NEW DELHI :
While the world is moving towards true wireless earbuds, Sony still believes there’s a market for neckband style headphones. The company’s new WI-1000XM2 is part of its premium audio line and for those who want neckbands at such pricing.
The product is on the expensive side in today’s audio segment. The 1000XM2 also brings active noise cancellation technology, using Sony’s acclaimed QN1 chip. It also detects atmospheric pressure, changing noise cancellation accordingly. Sony says this can especially help frequent flyers. While we couldn’t test these headphones on a flight, earlier experience with the WH-1000XM3—which have the same technology—suggests that the difference isn’t easily noticeable.
That said, there’s no faulting in this one on audio quality. The 1000XM2 is great in that respect. It delivers powerful bass, effective mid frequencies and good highs. The audio signature is more bass driven, but that’s fine for most mainstream listeners. It pales in comparison to the WH-1000XM3, but that’s probably a limitation of the form factor itself.
Overall, this is among the best audio accessories you can get today, and is deserving of its premium placement in the market.
Sony also provides an equalizer through the Sony Music app on your phone. For those who understand audio enough, this gives the user more control on the kind of audio signature the headphones should have. It’s an essential feature of the premium market and one that many often miss.
To sum up the value proposition, the 1000XM2 comes with no less than 14 changeable earbuds, including some memory foam buds. That’s almost unheard of in headphones today and something many would appreciate, especially if you usually have trouble with such headphones fitting in your ear.
Overall, whereas the 1000XM2 doesn’t bring much that its predecessor didn’t, for premium neckband buyers today, it’s worth buying.
■ Audio quality fits premium pricing
■ Comes with 14 changeable earbuds
■ Simple build for a premium product
■ Audio signature is bass biased