When guys at Sony were looking for a name for these headphones, they were not full of ideas. The first time I saw it, I thought it was the name of a Star Wars robot. Later on, I realized this was not far from the truth. Nowadays, we do not use headphones only for listening to music, but we also use many of their additional technical features. The WH-1000XM2 is a great example.
- Carrying case.
- USB cable for charging.
- Connection cable for better sound quality.
- Plug adaptor.
- Owner’s manual.
- 7.3 x 2.9 x 9.8 inches (9.8 ounces).
- Micro-USB cable (50 cm (19 3/4 in.)).
- Headphone cable (1.5 m (59 1/8 in.)).
- Connection: USB, audio cable, Bluetooth, NFC.
- Battery time: Around 30 hours.
- Wired Time: Up to 40 hours.
- Charging Time: 2 hours.
- Integrated microphone.
- Active noise isolating – industry-leading NC.
- Touchpad for audio control.
The design of these headphones reminds me of the 60’s when sci-fi authors were thinking about the future.
The WH-1000XM2 has a nice, clean surface. Nothing sticks out. To achieve this, the cups do not have buttons. You can control the sound and all the headphone function from the touchpad, which is a pretty good idea. However, in the winter this will be difficult to manage if you are wearing gloves. Apart from this, using the touchpad is very addictive. At times I needed to touch the touchpad twice, and it was not uncomfortable. The headband and the ear pads contain polyurethane foam, which makes this headphone comfortable for your ears and head.
The sound is what matters the most
Sony has done well with both the comfort and the additional features. One can almost forget that the main purpose of the headphones is sound. To evaluate the quality of these headphones, we need to take into consideration two modes of listening – wired and wireless, which have different frequency responses. Wireless is 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz, which is more than enough to listen to music with a high sound quality. But when you use the cable, the frequency response widens to 4 Hz – 40,000 Hz. The change in the sound quality is distinguishable. When you listen to music wirelessly, everything is fine. Even though noise canceling is so effective (and it really is), the music in your pads is very good. However, when you use the sound cable, it’s as if you are in a parallel space. There is only you and your music.
Connectivity and features
The WH-1000XM2 can connect with both iPhone and Android. The annoying disadvantage is that you cannot connect more than one device at the same time.
Sony has added an interesting feature to this headphone. While flying in an airplane, you can use your phone to adjust the pressure.
Voice focus mode is another fun feature. When you are in an office, or at home with your spouse you do not hear a noise, but you can hear the speech.
Working with the touchpad is addictive. You do not need to search for small buttons. You simply swipe the volume up or down. To change the music – swipe right or swipe left. It is that easy.
The Bose QC35 II is the main competitor of the Sony WH-1000XM2, however, the Bose QC35 II is all about maximum comfort, while the Sony WH-1000XM2 is about the future. Starting with design, ending with features, these headphones are made for techie fans. Sound quality is not for audiophiles, but it is very close. If you are looking for a unit full of features, these are the right headphones for you.