out of stock [Refurbished] Sony WH-CH700NB Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones $131.98 Delivered @ Sony AU eBay

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Refurbished, but according to other ozbargainers Sony Store has a reputation of new condition with most often just slightly damaged box.
Im sure other ozbargainers can chime in on their experiences.

WARNING: Just looked up the details to the FIRMWARE UPDATE, and it says as follows:

"Firmware update 3.0.0
Optimises the headphones for Google Assistant
IMPORTANT:
Installing this firmware will only make your headphones compatible with the Google Assistant."

As far as I know you can pull up Siri with long press of the button with default firmware. It appears if you update your firmware it may ONLY work with Google Assistant. Please do your own research before updating firmware. It is often difficult or impossible to roll back firmware.

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Sony WH-CH700N Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones

  • 35 Hours battery life (Max 50 Hrs when connecting via the headphone cable with Noise Cancelling ON)
  • Charging Time Approx. 7 hours (Fast Charge for 10 mins = 60 mins music playback.)
  • One touch NFC Pairing and Bluetooth.
  • Smartphone App + Voice assistant (Google Assistant with firmware update).
  • Supported Codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD.

From what I've read and heard:

  • Weaker noise cancelling than WH-1000XM2,XM3. These will do a decent job with constant droning sounds, less so with people talking/traffic etc.
  • Comfortable for people with big ears and big heads, due to large earcups and only moderate clamping force of headband.
  • These fold flat, but XM3 folds inwards once more to become more compact.
  • Better battery life compared to XM3's (35 Hrs vs 30 Hrs for XM3)
  • Cheaper price appealing to those who just use casually/occasionally.
  • Sony has an app to adjust EQ to change the sound to your own taste. (I think once you set the eq it saves it inside the headphone, so no matter what you connect the EQ continues to work in custom setting [Please do some research on this as I am not 100%])
  • Voice Assistant is accessed through holding an actual button. Which most people find easier and less troublesome than the tap and hold of touch sensor on XM3.
  • Works wired and wireless. (So you can continue listening after battery is flat, although without Noise Cancelling).
  • Good reviews. 4.3/5 Stars - Sony AU website. But if you want the best noise cancelling at the moment go for XM3.
    Im sure other ozbargainers can chime in on user experiences.

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Comments

  • +9 votes

    The noise cancellation is not the best, but I have no problems whatsoever with the sound.

    The noise cancellation is alright for cancelling out mechanical sounds to some degree, such as the noise of a train. It is not good for cancelling out other sounds.

    I think the headphone leaks a little, but doesn't affect the experience.

    It is very comfortable and build quality is good. Reviewers will often nitpick at something like the plastic cups, but I have never understood the logic that a product must have glass or metal even where it is unnecessary. The split metal band for example is a nice touch, but more metal in the cups would only weigh it down to be honest.

    Battery life is also good and I hardly ever charge it. Google Assistant works very well and the NFC button can be assigned as the Google Assistant button. Sony's track changer is also very reliable and more practical than the touch interface that a lot of other headphones use. The leather of the band is comfortable and so are the cushions.

    I would definitely recommend it, the problems it has are the difference between being a perfect headphone, not really something to complain about at this price-point.

    A lot of people don't swear by the EQ, but I personally think it enhances the sound MASSIVELY. The difference when I use the EQ on Bluetooth and when I use AUX on my phone are night and day.

    I will eventually upgrade, but for now I don't really have any complaints.

    I have bought a lot of headphones in the low to mid range, and I would say that this is definitely not a $131 headphone, I think its value is closer to its retail price! But then I suppose this is coming from someone who values sound above all else.

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      Given they are less than half the price of the XM3's, is the NC better than half the capability of the XM3?

      I'm tempted as I missed out on the ALDI special, and want something better than the Taotronics BH-22 I purchased.

      Pax

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      Seriously good posts from both yourself and OP. You should both write for a tech review site, cheers.

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    Bought these headphones from Aldi after I lost my XM2. My observations are as Ditto as OP's description and above comments, I found the earpads to heat up while in gym or wearing it for extended period of time. Replacement earpads as these Ebay pads made a huge difference in comfort.

    Leakage reduced after changing the pads.

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    Comes with free earwax ;)