Sony WF-1000X £145
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