Who Should Buy These: These are one of the only true wireless earbuds that have active noise-canceling. It’s not great, but it does help for commutes and in office environments.
Overview: The Sony WF-SP700Ns ($178) are the follow-up to the company’s first true wireless earphones, the Sony WF-1000X. They have a more sports-focused design and completely redesigned charging case. Also, these are active noise-canceling earphones, which makes them truly unique among other true wireless earphones.
Fit: These fit me really well. They have a unique design that makes the earbuds float on the outside of your ears, but not as drastically as Bose’s SoundSport Free. The also come with several different silicon eartip and earwing options, so you should have no trouble getting the right fit.
Sound Quality: The sound quality is good and pretty even. For me, the best thing about the WF-SP700Ns was they are one of the loudest true wireless earbuds. There’s also a companion app allows that lets you play around with the EQ settings.
Other Recommended Reviews:
• “The WF-SP700N are totally decent (and extremely comfortable) fully wireless in-ears, but they simply can’t compete with similarly priced competitors in terms of battery life, and their biggest outstanding feature – noise canceling – just isn’t worth the effort.” — Parker Hall, Digital Trends
• “Sony’s WF-SP700N are a middling pair of true wireless headphones. They’re lacking in clarity and in noise-cancellation prowess, but at least they’re comfortable to wear for extended periods and don’t fall out easily. While these are a decent sophomore attempt, you might be better waiting to see what Sony has planned for year three.” — Nick Pino, TechRadar
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1
Water Resistance: IPX4
Battery Life: 3 hours (depends on NC and ambient modes)
Most Versatile: Jabra Elite Active 65t
Who Should Buy These: The Jabra Elite Active 65t combines excellent sound and integrated mics (so it’s great for taking calls), with wireless earbuds that are also ideal for working out. They also look professional. If you’re going to wear true wireless earbuds for both work and working out, these are great ones to consider.
Overview: The Jabra Elite Active 65t ($190) are the next evolution of the company’s other truly wireless earbuds, the Jabra Elite 65t. The two are very similar, but the Jabra Elite Active 65t have a grippier outer layer, are slightly more sweatproof, and they an integrated motion sensor (aka accelerometer) that adds more tracking features. Essentially, the Jabra Elite Active 65t are more sports-focused (and more expensive) versions of their predecessors.
Fit: The fit is tight and they don’t come with adjustable silicone ear-wings (which are different from silicone ear tips), so some people might find them uncomfortable to wear for long listening sessions.
Sound Quality: Only the Bose Soundsport Free come close to these in terms of sound quality. You can expect an accurate, neutral sound.
Other Recommended Reviews:
• “One area where the Jabras stand head and shoulders above the Bose and the Sony buds is in on-ear controls: it has very nice push-button controls for things like pause, fast forward, rewind and Siri/Google assistant activation. Bose has more limited controls that are woefully difficult to use; Sony has limited controls (no volume or Google Assistant) that can be a little difficult to use..” — John Davidson, The Australian Financial Review
• “Where many fully wireless headsets settle for mediocre fidelity, the Elite Active 65t actually sound quite good — akin to a set of wired headphones that cost about half the price. Nothing has changed between the Elite Active and original model, both of which showcase the deep and punchy bass and shimmery treble we already enjoyed earlier this year.” — Parker Hall, Digital Trends
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
Water Resistance: IP56
Battery Life: 5-hour per earbud, 10 hours from the charging case