Sony headphones are known for their quality, wide selection, and great design. The brand has built a name for itself across multiple markets and it’s a major competitor in audio equipment. Not all Sony headphones are made the same, so we have put together a list of our favorites to save you the hassle of looking through a sea of options.
The best Sony headphones:
Editor’s note: This list of the best Sony headphones was updated on June 17, 2020, to add the Sony WH-CH700N and include information about the Sony WH-1000XM4.
The noise cancelling Sony WH-1000XM3 had large shoes to fill after the seemingly endless praise received by the WH-1000XM2.
The noise canceling Sony WH-1000XM3 had large shoes to fill after the seemingly endless praise received by the WH-1000XM2. This third iteration is more future-proof since it’s outfitted with USB-C charging. The new model features deeper ear pads for increased comfort. Just like the previous generation, you can get by using the WH-1000XM3 without ever removing your phone from your pocket, thanks to the intuitive touch controls. Additionally, these cans effectively insulate you from the environment, making them great for commuting, air travel, and general zoning out.
A host of high-quality Bluetooth codecs are supported by the sony WH-1000XM3, so users benefit from optimal audio quality while out and about. Of course, if you want the best sound quality, you’ll have to connect via the included 3.5mm cable to your phone’s headphone jack. Listeners who want better noise cancelling than the WH-1000XM3 has to offer will have to wait a bit longer for the Sony WH-1000XM4, or pick up a pair of the Shure AONIC 50. The latter has the best noise-cancelling performance on the market.
Sony has been on everyone’s wish list with the WH-1000XM3 headphones, but those are not cheap. This is why when the company released the WH-XB900N Sony headphones they caught our attention. For a good amount less, these offer many of the same features including active noise cancelling, touch-sensitive playback controls, and super long battery life.
Just like the previously mentioned WH-XB900N, the Sony WH-CH710N feature noise-cancelling technology and boasts a more neutral-leaning frequency response. This is great for anyone with an eclectic taste in music as its tuned to reproduce audio closer to how the audio engineers intended for it to be heard. The headset charges via USB-C, unlike the older Sony WH-CH700N, and has a very good microphone system that does an okay job of rejecting background noise.
You can control playback, volume, and access Google Assistant or Alexa directly from the onboard buttons. While this isn’t as high-tech as touch controls, it does mean misfires are less likely to occur. If you have a hard-limit of $200 and want pretty goog noise cancellation, these are the headphones for you.
Sony's MDR-7506 headphones can be found in classrooms, studios, and speech labs.
Although they’ll work in any context, the Sony MDR-7506 are intended for studio monitoring. In general, these are a reliable and legendary pair of headphones with that “it” factor. The long 9.8-foot cable is great for studio use but may need tying up to avoid comical unwieldiness while out and about. They can be found in classrooms, studios, and speech labs. If you’re looking for headphones under $100 that have proven they last for years on end, these are the headphones to buy.
Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass
Sony headphones are nice, but they can get very expensive. Those looking for something affordable, without sacrificing quality, can take a look at the Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass earbuds. These earbuds sport a large housing and, like the company’s other “Extra Bass” products, these place a great deal of emphasis on the low-end. Unfortunately, the designers omitted any sort of control module.
The WI-1000X is for people who want a better audio experience from their smartphone while driving or doing other activities without covering their ears. This product will vibrate if you get a call. The added size usually gives these around-the-neck headphones more battery life, and this one will last up to 10 hours on a single charge.
Sony doesn’t disappoint with the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds.
Sony doesn’t disappoint with the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds. These sleek buds pack a punch when it comes to combating external noise. The ANC technology handles low-end frequencies extremely well. Again, these noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds are superb, and if you’re in a scenario where it’s important to hear your surroundings, you can enable Ambient Sound mode. Sound quality is also great, despite the lack of high-quality codec support. Battery life is ok: our friends at SoundGuyswere able to pull 4.76 hours of playback. Many would say the Sony WF-1000XM3’s are the most serious AirPod competitors.