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Best Budget Sony Headphones In 2020

Sony is one of the most popular brands when it comes to headphones. They have released some great products recently such as the WH1000XM3, which were picked as the best headphones out there. That’s why, we decided to review the best budget sony headphones that you can buy today without spending a huge amount of money.

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5. Sony PlayStation Platinum

Best For Gaming

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

As far as headphones go Sony has always delivered some truly capable models, all of them bringing in excellent qualities and there is one for every purpose, for example, the Sony PlayStation Platinum headphones. As their name implies these headphones are perfect for gamers but deliver some rich sounds for music as well, they have a very comfortable and attractive design and are all wireless. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at them.

The Sony PlayStation Platinum resembles pretty closely the PS Gold Headset, and it is essentially its predecessor, rocking the same streamlined aesthetics. I can comfortably say that the Sony PlayStation Platinum’s are rather big but they have a great quality build, are extremely comfortable and look pretty good and minimal, despite their size. The device has two thickly padded faux-leather over-the-ear cups and a flexible rubber headband combined with the silver-steel chassis that holds them together. For deco, there is just the small PlayStation logo that also looks pretty good, and they fold into a compact shape so you can store them in the included storing bag.

These headphones are very comfortable and can withstand plenty of abuse and you can toss them in your backpack without any worry. On the left ear cup you will spot the volume dials one of which is for media and the other for chat, and on top of that the power button, mute button, the micro USB port, and the 3.5mm audio jack port, whereas on the other side you will spot just a switch for the surround sound on. On top of that, the Sony PlayStation Platinum gets a pretty good fit on your head, and they are extremely comfortable, and you can even use them with the PSVR headset.

In the performance department, these headphones work rather well and deliver some perfect sound, in both gaming and music. It handled every game I tried with it amazingly, delivering the proper sound every time, whereas the directional sound was beautiful and perfectly balanced. The dialogues of the characters were great and in multiplayer gaming, it delivered the sound with excellent clarity and the other party was sharp as well. In music, it was great as well, and I wasn’t surprised since Sony always delivers a great audio performance.

While the Sony PlayStation Platinum’s are perfect for gaming, you can use them for everything else as well comfortably.

4. Sony MDRZX330BT/B

Best For Commuters

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

As I said Sony has made a wide range of headphones and you can find models that will suit everyone, and while it has tons of models that are perfect for commuters, none is better than the Sony MDRZX330BT/B. For your information these headphones have excellent sound quality, look perfect, are extremely light, have lengthy battery light and deliver excellent comfort, all the qualities that a commuter might want.

First off I will talk about the perfect aesthetics of the Sony MDRZX330BT/B since they look amazing, with their minimal Sony aesthetics that will turn some heads in your daily commute. On top of that, the Sony MDRZX330BT/B’s are extremely comfortable and weigh a light 150 grams in total. They are also thickly padded and sit perfectly on your ears, and the headband is great as well. On the right earcup, you will find the buttons that are very intuitively placed and consist of the volume buttons and other playback controls. The headphones fold flat to save space as well when you need to pack them away, and they are extremely sturdy as well, as you can toss them in your backpack comfortably.

The Sony MDRZX330BT/B is equipped with a pair of 30mm audio drivers that deliver a good sharp sound overall. While they lack the depth and superior fidelity of high-end headphones they deliver a pretty good sound experience for a 150gram heavy pair of cans. I found that it fared extremely well with genres that are lighter on basslike rock and country, and it wasn’t the best for gamers like electronic music or hip-hop, and if you value superior audio than you might want to opt for a different model.

The biggest selling point of this device despite its comfort levels is it amazing battery life, that could pump out music for about 30 hours with a single charge. This is better than most of the Bluetooth devices in the market today, but I was disappointed since you couldn’t use them passively because they lacked a 3.5mm audio port. However, the connectivity was perfect and it didn’t disconnect at all, and I experienced no lags at all. For the money they are excellent and if you want a pair of good looking and comfortable cans that you can carry on your commute these are destined for you.

3. Sony WH-CH700N

Best Value

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

Sony has released some very popular models in the recent years and one of the best has been the Sony WH-CH700N, which delivers a pretty sharp and detailed musical performance, plenty of balance in the frequency range, great battery life, noise cancellation technology and for the price you can definitely not find better headphones in Sony’s range, best bang for your buck.

These headphones are built out of plastic, but that is not a bad thing since it makes them extremely lightweight and comfortable. Also, I can say that these are some of the best travel companions. In terms of aesthetics they aren’t modern or beautiful, but really decent and overall pretty good, not great, not terrible per se. The padding is pretty thick and they feel extremely comfortable on-ear, but I wouldn’t recommend them for people who wear glasses since they are not the best option. The playback controls are placed in intuitive places and you will find them instantly without taking any learning curve.

