Sensitivity: 103 dB/mW (1 kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on), 98 dB/mW (1 kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned off). What is Sensitivity in Headphones?
The audiophile in me wants to nitpick at the closed back WH1000xM2, but I just can’t bring myself to do it considering how much fun I had listening to these. In fact, I probably looked like an idiot moving around as much as I was in my local Best Buy. I know some people were like “What’s he so excited about?” Headphones homie! They dope! Closed back vs. open back headphones.
I would definitely consider this a bass heads headphone, as the low end provides plenty of slam and impact. I was able to pair the 1000xM2 to my phone inside Best Buy, and demo these for an extended period on a couple of occasions.
Because I’ve listened to so many headphones, I kind of immediately know what kind of sound signature this is, but it actually threw me quite a curve-ball like Sandy Koufax. More on that in a jiffy!
Yes, it’s sort of a V-shaped affair, but there’s something going on in the mid-range that gives these an added clarity that you might not expect from such a headphone.
Before we get into the sound any more in depth, let’s talk about Build and Comfort real fast.
This is an exceptionally rugged set of headphones and should be for the price. They are made of plastic but it’s tough and durable. The padding is extremely soft and supple as well, and by and large these headphones feel like they could withstand some abuse.
The comfort is phenomenal as well. I didn’t have to adjust or take them off. The clamp force isn’t too tight or loose. It kind of sits somewhere in the middle. It isn’t quite as clampy as a new Sennheiser HD600, and definitely not as loose as a Philips SHP9500. It’s probably a little tighter than say a Sony MDR V6. 🙂
The bread and butter of the review. Yay! The WH1000xM2 is undoubtedly a headphone for the casual listener. There’s a lot of bass slam, a bright treble, and here’s the kicker: The mid-range is actually good!
There’s a precision like quality about these that I was a bit taken aback by. I wasn’t expecting a headphone in this particular category to be very resolving. Let’s be honest, it’s a Bluetooth noise cancelling homie. How detailed and revealing could it possibly be?
So detailed and revealing that it makes you want to slap yo mama! Lol.
The noise cancellation is also extremely good, and even rivals some of the best Bose offerings. I was able to block out everyone around me. In fact, a Best Buy employee came up to me while I was jamming out and I kind of noticed him out of the corner of my eye. I turned around and it seemed like he wanted to talk to me but I wasn’t sure. His mouth was moving, but no sound was coming out. Haha. So I just looked at him, smiling until he walked away. Lmao. As a side note: Why do people always want to suddenly talk to you when you have headphones on and you look preoccupied?
Looking back I kind of feel bad about it, but I wasn’t sure. In fact, I went to pause the song but by that time it was too late. What made it not awkward at all was the fact that I couldn’t hear a d**n thing going on. Haha. It was awesome.
Controls. The 1000x’s controls are a bit odd at first. There’s no markings or buttons really. On the side of the ear cup you simply swipe up or down for higher volume, left or right to switch tracks or go back, and the middle portion Plays, Pauses, and takes calls.
aptX. The 1000x’s use what’s called aptX, which allows for greater bandwidth and better sound quality than traditional Bluetooth. Because Bluetooth uses the most compact audio sampling rates (called SBC, or Low Complexity Subband Coding), it’s very compressed, much like MP3. Bluetooth was never intended to provide the best quality, but rather use as little processing power as possible. aptX changes all this by offering “better” compression, a better bit rate via LDAC (able to send more information per second), and thus better sound quality. Does it make a huge difference? Time will tell.
With the 1000x, you’re able to listen to music without Noise cancellation on. With a headphone like the QC35, you’re not. Learn more:B0se QC35 vs. Sony MDR1000x (The 1000x is just the previous iteration).
Thumping bass with loads of impact.
Crisp overall sound.
Great clarity of vocals and instruments.
My only nitpick is that there’s a slight bloat to the bass. Casual consumers will probably not notice it, but because I’ve demoed so many headphones, I can hear it pretty quickly. That said, I had so much fun with these that it’s really just a minor hiccup.
These are some things I jotted down while listening.
Headband adjustment solid.
Slight bass bloat?
Bass hard hitting.
Incredible detail for this type of headphone.
Treble sometimes harsh with non bass oriented music.
The Band – The Weight (mention Piano). To further expound on this, I noticed a low key piano in the background of The Weight by The Band. I could hear it so distinctly, to the point of being able to distinguish each individual note as it was being played. It was so subtle, but the 10000xM2 brought it out wonderfully.
Echo on Rolling Stones – Beast of Burden. This also impressed me, as I was able to hear some echoing from Mick Jaggers voice that I previously couldn’t with other headphones. The song in particular was a lot more lively and detailed than I remember.
The 1000x requires a lithium ion battery.
Travel bag is mediocre according to some.
Takes 3-5 hours for full charge.
Poor sound quality from phone calls.
White noise apparent.
With no activity, Bluetooth will turn off after 5 minutes. Plug them in via 3.5mm jack to fool the headphones into keeping it on, and extend battery life as well. Plugging them in temporarily disables Bluetooth until they’re unplugged.
On a bus, the 1000x’s may have trouble enduring the bumps of a rocky ride.
The WH1000xM2’s are a real treat like Chocolate Ice cream. An incredibly revealing sound, hard hitting bass, and crisp treble make for happy customah! You rike!
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