Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

Just a week ago I read a study by the Boston Consulting Group and the ROMIR research holding that in the coming months there will be a powerful drop in consumer demand, which will affect 90% of goods and services. Quite a logical conclusion. In conditions of uncertainty, people prefer to either completely abandon some goods, or at least save money.

Considering that not everyone has suburban areas or large apartments with enfilades of halls where you can get lost, the need for personal space and the desire to somehow isolate themselves from roommates or neighbors increases significantly. By the way, the other day there was a story that shows how tense everyone is. One of the neighbors from the upper floors decided that the quarantine was a great opportunity to work as a puncher. He pounded passionately and selflessly. The echoes even reached me, and it’s scary to imagine what was in the epicenter. The patience of the other tenants lasted for an hour and a half. I don’t know what happened there, but the ambulance and the police arrived. Although, maybe this is just a coincidence, and the cars arrived for a different reason, and the punch quieted down, as it had done everything.

There is a story about Sony Walkman players that they became popular in Japan, where the population density is high (for comparison, Japan is 45 times smaller than Russia, and the population is only 20 million less), since they allowed you to listen to music without disturbing others.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

I think for the time of quarantine it is time to remember about headphones and choose something of high quality. Of course, if the possibilities allow, then it’s cool to buy options with noise canceling. The benchmark in this matter is the Sony WH-1000XM3, although the Sony WH-XB900N is also quite good.

However, now is the time to save money, so I borrowed 3 pairs of affordable headphones from Sony. One overhead WH-CH510 (my favorite) and two pairs of Sony WI-XB400 and WI-C310 plugs. Headphones price – from 1 to 500 rubles. Although there is a suspicion that the price will rise due to the growth of the dollar. Along the way, I asked for a smartphone XPERIA 3.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

Content

  1. About Sony WH-СH510
  2. About Sony WI-XB400 EXTRA BASS
  3. About Sony WI-C310
  4. About Xperia 5
  5. Conclusion

About Sony WH-СH510

Price: 2 790 rubles (on the Sony website)

Immediately about the main thing. Price. On Yandex.Market, these headphones can be found at a price of 2 590 rubles, but in most stores the new cost is 3 990 rubles. Apparently, this is because of the rate of 75 rubles per dollar. And, of course, for 4 thousand it is somehow completely uninteresting. I have consumer shock and awe. And I even thought about buying these “ears” for myself. Not even because it is necessary, but simply profitable, like in reserve.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

TECH SPECS:

  • Weight: 132 g
  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 (line of sight approximately 10 m)
  • Headset mode: yes
  • Control: 3 multifunctional buttons on the right cup
  • Battery life in music mode: up to 35 hours
  • Talk time: up to 30 hours
  • Standby time: up to 200 hours
  • Charging time: 4.5 hours
  • Fast charge: 10 minutes of charging gives 90 minutes of listening
  • Charging connector: USB Type-C (cable 20 cm in the box)
  • Colors: black, blue, white

The headphones are shipped in a regular cardboard box. Inside there are headphones in a bag, instructions and a USB Type-C wire. The instructions say that the wire is 20 cm, but if you measure only the flexible part without connectors, then the length is only 15.5 cm. Not enough, so I charged with a wire from the phone.

When I first took the headphones in my hands, I didn’t expect them to be so light. Weight – only 132 grams. Since they are not felt on the head, then the bag will not be delayed.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

The earphones are made of plastic. But if the previous version (CH510) was made of smooth plastic and scratched quickly, then the CH-510 has a pattern. It is very good. Firstly, the headphones benefitted from this visually, and secondly, there are not only scratches, but also fingerprints are invisible.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

The headband is also completely made of plastic. The usual soft upholstery made of eco-leather or fabric is not there. It does not affect the wearing comfort in any way. But then I thought, but what if I were bald? But before this event, approximately 5 years more, so, unfortunately, this issue will remain unresolved. If there are owners of “ears” without hair, then write in the comments about your feelings. An example of how the headphones sit:

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The build quality is good in my opinion. No creaks, no unplanned backlash. The headphones fit perfectly on my head. Wore and put on a hat, and just like that. The head does not get tired, and since these are headphones without noise cancellation, they do not fit as tightly as the older models. The ears start to sweat slightly after about an hour. By the way, the head does not get tired from the headphones, but two hours later, the upper part of my ear started to hurt a little (those parts that are called “curl” and “Darwin’s tubercle” in anatomical atlases). Everything is individual here. In the reviews I read those who wear for 4 hours.

