Sony WH-1000XM2 Noise-Canceling Headphone Review

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Sony Electronics: WH-1000XM2

Performance, Headphones Connect, and Final Thoughts

The WH-1000XM2 provides a very balanced and rich sound that is quite inviting whether you’re wired or listening via Bluetooth. Bass is warm and vibrant, while not at all being muddy or overbearing. Percussion is crisp and sharp. Voice and spoken word comes across nice and clear. The passive noise isolation from those plush ear pads alone do a great job at keeping you focused on your music. The WH-1000XM2’s ANC and Ambient Sound features further reinforce an already solid sound presentation.

However if you want to tweak the sound balance, you can download and install the Sony Headphones Connect app to personalize the WH-1000XM2 to your tastes. With the Headphones Connect app, you can mess around with EQ settings, virtual surround sound, Sound Position Control and even adjust the exact level of Ambient Sound that you want to hear. I mostly preferred listening to the WH-1000XM2 with a hint of bass boost, Ambient Sound focused on voice, and both positional sound and surround sound set to off. However I did dabble with and enjoyed setting the surround sound to “Concert Hall” and ANC on, from time to time. It added a nice little layer of immersion when I didn’t want to be bothered.

At $349.99, the WH-1000XM2 is a luxury product that does well to warrant its price point. Aside from simply excellent sound presentation that you can tweak as you wish, you have a myriad of functions that make the WH-1000XM2 the product to take everywhere. The touch controls are so intuitive that you’ll find yourself mastering them in seconds. The WH-1000XM2 is ready for the long haul or the short dash, sporting a max life span of 30 hours, while giving 70 minutes of play after just 10 minutes of charge.

You have Active Noise Cancelation that takes the environmental adjustments out of your hands and automatically adapts with your changing scenarios. The execution of Ambient Sound feature is one of the better ones that I’ve seen in play in any headset I’ve tried so far. You can practically tweak how much sound you want to be wary of, whether it be near or far, or only voice vs everything at once. The WH-1000XM2 is truly ready for any listening scenario.

This headset is up there at $349.99, but at the very least it delivers in performance and features wholeheartedly. It even comes with a no nonsense hard shell to help put you at ease that your $349.99 headset won’t get scuffed up in everyday storage. If you’re riding high on that tax refund and you’re looking to aim for a premium level headset, the Sony WH-1000XM2 is definitely one to check out.

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†Sony WH-1000XM2 review unit provided by Sony PR