Sony WH-CH520 Wireless Headphones Bluetooth On-Ear Headset with Microphone, Black New Everything Else

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 With up to 50-hour battery life and quick charging, you’ll have enough power for multi-day road trips and long festival weekends.Control Type:Media   Great sound quality customizable to your music preference with EQ Custom on the Sony | Headphones Connect App.   Boost the quality of compressed music files and enjoy streaming music with high quality sound through DSEE.   Designed to be lightweight and comfortable for all-day use.Crystal clear hands-free calling with built-in mic.   Multipoint connection allows you to quickly switch between two devices at once.   Find your headphones easily with Fast Pair.    

                 Connect to your PC easily with Swift Pair. 360 Reality Audio compatible so you can fully immerse yourself in sound all around you.

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Product Dimensions

6.85 x 1.76 x 7.76 inches

Item Weight

5.1 Ounces



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1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

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4.5 4.5 out of 5 stars

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Best Sellers Rank

#191 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics) #7 in On-Ear Headphones

Date First Available

February 21, 2023



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Charging Time

50 Hours


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60 reviews for Sony WH-CH520 Wireless Headphones Bluetooth On-Ear Headset with Microphone, Black New Everything Else

  1. M. BaldridgeM. Baldridge

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Room for some basic improvements

    These are good bluetooth headphones for the price but the there are a couple of annoying issues. First is the buttons are in black against a black headphone. No contrasting color for purpose markings. They show up fine in the picture because I had it under a magnifying light, but they are incredibly hard to make out unless you’re shining a light on them. Second is the headphones in the picture are turned on, but you wouldn’t know it. There’s no light to indicate they’re on. When you first turn them on, the blue light blinks, until it connects, then it goes out. Thus you can’t just look to see if you left them on. You have to press the off/on button again to get it to light up. And if you had already turned them off, you just turned them back on. I spoke with customer service and they indicated that this is correct. Then they suggested going to the app and setting up auto-off. Except when they were walking me through the steps, they realized this model doesn’t come it auto-off. So you have to just remember to turn them off every time. Speaking of which, I read the licensing and privacy documents (which are tiny font on your phone). To use the app you basically give up your first born child. They want you to log in with your Google account or Facebook account and if you accept the license to use the app, you grant them everything on your Google/Facebook account. Pictures, contacts, anything you said, etc. Since I have a Google email account set up with nothing in it (on purpose) I used that. The app tries to sell you some other apps that do various sound functions. After that it wants you to take pictures of your ears and sent them to Sony to help the app “fine tune” the sound. I skipped that. What’s left is an equalizer function that has maybe 6-8 options – like more treble or bass, gaming, voice, etc. I set it up for voice since I’m using these to watch TV and sound editing always drowns out the voice. Bluetooth connecting might take a few tries, but I eventually got it to connect to a couple of TVs and computers. Now the good news: They have fantastic sound. I can hear stuff in my favorite movies I never knew was there, like jingling of keys in pockets, and animals in the background breathing. The clarity is shocking. I also notices that the volume is constant. No more having to turn down the volume when an action scene starts and the sound engineers turned it to 11. I’ve worn for about 6 hours and the app says I’m still at 97% so battery life it great. Overall impression is I’m very pleased with the sound, hate the lack of on light and black on black buttons, the app is pretty worthless and not really worth giving up all your information for, but easy to get around with an alternative data-less email or Facebook address. For the price, especially on prime day sale, you can’t go wrong.

    152 people found this helpful

  2. Bri

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound quality

    I’m surprised you get good sound & battery life for $40. Sony did not fail the people that are looking for a good quality headphone for an affordable price👍 the sound doesn’t leak either which is a plus!

  3. Rachel Magner

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Headphones

    These are great headphones

  4. JTJT

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not white but light gray

    Im disappointed on the color i was really expecting them to be white 😢

  5. Seku-Cooke

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple yet effective

    Simple no frill headphone for the gym. Only downside I wished would be for the option to change selection while listening to music but I can work with this simple option.

  6. Robert W. Lade

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good value

    The unit is comfortable to wear and has extremely long battery life. Only negative in my opinion is a little bit too much bass volume. If you purchase this, I highly recommend you also download the app so that you can adjust the equalizer that is available.

  7. Etmacd

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great!

    I got these for someone as a Christmas gift and she loves them. Sounds as good as expensive earphones. Worth the buy!

