They got this one right
Let’s face it, we live in times when tech and wires are arch rivals who must shun one another. Forget using cables to connect headphones to phones, manufacturers are now focused on killing them off between earbuds themselves. Apple’s AirPods were an interesting step in that direction, although the rather OTT form factor wasn’t to everyone’s taste. Which brings us to Sony’s WF-1000X in-ears. We were super impressed by the over-ear MDR-1000X headphones. And the inclusion of adaptive noise-cancelling in the WF-1000X in-ears is exciting. It’s Sony, after all, and sound is something they get right. A lot.
Let’s start with the design. Rather following the norm, the earbuds consists of two elements including a charging case and the buds. Well understated, yet the hinge system is different from say a Jabra or B&O offering, seeming much more robust. The tips have a transparent bit with an arc inside, essentially modes to transfer info between the buds.
The left earbud has a single button which handles turning the headphones on and off and pairing them. Once done, you’ll be relying on the right earbud, where you have a button for playing, pausing, skipping tracks, and answering calls. Volume control, interestingly enough, is not included. Download the Headphones Connect app, and you can customize the surround effect and equalizer function, with Ambient Sound control for changing noise cancellation and ambient sound mode settings.
And so on to the sound. The ambient noise cancellation on this device is rather brilliant. Be it during a walk in a mall or taking a call while on the metro, this one scores, big time. And the rather diminutive package ensures you don’t look out of place talking to yourself. Beck’s Morning and Stressed Out by the 21 Pilots were two tracks I tried. The way the sonic design element on these songs came through was incredible, with loads of detail retained in the mid and high frequencies.
One slight issue for a regular user could be the 3 hour battery life, although the headphones can get 75 minutes of playback time from just 15 minutes of charging.
Our verdict? This is genuinely one of the best wireless in-ears out there, bar none.
The Sony WF-1000X in-ears will retail at AED 899.