I have a preference for neckband wireless headphones over true wireless earbuds simply because I like the fact that you can wear neckbands when you’re not using them, so I’ll wear them practically all day. Sony’s WI-C600N suits my style – the soft silicon neckbands are very comfortable to wear long-term and have little magnets to dock the two earpieces together, so they don’t accidentally slide off. The neckband is capped by slightly larger cylinders that contain the electronics, batteries, a USB-C charging port and controls, leaving the earpieces with just the 6mm drivers to accommodate.
Sony hasn’t made any claims regarding the waterproofness of these earphones, but I’ve worn them when accidentally caught in a torrential downpour without any issues.
With 6.5 hours of battery life, the WI-C600N is good for a couple of day’s use while commuting between charges, and will fast-charge an hour’s playback for every 15 minutes. Battery life may seem a little low compared to some other similar wireless earphones, but that’s due to the digital noise cancelling which works a treat to cancel out voices when you want to enjoy some blissful silence while standing in a crowded MRT carriage. There are three noise cancelling/ambient sound modes that you can toggle via a button on the right side of the neckband. The first is full digital noise cancelling, the second allows ambient noise, while the third lets you hear voices such as train announcements.
Sony is well known for making great audio products and the WI-C600N is no exception, though it isn’t Hi-Res Audio. It does have Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) that, backed with Sony’s Headphones Connect app, not only presents excellent audio detail but has a dozen equalizer settings including two that you can customise, though I found the first two presets excellent and used ‘Bright’ for tunes with clear vocals and ‘Excited’ with strong clear bass for music like LSD’s No New Friends.
The WI-C600N is an affordable, no fuss pair of noise cancelling earphones that’s great for users who like a bit of noise isolation on their commutes to work.