The Sony WI-1000XM2 cuts no corners on performance metrics — audio output, comfort, on-battery time and noise cancellation. The earphones’ 9mm audio drivers might seem ordinary, but they are delight to the ear and have a good overall feedback. This is due to the earphones’ pre-loaded value-added features, such as LDAC audio coding technology
and Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX). The LDAC audio coding technology
developed by Sony enables a higher transfer rate between the connected device and earphones, resulting in limited or no loss of audio quality due to compression. The DSEE HX, on the other hand, upscales compressed digital music files, further improving the audio output by bringing the quality of audio closer to that of the high-resolution audio format.
Besides an impressive sound output, the Sony WI-1000XM2 also has an equally impressive noise cancellation. The earphones’ angled earbuds create a good vacuum for noise cancellation. And they are comfortably plugged in ears, with a good grip ensuring they do not fall off. As for noise cancellation, it needs to be enabled in the Sony Headphones app (Android and iOS), which is good and has multiple options.
There is an ambient sound control, which allows you to customise noise-cancellation intensity. Therefore, you can either set the earphones to isolate outside noise completely or to focus only on voices from surroundings. Importantly, the ambient sound-control feature works as intended and provides you complete control over one of the earphones’ most crucial features. There is also an adaptive sound-control mode in the app that detects your actions and movements to automatically control the ambient sound. This comes handy if you are on the go and do not want to tweak the noise cancellation manually based on ambience conditions. Though a great addition, the feature seems a little unpolished at present and does not always work very well.
Complementing the power-packed performance is the Sony WI-1000XM2’s on-battery and recharging time. On a full charge, these earphones go on for more than seven hours with noise cancellation enabled, and around nine hours without noise cancellation. Charging time is also quick — from completely drained out to full in around an hour.
At Rs 21,990, the Sony WI-1000XM2 is a winner in the premium wireless earphones segment. With an impressive sound output, class-leading noise cancellation and practical value-added features that work, these earphones have a clear edge over peers. The product is a complete package — if you do not care much about water or sweat resistance (they lack any ingress protection).