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Should You Buy a Sony Headphones?

Matthew
Updated 27 June 2020
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should you buy a Sony Headphones?

Sony is one of the most popular headphones brands as well as being well known for its digital cameras, camcorders and TVs.

If you are thinking about buying a Sony headphones then our handy guide provides you with all the key info at a glance. Our objective, impartial comparison of headphones brands is compiled by analysing over 47,000 user and expert reviews and over 1,100 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,900 headphones.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning headphones. Their headphones start at $5 for the MDR-E9LP which has a driver size of 13.5mm, is an in-ear headphones and a headphones that has an in-ear style and go up to $232 for the MDR-1A which has a driver size of 40mm, is an over-ear headphones and a headphones that has a head-band style. The average price of a new Sony headphones is $76.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning headphones.

Is Sony the Best Headphones Brand?

So are Sony headphones any good? We give every headphones a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all headphones we are able to impartially rank all the headphones brands.

Sony is ranked the No. 1 best headphones brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Sony is the actually best headphones brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
2,639 reviews
#2
JBL
93%
93%
1,934 reviews
#3
92%
92%
2,856 reviews
#4
88%
88%
2,540 reviews
#5
JVC
Japan
88%
88%
1,372 reviews
#6
AKG
87%
87%
198 reviews
#7
Netherlands
86%
86%
77 reviews
#8
Beats
85%
85%
3,297 reviews
#9
JayBird
84%
84%
862 reviews
#10
JLab Audio
83%
83%
2 reviews
#11
83%
83%
1,039 reviews
#12
Bose
83%
83%
2,104 reviews
#13
Jabra
82%
82%
1,094 reviews
#14
Plantronics
82%
82%
1,079 reviews
#15
Urbanears
80%
80%
171 reviews
#16
Focal
79%
79%
79 reviews
#17
1More
78%
78%
156 reviews
#18
Bowers & Wilkins
78%
78%
519 reviews
#19
Monster
78%
78%
441 reviews
#20
Steelseries
77%
77%
814 reviews
#21
House Of Marley
77%
77%
479 reviews
#22
JLab
77%
77%
46 reviews
#23
RHA
77%
77%
67 reviews
#24
Beyerdynamic
77%
77%
104 reviews
#25
Apple
76%
76%
1,309 reviews
#26
Audeze
76%
76%
79 reviews
#27
Kingston
75%
75%
862 reviews
#28
Urbanista
75%
75%
64 reviews
#29
Wicked Audio
75%
75%
1 review
#30
Razer
74%
74%
869 reviews
#31
Bang & Olufsen
74%
74%
250 reviews
#32
Logitech
Switzerland
74%
74%
191 reviews
#33
Shure
74%
74%
727 reviews
#34
Yamaha
74%
74%
44 reviews
#35
FiiO
73%
73%
31 reviews
#36
Veho
72%
72%
3 reviews
#37
Audiofly
72%
72%
56 reviews
#38
Marshall
72%
72%
19 reviews
#39
SOL REPUBLIC
71%
71%
10 reviews
#40
Master & Dynamic
71%
71%
171 reviews
#41
Fitbit
71%
71%
26 reviews
#42
Libratone
71%
71%
116 reviews
#43
Denon
71%
71%
12 reviews
#44
NAD
71%
71%
26 reviews
#45
OnePlus
71%
71%
86 reviews
#46
KRK
71%
71%
64 reviews
#47
Edifier
70%
70%
12 reviews
#48
HiFiMAN
70%
70%
17 reviews
