A good, solid pair of headphones don’t come cheap. So even if it is produced by tech giants Sony, it’s more than just slapping a logo on the product to spike up the price in the market. The cost is justified by its quality and performance. The new Sony MDR-1000X is a gorgeous, premium device, with excellent sound and very comfortable for a wireless headphone. And to keep the muffling ambient noise at bay, the noise-cancelling feature racks up against the leading Bose headphones.
Sony is calling the MDR-1000x the most technologically advanced headphones you can buy. Even though it’ll cost you $400 (USD), the new ear pads, embedded touch controls for volume and skipping tracks, back and forth, are more responsive than its predecessor, the MDR-1ABT.
What may set this model apart from the rest is what Sony has suggested: technological advancement. Not only are there microphones outside of the ear cups to take into account ambient noise, the inside measures the shape of your head and ears, along with knowing if you wear glasses or not.
Then, there’s the trademarked Sense Engine, which allows the user to tailor its noise-cancelling features. You can alternate the settings to your liking in letting your desired amount of ambient noise to leak in. You can’t sit there and say that this isn’t a nifty addition to proper headphones. It makes things easier like hearing announcements in airports before your departure time.
Another cool addition to this impressive gadget is the ability to muffle your music and welcome sounds from the outside by placing your hand over the right ear cup, where the touch controls are located. How cool is that? Once you’re done talking to the person next to you, you can remove your hand from the right ear cup and continue listening to your headphones.
Its battery life is reported to boast 20 hours on wireless, but there’s always a cord included just in case you run out of battery life. Unless of course, you have a smartphone with no headphone jack. In that case, you’re obviously out of luck. But even a more obvious fact is that the headphones will sound better with the cord. The MDR-1000x was actually built to challenge and compete with the Bose QuietComfort 35. With its impressive sound quality and better features, it has some legitimate claim in being the best at the moment. However, the Bose seems to be lighter and more comfortable wear for a longer period of time. Ultimately, it’s down to the wearer because what you like to think sounds best depends on your own ears. What might feel comfortable on one person’s head, might be the same for the other. Regardless, we can see a lot of people reach for these new Sony headphones over the Bose.