Whether you’re travelling, heading to the gym or are in the office, noise cancellation is now a must-have feature when it comes to any over-ear headphones.
But headphone manufactures have been missing a trick for a while, as people often don’t want the outside world to be muted 100% of the time.
Take, for example, if you need to hear announcements whilst you’re travelling, or if someone is trying to get your attention in the office. If you’re cycling on roads, it’s far safer if you can hear ambient traffic sound. That’s where Sony’s latest noise-cancelling headphones step in.
The MDR-1000X are set to challenge the likes of Bose QuietComfort 35 and Sennheiser Momentum Wireless, with Sony announcing their new premium noise-cancelling headphones at the IFA technology show in Berlin.
The beauty of these Bluetooth headphones lies in the fact that you can choose between three different noise-cancelling modes depending on what situation you find yourself in. There’s “Personal NC Optimizer”, “Ambient Sound Mode” and “Quick Attention Mode”.
Starting with their full noise-cancelling capabilities, Sony claims that the MDR-1000X offers “industry leading levels of noise-cancelling”, and after testing them at IFA I would have to agree.
Standing in front of a speaker that was specifically set up to reproduce plane noise – not to mention the fact that I was standing in a noisy conference centre – switching to the “Personal NC Optimizer” mode successfully managed to reduce all the hustle and bustle to an almost inaudible hum.
The upgraded filtering process and noise sensor technology is also tailored to the shape of your head and how you wear the headphones.