  8. Dee G

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love them

    So they are super cute and I haven’t charged it yet! I use it for about 1 hr 3/4 days a week and I’ve had them for about a month..

  9. Amazon Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Much better than expected.

    I purchased these about a month ago.I work from home, so I listen to music, movies and podcasts from 7am to 10pm at night.I was previously using Beats Flex, but the battery life of those is annoying.These last all day.I wear glasses and had no issues – they hurt me the first few days after about 6 hours, but that is long gone.Battery life has never been an issue.

  10. Ed

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    great headphones

    A great set of headphones for every day use. I use them for skype meetings, listening to music orr watching videos.

  11. Mara trigg

    4.0 out of 5 stars


    Love these headphones, use them all the time. I also love that it has an app that you can set up your own personal sound preference.

  12. GingerATL

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love these!

    Thank you Samsung for making a reasonably priced, easy to connect set of headphones. I use them at the gym, for walks and at the pool. Very comfortable and they sound great.

  13. Stephanie

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    love them!

    I use them all the time! they are light and work very well. I use them for listening to music or lectures and the battery last a really long time.

  14. Ramiro

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible battery life

    I have a CH510 that I frequently use and decided to buy this for my wife. The battery life of this headphones is incredible, I been using it for many hours and so far it didn’t need to recharge it since I received them (2 weeks ago). It is very comfortable.

  15. joseantonio munozjoseantonio munoz

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound

    The sound is great not as clear as the beats fit pro I have but they still sound great, very clear and amazing value for the price. I like how loud they are and how little sound escapes it. Had it almost at full volume and my sister couldn’t hear anything. For those that want to use this for music my dad liked to dj for our family for Mexican music and he set up my eq.Use it if you guys want!! Mexican music has a lot of instruments so hopefully those that like that kind of music find this helpful. A people’s voices sound much clearer now.

    One person found this helpful

  16. LakshmiSri Thummala

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality

    I liked its sound quality and battery life. I am not able to use it for too long while working out.

  17. Joyce Goodwin

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Quality!

    I got these for my 12 yr old grandson and he loves them. He is very particular about all hischoices in whatever he purchases!

  18. Analiz

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Kinda Uncomfy while wearing glasses

    They’re such good headphones!! Really block out the noise, only con is that wearing glasses while wearing these headphones is a pain in the butt!!!!

  19. Terry

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Long battery life

    Bought this for my daughter and she uses them for 1 hour a day and she did not have to recharge the battery for 2 months. Excellent sound quality as well.

  20. ChrisTheGreek

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice headphones… excellent battery life

    I am using this 4 days in a row, about two to three hours a day and the battery is still 100% full. The battery charge is going forever. The noise cancelation is good. However, I wish these headphones sound can be a little louder (I’m 57). Overall with the $40 price I paid, they are a great buy.

  21. Anna Pass

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    So far I love these. They do a pretty decent noise cancellation but it’s in line with the price. Sound quality for music is GREAT, on phone calls it sounds a little flat but no big deal. I find with these tech accessories its wear over length of time that’s the true test, and I am only a month or so in. To date I’d purchase again and recommend to others.

  22. victor

    4.0 out of 5 stars


    These headphones come charged and are comfortable, lightweight, stylish, have good audio, and have a great battery life. The only negative that i’ve run into so far is that even with the volume low, music or whatever is being played can easily be heard by people around you. It doesn’t do a very good job at maintaining the audio or even noise cancellation.

  23. Rafa

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buena calidad

    Los auriculares poseen varias características Positivas:1. Funcionan sin ningún fallo.2. Permiten la conexión con dos dispositivos (si pauso el audio en uno, puedo darle play al otro).3. Ofrecen una experiencia inmersiva con el ecualizador, este permite modelar el sonido que escuchamos. Se debe descargar la app de sony para utilizar esta función.4. El rendimiento de la batería es excelente y basta con menos de dos horas, en caso de que esté totalmente descargado, para recargarlo al 100%.También, se puede resaltar una característica negativa:1. Las orejeras no son cómodas para usar el dispositivo por varias horas.

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  24. pm14.mp3

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    great starter headphones!

    they’re light, cute, and affordable. the sound could be a little better, definitely recommend getting over ears one. battery lasts about a week or 2 before it starts getting low frl. doesn’t fold up tho, or comes with a case so that gets in the way.

