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Sony Premium Noise Cancelling Wireless Behind-Neck in Ear Headphones - Black (WI1000X/B)
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- Digital noise cancelling with atmospheric pressure optimizing – perfect for flying
- Sony | headphones connect” app for Android/iOS to use smart listening technology to control your ambient sound settings.
- Smart listening by smart auto-settings automatically adjusts ambient sound to your activity. Ambient sound mode to hear essential sound without taking your headphones off.
- Optimized for the Google assistant with an update. Ask it questions. Tell it do things. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.
- High-quality audio with DSEE HX, S-Master HX, LDAC and apt HD. Frequency response: 3–40000 Hz
- Battery life up to 10 hours (with wireless noise cancelling)
- Hands free calling with vibration notification
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Compatible iPhone/iPod models : You can use the unit with only the following models. Update your iPhone or iPod to the latest software before use. • iPhone 7 Plus • iPhone 7 • iPhone SE • iPhone 6s Plus • iPhone 6s • iPhone 6 Plus • iPhone 6 • iPhone 5s • iPhone 5c • iPhone 5 • iPod touch (6th generation) Maximum communication range:Line of sight approx. 10 meter (30 feet) . Communication system: BLUETOOTH version 4.1
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The Sony WI-1000X is a nice looking pair of headphones that in general is a good competitor to the QC30s. The sound quality is solid, the build quality feels great, and overall they are a functional pair of headphones that tick enough boxes and meet enough of what I was looking for. They are a good in-between to truly wireless and over-the-ear headphones, allowing a good balance between unobtrusiveness, battery life, and performance. I have no particular dislikings about these Sonys, however, a few minor nitpickings and weaknesses prevent the Sonys from a five-star review. If you're coming from a regular not-so-expensive pair of headphones either choice will be excellent and the 1000X will be far more superior than your standard headphones, with the wireless and noise cancelling features incredibly convenient. However, here are some in-depth analyses on the 1000X vs the QC30s for anyone interested.
Things that the 1000X do better than the QC30s:
- First of all, the design. The 1000X are just much more logically designed than the QC30s. The QC30s has a circular neckband (which is prone to flexing, and subsequently breaking, when putting the headphones on and off) with the cords coming out midway. The 1000X has a very premium-feeling combination of faux-leather and solid plastic compared to the matte black of the QC30s. I also really love how although the wires also come out midway, the headphones feature ridges along the sides where the wires can be pushed in and around to stow away most of the bulk and prevents annoying dangling wires. It just makes a lot more sense. The 1000X is also less circular and gives me more of a peace of mind when taking them off and putting them back on as they don't need to flex that much. They also don't seem to shift around as much as the QC30s, and the faux-leather neck rest thing on the back is very comfortable.
- Battery life on the 1000X is superior to the QC30s. On the QC30s I would get around 4-5 hours of playback time, and I would have to be careful to get myself through a long day of listening (I transit a lot). With the 1000X and about 4 hours of playback I was only at 50% battery. Awesome. The 1000X also has a mode to turn off active noise cancelling completely, which adds more battery. The QC30 does not have this function and always has a white static noise as a result. The 1000X still has a slight static but with ANC off it's barely noticeable.
- Software makes a lot more sense than the QC30s. I've never quite understood why the QC30s need like 30 steps of ANC fine-tuning, which needs multiple clicks to shift towards ambient noise. With the 1000X you get a convenient physical button on the headset and in the app to switch between modes effortlessly. The app also allows you to fine-control the equalizer.
- The button-feel. An oftentimes overlooked but incredibly important aspect considering it is the primary method of interaction between the user and the headset! The buttons are tactile and the ridges in the textured plastic are easy enough to distinguish and easy to press with good clicking feedback. I still dislike having to hold down the power button to turn the headset on and off but it's the same on the QC30s. However, the power button on the QC30s is weirdly located in an uncomfortable position, and the button is much harder to press down, much less hold for an agonizing seconds... the volume and ANC controls on the QC30s are also located on a bulkier rocker on the right bud cord, whereas the buttons on the 1000X are located on the left neckband. Since the neckband is not circular, the left neckband is a logical and comfortable choice and it is easy to use with either arm. I prefer this to the rocker on the QC30.
- Charging the device. The charging port is located underneath a solid door you pick open with a fingernail, and it pops out. I find this much more durable than the silicone port cover thing on the QC30 that wedges into the MicroUSB port itself; I was always worried of deforming the plug thing. Also, the plug on the QC30 never seemed to fit quite right... no problems in this area on the 1000X.
- More accessories. The 1000X has an airplane headphone jack adapter and you can use the 1000X as a wired headset with a MicroUSB to aux cable. I have not used it yet but it's nice to have wired options.
- Voice prompts, slightly. They are clear and short, announcing power on and off, if it's connected or not, what noise cancelling mode it's in, and whether battery is high, medium, or low. The music is cut off, however, during prompt read out, but the read outs are calm and not dismembered like the QC30s. The QC30s read out the device name whenever it connects to anything which can get somewhat annoying. The battery is also good enough on the 1000X to not have specific battery increments read out on each power on like on the QC30s.
