Never understood people that walk the street with full sized headphones. And indeed this type of headset is perceived solely as a professional.
My opinion changed in 2016, when the IFA in Berlin, I met with the headphones Sony MDR-1000X. A year later the company modified and introduced the second generation changed its name to WH-1000XM2. In late summer there will be another exhibition, and we are waiting for the third generation.
But I have a question — which version of the headphones to take now? Externally, the difference is minimal, the difference in the features and quality of noise reduction. Working on outsource sometimes you need silence for concentration. The house sound of the baby café, you know, not the standard of silence, and special places to work remotely in the city we have.
That’s why I took to test both versions. As a result it was determined which model will take and willing to talk about the pros and cons of each headset.
Appearance and convenience
Both versions of the headphones weigh 275 grams. In discussions of the product to read what the head gets tired with prolonged use, but I have discomfort of any of the weight during the day has not appeared.
The only thing that bothered is heat. Earpieces made of faux leather to fit tight and even without any functions threshold audibility of what is happening around the falls. If I punched a hole for ventilation, and hot can be, and there would be, but with the noise reduction would have to leave.
The bezel is metal, but everything else is made of plastic. Then the question arises about the reliability and service life, but our operator uses the first generation since the release — all intact yet. On the pictures it is black version.
Body colors two — black and beige. The last one looks best. The cheaper the model number of the Sony full-size headphones have a variety of colors, the flagship line, so the two colors.
On the left earpiece is located microphone, NFC icon, three buttons with perforations in the first generation, and two control buttons in the case of the second. Here is a 3.5 mm Jack.
Right one MIC, touch controls and a micro-USB connector. Unfortunately, while charging using headphones will not work.
Equipment identical — rigid carrying case, a four-foot wire to connect the adapter to the onboard radio in the plane, for that special thank you, as cheap plugs in the aircraft is impossible to listen to.
The headphones look really expensive and if externally, to compare with a competitor from Bose, Sony wins on all counts. Not accidentally edition of «What Hi-Fi?» rated it as 5 stars and gave the award for «Best noise cancelling headphones from of£ 100» in 2016.
Management and functionality
One of the biggest differences between the two models — the format of management and operations.
Headphones look almost the same on the right earphone touch panel:
- A swipe to the left or right switch of the track.
- Press the center — pause/play or accept/reject the call.
- Long hold on the center — call the voice assistant.
The last function appeared in the beginning of this year with the release of the update. The interaction happens with the Google Assistant and Siri.
From the touch panel response unmistakable and accompanied by an audible warning. The only but — random clicking, which is almost impossible to avoid and something to do with it.
Another useful feature of the panel — while listening to music put your hand and the sound dies down, and you perfectly hear everything that is happening around, thanks to the microphones. It is necessary that in the coffee shop, for example, without taking your headphones off to order your favorite latte. The ingenious solution, hit me in 2016. The Japanese care about users.
About General talk, now on to the differences. In MDR-1000X three buttons:
- Food. When you long hold after you turn triggers the pairing mode. If pressed once, reports the status of the charge. When you long hold turns the headset on.
- NC. Mode enable and disable suedallee
- AS. Switching the Ambient Sound — voice, normal and off.
From WH-1000XM2 two buttons — power and mode NC or AS.
Each button has its diode, to be able to understand what’s included:
- Food — blue
- NC — green
- AS yellow
WH-1000XM2 and MDR-1000X
All notices by clicking on the buttons exclusively in the English language. For some it’s uncomfortable, and I didn’t like at all the presence of such a long notice. You watch the show, pressed the key, and while the girl in the headphones says «Ambient Sound normal», missed part of the conversation. Ideally, to configure things.
About the different types of Ambient Sound I’ll tell you later, but for now a few words about the app. To manage MDR-1000X only buttons, no extra tools not. But with the WH-1000XM2 can go on with the branded app «Sony | Headphones Connect», available for Android and iOS. When you connect to the latest smartphone you will suggest to install it, unlike Android.
What is in the app, in addition to information about the charge:
Adaptive sound. When this mode is enabled, the headphones monitor the activity and adapt functions to fit your needs. For example, at rest, you don’t just hear the music and conversations around. On the street I hear music, voices and noise. The subway can’t hear anything but the music. These modes can be adjusted by yourself here in the app.