  25. Smooth

    4.0 out of 5 stars


    For the price you can’t beat there not as loud but they a do the trick until u upgrade

  26. Tarik

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sony WH-CH520

    I love it!! It’s really good. It’s really comfortable. I’ve had it on my head for like 1 hour straight and I can’t complain really. The battery life is unbelievable!I would recommend if your looking for a cheap wireless headphone.

  27. bonnie

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    The adjustments for volume and other controls on with the headphones are really hard to use

    Maybe I am using these wrong, but it is so much harder to control than the beats headphones that I have hardly used these at all I’m just saving them as back up

  28. Henry

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wife loves this while she is out walking!

    Bought this for my wife she has iPhone and listens to her music while she walks almost everyday! Super price you can’t go wrong!

  29. Xena Williams

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    Headphones so far are great… I’m in love… it was a bit tedious with the setting up because I had to download an app but I love the quality of the sound. Fits my head well

  30. Joyce k Garcia

    4.0 out of 5 stars


    Todo bien

  31. Mary Santiago

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    Easy to use and very comfy to wear. Remain charge for MANY hours!!

  32. Ann Hiller

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    These weren’t advertised as noise-cancelling

    Headphones fit snugly and comfortably. Just wish it came with MUCH better instructions. Tiny print with tons of reading. I found YouTube very helpful. Oh and wish the turn off button would work when we were getting feedback during a discord session with my siblings. Otherwise very clear sounding.

  33. Kindle Customer

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn’t support multiple devices, still great with steam deck

    honestly pretty mean headphones for price on sale. perfect deck accessory, barely charged and last a long time. didn’t fry when i used the deck charger (they give you a TINY charging cable), bt range is absurdly long/strong. sound is definitively that ‘fun’ ‘sony’ basey feel. i use it with my steam deck and sometimes with my phone. slight delay in the audio on my deck, which i thought was a fault of the headphones but seems to be a software thing on deck. passable for all but the most responsive audio checks (namely animal crossing fishing lol)doesn’t support multiple devices playing audio at the same time, you need an app to set it up too (cut in and out between audio from each device the time i actually accidentally used it). the eq feature is also gated behind some generic looking spyware app. records your data as you use your headphones and is needed to unlock the extra features of the headphones. i just deleted it after reading it. works okay still. but the semi-false advertising was a let down.

    3 people found this helpful

  34. Searcher

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding headphones that work like a charm

    This headset is awesome! The sound is great and it’s easy to hook up. The controls are simple to use and intuitively placed so as you watch TV in bed, it’s easy to adjust volume etc. The batteries easily last the day and are easily charged on the mounting stand.

  35. laly

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good quality

    Great purchase! Beware to download the app to connect these via Bluetooth I was going crazy trying to pair but once you have the app it connects easily.

  36. Michael PolosMichael Polos

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    You get what you pay for.

    So over all this is a solid headset. It works great and the sound is good. My kids enjoy using it for their videos.One downside is the charging cable that came with it. It is about 7″-8″ long and it is USBc to USB. If it could either be longer, or if both ends could be USBc I would be a lot happier.

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  37. Diego Orozco

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Casi es un excelente producto

    Es muy bueno respecto a la duración de batería, la cual dura hasta dos días. La calidad de sonido es perfecta para entrenar, el único inconveniente hasta ahora es que no logrado hacer que suba o baje el volumen desde los auriculares, siempre me toca a través del celular.

  38. Miriam Gael Contreras

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery is great !

    I was looking for cheap headphones for the gym, i love these. They are affordable and battery lasts hours.!

  39. Andrea Cedeño

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    Me quedaron pequeños se sentía apretados y al rato incómodos 🙁

  40. Tita

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pensé que era mejor

    La verdad no fue de mi agrado pero ya lo tengo. Cuando subo un poco el volumen hace ruido y no te permite escuchar la canción y tuve que bajar la aplicación que no daba con ella por que los nombres son diferentes, me costo mucho poder activarlos con mi celular y para poder usarlos con la tablet también hay que hacer todos esos pasos. No vale lo que cuesta.

  41. no12call

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great light workout earphones.

    Earbuds are bad for your ears, these are a bit better. I lift, shoot hoops and try to remain active, and while these don’t always stick to my head, they are cheap enough, low on weight, and sound decent enough to keep a pair ready to go. They fly off during some activity, no big deal, they usually bounce. They are much more forgiving than their larger over the ear Sony siblings. The sound quality is can’t compete with the WH1000, but if you are reading this, your not an audiophile and I respect that. Your going to get fairly muted highs with thin bass, but what do we care, we got them for a great price!

