Sony SBH60 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review

by XB on 26th March 2015

in Accessories, Featured Content, Reviews


SBH60_10Sony recently launched the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH60. This new headset places greater emphasis on the music, highlighted by the on-the-ear headphone design but will also help you to take and make calls. The SBH60 headset also has great versatility as it can be used in both wired and wireless configurations.

We have this stylish, discrete and lightweight headset for review thanks to the folks at Mobile Fun. They currently have both black and white colours on sale for £59.99 and deliver worldwide. Click through to read our full impressions of the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH60.

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The packaging for the SBH60 headset highlights the key features including NFC, Bluetooth A2DP, micro USB and a 10-hour streaming time (although the website quotes a 13-hour runtime). The specs of the headset include 30mm dynamic headphone driver units with a frequency range between 30 – 18,000 Hz.

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Inside the box you will find a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable (to physically connect the headset to a non-Bluetooth device) and a micro USB to USB cable to charge the headset.

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Pairing the SBH60 headset with your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone is made easier through the use of NFC. The NFC chip is found on the left ear piece, along with all the key physical controls of the headset.

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The left headphone includes all of the buttons to operate the headset. The button towards the far end on the picture below is the Music key/Call key. This is the button that is used to answer/reject calls as well as to play/pause media. Next to this sits the volume rocker and 3.5mm audio jack, which can be used to connect the headset to a smartphone using the included 3.5mm cable.

Call quality when using the headset was very good. We were concerned that when on calls, the sound might be muffled given the placement of the mic. However, the feedback we had was a very clear call from both ends. Most didn’t actually realise a headset was being used, which shows how well the headset performs.

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Continuing to move round the left ear piece, there is a micro USB port for charging and a small notification light. The light flashes white when a call is coming in and flashes blue when the headset is in pairing mode. If the headset is running low on power, it will flash red.

The power level of the headset can also be determined by pressing the power key when the headset is on. The light will then flash, red, yellow or green highlighting the charge level of the headset. The three dots next to the power key is the microphone.

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The right ear piece contains no controls whatsoever, which may or may not suit you. The headband can be easily adjusted to fit your head by sliding the ear piece over the metal band.

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The SBH60 headset has soft cushions on each pad providing good comfort, thankfully the headband is also not too tight around the head, which can be the downfall of some on-the-air / over-the-ear headphones. The headset has a reasonable weight (125 grams), which weighs more than some other pure headphones out there like the Sennheiser PX 100-II or PX 200-II <90 grams), but didn’t find this an issue. In fact, the SBH60 headset felt secure given the slightly extra weight.

In terms of audio sound quality, the headphones provide a decent amount of punch for what they are, but felt the bass slightly lacking. However, this is comparing the headset against much more expensive headphones. For the price, we thought the SBH60 does a great job of offering good range.

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Charging the SBH60 headset takes around one hour via the micro USB port. It is great to see Sony using such an ubiquitous connection. In our testing, we found that streaming audio wirelessly lasted easily over ten hours and approaching Sony’s quoted 13-hour mark. The battery life is excellent, which is really important for those potentially using the headset on a daily basis.

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The one niggle we had was that the headset does not fold and given that there is no included carry pouch, it can be a bit awkward to store if being thrown into a rucksack on a daily basis. It’s a minor point, but we did feel a bit uncomfortable about how well it would cope being thrown around. However, the SBH60 has great build quality and didn’t notice any issues using it regularly over a two-week period.

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Overall thoughts

Overall, we were very impressed with the Sony SBH60 Stereo Bluetooth Headset. As a pair of headphones, they offer good sound quality and comfort, whilst feeling sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of a daily commute. In wireless mode, the SBH60 kept a stable Bluetooth connection during out testing and NFC makes pairing the headset with your phone a cinch. We also found call clarity was not compromised by the unusual mic placement

What really impressed though was the battery life. Sony says that the headset is good for a 13-hour battery life and this was easily achieved in our testing. Also, it was good to see that the headset only took around an hour to charge. The Sony SBH60 Stereo Bluetooth Headset is a great all-rounder, especially if you are looking for a stylish headset but do not want to compromise on audio clarity.

