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The WF-C500s are Sony's latest wireless earbuds with 360 Reality Audio and up to 20 hours of battery life

The WF-C500s in one of their new colors. (Source: Sony)
The WF-C500s in one of their new colors. (Source: Sony)
Sony has announced the WF-C500 as its latest affordable wireless earbuds. They feature many of the OEM's audio-enhancement properties and technologies, although active noise cancellation (ANC) is not among them. However, the new accessories do feature some official ingress-protection, fast-pairing and single-bud use.

Sony has just launched new WF-C500 earbuds, equipped with many of the in-house specs also found in the new WH-XB910N headphones. They include 360 Reality Audio for improved immersion; Google Fast Pair or Windows Swift Pair; voice assistant support and DSEE for "a more authentic listening experience".

On the other hand, there is no mention of noise-cancelling of any kind in these new wireless audio products. In addition, users who would like to stay connected to their surroundings would have to resort to the WF-C500s' mono-pairing ability, which is supplied in place of an Ambient or Transparency mode.

These new peripherals can at least access a customizable equalizer via their Headphones Connect app. Sony has also set them up with a slim, pill-shaped charging case with a distinctive frosted, partially see-through lid. This is intended to make it look more high-end, although this might be up to the individual user's estimation.

The WF-C500 buds themselves have a much more simple, stripped-down look compared to something like the WF-1000XM4s. They have physical controls on their exterior surfaces, and a generally "ergonomic" build that, according to Sony, makes them comfortable throughout prolonged listening sessions.

All in all, we now at least know how much TWS earbud Sony will offer for US$100 in 2021. The WF-C500s are available in black, white, green or orange, and can be ordered direct from the OEM, or bought at Target, through Best Buy or on Amazon. As with the WH-XB910Ns, they may only be available in certain colors per vendor.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-09-30 (Update: 2021-09-30)