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Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM2 Review

Noise-canceling headphones became a thing (a necessity for some, as a matter of fact) in the past few years. They don’t just make sounds even better, but they also block out unnecessary and undesired noise, and just let us enjoy the music even more. That’s where the Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones come in.

For years, Bose has dominated the noise-canceling headphones category. Once you’ve tried it, you might be hesitant to try other alternatives. However, let’s face it, Bose headphones are pretty expensive. For those who are looking for excellent noise-canceling headphones that go head to head with Bose in terms of quality and effectivity, the newest Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM2 is, without doubt, the ultimate alternative! For the same price, investing in a Sony WH1000XM2 is something you won’t regret!

Now let’s dive in the details below at my Sony Noise Cancelling headphones WH1000XM2 review:

Looks, Design & Packaging

The Sony WH1000XM2 comes with a fairly durable slimline hardshell case that can fit the headphones that fold flat, the cable and the adaptors, and it has garterized pockets outside where you can secure in your accessories. The case, that matches the color of the headphones and equally stylish, is super easy to carry and it doesn’t take too much space, so you can bring it anywhere and use it anytime!

The Sony WH1000XM2 headphones are available in two colors: black and white. The design is not too fancy, but its minimalist, classy, and sleek style would harmonize with any outfit for any occasion. The headphones itself seems durable with its metal bridge and softly padded earpieces, which also makes it comfortable to use. Surprisingly, using it for hours won’t hurt your head and neck, which means that it fits perfectly.

On the headphones itself, you’ll see two buttons – one for the Power or Bluetooth, and another for the noise cancellation settings. You’ll also find an auxiliary jack and a micro USB port used for charging.


It looks like Bose has finally found a strong competitor in Sony’s WH1000XM2, in terms of sound and its noise-canceling feature. To tell you the truth, I am leaning towards choosing and recommending this model of Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones to you guys. Not because it’s more affordable, but the performance is superb. Aside from its ability to impeccably cancel out external noise, it offers features and control settings that will make listening to music even more exciting!

Another feature that makes the experience even better is its Adaptive Sound Control that automatically matches your activity or surroundings by modifying the ambient sound setting. It can actually detect whether you’re in a noisy or quiet room, adjusting the settings accordingly. However, this feature needs improvement in terms of accuracy. It’s not perfect – yet. But knowing that this is possible, imagine what Sony headphones can offer in the future!

The Sony WH1000XM2 has 30 hours of battery life, which is perfect for long hours of non-stop listening to your favorite music and is ideal for long travels! Because of its long playback time, I don’t worry that an empty battery will interrupt my alone time. Without recharging, I was able to listen to my playlist for a couple of hours for five days straight — I just need to worry about my iPod 😉

The price of a Sony WH1000XM2 is not cheap, but it is definitely worth buying! The price is the same as the Bose QuietComfort 35, but based on our discussions, it is clear that the WH1000XM2 is an equally excellent purchase! The price won’t probably help you in your decision, so it really depends on your requirements and your taste for brand and design.

Final Verdict

The Sony WH1000XM2 is unquestionably a good buy. Its very sleek and modern design makes it suitable to wear with any outfit, and easy to carry or bring anywhere. But more than its packaging and design, what I really love about it is its sound quality and its outstanding noise-canceling feature. I’ve tried the best ones on the market, and I would say that the Sony WH1000XM2 is a tight competitor!


Can you charge your Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones using third-party or universal chargers?
You might encounter difficulties charging your headphones using a third-party USB cable. There are USB cables available which are being promoted as “For Charging Only”. These cables have a reduced internal connection pattern, in which the D+/- communication wires are not connected. For Bluetooth and noise-canceling headphones, but also for most other Sony portable products, it is important that these communication lines are connected. If they are not connected, charging your device may become impossible or problematic. In case your cable needs replacing, make sure that you purchase an original Sony cable at a Sony Authorised Centre, or that the cable is a “fully connected” standard USB cable.

How to listen to music from a mobile device through an NFC-capable device using one-touch connection?

  1. First, check if your device is compatible with the NFC function, check the operating instructions of the mobile device.
  2. By holding an NFC-compatible mobile device near to the N-Mark on the unit, the unit and mobile device pair and connect by Bluetooth connection.
  3. Unlock the mobile device screen.
  4. Enable the NFC function of the mobile device.
    NOTE: For more information on how to turn on the NFC function of the mobile device, refer to the operating instructions of the mobile device.
  5. Hold the mobile device close to the N-Mark on the unit until the mobile device vibrates or plays a short sound.
  6. Start playback on the mobile device.
    NOTE: The unit only recognizes and connects to one NFC-compatible device at a time.

What is Sony’s warranty policy?
In general, Sony offers a standard 1-year guarantee that covers almost all Sony products. Some exceptions such as lamps, projectors, and batteries have a more limited guarantee. If you do need a repair, you will have to show your original purchase documents. If you don’t have these, you will be charged for any repairs. Don’t worry, if you are certain you are within dealer warranty, your dealer should have copies available.

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Good: The Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM2 has superb sound quality and an impressive noise-canceling. The long battery life is also a huge plus, as it makes long travels more tolerable!

Not so good: The headband and the earcups seem durable, but I'm worried that putting even a slight force on the hinges will break them easily. In addition, it would be also great if they could release much more lively colors and designs.