Sony WF-1000X £145

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

There are wire­less head­phones and then there are truly wire­less head­phones, such as the Sony WF-1000X in-ears. These tal­ented buds won an Award in 2017, and it’s a re­peat per­for­mance this year.

They’ve been pushed close by new, ri­val prod­ucts such as the Bose Sound­sport Free, but the Sonys re­main the cheaper, more son­i­cally gifted pair.

Even pack­aged in a case that dou­bles as a charg­ing hub, the WF-1000XS are com­pact enough to carry around. That case ex­tends your head­phones’ claimed nine-hour bat­tery life (with noise­can­celling en­abled), too – clip them in, they be­gin to charge; take them out and they switch on au­to­mat­i­cally.

There’s a but­ton on each ear­piece and it only takes a cou­ple of at­tempts to mas­ter the long presses and sin­gle, dou­ble and triple clicks needed to con­trol play­back and the built-in noise-can­celling. They even come with their own clever app which can al­ter some of the au­dio set­tings on the fly.

As for sound qual­ity, the high­light is their out­right mu­si­cal­ity. Their abil­ity to fol­low the rhythms of a track with a mu­si­cal com­bi­na­tion of a light-touch and sure­foot­ed­ness is un­matched at the money. Try and catch them off guard with some tricky tim­ing and the Sonys rise to the chal­lenge, match­ing and mar­ry­ing up rhythms that would trip up lesser pairs of head­phones. The Sonys have more than enough punch and drive to as­sure the listener of their con­trol and adept han­dling. There’s a de­cent amount of bass weight which is coun­ter­pointed aptly by rich, smooth tre­ble and midrange.

We were im­pressed by the Sonys first time around and 12 months later our ad­mi­ra­tion for them hasn’t waned one bit. A proper pair of wire­less won­ders.

These truly wire­less Sonys have a truly im­pres­sive sound

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