Sony Premium Noise Cancelling Wireless Behind-Neck in Ear Headphones - Black (WI1000X/B)
|Special Feature||Digital Noise Cancelling with Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing – perfect for flying|
|Wireless Communication Technology||Bluetooth|
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- Digital Noise Cancelling with Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing – perfect for flying
- Sony-Headphones Connect, APP for Android /iOS to use Smart Listening technology to control your ambient sound settings.
- Smart listening by smart auto-settings automatically adjusts ambient sound to your activity. Ambient Sound mode to hear essential sound without taking your headphones off.
- Optimized for the Google Assistant with an update. Ask it questions. Tell it do things. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help. Frequency Response (Bluetooth Communication)- 20 Hz–20,000 Hz (44.1 kHz Sampling)/20 Hz–40,000 Hz (LDAC 96 kHz Sampling, 990 kbps). Sensitivities (dB/mW)- 101 dB/mW (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on), 97 dB/mW (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned off)
- High-quality audio with DSEE HX, S-Master HX, LDAC and aptX HD. Frequency response : 3–40000 Hz
- Battery life up to 10 hours (with wireless noise cancelling). Frequency Range:2.4 GHz band.Supported Audio Format(s):SBC, AAC, LDAC, aptX, aptX HD
- Hands free calling with vibration notification
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Sony Premium Noise Cancelling Wireless Behind-Neck in Ear Headphones
Lose yourself in music, whenever and wherever you are, with noise cancellation, effortlessly smart features and a neckband for comfortable all-day wearing. Get the most from your headphones everywhere with optimised noise cancellation and wireless freedom. Enjoy in-flight music in perfect clarity with noise-cancelling adapted to high altitude. Listen free from wires and unwanted background noise with Digital Noise Cancellation.
Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity such as travelling, walking, and waiting then adjusts ambient sound settings to you. You can customise them to your preferences with the Sony I Headphones Connect APP.
Hear music that stays true to the original recording with High-Resolution Audio. Optimised for High-Resolution Audio, S-Master HX reduces distortion and allows you to enjoy all the subtleties in your music. The 9mm dynamic driver maintains drive force for deep bass and clear mids without dropping off like other drivers, while the airtight Balanced Armature driver provides natural high frequency sound for longer. Both drivers work together to keep sound response steady across the frequencies.
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Compatible iPhone/iPod models : You can use the unit with only the following models. Update your iPhone or iPod to the latest software before use. iPhone 7 Plus , iPhone 7, iPhone SE , iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s , iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPod touch (6th generation) Maximum communication range:Line of sight approx. 10 meter (30 feet) . Communication system: BLUETOOTH version 4.1
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I'll start out by mentioning that these headphones are far superior to the bose when it comes to functionality.
CONTROLS: Sony is superior.
Sony: These headphones have all of the controls embedded into the base of the unit itself. All of the controls, power, volume, noise cancelling, play/pause are easily available and easy to find on the base just by running your fingers along the base until you find the control you want. The fact that they are on the base makes it easy to reach up and adjust everything and you know right where those controls are and you have a solid object to hold on to.
Bose: All the controls are on one of the headphone wires leaving them dangling. When you wish to skip, play/pause, adjust volume or noise control you are left fumbling around with a dangling wire control. This is really annoying! You can't just reach up and press a button, you have to grab the wire controls, feel around for the volume or noise control, then awkwardly adjust as desired.
NOISE CANCELLING and EAR BUD COMFORT: Bose is superior
Sony: The noise cancelling on these headphones is pretty solid but the way the headphone sits in your ear requires you to adjust it several times to get them to seat in your ear just right to provide optimal noise control. I believe Sony’s noise cancelling is very close to quality of the Bose but the earbud design fails. I had to really press these into my ear to drown out ambient sound. Because I had to press them in tight to make a seal and avoid sound bleeding in, they were uncomfortable after a while. Moving around a lot will loosen them from your ear and I found myself constantly adjusting the placement of them. The ambient sound mode pretty much drowned out the music and made the room sound like it was a giant tin can. Ambient sound worked better with the noise cancelling turned off entirely.
Bose: You really can’t get a better design for the earpiece. The silicon ear piece is designed to pretty much just lock into place and it stays put. The intuitive shape/design of the earbud places it in an ideal position that doesn’t move around and provides optimal sound control by creating a seal that doesn’t allow much noise to bleed in. Noise cancelling by Bose is pretty much the standard every company should aspire to reach. I believe 50-60% of the noise cancelling superiority is simply the shape and comfort of the earbud itself. There is no ambient setting on the Bose, there is a separate volume adjustment specifically for the noise cancelling.
SOUND: Sony is superior.
Plain and simple: wireless + earbuds = tin can sound.
