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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 202 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound ! Super Adjustable

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    Hodag69
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    I'd consider myself a bit of an earbud geek. I stream music through my tablets which are an Ipad, Samsung S3 and Asus Zenpad 3S 10. I listen to alot of Hi Res and Hi Fi streaming. The day I purchased the Sony 1000x, I was torn, as I read so many reviews of the Sony's, Bose QC30, and the Sennheiser HD1 M2's. I chose the Sony's and listened to them for 10 days. All genres, rock, classical, pop, country, R&B, jazz, hip hop, etc. Today I purchased the Bose and the Sennheisers, as I needed to compare for myself. Even with all of the equalizer adjustments, I had issues with some distortion at high volumes, which is why I opted to purchase the other two for comparison. I also didn't care for the level of noise cancellation the device selected when you chose to "optomize device". I wanted the option to select it myself. After listening and using all of the features of the various earbuds, I gave the Sony's a 4 rating. There is a lot to like about the Sony's, but a couple of details kept me from rating them a 5. I'm particular when listening to music. I like hearing clear bass guitar, cymbals, and kick drum, while hearing a recording studio like voice. Sony's audio was good and got better with adjustments. It was not as clean and pure as the Sennheiser's, but better than the Bose. Their overall sound stage was also not as big as their competition, but it was very good. I loved that Sony allowed plenty of room for adjustments through the app. which was not available on the Bose. Pairing them was a breeze using NFC and I had zero interference once connected. My office has a lot of electronics. Cooling fans are running constantly. The noise cancellation was powerful enough to completely eliminate the ambient noise, but I could still hear peoples voices. the NC was not as powerful as the Bose, but very close. I love the neckband style for the amount of use a person can get from one charge. The Sony excels on battery life! For sitting around a pool in the heat and humidity, the design and construction performed well. I tested all of these using the same song base of Chris Cornell's HI FI "promise", Rush "Tom Sawyer", Sia "Never Give Up", Rage Against The Machine's "Killing In The Name", and finally Beth Hart's "Sister Heroine with Slash". For listening to music, they did great, just a little muddy at extreme high volumes. I can't really comment on the phone element, as I primarily purchased them for listening to music and movies. Another reason for purchasing these is that I don't enjoy bulky over the ear headphones, but expect exceptional performance. At the time of purchase, they were $50 less than the Bose and in my opinion they outperformed them overall. Bose always builds a quality product and the QC30 are no exception. I have a Sony TV and Sound Bar and these headphones perform like I expected. I'd rate them a 5 with better soundstage depth, an option to perform manual noise cancellation, and few ergonomic tweaks to the earbuds and neckband. Overall you would not be disappointed by purchasing them for long flights or places where ambient noise can be annoying. The sound straight out of the box will amaze you and if not, you will find plenty of available adjustments. I hope this review helps you.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, unreal noise cancellation

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    Chuck
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    These headphones are quite phenomenal in my opinion. They look good, sound great, and the noise cancellation is incredible to say the least. I had never had headphones attached to a neckband, so I was concerned I would find these annoying, but the neckband is light and cushioned, so after a few minutes, I didn't even notice it. One nice thing about the neckband is that the controls are much easier to access since they're a bit more spread out, unlike other BT earbuds I have. Sony includes extra ear tips (foam and silicon), but the ones that were already affixed were fine for me. Also, the cords don't retract, which I thought was a bit odd, but the cords aren't overly long, and they do allow you to turn your head without feeling like you're going to pull one of the ear buds out. The fixed cords aren't a big deal, and I suppose that's just one less thing that can break. I had the headphones out of the box and connected to my phone in minutes and immediately I wanted to test the noise cancellation. I have several over-the-ear headphones with noise cancellation, so I thought these would pale in comparison, but I was dead wrong; the noise cancellation on these headphones is absolutely incredible. In addition, you can install an app from Sony that allows you to customize the amount of noise cancellation along with other features such as an equalizer, and something Sony calls Ambient Sound Control, which when turned on tries to sense what you're doing and automatically adjust the noise cancellation for you (so you won't walk/jog into traffic). The only thing that might surpass the the incredible noise cancellation, is the sound from these headphones; it is superb, with deep basses and crisp highs, with every note clear and distortion free. One thing that did bug me about the headphones isn't really anything to do with the headphones themselves, but the fact that Sony decided to include a soft zippered bag for storage instead of a hard case. I really don't understand this, especially since the headphones are $300. I mean come on Sony... you're Sony... go the extra mile. Overall, these headphones are very nice; they are extremely comfortable, the sound is excellent, and the noise cancellation is unreal. I would not hesitate to recommend these to anyone.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Soo Close

