Discover the freedom of Bluetooth connectivity with the compact WF-C500 truly wireless earbuds, combining uncompromising sound with great battery life, personalization, and IPX4 water resistance for music that goes anywhere.
Make your music more natural
When an original music source is compressed, it loses the high-frequency elements that add detail and richness to a track. Our Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) faithfully restores these to produce high-quality sound that’s closer to the original recording
Listen for hours, charge in minutes
Enjoy up to 20 hours of listening thanks to the handy charging case. In a hurry? A 10-minute quick charge gives you up to an hour of extra play time.
Splashes and sweat, no problem
With an IPX4 water resistance rating, splashes and sweat won’t stop these headphones – so you can keep on moving to the music.
Easier, clearer hands-free calling
Conversation flows freely with easy hands-free calling, now clearer than ever with a high-quality built-in microphone. You won’t even have to take your phone out of your pocket.
Small and light, a great fit
Designed small, these buds fit securely and comfortably in your ears. The rounded shape without edges makes them a pleasure to wear, leaving you free to focus on what matters – your music.
Go anywhere, pocket-sized case
The cylindrical charging case is extremely small and easy to carry around in a pocket or bag so you can take your earbuds everywhere you go. Its translucent lid with a texture like frosted glass gives the case a stylish, luxurious look and feel.
Ergonomic Surface Design
Since introducing the first in-ear headphones in 1982, we’ve surveyed huge amounts of data relating to ear shapes from around the world. The WF-C500 headphones are the product of that research, combining a shape that matches the ear cavity with new ergonomic surface design.
Your sound, just how you like it
Tailor sound to your personal preference. Choose from a variety of presets to match sound quality with the genre of music you're listening to. Or create and save your own presets using the EQ Custom feature on the Sony │ Headphones Connect app.
One earbud, ideal for multitasking
If you want to listen to your music while still being able to have a conversation, remove one earbud only from the charging case and use as normal
Easy button operation
The buttons on the WF-C500 headphones not only let you play, stop, or skip through tracks and adjust the volume – they also offer an easy way to access your smartphone’s voice assistant and make and receive calls hands-free.
So immersive. So real.
Immerse yourself in sound all around you. As real as if you are there at a live concert or with the artist recording in a studio. With 360 Reality Audio, music has never been so immersive and so real.6 These headphones let you enjoy 360 Reality Audio.
I am mostly an Android guy, and I have been all over the place with several different brands of in ear headphones. While each set had things I liked, I have not settled on one pair, as there always seemed to be a thing or two that wasn’t quite what I was looking for or came up after some time spent with them. That said, I really like these buds. They pretty much have everything I want and come at a nice price. They seem to be the ones for me.
They come with the Sony name, so I expected a nice build, and they have it. Well-built, with some water/sweat protection, several size tips, and a great size and light weight. Most importantly, to me, they fit me very well and are comfortable. Of course, this is just a matter of my ear shape, but if buds do not fit well, sound will suffer, they will be uncomfortable, they can possibly fall out…and ultimately, I won’t wear them. More or less, a dealbreaker. No issues here for me, at all. As for the style? I love it. Plain. Matte. Black. It is all I wanted. It is sort of the typical Sony Style and I like it.
Sound is excellent. Music, podcasts, and calls all are loud and clear out of the box. Using the Sony App you can tune the EQ to get more of a sound you personally like. I messed around and really found an improvement. I think it is definitely worth spending some time here to dial in what you like. There are also some other options you can play with regarding spatial sound and Sony’s DSEE enhancements, but I found tweaking the EQ was all I needed. All in all, I am very pleased with the sound. I think it is great sound for the price.
So far, battery life has been good. As advertised. I don’t think it will be an issue for anyone, and I love the quick charge that gives you an hour in ten minutes. I will say, I do not “love” the case. It is small enough, and I do like the transparent aspect, and color choices, but it definitely does not feel as premium as others in the space. I suspect it will hold up over time, but I will have to see. I do give them credit for trying something new.
It is not something I have used a lot in the past, given my previous bud choices, but I have really come to like having the ability to have playback, volume, call, and assistant controls baked into the buds themselves. They work well and are convenient. Perhaps even more convenient, well to me, is being able to use just one bud. I have said it many times, I just wish this functionality was universal. Doing things around the house, going for a walk, sometimes, you just want to be able to hear around you. It may be a niche thing, but it is important to me.
