Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless Noise-canceling In-ear Headphones
After the release of the Apple Ear pods, the concept of TWS (True Wireless) earbuds came. Before it was released, wireless headphones with neckband design were the mainstream. It was released way back in December 2016. So, it’s almost been 4 years since the concept of TWS earbuds was introduced. The technology has developed much in between and now TWS earbuds are mainstream making the neckband design Bluetooth headphones backdated. But Sony did something different with the Sony WI-1000XM2.
Sony never fails to surprise consumers with their crazy innovations. They made this in-ear Bluetooth headphone following a neckband design instead of going to TWS. Since technology is becoming compact day by day, Sony took this advantage and stuffed as much as technology as they could in these pair of wireless in-ear headphones that carries the features of a pair of flagship headphones. It includes a market-leading noise cancellation technology. Let’s see what element of a surprise these headphones come with.
The unboxing experience is quite simple, nothing flashy. The package contains a USB-C cable, a 3.5mm cable, a plug adapter, 3 pair of Triple Comfort ear tips (S/M/L) and 4 pair of Hybrid ear tips (XS/S/M/L), and a hard carrying case inside which you will find the headphones. The hard-carrying case is premium and has a nice touch as well. It can protect your headphones from any external damage.
Build and Design
As mentioned earlier, this headphone follows a neckband design. The neckband is more chunky than other neckband headphones but it is made out of silicon, which means you can fold it. The neckband and the overall feel comfortable. It does not feel heavy on the neck by any means. It’s made out of black plastic and soft material. Sony used a copper accent like the Sony WH-1000XM3 which looks very neat and gives the headphone an overall premium look. There’s a 3.5mm input in case you run out of battery juice and want to go wired.
The earpiece is designed in a way that can fit all sorts of ear shapes with ease. If you pair it up with the perfect ear tips, it will guarantee the best fitting. The box comes with 6 different options to choose from.
You can find the remote connection with the cable of the left earpiece. The remote is made out of plastic and it feels somewhat cheap. The clicks could’ve been clicker. The remote has four buttons. There’s a dedicated button for the ANC function and the rest three buttons function as volume/down, skipping tracks, play/pause, and receive/reject calls. Because this headphone is stuffed with features, the button layout is rather simple.
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This headphone is equipped with the market-leading noise cancellation QN1 chip which was used in the WH-1000XM3. The WH-1000XM3 is still the best wireless ANC over headphones in the market right now. What makes this chip unique from other ANC chips is its power efficiency that makes the battery last longer. This chip supports 32-bit audio signal processing as well.
The Sony WI-1000XM2 comes with a dual noise sensor technology. It can detect and handle air cabin ambient noise. It is power efficient as well. The ANC feature handles background noise exceptionally well, it will give you a feeling of a quiet room in the noisiest environment like a subway station.
This headphone features a 9mm dynamic driver and a balanced armature driver that helps it to deliver superior quality sound with a wide soundstage.
This headphone has a voice assistant functionality that supports Google Assistant and Alexa. It also supports Siri only if you pair it with an apple device.
These headphones are equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 which is currently the latest Bluetooth technology. The pairing process is very easy. Once you paired it with your device, it will get instantly connected with your device right after you turn on Bluetooth on your device. It offers a seamless and stable connection with no noticeable latency. There are no connection drop issues. NFC is also available for quick pairing. It also supports aptX codec.
You can tweak these headphones with the headphones connection which is just a download away from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store depending on the device you are using. Using this app is recommended because you can control everything like sound effects, ambient noise, and every other function of this headphone.
This headphone features a 10-hour battery life with ANC on which is great considering it is wireless in-ear headphones in such a small form factor. Turning off ANC might increase its battery life to 2/3 hours. It also supports quick charging with the USB-C port. Charging it for 10 minutes gives it a battery life of 80 minutes playtime.
It always comes down to sound quality. It has just the right amount of bass which everyone will appreciate. The bass is neither overpowering or shabby. The bass is deep detailed and crisp which is very enjoyable.
The mid-end is very clear and distinct. The vocals sound very smooth and decent. It won’t overlap with other frequencies. Stringed instruments can be pretty enjoyable.
The high end is also well detailed and crisp. You can enjoy higher notes while other frequencies still being distinct. The higher-end does not sound harsh or lack details. It sounds balanced as the other frequencies.
The sound staging is excellent, all thanks to the balanced armature and dynamic drivers working together. It will give you a feeling of enjoying live music where you can separate each instrument details coming from separate directions.
Overall, the Sony WI-1000XM2 sounds amazing. The clarity is exceptional. And enabling the ANC will enhance the listening experience even more.
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Noise cancellation was an over-ear headphone feature. Considering it as an in-ear headphone, the Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature works exceptionally well. And this headphone is loaded with features like great battery life, solid build quality, voice assistant, and superior sound quality. It might be an expensive headphone but these features make this headphone worth every penny.