Sony WH-CH500 – Bluetooth Headphone That Won’t Break The Bank

Today we are gonna explore the Sony WH-CH500 Google Assistant enabled Bluetooth Headset with Mic… tadaa! Sony Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets. They have a long history of music entertainment business in the world.

We have already reviewed other Sony headphone in different price categories like the Sony MDR ZX-110. Sony has a wide variety of affordable and high-quality headphones in the global market. They have released their most affordable wireless headphone WH-CH500 on  September 2018 in India.  Nowadays wireless headphones are getting cheaper in the market.

Like any other headphones, Sony WH-CH500 has its own features. It is an on-ear headset which can be connected to our device by Bluetooth or NFC (near-field communication). In our country, it is available in two colours: black and blue. Let us check whether the Sony WH-CH500 is a perfect pair of headphones for every situation or not.

The  Sony WH-CH500 comes in a square box which has a matte finish and also it has a retail tag on the top. On the front side of the box, we can see a picture of the headset, the brand name, the product name and small illustrations of main features.

On the back side also there is a description of the features. when unboxing the outer pack, we can see a brown cardboard wrap similar to the outer square box. Inside the box, we get to see the headphone which is covered in foam and also a USB cable, instruction manual, reference guide inside a plastic wrap.

Design And Features

The   Sony WH-CH500 is an on-ear headset. The headband is made up of non-premium plastic which I felt a little cheap so that I felt afraid to do the twist test. It is lightweight. It weighs only 4.94 ounces or 140 grams. We cannot fold or bent the whole earphone. However, the earcups swivel flat and can be easily slipped into a bag. Therefore we can carry it securely.

Sony WH-CH500 Wireless Headphones Review

They fit nicely on the ear to provide an isolated experience. But there is a little bit of force is forming against the ear when it is put on, they are staying very tight to my head, I felt uncomfortable to use this pair for a long time. The earcups are padded.

All control buttons like volume control, power/play/pause button along with a micro USB port are mounted on the lower side of the right ear cup. The volume rise/down button and track forward/backward button is build integrated. We can make hands-free calls with build-in-microphone and can summon the voice assistant like Siri of iPhone or Google Assistant of Android by pressing and holding the play button on our headphone. The buttons are smooth and easy to use.

We all know drivers are the elementary part of the headphone. Two compact 30 mm (1.18 inches) lightweight neodymium driver units are used in this pair of headphone. These drivers are large enough to offer more detailed sound and heavy bass.

The Sony WH-CH500 can be paired in two methods: Bluetooth and NFC. It uses 4.2 Bluetooth version to access any type of audio from any devices. It also supports 4.0 Bluetooth version and A2DP,  AVRCP, HFP, and HSP Bluetooth profiles. The line of sight of Bluetooth is about 30 feet (10 m).

Sony WH-CH500 Wireless Headphones Review

We have to click the NFC button to connect the Bluetooth. But if we are in a rush, NFC is a good choice. NFC pairing is done by one tap at the back side of our phone or tablet.  NFC allows two electronic devices, one of which is usually a portable device such as a smartphone or a tablet to establish communication by bringing them within 4 cm (1.6 in) of each other.  If both your smartphone and your Bluetooth headset have NFC, pairing them is no more complicated than tapping them together for a second.

Sound Experience

Coming to the most important feature of the headphones, the sound experience is mind-blowing. I doubt whether it is seriously under Rs.5000. I really like the audio quality.

Sony WH-CH500 Wireless Headphones Review

If we are listening to pop, rock, EDM or any bass-heavy tracks, these headphones do a really well job. If you are an audiophile, sorry this headset is not for you. The bass drop is crazy. The midrange is ok and the highs are really struggling sometimes and the vocals are not depressed by the bass. The best part is we can experience the lows. The clarity of the sound is not too good or super accurate. But in this price range, we cannot expect a super headphone.

The noise isolation is good. The ear cups are tight enough to provide a deep experience while playing tracks, watching movies or videos.

Call Quality

The microphone does a fantastic job in the Sony WH-CH500 headphone. I made a few calls using my android phone and the headphone. I could say the audio quality of the call of both my side and the other side was excellent.

The voice capturing and the noise cancelling ability is very much good compared to other products in this price range. My voice was clear even when I was in a noisy environment.

Battery Life

Sony WH-CH500 is provided with an in- build Lithium-ion battery.

Sony claimed that it has 20 hours of non-stop playback time which can be recharged through Micro USB. I got approximately 20 hrs. Takes about 4 hrs to get fully charged. Sony’s magic hands in this particular area have to be praised.

Other Details

Without any kind of doubt, I can say that Sony WH-CH500 is a good Bluetooth headset better than others sold at the same price range. It can be used as travel headphone. I won’t say it is so comfortable to use for a long run.

They are not portable to take it for gym or jogging. But you can take it for a walk. Its build quality is not superior, it is fragile I think. The Bluetooth and NFC pairing are smooth. The microphone is beyond expectation. If you are a heavy bass lover go for it. Overall a good awesome wireless headphone for under Rs.5k.

Where To Buy Sony WH CH-500

  • Lightweight
  • Battery life is excellent
  • Virtual assistant support
  • Good quality microphone
  • It offers Bluetooth and NFC support
  • Value for money
  • Build quality is not good
  • Fragile
  • Take a long time to get charge fully

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