To bridge the gap between the high-end and more affordable models, the WF-SP800N features some of the best elements of both of those sets of earbuds. It has Extra Bass audio tech and Adaptive Sound Control that automatically adjusts the ambient sound settings to fit your environment. The WF-SP800N also packs in active noise cancellation (ANC), on-board touch controls, IP55 water resistance and nine hours of battery life (13 hours with ANC off). And yes, there’s a quick-charge feature that will give you an hour of listening time in 10 minutes. The WF-SP800N will also pause automatically when you remove an earbud and overs one-touch access to your voice assistant of choice.
Speaking of ANC, Sony is updating its noise cancellation to automatically change settings based on your location. Through its Headphones app, the company already offers a basic version of this. However, it’s no where near as powerful. Currently, the WF-1000XM3 and other Sony headphones will select the Adaptive Sound Control preset you’ve configured for Waiting, Walking, Running or Traveling when it senses the appropriate movement. Of course, you can manually change it if needed. With today’s update, you’ll be able to assign those settings to specific locations. So when you get to the office or return home, the headphones will automatically switch to your preferred levels for that spot. While this update is debuting alongside the WF-SP800N, it will also be available on all models that support Adaptive Sound Control — like the WF-1000XM3.
Like the WF-1000XM3, you can also use the Headphones app to configure the on-board controls. By default, there’s no volume control on the earbuds, but you can swap some of the other options out to add it. It’s not great that you have to sacrifice handy features to do this basic thing, but it’s better than not having the ability to change volume without reaching for your phone.
Even though Sony has been preaching the gospel of 360 Reality Audio for well over a year, it’s still not readily available across a ton of devices. The company says the WF-SP800N is compatible with the immersive audio technology, though you’ll need a subscription with a streaming service that offers it.