Sony WF-C500 leaky sports earbud, waterproofing and budget value

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Sony WF-C500 leaky sports earbud, waterproofing and budget value

The Sony WF-C500 has a sporty look, with IPX4 certification, which means it can withstand splashing water like a downpour. Despite their sporty credentials, they’re not plastic like some models, although they are available in more colorful options (green, white, and orange to go with the black pictured here).

They also support Sony 360 Reality Audio, which delivers 360-degree surround audio, and Sony’s Headphones Connect app, which lets anybody to tweak the sound.

They are also positioned towards the budget end of the market, with a price tag of $ 79.98 (around £ 58, or AU $ 150, although we would expect them to have a UK price closer to a direct exchange. dollar-pound sterling).

They seem about the same size as the Sony WF-1000XM4, though given the lower price, their feature set – not to mention sound quality – will be significantly reduced.

Story Highlights

  • We got our first glimpse of true wireless headphones of Sony, thanks to a leak. Walmart accidentally posted them to its site early on – and has since removed them.

  • They’re also positioned towards the budget end of the market, with a price of $79.98 (about £58, or AU$115, though we would expect them to have a UK price closer to a direct dollar-to-sterling swap).

The page also let slip a few more details. They last for 10 hours, or 20 hours with the carrying case, and support Sony’s DSEE technology (which converts digital music files to near high-resolution quality). They’ll work with just one earbud in the ear (great for sleeping), and Sony claims they’re “small and light for a perfect fit and all-day wear.”

They also support Sony 360 Reality Audio, which offers 360-degree surround sound, and Sony’s Headphones Connect app, which lets anyone change the sound.

They appear to be roughly the same size as the Sony WF-1000XM4, although given the lower price tag their feature set – not to mention sound quality – will be drastically reduced. The fact that Walmart has already posted them on its site suggests that a full disclosure is imminent.