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    AverageConsumer
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    First off I want to say if your looking for Sound Quality plus some amazing Noise Cancellation, these headphones are the Best! Just a few things kept me away from calling this a perfect score. Unboxing these headphones oozes premium. The box material feels great as you open up into a beautiful looking design combination of Metal and premium plastic but a little plastic. Once you get past that you get a zip up pouch which for as much as these headphones are I expected a little more but not a big issue. Getting past the box we go to performance and like I said above the sound quality is amazing on these. I tend to buy over the ear headphones because I just think the sound quality is so much better and less fatigue on how long I can listen for. These don't have that problem with sound quality being their Best feature. One issue I had was that great performance for sound takes a big hit towards battery life only giving about 10-9 hours total. The thing that did irritate me is that we have an old cable the micro usb which for this price should be usb-c no exceptions. To add on top of that charging took forever. I plugged it in when I went to watch a movie and after a little over 3 hours it was still charging..... why in a world of fast charging everything does this take so long. Last two things for me was noise cancellation, which was amazing, and Bluetooth range. When it comes to the ladder Bluetooth range is poor with even going past one wall in my house, which isn't made out of anything crazy, it would almost immediately cut out. I've had cheaper headphones keep the signal better which side note you can have the app choose connection over quality but.... why would you do that? This price deserves quality and range. Which leads me to the app that I was able to successfully pair to it once and then it would tell me it's not connected via Bluetooth which if you see the pictures I've posted on this review it clearly was. To wrap up lets finish on a positive noise cancellation. This works better than any headphones I own and I got a lot of premium competitors in my cabinet. Sony should be proud for quality of sound all around but failing at some fundamentals like connectivity. Then putting in the box to utilize this app that doesn't work that well and also wants you to try a Sony music app. It could be better. Thank you for reading my review even after everything we talked about I still highly recommend this to the people who care more about quality than anything else.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Game changing Bluetooth/wired headset

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    JamesCT
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    Sony really has it wired. Bluetooth is convenient, simple, and gets rid of a few headaches. But it causes one big headache: sound quality. When it’s just podcasts, or riding along on my bike, I don’t mind losing some sound quality for the convenience of losing the conventional cable. But, there are times when I’d like to sit back and listen to my favorite music at full quality, with every nuance and detail in place, real darn loud. No other bluetooth headphones of which I’m aware share this feature. Bluetooth is necessarily compressed, even Sony’s LDAC is compressed (and only available with their own devices) (along the lines of brands, I loved Klipsch’s wired headphones, and would love to see them implement Sony’s solution, for that matter other companies, too, because this has become THE deciding factor for me). The old solution would be to have a good pair of headphones and a Bluetooth pair. But, Sony has rewritten the rules and provides a simple cable: one end plugs into the charging port and the other to a ⅛” headphone socket. One headphone set can now be two. Sensitivity goes up, frequency response almost doubles (pretty close), and they sound absolutely amazing. When on Bluetooth, they’re just fine, for what it’s worth. But, once plugged in, they’re positively wonderful. It’s all here, dynamics, transients, soundstage, they’re really beautiful. I listen at CD quality and they absolutely shine. There are better sounding headphones, but at this price they are highly competitive and nothing that offers Bluetooth only can even come close. Likewise, wired headsets will never be so convenient. Telephone quality is quite good, I had complaints about their predecessor, but these do quite well. Sony’s silicone ear tips are the most confortable that I’ve tried, and I’ve tried many. Battery life is quite good, but depends on whether one uses the noise cancelling (if the battery dies, the headphone wire plugs in and they become passive headphones, good to go!). The form factor is comfortable, but a little big on my frame (I’m not a big dude, though). About the noise cancelling, it works quite well. I’ve heard good things about the Bose, but haven’t tried them myself. Other reviewers praise the Bose more highly, so maybe try them both. Sony makes available an app to customize the noise cancelling, ambient sound, voice attenuation, even EQs and sound enhancement. The app is easy to use, but offers little explanation for what the controls do, it’s fine, but seems a little confused and half-baked. The packaging feels quality, the case is nice, but I’ve never used it for the headphones. They include an airline adapter that looks straight out of a ¢99 store, but it’s a convenient touch for travelers. Overall, I think that for an audio nut, Sony offers the best single pair of headphones that one can buy. The addition of a simple 1/8” TRS cable (and the ability to use it!) makes these headphones perfect for anyone who wants the convenience of a Bluetooth, noise cancelling headset when you want that, and a critically excellent pair of headphones when you want them. Stellar. Absolutely stellar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound

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    mikeheel
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    Wow. The Sony 1000X headphones are impressive on many levels. First, sound. This is what headphones are about, after all. And Sony delivers in a major way. These earbud style headphones are a worthy addition to Sony's premium 1000X line. The bass rich and deep. The highs are without distortion. The mids are clear and distinct. As with many headphones these deays, you can customize your sound profile via an app. In this case, the app is the Sony Headphone Connect, available on iOS and Android. The 1000X supports hi-res audio. Customization. Speaking of the app, there are a lot of cool things you can do. In addition to customizing the type of sound field, you can also customize how you want the noise canceling feature to work. That's pretty cool. There also also two full sets of earbud options included, so you can choose size and and color. That's a pretty nice extra. Noise Canceling. These little guys do a wondeful job of noise cancelation. I was quite impressed. The noise canceling ability can be custmoized to different environments or even turned off. The amount of noise the 1000X earbuds can block is really eye opening. When paired with the app, the noise canceling function can also adapt to your actvity. It's pretty wild to have the noise canceling dynamicaly adjust as you go from sitting to standing to walking. Of course, you can control that feature or turn it off, if you want. Form factor. The 1000X earbuds come attached to a wireless neckband. I'm generally not a fan of neckbands, but this is the best neckband syle headphone I've had the pleasure of trying. The band itself is light and comfortably padded. After a minute or two, I no longer noticed it was there. One nice benefit of this style is that the battery, sensors, drivers, etc are stashed in the band rather than being crammed in the earbud itself, which means you get more power and lighter earbuds. Note, the cords to the earbuds do not retract into the band. The cord can we slotted into a groove around the band for storage, but you still have some dangle at the end with the earbuds. I'd rather see the cords retract, but this way works as well as earbuds that don't have a neckband. Features. In addition to te noise canceling ability, the 1000X have dual drivers, dual microphones, and an industry first: a barometric pressure sensor. This is supposed to adjust both the sound drivers and how the microphone operates on a plane, for instance. I am very impressed and highly recommend the Sony 1000X Behind-the-Neck Wireless Headphones.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No compromise, noise-cancellation excellence

