Sony WF-1000X True Wireless Earbuds | 2018 Review

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Sony WF-1000X True Wireless Headphones

As one of the most efficient and best-value earbuds on the market,  Sony WF-1000X true wireless earbuds seem to stand out in more ways than one. Let’s review some of the features, advantages and distinct differences that set these earbuds apart from the rest of the competition out there today.

Design

Every gadget today seems to be set on impressing its audience with regards to design. The Sony WF-1000X provides plenty of aesthetic appeal and attractiveness, however, the way these earbuds look depends on personal taste and preference. Sony has received a lot of criticism saying these earbuds have a bland design. Many reviewers of these earbuds even went so far as to say that the neutral colored design looks like free headphones you’d get with the purchase of a phone.

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Sony WF-1000X Compact Design

The slightly bulbous design of the earbuds hasn’t been a crowd pleaser, but Sony defended the bulky attribute by saying that the earbuds need that clunky look in order to house a larger antenna which can provide optimized wireless performance.

The size of the earbuds will fit any ears. In fact, it’s impressive to know that however sleek and tiny the earbuds are, you can still find a single button in the left earbud which can turn the phone on or off. This minimalistic switching feature isn’t as useful as the makers intended because once you take the earbuds out of the charging case they are automatically paired to your device.

The buttons on the right earbud allow you to pause, play, and skip tracks or even answer calls.

Comfort Fit

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Sony WF-1000X Comfort Fit

There’s nothing distinctively different in the feeling one has when trying out the Sony WF-1000x earbuds. They’re as snug and comfortable as any earbuds on the market. Sony didn’t invest a lot of time into innovating the way the earbuds feel in the ears because attention was invested on highlighting the trademark sound quality features that Sony is known for.

Battery Life

The high-quality sound and noise cancellation feature you get from the Sony earbuds doesn’t come without a price, though. The compromise is in the battery life. You can’t get more than three hours of use from this pair of earbuds, which won’t be helpful on long commutes or flights.

Connection Stability

The connection consistency of the earbuds is nothing extraordinary, which means it’s as reliable as it should be. Even in noisy environments like a subway the Sony earbuds still manage to deliver quality noise-canceling sound that doesn’t lag or cause interruptions between the smartphone’s Bluetooth connection and its built-in receiver.

Sound Quality

The quality of audio reception you get from the Sony WF-1000X may be a bit chunky to the ears, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in how it delivers detailed sound. Listening to bass-heavy tracks with this pair of earbuds won’t cause you any disappointment, while treble-heavy songs play smoothly even when they’re not in FLAC format. Mid-range songs play magnificently which makes Sony WF-1000X an all-around reliable pair of earbuds. Here’s a detailed look at the 1000x’s being put to the test:

App and Active Noise Cancellation Controls

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In the box: Charging Case, USB Cable Earbuds, Fitting Supporters, Triple-Comfort Earbuds

No wireless earbud technology is complete without a fully equipped app. Sony WF 1000X’s are entirely customizable with the help of Sony’s Headphone Connect App, which contains all the features, pre-set EQs, and controls that you need for distinct, personalized sound quality. The app also allows you to adjust noise-cancellation. For example, you can set the earbuds to hear announcements at the airport while blocking out the noise from airplanes.

One feature of the Sony WF-1000X earbuds worthy of our attention is the ability to move the sound emitted around you, which gives the 3D feeling that you can hear sound in all directions, even from behind. This feature isn’t particularly useful, but it’s fun to tinker with.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone how much noise cancellation technology today has significantly improved, even when the earbuds are incredibly miniaturized. However, it’s hard to believe how outstanding the quality of noise-cancellation technology is in the WF-1000x earbuds.

You’ll be impressed with the smooth, crisp and consistent sound delivered from the WF-1000X earbuds without the burden of a bulky neckband to house batteries like so many other noise-canceling earbuds on the market today.

After undergoing various tests, the Sony WF-1000X earbuds showed an admirable job at filtering out 100% of the ambient noise outside the earbuds. The effects of this noise cancellation is even more pronounced if you want to remove low frequency rumbling from your earbuds, which makes this pair of earbuds remarkably apt for a public commute.

Much improvement is needed for high-frequency noise cancellation, but again, this is an area where all of the competition still struggles.

Headset Functionality And Call Quality

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Up Close Shot of the Sony Noise Cancelling WF1000X/BM1

It’s good news that you’re able to use the Sony WF-1000x for calls using the hands-free option of the earbuds, as long as the mobile phone or smartphone has a Bluetooth Profile, HFP (hands-free profile) or HSP (headset profile). Not all smartphones have these profiles, though, so make sure to check the compatibility with your smartphone.

Unfortunately, these earbuds only support standard incoming calls which means those calling apps in your smartphones and computers may not be compatible with the earbuds. It’s also good to know that you can use the same volume controls in your smartphone to control the volume levels during your call.

Verdict

Sony WF-1000X True Wireless Earbuds aren’t without a flaw – 3 hours of battery isn’t great. In comparison, other competitors like  Apple Airpods,  Bose Sound Sport FreeJabra Elite Sport Wireless have a slightly better battery life. The Bluetooth connection stability isn’t rock-solid, and you may not be totally satisfied with the size of the earbuds.

All things considered, the sound quality, fit and ANC feature make the WF-1000X the best pair of earbuds you could pick.

Sony WF-1000X True Wireless Earbuds

Sony WF1000X/BM1 Our Rating
Our Rating for the Sony WF1000X/BM1

PROS

  • Impressive ANC and adaptive NC
  • Comfortable, stable fit
  • Rich, detailed sound

CONS

  • Bulky look
  • No volume control
  • Average battery life

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