  42. Maria Kellen

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best value for money

    I already had a pair of this headphones and got these ones for my’s the best deal you can get for price for quality.The battery life holds for the entire week.The noice canceling isn’t great – friends told me they were able to hear sounds from my surrounding and it didn’t block it for my end either.One small issue that some Sony headphones has is metal voice you hear from now and then… it’s a bit annoying but not specific to this model

  43. mp

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great value for MY money

    I bought this mainly for YouTube, News etc. I had tried the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 before and was not happy as it didnt provide the value for the money at $150.The SONY CH510 was on sale and sounds great for conversation based content like YouTube, News etc. The hands free mode has more volume and it also has less bass when compared to Sound Blaster Jam V2. The batter life it great. The fit and feel may not be great. But hey I didn’t pay $399 for this phone. I bought this for a specific purpose i.e just conversation. No music, no calls. And for what I wanted this, it worked out perfect. Hence the 5 starts. I will get one more if it goes on sale again.

  44. Technical Artist

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    A next-level headset at this price

    I’ve been in the market for a new wireless bluetooth headset for some time. I tried the Marshall Major IV, which looks great, but just couldn’t keep connection. This Sony WH-CH520 set is just remarkable by comparison. I haven’t drained the battery but after a few hours of initial use it’s still at 100%.The sound, too, is fantastic. For an even more precise listening experience you can install Sony’s headphone app on your phone, giving you even more precise equalization control. Another great feature of the app is that it can let you connect to two bluetooth devices at the same time. I’ve been looking for this feature for a while!Connecting to multiple devices was fairly straightforward and simple: 1. Forget old headphones, 2. Connect new headphones, 3. UseIt’s lightweight, well made, and really so much better than my previous headphones. Even the on/off and voice prompt sounds are very nice. I’m quite happy all around. Note: The headset I purchased was made in Vietnam (most of them are not; differs by color).

  45. Fei

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Adjusting loudness

    This is a good headset for what I use it for – mainly listening to audiobooks. I have read a number of reviews complaining about the low sound levels. I use the iPhone 13. There is a safety setting under sound and haptics. There is an option for turning off loud sounds. I had thought that meant turning off any unexpected loud sounds. Actually it meant the phone would keep the decibels below what it considers loud. I turned off that setting and now the sound level is fine and can be made louder or softer as I wish.

  46. Amazon Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound Quality

    I rarely write a review on a product, but these headphones deserved one. The sound quality for the price is amazing! The app lets you adjust the sound to the perfect pitch and tune that will change the way you listen to music. I would definitely buy these again just to have an extra pair because I use my headphones every day.

  47. Aaron

    4.0 out of 5 stars


    Headphones sound great and are adjustable, connect to your phone quick and easily and you can connect 2 devices at the same time. Only problems are they are on ear headphones so they can get pretty uncomfortable after a while and the battery does not display correctly. It always says it is at 100 even after multiple hours of use. But, I use them almost 6 hours a day and they have never died on me. Great for the price!

  48. R. Trayler

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price

    I needed some inexpensive on ear headphones. Good ones can easily hit the $300 range, I had under $50 bucks to spend. On ear, comfortable and good sound. They said 50 hours on a charge but to my surprise I had to keep looking at the remaining life on my phone, they just kept playing. My only complaint (a minor one) is they didn’t have a cord plug in port. I somehow lost them, bummer.

  49. Eddie

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievably Good

    For the price, these are absolutely hands down unbeatable. I have multiple pairs of studio level headphones and for the price these are unbeatable. Especially with Sonys app you can micro adjust your eq. I am beyond impressed. For $40 it’s a steal. Probably not the most ideal for traveling since they don’t have active noise cancelling, but for my needs around the house and for leisure, hands down 10/10.

  50. Mattea

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    It’s nice!

    It’s slimmer and more light weight than I thought, and you need an app to connect it to your phone but it’s comfortable and quite nice. Tho the first time I wore it, it made my ears all red from the pressure. It’s still pretty good and not bad for the price. Wish it had some cushioning on the top part. 8/10

  51. W.R.V.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for the money! Battery for days, weeks..

    Got this on sale for $38 and it was exactly what I needed and expected. I have Air Pod Pros but being a power user I need more battery life. These Sonys last for days maybe weeks. 50+ hours is kinda crazy. The sound quality is good especially when you download the app and tweak the EQ settings.It does not have noise cancellation like my Airpod Pros, but I knew that and its not an issue. Just crank up the volume lol.Comfort is good. I’ve worn these for several hours without issues. If you are looking for a pair of bluetooth headphones that are lighter, inexpensive with decent sound quality and great battery life then these are for you. These are great for everyday, travel or workout headphones also. For $38 and same day delivery come on now!

