So I bought these new work headphones and now they're my go-to stereo.

JohnVF

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Mid-pandemic I sit on the couch all day on video calls for work. Which I'm happy to do, as I'm thrilled to have a job right now. But that couch is in a one bedroom apartment that was never meant to be our full-time home... and sharing a smallish place with another person who's also at home all day entails certain changes. And one of them I have decided upon is a nice pair of long-battery-life noise cancelling headphones. I researched a little bit on what might work for both noise cancelling and video calls, with almost no consideration of sound quality for music. I had decided upon Apple Airpod Pros as I sort-of liked my older airpods for calls but when I went to Best Buy to buy a pair the Sony WH-1000xm3s that had been my first pick but thrown out for cost reasons, were on sale by quite a bit. So I picked them up, not an insignificant purchase but I spend all day on video calls with a loud AC running... I needed something for sanity.

First I put them on and turned on the noise cancelling. Holy quiet! I've had noise cancelling headphones before, and they've worked ok and I've played at length with Bose Quiet Comfort headphones on planes. But this is something else, another level. It's trippy. Completely surreal how quiet it gets with them on and not playing anything.

Next up... I noticed they're the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. I've never loved in-ear headphones but most over-ear headphones I"ve had were too heavy and too hot. These are light but still well made, and they're just incredibly comfortable.

And finally.... I got them all bluetoothed up to my computer and launched Tidal and....wow. They sound really really good over bluetooth. I haven't tried directly connecting them to the computer, which they will do. They sound so good on bluetooth that I just haven't bothered. Its so nice to just walk around the whole apartment with music playing all to myself and no cords.

Do they sound as good as my Audeze LCD-2s? Well, they're not totally outclassed by them. And the difference is I actually like having these on my head so I've actually been using them. For hours on end.

Love love love these things.

And for tech nerdy stuff they have an awesome feature.... when my wife talks to me I just hold my hand over the right earcup and it turns off the noise cancelling and mutes the music so I can hear her (and my) voice. Theres no button there it just knows my hand is there.

Here's what they'd look like on me if I was an attractive woman eating salad and receiving a phone call in a very unrealistically posed manner:

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I must have bought the same sale. Not in they same class as my speaker rig but very fun and enjoyable and great sounding in a bassy way. I love the noise cancelling, the easy touch controls, and the app. It is fun and easy to make sound adjustments from your phone while playing music.
 

JohnVF

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I must have bought the same sale. Not in they same class as my speaker rig but very fun and enjoyable and great sounding in a bassy way. I love the noise cancelling, the easy touch controls, and the app. It is fun and easy to make sound adjustments from your phone while playing music.
Yeah I think one reason I like them so much is that they seem to try to make the music a bit more full/fun but don't go as far down that path as Beats, and have a more natural sound through the midrange. I have been enjoying my LCD-2s lately but the cord for them is too short to reach the couch from my amp which powers them and so... yeah. With these I can walk around the whole apartment and still be in range of the signal.
 

MikeyFresh

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I had decided upon Apple Airpod Pros as I sort-of liked my older airpods for calls but when I went to Best Buy to buy a pair the Sony WH-1000xm3s that had been my first pick but thrown out for cost reasons, were on sale by quite a bit. So I picked them up, not an insignificant purchase but I spend all day on video calls with a loud AC running... I needed something for sanity.

A colleague of mine bought those in Feb. 2019 (one million years ago). I was able to audition them at that time and came away quite impressed. Even at the $349 retail price, this was impressive Bluetooth (LDAC) and noise canceling technology.

Ironic that the use case of my colleague (tune out the noise on flights lest he go mad) is no longer actually a thing, however your use case in this COVID-19 world is just as appropriate.
 

JohnVF

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A colleague of mine bought those in Feb. 2019 (one million years ago). I was able to audition them at that time and came away quite impressed. Even at the $349 retail price, this was impressive Bluetooth (LDAC) and noise canceling technology.