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    Sony - WI-1000X Wireless On-Ear Behind-the-Neck Noise Canceling Headphones I’m trying to remember the last time I put on headphones that were immediately comfortable, inviting, enveloping, impressive, and somehow understanding of how I prefer to listen to my music. I’m an accuracy freak. I ask that my headphones don’t overwhelm me with bass and muddy everything else . . . BUT please don’t leave anything out. I want authentic bass, with authority. SONY’s WI-1000X are dead on accurate and satisfying. The bass is all there, and not artificially enhanced. I ask that my headphones don’t dazzle me with insistent sparkle or add hiss . . . but, don’t you dare hide a cymbal or vocal detail. SONY’s WI-1000x are wonderfully accurate and natural. Overall, voices are perfect and perfectly detailed. I’d be unwilling to stop and write a review, but I’m having it both ways right now. Listening and writing, I’m struggling not to gush, and I’m failing miserably. Alicia Keys (Butterflyz) followed by Young the Giant (Your Side) and on to Mighty Mighty Bosstones, U2, Paramore, Gnarls Barkley, Rolling Stone’s “Miss You” . . . and I’m not missing anything in the music using these SONY headphones. Very very nice. These are in-ear wireless headphones with lots of innovative features . . . really . . . lots of features. <> There is active noise cancelling, and you can control how much AND what type of ambient noise is allowed in. Do you want to hear voices, but not the air conditioner or passing cars? Use the App to modify noise cancellation effectiveness and focus. <> Do you want to let the SONY manage what sound gets in . . . automatically? Use the Adaptive Sound Control which uses your phone’s sensors to analyze your activities and control noise level. It’s in the App. <> The Sony adds Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing, which is intended to correct for pressure changes which occur on airplanes. Couldn’t test it yet, but the science is sound. Use the App to modify the setting. <> Do you want to change where YOU are in the sound field (middle, front, left, etc.)? It’s in the App. <> Are you frustrated with your phone’s limited equalization? No problem. The App equalizer will blow you away. <> How about improving Bluetooth range? If you’re willing to sacrifice the exceptional sound quality, you can add range. <> Do you like someone to reassure that you’re doing everything correctly? Yep. There’s a guiding voice that provides information. “Battery level high.” Good to know. <> Does the thought of losing battery power scare you? These headphones include a hardwired alternative right in the box. I couldn’t hear differences in the sound, either wired or BT, but it’s your choice. BT connection was always quick and reliable. General observations. I found the around-the-neck design left me feeling mostly positive. The weight of those added electronic features and battery disappeared into the neck band where the weight is less annoying and left me barely aware of the earbuds, which were very comfortable in both fit and feel. There is a broad selection of earpieces which should accommodate everyone. Fit is critical for ALL earbuds if you want accurate bass. Battery life specs seem accurate and charging did take a few hours. Summary: No compromise, portable, noise-cancellation headphone excellence.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, but Maybe a Little Too Much Bass

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    GoalieMedic
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    The Sony 1000X are true, active noise-cancelling headphones, not just “noise reduction” headphones. They feature in-ear buds connected with a wire to a neck band control. Controls are located on the inside of the left side of the band and, as is always the case with headphone buttons you can’t see, the controls are hard to determine just with touch and take time to get used to which buttons are where & what they control. Controls include power, volume up, volume down, and a multi-function pause/play/next/previous button, depending on the number of times in a row you push it. The single button on the right of the band controls the 3 levels of noise cancellation (noise cancelling, ambient, off). The neck band is padded to increase comfort over longer-term wear or use when exercising when the band will likely move around on the neck. Sounds quality is very good, but occasionally a little high on the bass. Like other wireless headphones, it requires the use of the Sony Headphones App to control the equalizer but comes with a tradeoff - you must change the quality mode from the default of “Priority on Sound Quality” to “Priority on Stable Connection”, which is usually used for poor or skipping connections. This tradeoff of control over the equalizer comes at the cost of a slight drop in sound quality as it prioritizes connection over quality. They seem to have a problem cancelling sound when there is a loud, abrupt noise nearby. I closed a door on my desk and it cancelled it with a loud, uncomfortable pop noise. This was repeated with the same results, so not just an anomaly. I tried the same move with another (unnamed brand) of noise-cancelling headphones and they did NOT do the same thing, so something specific to the Sony brand. Not a huge deal but is a bug nonetheless. The headphones also include “Adaptive Sound Control” which detects what activity you’re doing at the time (Staying, Walking, Running, or Transit) and adjusts the amount of noise cancellation & ambient sounds allowed accordingly. For example, “Running” will result in a maximum setting for ambient noise allowed in since you want to be able to hear more of your surroundings, while “Transit” turns the noise cancellation all the way up (thus turning ambient noise to a zero) so you don’t have to hear the other annoying passengers. Just don’t miss your subway stop by not hearing the overhead announcements. You can adjust the auto settings with the Headphones App. The headphones come with one set of silicone ear buds pre-installed, plus 3 other sizes of silicone as well as 3 sizes of “Triple Comfort Earbuds” which are a little more comfortable when worn for a longer time, but found the fit wasn’t as good & the ambient sound was higher than the silicone, but they also the reduced the “bass” problem with the headphones. I found the silicone earbuds have a bad tendency to flip themselves inside out when removing them from your ears. Additionally, it includes several cables, including a micro USB for changing (no charging block), a wired micro USB-to-single jack airplane cord, as well as a 2-prong airplane adapter for in-flight entertainment. The case included leaves a lot to be desired. A soft zippered case does nothing to protect the headphones when thrown into a bag. Also, there is no way to completely stow the headphone buds. The neck band allows you to secure the earbud wires, but the buds themselves remain free to dangle & possibly get damaged. I would have liked to have seen at least a semi-rigid case for the headphones at this price. Overall, these are excellent in-ear noise-cancelling headphones. And while I do still prefer the over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones for true shut down of outside sound, these don’t leave you with “headphone hair” and work better if you wear glasses or sunglasses (the arms leave a gap in the over-the-ear headphones, which allows more unwanted sound in). A great choice for noise-cancelling headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound and effective NC technology!

