Sony WH-CH700N vs. Audio Technica ATH M50xBT

Fadiyah Sameh
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Hey everyone! Today we are looking at a classic pair of headphones, which makes it return with Bluetooth connectivity. We are talking about the legendary Audio Technica ATH M50xBT, and will compare it against the Sony WH-CH700N wireless headphones. Let’s jump right in –

Built Quality

The Sony WH-CH700N  wireless headphones are well made. Durable and made from strong plastic, the headband is wrapped in vinyl with low-profile stainless steel adjustments for a better fit. The ear cups swivel 90 degrees for storage and has comfortable earpads.  However, they are not breathable and you may experience some heating on the ears that may cause discomfort for some people.

The Audio Technica ATH M50xBT  is a pair of headphones on steroids but they have not overdone it. Compared to the Sony, the M50XBT stands tall and weighs 310 grams while the CH700N’s weighs 241 grams. The ATH headphone is built for comfort and beats the Sony headphones easily; for long listening hours, the M50xBT is a great companion. Or shall I say a long-lost best friend. LOL.

Both the headphones do not have a carry case.

Controls

The CH700N has a fair number of physical buttons on the headphones. The feedback is great and you can feel the confident push compared to cheaper plastic buttons on other models. There is a 3.5 mm audio port for wired listening options, power button, ANC button and a micro USB charging port on the left earcup where USB charging cable can be used . Volume rocker buttons are on the right ear cup, along with the pause, play buttons.

The Audio Technica ATH M50xBT also has similar buttons and is toe-to-toe with the Sony pair.

We are talking about the legendary Audio Technica ATH M50xBT, and will compare it against the Sony WH-CH700N wireless headphones.

Audio

Audio engineers will fall in love with the Audio Technica ATH M50xBT. Audio Technica had been in the market for a long time and has performed well over a vast demographic. However, decision-making is subjective according to one’s audio preferences. The M50XBT has a delightful soundstage, warm audio, clear vocals and medium bass. An all-round audio output, these headphones do score over the Sony CH700N by quite a good margin. This is a pair of wireless headphones where nothing has gone wrong (YES – Personal opinion).

Sony WH-CH700N is very different and is preferred by people with energy. Youngsters fond of punchy bass will gravitate towards these headphones. The mids are clear but the highs get muddy when you boost up the bass levels. Vocals are clear and the bass adds character to the Sony headphones. However, for its price tag, the CH-700N does give you a premium quality headphone with decent audio grooming. There is nothing to dislike here but personally, I prefer the Audio Technica ATH M50xBT because of its all-round soundstage across all music genres.

Battery

The Sony WH-CH700N wireless bluetooth headphones have an incredible 35-hour battery life on a single charge. It also features fast charging which gives you an amazing 1-hour battery life with just 10 min of charging. On the other hand, the Audio Technica ATH M50xBT does not have fast charging but beats the Sony headphones in the battery life department by 5+ hours. This means you can go on for 40 hours on a single charge with the Audio Technica ATH M50xBT. Both the phones have voice assist that recites the power level in hours or percentage while you switch them on.

Noise Cancellation

The Audio Technica ATH M50xBT has no noise cancellation but since the classic headphone makers know well about ambient sound and acoustics, the padding on the headphones is sufficient to give a good passive noise reduction. The ATH M50xBT does let in some noise that keeps you alert while walking on a busy street or working out. Notably, if you pump up the volume on the Audio Technica headphones in a subway, there is little audio bleeding as compared to the CH700N.

We are talking about the legendary Audio Technica ATH M50xBT, and will compare it against the Sony WH-CH700N wireless headphones.

The Sony wireless headphones have ANC but compared to the XM2 and XM3, the ANC is not that great on this device. You will just lose some low-pitch sounds from your surroundings while the ANC is on. If you are a fan of Sony, you will not like these headphones’ ANC performance, period. Personally, I like the M50xBT over the Sony because it still manages to give a powerful audio output without any ANC – which means savings on battery life.

Connectivity

It was a pleasant surprise when I found the Bluetooth 4.1 on the Sony WH-CH700N worked without any latency. Sony WH-1000XM3 did show some lousy connectivity issues when I walked into the other room or across the hall. However, the CH700N, though a weaker cousin of the XM3s, perform surprisingly well in this department.

The Audio Technica ATH M50xBT has Bluetooth 5.0 and is the best, hand down. Not belittling the Sony headphones, but the M50XBT has a technological advantage and that deserves a mention here. Pairing is simple and easy with both the headphones.

Pros and Cons

Sony WH-CH700N

ProsCons
Good battery life of 35 hoursANC is just average
ComfortableHas considerable audio bleed at high volumes
PortableWired audio seems weak
Virtual Assistant like Google and Siri availableDesign is plain and seems dated
Has premium sound quality with punchy bassBluetooth version is 4.1
Has AptX HDNot suitable for long hours
Sony headphones connect app to customize settings and functions

 

Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT

ProsCons
Good battery life of 40 hoursCannot function while charging
Extremely durable and designed for rough useBulky and heavy
Bluetooth 5.0Button placement is tricky and takes time to get used to
Incredible balanced  audioDoes not have active noise cancellation
Passive noise cancellation is good
Smart and fold-able design for such a bulky headphone is a thoughtful touch
Minimum difference in audio quality while listening in wired mode

 

Comparison Chart

For more details, have a look at the comparisons below

Preview
Sony WH-CH700N
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WHCH700N: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headset with Mic for phone-call and Alexa voice control - Black
Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones, Black, With Exceptional Clarity, Comfort, And 40 hr Battery
Price
$56.53
$179.00
Rating
Built quality and style
Modern but a bit slimmer than the Audio Technica
Stylish but bulky
Durability
Good finish and strong
Extremely Durable
Drivers
40mm
45mm
Magnet
Neodymium
Foldable
Weight
241 grams
310 grams
Carry Case
Wired option
Battery life
35 hours
40 hours
Virtual assistant
Yes - Google assistant and Siri
Physical controls
On the earcups
Earcups and in-line cable
Bluetooth
4.1
5.0
Bluetooth range
30 feet (9m approx.)
33 feet (10.1 m approx.)
Sony WH-CH700N
Preview
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WHCH700N: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headset with Mic for phone-call and Alexa voice control - Black
Price
$56.53
Rating
Built quality and style
Modern but a bit slimmer than the Audio Technica
Durability
Good finish and strong
Drivers
40mm
Magnet
Neodymium
Foldable
Weight
241 grams
Carry Case
Wired option
Battery life
35 hours
Virtual assistant
Yes - Google assistant and Siri
Physical controls
On the earcups
Bluetooth
4.1
Bluetooth range
30 feet (9m approx.)
Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT
Preview
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones, Black, With Exceptional Clarity, Comfort, And 40 hr Battery
Price
$179.00
Rating
Built quality and style
Stylish but bulky
Durability
Extremely Durable
Drivers
45mm
Magnet
Foldable
Weight
310 grams
Carry Case
Wired option
Battery life
40 hours
Virtual assistant
Physical controls
Earcups and in-line cable
Bluetooth
5.0
Bluetooth range
33 feet (10.1 m approx.)

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