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Sony WH-CH720N launch as new cheaper alternative to WH-1000XM5 headphones

The WH-CH720N arrives in three colours with features from the WH-1000X series. (Image source: Sony)
The WH-CH720N arrives in three colours with features from the WH-1000X series. (Image source: Sony)
The WH-CH720N has arrived, Sony's lightest pair of over-ear headphones released to date. The headphones also feature the same Integrated Processor V1 that handles active noise cancellation, as well as up to 35 hours of battery life with ANC enabled or 50 hours with ANC disabled.

Sony has started selling the WH-CH720N, a cheaper alternative to the WH-1000XM5. To recap, retailers and the likes of The Walkman Blog extensively leaked the WH-CH720N in the run-up to its release. Hence, there are no great shocks here.

Still, it is surprising to see Sony undermining the WH-1000XM5 to sell the WH-CH720N. As the embedded tweet below shows, Sony markets the WH-CH720N as its lightest pair of over-ear wireless headphones yet. Additionally, the company points out that the WH-CH720N features the same noise-cancelling chip (Integrated Processor V1) as the WH-1000X series.

Sony has made some compromises with the WH-CH720N to hit a lower price point, though. Namely, the WH-CH720N features smaller 30 mm dynamic drivers and lacks high-fidelity audio format support like LDAC or Qualcomm aptX. Moreover, the WH-CH720N supports the older Bluetooth 5.2 standard. For reference, the WH-CH720N weighs 192 g, 31 g lighter than its predecessor and 58 g less than the WH-1000XM5.

Furthermore, the WH-CH720N should last up to 50 hours of continuous music playback with ANC switched off or 35 hours with the feature enabled. Sony offers the headphones in black, blue and white colourways for £99.99 in the UK, US$149.99 in the US and €149 in the Eurozone. Please note that while the WH-CH720N is orderable in the UK and the US, Sony lists the headphones as 'coming soon' in the Eurozone.

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Alex Alderson, 2023-02-23 (Update: 2023-02-23)