Sony WH-1000XM2

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  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2
  • Sony WH-1000XM2

The over-achieving Sony WH-1000xM2 are, quite simply, the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy.

- Parker Hall, Digital Trends 


The best just got better.

- Ced Yuen, TrustedReviews 

Specs / Features


Industry-leading Digital Noise Cancelling lets you listen without distractions. | Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically adjusts to your surroundings and activities. | Quick Attention Mode for effortless conversations without taking your headphones off. | Touch Sensors to play and skip tracks, control volume by a simple tap or swipe on the right ear cup. | Battery life up to 30hrs (with wireless noise cancelling). | Control your phone's voice assistant with a quick touch. | "Sony | Headphones Connect" App for Android /iOS to use Smart Listening technology to control your ambie... More

Industry-leading Digital Noise Cancelling lets you listen without distractions. | Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically adjusts to your surroundings and activities. | Quick Attention Mode for effortless conversations without taking your headphones off. | Touch Sensors to play and skip tracks, control volume by a simple tap or swipe on the right ear cup. | Battery life up to 30hrs (with wireless noise cancelling). | Control your phone's voice assistant with a quick touch. | "Sony | Headphones Connect" App for Android /iOS to use Smart Listening technology to control your ambient sound settings. | In the Box: Carrying Case, Plug Adaptor for In-flight Use, Connection Cable, USB Cable, Warranty Card, Operating Instructions, Reference Guide(New)

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Specification

Overview
Type Over-Ear
Volume Control Yes
Playback Control Yes
Noise Canceling Yes
Brand Sony
Model WH1000XM2/B
Warranty 12 months
Weight 274.8 grams
(9.7 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Great audio quality with good bass and natural midrange
  • Comfortable design
  • Smart features to adjust noise cancellation based on location, pressure, and more
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Touch controls don’t work when using 3.5mm cable
  • Self-adjustment features not always consistent

Sony made waves with the MDR-1000X back in 2016. Just one year after, they released the upgrade - the WH-1000XM2. Do they live up to expectations?

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The WH-1000XM2 has the same minimalistic design as its predecessor. For the most part, reviewers found them well-made and very comfortable to wear even after extended use thanks to the padded bridge and faux-leather earcups.

Though they seemed fairly sturdy, some reviewers worried the plastic arms of the headphones and hinges might break if they applied enough force.

Like its predecessor, these headphones use touch controls on the right ear cup to adjust volume, control playback, and answer or end calls. Critics found they generally worked well, although some felt they lacked responsiveness.

In addition, they discovered the touch controls stopped working when connecting the included 3.5mm cable to their phone.

While Sony left the design more or less alone, they made multiple tweaks and additions internally.

They now have upgraded Bluetooth to handle high-res audio and an NFC chip for quicker pairing. Critics recommend using these with Android devices that support the aptX HD standard or LDAC codec. Luckily, reviewers add they still sound great with an iPhone.

So how does it sound? With 40mm drivers for each ear, most reviewers were impressed with their overall robustness and volume. In fact, some said there is almost too much volume thanks to the efficient noise-cancellation.

They noted some sound leakage, but it only happens at higher volume settings. In general, most had no issue with audio quality.

And what about the noise cancellation? Many considered the previous generation best in class, and Sony upped the ante with the WH-1000XM2. Whether they were walking down a busy street, on a crowded train, or on a plane, critics were impressed with how well the headphones reduced or even eliminated noise altogether.

This is mostly thanks to the improved Optimizer feature. Not only does it scan your head to measure the seal, factoring in sunglasses or hairstyle, it also comes with a pressure sensor so it can adjust the drivers based on the barometric pressure in your immediate surrounding. Most experts were quite happy with its calibrations.

What impressed them more than the noise reduction and elimination was its ability to allow some noises through in Ambient Noise mode. They were able to hear announcements over the PA, giving them time to switch to Quick Attention mode by cupping their ear. Critics found they used this mode quite often as it allowed them to quickly listen to external audio without taking off the headphones.

It also comes with its own smart features to measure whether the wearer is at rest, walking, or in transit. Depending on the mode, it would adjust noise cancellation accordingly. For example, when critics were in “Staying” mode, the headphones would let some voices in so they could know if a co-worker needed their attention. When walking, it would allow more ambient noise in so they could be aware of traffic.

While good in practice, not everyone appreciated these self-adjustments and some found it to be somewhat inconsistent. This system can be turned off if you don’t like it.

So do all these features kill the battery life? Experts were able to get up to 30 hours wireless or up to 40 when wired. Quick charge allowed around 70 minutes of play time with just a 10-minute charge.

Despite a few small issues, overall reviewers highly recommend the Sony WH-1000XM2. Tech Radar states, “...the Sony WH-1000XM2 are exceptional business-grade noise-canceling headphones...not only do they keep sound out extremely well, but they’ll make incoming audio sound great as well.” Pocket Lint adds, “...Sony has created perhaps the best noise-canceling over-ear headphones we’ve ever tested.”

