Sony WH-1000XM2 review: A sleek update to the company's leading premium headphones

Steve Hogarty
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Sony WH-1000XM2

It’s probably because it can’t be bothered focus-testing a name for every slightly new television they release, but Sony isn’t one for catchy or consumer-friendly labels.

The Sony WH-1000XM2 has the kind of name you’ve started to forget before you’ve even finished reading it, but they’re a very memorable pair of headphones. Proud successors to the extremely fine MDR-1000X (which were Sony’s first wireless, noise-cancelling, over-the-ear headphones) the WH-1000XM2 improves on its celebrated predecessor in a number of ways.

Noise-cancelling is better for a start, with a barometer built into the left cup that adjusts the sound-isolation based on changes in altitude, which is ideal for blocking out aircraft engine noise at 35,000ft. Audio quality is generally superb too, with crisp highs and deep-but-clear bass notes. A returning feature is the ability to place your hand flat over the right cup to lower the volume and enhance any vocal frequencies, which is like a superpower that allows you to tune into nearby conversations. Forget the name if you will, but remember these are Sony’s best headphones.

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