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Sony WI-C600N Wireless Headphone Review

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Currently I use wireless neckband earphones. Their convenience has made me pretty addicted to them. It is the first time I’ve written about the Sony WI-C600N wireless noise-cancelling headset I purchased last month. Because I also own Samsung’s U Flex and Sony’s WI-XB400 wireless neckbands. It will be my personal experience with the Sony WI-C600N that I will use as the basis for my review.

Although I love music, I rarely use earbuds to listen to it. When talking to people, I prefer wireless headphones. It’s painful to hold the phone too long to your ear. Wireless neckband headphones are an option I like. It is more convenient to use wired earphones or earbuds while working, commuting, travelling, or driving. 

A two-year usage of my Samsung U Flex led me to purchase a better neckband headset. The Samsung U Flex weighed much less than the headset I previously owned. Support for the USB C-Type charging port, battery backup, and audio quality.

The hunt for another neckband continued. Finally, I settled for the even more expensive Sony WI-C600N that I’ve been using for the past month. Based on my daily experience with wireless headphones, I rate them as follows:

  • Listening to music
  • The life expectancy of batteries
  • Bluetooth connectivity stability
  • An incoming call notification alerts the user
  • Connecting multiple points
  • Having a weight
  • User-friendly

Sony WI-C600N Review

So, let’s move on to the Sony WI-C600N without further digressions. Wireless neckband headphones with noise cancellation are Sony’s WI-C600N flagship product. The INR 10990 price tag makes it Sony’s flagship product. The headphones are, therefore, in the premium segment.

The Sony WI-C600N comes with some cool features, including: 

  1. The NFC standard is supported
  2. Noise cancellation using digital technology
  3. Enhancing sound with digital technology
  4. aptX from Qualcomm
  5. High-definition voice during calling
  6. Type-C USB connector

Battery life is approximately 6.5 hours with noise cancellation enabled and 7.5 hours. However, these are just numbers on paper. The Sony WI-C600N would be the place to begin our reality check.

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Design and Built-In Quality

Sony WI-C600N wireless headphones are designed with an attractive appearance. However, they don’t impress much. Still, I think the headphones are attractive. Hybrid silicone rubber is used to make the headphones. Furthermore, this material has a soft touch and is durable.

Lower on the left cylindrical part are the buttons for play/pause and end of call. Above them are the volume control and power button. LED indicators illuminate as well. Upon switching the headphones on or off, they illuminate. In addition, there is a USB Type-C port for charging.

With a weight of just 34 grams, the Sony WI-C600N is very easy to wear around your neck without being constantly aware of it. It is thanks to its soft, silicone neckband. Since it’s thin, it’s comfortable as well. Due to their 6mm drivers, these earphones are small for a comfortable fit, thanks to their compact size.

Sony WI-C600N’s design is one of the things I dislike. I’m not too fond of it even though I’ve used it a lot. I particularly dislike where the control buttons are placed. The buttons are hard to find, and that’s not cool at all.

Performance, Sound Quality, And Output

Noise-cancelling headphones with a 34-gram weight. Branded headphones come at a high price. Sony’s real-life performance will certainly create some hype or curiosity. As soon as I purchased wireless headphones for INR 10K, I was very excited. The old earphones I owned were all around INR 3000 to 4000. However, I spent 2-3 times more on noise-cancelling technology. I expected that the performance would be worth the cost.

The audio quality of the Sony WI-C600N is neither exceptional nor average. It delivers balanced sound. In the short run, 6mm drivers make headphones lighter, but they negatively affect noise cancellation. Sony WI-C600N’s audio quality may not impress audiophiles. According to my experience, the Sony WI-XB400 has excellent sound quality. Only it lacks noise cancellation, but it’s three times cheaper. Wireless headphones are not as loud as the Sony WI-C600N.

Good Music Quality

You can customize Sony WI-C600N via the Sony Headphones Connect app in a number of ways. By pressing the Power button, you can read out the battery level. The battery percentage is also displayed in Sony Headphone Connect. With this app, you can choose between 3 ambient sound modes:

  • Enable Ambient Sound – Normal mode to hear all ambient sounds while listening to music. Immersive sound is achieved by eliminating all external noises.
  • If you use this mode, all sounds are silenced except high-frequency sounds like human voices.

There is also the option to switch between two Sound Quality Mode priorities and turn on or off the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine. DSEE digitally enhances audio files compressed with MP3s. It performed well when I played compressed music files. The audio output was much better than that of my other headphones.

Call Audio Quality

Sony WI-C600N plays music and videos with good sound quality. Unfortunately, it has poor call quality. While I was excited to use HD voice in calling, it disappointed me. When the sound of my surroundings interfered with my call, I became irritated. There was no change in Ambient Sound Control after switching between the three modes.

Moreover, in addition to hearing my voice, they hear some constant buzzing and noise. Initially, I thought this was a network issue. In the end, Samsung U Flex solved the problem. I was able to talk clearly.

If you are just looking for headphones to listen to music, then that is all that matters. If you want a good calling experience, you can go for the Sony WI-C600N. Otherwise, you may want to consider another model.

Battery Life of the Sony WI-C600N

One of the biggest concerns with any portable device is battery life. These concerns apply to smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, and wireless headphones. Battery life for Sony WI-C600N is claimed to be 6.5 hours. It includes 7.5 hours with noise cancellation and 8.2 hours without it.

I would be satisfied with a headphone that could play audio continuously for about 6 hours. That’s good enough for me. Sony WI-C600N is weakest in the battery department. In 12 hours without use, I remember it draining 74% of the battery. 

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During the time I was driving, I attended only two calls. At 7 p.m., I only had 36% of my battery left. As I use my wireless headphones, I usually watch NetFlix, Prime Video, ZEE5, or Hotstar. However long Sony claims, I can’t imagine my Sony WI-C600N has a longer battery life than 3.5 to 4 hours.

Conclusion

You might form a negative opinion of these headphones after reading my review of the Sony WI-C600N. After spending INR 10,000, you won’t be happy with the results. The Sony WI-C600N has excellent comfort. Due to its lightweight design and soft touch. Its buttons are poorly placed. The worst part is the experience when talking on the phone.

With more playing comes more expectations, and Sony WI-C600N disappoints on several levels. Compared to some cheaper headphones, it looks good, feels good, and sounds good. I would give this headphone a 5 out of 5. 3.1 stars is quite generous. So with that, I will end my Sony WI-C600N review here.

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