Sony WH-1000XM2 review by a video editor

I’ve never owned a pair of wireless headphones before. When I’m out on errands or during my commute, I usually make do with the earphones my phone came with. Mainly because they’re easy to carry around and take off when I have to interact. My trusty monitor headphones have always served me well at home and at work but unfortunately are not the most flexible pair to use while on-the-go. Needless to say, when the opportunity came up to try the Sony WH-1000XM2, I was pretty stoked. In short, it was pretty life-changing.

AESTHETIC

From the get-go, the packaging already screams premium. Inside the main box is a sleek box with all the accessories in it: manuals, 3.5mm cable, USB cable, and a travel case with the headphones inside.

The travel case is light and flat with a divider inside to ensure proper storage of the product. A nice surprise in a little pocket on the divider is an airline adapter.

The headphones itself feels sturdy, despite how light it feels to carry, with smooth earphone swivels on either earpiece.

In terms of the design, my favourite part is the nice touch of texture to both sides of the earpieces.

These are home to the touch control feature, but more on that later. The product comes in two colour options of black and gold, keeping it looking premium and classic.

COMFORT

The physical experience is pretty comfortable—soft around the ears, and quite enjoyable, never hot and sweaty even after wearing it for an extended period. Thanks to the swivels, they’re quite easy to wear around the neck without the earpieces constantly rubbing against my chin or jaw.

USER EXPERIENCE

To truly experience the headphones, I inserted it into every aspect of my routine for a whole week. That noise-cancelling feature? An introvert’s dream. Anything that blocks out excess noise instantly wins plus points from me. I wore the headphones while working, commuting, watching Netflix, and even grocery shopping.

Convenience

Let me start with the convenience of it being wireless. I cannot tell you how many times I have ended up in tangles while carrying grocery bags and then having to remove my earphones to speak to someone, or how I’ve absentmindedly run to the phone or gotten up to get a drink while on my phone or laptop and subsequently sent my gadgets flying. At this point, I’m convinced that I need wireless earphones in my life.

Now we move on to the touch controls. On the right side are touch controls that let you swipe to the next or previous song, pause, and answer calls. Personally, I found them to be a little sensitive—it was easy to accidentally pause or swipe next with movements near the earpiece. A feature that was fun to play around with was the Quick Attention mode which is activated by covering the cup with your hand. What it does is it turns down your music or whatever you’re listening to and allows you to hear ambient sounds—useful for listening to announcements or general awareness of surroundings.

While watching movies, I was pleasantly surprised by what felt like surround sound listening quality. It might’ve been my configuration, but I didn’t know what was missing in my movie viewing experience at home until I used these.

Interestingly, the headphones come with an app that lets you customize your experience. You could tinker with the settings on THE SONY SMART HEADPHONE APP.

The WH-1000XM2 are compatible with aptX HD. The aptX HD is a higher quality Bluetooth format that can handle hi-res audio up to 24bit/48kHz. It also features LDAC and can go up to 24bit/96kHz. LDAC used to be a proprietary format limited to Sony devices, but is now a part of Android phones running Oreo.

Battery Life

After charging it for approximately 4 hours, the headphones can last up to 30 hours with Noise Cancellation. Even with a few hours of use every day, I still haven’t had to charge the headphones again.

VERDICT

The verdict? As a first-time wireless headphones user, I’m happy and impressed with the overall experience that the Sony WH-1000XM2 provided. It’s comfortable, wireless and convenient, and has way better sound quality than any pair of earphones I’ve ever been comfortable using on-the-go. Sure it comes with quite a price tag at Php 17,999.00 SRP, but I would personally be willing to save up for the investment.

With that, we give the Sony WH-1000XM2 the TipsGeeks Recommended Award!

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