#49
Aftershokz
70%
70%
102 reviews
#50
ifrogz
70%
70%
25 reviews
#51
KitSound
69%
69%
8 reviews
#52
69%
69%
13 reviews
#53
69%
69%
6 reviews
#54
69%
69%
10 reviews
#55
Betron
69%
69%
566 reviews
#56
Moki
68%
68%
19 reviews
#57
Turtle Beach
68%
68%
927 reviews
#58
Anker
68%
68%
79 reviews
#59
Koss
68%
68%
100 reviews
#60
JAM
68%
68%
2 reviews
#61
Brainwavz
68%
68%
23 reviews
#62
Westone
67%
67%
3 reviews
#63
Braven
67%
67%
6 reviews
#64
Samsung
South Korea
67%
67%
790 reviews
#65
Huawei
67%
67%
25 reviews
#66
Japan
67%
67%
3 reviews
#67
Accutone
67%
67%
6 reviews
#68
JAYS
66%
66%
55 reviews
#69
YURBUDS
66%
66%
478 reviews
#70
Definitive Technology
65%
65%
9 reviews
#71
Microsoft
65%
65%
36 reviews
#72
Cygnett
64%
64%
7 reviews
#73
Crazybaby
64%
64%
17 reviews
#74
EARIN
64%
64%
17 reviews
#75
Coloud
64%
64%
2 reviews
#76
Bragi
63%
63%
50 reviews
#77
Nuheara
62%
62%
19 reviews
#78
Happy Plugs
62%
62%
1 review
#79
Nokia
62%
62%
6 reviews
#80
Corsair
62%
62%
972 reviews
#81
Klipsch
62%
62%
0 reviews
#82
Cowin
61%
61%
5 reviews
#83
Sudio
61%
61%
35 reviews
#84
DEFUNC
61%
61%
2 reviews
#85
Scosche
61%
61%
1 review
#86
iHip
60%
60%
0 reviews
#87
Trust
60%
60%
39 reviews
#88
Mackie
60%
60%
0 reviews
#89
Supersonic
United States
59%
59%
0 reviews
#90
CAD Audio
59%
59%
0 reviews
#91
Motorola
59%
59%
5 reviews
#92
SOUL
59%
59%
4 reviews
#93
Cyber Acoustics
58%
58%
0 reviews
#94
Sephia
58%
58%
0 reviews
#95
Sentry
58%
58%
0 reviews
#96
DearEar
58%
58%
3 reviews
#97
Kensington
57%
57%
0 reviews
#98
VisionTek
57%
57%
0 reviews
#99
Power Acoustik
57%
57%
0 reviews
#100
Reloop
55%
55%
0 reviews
#101
Stax
55%
55%
0 reviews
#102
PureGear
55%
55%
1 review
#103
LG
South Korea
55%
55%
0 reviews
#104
Adidas
54%
54%
0 reviews
#105
Avid
54%
54%
0 reviews
#106
Tascam
54%
54%
0 reviews
#107
Tracer
54%
54%
0 reviews
#108
Califone
54%
54%
0 reviews
#109
Adesso
53%
53%
0 reviews
#110
Senso
53%
53%
0 reviews
#111
Numark
53%
53%
0 reviews
#112
Vivitar
53%
53%
0 reviews
#113
Verbatim
53%
53%
0 reviews
#114
AIAIAI
53%
53%
0 reviews
#115
Wraps
52%
52%
0 reviews
#116
Cord Cruncher
52%
52%
0 reviews
#117
Ergoguys
52%
52%
0 reviews
#118
Xblitz
51%
51%
0 reviews
#119
BuddyPhones
51%
51%
0 reviews
#120
Rockville
51%
51%
0 reviews
#121
Tribe
51%
51%
0 reviews
#122
Aluratek
51%
51%
0 reviews
#123
iLuv
51%
51%
0 reviews
#124
Puro Sound Labs
51%
51%
0 reviews
#125
Altec Lansing
51%
51%
0 reviews
#126
HP
United States
51%
51%
0 reviews
#127
Samson
51%
51%
0 reviews
#128
Direct Sound
51%
51%
0 reviews
#129
Kicker
51%
51%
0 reviews
#130
Vic Firth
51%
51%
0 reviews
#131
Lasmex
51%
51%
0 reviews
#132
Vivanco
51%
51%
0 reviews
#133
Noontec
51%
51%
0 reviews
#134
Groov-e
51%
51%
0 reviews
#135
SMS Audio
51%
51%
0 reviews
#136
Asus
Taiwan
51%
51%
1 review
#137
PRYMA
51%
51%
0 reviews
#138
Quad
50%
50%
0 reviews
#139
Grado
50%
50%
0 reviews
#140
Dynamode
50%
50%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Sony headphones compare to the other headphones brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All headphones Brands
Sony Headphones

