Sony WI-1000X

PC & Tech Authority - - REVIEWS | INTRO - BEN MAN­SILL

$449.95 • • Score: 4/5

This style of head­phones, with the bat­tery and elec­tron­ics around the neck, is be­com­ing more preva­lent. They re­lieve your ears of the weight and bulk of other Blue­tooth sets and al­low a larger bat­tery, in this case it’s ten hours’ worth, which is short of what you’d want as an Aus­tralian long-haul trav­eller. And, while fea­tur­ing ac­tive noise can­celling as well as an ‘adap­tive mode’ that sam­ples your sur­rounds be­fore set­ting the pro­cess­ing, the noise can­celling it­self is sur­pris­ingly poor com­pared to just about ev­ery­thing else. That was a big sur­prise, I ex­pected much bet­ter while test­ing these on the 10 hour flight to Taipei for Com­pu­tex.

How­ever, the au­dio qual­ity is ut­terly sub­lime. I sim­ply haven’t heard bet­ter per­form­ers in any­thing in-ear. Ever. Ab­so­lutely stun­ning sound. Sony has set a new bench­mark here.

So, these are fan­tas­tic for out and about mu­sic, but a poor choice for air trav­ellers. While ex­pen­sive, note that you can pick up these for at least $100 less if you shop around.

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