Sony: Sony wins this category for only one reason. The companion app on the phone has an equalizer which allows you to adjust levels to your specific tastes. The app has some interesting presets that sound nice but you can customize your own.
Bose: You only get your standard ear bud sound.
COMPANION APP: Sony is superior
Sony: The companion app has amazing options. You have a ton of controls and interesting settings and the equalizer tops the list. I won’t go into the details of the app since you can download it for free and see for yourself.
Bose: You can control the noise cancelling and well, that’s about it really. Very lame.
Verdict: If you want good functionality buy these and you won’t be disappointed. I do recommend them. If I could take the comfort of the Bose and attach those earbuds to the Sony I’d use the Sony product over Bose.
I will address the ANC function first, then the sound profile, and afterward I will discuss design and features. I apologize ahead of time for being long-winded, but I’d rather give too much feedback than not enough.
The ANC function is, in a single word, outstanding. Bose is the standard by which I compare others and very, very few headphones get anywhere near the same level of noise cancellation as my Bose sets (QC-15 and QC-20i, by the way). Those that get close usually have the same weird pressure sensation for which Bose is known. My primary test is a loud fan that I use for generating white noise when I want to drown out everything around me at night. I turned the fan on high speed, plugged the Sony’s buds into my ears and turned them on. I put them in ANC mode and the fan all but disappeared. All that remained of the noise was a faint, higher-frequency hiss (distinct from the ANC hiss which I will explain later). Of all the phones I have used, this set and the Bose are the only ones to wipe out that much noise. I also went into the bathroom and turned on the ventilation fan to test, and these phones again wiped out a large majority of the fan noise. For this fan, the Bose sets have a very slight edge but you have to be looking for it to notice.
The main difference between the Bose sets and these is the utter lack of that weird pressure sensation with these. If you don’t like that sensation but you want very high ANC, these are simply excellent. Like a lot of ANC phones, these generate a faint hiss that you really won’t notice unless you’re not feeding any sound at all to them and you’re listening for it.
The sound profile is also quite solid. Usually with ANC phones, because of the cancellation of certain bandwidths the phones compensate by twiddling the sound profile to fill in what was dropped, and usually this means overcompensation in the bass range (if you use Dre Beats, you know exactly what I mean). Heavy bass gives me headaches so I avoid headphones where the bass has been given too much boost. With these, Sony did not overdrive the bass at all but it’s still very solid and full - love it. The midrange is very warm and rich and music has the right depth. The highs are very bright and clear but not piercing. Overall, I am very pleased with the sound profile - not audiophile quality but closer than most.
In terms of design, these are a wireless earbud product with a neck harness. So, these are neither on-ear or over-ear phones. The harness and slack but adjustable wiring to the actual earbuds ensures that they can be set up so they won’t tug or pull when you’re working out, running or otherwise doing physical activity. Being wireless, there’s no cord to tangle up either. And, one size really does fit all which is a problem with some regular phones. The neck assembly has a leatherette padding that is soft and will not chafe.
The Bluetooth functionality works great. I paired these to my phone and they paired and connected in less than 5 seconds which is really all I could ask. After a full power-off, I turned them back on and they immediately connected to my phone again. I have no complaints there.
One of the really interesting features of these is the ability to turn off the ANC and use them without any cancellation, but they have another unusual mode that I have only seen in one other pair of phones - they have an “ambient sound” mode that you can turn on that dampens the feed in the buds and slightly increases the surrounding noise without turning off the ANC. Assuming the volume is not turned up too loud, this allows for carrying on a conversation without turning off the feed. I will say, though, that listening to my own voice coming through in this mode is disconcerting.
I do not know yet how long the battery in these lasts. So far I have not run them all the way down.
Included in the box are the phones themselves, a conversion cable so that they can be used with an audio jack (handy when Bluetooth is not an option), a cable for charging, an in-flight audio adapter, several silicone tips fo the buds so you can get the size right, and a protective carry bag.
The carry bag is the only complaint I have with the whole package - it offers little protection from drops and crushes. If you only are concerned about keeping everything together and keeping the set very clean, the bag is acceptable, but if you need better protection that consider getting a third-party hard case or use the original packaging box.
Sony got these right and even at the price tag these are easy to recommend. They’re comfortable (more comfortable than I expected for ear buds), they have excellent sound and the ANC function is outstanding. I prefer these to my Bose phones and will be using these instead.
The Sony have great sound quality and great noice cancelation. The "aware" mode is better than the Bose's, you almost forget you are wearing the headset. Even more impressive: If you ride the subway, it realizes that, and if there is an announcement, you will hear it, even though NC is on. Several times, I thought that I'd forgotten to turn NC on, but instead, it was the smart headphone that let the announcements through.
