The headphones feature control buttons on its earcups for ease of use. On the right earcup, there are buttons for volume, play/pause, noise cancellation and ambient sound. The play/pause button here doubles up to wake voice assistants, when used with smartphones. On the left, there is a power button, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm auxiliary port for wired connectivity.
While the headphones design is in-line with Sony’s premium offerings, performance seems to be the area where the company had cut corners to bring down its price. The headphones’ bass is good but lacks the punch. It boasts a massive 30mm drivers, yet it misses out on the sound quality.
The overall output is underwhelming, and the headphones do not do justice with the mids and highs. The treble seems a bit dull at times.
The active noise cancellation, which the company calls Artificial Intelligence Noise Cancellation, is adaptive in nature. It works sometimes but in most cases it does not live up to the expectation.
The headphones has near field communication (NFC) chip for quick pairing that adds to the convenience.
The battery life is impressive and we did not keep a count on charging cycles as the headphones barely needed charging, even after aggressive week long usage. Sony
claims it can stay for up to 35 hours with noise cancellation on and we have no reason to doubt those claims.
The headphones has Bluetooth 5.0 and support sub-band codecs and advanced audio codecs. Unfortunately, the company’s proprietary LDAC codes support is missing here and the headphones does not support Qualcomm’s aptX and aptX HD codes, too.
For Rs 9,990, WH-CH710N gets the job done, yet it's not the best offering from Sony. There are plenty of options for users around the Rs 10,000 price bracket. We suggest users can spend some more and get a versatile headphone.