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    Gizmo
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    They thought of everything when it came to these Sony 1000X behind the neck headphones! In the box, you will find: - 7 different tips to ensure proper fit in your ear canal (SS, S M L normal silicone tips and three S, M, L comply tips included. - a cable for wired listening connection (3.5mm jack to micro USB) as well as an airplane audio jack adapter. - Zippered carrying pouch with pocket inside (to store charging and audio cable) - Micro USB charging cable This is the first time I’m using behind the neck type earphones, I normally prefer earbuds as they are easier to carry and better for the gym. But during my commute via bus, these would be perfect! My first impression of these is that they’re very lightweight, I thought it might be annoying sitting on my shoulder but I hardly notice they’re there. Even under a light jacket, they’re not as intrusive as I’d imagine. The button layout on the inside of the “collar” is fairly intuitive. On the left side, you have power button, -, + and play/pause buttons. On the right side, you have 1 button to toggle between noise cancellation/ambient sound/NC and ambient off. The buttons are raised so you can can feel with your finger and can fairly easily tell which is the “-“ and “+” buttons. The design is fairly simple, yet nice, the back of the earphones has a dark brushed metal finish, the left and right side is black plastic with a grove on top that the wire tucks neatly into, perhaps used when storing in the pouch. On the inside of the earphones is soft leatherette material. I found the sound quality of these to be very good to excellent; the bass and mid-levels are the perfect levels and the highs are clear. Combined, the sound is very full and satisfying, one of the better sound profiles on earphones I’ve used. Using the app, you can customize the sound to your liking with the various preset modes or the equalizer. The main feature of these headphones is the noise cancellation feature. There are 3 modes that you can toggle between: noise cancellation, ambient sound and off. With the app, you can have the headphones listen for ambient sound and adjust accordingly, you can even select “Focus on Voice” so if people speak to you, you can hear them better. There’s also a “noise canceling optimizer - atmospheric pressure optimizing” feature where the earphones would calibrate themselves. I found the noise canceling on these headphones to be very effective. I tested these on the bus, on the treadmill and with a kitchen exhaust fan. On the bus, I was still able to hear the engine, but it was significantly less, the treadmill motor was almost completely eliminated and the sound from the exhaust fan was reduced significantly as well. I’ve owned over the head noise cancelling headphones in the past, those seem to block out sound better because of the physical barrier (the earmuff like cushion) and the digital noise cancelling functionality, but those are bulky, heavier and gets very warm in the summer months. Overall, these are really great headphones, awesome sound and very effective noise cancelling and ambient noise technology. If you’re on the market for behind the neck noise cancelling headphones, you should take a look at these. Pros: - Noise cancellation - Ambient noise mode - Sound quality - Very good battery life Cons: - Can’t easily switch bluetooth connection between devices

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Noise Cancelling Experience I Have Ever Had

