Sony WH-1000XM2 Reviews 2019

Well, ever bought for 300 euros headphones? I suppose that applies only to the smallest part of the readership. After all, that’s a whole lot of money and for that price you also get ten mediocre headsets. Why it is still worthwhile to invest in the over-ear headphones Sony WH-1000XM2, I explain in this article.

Sound quality

Let’s take a look at perhaps the most important factor: the sound quality. You can expect a lot from headphones that cost 300 euros and Sony does not let the customers hang. The Japanese rely on all current sound standards to deliver the best sound quality. Listening to the WH-1000XM2 is enjoyable both via Bluetooth and via cable. If you do not have high-resolution audio, that’s no problem either. The Sony headphones can play all audio files. With the DSEE HX technology, Sony promises that the headphones will enhance the liveliness and quality of songs through upscaling. However, if the output file is very bad, this feature can not save much.

Basically I can say: The audio quality of the Sony WH-1000XM2 is phenomenal. There is no so-called bathtub effect. You often hear this with cheap headphones and Bluetooth speakers. Manufacturers boost the volume of the bass and treble to multiply the perceived volume. As a result, the middle tones, which include the vocals among others, suffer. The Sony headset responds equally well to any frequency and convinces with a neutral sound. This makes listening to high-quality music a lot of fun, as it really allows any music genre to be reproduced without distortion.

Numerous customization options
Nice and good that the headphones offer a balanced frequency response. Only I belong to the persons who are very much on bass. That’s why my previous headphones (Sony MDR-XB500) were also very bass-heavy. Fortunately, just because the WH-1000XM2 is factory-set to neutral does not mean it can not be changed. Many settings can be adjusted via the smartphone app. So the application “Headphones Connect” for iOS and Android offers different preset equalizers to adjust the sound to your preferences.

You can use the sound position control to set which direction the sound comes from: be it the normal stereo signal of the songs or almost any position around the head, for example from the back right. This can be clearly recognized by the final sound. For pure music playback, this function is unnecessary, if you use the Sony WH-1000XM2 in the home theater system, it may be useful. Another gimmick is the VPT function: this allows the music to be played in different environments, with the headphones mimicking the tinny sound of a concert hall or the echoing sound of an arena. VPT is quite funny, but also not made for everyday use.

Noise canceling
Let’s come to one of the most important points of the Sony WH-1000XM2: The Noise Canceling Technology. I have already explained in this articleHow Noise Canceling Works. But how well does the whole thing with Sony? Long Story Short: Very good. In direct comparison with the Bose QuietComfort 25 (over-ear) and the Bose QuietComfort 20 (in-ear) Sony is outstanding. The background noise is better filtered out. You can tell by comparison, especially at high pitches: The QC 20 have problems with high tones, which simply penetrate through the low sound barrier of In-Ears. As a result, nearby music, filtered through noise canceling technology, sounds very tinny. The QuietComfort 25 are slightly better in this aspect, but can also filter out not completely high frequencies due to the direct comparison of lower contact pressure to the head.

The Sony WH-1000XM2, however, can not conjure up: High and only short sounds are not ideally filtered out, for example Ping Pong balls, whose sound is quite loud and short. Here it is difficult for the software in the background to isolate and filter out noise. Normal conversation becomes a whisper, energetic laughter penetrates anyway. But as soon as you turn on music and the noise canceling runs in the background, it is almost imperceptible. The subjective impression can be described with three letters: Wow.

Perfect in bus and train
Especially with a constant noise pollution, the noise-canceling technology shows its strengths. You can find them everywhere: be it the daily commute by bus and train or maybe just in the kitchen, where the water is simmering comfortably. These individual frequencies find the Sony WH-1000XM2 reliable and filters out. I can tell you: In the tram, this is a real treat. A high Fiepen when starting or the dull rumble over the rails are virtually imperceptible.