Optimizer noise reduction. Depending on head shape, hair or glasses, the system adjusts the sound individually for you. Here promise the setting of atmospheric pressure to the longer ears.
The position control of the sound. If the mode is Ambient Sound you don’t want to listen to all around, you can set the direction of the concentration of the microphones. For example, will clearly hear everything that’s going on behind you.
Surround sound and equalizer. The ability to fine tune the equalizer or the effect’s settings of the arena, club or scene. For true connoisseurs of sound is a good thing.
The quality of the sound. Two modes — priority or stable connection. When you use surround sound or the equalizer automatically switches to a stable connection.
Change button functions. Don’t know why, but you can trigger the voice assistant button instead of NC/AS.
The app interface is Sony | Headphones Connect
As you know, all of the above functions are not available for the first model MDR-1000X. Keep this in mind when choosing.
Sound, noise suppression and Ambient Sound
Definitely — the beauty of sound that in the first, the second generation can be known only through the wire. No codecs and improvers has not yet reached a similar result. In this mode, the headset switches off completely and does not waste battery power. But even so, you don’t hear anything happening around.
What is the extent of the muffled noises since the experience with the second generation I can not help thinking that the first jammed a little bit better. It’s hard to notice, but I will insist on.
It should be noted that noise reduction does not mean complete silence. Something you will hear but very muffled. And if you include music, it is about what is happening around you can forget. Perfect for the job.
Mode Ambient Sound — is another point of contention and difference. Not only that, the MDR-1000X for a separate button, and two different modes: voice — only hear voices and music in the ears of normal — hearing and all-around music. In WH-1000XM2 there is only normal mode. In adaptive mode, you can enable concentration on the voices, but it’s all more complicated than just click the button. And the voice is better at least that I hear clearly the voices around — a godsend for a spy.
Headphones stated codec support LDAC responsible for fast data transfer (up to 990 Kbit/second). Perhaps thanks to him for the delay while playing not. No problem to watch a movie and not worry about the brake sound.
Sound over Bluetooth is excellent, the connection is stable and snapshot, but if your smartphone is equipped with some additional DAC, like the Meizu 15 Plus, then definitely use headphones is the wire.
Dry figures and time
With the same dimensions and weight headphones differ significantly according to the time of Autonomous work.
- MDR-1000X: up to 20 hours with noise cancelling and up to 22 hours without.
- WH-1000XM2: up to 30 hours with noise cancelling and up to 38 hours.
A full charge takes 4 hours, but the second is optional feature fast charging, which in 10 minutes provide another 70 minutes of Autonomous work. That’s really a serious plus in favor of the second generation. Interestingly, due to what has succeeded in the improvement of the autonomy of the battery is clearly not increased.
With regard to the numbers and General characteristics:
- Support for Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC
- Support audio formats such as SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
- Speaker 40 mm, dome (CCAW voice coil)
- Frequency range 4-40, 000 Hz
- Resistance 46 Ohms
- The ratio signal/noise ratio — 103 dB/mW
- Two electronic condenser, Omni-directional microphone
- Complete cable with gold-plated 3.5 mm plugs on both ends
Official store Sony MDR-1000X is no longer being sold, but the site network «Eldorado» they now can take from 15 thousand to 20 thousand roubles (depending on region), a WH-1000XM2 cost 27 990 rubles. The difference in price is significant, so before buying you should weigh all the pluses and minuses.
What to take?
The main difference between the Sony MDR-1000X and WH-1000XM2, which for me personally is playing a role, it’s the cost and time of Autonomous work.
The first model has a great feature AS Voice, sold by 15 thousand, the best noise reduction and sound. In the reviews a lot of negativity about the quality, they say, with long-term use of crack plastic at the folds. It all depends on the type of use. However, with the second model, no such problems.
The second is equipped with adaptive audio, equalizer adjustments, adjustment of the atmospheric pressure, the Autonomous mode of operation up to 30 hours, but costs 28 thousand roubles.
If adaptive noise, atmospheric pressure and EQ I do is useless, here work offline is a useful advantage, but it is overpayment 12 thousand? Everyone decides for himself, I personally chose the first model.
If taking a second generation, only waiting for the presentation of the third version, which we expect at IFA 2018. And then, only if the new model will not show us revolutionary changes. Expect at least USB Type-C for charging, stop the music when removing headphones and protection against false touches of the touch panel.