With all the competition in the true wireless earbuds market, we’re seeing Sony be more aggressive about discounting not only on last year’s but its latest true wireless models — the new , which is water-resistant and features noise canceling and the entry-level WF-XB700 Extra Bass. We’ve collected the top deals below.
The WF-1000XM3 earbuds list for $230. At $178, they’re the best sounding wireless earbuds in this price range and also feature active noise cancellation technology to reduce ambient noise.
The only drawback is the WF-1000XM3 earbuds aren’t rated as sweat-proof or waterproof headphones. That said, I’ve used them for light workouts with a bit of a sweat at the gym without a problem. They use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC, but not aptX.
Note that there is a good chance that Sony will release the next-generation WF-1000XM4 later this year.
Water-resistant: No (lacks IPX certification).
It took a while, but now we finally have a new true wireless noise-canceling sports model from Sony: the WF-SP800N. Funnily enough, I wrote at the end of my mostly positive review that I’d like to see them more in the $160-$175 range. They’re now $148 for a limited time, $20 less than just a month ago.
This isn’t quite the WF-1000XM3 with a water-resistant body. It’s missing Sony’s QN1e processor, but there’s still a lot to like about it, including very good sound, solid noise canceling and good call quality. It’s definitely a significant upgrade over the WF-SP700N, which came out in 2018, and its “arcs” (sports fins) lock the buds in your ears. Just make sure you get a tight seal from one of the included ear tips or else both the sound and noise canceling will be lackluster.
Water-resistant: Yes (IP55 splash-proof).
The WF-XB700 is in the company’s Extra Bass line and lists for $130. I’ve tried them and really liked their fit. Their sound quality doesn’t measure up to that of the WF-1000XM3 or WF-SP800N (it lacks some clarity), but if you like bass, they’re decent sounding earbuds. I thought they were a little expensive at $130. At $30 off or $100, they’re a more enticing option.
Water-resistant: Yes (IPX4 splash-proof).
First published last month. Updated to reflect new sale prices.