noise cancellation comes on headphones at an attractive price

Sony has unveiled two new wireless headphones, the Sony WH-CH720N and the Sony WH-CH520. The first advantages are the noise reduction inherited from the company’s top model.

The Sony WH-CH720N
The Sony WH-CH720N // Source: Sony

In terms of audio, Sony has in a few years built a reputation as a manufacturer that offers some of the best noise cancellation on the market for its wireless headphones and earphones. However, the Japanese manufacturer reserved this functionality for these most expensive models until now. If there were some more affordable exceptions like the Sony LinkBuds S or the Sony WH-XB910N, the company now plans to extend active noise cancellation to truly more accessible models.

On Monday, February 21, Sony announced the arrival of two new wireless headphones, the Sony WH-CH720N and the Sony WH-CH520, two models with very different philosophies that had been leaked for a few days a while ago.

The Sony WH-CH520
The Sony WH-CH520 // Source: Sony

The Sony WH-CH520 is a supra-aural Bluetooth headset, which means that the cushions rest on the ear cup and not around it. So it benefits from lower passive isolation than circum-aural format headphones, and doesn’t include active noise cancelling, but aims to be more compact. So we are entitled to a helmet of 147 grams. For sound reproduction, it has two transducers – one for each ear – with a diameter of 30 mm and compatibility with Bluetooth 5.2 – multipoint compatible – and Bluetooth SBC and AAC audio codecs. We will also find Sony’s DSEE algorithm, which should improve the sound quality of a poor quality MP3 file thanks to upscaling. Sony also announces an autonomy of up to 50 hours with its WH-CH520.

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The WH-CH720N, noise-cancelling headphones for less than 200 euros

More interestingly, the Sony WH-CH720N is an circumaural headset that borrows heavily from the manufacturer’s WH-1000X models, starting with the circumaural format with cushions surrounding the ear. The Japanese manufacturer also announces that it has integrated the same Sony V1 processor as on the WH-1000XM5 to manage active noise cancellation. However, the WH-CH720N benefits from just two microphones for capturing ambient sound – compared to four per ear for the WH-1000XM5.

The Sony WH-CH720N
The Sony WH-CH720N // Source: Sony

We will find multipoint Bluetooth 5.2 compatibility with SBC and AAC codecs, as well as 30mm diameter dynamic transducers. However, the autonomy is slightly lower than the smaller headphones, with up to 35 hours by activating the active noise cancellation. On the other hand, you can enjoy your music for up to 50 hours, but without noise reduction.

The two new Sony headsets are already available. The Sony WH-CH520 is offered for a price of 70 euros in black, blue, white and beige, while the Sony WH-CH720N is available in black, blue and white for a price of 150 euros. For comparison: the Sony WH-1000XM5 can now be found around 420 euros.

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