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    EXWOLF
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    I owned various pairs of noise cancelling headphones with all sorts of different noise cancelling technology but these Sony WI 1000x are the best I have ever used. I work at a dinner theater that gets extremely loud so I decided to put them to the ultimate test and at just 80% volume I was able to cancel out all the noise! It was incredible and the sound quality is just phenomenal. They fit really well and Sony provides 6 other earbuds to try out if you don't like the ones that are already attached. At $300 these are premium headphones and I believe they are worth every penny. Combined with the Sony Headphones App they are just incredible with all the different features you can use. You are able to control for ambient sound in case you want to hear the world around you clearer so you're not completely tuned out to your surroundings. There is also a feature called adaptive ambient control that allows the app to know what type of activity you are doing so that the level of ambient noise you hear changes based on that activity. Along with that, you can also test for atmospheric pressure so that you have the best noise cancelling experience you can get whether on the ground or in the air on a plane. There is a toggle called Sound Quality Mode which you can use to switch between Bluetooth codecs which can either improve connection quality or sound quality. For example, my phone is running android Oreo so toggling on "Priority on Sound Quality" will use the LDAC codec which is Sony's bread and butter for the new age of great Bluetooth sound quality so that it sounds like it was meant to sound for a live performance. If you switch to "Priority on Stable Connection" you switch to SBC. Other features you can use with the headphones are Surround(VPT), Equalizer, and Sound Position Control which allows you to pinpoint from what direction you want to hear the sound. These three features can only be used while on "Priority on Stable Connection" so just keep that in mind. One really underrated and overlooked feature is the "vibration for incoming call" feature which I really enjoyed. The neckband will vibrate noticeably if you are receiving a phone call and I think that it a neat feature that isn't mind shattering but it is a nice addition. The headphones themselves are sleek and very comfortable. However there are some flaws. They are not water or sweat resistant which is a real bummer especially since I am a runner and a very active person. The Adaptive Sound Control feature would be great to use while running but it's not something that would sway me away from these headphones. The 10 hour battery life is just about right for a neckband style pair of headphones. You generally see over the ear at 20-40 hours, with neckband from 10-12 hours, and regular in the ear headphones between 5-8 hours. The headphones are portable but they are not something you can just stuff in your pocket and pull them out whenever you want. The physical buttons for playback control aren't tough to reach but they are a bit awkward to press since they are around your neck on the left side. Being right-handed, I would've preferred them on the right side but that's just me. Overall, I am really enjoying what Sony has made here and I love the noise cancelling. The noise cancelling itself justifies the price for me because it is so good and the sound quality is just too amazing to pass up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hi-Res Audio, Noise Canceling & Comfort!

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    Orion
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    These Sony 1000X headphones are the best behind the neck earbud headphones I’ve used to date. I was instantly impressed with the sound quality which rivals that of many over the ear headphones. The dual drivers really help to deliver crisp, clear sound that allows you to enjoy all the subtleties in your music. These headphones are optimized for hi-res audio with S-Master HX. I highly recommend you take advantage of the hi-res audio by either downloading some hi-res tracks and/or finding a subscription service that offers hi-res audio, you really can tell the difference and is worth it. The noise cancelling works amazingly well and is in a class of it’s own when paired with all of the features available through the app. There are many customizable options including “Smart Listening” and “Ambient Mode”. I haven't had a chance to experience the atmospheric pressure optimizing noise cancellation feature yet but I do travel frequently and look forward to using it on my next flight. The Sony headphones app is a must for these headphones. You don’t need it to operate them but you will want it for all of the features and options. The app includes the following options; Adaptive Sound Control, Ambient Sound Control, Noise Canceling Optimizer, Sound Position Control, Surround sound presets, Equalizer presets and control, music playing control, Sound Quality Mode, DSEE HX on/off, Standby with power saving on/off, Vibration for incoming call on/off. The headphones are nicely packaged and come with a fabric carry case, wired connection adapter, charging adapter and an airplane airline adapter. Also included are 7 earbuds total, 4 silicon and 3 foam, so that you can choose your fit and comfort. The carry case is square with a zipper running along 2 sides. It has a heavier shell fabric with a soft liner that includes a small pocket for accessories. It looks to be well constructed of quality materials. The headphones themselves are flexible so I think the fabric carry case is a good choice and easier to pack around. I really like the design of these headphones. They look great, are extremely lightweight and rest comfortably on my shoulders behind my neck. They are flexible with a medium soft rubber interior towards the front and a super soft pad along the back. The buttons are on the interior of the collar and are raised for easy touch location. Once you know where each one is located and what the symbol feels like, they are easy to locate with just a touch! The earbud wires press and wrap into crevices that run along each side of the collar, this helps to reduce the chance of pulling on the wires when stored. I’m extremely pleased with these headphones, a longer battery life would be nice but it’s definitely not a deal breaker considering everything else I’m getting. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a new pair of wireless behind the ear headphones!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sony Headphones

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    Robs
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    These headphones are fantastic. My experience with noise-cancelling headphones is mainly with another set of Sony 'can' headphones. This set provides almost the same level of sound quality and noise-cancelling without any bulkiness and more flexibility. This unit comes with the headset, micro USB cable, carrying pouch (nice for travel, looks nice), dedicated headphone cable, plug adaptor for in-flight use, hybrid silicone rubber earbuds of various sizes, and 'triple-comfort' earbuds of various sizes. The unit does work when plugged directly into a computer even when out of power. A charge seems to last about 10 hours. I recommend downloading the Sony Headphones Connect app for Apple or Android when using this unit. The app can be used to analyze how you are using the unit and will adjust setting to provide the best quality while conserving battery. Also, as is common, this unit can be used to answer your phone when they are connected. Connection can be made either via Bluetooth or NFC. I was able to use voice control on my phone to control this headphone unit, too. One note: this unit is great for travel and use on the move, but not for working out. Even mild jogging caused the earbuds to fall out of my ear, and they dangled from the neck piece. The noise cancelling ability of this unit is impressive. I thought noise-cancelling would be difficult because the earbuds don't surround the ear like my can-style headphones, but I was wrong. I used these while mowing my yard, and the unit blocked almost all of the noise. The cool thing is that this unit has a 'Smart Listening' feature which detects the noise level around the unit and balances the noise-cancelling level. You can also use the app to select Ambient Mode which quiets the noise-cancelling so that you can hear announcements, etc, making this unit very convenient at the airport or train station. The quality is very nice. I'm not an audiophile but I can tell a big improvement in the drivers; everything sounds nice. Music is very rich, and call quality was very crisp. When I was playing music, the unit would vibrate to alert me of an incoming call. I only had 2 concerns with this unit. First, I could not find a earbud size that felt precisely comfortable in my ear. This should not be an issue for most people. I settled for a set of the comfort earbuds. Second, when the noise-cancelling is on but the surrounding environment is quiet, it made my head feel a little weird. I used the app to turn down the NC level a bit, and that seemed to help. Other than those two issues, I can't recommend this unit enough. They are high-end, but if you are thinking about buying a nice set of headphones then this is a great unit to purchase. They are high-quality, provide excellent features, pack away nicely, look good, and keep a charge for a decent amount of time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound w/noise cancellation and latest codecs

