Sony WI-C600N review: noise-canceling headset

Long been edited gg I have not seen new headsets in a very interesting and convenient form factor that does not have

some well-established name, but onEnglish is called “behind the neck”. I remember that the leaders in this direction several years ago (the first appearance of the form factor in my memory was recorded in 2009) were Korean companies - we have reviews of LG Tone + HBS-500, LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900) and Samsung Gear Circle. Therefore, it was interesting to look at the modern Sony headset model with a similar design. Moreover, she has something that was not there before: NFC, noise reduction and application support for a smartphone.


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What is it and what is interesting

Sony WI-C600N - Wireless Bluetooth Headsetwith not the most common design - the main part of the flexible (important) case is placed on the user's neck, like a collar. Headphones are attached to the body on a short wire, which, on the one hand, turns it into a sort of hybrid “wired” wireless headset. On the other hand, in my experience, this is the most convenient option for wearing a wireless headset, in which the headphones can not be lost, and if they suddenly fall out, nothing will happen. Specifically, the Sony WI-C600N is interesting for supporting NFC, aptX and is equipped with a noise reduction system, as well as (less significantly) the ambient-sound mode, in which the user can theoretically hear what is happening next to him. And all this is configured using a proprietary application. She also has charging with a progressive USB-C connector, which, of course, is a pleasant trifle that cannot but please the geek's heart.


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What is in the box


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Package Includes Manualuser manual (English, French, Spanish), visual instruction (without text, with diagrams as in IKEA furniture) for those who do not speak the languages, a short charging cable 20 cm long with a USB-C connector and three additional sets of silicone ear pads of different sizes ( I, by the way, was well-suited staffer)

Appearance and management

The most important controls are located onthe left side of the "collar". In appearance, everything is simple and clear - the power button, rocker for volume control and the universal button that is used to answer a call, play music, pause and rewind (double-tap - next song, triple - previous). Surprisingly, it was the management that irritated me. Despite the fact that the buttons are all convex, and, in theory, should be easy to grope in order to work “blindly”, in practice, to grope the power button at night when you decided to look in bed for a couple of fresh episodes on a laptop was a non-trivial task. Everything turned out only from the third time, reminding a well-known joke about connecting the USB flash drive from the third time with the “right” side. As a result, it was better to turn on the headset in advance, and only then put it on your neck. There were no such problems with the volume and switching of compositions - the rocker is easier to find, it is larger, and the answer button is located at the edge of the case. But to press the button three times to repeat the song is still not the best solution. Although those who never rewind should have no problems.


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A button is located on the right side of the casenoise reduction control. It also activates the ambient-sound mode (for the first time I came across such a function in the Here One headphone model, which was released on Kickstarter in 2015, and today it is already in almost every second model of good headphones). All three modes work in a circle: ambient-sound, shutdown and ambient-sound, noise reduction. As a rule, the user selects one sound mode that suits him, and does not return to this button.


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The USB-C connector is located at the bottom of the left “collar” (you can always get into it the first time even blindly), it is covered with a plug on the leg.


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Headphone wires go inside the case, but do not reel, as, for example, LG Tone Infinim:


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Headphones look decent, made to last,a nice bonus is their version of wearing like the Samsung Gear Circle - thanks to the magnets they can be attached with their backs to each other, and so worn around the neck when not listening to music.


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What can you expect from the sound of the Sony WI-C600N

The sound of Sony WI-C600N is frankly not muchdifferent from similar headphones in the same class. With good bass, moderately deep (as far as such headphone sizes allow) sound that can be adjusted with the equalizer settings. The noise reduction system did not impress me much, it exists, but you do not notice it much thanks to the dense silicone (vacuum) ear cushions, which have long defeated their foam ancestors. The sound of ambient is difficult to evaluate at all (perhaps due to the fact that the vacuum headphones are perfectly soundproof), no matter how I tried to switch the settings, I could not feel the difference.

