Sony WH-1000XM2 Noise-Canceling Headphone Review

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Sony Electronics: WH-1000XM2

Reasons for wanting, or even needing, a wireless noise-canceling headset might vary:

  • What if your office switched to an open layout and you’re finding it difficult to focus with tons of noise going on all around you?
  • What if you just want to tune out your surroundings during your morning or evening commute?
  • What if you’re just looking for a handsfree solution for your workouts?

If any of the preceding might apply to you, then we might be able to help with a possible solution.

Allow us to introduce you to the Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphone.

The WH-1000XM2 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones from Sony are their latest headset offering which features digital noise cancellation which eliminates that distracting background noise that you might encounter in the workplace, gym or travel. These headphones feature a noise cancellation that absolutely envelops you in your music. If you have any extremely loud environments that you are seeking escape from then these might be the perfect headphones for you.

Build and Comfort


Off the bat the Sony WH-1000XM2 purchase nabs you the headset itself, a hard shell case, 3.5mm (4.92 ft long) cable for hi-res listening, a micro USB charge cable, and an airplane adapter plug. The left ear cup houses your Active Noise Cancelation/Ambient Sound toggling button, your power button and the 3.5mm input jack. It also houses the headset’s NFC chip for instant pairing with your mobile device. The right ear cup has the micro USB charging port and features the all of the WH-1000XM2’s touch controls on the outside of the cup, which we’ll cover later.

The WH-1000XM2 has a sleek and attractive build that shows off its primary colors of either gold or black through the entire headset. Whether it’s the outside of the ear cups, the padding or the metal headband, gold or black will be prominent and uniform throughout the body of the headset. The ear cups extend out from the headband and are on hinges and swivels allowing the headset to fold into itself to fit neatly into the included carrying case. The carrying case is both hard and sturdy, while being able to comfortably contain the WH-1000XM2 and all of its included accessories.

The make of the WH-1000XM2 is as solid as it is flexible. The headband is quite bendable and gives you only light resistance when you try to stretch it out. The outside of the ear cups has a nice and unique texture, being both smooth to the touch while adding in just a hint of a light gravelly feel. It’s almost hard to describe but it definitely makes swiping on ear cups very satisfying. Of course, this is good considering that the majority of the WH-1000XM2 controls are via touching and swiping. The ear cups swivel to conform to your head during wear, to lay flat for when you wear the headset around your neck, and to allow the headset to collapse into itself to fit into its carrying case.

The WH-1000XM2 is one exceptionally comfortable headset with one of the softest cushioning’s I’ve ever experienced on a headset. The ear pads and headband padding is so plush, it’s as if the WH-1000XM2 simply sinks onto your head. The tension on the headband is perfect, allowing the WH-1000XM2 to apply just enough pressure on the sides of your head to stay put without actually squeezing it. The WH-1000XM2’s noise cancellation functionality makes airplane rides an obvious use case. You can rest assured that the comfort level of the WH-1000XM2 will have you wearing the headset for some of those longer flights with little to no wearing fatigue.

I definitely appreciate the inclusion of the hard shell carrying case as opposed to carrying sacks. At $349.99, you want to be sure that your investment is absolutely protected whenever the WH-1000XM2 is not on your head or neck. The airplane adapter plug ensures that you’re set to use the WH-1000XM2 in practically any flying and listening experience. After all, it would be silly to have a headset that stays comfortable throughout those longer flights but is unable to listen to the in-flight movie. As far as the build and what you get out of the box goes, the WH-1000XM2 gets top marks.

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