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Sony WI-1000XM2 Neckband Headphones with Noise Cancellation

MSRP 330 EURNEX score 61%

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Product Overview

WI-1000XM2 are headphones with newly-developed HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 by Sony. Its Dual Noise Sensor technology and Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing function allow the WI-1000XM2 to cancel noise more effectively, even in aircraft cabins.
Despite their compact size, the earbuds each contain an HD Hybrid Driver System that contains a 9mm dynamic driver and Balanced Armature driver, allowing WI-1000XM2 to produce clear sound across the range.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable in-ear fit
Cons
  • Not as good as the Sony WH-1000XM3

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 61% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Sleek design
  • Good noise cancelling
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation
  • Not cheap
  • Mediocre microphone
  • Noise cancellation could be better
  • Tight treble
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
Gold-plated L-shaped Stereo Mini
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5, NFC

Construction

Cable
Single-sided detachable
Drivers
Hybrid
Form Factor
In-ear
Headphone Type
Closed, Hybrid
Magnet
Neodymium

Dimensions

Weight
58 g

Function

Noise Cancellation
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
9 h (NC on) / 13 h (NC off)
Frequency Response
20 - 20k Hz (44.1kHz sampling) / 20 - 40k Hz (96kHz sampling)
Impedance
50 ohm

Production

Debut
IFA 2019

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

rtings[1]

Sentiment Score 22%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sony WI-1000XM2 are reasonably comfortable headphones. Their noise cancelling works well to cut the low rumble of plane and bus engines as well as speech. The silicone neckband is stable enough to be worn around the neck while exercising, although the earbuds can fall out with a few shakes. They aren't ideal for those looking for a more neutral sound.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good noise cancelling
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Mediocre microphone
  • Poor noise isolation

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Sony WI-1000XM2 wireless neckband earbuds will be available in January 2020. Powered by the same noise-canceling processor as Sony's WF-1000XM3 headphones. Will cost £300 in the UK, which works out at around $370 / AU$540. Sound quality is excellent, and battery life could be better.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent noise cancelation
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not cheap

trustedreviews[3]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
Sony WI-1000XM2 are some of the best active noise cancellation earphones you can get. They use Bluetooth 5.0, have NFC for quick pairing with Androids and support Sony’s LDAC format for high-resolution streaming. Detail is excellent, and Sony actively wants us to appreciate it, with enlivened treble. However, the treble seems a distinct entity, not quite part of a coherent whole.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful bass
  • Effective noise cancelling
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • Tight treble
  • Noise cancellation could be better

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/sony/wi-1000xm2-wireless. 2020-03-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Hands on: Sony WI-1000XM2 wireless headphones review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-wi-1000xm2-wireless-headphones. 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony WI-1000XM2 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sony-wi-1000xm2. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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