Sony WF-1000X

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An­nounced at last year’s IFA trade show, the WF-1000X is one of three au­dio prod­ucts from Sony’s wire­less noise-can­celling head­phone fam­ily, and prob­a­bly one of the rst true wire­less ear­buds to sport noise­can­celling ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Com­ing in a choice of shiny gold or black, this has a more ashy de­sign with a some­what longish car­ry­ing case that dou­bles up to pro­vide an­other two full charges for a to­tal of nine hours bat­tery life on the go. That’s just about long enough for mean­ing­ful use, but is still the short­est among all of the con­tenders in this shootout.

Like the WH-1000X Mark II, the ear­buds also get am­bi­ent sound modes and Sony has added the op­tion of Adap­tive Sound Con­trol to the app which at­tempts to de­tect your present ac­tiv­ity and then au­to­mat­i­cally pick the am­bi­ent sound mode that best matches it. This all sounds good in the­ory, but the open na­ture of these wire­less ear­buds means that the di er­ence be­tween am­bi­ent sound modes is min­i­mal at best, so we just left the ear­buds in full noise-can­celling mode at all times.

The sup­port­ing app also al­lows you to change EQ set­tings, and lets you choose if you’d like to place a pri­or­ity on sound qual­ity or sta­ble con­nec­tion (in which case the con­nec­tion codec is xed to SBC). Firmware up­dates also come down by way of the app, thus let­ting you eas­ily keep it up­dated. When it comes to au­dio, we thought the WF-1000X was one of the ear­buds that eas­ily stood out for its qual­ity. The ear­buds eas­ily han­dled faster mov­ing pop pieces like Sam Smith’s Money on My Mind. This piece has lay­ers of over­lap­ping vo­cals paced by a thump­ing bass beat, and the ear­buds kept up with the pace and en­ergy well. They did well on acous­tic pieces too, with a level of re­fine­ment matched only by the Beoplay E8 in this shootout. For ex­am­ple, the ear­buds pre­sented an ex­cel­lent ren­di­tion of the acous­tic ver­sion of Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia by The Ea­gles, flesh­ing out each and ev­ery one of the var­i­ous acous­tic in­stru­ments present well while giv­ing am­ple weight to both the singers and the crowd. As with most of the wire­less ear­buds we’ve tested so far the bass is on the dry side, but there’s enough kick for it to be felt.

The ear­buds snap into place in the car­ry­ing case.

A but­ton be­low the right ear­bud tog­gles noise-can­celling modes.

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