- Driver: 40mm, dome type (CCAW Voice Coil)
- Impedance: 14 Ohm (power off), 46 Ohm (power on)
- Frequency: 4 - 40,000 Hz
- Others: Touch sensors, detachable audio jack
- Weight: 275g
- Long battery life
- Occasional connection drops
As our lives become more mobile, there’s an increasing demand to go wireless. Audio headphones are one of the first products to head in this direction, with Sony being one of the prominent brands in this field. In 2016, Sony released the excellent MDR-1000X bluetooth headphone and now it’s back with a successor – the WH-1000XM2.
In terms of design, you won’t see a lot of difference in the WH-1000XM2 with its predecessor. You’ll find the same dark grey coloured body with comfortable black earcups and earpads. It also has a leather headrest attached to the adjustable headband completes the overall look. The headphone can also be folded to make it more compact, so that it can fit into the carry case that’s included in the box.
Moreover, an airplane jack converter and detachable cable are also part of the package. This makes it travel-friendly and also flexible, as you can use it for in-flight entertainment systems. Also, it can be used as a standard wired headphone this way so that your music listening experience won’t be interrupted by possible connection drops, which does happen once in a while.
Getting this headphone to pair is a simple process: Press the power button for 5 seconds till it attempt starts to connect to the Bluetooth, then look for ‘‘WH-1000XM2” on your device and click on that entry to pair the headphone to your device. Once that’s done, you will be able to use it without much issue.
For some extra functionality, you can download the Sony ‘‘Headphones” app. This new app has the Adaptive Sound Control, which can detect whether you’re staying in place or walking, then adjust the Ambient Sound Control dynamically. This is useful if you’re in a situation where you might still want to hear certain things, like the airport announcer reminding you to head to the boarding game.
Another useful feature of the WH-1000XM2 is the onboard playback controls. Using swipes and taps on the right earcup, you can play/pause, adjust the volume, or skip tracks. You can also pick up calls and answer it normally, without needing to pick up your phone.
Of course, there’s not much point if the sound quality is poor. But the WH-1000XM2 is anything but poor. It has a rather balance sound signature, allowing you to enjoy punchy bass and clear vocals. Combined with its incredible battery life. which can easily go for days of regular use before needing a recharge, you’ll be enjoying great music for hours even through long-haul flights.
CHIP CONCLUDE: Excellent audio quality to go with an amazing battery life and has flexible noise cancelling, this headphone is a good choice if you travel a lot.
(previously published in issue January 2018)