Positives

– Very stylish and lightweight design
– Comfortable to use after hours of use
– Premium sound experience for music and clear calls
– Supports non-Bluetooth devices through a wired cable
– Strong build quality
– Solid Bluetooth connection, no disconnections
– Easy pairing with NFC
– Fairly priced

Negatives

– Controls on left ear piece may not suit all
– No carry pouch or case included

Thanks to Mobile Fun for providing the Sony SBH60 Stereo Bluetooth Headset for review!

  • Nepps Gs

    I don’t need this..our Sony says (don’t settle for good ?eman? great)

  • Best from the best

  • Keion London

    This xperia blog’s first review? I was asking myself a while back why don’t they do review videos.

  • Tjaldid

    they have reviewed at least 1 other accessory

  • Raj Singh

    Looks good. I couldn’t be happier with the SBH80 headphones.
    I use them pretty much everyday.

  • Timel

    Walkman app’s UI sucks while Google Play Music’s UI is much better!

  • Timel

    LoL

  • kumarraidi

    We need more article like this. Good job.

  • Peter

    I was thinking of getting these! What do you use them with? :)

  • haxona

    Ugh for Google Play Music, used the trial and was seriously not impressed by a long shot

  • RedGhost05

    Hey, Sony just updated the Movies app.

  • SilentGod

    Only if you can afford the great ones

  • tong_its

    ditto. paired it with z3 tablet compact and a trusty old xperia S.

  • Raj Singh

    I use the SBH80 with my Xperia and Lumia devices. They’re discrete but the sound is awesome. It has HD Voice for phone calls and apt-X technology for music and audio. I can’t recommend the pair enough. I am very happy with my purchase. Like I said, I use them pretty much everyday. I hardly ever put the phone to my head anymore and you can’t even notice them on your person. The controls on each end are also a bonus, so is the design and the battery life.

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  • Shehab Skull

    I don’t think so -_-

  • zeoxzy

    What’s the point of critically reviewing something if every negative point has a caveat that basically turns it into a positive. I feel xperiablog are too afraid of pissing off mobile fun

  • Dan

    It’s not new this update was “long” time ago

  • RedGhost05

    Really? Oh shit…

  • Catcall11

    They look like the sound produced by them would be on the ‘tinny’ side – which would not be surprising at the price. Forgive us if we don’t take your statement that there is no compromise in sound quality at face value, XB ;)

  • Felipe Orellana

    i want this headphones, and change my Motorola S305 :) obviolusly waiting for the Lollipop update for my Xperia ZL

  • Peejay Rivera

    Been using this since 2014 with my Z3. I can say that they’re perfect for each other :)

  • Deborah Austin

    Awesome! I love that you used Marina’s new album! Excellent taste. ?

  • Fiiliip

    Problem with camer(Sony Xperia Z).Can I fix this death pixels? in camera?

  • goldenblls

    Fkn boss! Light, great audio quality, versatile!

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  • Nice,
    Is it possible to use them while they charge or when out of power but instead connected with 35mm cable?

  • Ryan Paolo Mateo Seguira

    MDR xb950bt are more better than this lel

  • Raj Singh

    Negative. That’s not possible but it charges in about an hour…

  • Carlo Coronado

    Strongly disagree, it’s possible to use them even if the headphones run out of battery on the 3.5mm jack

  • Raj Singh

    Are you talking about the SBH80?
    They don’t have any wires that would fit into a 3.5mm jack. The headset has only one port and it’s a microUSB.

  • Raj Singh

    Where do you think a 3.5mm jack plugs into this?

  • marcy_ff2

    xda developers is the best place to ask,, if its possible the will know it. Although dead pixels usually require a change in hardware but i would check anyway

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  • Prakash Yerra

    Wow .. cool sony headset. I have used 2 sony headsets till now. I would like to buy this but it costs 4000 rs. Any other deal let me know about this. interested to get it.

  • Ravikumar Reddy

    sony is my all time favourite brand , its style features are absolutely amazing , i am proud owner of sony c3

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