Sony offers one of the better noise-canceling truly wireless earphones out there with the WF-1000XM3, which arguably brought the most fully-developed noise-cancelling tech in the category last year. While the Sony WF-SP800N doesn’t deliver the same rich feature set as that flagship model, it brings a truly wireless package that’s designed to perform better for training and workouts.
Billed as “sports earphones,” it boasts a secure fit and the highest water-resistance rating out of the outfit’s earbuds lineup, making it a better headphone option when you’re engaged in high-volume physical activities. Whether you want to jam to rock instrumentals while hitting the weights, groove to your dance playlist while running on a trail, or catch up to your favorite podcasts while paddleboarding at the beach, these earphones are designed to serve as the ideal listening accessory.
The Sony WF-SP800N sports a three-dimensional curved design that the outfit originally used (very successfully) in its 2018 predecessor, creating a unique fit that, pretty much, stays on, no matter what you do. Unlike many ear buds, it lodges itself outside of the ear canal, essentially hovering right above your ear, so those who don’t enjoy having something sticking a little too deep inside their ears may appreciate this less-intrusive alternative. The downside? It’s very visible while it sits outside your ear, which may or may not be an issue, depending on how you like your earphones.
Because they don’t go directly in the ear canal, the earphones don’t shut out ambient sound. As such, it comes with digital noise cancelling, which, we’re hoping, is close in quality with the much-lauded capability found in their flagship truly wireless earphones from last year. That means, you can let ambient sound in if you wish (such as when you’re running on the streets) or block them out completely (such as when you’re in the gym), making it pretty versatile as far as sound isolation is concerned, complete with the ability to automatically adjust the noise cancellation setting to suit your current environment.
The Sony WF-SP800N brings a bass-heavy sound, which should make it well-suited to most modern music, with capacitive controls right on the earpieces, making it easy to control playback, adjust volume, and make other changes on the fly. The controls, by the way, can be customized using the companion app, where you can also tweak a whole lot of settings to tailor the earphone’s sound and functions alike. It gets an IP55 rating for water- and dust-resistance, making this perfectly safe to bring along not just when training at the gym, but even when engaged in activities based around water. That makes it a lot better at shrugging off water than most products in the category, so if you want earphones you can safely wear when kayaking, driving jet skis, or paddleboarding, this is one model you want to take a look at. It comes with nine hours of battery life, with an extra nine hours available from the bundled charging case.
The Sony WF-SP800N is available now, priced at $199.99.