They are also Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatible, and it works excellently with both of them so it is nice to have that feature. The microphone captures the voice pretty clearly while canceling the outside noises, but not effectively at that. the battery life of the Sony WH-CH700N is one of the best in the market, as it managed to survive about 44 hours with ANC on at medium volumes, and it can also be recharged rather quickly so you can get some battery to survive for some hours in just a few minutes.

In terms of sound quality and performance, the Sony WH-CH700N is very powerful as it pumped out a pretty flat mid-range and some kind of emphasis on the bass. These are one of the best headphones for listening to vocal-heavy music and hip-hop, and while they will be good enough for other genres as well they are not pitch-perfect. What impressed me the most was the placement of the dynamic drivers, which pumped out sound directly to your ear canals to enhance the whole experience.

If you want to get a balanced wireless pair of headphones with excellent build quality, comfort, sound performance, battery life, ANC and simply the most for your money, the Sony WH-CH700N is the perfect match for you.

2. Sony MDR7506

Best Sound Quality

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

If you are looking at a pair of extremely capable headphones for home or studio use, you should check the Sony MDR7506. These headphones are produced for nearly 30 years now, as they were introduced way back in 1991, but have remained prominent and very popular throughout the years, because they deliver excellent sound quality and clarity, better than headphones twice its price.

If you have any doubt about the quality and durability of these headphones, you should only check their release date, and I know people that have used these in studio environments nearing a decade now. They also are pretty light weighing just 230 grams, meaning that they are lighter than most headphones. That is mostly because they have a majorly plastic construction but don’t feel flimsy at all since the outer part of the cups is made out of metal. Inside the earcups, you will find the 40mm neodymium drivers and these headphones have an impedance rating of 63-ohms.

In terms of comfort, they are excellent despite not being as thickly padded as more modern designs, which is mostly due to the excellent clamp pressure which delivers comfort and doesn’t allow ambient noise to leak in or out. the Sony MDR7506 comes with a coiled cable that is about 3 meters long but lacks a microphone, unfortunately. On top of that, it comes with a screw-on 6.3mm adapter plug for the 3.5mm plug.

The Sony MDR7506 is one of the most tried and tested headphones in the market, and you will notice its sound quality and prowess right from the get-go. Everything about the audio of these headphones is correct and right, there is just a very nice balance between bass-mids-and trebles, which is very precise. This quality makes these headphones very versatile and great for every genre, however, they are perfect for critical listening and studio environments, or those that value clear and neutral sounds. The bass was extremely smooth and pretty tight, but without lacking any punch and accuracy, the mids were also super clean and detailed, while the trebles are very sharp and bright, but without becoming annoying. The listening experience is simply the best you can get in the price range.

1. Sony WH1000XM3

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

Coming to the top of the list we have the best overall headphones in the market, not just in Sony’s range, the Sony WH1000XM3’s. These headphones may be pretty expensive but they are still the company’s most popular model, deliver excellent comfort, features, noise cancellation, design, sound quality, and many more without sacrificing anything in the process.

If you take a look at the design of the Sony WH1000XM3 you will see that it has not changed a lot from its predecessor, but there are some slight improvements. For example, you can get it now in two excellent paint jobs, the Dark Black and the Platinum silver. The biggest update has come to the headband which now bends naturally to deliver you a closer fit, more refined and streamlined in general. The comfort levels of these cans are just excellent and you can wear them for hours at end without any strain.

The biggest selling point fo the Sony WH1000XM3 is its new HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 which blocks high and mid-frequency sounds on top of its low range sounds, which is better than its competitors. Not just that, as the new processor improves the sound by handling the 32-bit signal processing. The battery life of the Sony WH1000XM3 is also perfect as it can deliver about 30 hours of playback with the ANC active, and with its Quick Charge feature, you can get about 4 hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charging. The touch controls of the Sony WH1000XM3’s is also perfect as the touch-sensitive earcup delivered a great response and accuracy, without complicating things.

In terms of performance and sound, these cans deliver plenty and leave nothing to be desired. That is mostly due to the analog amplifier which handles the sound perfectly, especially the stringed instruments and vocals, and it also delivered an aggressive and tight bass, neutral and detailed mids, and sharp highs, allowing you to listen to every genre adequately and get the best listening experience overall.

With everything in its arsenal, the Sony WH1000XM3’s are the best headphone that money can buy in 2020, and they will stay so until a more ‘perfect’ model comes out.

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Diane Myers

Diane Myers

I am Diane, and i love writing and reviewing home & kitchen products. I've always been a fan of technology, so i can say that i love writing!

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