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Sony WH-1000XM2 Review: Noise Cancelling and Sound of the Royal Class

Standing in the entrance area of a metropolitan railway station and appearing like in a film… All around you is a hectic bustle that you can only see or smell. Noise-canceling robs users of their sense of hearing – in favour of silence and undisturbed musical enjoyment. It’s amazing how much unwanted noise you can absorb in the everyday commuter jungle. The Sony WH-1000XM2 will lose weight once after an hour of listening time, and then you will first become aware of this situation. A comparable shock experience as when you leave a dark room and look into a bright light. Noise suppression is now a D A S feature for headphones, not just for the premium class.

The Sony WH-1000XM2 are still one of the most popular headphones in the upper price range. They attach particular importance to noise cancelling and innovative operation for everyday use. I tested them for Basic Tutorials for a month.

Out of the Box

For currently € 365.99 the buyer can call the headphones his own. The headphones come with a hard case for transport or storage, a high-quality aux cable, an aircraft adapter and corresponding literature. The battery of the Bluetooth headset should last about 30 hours. The target group is, as the marketing very concisely illustrates, the upper-class segment. However, our test will show that the Bluetooth NC headphones are not only suitable for “frequent fliers”, but can also be integrated perfectly into everyday life.

Design and Quality

The headphones have a nice dark grey surface made of hard plastic, the earpiece is made of aluminium. The colour of the headphones is dark grey and black. For my taste they are too inconspicuous, a few colorful ornaments (as with the successor XM3) would suit the headphones well.

The outer earlobes
The outer earlobes

I personally don’t like the outer coating of the auricles very much, it destroys the valuable design. But there are no disturbing buttons on the auricles. Despite intensive test use and several pre-testers, there are only a few scratches on the surface, which speaks for the quality.

The joints do not squeak and can be moved comfortably. They allow an auricle to be folded in and screwed in so that they can be stowed in the case in a space-saving manner. The size adjustment is more than sufficient and has numerous points at which it engages. Thanks to the aluminium rail, the headphones withstand the bending test without any problems.

The inconspicuous design gets some -subjective- criticism. It is a fight of faith in both colour variants: boring or beautiful simply, in the end everybody has to decide for himself. There is nothing to complain about in the workmanship.

Sony WH-1000XM2 in Gold
Sony WH-1000XM2 in Gold

After the “superficial” we continue with the key points…

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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