Sony has announuced the launch of its latest pair of true wireless earbuds in India, the Sony WF-C500. One of the very first things that would strike a buyer about the Sony WF-C500 is its semblance to the company’s flagship true wireless earbuds, the WF-1000XM4. The C500 employs a similar, round earbud design, along with an elongated charging case with rounded sides for a better in-hand feel.
Sony WF-C500: key features and specifications
Starting with its key specifications, the Sony WF-C500 true wireless earbuds offer 5.8mm dynamic Neodymium audio drivers, which is expected at the affordable price point. One of the key features being marketed by Sony for the earbuds is its support for the company’s proprietary Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE), which is an algorithm-based upscaling feature for audio tracks being streamed via Bluetooth. The earbuds also support Sony’s Headphones Connect app, which can be used to customise the sound profile that the earbuds have on offer.
However, the C500 does not offer active noise cancelling — a feature that has been becoming increasingly ubiquitous in true wireless earphones at around the Rs 5,000 price point. It does get quick charging — Sony’s says you can get about an hour of music playback time in 10 minutes of charging. The earbuds are rated to offer 10 hours of music playback in a single charge cycle, or 5 hours of continuous voice calling. With the charging case, this capacity doubles.
Other key features and specifications include support for Sony’s software-based 360 Reality Audio for spatial audio, and controls for music playback and calls directly through buttons on the earbuds themselves. The earbuds are also IPX4 rated for durability, which gives it water resistance to withstand splashes and sweat while working out.
Price and availability
According to Sony, the earbuds will be available for buyers in India from Sunday, January 16. The Sony WF-C500 can be purchased in black, white, orange and green, and can be bought at Sony’s own online and offline outlets, as well as all the usual multi-brand retail outlets and e-commerce sites. The earbuds will cost Rs 5,990 in India.