How have I been able to live without these ??
For a couple of years I have been eager to buy a pair of bose qc, precisely because I belong to the category of people who are disturbed and stressed incredibly much by noise in the surroundings.
What prevented me from buying a pair of bose, however, was the fact that they cost more than a used car - not an alternative when you are a poor student to put a third of their monthly income on a pair of headphones.
When this model from sony sailed up as a suitable candidate, with good reviews and at least "acceptable" price, the temptation was too great to resist. Was there a small light in the tunnel for all of us who have the sense and respect enough to take their embarrassing, loud and private conversations separated, instead of in public transport? One can only hope ..
I got the chance to find out during a trip from southern to northern sweden that included both outdoor environment, bike, train, bus and air.
Out: I experienced that NC was very effective in removing traffic noise! You hear cars nearby and the tire friction sounds against the asphalt, but the sound is subdued, flat and quiet. Pretty light.
Bicycle: I share the view that NC mode amplifies the wind noise. There is also a mode for attenuating wind noise, but it cannot be accessed without using the sonys app. Unfortunately, I did not install the app at the time of the bike tour so I do not know how effective the function is. *** UPDATE AFTER 8 MONTHS USE ***: The wind reduction is really good! It is more or less mandatory to use it as soon as you are outdoors. It makes a huge difference.
Train: My go-to place is always to choose quiet department, but unfortunately the train's AC had been running so it was unbearably hot to sit there. In other words, I had no choice but to settle down among the high-babbling barbarians. Fortunately, I had the headphones ready! My first reaction was WOW! All low-frequency sounds from the train were completely blocked. It was like sitting on your own sound-insulated island. Almost eerie - and absolutely wonderful! A while later, however, paradise was destroyed as it stepped on two very talkative women and I became involuntarily a listener to their utterly uninteresting and loud conversation. I was seriously thinking about going back to the sauna in the wagon with quiet department. There I had become sweaty, but it had been silent. Worth it ..? So the sound of calls and voices is not blocked very well (which apparently applies to all manufacturers and models, not just this). But I got rid of 99% of the sound from the train.
Flight and bus: Same experience as on the train. Really good! I read some user who wrote that the kids blocked noise from screaming kids on a flight, but you should bring an excavator salt. All of us who think that there should be a 12-year limit on restaurants and aircraft know that sound from screaming children absolutely does not belong to the lower frequencies of the sound spectrum.
Other reflections: Just like other users, I see no direct joke with the ambient mode. Will probably never use it. Nor have I tried the handsets with mobile calls and the built-in microphone. If there is anything I avoid more than people who use snapchat filters in dating apps then it is actually talking on the phone.
Music: How is the sound of music then? As an DJ, I have a lot of experience in audio editing in various programs. I wouldn't call myself a Hi-Fi expert or total audio file companion, but I'm definitely very picky when it comes to sound quality. I have probably owned at least 20 different headphones in the last 5-10 years. Sony's kids deliver surprisingly good. Out of the box does not reach up to my Sennheiser HD25 studio watches or a pair of AKG 518, but the sound is definitely acceptable, quite good indeed. What one should DEFINITELY be to do is use the Sony app, because there you can set the equalizer to fix the sound according to its preference. With a bit of trixing, I could set the sound just as I want it - pork, rap, heavy and light bass with a little extra push on some of the higher frequencies. After I set up the equalizer that I wanted it, I could say that the lads were spewing both my HD25 studio watches and AKG 518 - according to my taste. But, as I said, it is quite individual how you want the sound. If you, like me, prefer really good bass with a lot of dimension, separation and light, then just to congratulate sonys can really deliver it.
Negative: One thing that was pretty annoying was that the headphones shut off after 5 minutes if they were not connected to the Bluetooth bluetooth or connected to the 3.5mm headphone jack. It should be sony definitely thought of - bose, for example, has a function that you can set auto-off to never occur. I also strongly preferred physical buttons instead of sweeping movements with the fingers on the cover.
Summary: The quality feels good, they are pretty heavy - which is a positive sign when it comes to electronics as high quality and more expensive materials perform better and weigh more. I do not think there is any reason whatsoever to choose a more expensive model than this, for two reasons:
1. I am very skeptical that they could have better sound at music (have not tried any more expensive, but that's just what I believe after having owned so many other lurks).
2. The noise reduction is great, and the tiny minimal difference that may be present in a SEK 3500 is simply not worth the money, especially not because speech and voices are not particularly well blocked by any manufacturer.
We can only hope that any manufacturer succeeds in blocking talk and speech as well, I would quite honestly be prepared to fork out 50,000 SEK for it. I give 9 points out of 10! For full pot I would have liked to see physical buttons, and to be able to remove the auto-off function.
*** UPDATE AFTER 8 MONTHS USE ***: My first impressions have only been enhanced. I have used them daily. Cycle with them at -25 degrees regularly for over 30 min. Have them at the gym. They NEVER have fussed, shut down, lost the sound, etc. Still feels like new - definitely worth a purchase. Battery life is also surprisingly long.