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    RonM
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    Even though "true wireless" headphones are in the spotlight, companies are still releasing traditional wireless headphones that are connected by a wire. While not as glamarous, they typically have longer battery life and provide a more stable connection, probably due to larger antennas. The Sony WI-1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling Stereo Headset is of that design, and brings what appears to be the latest and greatest to the table. First off, from a design-perspective the cushioned neck band is noticeably more comfortable than most. Two complete sets of earbud tips are included so you should be able to find the right fit. Raised buttons on the inner sides of the lower band are easy to find by touch As Bluetooth headphones, they connect to any Bluetooth device similar to most. Sony does have a mobile app "Sony Headphones Connect" which makes the pairing process slightly easier, but its main advantage is being able to adjust various sound settings. It also pairs with multiple devices so you can switch between devices without having to re-pair each time, with it reconnecting to the most recent device upon power on. On the iPhone, AAC is usually the codec used, which as usual sounds pretty good but latency with AAC is a little high which you notice watching videos. On supported devices, such as my Google Pixel XL with Android 8.0.0, all of the latest codecs are available including aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC. I can typically hear the audible difference between AAC and aptX, but this is my first experience with aptX HD and LDAC. In use, all of these codecs do make a difference over AAC (and especially SBC), and also help with keeping the audio in sync with video, due to the lower latency, essentially matching wired performance. LDAC seems to be the preferred codec. Besides the previously mentioned earbud tip assortment, a microUSB charging cable and carrying bag are included, but no charger. Also interestingly, there is a microUSB to 3.5mm cable which basically turns this into a wired noise canceling headset, which is the other way to avoid the Bluetooth latency issue on an iPhone. The most important aspect of this headset is the noise cancelling feature. By leveraging a microphone to monitor outside sounds, the noise cancelling uses the reverse waveforms to essentially remove the outside sounds. Noise cancelling works especially well in environments like an airplane especially in conjunction with a proper fit of earbud tips. On phone calls, call audio goes through both earbuds which is nice, as some sets only send phone audio to one. Overall, I really enjoy the sound signature of this headset and the noise cancelling works as expected. The battery life so far has been very impressive, as well as the connection stability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good, on the high end for price

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    Arjay67
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    20171027-BBTIN review of Sony WX-1000 headphones On opening the packing I found the headphones/earbuds on top. Under the top layer, I found the multiple sizes and types of earbud caps. Also in the box was an image based instruction manual which is a bit misleading. From the manual it appeared that the estimated full-charge time is around 0.3 hours; when in fact is more like 3 hours. There is also a USB to micro charging cable but no actual charger included. Seems like a silly place to save production costs on $300 headphones. There are three sizes of two different materials, silicone and foam. Between these you should be able to get a good fit. The pair that shipped on the the earbuds seemed to fit my ear canals fairly well, but I did opt for a slightly smaller size for the best fit. So I needed to charge them up to give them a good listen. When I removed the cover on the micro-USB charging port it felt a little weak. I don’t think that this particular piece will see much longevity, but otherwise solid connector. After charging was complete I first attempted to pair by Bluetooth alone instead of using the app. Since this should be a basic functionality it should be rather simple. It did take three tries but once connected, it was solid. On future uses they paired immediately with minimal delay. Once of the best features is that when you are pairing or switching modes, there are audible prompts played through the headphones. This type of response is very reassuring to know that you are in the correct mode. Next, I connected with the Sony Connect app. It will assist in establishing the Bluetooth connection and give you various options. Such as noise cancelling modes, adjusting the surround sound trim, etc. Sound quality is above average when compared to other BT headphones that I’ve tried. But they don’t quite measure up to the quality of a pair of corded headphones that I own. But when you need other features such as noise cancelling, the difference fades. The noise cancelling works very well. I tried this in a variety of environments and each time I experienced a noticeable reduction in ambient sounds. You can also control how much or how little ambient sound is passed along. This can be important in situations where safety is concerned and you need to hear some of the sounds around you. Battery life is impressive. It’s rated at 10+ hours and I got around 12. I don’t listen at high volumes and that would explain it. In summary, these are very good earbuds. Above average sound quality, very good fitting options, noise cancelling and a well designed companion app. While the app does add a lot, it’s not at all required for most operation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid ear phones