Critic Reviews


NDTV

Yet another stellar pair of noise cancelling headphones

from NDTV

It takes all the things that made the original MDR-1000X great and adds some useful features, at roughly the same price. It might not completely beat the Bose QC35 II in terms of comfort and ease of use, but when it comes to audio quality and the number of useful features, the WH-1000XM2 is definitely a step ahead.

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It takes all the things that made the original MDR-1000X great and adds some useful features, at roughly the same price. It might not completely beat the Bose QC35 II in terms of comfort and ease of use, but when it comes to audio quality and the number of useful features, the WH-1000XM2 is definitely a step ahead.

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Gear Patrol

A true Bose QuietComfort competitor

from Gear Patrol

In terms of a total package the Sony’s WH-1000XM2 outperform the Bose QuietComfort 35 IIs on many fronts, but specs and performance are rarely the entire picture. For audio, battery life and noise-canceling performance, we give Sony the edge. For comfort though, Bose is still the undisputed king.

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In terms of a total package the Sony’s WH-1000XM2 outperform the Bose QuietComfort 35 IIs on many fronts, but specs and performance are rarely the entire picture. For audio, battery life and noise-canceling performance, we give Sony the edge. For comfort though, Bose is still the undisputed king.

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T3

The best way to cut out the world

from T3

Noise-cancelling bang for buck, these are arguably the best value headphones in the world right now

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Noise-cancelling bang for buck, these are arguably the best value headphones in the world right now

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BGR

Doesn’t get better than this

from BGR

With comfortable design, effective and superior noise cancellation, and a sonic signature that works with everything and keeps your comfort in mind, the Sony WH-1000XM2 is perhaps the most technologically advanced headset you can buy today.

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With comfortable design, effective and superior noise cancellation, and a sonic signature that works with everything and keeps your comfort in mind, the Sony WH-1000XM2 is perhaps the most technologically advanced headset you can buy today.

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Gadgets Now

The latest showstopper

from Gadgets Now

If you’re a big music enthusiast, you would definitely fall in love with these incredible headphones the moment you put them on.

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If you’re a big music enthusiast, you would definitely fall in love with these incredible headphones the moment you put them on.

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TechRadar

The cream of the crop as far as noise-cancelling headphones are concerned

from TechRadar

Sony WH-1000XM2 is an update over last year's 1000X. The sound is impressive, and noise cancellation is amongst the best. Although the battery life is not at par with the QC35, it's a more feature-rich and well-balanced headphone.

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Sony WH-1000XM2 is an update over last year's 1000X. The sound is impressive, and noise cancellation is amongst the best. Although the battery life is not at par with the QC35, it's a more feature-rich and well-balanced headphone.

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Fone Arena

Expensive but is absolutely worth the asking price

from Fone Arena

The Sony WH-1000XM2 is the best noise canceling headset in the market. Exceptional battery life, excellent comfort levels and the uncanny ability to turn down the volume on your surroundings make it an excellent purchase for anyone.

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The Sony WH-1000XM2 is the best noise canceling headset in the market. Exceptional battery life, excellent comfort levels and the uncanny ability to turn down the volume on your surroundings make it an excellent purchase for anyone.

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G Style Magazine

Sony may have taken over the crown for best noise cancelling headphones

from G Style Magazine

Without question the WH-1000XM2 are an exceptional pair of headphones are great for travel thanks to its noise cancelling and ambient aware feature. They have a clean design mostly relying on touch controls which work great but may not be a cup of tea for everyone.

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Without question the WH-1000XM2 are an exceptional pair of headphones are great for travel thanks to its noise cancelling and ambient aware feature. They have a clean design mostly relying on touch controls which work great but may not be a cup of tea for everyone.

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The Indian Express

Attractive, comfy, and sound great

from The Indian Express

The second-generation Sony headphones, the WH-1000XM2, are much better than the MDR-1000X. The top-tier noise cancelling wireless headphones are attractive, comfy, and sound great. They're not cheap though. That said, you are paying the price for the sound quality and the brand name attached to them.

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The second-generation Sony headphones, the WH-1000XM2, are much better than the MDR-1000X. The top-tier noise cancelling wireless headphones are attractive, comfy, and sound great. They're not cheap though. That said, you are paying the price for the sound quality and the brand name attached to them.

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Digit

Sounds incredible, offers intuitive features and great battery life

from Digit

The Sony WH-1000XM2 improves on its previous generation counterpart with even better audio quality, and is now the best sounding pair of active noise cancellation headphones at its price. Apart from a few minor issues and a rather muted design, there is not much to really criticise, either.

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The Sony WH-1000XM2 improves on its previous generation counterpart with even better audio quality, and is now the best sounding pair of active noise cancellation headphones at its price. Apart from a few minor issues and a rather muted design, there is not much to really criticise, either.

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