Ironic that the use case of my colleague (tune out the noise on flights lest he go mad) is no longer actually a thing, however your use case in this COVID-19 world is just as appropriate.
My apartment is currently my airplane... we have this ancient apartment where we are not allowed to use window AC units so we have these two in-room ones wirring away all day. Its maddening when you're trying to write or listen to calls.

It's cooled down enough to turn off the AC so the LCD-2s are out, listening to an SACD with the Luxman L-507u driving them. The Audeze -are- better and more open sounding. But they Sonys really only suffer in direct comparison, and they're meant for totally different use-cases. I'm really impressed.

And yes, early 2019 was ancient times. A different world.
 

Thermionics

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I wish I could use noise cancelling headphones, but I'm one of those weirdos that start feeling ill after about 30 minutes of using them. Not sure if it is an inner-ear / vertigo thing or what. :(
 

JohnVF

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I wish I could use noise cancelling headphones, but I'm one of those weirdos that start feeling ill after about 30 minutes of using them. Not sure if it is an inner-ear / vertigo thing or what. :(
These have a little bit of that pressure thing going on, its definitely a thing that I could see bothering some more than it does me. I'm able to forget about it after a bit, and I'll say that these are better in that regard than the other options I've tried (and older pair of Sony earbuds, Bose, and my wife's, which I think are store-brand from Best Buy. Insignia or something similar. Actually the spooky thing about them is that they had much less of that silent-pressure thing going on, so it just felt like the world went away. But its still there a bit.
 
I've found the noise cancelling to be very transparent. I only notice it when I turn it off.

The Sony headphones satisfied a number of needs for me. They are wireless BT headphones I can use with any phone or device, they work for web conference calls, and they offer noise cancelling. They are not the latest word in resolution, but for their intended purpose, which is generally listening to lossy programming using Bluetooth they are first rate. They seem slightly rolled off at the top, which is good with headphones playing material that is not of the highest quality and have that Sony bass boost. They do a very good job of delivering the impression of high fidelity without making half your music collection unlistenable.
 
First I put them on and turned on the noise cancelling. Holy quiet! I've had noise cancelling headphones before, and they've worked ok and I've played at length with Bose Quiet Comfort headphones on planes. But this is something else, another level. It's trippy. Completely surreal how quiet it gets with them on and not playing anything.

Next up... I noticed they're the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. I've never loved in-ear headphones but most over-ear headphones I"ve had were too heavy and too hot. These are light but still well made, and they're just incredibly comfortable.
Congratulations on the purchase!
I've been using the Sony WH-1000xm2 and purchased them for the same purpose but when I worked at the office. I have to second the comfort, I wear my pair on average 6 hours each day. The noise-canceling is great when in the office and even better to silence the playground that has formed at the end of the cul de sac where I live an now work remotely.
 

Kpatch

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Yeah I think one reason I like them so much is that they seem to try to make the music a bit more full/fun but don't go as far down that path as Beats, and have a more natural sound through the midrange. I have been enjoying my LCD-2s lately but the cord for them is too short to reach the couch from my amp which powers them and so... yeah. With these I can walk around the whole apartment and still be in range of the signal.

John, thanks for the review, they seem to have all the features I’ve been looking for.

But just to make sure I haven’t misunderstood, you are talking about these, yes?

 

JohnVF

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John, thanks for the review, they seem to have all the features I’ve been looking for.

But just to make sure I haven’t misunderstood, you are talking about these, yes?

Yes its those. I'd add that I'm still getting used to using them on calls. I'm used to my first-gen Apple Airpods where the sound of my voice bleeds through naturally as they don't seal or cover my ears. With these, if you have noise cancelling fully active, you barely hear yourself talk which is just...strange. When you turn on ambient sound there's a bit of pass-through of the outside world, but it doesn't sound totally natural. It depends, I guess, on how much talking you do.

The other headphones I was looking at and that were highly recommended to me by a friend who works all day on teleconferencing were Jabra Evolve 75s. They have a mic that swings down to your mouth and I think the mic itself has noise cancelling. Its more specific to calls, not an all-rounder like the Sony pair.
 
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