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    I use my head phones a lot over 2 hours a day while riding a bike indoors and watch movies and tv shows. My exercise bike is loud so I was looking for a head phone that had some good noise canceling capabilities. The Sony did not disappoint me. I ride a Schwinn Airdyne Comp that has a fan, the head phones had no problem blocking out the noise. So much so that I could lower the volume that I typically watch a tv show at. The ear buds stayed in place throughout the entire ride and I wasn’t sure if the neck piece would cause a lot of noise rubbing up against my neck, but to my surprise it didn’t. Even while exercising the neck piece only caused minimal noise compared to when sitting still. The harness helps prevent the cords from table up and ensures that the earbuds are set up so they won’t tug or pull when I was working out. The earbuds fit firmly in my ears, but they were comfortable. They did not fall out while I was riding my bike and sweating. I can’t say that for all head phones. I easily connected the headphones to my iphone 8 and to my LG OLED tv. The tv can finicky setting up Bluetooth devices and headphones, but the Sony connected to the TV without any problems. There's also the ability to adjust the sound position. It's a visual display where you can select whether you want the sound to come from; in front, front-right, front-left, rear-left, rear-right and headphone. This is another odd, but cool experience. When I select rear-right, for example, I could swear that I have a stereo with speakers behind my to the right blasting music. I half expected my co-workers to turn and look to see where the music is coming from. There's several preset surround sound settings as well. You have to choose sound positioning, surround sound or nothing. You can't have both for obvious reasons. I prefer concert hall as I feel that the sound is most rich. Arena really sounds like the recorded music is live. It's incredibly impressive. There's an equalizer function as well with multiple presets as well as the ability to fine tune custom presets to your own preferences. The only con for this ear phone is that it can only connect to one device at a time. If you need to switch the ear buds over to another device you have to disconnect it and reconnect it to the new device. I would highly recommend these ear buds if you are looking for excellent sound, tangle free and noise cancellation.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable and Clear

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    I really enjoyed the Sony 1000X headset. I chose to go with the model that hugs your neck because the other on the ear can become irritating at time. This model was very comfortable around my neck and the ear pieces wrap around into the headset so they are not dangling. I am very impressed with the packaging and the additional ear piece accessories for those with different size ears. The setup was very easy and the buttons are nicely spaced apart to easily tell the different from volume / power / playback. The battery life has been very impressive and others on the line are able to hear my clearly even with strong winds around. Pros- Comfortable Neck Piece Ear cords wrap around unit so they don't dangle Multiple Ear Piece Sizes Available Can be heard through strong wind/noise clearly Volume / Power / Playback Buttons nicely spaced to prevent mis-hits Cons- At times you come across soft to caller USB protective cover flimsy and can see it falling off over usage Overall I would recommend this product for anyone who is interested in a Bluetooth headset without the irritation of an ear piece. I have really enjoyed it, it looks nice and the battery life has been great !

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound and Good Looks

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    I noticed in the description above that it is stating these were black in color, but the ones sent to me were actually gold or champagne, I really like the color I got. The headphones are very comfortable around the neck, substantial enough to feel comfortable that they have not fallen off, but light and nimble enough so as not to be cloying around the wearer's neck. As seen in the attached photograph, there were many various sizes and types of earpieces attached so that no matter who the user is and the shape and size of their ear, these headphones should work for all I do not have a smartphone so I used these headphones to sync to my HP Spectre, a laptop and a tablet with the Windows 10 operating system-the Bluetooth sync was quick and uneventful. I have read that there is a Sony App to further control these headphones, but since I personally saw so many negative reviews, I put that part of the review on the back burner and will try to update my review for that feature at a later date. There are so many wireless headphones these days that it becomes overwhelming to assess them. I guess that the price and what you get for that plus the users' desire for either over the ear or in the ear should determine what works well. Earlier this year, my son bought a $150 Beets version of wireless headphones that was simply constructed of a very thin cord he put around his neck with dangling ear buds. I believe that for $199.99, these Sony's noise-cancelling headphones are much more substantial and do what they say they will.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything I was looking for and more.

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    RickJames
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    This is the most high end pair of headphones I've purchased and have been blown. I work in a very noisy office environment and wanted something to help drown out the background. I don’t like over the ear style and these seemed to offer everything I was looking for and more. The noise cancellation features are incredible. All of the humming of the HVAC and general office noise nearly vanish. You can still hear people talking but it is so muted it isn’t an issue. You have the option of letting in some ambient noise if you need to be aware of what’s going on around you but still have the background sounds be a little softer. When using the ambient noise setting you can also set it up focus on people’s voices while again still quieting your surroundings. Since these are earbuds all of the noise cancelling wizardry relies on getting a good seal on the buds Sony included plenty of ear tips. Good news is these are on the comply standard so you can get even more if you need to replace them. Noise cancelling, two big thumbs up. The next feature which far exceeded my expectations was the Hi-Res audio. I feel like I’ve been starving my ears my entire life. The DSEE upscaling is noticeable for music you have on your phone. Taking it to the next level I upgraded my Spotify catalogue to Extreme Quality. It’s so clear. The notes are crisp. I generally listen to classical when working and it feels like in a private concert hall. Around the house I’ve been using these at night I can pump up the sounds and not disturb my neighbors. Rock, Rap, Country, it handles all genres. Great range from highs to lows and clear at any volume that my ears can handle. Also really impressed by the deep bass these offer. For when I’ve made phone calls it’s just as clear as being on my phone. The only drawback anyone could throw at these is the price. They aren’t cheap, but you absolutely get what you pay for with these. The build quality is great, battery life gets me through a few days, audio quality is like a feast for the ears, and the noise cancelling features are something I’ve never experienced like this before. If you want hi-res audio and noise cancelling without some huge cans on your head these are for you. Looking forward to trying these on my next flight!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Many Positives