Things the QC30s do better than the 1000X:
- Sound, kind of (I am not an audiophile, please take with grain of salt). The QC30s sound absolutely lovely, even better than the QC35s IMHO. Very balanced, great depth to bass. Overall amazing. The 1000X also sounds great, but it's not at a QC30 level? There some slight sibilance for sure and bass is missing. With the equalizer I was able to boost a lot of the bass and reduce some of the treble which seems to help, and brings the 1000X to a somewhat competitive level against the QC30s, although the QC30s sound amazing without any help needed. It's not exactly a win for the QC30s as the flexibility of the 1000X adds more options for people with different sound profile preferences but it's a small one at least.
- Bluetooth pairing. The QC30s be actively connected to two devices at once and can switch near-seamlessly. The 1000X can be paired to multiple devices but in my testing they need to be disconnected from an individual device before the headset wants to connect to another. A minor inconvenience but an inconvenience none-the-less.
- Better fit. The Bose StayHear tips are amazingly comfortable and fit great, providing an excellent seal that blocks a lot of noise. With the 1000X I had trouble getting the left bud to stay in my ear, which may have contributed to the inferior noise-cancelling, detailed below. The extra set of Sony foam tips is a nice touch but I still preferred the regular silicone ones as they gave a better seal and had better sound blocking.
- Sound cancelling. The QC30 has superior noise cancelling. The QC30 was able to block out much more engine noise when on the bus and on the light rail service. The 1000X still offered significant noise cancelling but I didn't find it as effective as the QC30s.
- Accessories, kind of. I like the hard shell case that comes with the QC30s much more than the bag the 1000X comes with. However, it's not a deal breaker that the 1000X seems much more durable than the QC30s.
- Software, I guess? I have never used any gimmicky Bose features like the music share thing or the bud located thing either, so I can't really comment on this one.
Things I'd like to better see on both:
- USB-C. The future is not now and all we can do is wait.
- Cost. Although the 1000X seems to go on sale more often than the QC30 which seems to never go on sale, these two headphones are premium devices with very premium price tags. I think it can be worth it if you are a frequent traveler or someone exposed to loud environments a lot, but it's still a tough pill to swallow. I have no doubt cheaper and better devices are just around the corner.
Overall, the 1000X competes very well against the QC30s. If I lost the 1000X and had to choose between the two again, right now I'd lean towards the 1000X because of the better battery life, better software flexibility, better design and better build quality. For a very expensive headphone device, I was disappointed in the QC30s for breaking at the neck band. The 1000X seems much more durable and the weaker ANC and sound quality is a fair trade-off for me considering everything else the 1000X brings to the table. I am satisfied with my purchase, however, I've only had the headphones for a short period of time thus far, and only time will tell how it holds up. If you are looking to purchase these headphones, I believe they are an excellent option to consider and will at least meet most of your needs, and check a lot of other bonus boxes as well! Hope this has helped.
I was definitely one of them: learning about the driver types, learning about the chipset audio signatures, saving up to one day being able to afford legendary multi-driver stuff like Campfire Andromedas, balanced cables and a fancy thick Astell and Kern DAP. Thankfully, I was saved by this.
Sony managed to take the best out of the audiophile culture (hybrid 1BA + 1DD combo) and build a wireless noise cancelling solution for the music lover. I can't believe how practical life becomes once going about my day without much in my pockets and listening to sound quality that's equivalent of the multi-thousand dollar solutions of previous years.
Go for it guys, the answer is here.
1) They are very pricey.
2) For the money they should supply a hard case with them.
Other than that I am very pleased with the purchase, not sorry I switched from Bose, and would recommend these to anyone wanting top-notch wireless noise cancelling earbuds.
In addition to this, over-ear headphones will isolate better overall than in-ear headphones like these, so if you're looking for maximum isolation, especially in the treble range, go for over-ear headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM3 or Bose Quiet Control 35s.
I decided on the WI-1000X over the over-ear varieties because I travel frequently, and wanted headphones that took up minimal space in my carry-on, and that wouldn't interfere too much with trying to sleep on airplanes (this rarely happens, but I can dream). In addition, I wanted something I could wear with a cycling helmet, which rules out over-ear headphones entirely. The clincher for the WI-1000Xs over the very similar Bose QuietControl 30s in-ear headphones was that the Sonys come with a wired 3.5mm adapter that allows them to be used with in-flight entertainment systems or other devices, even when the battery is dead.
Overall, I'm very happy with these. They completely knock out the low rumble of airplane engines (though you'll still hear higher-pitched sounds!), and the atmospheric-pressure optimization feature really does work once the plane reaches altitude (optimizing to 0.8 atm), though I have no idea why. At work, they effectively muffle the low-level background noise of an office environment--though again, you'll hear voices, even if you're not entirely sure what they're saying. When I'm cycling, the headphones actually make for a nice balance, since they cut out much of the highway rumble while still allowing me to hear what's going on around me.
I'm not a sound expert, but these sound fine to me. Nor have I used some of the features available with the Sony headphone app like Adaptive Sound Control, Sound Position Control, or Surround. Ambient Noise Control works well, but I no longer use it much.
In sum, these are very good headphones as long as you have realistic expectations for noise-cancelling.
The poor controls were a deal breaker for me.
Contacted Sony support and they kept insisting that physical and cosmetic damages are not covered by the warranty. They refused to provide help and instructed that I contact out-of-warranty third party repair services to fix the unit, even though I was only in month ten of ownership for a one-year warranty.
Save your money, buy products from a company that actually stands behind their build quality.