The headphones fit well, but they are not for sports. Although you can run in them. But you can’t jump or pull yourself up on a rope. Fall down.

Headphones in three colors. They sent me a black one. But subjectively, the most interesting color is blue. Although white is good too.

Their controls have three buttons on the right cup. There is also USB Type-C for charging. The buttons are responsible for the functions turn on / off, Play / pause, next and previous track, pick up / hang up the phone, call the voice assistant (Google or Siri). There is a large notch on the central button, so you won’t get confused.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

In general, from this collection, these headphones are my favorites. I’ll tell you what I liked and what I didn’t.

The main thing is autonomy. Sony promises 35 hours of battery life. I have already tested the Sony WH-XB900N, and there, with the same promised 35 hours, the ears played 37 hours. But there I just turned on the headphones and left them playing. WH-CH510 I arranged more realistic testing. I just wore headphones, recording the hours of work. The headphones played for 34 hours. But this includes not only music, but also phone and video calls (5 hours) plus standby mode. It is very cool. But a full charge time of 5 hours is not encouraging.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

To the credit of Sony, it is worth saying that they are great, as they added voice alerts. The headphones say that they are on, off, ready for Bluetooth pairing. And most importantly, every time you turn it on, a female electronic voice says the percentage of charge. Thus, it can be monitored and recharged. Fortunately, the USB Type-C wire is now always at hand. By the way, it is also necessary to monitor the charging for the reason that the headphones cannot play music while charging. On the other hand, 10 minutes of charge promises 90 minutes of battery life.

The second thing I liked was the sound. The elaboration of high and medium frequencies is good for the given price. The bass is good too. By the way, in the reviews on the Market I read complaints that the bass, you see, is not juicy and there are not enough of them. I will say that there is exactly as much bass as it should be for the sound to be perceived as balanced. If you love bass, then Sony has a line of “EXTRA BASS”, so there bass headphones in a concert for violin and piano find. To the disadvantages of sound, I could only refer to a relatively narrow, in my opinion, sound stage. A soundstage is when headphones seem to create a hall in your head. And, for example, the piano seems to be closer to you than the drums. And the drums are not in the center at all, but, for example, are on the right. Unfortunately, Sony WH-СH510 cannot do that. They reproduce as if all instruments are at the same distance. On the other hand, are there 2.5 thousand headphones that have a good stage?

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

Nice little detail. Headphones do not blunt when reconnecting between devices. Disconnected from the laptop, immediately hooked up to one phone, then to another. In principle, this is how it should work, but, for example, my sports headset “freezes”, so it’s easier to turn it off, then turn it on and hook it up to another device.

The headphones can be used as a headset. People say they can hear me well. However, everyone noted that there is a slight feeling as if I were in a large hall.

Reviews on the Market note that the headphones have a lag, which is noticeable, for example, in games. Unfortunately, I have no equipment to check. However, I found measurements on the Internet. Latency is 188 milliseconds. And here, of course, everything is already subjective. Until I found out this information, I did not even notice that there is an 188 millisecond OOS when watching a video. And now I don’t pay too much attention. But what I paid attention to was the fact that, it seems, the most picky and corrosive users for some reason prefer to buy the most affordable solutions.

About Sony WI-XB400 EXTRA BASS

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TECH SPECS:

  • Weight: 21 g
  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 (line of sight approximately 10 m)
  • Headset mode: yes
  • Control: 3 multifunctional buttons on the left panel
  • Battery life in music mode: up to 15 hours
  • Talk time: up to 15 hours
  • Standby time: up to 200 hours
  • Charging time: almost 3 hours
  • Fast charge: 10 minutes of charging gives 60 minutes of listening
  • Charging connector: USB Type-C (cable 20 cm in the box)
  • Colors: black, blue
  • Price: 2 900 rubles

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

These headphones pleasantly surprised me. They have a proud inscription “EXTRA BASS” on the box. I already had speakers and headphones of this line on the test. As you can imagine from the name, EXTRA BASS is the most powerful bass with an eye to electronics. For me, these are the perfect headphones for the morning, they give an excellent charge. But this is such an evil energy. When electronics are still 140 beats per minute, it directly undermines the dance to start, so you gently stomp your foot, but people still look sideways suspiciously.