Lastly, I have to comment how wonderful pairing was. It was simply a matter of opening the app, popping a bud out, and everything was ready to go. Quick pairing. Love it. The connection has also remained rock solid.
Ultimately, as I said earlier, I really like these buds. They come from a reputable name, fit well, sound great, look good, and come at a nice price. I think they are a great value.
These ear buds are a value focused item that offers next generation playback, has a sturdy fit that remands comfortable during longs sessions and are dust/water resistant. Things like app support with EQ presets, easy controls on ear buds and long battery life sets this apart form others in this price range where some of these features are lacking.
Setup: First thing you notice after opening box is a quick steps diagram on the box that directs you to scan a QR code to download app on the phone, the QR code is very tiny, so my phone’s camera had an issue detecting it at first. Once it did, you’re directed to a web page where you chose IOS or Android options, when the app is installed, you go some steps, and the app connects the ear buds very quick and easily (good feature) then it updated to the latest 8.2 software version. The app prompts you to enable 360 Reality Audio Setup with compatible apps that have that option like Jay-Z’s TIDAL service or Amazon Music HD plan. Note: 360 Reality Audio format brings a 3D element to HiFi's lossless audio kind of like Dolby Atmos but is different from that. I don’t have any 360 audio options in my music subscriptions so could not test that feature, after that I went to the EQ presets and selected Bass Boast. The app interface is clear and simple to operate with battery levels, status of music playing, and ear buds has voice prompts to inform you of connection status, battery level etc, which I really liked.
Sound: Excellent quality while playing music and on voice calls, ear buds get pretty loud at 70% volume and music is very clear and vibrant. Bass is good although not earth shaking. The EQ preset has options for almost all types of music and has Sony’s additional DSEE (digital sound enhancement engine) option which upscales audio, but I didn’t notice much of a difference with it enabled but did with EQ. With that said, two things may be a factor on why I didn’t notice a difference; I’m not considered an audiophile and all my music services are low quality free services so I doubt any upscaling would do much for those unlike pay premium services with high quality “Hi-Res Lossless maximum resolution of 24-bit/192 kHz.audio”.
Form & Features: The well-built rounded buds are impressively light, with real control buttons that are easily pressed, right button controls play/pause, song skip, and calling while a hold press calls up your voice assistant. The left bud provides volume control: tap to raise volume and hold to lower, onboard volume control is one of the most convenient wireless earbuds features, and a surprising number of buds don’t offer it. The translucent battery case just has a cheap feel to it but is very small for the pocket. I really like these buds with the only con of not having noise cancellation but not really a big deal since these get loud. I also think these would be a good upgrade for those with cheap ear buds or for first time true wireless buyers.
Battery life: Up to 10 hours of playtime, one extra charge in the case, good for about 20 hours total.
Rapid charging: 10 minutes for 1 hour of play.
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2time.
Audio codecs: AAC, Sony DSEE.
Dust/water resistance: IPX4.
Fit: 3 ear tips sizes.
Weight: 5.7 grams per bud, 34 gram case.
I have used several different sets of wireless earbuds over the years, and these are the best option at their price range by a long shot. More expensive models/brands that I have used have usually sounded great, but have had bluetooth connection issues or audio sync issues.
First off, the Sony WF C500s fit snugly with the default ear adapters for me and have a nice solid hold. Jogging or any moderate workouts should allow you to keep them in place without the risk of them dislodging. They come with an extra set of small and large adapters to fit different size ears if needed. The default mediums worked well for me.
Sound quality was fantastic for both music and podcasts. I didn't experience any audio cutouts over my first several days of use. They seem to maintain a terrific bluetooth connection.
Battery life was solid. Like most wireless earbuds, this set offers in case charging when not in use. The case is pill shaped and has a comfortable fit in your pocket. You can easily get 10+ hours out of them, as advertised.
The packaging advertises that these earbuds are designed for iPhones, but they connected to my Android device just fine and worked flawlessly. It was odd to see that Android was not listed as being compatibility as there are a great deal of Android users out there that should consider these.
These earbuds are a great buy for their affordable price, sound, and solid fit. Well done Sony.