With the companion app, you can adjust the noise-canceling level: in 20 levels can be regulated how much of the ambient noise of the headphones out filters. This happens either manually via the app or automatically. However, here the application wants permanent GPS access to detect movement – so this convenient feature is disabled for me.

Sony qualifies this headset with NC technology to wear it during normal work all the time. But having put eight hours of headphones on challenges. This is also the case with the Sony WH-1000XM2: The headphones have quite a pressure on the skull to sit stably. Compared to other on-ear headphones, the difference is very noticeable. For me, it took a longer adjustment phase, until I got along with the Sony headphones easily. In the meantime, however, the extra weight usually does not strike me and I carry the WH-1000XM2 every day, sometimes for more than eight hours: Transit,

Connectivity: Bluetooth and touch control
For wireless signal transmission via Bluetooth 4.1 Sony uses the in-house LDAC standard, which supports lossless audio files. At 990 kilobits per second, the audio coding technology could theoretically transmit seven normal MP3 streams simultaneously. LDAC transmits audio files with a maximum resolution of 24 bits and 96 kilohertz. Also supports the Sony WH-1000XM2 the popular standard for Bluetooth audio SBC (Subband Coding) with 328 kilobits sends and thus can easily transfer a high-resolution MP3 song.

Innovative operation with touch panel
Contrary to other headphones with noise canceling, the Sony WH-1000XM2 scores points with a gesture control on the right auricle. By simply wiping on the vertical plane, you can adjust the volume of the headphones, which is not coupled with the device volume – this allows you to customize the ambient sound function exactly to your needs. On the horizontal, songs can be skipped or rewound. A double click on the middle of the pinna pauses the current playback.

If you cover the right side of the headphone with your whole hand, the noise canceling will be deactivated and the music will be reduced to a fraction of the actual volume. This allows you to talk to someone in the opposite direction without disabling music playback and noise canceling. After the hand is removed from the shell, the music just keeps playing. This feature is very useful in everyday life and is often used by me personally to make short conversations or answer questions without wasting five seconds to turn off the music and ten seconds to turn it back on.

30 hours battery
I mentioned already that I wear the headset daily for many hours. But that is only possible because the built-in battery is really excellent. The advertised Sony 30 hours of battery life is indeed true! I did not analyze it to the minute, but usually I can do without a store for at least three days. If the headphones should be completely empty, it will take ten minutes to enjoy 70 minutes of music. If you put the headphones aside, noise canceling will continue as normal. This continues to burden the battery, but the charge loss is limited. So the headphones were during the lunch break quite well two hours next to the laptop, without the battery level had fallen far afterwards.

So scores Sony WH-1000XM2 compared to Bose QC-35 and QC-25
Bose also makes excellent headphones. However, the American manufacturer is simply not yet in the digital era. The Bose QC-35 would be the direct competitive product – but it only offers 20 hours of wireless runtime and costs depending on the model up to 40 euros more than the WH-1000XM2. At the same time, Bose incorporated sound enhancements that users can not turn off. As a result, the neutral sound of high quality audio files disappears and the Bose software falsifies the sound. The cheaper version of Bose headphones, the QC-25, can not handle Bluetooth. Use only via jack was not an option for me, as cable connections will definitely die in the next few years.

The Sony headphones outperform the competition in all aspects and offer extensive features that are not even offered by others. That’s why Sony wins this duel in almost all aspects. So if you have the money and want to do something good for your ears, the investment in the Sony WH-1000XM2 is definitely right.

For a long time I was bothered to buy new headphones. I mean, why should I? I have a very good in-ear headset and a decent wired home-use headphone. But still there was this have-want-appeal. In the worst case, I could have sent the audio accessory back again. So the thumb went to the “buy” button. Until today – less than a month later – I do not regret the purchase. The noise canceling works really well and makes a hectic work environment a whole lot more pleasant. Being able to hear soft music in the train suddenly, even though the wheels squeak under the load, is a completely new experience. And the neutral sound reproduction with support for high-resolution audio is also a big plus. for more information you can visit this post:

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