However, the Sony WI-XB400 is not quite your typical “extra bass”. The bass in them is boosted, but there is no obvious bias. The earbuds are well balanced. The Sony WI-XB400 is very accurate in mids and highs. The clarity of the headphones is good.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphonesPro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

By the way, the headphones also notify with a voice every time they turn on the battery level, inform when the headphones are ready for pairing, etc.

Another pleasant surprise, perhaps common to all Sony headphones, is the battery life, which is superior to that stated on the box. This is not 15, but 19 hours of non-stop play! Super indicator. My regular headphones of this type only last 9 hours, although they weigh more. The charging time is just under 3 hours. It uses Type-C for charging.

Sony WI-XB400 is also good because people around you do not hear your musical preferences. At medium volume, even in a quiet room, you cannot be heard. At maximum volume (and the headphones are loud!), The bass breaks through.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

The headphone housing is made of soft-touch plastic, there are magnets that allow you to couple the headphones. The headphones fit well on the neck. Although I would like to note that they are large. The total length of the wire is 90 cm. For comparison, my headphones of this format are 31 cm shorter.

Otherwise, everything is pretty average. Their passive noise isolation is average – they sit tightly in the ear, but there is no congestion effect. The stage is typically narrow for this type of headphone. The delay time is the same as for the previous sample – about 200ms. By the way, an interesting fact. Found measurements that for PC latency is 219 ms, for Android – 189 ms, and for iOS – 154 ms.

You can use the headphones as a headset. It will be good to hear you, but keep in mind that there is no noise reduction in them, so your interlocutor will also hear background noises.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

Found two minuses. First, buy blue rather than black. Dust is easily visible on matte black headphones with a characteristic texture. Take a look below. I dropped my headphones to the ground. The wire and the remote control are clean, and the pollen from the pine tree has already settled on the body of the “ears”.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

It can also be noted that the headphones do not have a typical mesh. It is not entirely clear what is with the dirt and earwax. Will it jam into the tube until it clogs up completely? From the reviews on “Yandex.Market” I found that the wire is dull in the cold. In theory it should be, but people don’t like it.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

About Sony WI-C310

TECH SPECS:

  • Weight: 19 g
  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.0 (line of sight approximately 10 m)
  • Headset mode: yes
  • Control: 3 multifunctional buttons on the left panel
  • Battery life in music mode: up to 15 hours
  • Talk time: up to 15 hours
  • Standby time: up to 200 hours
  • Charging time: almost 3 hours
  • Fast charge: 10 minutes of charging gives 60 minutes of listening
  • Charging connector: USB Type-C (cable 20 cm in the box)
  • Colors: black, blue, white, golden
  • Price: 1 500 rubles

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The face of these headphones is the musician Feduk. At first I thought that it was somehow undignified for Feduk to be the face of headphones for 1 rubles. And then I thought that, probably, the target audience of the performer can hardly afford something better yet. They have little choice – either such ears, or Apple AirPods.

The build quality of the headphones is good, but the tactile plastic feels cheap. On the other hand, even if you drop it, there should be no problem. Weight is only 19 grams. There are magnets in the headphone housing that allow the heads to be coupled. But since there are no special notches on the case, they do not engage as neatly as the previous model. One earbud looks to the right, the other to the left.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

The battery life turned out to be more than the promised 15 hours. I got 16.5 hours. And this is an excellent result for a price of 1 rubles.

Sound quality is not easy to talk about. On the one hand, the headphones are clear – they just work out the mids, there is bass, and the high frequencies are not bad either. But the scene, there is no volume. This is especially felt if you turn on the headphones immediately after the XB400 Extra Bass.

The advantages are that the headphones are of high quality in terms of “leakage” of sound. The people around you do not know what you are listening to.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

As well as in other models, there is a voice notification every time you turn on the battery status and more.

