March 31, 2018

Sony WH-1000XM2 First Day Review

The New Headphones

Sony MDR-XB950BT were my first wireless headphones until today. They are quite heavy and bulky, but sound is fine for me, battery life is good. A couple of weeks ago I broke earcup mount and the only way to fix it was to fill it all with epoxy resin. The earcup became attached again but it cannot rotate around vertical axis anymore.

But that was not the only reason I got new WH-1000XM2 today.

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You may have seen some video reviews, me too. They are positive in general and I agree. The headphones are very comfortable, flexible and have a lot of room for adjustment.

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There is NFC chip so pairing using it with my Sony Xperia XZ Premium was one-moment action. The phone said that LDAC codec enabled. I’m not an audiophile and about 70% time I’m listening podcast, other 30% - music from online streaming services. So for me quality of the sound was far more than Ok.

Sony WH-1000XM2

The headphones are foldable and there is a case for transportation. It has rigidity so it can save headphones from some damage if you put it into backpack or suitcase full of other stuff. Also there is an adapter for connecting to airplane sound system. By the way noise cancellation works when the headphones are connected via cable. The cable is thick but flexible and painted in the same color as the headphones.

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Noise Cancellation

It works great. It cuts off a lot of surrounding sounds. Today I had 2-hrs walk around parks in Minsk and when I took the headphones off my head I was shocked how noizy city is.

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Also I noticed that 25%-30% volume level is enough for me. For comparison I used to use 70%-80% volume with my previous MDR-XB950BT.

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There is a feature when you can touch the right earcup with your palm and noise cancellation will be turned off until you take the palm off. Also music will be muted but external sounds will be amplified, so if someone asked you in that moment you’ll hear that person loud and clear.

Sony WH-1000XM2

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