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  52. Kevin ChoiKevin Choi

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid performer all around for the price with a timeless design

    These are great headphones for this price, and they can often be found at a discount. I’ve used them extensively for the past few months and they have gotten better over time.COMFORT:Initially, they were a bit stiff and uncomfortable, especially the ear pads. They would make my ears a bit sore after an hour or two of use. After a few months, the ear pads and headband have softened up and they feel so much more comfortable. I can wear them all day and not feel a thing. They somehow feel more comfortable than my Sony WH1000XM4’s which are $300 premium noise cancelling headphones. The XM4s make my ears very hot and the top headband hurts the top of my head after a while. These WH-CH520s keep my ears cooler by virtue of them being on-ear rather than over-ear, as well as staying comfortable on my head all day due to their light weight.SOUND QUALITY:The sound quality on these is great for the price and size of the drivers. Out of the box, I’d describe the overall sound as being slightly warm but very accurate. They have a slight V-shape Harmann Curve sound profile, with very clear and present mids. The bass is clear and pretty clean without being too thumpy; not the quickest bass response I’ve heard though. The trebles are a bit recessed but pleasant on the ear. If you’re really looking for an analytical headphone that can pick out tiny plucks and cymbals in an orchestral piece, these probably aren’t the headphones. These are more geared towards general consumer use with a warm sound profile perfect for pop, rap, rock, edm, indie, podcasts, etc. They really shine in vocals, voices always sound very forward and detailed. In terms of sound stage, they’re a clear step above any in-ear headphones, but they aren’t as wide as a typical over-ear headphones. Overall their sound is just a clear step above your typical earphone.BATTERY LIFE:Battery life on these is amazing. They can last me around 4-5 days with around 7-8 hours of use each day. I use them nearly all day during work. They charge really quickly too, which is great.FUNCTIONS:They have a standard pause/play/skip/answer/hand-up middle button, as well as volume up and down buttons. You can skip and rewind by holding the volume buttons. They can also be paired with Sony’s headphone app which allows you to change the EQ settings for these and have them sound how you want. There aren’t a ton of sliders for the EQ, but enough for most people to customize their sound to their liking. The microphone on these are pretty good for headphones. They sound better than average in terms of headphone mics, but they don’t sound nearly as good as the iPhone 15s built-in microphone. But if you need these for a quick phone call or video call, they work great. They can’t fold up in any way but the ear cups can swivel up. So if you take them off your head and swivel them to hang around your neck, the ear pads will face up; which isn’t good nor bad, just something to keep in mind.EXERCISE:If you’re the type to use headphones rather than earphones when exercising, these would probably suffice. They are breathable and lightweight, while also having a decent clamping force to stay on your head. If i shake my head vigorously though, they inevitably fall off. The earpads are a faux-leather so they’re very easy to wipe off and clean. Although, I’m typically the type of person to use earphones while exercising. The most extensive exercise I’ve done with these headphones is skateboard with them, but as soon as I start jumping around to do any tricks, they start to slide off my head.NOISE CANCELLATION:In terms of noise cancellation, they are decent. They obviously don’t have any active noise cancelling features, but passively, they block a bit of noise, maybe 10-12 dB or so. They aren’t going to blow your mind though in terms of noise cancellation. I will say though, if you have music playing at around 40-50% volume, they block out a considerable amount of outside noise like most headphones do. I can walk through busy downtown streets with these and not hear much at all if I have music going. They’ll definitely block out a considerable amount of noise in an office, cafe, train ride, etc. so long as you’re actually listening to something.BUILD QUALITY:These headphones are built surprisingly well. The materials are obviously cheap, but they don’t feel like it. The plastic is lightweight, but solid at the same time. The earpads and headband padding are both the same faux-leather, which is a bit stiff at first but soften up over time. The padding feels like it will last a long time simply because of its synthetic nature.DESIGN:Taste in the way these are designed is obviously subjective but I think these look great. They have a modern, but more timeless design. They don’t look super retro, if that’s what you’re going for, but they don’t look super contemporary either. Just look like clean, standard headphones that will look great for years. I love how the Sony logo is faintly placed on one side of the headband. It’s there, but not obnoxious.

