Sony WH-1000XM2 noise-cancelling headphones review

Sony has managed to balance comfort and audio quality in these exceptional headphones, though the touch controls are a little touch and go.

The good

  • Mind-blowing noise cancelling
  • Customisable settings via app
  • Comfortable for extended wear

The bad

  • The touchpad controls aren’t reliable
  • Average call quality
  • Doesn't automatically power down when not in use

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Sony has been making high-quality Bluetooth headphones for a long time, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the new WH-1000XM2 flagship set of noise-cancelling headphones perform well.

But where Sony has truly excelled with these headphones is in the noise-isolation technology, which uses noise-cancelling microphones to deliver crystal clear conversations to you over the top of your music, without impacting volume.

They’re not perfect, and they have some significant hurdles to overcome with the touch sensor used to control the music, but Sony has once again demonstrated its prowess when it comes to personal audio.


  • Padded earcups are comfortable
  • Foldable design makes storage easy
  • On-ear controls provide convenient access to core functions
Sony WH-1000XM2 review


  • Delivers the high-quality audio Sony headphones are known for
  • Ambient noise mode combines noise cancellation with the ability to hear nearby voices
Sony WH-1000XM2 review


  • Touch sensor music controls are a bit awkward
  • In wired mode, the on-ear controls are completely non-functional
  • 30 hours of battery is impressive
Sony WH-1000XM2 review


Despite its flaws around touch controls, Sony has crafted an exceptional pair of noise-cancelling headphones, with incredible audio quality and customisable noise cancellation. If you travel frequently and need a pair of headphones to mute the noise of your commute, then the 1000XM2 is hard to go past.
Sony WH-1000XM2 review

Pricing and availability

The Sony WH-1000XM2 has an RRP of $499 and is available now.


Sony WH-1000XM2


Driver Diameter
Frequency Response
4Hz - 40kHz
46 ohms




Noise Cancelling
Digital Noise Cancelling technology
Detachable Cable
Rechargeable Battery
Battery Life
Up to 30 hours

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