Quite why it’s taken me so long to invest in decent headphones, I’ll never know. I listen to music at work for 4 – 6 hours most days. I also tend to use them when walking around if I’m on my own, especially for those mundane trips to the supermarket or to grab a coffee. In other words, I’m pretty reliant on headphones on a daily basis. Until late August, my only pair were the in-ear variety, a set that came free with my Galaxy S8 smartphone.
Enter the Sony WH-1000XM2 then. What a relevation! I had been getting increasingly frustrated with the inevitable soreness that arises from using in-ear devices for hours on a daily basis. Then there’s the average sound quality, lack of any bass, and inability to cancel out background sound to any acceptable degree.
The Sony’s really are fantastic though, and despite their hefty price tag (£299 from John Lewis – although cheaper now the XM3’s are out), I haven’t regretted buying them for a single second.
Comfort and Quality
In my mind, I saw wireless headphones as gimmicky – unreliable sound, terrible battery life, heavy and uncomfortable to wear. The Sony’s have none of these issues: comfort is superb, even with the ear cups sitting over my glasses, I can wear them for several hours without any aches or pains. Sound quality – the most subjective of any review criteria – is, to me, also great. I compared them in store against their main rival, the Bose QC35, and found the Sony suited my musical tastes better (primarily electronic dance/trance). The battery life is the best, and for me the most surprising, thing. For something that weighs so little, I wonder whether the batteries are made of some magical material, because I can easily use them all week on a single charge – definitely 20+ hours of play time with full noise cancellation.