However - unfortunately, these don't work for me. The ear buds fall out all the time. They come with a whole collection of different ear buds. I have tried almost all of them, to no avail. First, they get a little loose, noise starts to come in, and sound quality goes down, and if I move my head a bit, they fall out.
The good news is that the Bose QC 20 actually does work just fine with the iPhone X, including volume up/down, pause, phone calls, etc. So I'm back to the QC 20. Their construction makes for a much more stable fit in my ear.
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The Sony WI-1000X is a nice looking pair of headphones that in general is a good competitor to the QC30s. The sound quality is solid, the build quality feels great, and overall they are a functional pair of headphones that tick enough boxes and meet enough of what I was looking for. They are a good in-between to truly wireless and over-the-ear headphones, allowing a good balance between unobtrusiveness, battery life, and performance. I have no particular dislikings about these Sonys, however, a few minor nitpickings and weaknesses prevent the Sonys from a five-star review. If you're coming from a regular not-so-expensive pair of headphones either choice will be excellent and the 1000X will be far more superior than your standard headphones, with the wireless and noise cancelling features incredibly convenient. However, here are some in-depth analyses on the 1000X vs the QC30s for anyone interested.
Things that the 1000X do better than the QC30s:
- First of all, the design. The 1000X are just much more logically designed than the QC30s. The QC30s has a circular neckband (which is prone to flexing, and subsequently breaking, when putting the headphones on and off) with the cords coming out midway. The 1000X has a very premium-feeling combination of faux-leather and solid plastic compared to the matte black of the QC30s. I also really love how although the wires also come out midway, the headphones feature ridges along the sides where the wires can be pushed in and around to stow away most of the bulk and prevents annoying dangling wires. It just makes a lot more sense. The 1000X is also less circular and gives me more of a peace of mind when taking them off and putting them back on as they don't need to flex that much. They also don't seem to shift around as much as the QC30s, and the faux-leather neck rest thing on the back is very comfortable.
- Battery life on the 1000X is superior to the QC30s. On the QC30s I would get around 4-5 hours of playback time, and I would have to be careful to get myself through a long day of listening (I transit a lot). With the 1000X and about 4 hours of playback I was only at 50% battery. Awesome. The 1000X also has a mode to turn off active noise cancelling completely, which adds more battery. The QC30 does not have this function and always has a white static noise as a result. The 1000X still has a slight static but with ANC off it's barely noticeable.
- Software makes a lot more sense than the QC30s. I've never quite understood why the QC30s need like 30 steps of ANC fine-tuning, which needs multiple clicks to shift towards ambient noise. With the 1000X you get a convenient physical button on the headset and in the app to switch between modes effortlessly. The app also allows you to fine-control the equalizer.
- The button-feel. An oftentimes overlooked but incredibly important aspect considering it is the primary method of interaction between the user and the headset! The buttons are tactile and the ridges in the textured plastic are easy enough to distinguish and easy to press with good clicking feedback. I still dislike having to hold down the power button to turn the headset on and off but it's the same on the QC30s. However, the power button on the QC30s is weirdly located in an uncomfortable position, and the button is much harder to press down, much less hold for an agonizing seconds... the volume and ANC controls on the QC30s are also located on a bulkier rocker on the right bud cord, whereas the buttons on the 1000X are located on the left neckband. Since the neckband is not circular, the left neckband is a logical and comfortable choice and it is easy to use with either arm. I prefer this to the rocker on the QC30.
- Charging the device. The charging port is located underneath a solid door you pick open with a fingernail, and it pops out. I find this much more durable than the silicone port cover thing on the QC30 that wedges into the MicroUSB port itself; I was always worried of deforming the plug thing. Also, the plug on the QC30 never seemed to fit quite right... no problems in this area on the 1000X.
- More accessories. The 1000X has an airplane headphone jack adapter and you can use the 1000X as a wired headset with a MicroUSB to aux cable. I have not used it yet but it's nice to have wired options.
- Voice prompts, slightly. They are clear and short, announcing power on and off, if it's connected or not, what noise cancelling mode it's in, and whether battery is high, medium, or low. The music is cut off, however, during prompt read out, but the read outs are calm and not dismembered like the QC30s. The QC30s read out the device name whenever it connects to anything which can get somewhat annoying. The battery is also good enough on the 1000X to not have specific battery increments read out on each power on like on the QC30s.
Things the QC30s do better than the 1000X:
- Sound, kind of (I am not an audiophile, please take with grain of salt). The QC30s sound absolutely lovely, even better than the QC35s IMHO. Very balanced, great depth to bass. Overall amazing. The 1000X also sounds great, but it's not at a QC30 level? There some slight sibilance for sure and bass is missing. With the equalizer I was able to boost a lot of the bass and reduce some of the treble which seems to help, and brings the 1000X to a somewhat competitive level against the QC30s, although the QC30s sound amazing without any help needed. It's not exactly a win for the QC30s as the flexibility of the 1000X adds more options for people with different sound profile preferences but it's a small one at least.