What the application can do

All the same is used to control the headphonesSony Headphones Connect app (available for Android and iOS). After the magnificent flagship model of the closed Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones, which cannot be overestimated, the set of application features in the Sony WI-C600N looks meager. You can select predefined equalizer options (there are two user modes) and enable / disable noise reduction, and even choose one of three options for the ambient mode (this, as I said, did not help me). Formally, you can control the playback of the player from the application, but hardly anyone will listen to music through Sony Headphones Connect.


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How long have the Sony WI-C600N been working?

After TWS-headphones MPOW T5 pleasantly surprisedI would like to count on something more than the stated 6.5 hours in the music playback mode with noise reduction turned on (both the Sony WI-C600N is larger in size, there is where to place the battery), but in practice I did not succeed squeeze out of them for more than 5 hours, however, I listen to music at maximum volume, which somehow justifies the manufacturer’s calculations. Before bedtime, of course, the quick charge mode saves - 15 minutes of charging while you go to bed and brush your teeth, and now the charge is enough to watch one or two episodes of the series. By the way, you cannot use modern powerful chargers of flagship smartphones for charging - the headset refused to charge from charging Huawei P30 Pro, but calmly transferred charging from the USB port of a laptop or an old charger.

Price and competitive environment

At a price of 5000 hryvnia, the Sony WI-C600N has no directcompetitors - a rare form factor has not really taken root in the market, now I could find only one Samsung U Flex model, which costs 1,500 hryvnias and is a direct competitor to Sony WI-C400N (the same price and the same features, without noise reduction). In fact, if you want to buy modern noise canceling headphones in this form factor, then there is simply no alternative to the Sony WI-C600N.

Neighbors in the lineup

Sony WI-C600N are intermediate inthe line between the simpler Sony WI-C400N headset (outwardly it looks very similar, but due to the lack of noise reduction and ambient mode they can work up to 20 hours, and cost 1,500 hryvnias instead of 5,000) and the flagship headset for its form factor WI-1000XM2, which was presented this fall and should be available soon (we hope to get to know them better). Somewhere nearby, a little to the side is the model of Sony WI-SP600N wireless headphones, which are positioned as sports (they have IPX4 protection, noise reduction and about the same time), and cost 3,000 hryvnias.

In the dry residue

Headphones Sony WI-C600N look good, soundgood and leave a good impression (if you do not take into account the inconvenient power on for me) until you start looking at the price tag. And although there are no other alternatives in such a form factor and with such capabilities, there are many of them in other classes of wireless headphones, including the most popular miniature TWS models with charging cases. And if noise reduction still plays some role when buying, then the ambient sound function, which, in theory, should make it possible to hear something on the street, looks ineffective in this model. What makes, for example, an interesting purchase of the Sony WI-C400N model if you are not very picky about the sound quality. Not much improves the overall picture and a short battery life (even with the noise reduction turned off) - today 6 hours of work does not look like the limit of the desires of customers.

3 reasons to buy Sony WI-C600N headphones:

  • the most convenient form factor for wearing wireless headphones;
  • noise reduction system;
  • nice little things (USB-C connector, quick charge, NFC and aptX).

2 reasons not to buy Sony WI-C600N headphones:

  • Sony WI-C400N and Sony WI-SP600N are significantly cheaper;
  • Not the biggest battery life.

Key Specifications of the Sony WI-C600N Headphone

Dimensions and weight
206x183x48 mm, 34 g

Speakers
6 mm

Frequency range
20 - 20,000 Hz (sampling frequency 44.1 kHz)

Sensitivity
106 ± 3 dB

Wireless
NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Functions
noise reduction, ambient (listening to ambient sounds), Sony Headphones Connect app

Declared battery life
up to 8.5 hours in music playback mode (up to 1 hour after 15 minutes of fast charging)

Contents of delivery
USD-C charging cable (20 cm), four sets of silicone ear pads

Sony WI-C600N

Comfortable noise-canceling headset

State-of-the-art wireless headsetbehind-the-neck (worn like a collar). Its benefits include a noise reduction system, fast charging, USB-C connector, NFC support, aptX and application control. But the buyer will have to put up with not the highest battery life.

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