and fit in the ear. Due to the neckbud design, battery life is better than other earbuds that are just the buds themselves. You can count on about 6 hours of use.  Volume is excellent, and the sound is very well-rounded. The bass can be punched up via the app. Regardless, the sound is rich and clear across all spectrums.  And phone calls work well due to dual microphones and strong software.  Overall, these earbuds offer tremendous sound and are a good value. If the control bud was about 40% lighter, they'd be perfect. 

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    True Noise Cancelling for Sports

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    The SP600N headphones fall into a hard-to-find category: True noise cancelling (not just "noise reducing") headphones designed for sports. No band around your neck, no bulky earphones, just small, easy-to-wear headphones with active noise cancelling that works quite well. While the cancelling capabilities are not as good as Sony's 1000-series, they are still excellent in their capability of blocking out the outside noise, which is good if you're in the gym having to listen to their garbage being pumped overhead. The noise cancellation can be controlled with a button on the headphones or the app, with the ability to be in full noise cancellation mode, ambient sound mode (where the microphones intentionally allow outside noise in), or noise cancellation off. Active noise cancellation obviously is the best, but uses the most battery. Ambient is great when using these while walking, running, or biking, allowing you to hear traffic or others around you, while "off" makes them just regular old headphones without any of the bonus features. One disappointment was the fact that unlike the 1000-series, the headphones or the app won't switch into different modes based on your detected activity (the 1000's will tell if you're riding on bus or train & go full cancellation, or if you're walking or running & go into ambient mode). Instead, you have to toggle these manually. The only other disappointment is when you touch the headphones when they're in your ear they amplify that touching noise based on the placement of the mics in the earphones themselves. Battery life is excellent, getting more than 8 hours easily in full cancellation mode. Comfort is also quite good with multiple sizes of silicone earbuds included. They also include pieces to help secure these inside the folds of your ear for better fit when active. The buttons for controlling the features are also a treat. Each button is shaped or covered differently, making it easy to find volume, play/pause control, on/off, and noise cancellation modes. Most other headphones you have to fumble to find the right button or take the headphones off altogether to activate something. Overall, these are excellent headphones with great noise cancelling capabilities in a true sports/active headphone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great extra bass sound signature + noise canceling

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    RonM
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    Even though "true wireless" headphones are in the spotlight, companies are still releasing traditional wireless headphones that are connected by a wire. While not as glamarous, they typically have longer battery life and provide a more stable connection, probably due to larger antennas. The Sony WI-SP600N Wireless In-ear Sports Headphones are of that design, with the biggest feature being active digital noise cancelation in a sweat-resistant set designed to stand up to active workouts. From a design-perspective, it actually has an asymmetrical design with a largish module that dangles closer to the left side which houses a number of physical buttons plus the covered microUSB charging port. As you'd expect, multiple sizes of earbuds are included so you can hopefully get a good fit, which is essential for maximizing the sound quality. Going back to the module, all the expected buttons for play/pause and volume and power are joined by a button that toggles between active noise cancellation, ambient sound mode, and no noise cancellation. I found that the noise canceling worked well, much more like the Sony WI-1000X than the Sony WH-CH700N; I'm not sure if that if it just more effective on in-ear headphones or not. In Ambient Sound Mode, it actually uses the microphone to bring in some of the outside sounds, if that's what you're looking for. Sony has a companion mobile app "Sony Headphones Connect" that works with most of their Bluetooth headphones, these included. With the app, you can access some additional settings such as equalization settings. On both iPhone and Android, AAC is the codec I see used, which sounds pretty good. I was a little disappointed that aptX, aptX HD, and Sony's own LDAC are not supported, but AAC still sounded pretty good with tolerable latency. Battery life is reported natively in both iOS and Android, as well as audibly by tapping the power button. On phone calls, call audio goes through both earbuds which is nice, as some sets only send phone audio to one. Overall, I really enjoyed the bass response and overall sound of this headset, and the noise canceling works as expected. The IPX4 water resistance means I can enjoy great sound while working out at the gym without worrying damage caused by sweat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Comfort, Great Sound