These are the most comfortable wireless earbuds I've used. I appreciate the simplicity of the case and that you can see if the buds are charging through the lid. The app that is used for setting up the earbuds was easy to use and the ear scan feature is pretty unique. I can't speak to how much it changes the sound but I am happy with the sound quality. I tested out the 360 audio and it does a pretty good job of opening up the soundstage with specialized files. While streaming 360 music there were some songs that it worked with but in general I prefered the stereo mix of the songs. This isn't a knock on the earbuds just a personal preference when it comes to music. The sound signature is slightly bass elevated but doesn't sound boomy. These pair great with a wide variety of music genres and are pleasurable to listen to. This means all day listening in comfort no matter the content. While testing with video I did not experience any audio desync. Good sound and great comfort make these easy reccomended.
5 Stars, Thumbs Up, 10/10 w.e. else to describe this mid-range, affordable and premium TWS contender of a Audio Experience!
Maybe a bit of a Sony fan, but this fits more comfortable than the XM4's to me. Do they sound better than the XM4'S? No, but man do they sound good! Sony's EQ App is also a gem to work with, these sub $100 earbuds can mop the floor with some of the "big boys" in terms of Audio Mastery. Sure they lack ANC, no In Ear Detection.... But I did not purchase these for that, I wanted great audio without paying more than $200. I already have other sets of TWS earbuds I wanted something to take with me on the fly and not have to worry about losing, misplacing or getting my investment stolen. So Sony thank you, thank you for another product that I am sure to enjoy. If you're looking for the latest features like ANC, In Ear Detection, etc look elsewhere or pay more or buy Soundcore products. This is meant for decent to above average audio.
I bought them for my wife, they are small and fit well with her ears, battery life is awesome, the sound blew my wife's Samsung SM-R175 out of the water hands down sound quality is above her expectations.
Ease of Use
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
I would recommend this to a friend
Listening to music, Sound quality, Use with apps
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Read the On-line Owner’s Manual !
Headphones and Ear-Buds likes these come in both Wired and Bluetooth versions these days. Both styles have advantages and disadvantages and in order to see how being wired or not wired affects performance and features, you have to read the owner’s manual whether you think that’s cool or not. I’m reasonably technically minded but there are some features and operating methods that you can’t find by just poking and guessing. It’s worth the time to get everything you can out of these earbuds. You’ll have to learn the various tapping and poking codes for controlling the performance of the WF-C500 Ear-Buds
- Up to 10 hours run time when in the ear
- Up to 20 hours running time from power stored in caring-case with no external a/c. Good for wilderness camping etc.
- Frequency response can be varied with the Sony Connect App
- Sweat and Splash Proof, with an IPX4 Rating
- Can be used/controlled as a single ear-bud so you can hear ambient sounds if desired
- Phone calls can be answered by the ear-bud’s controls with phone still in pocket
- 1 year Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship
- Plays “Experience 360 Reality Audio” from some Music Providers (Amazon Music HD, Deezer etc.)
- C500 Ear-Buds are light, comfortable and secure.
- Using the Sony App, the frequency range can be adjusted for clear voice or rich music.
- Like all totally wireless Ear-Buds, scratching an ear or resting your head on a pillow can accidentally affect a control causing a phone-call to be canceled or a recording to be paused
- No physical wire between ear-buds means you can sometime lose a knocked out ear-bud before you notice it’s gone.
The Sony C500 Ear-Buds are a mid-range design with nice performance, sound and look. Unlike the top-range Sony Ear-Buds, they are not Noise Cancelling, so if you’re looking for something to save your hearing while cutting the lawn, you’ll need to look at the higher models.
A:AnswerNo it doesn’t matter which one you use. For work I use my left one all day. At home I’ll use my right one in. Most times I don’t feel like putting both in. Whichever one I’m using, I leave the other one inside the case. You’ll be fine using just one for a while. They last very long. I charge my case once a week. So you’re okay to just use one if that’s what you choose to do
A:AnswerEach earbud has one button. It’s physical touch to turn up the volume, turn down the volume, pick up a phone call or hang up a phone call. Also they can be used for whatever voice assistant your phone uses. I got my self a pair. I love them. They also have a very clear instruction booklet that also teaches you how to use each earbud. The box itself also has a QR scanner code that you can scan and the website also has the same instructions if you don’t wanna read the instruction booklet.