Last September I bought some Bluetooth active noise cancelling headphones – Sony WH-1000XM2 (Sony are always so fresh and inventive with their naming).
They had it all:
- Exceptional sound quality.
- 30 real world hours of battery life between charges.
- Excellent Bluetooth connection.
- Active noise cancelling that is revolutionary is noisy environments. It cuts straight through even aeroplane engine drone.
However, Sony didn’t get the fit quite with the XM2s, at least not for my head and ears, so when the XM3s were released the following month with a much improved earcup shape and increased headband padding I was sorely sorely tempted.
The price put me off at the time – £330 new against the £200 used I’d paid for the XM2s – so I waited until the January sales and picked up a pair for £280. It’s an awful lot to drop on an electronic accessory for use outside the house, but after listening on them, it really is hard to go back to plain old earbuds.
After testing the two side by side for a month, I have decided to keep the newer XM3s, just because they are so comfortable. However, Sony have made me compromise for that comfort.
They aren’t a straight upgrade, and they still cost a decent amount more than the XM2s, so it is with that in mind that I created the video below sharing my thoughts on the two headphones and trying to weigh up the pros and cons as clearly as possible, to help a future prospective buyer.
Sony WH-1000XM3 vs XM2 Blueooth ANC Headphones – an in-depth comparison