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    Sony’s new SP600N headphones are a total surprise in this line of earbud-based headphones. They are incredibly comfortable in the ear, they are easy to control, they include an active noise cancellation feature, and the sound (especially the bass) is fantastic. It is a little curious that the control feature for this set is located behind the left ear for a change - the control module looked a little oddly designed but I found it to be the easiest layout for control of any wireless headphone set I have ever used - it is sufficiently intuitive so your fingers just seem to know how to operate things - there is no learning curve. The individual earpieces fit very naturally in my ears (and of course there are different sized interchangeable tips for people with different sized ears) - and even though they didn’t feel intrusive or unnatural, neither did they ever feel like there were threatening to fall out during exercise. The active noise cancellation features works OK but don’t expect the performance to rival that of over-the-ear headphones (whose padding goes a long way to isolate you from environmental disturbances). But ultimately, I think it’s the sound that separates these headphones from others of similar design - music sounds full and clear and natural - the bass response was pretty surprising. In general, it’s just hard to find satisfying bluetooth earbuds that approximate the sound you can get with some better quality wired earbuds - but I think these are doing a fine job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A full array of features; mostly wireless

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    stevefromtheburbs
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    Let me start by saying you cannot have enough headphones for different things. These headphones excel in my day to day travels as a tech guy, out and about, but also when I'm working from my desk. Why? They are connected with a wire, and can hang around my neck when I'm not using them. But they are always with me and not having to put them in my pocket or whatever. As for sound, they are amazing. Using as a phone headset, they are better than some, not as good as others. They are tinny sounding and the weird part is hearing yourself talk while you are speaking. I didn't like this effect and often returned to using my phone or phone's speaker to speak on calls. The sound is incredible, and the noise cancelling part is very amazing. There is an app that lets you adjust them according to your preferences. I like this because sometimes I'd prefer to adjust for more bass, or more treble depending upon the genre I'm listening to. They last all day on a single charge, and they are on the whole time. I don't turn them off until I get done for the day. Charging is done via the standard micro-usb connection & a charger. A cable is included for charging, but not the charger, pretty much standard these days. These go all the way into the ear canal, and as such you'll filter out the noise around you - if using these while out and about, realize you might not hear a car horn or siren until last minute, so use with caution. Mostly these are my "go to" headphones/earphones because they last all day, they can be hung around my neck, and have decent sound quality. Every speaker and headphone set that are from Sony these days is simply amazing. I can tell that Sony has re-visited what they are providing in the audio world, this is no exception. You'll find that there are a million choices out there today with headphones. Having tried quite a few of these, I'll tell you that Sony headphones are a solid choice. Best Buy has a great return policy and if these don't work for you, you can return them and try something else. If you have really thought it through, you might find this style works for you, maybe for parts of your day. As I said earlier, you can never have enough headphones for different purposes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Sport Headphones / Noise Cancelling a Miss

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    abl001
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    The Sony SP600N Sports Wireless Noise Canceling In-Ear Headphones are stylishly designed and come nicely packaged. They have two size of ear hooks (they hook on the inside of your ear, not outside) and four sizes of silicone tips so you should be able to find a good fit for almost any ear. I like that these headphones don't have an excess of cord. It's just enough to drape around your neck and go up to your ears. I have other headphones where there's some sagging of the cords on the front side and that can get in the way. One thing that would be nice is some sort of clip to clip part of the wire to your shirt or necklace just for added security. As soon as you turn the power on, they'll pair up quickly and easily with your phone. As with most Sony products, these headphones produce a nice quality sound. With the Extra Bass feature, they also pack a nice punch with bass. They also have good mids and high range sounds so your workout jam will be clear and crisp. What's really key is that you get the right fit with the silicone tips so that the sound is all sealed in. Unfortunately, I felt that the noise cancelling was pretty unremarkable. I have a pair of Sony's 1000XM2 headphones and they truly cancel the outside world. I realize these headphones serve a very different purpose, but I could barely tell that NC was activated. Ambient Noise does a good job of amplifying surrounding noise to allow you to remain aware of your surroundings. Battery time is rated at approximately 6 hours. I was able to confirm this over multiple days of use at varying levels. Quick recharge within an hour provides easy use and reuse. Overall, I think these are a good pair of sport headphones (sweat and 'splash' resistant. I always judge headphones based on their main purpose which is sound. I think these have really good sound for the size. As far as noise cancelling, not so much. I really found that feature to be pretty much useless but then again, I don't consider noise cancelling to be an important feature for sport headphones. They have a good design and mostly good features. Overall, I think they are a good product. Pros: -Size/Design/Quality -Battery Life -Sound -Price Cons: -Noise Cancelling

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lightweight, So