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Sony SBH52 vs SBH54: Which Bluetooth Headsets are Better?

There is no doubt that there are plenty of Bluetooth solutions for music and taking calls. In fact, there are so many to choose from, it’s difficult to find one that combines style and function. Sony has done a good job in ticking both of these boxes with its stereo Bluetooth headsets.

Today, we will look at the Sony SBH52 vs SBH54. We will look at their design, technology, and functions so that we can decide which is the better buying option. To help with the decision, we will also add a quick comparison chart and some pros and cons of the two Bluetooth headsets.

Sony SBH52 vs SBH54

We will start by looking at what the Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54 have in common.

Sony SBH52 vs SBH54 – Similarities

Quick Glance

The following comparison chart will allow you to review all of the features of the Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54 at a glance.

Name
Sony SBH52BLACK Sony Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Our Pick
Sony SBH54 Gold Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Image
Sony SBH52BLACK Sony Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Sony SBH54 Gold Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Size
3.5 x 0.5 x 1 inches
0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches
Weight
0.81 ounces
0.95 ounces
Color
Black
Black/ Gold
Wireless Connection
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth 3.0
NFC Technology
Frequency Range
20Hz-20KHz
N/A
Noise Cancellation
HD Voice
N/A
Headset
Sony earphones included 3.5mm jack
Sony earphones included 3.5mm jack
OLED Display
Built-in FM Radio
Smart App Enabled
Splashproof Design
Multiple Device Connection
2 devices simultaneously
2 devices simultaneously
Prime status
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Name
Sony SBH52BLACK Sony Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Image
Sony SBH52BLACK Sony Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Size
3.5 x 0.5 x 1 inches
Weight
0.81 ounces
Color
Black
Wireless Connection
Bluetooth 3.0
NFC Technology
Frequency Range
20Hz-20KHz
Noise Cancellation
HD Voice
N/A
Headset
Sony earphones included 3.5mm jack
OLED Display
Built-in FM Radio
Smart App Enabled
Splashproof Design
Multiple Device Connection
2 devices simultaneously
Prime status
-
Our Pick
Name
Sony SBH54 Gold Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Image
Sony SBH54 Gold Stereo Bluetooth Headset
Size
0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches
Weight
0.95 ounces
Color
Black/ Gold
Wireless Connection
Bluetooth 3.0
NFC Technology
Frequency Range
N/A
Noise Cancellation
HD Voice
Headset
Sony earphones included 3.5mm jack
OLED Display
Built-in FM Radio
Smart App Enabled
Splashproof Design
Multiple Device Connection
2 devices simultaneously
Prime status

Connectivity

You will be able to connect the Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54 wirelessly with Bluetooth 3.0 or by using NFC Technology (Near Field Communication). They are compatible with practically all devices that have Bluetooth.

Functions

The Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54 allow you to answer calls and listen to music from your device. They also both have a built-in FM radio.

OLED Display

Though small, there is an OLED display on the Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54. This display allows you to see incoming calls, the name of the song playing, and message notifications. They are smart app-enabled so you can download the Sony app to set up your configurations to suit your needs.

The Headset

You will receive a Sony headset with the Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54. However, because they have a 3.5mm jack, you can also connect your favorite headphones.

Multiple Device Connection

With the Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54, you will be able to connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously, which is very handy is you have a personal and work phone or a phone and tablet in use at the same time.

Splashproof Design

Remember that the Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54 aren’t waterproof but they are both splashproof. The manual does say not to use it in the rain.

Now that we know what is similar about the Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54, let’s look at what sets them apart.

Differences Between Sony SBH52 and Sony SBH54

Appearance

Both are nice and small, and they have a clip on the back so that you can attach them to clothes or bags.

Sony SBH54 bluetooth headset

Sony SBH52

This stereo Bluetooth headset comes in black. It measures 3.5 x 0.5 x 1 inch and weighs 0.81 ounces.

Sony SBH54

There appears to be a mistake in the product description because we know that it isn’t 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches. It is a similar size to the Sony SBH52 and weighs 0.95 inches. You can choose between black or gold.

The Winner Is- The Sony SBH54

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Sound Quality

There is little point in having a stylish Bluetooth headset if you can’t hear anything.

Sony SBH54 Review

Sony SBH52

The sound quality is good, despite not having noise cancellation. There is no mention in the product description of HD voice.

Sony SBH54

You can benefit from both noise cancellation and HD voice. Both of these allow for a much clearer sound, even in wind.

The Winner Is- The Sony SBH54

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Frequency Range

The average human ear can hear between 20Hz and 20,000Hz, so an ideal headset will be close to these numbers.

Sony SBH54 Comparison

Sony SBH52

The frequency range for the Sony SBH52 is from 20Hz to 20,000Hz.

Sony SBH54

There is no information about the frequency range of this stereo Bluetooth headset.

The Winner Is- The Sony SBH52

Pros and Cons

Just before our final verdict, we have a few pros and cons of the Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54 to highlight any other differences.

Sony SBH52

Sony SBH52

Pros:

  • Low latency when using it to watch videos
  • Pairing is nice and easy for all the devices we tried, Android and iOS
  • Good sound quality with the included speakers

Cons:

  • Inconsistency with this product and the battery life

Sony SBH54

Sony SBH54

Pros:

  • Great Bluetooth range and more reliable connection
  • Battery life is far better
  • Nice solid build and sound quality, including the mic

Cons:

  • We wish the volume was a little louder

The Final verdict

Let’s start with the positive. The design of the Sony SBH52 and the Sony SBH54 is very chic. It’s great that you can choose whether you want to use them with the headphones or without and we found that they were both really good for a range of activities from working to going to the gym, especially as you can change the headphones so the sporty fit earbuds if you want to. If one stereo Bluetooth headset had the edge, we would say that it is the Sony SBH54. This is for two reasons, first, the clip is stronger and secondly, the gold design is rather smart.

The quality of the included earphones is ok but not amazing considering it’s Sony. We did notice a better sound quality with both when we connected better quality earphones/headphones. For the sake of the comparison, with the earphones that they came with, the Sony SBH54 did have a better sound quality and we felt that the microphone was also that bit more superior.

Finally, when you add the longer battery life, we felt that the Sony SBH54 is definitely the better buy.


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