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    I found these to have excellent sound and great noise canceling ability. I would definitely recommend them, with one caveat (see negatives below). Nicely packaged and comes with 7 sets of eartips, USB charging cable, micro USB to 3.5mm audio cable, airplane audio adapter and a nice bag to carry everything in. Easily paired to 3 different devices. I could get about 25 feet or so away from source before starting to lose connection. The volume/play/pause/forward/back and answer calls buttons are all in the neckband, which also vibrates when you get notifications or incoming calls. I found them to be comfortable to wear and not heavy at all. I would not suggest them if planning to use running or hard workout. I got exactly 10 hours of use with noise canceling on (a voice comes on telling you to charge). It took between 3 to 4 hours to fully charge using wall outlet. Noise canceling function was great. I used them while on my treadmill and couldn’t hear it at all. Also I had them on while at my desk on the PC and my wife had to come tap me on the shoulder to get my attention . There is an app you can download that will allow you to set the adaptive sound, ambient sound control, noise canceling range and optimzer, sound position control, equalizer, sound quality, standby power and vibration call alert. Suffice to say you can spend some time getting these exactly the way you want them to be. Having the option to hard wire these is nice if battery is dead, or on a plane and not allowed to use bluetooth or maybe to tap into the in-flight entertainment. Also the earphone wires can be tucked into the edge of the band when not in use to help keep them safe. Negatives; The only issue I experienced was a lag for the audio of about half a word behind when watching video/TV. Not enough to make them unusable but was enough that I wanted to comment on it and took away 1 star. I connected them to my TVs using 3rd party bluetooth transmitter (that I can attach to any headphone jack) and also tried watching video on my phone and laptop, using their built in bluetooth to connect, and there was a delay on them as well. I have a pair of over ear bluetooth headphones that I have used on these as well and they have no delay.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My 2 Cents

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    Tony
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    Pros: 1. I love Ambient Mode. It acts as an augmentation to hearing things like a hearing aide. This mode picks up sounds that I don't normally hear like people talking near me and soft, subtle sounds. There are speakers receiving sounds at the other end of the ear pieces so if you tap on them, they are sensitive, so you can hear the input sound make a static sound like a mic. 2. Battery life will last a long time if you aren't talking a lot during a call or listening to music. If I have it set to Ambient Mode, it would probably last for 11 or more hours on a full charge. 3. Noise Canceling is ok, and it works by adding pressure to your ears so all that you hear is the music. It's unique. 4. Earplugs are comfortable and they don't make my ears itch. I typically keep them in my ears for 6 to 8 hours a day without issues. 5. you don't need to plug your unit into a computer to recharge the unit. It just needs a usb-type surchage protector/charger to recharge the unit. Sony typically supplies a charger with a usb-mini dp cord to charge their DACs and other products, and those products can be used to charge the unit. cons: 1. The neck part doesn't stay still. I typically find it shifting when i'm driving or moving a lot to the point where one end will hang on the back of my neck. 2. On the neck part of the unit, the back portion of the band scrapes on my shirt or jacket, and it scratches the material (metal-looking plastic). 3. If the unit isn't connect by BT to your phone, it will auto shutoff in roughly 5 minutes even with auto-power off is disabled. 4. I feel like this product will last at the most, maybe about 2 years. This product, i don't think it's a product or investment that's going to last a while, and it could break even faster if it is being used where you have to do a lot of body motions. It's made with a lot of rubber and plastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Music Sound Quality, but...

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    IronHorseGPS
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    The Sony - 1000X Premium Wireless Noise Cancelling Behind-the-Neck Headphones - Black is a high-end iteration of the behind the neck headphone craze. The 1000X offers superior sound quality with a full range of lows to highs. I discovered that my experience with the 1000x, however, gave me the sensation of "water in the ears" or being underwater when I had both earbuds in my ears, but no music on. It was likely part of the noise canceling features, but it was a bit disorienting. I found that I had to leave one bud out at all times that I was not listing to music, and even sometimes when I was, to offset this effect. Also, the 1000x seems to have problems with phone calls. When I had both earbuds in, both I and the person on the other end of the phone call said the call sounded like a tin can, but when I took out one bud (the right side for reference) the call quality cleared up instantly and sounded great for both of us. This happened with multiple calls and multiple people. PROS - High-Quality Sound for music - Very comfortable design - Great accessories (wire and plug for airplane) and carrying bag - Seemingly solid construction - Long battery life in both stand-by and usage CONS - Questionable noise canceling technology - Poor Sound quality during Bluetooth calls unless you have one earbud out I am struggling with this product to fully recommend it to anyone. I lean slightly more towards recommend than not recommend, however, thus the reason below.

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