- Bluetooth pairing. The QC30s be actively connected to two devices at once and can switch near-seamlessly. The 1000X can be paired to multiple devices but in my testing they need to be disconnected from an individual device before the headset wants to connect to another. A minor inconvenience but an inconvenience none-the-less.
- Better fit. The Bose StayHear tips are amazingly comfortable and fit great, providing an excellent seal that blocks a lot of noise. With the 1000X I had trouble getting the left bud to stay in my ear, which may have contributed to the inferior noise-cancelling, detailed below. The extra set of Sony foam tips is a nice touch but I still preferred the regular silicone ones as they gave a better seal and had better sound blocking.
- Sound cancelling. The QC30 has superior noise cancelling. The QC30 was able to block out much more engine noise when on the bus and on the light rail service. The 1000X still offered significant noise cancelling but I didn't find it as effective as the QC30s.
- Accessories, kind of. I like the hard shell case that comes with the QC30s much more than the bag the 1000X comes with. However, it's not a deal breaker that the 1000X seems much more durable than the QC30s.
- Software, I guess? I have never used any gimmicky Bose features like the music share thing or the bud located thing either, so I can't really comment on this one.
Things I'd like to better see on both:
- USB-C. The future is not now and all we can do is wait.
- Cost. Although the 1000X seems to go on sale more often than the QC30 which seems to never go on sale, these two headphones are premium devices with very premium price tags. I think it can be worth it if you are a frequent traveler or someone exposed to loud environments a lot, but it's still a tough pill to swallow. I have no doubt cheaper and better devices are just around the corner.
Overall, the 1000X competes very well against the QC30s. If I lost the 1000X and had to choose between the two again, right now I'd lean towards the 1000X because of the better battery life, better software flexibility, better design and better build quality. For a very expensive headphone device, I was disappointed in the QC30s for breaking at the neck band. The 1000X seems much more durable and the weaker ANC and sound quality is a fair trade-off for me considering everything else the 1000X brings to the table. I am satisfied with my purchase, however, I've only had the headphones for a short period of time thus far, and only time will tell how it holds up. If you are looking to purchase these headphones, I believe they are an excellent option to consider and will at least meet most of your needs, and check a lot of other bonus boxes as well! Hope this has helped.
I was definitely one of them: learning about the driver types, learning about the chipset audio signatures, saving up to one day being able to afford legendary multi-driver stuff like Campfire Andromedas, balanced cables and a fancy thick Astell and Kern DAP. Thankfully, I was saved by this.
Sony managed to take the best out of the audiophile culture (hybrid 1BA + 1DD combo) and build a wireless noise cancelling solution for the music lover. I can't believe how practical life becomes once going about my day without much in my pockets and listening to sound quality that's equivalent of the multi-thousand dollar solutions of previous years.
Go for it guys, the answer is here.
1) They are very pricey.
2) For the money they should supply a hard case with them.
Other than that I am very pleased with the purchase, not sorry I switched from Bose, and would recommend these to anyone wanting top-notch wireless noise cancelling earbuds.
In addition to this, over-ear headphones will isolate better overall than in-ear headphones like these, so if you're looking for maximum isolation, especially in the treble range, go for over-ear headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM3 or Bose Quiet Control 35s.
I decided on the WI-1000X over the over-ear varieties because I travel frequently, and wanted headphones that took up minimal space in my carry-on, and that wouldn't interfere too much with trying to sleep on airplanes (this rarely happens, but I can dream). In addition, I wanted something I could wear with a cycling helmet, which rules out over-ear headphones entirely. The clincher for the WI-1000Xs over the very similar Bose QuietControl 30s in-ear headphones was that the Sonys come with a wired 3.5mm adapter that allows them to be used with in-flight entertainment systems or other devices, even when the battery is dead.
Overall, I'm very happy with these. They completely knock out the low rumble of airplane engines (though you'll still hear higher-pitched sounds!), and the atmospheric-pressure optimization feature really does work once the plane reaches altitude (optimizing to 0.8 atm), though I have no idea why. At work, they effectively muffle the low-level background noise of an office environment--though again, you'll hear voices, even if you're not entirely sure what they're saying. When I'm cycling, the headphones actually make for a nice balance, since they cut out much of the highway rumble while still allowing me to hear what's going on around me.
I'm not a sound expert, but these sound fine to me. Nor have I used some of the features available with the Sony headphone app like Adaptive Sound Control, Sound Position Control, or Surround. Ambient Noise Control works well, but I no longer use it much.
In sum, these are very good headphones as long as you have realistic expectations for noise-cancelling.