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  53. SaraSara

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    A solid pick

    I bought these for a bargain price. My Sony MDR-XB650BTs kept breaking (and while I adore the sound on those they kept going up in price). Knowing Sony’s sound quality to be good, I looked for another pair of Sony bluetooth headphones and stumbled upon these for an incredible sub $50 bargain.I apologize in advance for the constant comparison to MDR-XB650BT in my review. I’m no headphone afficiando, but the only fully experienced reference point I have to compare these to are the MDR-XB650BT which I bought these to replace.MATERIALOn the WH-CH520, the material of the pads appear to be made of synthetic leather. The issue with this is that this material absorbs moisture (oils and sweat) and wears down the fabric over time causing pilling and eventually tearing of the fabric, leaving your ear pads with a spongy hernia.Unfortunately I wasn’t aware of this until only recently and had this happen to multiple MDR-XB650BT ear pads, but I took preventative measures for my WH-CH520 by purchasing a pair of silicone ear pad covers like another reviwer had mentioned to protect them from degrading.Despite the headphones being lightweight and made of plastic they feel sturdy at the same time. They feel less fragile than the MDR-XB650BT which is definitely a plus but I haven’t had them for long enough to talk about the build quality and how long you can expect them to last. By handling them I get this feeling they’re pretty durable. The only thing I find I might be concerned about over time is the swivel.FIT AND DESIGNI have a small head and these fit me fine. The headphones are worn on-ear. They’re a snug fit but can become uncomfortable after about an hour but that’s usually because I wear them tight but I can loosen them when I please. Because of how round the design is there’s a bit of space between my head and headband when it connects to the earpeices which can look kinda goofy (see pic) but it’s nothing major and has no bearing on what I’m looking for in headphones. The good news is because of this gap you can probably wear them comfortably with glasses. The actual ear pads a little small compared to other headphones.I really enjoy the design. The WH-CH520 are minimalist, streamlined, and the matte is charming.SOUND AND SOUND QUALITYBottom line: It’s good.In comparison to other cheaply priced headphones I’ve had the experiences of trying (but not owning myself), the sound quality is good. It’s not stellar but it’s definitely good for the price.One thing that bugs me is the depth of the sound dynamics. In the app, you’re able to adjust and set your own custom EQ settings but the sound quality is slightly boxy or stuffy. I’ve tried a ton of different settings adjustments in the app’s equalizer with it and I experiment with different songs to see which settings holds up between songs, but there’s still a baseline emphasis on lower-mid frequencies in this sound of these.The EQ setting that I find sounds best ends up just being the flat default with bass turned up and 400Hz slightly cut. I do wish the equalizer options in the app were more granular.Overall I find that the WH-CH520 has less of a dynamic range than the MDR-XB650BT. An analogy to this are “blackest blacks” and “whitest whites” on a screen with a dynamic range monitor. In terms of sound this is loudness and quietness in instruments which create a feeling of depth in the music. With the WH-CH520 the actual balance of the volume of the instruments are a bit muddled compared to the MDR-XB650BT.Their noise isolation leaves something to be desired but it’s better than nothing.It’s not the end of the world and I would still recommend these for the price. When you can adjust it right to work around the low-mid oddity it’s actually pretty good.Also, everyone hears things differently and I’m quite sensitive to subleties in sound so take what I’m saying with a grain of salt if you’re not as sensitive.BATTERY LIFEI haven’t even charged them out of the box yet after using them nearly every day and they’re only at 50% battery life. Phenomenal. That’s all there really is to say.FEATURESThere’s a minor feature of these headphones that bug me. At least pairing it with my iPhone, the volume control on these is tied directly to the volume of your phone. If you click the volume up button on the headset, that’s going to use your phone’s volume. The MDR-XB650BT has a separate sound adjustment from your device. Unlike the MDR-XB650BT, with the WH-CH520 you can’t further increase the volume on your headset if the volume of the song on your phone is a tad quiet. This takes away a bit of listener flexibility.As other people have stated, the buttons are difficult to distinguish by finger.The MDR-XB650BT that I’m used to has a button that sticks out between the volume controls where you can press it inward to pause/resume the music or flick the button forward or backward to change the song in a playlist.The WH-CH520’s buttons are flat which makes it harder to distinguish and it does not have that controllability from the headset. You can pause and resume your music with the middle button (which you might mistake for the volume buttons unfortunately) but if you want to change your song to the next or previous, you’ll have to do it on your device.Despite all the negative things I have said, these points are all relative. In a vacuum, these headphones are great for the price especially if you just need a set of headphones that can get the job done while sounding pretty good. You’re probably gonna get more than you expect for the price.