On Yandex.Market, the rating of “ears” is 4.5 and 41 reviews, among which there are such pearls as (spelling and punctuation in the original):

  • In terms of sound quality, they were made only by BOSE for 13 thousand rubles, but they look just wildly cumbersome, so they were not considered for purchase. (Indeed, these are your bose bullshit!)
  • I compared it head-on with Samsung UFlex, which is 2 times more expensive. The sound is better on the head. When compared to Apple AirPods in Sony, the sound appeared to have a wider frequency range. (A head is better! And what kind of head is it? Human, horse?)
  • Bass, treble, stage – everything is there. They do not fart or sand. In the subway, transport, etc. I’m not listening at full volume and everything is just fine. (I found the stage, and they don’t even fart!)
  • I bought 2 pieces for the stock, gave 1475 for both) I have a wi xb400 – they have a very expensive elastic, deep bass, but there is not enough clarity in the highs and mids to listen to Whitney Houston, for example, and the sound seems to be compressed. (You see how, there is also about the previous model. Dear bass! I thought that expensive bass was Sennheiser HD 800 S or Bose QC35, but it turns out that everything was under my nose!)
  • The wife gave it. Happy aki elephant!) Excellent noise reduction – no need to turn off at full volume even in the subway. (Well, I’d also try to tell my wife that I don’t like the gift!)

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

If you try to be objective, then the Sony WI-C310 is a bargain for the money. 17 hours of work and a crisp clear sound – this is not a huhry-muhry for you. There are not enough stars from the sky, but the thing is of high quality.

About Xperia 5

I tested all the headphones with XPERIA 5. I want to share a few impressions about the smartphone in a short line format.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

  • Frankly speaking, I haven’t used Sony smartphones all the time for a long time. Once I had a Sony Xperia acro S. This is a 2012 smartphone on Android 4. What I remember most of all is that its alarm did not go off and I slept through my “good” train in India. I had to buy new tickets and go to the local “reserved seat”, where I got the middle one out of three floors of shelves. Above was a very large Indian man who, from all the cracks, was distributing various sounds and smells, and jumping off the shelf, I stepped on a rat.
  • Tactile and visual, the XPERIA 5 is gorgeous. You want to hold your smartphone in your hands. And its appearance evokes a sense of harmony. And all the menus are drawn by Sony with love and style. Really like.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

  • The fingerprint scanner is located on the right side. I take the phone with my left hand, so I have to use my index or middle finger to unlock. And the most convenient way would be to use your thumb.

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

  • The smartphone does not have face unlock! Unexpected but safe.
  • Bluetooth allows you to connect two pairs of headphones at the same time, but only one pair will play. If you press another Play button, then it will start playing, and the first will be silent.
  • The smartphone is flying. Well, what did you want from the Snapdragon 855?
  • The XPERIA 5 has sensors on the side of the screen. They can be used for more comfortable one-handed operation. Cool thought up!
  • Shooting with “Hollywood filters” in the proprietary Cinema Pro application is a theme. When I saw it at the presentation, I decided it was pampering. But a really interesting thing, although this is for filming something meaningful, and not from the cycle “So I climbed a mountain, I drive my smartphone left and right.”

Pro Xperia 5 and 3 pairs of affordable Sony headphones

  • The smartphone is super compact, it can be operated with one hand, but it still has a one-hand mode.
  • The smartphone has only two third-party pre-installed applications that cannot be uninstalled, in addition to Google services, but can be disabled. Your eyes will climb your forehead now! This is Asphalt 9 and the Fortnite installer. This is something. You can remove the branded news application, you can remove Yandex. Asphalt 9 is not allowed. That’s Sony’s sense of humor.
  • The smartphone screen is made to watch Netflix on it. I even wanted a TV from Sony to do the same, but not 6.1, but 55 inches. The smartphone sounds great too. Straight very well. For this point, just 5 points.
  • Sony’s night shots are very good. And the application also has technology from large cameras, when the smartphone catches the eye in focus.
  • The XPERIA UI is very clean and concise. Nice to use.
  • Can Sony be considered for purchase? If you want a compact flagship, then yes. With a 6.1-inch screen, the smartphone measures only 158 x 68 x 8.2 mm.


Conclusion

In the comments, I urge you to tell what kind of headphones you use. Model, price, pros, cons. I think this information will be useful to everyone!

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