Sony WH-1000XM2 Review

The Sony WH-1000XM2’s are part of their high end headphone series. They feature some of the best both noise and sound isolation, both of which can really improve your music listening experience. Besides that, Sony has also made them wireless! And from the various reviews I have read, they are highly rated for anyone who frequently travels by plane. Which is also one of the main reasons why I got them. So here is my experience with them so far.

In The Box

  • Sony WH-1000XM2 Bluetooth headphones
  • MicroUSB charging cable
  • 3.5mm headphone cable
  • Plane adapter
  • Carry case

Design

The headphones have a modern and round look. It’s very sleek. They are made out of plastic but the overall build quality is super nice and high quality. I wouldn’t expect anything less from headphones that cost this much. You also have the option of choosing between two colors: black and gold. I’m actually a huge fan of the gold version. The colors actually smooth and blends in with all the details. It just looks really nice in my opinion.

Sony WH-1000XM2 Colors

The Sony WH-1000XM2’s are really well built. They are pretty comfortable to wear thanks to the shape of the headphones. If you look at the side profile, the headphones have a natural angle that make it position along your ears. Another thing I want to point out are all the buttons and features. All the buttons are built into the frame so there’s nothing poking out of the case. This is one of the design features that gives the headphones this sleek look.

The right ear of the headphones is also touch sensitive. Swiping up and down along the side profile actually changes the sound volume. Swiping left or right changes songs. I quite like this feature but it also does come with a downside. It’s so sensitive that it kept changing songs when I was laying down on my side with the headphones against a pillow. So if you are planning to do that, make sure to keep the left side against it. The sides also have microphones built inside them

Sony WH-1000XM2 Sides

These headphones are obviously quite big since they are over ears. Despite that, you can easily bring them anywhere you go. They fold down to a really small size and they even come with their own carrying case. What I really like about them is they don’t only fold at bands, you can also rotate the speakers! Just as you can see in the image down below.

Sony WH-1000XM2 Case

Sound Quality

It’s quite hard to describe the sound quality as it’s usually more to do with personal preference. In my opinion, the headphones sound very good. For me, all the lows, mids and highs are balanced. But if something annoys you and you’d like for more bass for example, then Sony has a solution for that as well. Sony has a mobile app where you can open up an equalizer and customize it as you want. Which is a very nice addition in my opinion and makes the headphones fit different types of music genres.

The app has also got some other interesting features for manipulating the sound. Besides the noise isolation that I’ll go over next, the headphones also have surround sound simulator that makes you feel like the sound is coming from one of five speakers. It’s a pretty interesting function that I haven’t been able to discover a use for yet.

Oh and for frequent flyers, Sony has also added a pressure sensor inside the headphones. It measures the pressure around you and adjusts the sound quality around you. This is designed to work on planes. I do want to add that I didn’t personally notice any changes in sound while flying but maybe the changes are that subtle. Still, a pretty unique feature on these headphones.

Noise Isolation

The improved noise isolation is one of the main reasons why to buy the Sony WH-1000XM2. It’s simply that good. I can see why it’s the most recommended headphone for flying. It removes screaming children and even the engine sound. Everything suddenly becomes quiet. You won’t believe how well this works until you have actually tried it. At least I didn’t.

Sony has also got a solution for when you need to turn it off for a moment. All you need to do is cover the right ear with the palm of your hand and suddenly you can hear everything around you. This way you don’t need to take the headphones off. It uses the built-in microphones to deliver the outside sound.

There is also a feature called Ambient Sound. This makes it so you only hear louder sounds than what’s currently in the environment around you. As in when someone is directly trying to talk to you or if there is a louder announcement.

Wireless Performance & Battery

The Sony headphones use Bluetooth to connect to devices. It’s got an effective range of 10 m / 30 ft, which is enough of distance in my opinion. I do want to point out that the distance is shorter if there are walls in the way. But it should still work without any problems if you are in the next room for example.

Sony has also included a 3.5mm headphone cable in case you run out of battery. Which shouldn’t happen that often. The headphones battery should last up to 30 hours with noise cancelling. This is quite impressive considering how many extra features the WH-1000XM2 has. The headphones also have a Quick Charge feature, which provides 70 minutes of battery life from 10 minutes of charging via the MicroUSB cable.

Conclusion

The Sony WH-1000XM2 doesn’t really have many flaws to it. At least not any major ones. The noise isolation is really impressive and you can fully customize the audio type. Not to mention all the other extras that it has. The only main downside is the price, which is definitely a lot. But if you are looking for the very best noise cancelling headphones for travelling, then these are definitely worth it.

8.8 Total Score
Excellent!

The best noise cancelling headphones!

Design
9
Build Quality
9.5
Sound Quality
9
Noise Isolation
9
Wireless Connectivity
8
Battery Life
8.5
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