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  54. Nick Getzen

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Prefer them to my much more expensive headphones!

    These sound good. They’re super light and comfortable. The battery lasts forever and is charged quickly via USB-C. And they’re cheap so I’m not concerned with damaging or losing them. Great for the gym, traveling, etc. Depending on your use case these might be superior to much more expensive cans (they are for me).

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  55. MeliMeli

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    i was skeptical about buying these because i own the WH-CH710N and if you have them you know how crappy they are (they’re also way more expensive). I cannot emphasize how clear sounding these headphones are. I personalized the app to my liking which is such a cool feature that the 710N doesn’t have, and based on the type of music i like (EDM) i’m able to hear every detail and bass of my music. The quality is insanely good and I cannot believe how cheap they are. To the touch, they feel like flimsy Temu headphones, but the quality is better than $150 Sonys. The ears are small and round which is the only downside of it, but if you don’t care then do yourself a favor and get these!!! <3

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  56. Mia

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    These are so cute

    I recently bought these after buying a off-brand pair of bluetooth headphones for 20$…I bought these on sale and I am glad I did. I love the color and the sound quality. I love how they have an app you can use to make the music to your liking depending on what you listen to. The plastic is a kind of loud when adjusting the size for a good fit but I don’t mind it. Also the cushions, at first it felt odd when I wore them but after a week it adjusted to me and it is so comfortable! Love them for their price so much! And the BATTERYY LASTS SO LONG!!

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  57. Simon L.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Headphones I’ve ever owned

    These things are GREAT! A coworker turned me on to them, and they are EXCELLENT. Well worth the price. Great sound quality both for music AND calls. Incredibly long battery life! I wear these probably 6-8 hours a day and I don’t need to recharge them until the END of day 4.The only thing I wish they did that my previous cheap bluetooth headset does… is auto-switch between two sync’d devices. I have a Personal Phone and a Work Phone. With my old headset I could listen to the tunes on the Personal Phone, and it would auto-switch to the Work Phone when a call came in. Other than that… fantastic headphones!

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  58. Brian Cody Pulver

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great quality

    These headphones are very well made and the sound quality is top notch.I have smaller ears so sometimes over the ear headphones would cause soreness or irritation after extended use. I have yet to experience that with these, and I have worn them for multiple hours at a time.The adjustable frame makes for a very comfortable fit. I can adjust the frame so I can wear them over a beanie or hat and have no issue with the headphones moving or being too tight.The headphones are connected to an app that allows you to choose between preset equalizers for a different listening experience. You can also generate customized equalizers that tune the headphones to your preferred sound quality. Whether it be increased bass, treble, or both, the options are endless. The ability to personalize the sound quality of the headphones is one of the main reasons I love these headphones.I’ve had these for about 2-3 weeks now and have only charged them once…when I first got them. The battery life is surprisingly long, which is always a plus.The only negative thing I can say about these headphones is that they don’t collapse. But, that’s a very small issue and is more personal preference than an actual issue.

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  59. The Matt

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound But Comfort’s An Issue

    I’ve owned several pairs of headphones over the past few years by brands, such as Anker, Edifier, JLab, and Creative. These Sony WH-CH520’s sound the best, hands down (followed by the Creative Soundblaster 2). I did initially download the Sony app out of curiosity, and there’s plenty of presets to play with. You can opt for a bloated bass boost, or a crisper sound with more treble, and everything in between, but I was most interested in the 360 audio. The music sample in the app showcasing how it sounded was pretty impressive. However, I was disappointed to discover that 360 audio requires a paid subscription. No thanks.Also, considering the privacy aspect, and the possible impact the app could have on the WH-CH520’s battery life, I decided to delete it since the stock sound was plenty good enough for me. Speaking of battery life, I get about a month, maybe more, so no hassle about having to charge the headphones every few days, but then again, I can’t use the WH-CH520’s for hours on end like I was planning. More on that below.While the build quality is much better than any of the headphones I’ve owned previously, comfort and fit is another story. The clamping pressure on these is a little tight. After about 1.5 hours of wear, my outer ears start to feel discomfort, and after 2-plus hours, my ears are screaming at me to take these off. My ears get so irritated and raw from the tightness and from the fake leather rubbing against them, I can actually see redness on the cartilage. I used to wear my Creative Soundblaster 2 on-ears, which I no longer own, practically all day with no issues whatsoever, so the fact that I can’t wear these Sony’s for more than 2 hours sucks. When the pain becomes unbearable, I swap these out for my Nord Buds 2.Lastly, though I’m disappointed about the discomfort the Sony WH-CH520 cause me (others might not have this issue), and the fact that these will be relegated to a backup role, they do sound great, have easy controls, and sport an attractive design. Just wish these were over-ears instead.

