Sony recently launched the Sony WF-XB700, its latest true wireless earbuds that boast EXTRA BASS and water-resistance. With an SRP of 130USD, they come at a more affordable price point than the Sony WF-1000XM3 noise-canceling earbuds. As the flagship 1000XM3s have recently seen price drops, choosing between the
Sony WF-XB700 vs WF-1000XM3 Wireless Earbuds Comparison Chart
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Dimensions||4.9″ x 5.2″ x 3″||5.6″ x 4.72″ x 2.5″|
|Special Feature||Extra Bass||Active Noise Cancellation|
Up to 9 hours
Additional 9 hours more from the charging case
Up to 6 hours
Additional 18 hours more from the charging case
|Quick Charging||10 minutes for up to 1 hour more||10 minutes for up to 90 minutes more|
|Bluetooth||Version 4.2||Version 5.0|
|Audio Codecs||SBC, AAC||SBC, AAC|
|App Control||N/A||Sony Headphones Connect|
|Blue, Black||Black, Silver|
|April 2020||October 2019|
Design and Build
The WF-XB700s are equipped with a multi-function button while the more premium-looking WF-1000XM3 offer touch controls
While both are wireless in-ear headphones designed with Sony’s Ergonomic Tri-hold structure, the
The Sony WF-XB700s house a physical button at the bottom part of each earbud while the WF-1000XM3s have touch-sensitive earbuds for touch controls. Both wireless earbuds offer two color options. The XB700s come in blue and black while the 1000XM3s are available in black and silver.
The active noise cancellation of the Sony WF-1000XM3s can block out most ambient noise, but struggle to eliminate sounds with high-frequencies
Where the ANC of the WF-1000XM3s can really work wonders is with voice calls. They work better than the WF-XB700 for audio calls as they can eliminate ambient sound that can affect call quality. When used in quieter environments, the WF-XB700s are usually good enough when used for making calls despite the lack of active nose-cancelation features.
The Sony WF-XB700s deliver deep, vibrant EXTRA BASS while the WF-1000XM3s offer a more balanced profile
The ‘XB’ in the WF-XB700 stands for EXTRA BASS, and its bass indeed is extra. Headphone users who like listening to pop, EDM, or rap music will find satisfaction in the punchy, lively bass of the XB700s. Even with deep bottom-ends, their highs are clear and undistorted.
Meanwhile, the Sony WF-1000XM3s have a more balanced, neutral profile. What’s great about the 1000XM3s is their EQ settings can be customized using the Sony app, a feature not supported by the XB700s. You can use any of the EQ presets, including a Bass Boost preset, or play with EQ settings to achieve the sound profile you like. This makes the WF-1000XM3s the more versatile wireless earbuds.
Set up and Controls
Both Sony wireless earbuds are compatible with voice assistants, but the WF-1000XM3s offer more control options
Equipped with NFC connectivity, both the
Both the WF-XB700 and the WF-1000XM3s can be used with smart voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Overall, the WF-1000XM3s offer more controls. For instance, they can be connected to the Sony Headphones Connect app, a feature that the new XB700s lack. Their earbuds are further equipped with touch panels for convenient playback, volume, and other controls.
Battery Life and Additional Features
The Sony WF-XB700s offer up to 18 hours of usage while the WF-1000XM3s boast up to 24 hours of runtime; the XB700s are IPX4-rated
Users who are active and intend to use the earbuds for workouts will find the IPX4-rated WF-XB700s the safer choice between the two. The XB700s are protected from sweat and splash, making them ideal for more active use. On the other hand, the WF-1000XM3s are better for more casual everyday use such as at home, work, or while traveling as they are not water-resistant.
The Sony WF-1000XM3s offer more features and look sleeker than the WF-XB700s
Sony provided a more cost-effective alternative to the WF-1000XM3s when they launched the WF-XB700. However, the 1000XM3s have seen considerable price drops since the XB700s were released, making it tougher to choose between the two. If you can get the 1000XM3s on sale (as they are at the time of writing), you’ll get more value for your money as they are noise-canceling, have customizable EQ, look more premium, and offer more advanced features.
On the other hand, if you see yourself using the wireless earbuds for workouts and you often listen to music that will sound better with deeper bass, the WF-XB700s are the better fit for you. For their price, they deliver great audio and reliable functionalities Sony has always been known for.
If you’re after noise-canceling earbuds for everyday use, the Sony WF-1000XM3 fit you better. The Sony WF-XB700 earbuds are better for those who need earbuds for workout or outdoor use.
The Sony WF-XB700 have a more boosted bass than the WF-1000XM3s which have a more neutral sound profile.
Yes, they are IPX4-rated so they’re safe for use during workouts and activities that may cause you to sweat a lot.
No, they’re not water-resistant so they’re not recommended for workout use.