There's a wide selection of Sony headphones available compared to other headphones brands, with over 50 Sony headphones currently on the market in the US. Sony also have better reviews than the typical headphones brand, with the average rating of a Sony headphones being 88%.

The average review score for a Sony headphones is 88%.

Sony headphones tend to be cheaper than most other headphones brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Headphones
Average Price
$103
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $3,799
Price Distribution of All Headphones
No. Of Headphones
Average Price
$76
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $3,499
Price Distribution of Sony Headphones

What Do the Sony Headphones Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Sony headphones to work out the average distribution of reviews for Sony and then compared this to the other headphones brands.

Sony logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
31
4 stars
20
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
1,737
4 stars
597
3 stars
131
2 stars
73
1 star
68
Sony has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its headphones than most other brands.

Over 96% of expert reviews and 90% of user reviews for Sony headphones are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% and 84% respectively across all Headphones brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Sony headphones by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other headphones brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Sennheiser Bose Jabra Plantronics Beats Sony
CNET.com logo
76%
24 reviews
82%
28 reviews
75%
9 reviews
75%
7 reviews
76%
21 reviews
89%
4 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
80%
30 reviews
78%
17 reviews
83%
9 reviews
76%
9 reviews
78%
13 reviews
94%
5 reviews
PC Mag logo
82%
13 reviews
83%
6 reviews
73%
4 reviews
75%
4 reviews
75%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
88%
8 reviews
88%
5 reviews
75%
4 reviews
90%
2 reviews
67%
3 reviews
93%
3 reviews
whathifi.com logo
84%
11 reviews
97%
6 reviews
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
73%
3 reviews
87%
3 reviews
Techradar logo
90%
9 reviews
80%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
60%
1 review
Trusted Reviews logo
79%
11 reviews
76%
5 reviews
35%
1 review
80%
1 review
58%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
90%
4 reviews
87%
3 reviews
80%
4 reviews
84%
5 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
85%
6 reviews
90%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
soundguys.com logo
77%
1 review
82%
4 reviews
83%
4 reviews
83%
3 reviews
75%
3 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
81%
7 reviews
75%
2 reviews
78%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
01net.com logo
73%
3 reviews
86%
4 reviews
70%
2 reviews
74%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
89%
7 reviews
80%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
tweakers.net logo
90%
6 reviews
92%
5 reviews
100%
1 review
stuff.tv logo
100%
3 reviews
95%
4 reviews
90%
2 reviews
73%
3 reviews
straitstimes.com logo
70%
2 reviews
87%
3 reviews
83%
3 reviews
73%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
gadgetguy.com.au logo
80%
1 review
91%
2 reviews
92%
1 review
87%
5 reviews
91%
2 reviews
tomsguide.com logo
70%
1 review
88%
4 reviews
95%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
hifitest.de logo
82%
6 reviews
100%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
95%
2 reviews
76%
5 reviews
70%
2 reviews
75%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
76%
234 reviews
79%
209 reviews
71%
119 reviews
74%
107 reviews
69%
86 reviews
76%
33 reviews
Average
83%
389 reviews
85%
325 reviews
78%
173 reviews
79%
161 reviews
74%
160 reviews
83%
53 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Headphones Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 23 industry awards for Sony headphones. The table below compares the number of awards received by Sony to other popular headphones brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Sony has won 23 awards for its headphones.

Compare all award winning headphones

Number of Awards Sennheiser Bose Jabra Plantronics Beats Sony
Lydogbilde.no logo
15
7
5
3
7
5
altomdata.dk logo
3
2
3
5
PC Mag logo
3
4
2
1
1
Pocket Lint logo
3
3
1
1
1
01net.com logo
1
3
1
2
1
Techradar logo
4
2
1
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
2
1
1
1
1
2
Expert Reviews logo
5
1
1
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
4
3
1
CNET.com logo
2
3
2
innerfidelity.com logo
3
4
tomsguide.com logo
3
2
1
tek.no logo
2
2
1
1
Trusted Reviews logo
3
2
1
M3.idg.se logo
2
2
1
1
digitallife.se logo
2
2
1
1
soundandvision.com logo
4
1
1
chip.com.my logo
4
2
hardware.info logo
2
1
1
1
onheadphones.com logo
4
1
Other Expert Sites
57
33
22
18
9
9
Total
121
77
47
39
22
23

How Reliable Are Sony Headphones?

We checked over 47,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony headphones. over 320 of these reviews mention reliability of which 90% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Sony headphones owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

90% of reviewers think Sony headphones are reliable.

So, most people think that Sony headphones are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Sony headphones that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

very well built
Amazon
Good Durability
Bestbuy.com
The build quality is good
amazon.co.uk
Great build quality
johnlewis.com
a well made product
Argos.co.uk

NOT RELIABLE

The camera body has a plasticky
Amazon
Shoddy build quality even worse than Beats Solo HD
amazon.co.uk
Mediocre Durability
Bestbuy.com
they are fragile
johnlewis.com

What is the Best Mid-Range Sony Headphones?

Sony WHCH700N

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A great mid range choice, priced at $49 is the Sony WHCH700N, which has a Kagoo Score of 80.

Features We Love:
Big driver size (40mm)
Supports Bluetooth
Noise canceling
Long battery life (35h)
Foldable

A fully featured and low cost 240g, 40mm driver headphones. It is noise canceling and foldable, supports Bluetooth and has a detachable cable.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
75
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, Black (WHCH700N/B) Review.
Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, Black (WHCH700N/B) Review.
SONY WHCH700N VS BEATS STUDIO 3 UNBOXING REVIEW! + WHISPER CHALLENGE!
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What is the Best High End Sony Headphones?

Sony WHCH710N

$198.00
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30mm
DRIVER
223g
35h
BATTERY LIFE

If you're looking for a high end Sony headphones then the Sony WHCH710N takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 79, but is a bit more expensive at $198.

Features We Love:
Supports Bluetooth
Noise canceling
Long battery life (35h)
Foldable
Supports noise reduction

A fully featured but only ok value for money 223g, 30mm driver earphone, with the latest technology. It supports Bluetooth and noise reduction and is noise canceling and foldable.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
69
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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The cheapest price that we could find for the WHCH710N in the US is $198.00 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Headphones?

Sony WIXB400

$20.88
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12mm
DRIVER
21g
15h
BATTERY LIFE

At only $20.88 and with a Kagoo Score of 83 the Sony WIXB400 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Very light (21g)
Supports Bluetooth

A cheap and fully featured 21g, 12mm driver earphone.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the WIXB400 in the US is $20.88 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Sony Headphones?
Is Sony the Best Headphones Brand?
What Do the Sony Headphones Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Headphones Received?
How Reliable Are Sony Headphones?
What is the Best Mid-Range Sony Headphones?
What is the Best High End Sony Headphones?
What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Headphones?

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