Best Sony headphones Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best Sony headphones you can buy in 2020.
Looking for a new pair of headphones? Sony will probably be on your list since the firm is on a brilliant run of form at the moment. The Japanese giant boasts some of the best headphones on the planet in its arsenal. So, whether you're after in-ear, on-ear, wireless or noise-cancelling headphones there should be a pair of Sony headphones for everyone in its current range.
So what should you look for before buying a pair of Sony headphones? Firstly, you need to pick a style (in-/on-/over-ear) and then think about which features you want. Do you want a portable pair for commuting or the gym, or are they going to be used mainly at home? If you want Bluetooth and noise-cancelling, be sure to look into battery life.
Some of the best Sony headphones have touch controls for functions like play/pause, skipping track, etc. High-end models need plugging into a dedicated headphone amplifier to hear them at their very best. These are all things to consider.
Read on for our round-up of the best Sony headphones for 2020, from all the models we've tested that are still available to buy.
Some of the most comfortable noise-cancelling headphones we've tested, these Sony over-ears feature a touch-sensitive panel on the right earcup for controls. Hold your hand to it and it'll quieten what's playing so you can hear the outside world. You can also speak to control one of your voice assistants, be it Siri or Google Assistant.
Battery life is around 30 hours, while the Sonys can go from empty to full in three hours. Even just a five-minute charge should be enough for five hours of use.
The noise-cancelling from these Award-winning headphones is excellent, and the sound? Gloriously open and spacious, giving every instrument room to breathe. For they money, they're a virtually faultless pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Beats, Bose and Sennheiser all offer rivals, but none can match these for sound quality.
If you want a huge chunk of the performance of the WH-1000XM3s (mentioned above), but in an in-ear package, you need to take a look and the WF-1000XM3s. They're a brilliant blend of features and performance.
The active noise-cancelling is unique and works a treat, and you get up to 32 hours of battery life with the help of their portable carry case. They Sonys sit snugly in your ears and they even manage to squeeze in touch controls for music playback. They're not waterproof, though, so we wouldn't necessarily recommend you use them for outdoor running or down at the gym.
Like their over-ear brethren, these Sony in-ears deliver a musical, dynamic and detailed sound. They're not just the best Sony in-ear headphones on the market, they're among the best you can buy, period.
Read the full review: Sony WF-1000XM3
Made from trombone material, these shiny and affordable in-ears are supremely comfortable, and offer a lot of performance for very little money. An open and expansive soundstage gives way to a fabulously immersive presentation with a weighty bass that's underpinned by tonal balance.
They will happily turn their hand to just about anything, effortlessly balancing detail, dynamics and rhythm. They're a comfy fit too and offer good isolation from the outside world. The remote is one-button, so there's no volume control, but it does mean these buds will play nicely with both Android and iOS devices.
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Despite being aimed at gamers who favor PS4, these over-ears still work with PC, Xbox and Switch. And they sound so good that we'd seriously consider upgrading to them, whatever your console.
Some of the headline features aren't that impressive – the Virtual Surround Sound is distinctly average and 3D audio is only available on a handful of games – but the sound quality on offer more than makes up for this. They sound exciting, with impressive clarity, loads of detail and nicely defined bass. You'll struggle to find a better-sounding gaming headset.
Read the full review: Sony PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset
At £1700, these Sony headphones won't be for everyone. But, when it comes to their sound, they deliver in spades. Bass is of seismic proportions, though it never dominates the sound – instead, it showcases a delicate combination of power, authority and agility that few rivals can match.
There's also impressive scale and tonality is nicely balanced. They sound surprisingly open and spacious for a pair of closed-back headphones. If you can feed these Sonys with music from suitable electronics, you'll be suitably rewarded.
With wireless and noise-cancelling skills onboard, these Sony headphones offer a lot of features for under £100. You get 35 hours of battery life too, with a 10-minute charge keeping them going for around an hour. The emphasis is on the bass, but not so much that it dominates the sound, while the timing and organisation make for a pleasurable listen. If you want lots of bells and whistles without breaking the bank, you can't go wrong.
Headphones with a neckband aren't for everyone, but these are some of the best around. They're wireless, and the band helps keep them in place while they're out of your ears – this means you're less likely to lose them. There are different grades of noise-cancellation, and impressive dynamics, detail and precision on show. A great step up for those who want in-ear portability with long battery life. You should get 10 hours of use with noise-cancelling switched on and 17 hours with it turned off.