Sony WI-1000X Wireless In-Ear Noise Cancelling High Resolution Headphones : I would say they are about 95% as good for noise cancelling than the Bose The Bose were

Really impressed and delighted that i took the plunge having never really worn anything other than the ear plugs my mobile phone at any time came withwhen i was researching the different types, i liked these because they offered an alternative to the ear cups and band-over-the-head. I am new to wearing glasses and when i tried some bose ear-cups, i found them uncomfortable over time with my glasses. I have no difficulty with my glasses when wearing the wi-1000x. If anything, i have to remember that i still have the neckband off, especially if i have also taken out the ear-buds. Also, i liked the idea of noise-cancelling and the fact that a number of reviews were having difficulty deciding what it really meant. I decided to trust to the reviews and i wore them on a flight and i have to say that it’s true, they really do cut-out lots of other noise, although you can to an extent vary this setting. For most of the settings, you have to go via your smartphone, where you will download the app. This is very useful and you can alter all types of settings. I really do enjoy these earphones – i am delighted that in practice they matched my optimism when i researched them.

I had bought the bose quietcontrol 30 and after two returns (one the charger port broke and the other the noise cancelling failed , within days) i waited to buy these. I would say they are about 95% as good for noise cancelling than the bosethe bose were better for switching between multiple bluetooth devices, but these sony dont. They have proven much more reliable than the bose and the neck brace isnt as tight as the bose. Thus i recommend them over the bose.

Wanting to upgrade from my bose qc25 and travel lighter and wirelessly, i looked at these vs the bose qc30. The dealbreaker between the two was the ability to attach a wire as a backup or for listening on aeroplane systems – this is a really useful feature i wish bose had gone with. The wire attachment goes into the micro-usb socket which is under a little flap on the neckband – it’s a bit fiddly tbh, ideally there would’ve been a 3. 5mm female jack at the end of neckband or something, i can see myself losing this very specific adapter somewhere down the linei bought the comply tips as brought up in another review and have found the noise cancelling to be excellent with them. Sound quality is also great. Maybe a bit below the shure se215 i’ve been using for a few years, but perfectly finei had these running for a 9hr flight + approx 4/5hrs on top of that before they cut off, so almost 14-15hrs of battery life with noise cancelling is great and exceeded what i expected. I’m sure this will go down with usei almost went with bose for the ability to have two devices connected at once – i like switching between my laptop and my phone on flights. However connecting to devices is quick, and as long as i disable bluetooth on the device i’m using, it will connect to the next quickly enoughthe neckband is perfectly comfortable and i don’t notice myself wearing it. It’s a specific look, but i don’t mind it at all. Once you learn where the power, start/stop and volume buttons are on the left hand side, you’ll be using them all the timethere is approx a 2sec delay when switching between noise cancelling, ambient sound (a great feature) and noise-cancel off – i wish this was speedier though.

Tl;dr: excellent noise cancelling, great alternative to over-ear bose qc35 or sony mdr1000x, supplied eartips work really well once you nail the size and fit. I’ve a pair of bose qc25’s which are excellent at sound quality and noise cancelling, but the cord was starting to irk me and i wanted to jump on the wireless train. After about 300 friends bought the sony mdr1000x’s i was leaning towards those as my next purchase, but wanted to see if any decent noise-cancelling in-ear solutions were available as the bulk of traditional headphones was a bit annoying. The noise-cancelling quality is up there with the mdr1000x’s (which many people claim have the edge on bose’s quality) and that satisfied my biggest concern. The added noise isolation from the in-ear form factor helps squash the higher-frequencies noise at times which is an added bonus. I had originally bought some comply tips to use with these to maximise the isolation, but after the comply tips split i tried out the eartips supplied with the headphones and happy to work they are just fine. It’s worth noting that you should try all the different sizes and understand each ear may be different ; i find the smallest tip in my left ear, medium in my right is the perfect fit for me. There’s some additional nice touches like the cables stowing into the headband, the graphic equaliser function built into the headphones (controlled by mobile app), and the button to switch from full-on mode to letting some outside noise in. The cables connecting the tips to the band are a bit ‘wiry’ (for want of a better word) and will take whatever path they feel like from your ear to the band, looking a bit crazy at times. Some of the supplied functionality is a bit of a gimmick.

Noise cancelling is identical to the overear mdr-1000x i have. Seal needs to be good for it to deliver effective noise cancelling. I used it on a trip from manchester to london on the virgin train and various tube/tram journeys – the best i’ve tried. I believe the driver units are identical to the audiophile grade xba-n3ap. Frequency response is identical and driver size is the same. You just get the added benefit of noise cancelling/wireless with the wi-1000x. The sound, to my ear, is better than the mdr-1000x. The headband gets comments at work, i like it.

I recently bought these to replace a self-destructing bose quiet control 30 set which fell apart inside a year but sounded great and with superb noise cancelling. Maybe due to high cost there is not a great deal of choice for nc among the usual quality firms but i did spend a lot of time reading reviews – personal and tech magazine types etc. I also ordered some comply memory foam tips at the same time and glad i did as they complement them very well. They are still neck band style. I have a large neck and bose are too tight for an 18′ neck. These fit better but might possible shift around more for smaller people. The controls are on the neck band rather than the cable like bose. There’s also an ambient setting to enhance outside sounds which might be useful to some. I don’t want to hear anything aside from my music or silence. The app is also fun and can add different settings. These lose a star because the cable to the earbuds is made of what i consider to be a poor material.

I just had to return them unfortunately due to changed circumstancies, but i loved them. Only downside is: they occupy an awful lot of space for being earplugs, the rigid neckband won’t collapse in any way, so they don’t occupy that much less space compared with my fully fledged closed end headphones. I also have a flexible pair in silicone that wears similarly (although admittedly is not as stable on the neck when not wearing the earbuds in my ears), and they occupy a fraction of the space when folded away. I don’t go around with a backpack or purse, and i can fit the flexy ones in my pockets, while there’s no way you could put these sony wi-1000x in a pocket. That’s the only reason for me to remove 1 star from the rating, if you can live with that, or for some reason even prefer it, that it’s a definite 5 star device, albeit expensive. Connectivity was 5 stars too, never dropped once. Usage with google voice on an android device was not the best implementation. It failed at times and it’s not frustration free.

  • I would say they are about 95% as good for noise cancelling than the Bose The Bose were
  • Identical noise cancelling to its over ear brother, identical drivers to the XBA-N3AP. Amazing
  • Very pleased with them. Matched my expectations.

Sony WI-1000X Wireless In-Ear Noise Cancelling High Resolution Headphones with Activity Recognition, 10 Hours Battery Life, Amazon Alexa – Gold

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  • I would say they are about 95% as good for noise cancelling than the Bose The Bose were
  • Identical noise cancelling to its over ear brother, identical drivers to the XBA-N3AP. Amazing
  • Very pleased with them. Matched my expectations.

Sony WI-1000X Wireless In-Ear Noise Cancelling High Resolution Headphones with Activity Recognition, 10 Hours Battery Life, Amazon Alexa – Gold

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