Sony WH-1000XM2 review

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Sony WH-1000XM2 review

by Cal

The WH-1000XM2 wireless headphones are Sonys latest offering in the already praise worthy 1000X series. The headphones are a combination of amazing sound and great design with some really awesome features.

 

In the box:

WH-1000Xm2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Carrying case

Micro-usb cable

Headphone Cbale

Plug Adaptor (for airplane)

User Manual

 

Design & Fit:

At $349 they aren’t exactly inexpensive but upon opening the package I can already see what makes this headphone so attractive. Its carrying case is compact and preferebly best for carrying with you on a flight or any kind of long travel. The design of the headphone itself is minimalist with very smooth details. The color scheme is a two tone black and dark grey finish. It has a dark metalic bridge on top with padded layer underneath the headband which allows for a very comfortable fit. The black padded faux- leather earcups have a great feel for long periods of listening though they do have limited swivel movement and feel a bit delicate. The build of the headphone would be something to handle with care to make sure it doesn’t break.

Bluetooth/Wireless Capabilities:

The touch controls and microphones on the side of the heaphones are great features. On the left side there are two buttons. One for on/off/pairing mode and the other for noise cancellation that toggle between on, ambient mode and off. The right side of the headphones feature touch controls. Swipe up and down for volume control. Swipe forward and back for track selection. You can also double tap to pause and resume playback. For Android users the LDAC codec enables Hi-Res Audio playback. For iphone users the WH 1000XM2 supports DSEE HX and S-Master HX, two Sony-specific technologies that take lossy audio from any source and upconvert it to near high-resolution. The built in microphones on the sides sounded clear. The 30ft wireless range is impressive. I walked around a bit with out any interuptions. The battery life on these heaphones boasts up to 30hrs playback time with Noise Cancelling enabled when connecting via Bluetooth.

Sound:

I was thouroughly impressed with the stereo imaging and detail of these headphones but the noise cancelling feature is by far one of the best on the market today. The ambient sound feature will allow you to hear sound through the microphones embedded in the left/right units of the headset.This would be useful to hear announcements and various sounds while music is playing. The low end is very full and robust. It allowed other parts of the audio spectrum to shine through with out sounding bloated or floppy even while listening at higher volumes. The presence and relaxed feel of the mid range is very smooth whether listening to pop vocals from Sia or listening to guitar riffs when switching over to Jazz. The highs are super detailed and a bit hyped when cranked at higher volumes but still pleasent and not distracting. Overall the WH-1000XM2 is an excellent wireless noise cancelling headphone with amazing sound.

 

Specs:

Weight: 9.7oz

Wireless Range: 30ft

Color: Black

Bluetooth Version: 4.1

Cord Length: Headphone Cable 1.5 headphone jack (approx 4.92, OFC strands, gold plated stereo mini
plug)

Frequency Response (Active Operation) 4hz-40,000hz

Frequency Response (Bluetooth Communication) 20hz-20,000hz

Impedance: 46ohm via heaphone cable with unit turned on, 14ohm via headphone cable with unit turned off

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