Sony’s answer to Bose’s QC35s
Sony is pretty well established in the audio world, with a long line of high quality products already on the shelves. And recently we saw the announcement of the new MDR-1000Xs at IFA 2016, alongside new smartphone, the Xperia XZ.
Now we’ve got a pair of our very own. This is what they can do…
The over-ear headphones feature a neat foldaway design and come in their own sturdy travel case, keeping them safe when you’re not using them. Once unfolded the headphones are easily adjustable to suit all head sizes, and the soft leather cuffs fit comfortably over the ears.
They’re not huge, but they’re not exactly discreet either. It’s quite easy to forget about them once they’re on top of your head, especially with no dangling wires to consider, but they’re certainly a statement wearable.
The 1000X headphones aren’t your run-of-the-mill wireless cans. They’ve got NFC built in, digital noise-cancellation driven by four internal mics, and a great new feature called Quick Attention Mode (as shown below). It lets you temporarily disable the noise-cancellation by cupping the right cuff.
We were a bit dubious of this feature at first, but it works really well, drawing external noise in through the mics. This is really handy on the morning or evening commute if you need to quickly tune into an announcement. Or, more importantly, if you’re crossing the road and need to listen out for traffic.
When it comes to sound quality, there’s little to complain about. Crystal clear lows and mids throughout, while highs don’t peak - coming across very well-balanced in all genres we tested, from Debussy to The Black Keys. The noise-cancellation does a great job of removing pretty much all external noise too, meaning you can easily immerse yourself in your favourite music without distraction.
Sony’s new headphones are a definite competitor to the likes of Bose and Sennheiser’s wireless offerings. They’re comfortable for extended use and last up to 20 hours without needing a fresh boost of power.
If you’re looking for a new pair of high quality cans, the search is over. Coming to our sister company, Currys PC World, soon.