I am a proud owner of the Sony WH-1000XM3. These Bluetooth earphones from Sony are a real lifesaver in any scenario, thanks to their excellent noise cancellation. That’s why when I test a Sony sound product, the bar is always very high.
I was able to spend a few days with the recent Sony WF-SP800N earphones, and the truth is that I was amazed at what they promise. Their focus is on sports, with IP55 certification, but they are a product advisable for all types of users.
Table of Contents
- 1 Strengths of Sony WF-SP800N
- 2 Weaknesses of Sony WF-SP800N
- 3 Sound quality of Sony WF-SP800N is excellent for the size
- 4 Sony SP800N autonomy surprises by the positive
- 5 Sony WF-SP800N provide crystal clear calls to both sides
- 6 No touch volume controls on the earphones themselves
- 7 ‘Quick Attention’ mode and proximity sensor are a “luxury” of Sony WF-SP800N
- 8 Conclusion: focused on sport, perfect for everyone
Strengths of Sony WF-SP800N
- Powerful sound with high quality bass and treble;
- Headset autonomy is excellent;
- Call quality is quite satisfactory;
- Splash, sweat and dust resistant construction;
- Quick attention mode and proximity sensor are very useful;
- 360 Reality Audio support;
Weaknesses of Sony WF-SP800N
- Lack of wireless charging in the box;
- There is no volume control on the earphones;
- Noise cancellation could be more pronounced.
Sound quality of Sony WF-SP800N is excellent for the size
No matter how revolutionary features such a product may have, sound quality is always the most important. And I can tell you that they shine in any parameter in this segment.
Its sound is very clear, which makes it possible to hear the various instruments and voices with great separation. Its trebles are of quality, and thanks to the functionality Extra Bass, you will have a great predominance in the bass.
This makes us have a very balanced sound, and thanks to its Headphones Connect app, you can adapt it to your taste. 360 Reality Audio functionality is also supported, and allows certain apps (such as Tidal) to have access to spatial sound for greater immersion. To find out more about this feature, consult Sony’s dedicated page.
Sony SP800N autonomy surprises by the positive
Next to the sound quality, what I’m looking for in a Bluetooth headset is quality autonomy. And in these WF-SP800N you’ll find excellent autonomy, with nine hours if you have noise cancellation activated.
If you keep active noise canceling off, Sony claims that you will get 13 hours of headset life. This is truly fantastic, because who listens to music for so long in a row?
This makes me simply forget to charge the earphones, which is ideal. And as soon as you put them in the box, you are promised another 9 hours of autonomy (or 1pm with noise canceling off). Still, being a generous-sized box, greater autonomy was expected in this.
The housing is, in fact, one of the least good points of these earphones. The construction is made of high quality plastic, but the fact that it has a rounded layout makes it difficult to keep it standing on a surface. With splash-proof earphones, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the case’s USB-C charging port to also be sealed.
The earphones charge in about 2 ½ hours, and the box in 3 hours. Unfortunately the box has no wireless charging, but it is not a problem. Especially because with 10 minutes of charging the earphones, an hour of continuous playback is promised.
Sony WF-SP800N provide crystal clear calls to both sides
Another interesting point in these headsets is their call quality. In my experience, the interlocutors listened to me very clearly, and the same thing happened on my side. Even with some background noise, I didn’t have to raise my voice to be heard on the other side.
Thanks to IP55 certification, these earphones are resistant to splashes, sweat and dust. This means that you can even wash them (according to Sony) after your workouts. This is a great rest if you usually train in the rain or on sandy terrain.
Comfort is an important point in any headset, and these are of great quality. They have four sizes of silicone earbuds and two of bow. And if you are going to be on the move, this is an accessory that you will want to use so that you never risk falling.
No touch volume controls on the earphones themselves
Touch controls couldn’t be missing from earphones like these. On the left side you can switch between the normal, noise canceling modes and also activate the quick attention mode (I will develop later). On the direct side, you can play or pause music, activate the virtual assistant or answer calls.
Something I miss is the fact that I can’t customize the touch controls in the app, and I can’t control the volume (as in Sony WH-1000XM3). Still, the Quick Attention mode wins over anyone.
‘Quick Attention’ mode and proximity sensor are a “luxury” of Sony WF-SP800N
If someone is talking to you, just press the left headset and the music low so you can hear clearly. As soon as you finish the conversation, you stop pressing the headset and the audio returns to normal.
The proximity sensor makes your music pause automatically as soon as you remove one or both earphones. When you put them back on, the music continues where you left it. These features are a real ‘luxury’ that you don’t want to give up again.
With regard to latency, you will not have any problems. Whether playing games or watching videos, you will be able to use these earphones without feeling any kind of “delay”. The hard part will be wanting to get them out.
Conclusion: focused on sport, perfect for everyone
As I told you at the beginning of this review, these are earphones facing the sport. But given their sound quality with high quality basses, they are recommended for any user.
Noise cancellation is not the best (for this you have the Sony WF-1000XM3), but the quality of calls is eye-catching. Well, what about the battery: it’s so good that you’ll forget that you have to charge it.
If you are looking for great sound quality, combined with a generous battery and additional protection against splashes and sweat, these are some earphones to keep in mind. And you can purchase them at an attractive price on Amazon Spain. On the same website, you will also find a shipping box that can come in handy. For other Sony options and more brands, check out our article dedicated to Bluetooth headsets.