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  60. ivvv

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones but..

    UPDATE (Dec 10, 2023): This is going to be my last update probably, but I finally got around to testing the calling feature accidentally and it works great. Friend was able to hear me clearly and loudly while I was walking around crowded areas and I didn’t have to talk so loudly when calling. My talking volume was like when you talk to a friend that’s right beside you. Kind of like loud whispering haha, had no problems connecting the headphones to the call at all either, super easy process :)UPDATE (Nov 22, 2023): For those wondering, nearing the 1st-2nd week of October the battery finally went down to 75% and than later it went down to 50% so the battery did in fact last for a month (maybe even longer if I didn’t charge it). I used it for a couple hours (1-3hrs) between classes, though I didn’t use these headphones everyday so that may be why it lasted for a month. The app connected with the headphones works great and bluetooth still works fine, no random disconnects. I still agree with everything I said in my previous update!UPDATE (Sept 30, 2023): So it’s been about a month of usage and the battery life is absolutely insane. I haven’t charged it since the day I got it (Sept 4, 2023) and it’s been a blast. These headphones are pretty durable. I can confidently throw them in my bookbag and not have to worry it might get damaged. I also don’t have any issues with the headphones getting dirty easily (specifically the white version) if that’s a concern you may have. Sound leaking is still apparent, I always have to be conscious about my volume being too high or not in a quiet room which is still something I can’t get used to. I noticed the more I used the headphones, the less tension it caused for my ears and the more my ears started to adjust to them. I think at first your ears may feel tight, but after awhile it kinda gets used to it and hurts less, at least, that’s how it was for me. Headphones are still going strong and still look brand new. 100% would recommendORIGINAL REVIEW (Sept 4, 2023):To address the other reviews I’ve been seeing, here’s what I’ve come to terms with:WHAT I LIKED:- Very sleek and minimalist. I live for the design, I think it’s a great and very aesthetically pleasing.- You have the option of changing the EQ setting (I changed it so bass can be more and they sound great even without tweaking the settings. Big fan of this feature as this is my first time ever being able to control the EQ settings)- Connects easily once you get through the app process + Bluetooth connection is pretty good, doesn’t disconnect randomly.- Sound is good for me. Not very headphone savvy, but I can feel the beat of my music and that’s always an A in my books.- Good PASSIVE noise cancelling, these definitely aren’t active noise cancelling, but the padding does make your surroundings a little bit muffled so you don’t hear as much. Which is fine with me since I’m planning to go to school with these and need to hear my surroundings most of the time.- Doesn’t bother my earrings, don’t even notice they’re there.- Good battery life, nothing to complain about. Works throughout the day and can usually take on a few more days, which I find to be pretty impressive.- like that it’s lightweight, I can put it around my neck without it being bothersome for long periods of time and while walking with them on, I don’t feel like there’s a weight on my head.WHAT I NOTICED/OTHERS MAY FIND BOTHERSOME:- In terms of sound leaking, these DO leak. they leak if you go past 50% or higher. This isn’t an issue for me since the sound is already pretty loud at 20-30%, but considering those who love to blast music, it may be an issue.- hurts your ears when wearing it for too long.- these do NOT fold. Might be kind of inconvenient if you want to travel a lot with these, though, there are cases to store these specific headphones so it might not be so much of a problem for some.- the volume up/down and pause buttons are hard to differentiate between. They all kinda feel the same when wearing the headphones and although it’s not a big deal to me, it could be inconvenient and frustrating to others.Haven’t tested out connecting w/ 2 devices at the same time, but the things I said above were the things I noticed when I first unboxed and tested them. In my opinion, I think these are great, they work for me, and I like them. Gave it a 4 stars due to all the factors I noticed that may be a hindrance to myself and/or others when wearing these headphones. Otherwise, I think these headphones are worth a try. 9/10 for me

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