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Sony WF-1000X Noise Cancelling EarBuds @ Costco from 25th
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Sony WF-1000X Noise Cancelling EarBuds @ Costco from 25th

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Posted 21st Jun 2018Available: National

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Spotted these in next weeks Costco offers booklet.

£119 seems a great price, circa ~£159+ elsewhere.

Some mixed reviews, but Costco's great customer service has me tempted to give them a shot. Looks like its inshore only.

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My ancient Sony NC over ears have finally fallen apart, so been on the lookout for something to replace those. For around the house, when working or watching something on tablet/laptop (because toddler or wife has taken over TV), I really fancy AirPods or equivalent.

Hoping these may kill two birds with one stone. Really can't justify more then one set of headphones and over ears aren't comfortable/convenient for around the house use.

Does anyone have any experience with the Sony's? Costco's returns are excellent so think I'll give them a shot, but don't want to waste my time unnecessarily either.
Mentos21/06/2018 22:50

My ancient Sony NC over ears have finally fallen apart, so been on the …My ancient Sony NC over ears have finally fallen apart, so been on the lookout for something to replace those. For around the house, when working or watching something on tablet/laptop (because toddler or wife has taken over TV), I really fancy AirPods or equivalent.Hoping these may kill two birds with one stone. Really can't justify more then one set of headphones and over ears aren't comfortable/convenient for around the house use.Does anyone have any experience with the Sony's? Costco's returns are excellent so think I'll give them a shot, but don't want to waste my time unnecessarily either.


I can't completely recommend them. I use them for commuting and exercise, and have the WH1000XM2 as wrll. Sound is fairly good but not a patch on the WH1000XM2 so it doesn't replace those. Frequent drop outs of the right hand side earbuds too. Battery life is about 3 hours so not great for a long flight (but of course easier to sleep with them in, compared to some over ears).

Not tried Bose or Bang and Olufsen equivalents. These are nice and tiny though, and much less shouty.
rprp11 m ago

I can't completely recommend them. I use them for commuting and exercise, …I can't completely recommend them. I use them for commuting and exercise, and have the WH1000XM2 as wrll. Sound is fairly good but not a patch on the WH1000XM2 so it doesn't replace those. Frequent drop outs of the right hand side earbuds too. Battery life is about 3 hours so not great for a long flight (but of course easier to sleep with them in, compared to some over ears).Not tried Bose or Bang and Olufsen equivalents. These are nice and tiny though, and much less shouty.



How is the noise cancelling?

Battery life doesn't sound great, but if they charge reasonably quickly through case its not the end of the world for me. I doubt I'd use them 3 hours straight. The main issue for flights is you can't use them with in flight entertainment system, unless there's a third party option that will transmit BT.
Noise cancelling is good, apart from in windy conditions. They do charge quickly and the case itself has a battery in it to charge them away from a plug.
Just been doing a few searches to talk myself into it by the 25th

Appears 15 mins charge gets you 75 mins usage. And case holds up two additional charges. So that negates the battery life issue for me.

And it appears BT transmitters are relatively cheap and small, which allows me to watch a movie on board.
Mentos8 m ago

Just been doing a few searches to talk myself into it by the 25th Just been doing a few searches to talk myself into it by the 25th Appears 15 mins charge gets you 75 mins usage. And case holds up two additional charges. So that negates the battery life issue for me.And it appears BT transmitters are relatively cheap and small, which allows me to watch a movie on board.


They're a nice piece of kit. I just think I'm slightly underwhelmed, given how awesome the Wh1000xm2. All things taken into account, for their size, they are as good as you have a right to expect. Apart from that annoying dropout of the right earbuds from time to time.
Mentos48 m ago

My ancient Sony NC over ears have finally fallen apart, so been on the …My ancient Sony NC over ears have finally fallen apart, so been on the lookout for something to replace those. For around the house, when working or watching something on tablet/laptop (because toddler or wife has taken over TV), I really fancy AirPods or equivalent.Hoping these may kill two birds with one stone. Really can't justify more then one set of headphones and over ears aren't comfortable/convenient for around the house use.Does anyone have any experience with the Sony's? Costco's returns are excellent so think I'll give them a shot, but don't want to waste my time unnecessarily either.


Owned these since release and they're great for my use which is canceling out office noise and listening to music. The clear negative is the delay when watching video so don't buy them for that. Also battery life is not great. But being fully wireless, better sounding and more comfortable/fitting than Airpods and noise cancelling was worth every penny for me.

These are reduced as new model WF-SP700N is out which are splash proof and has "EXTRA BASS". Can be had for £150 online but I've not tried them....yet.

The very best noise cancelling and comfortable in ear buds have been the Bose QC30. But I ended up loathing the neckband and the rubber coating on band comes away in time. Bose will replace them if you buy from authorised seller but having replaced mine once I sold them on.
Edited by: "daBluone" 21st Jun 2018
Had a quick look and didn't see any new model, do you recall what the model number is?

I hadn't thought about delay issues when watching video, that may scupper my plan I dont have issue with bog standard BT headphones, do these add significantly more delay?

The QC30's were on my to buy list for a long time, but then the AirPods turned up and I really fancied some truly wireless headphones, so waited for NC versions to turn up.
Edited by: "Mentos" 21st Jun 2018
Looks like Amazon have dropped the price on the gold ones to £128.99:

amazon.co.uk/Son…WW1
Amazon are now £172.99 for the gold model.

Richer Sounds are advertising them for £128.99, but they have virtually no stock and no more on order. They are taking the **** with advertising them at this price
Edited by moderator: "removed swear word" 26th Jun 2018
Simon_Rose2 h, 43 m ago

Amazon are now £172.99 for the gold model.Richer Sounds are advertising …Amazon are now £172.99 for the gold model.Richer Sounds are advertising them for £128.99, but they have virtually no stock and no more on order. They are taking the **** with advertising them at this price



Guess Costco is best bet then. And they have excellent CS, so can always return if they turn out to be duds
Edited by: "Mentos" 26th Jun 2018
It appears that Richer Sounds now have stock of the gold as you can buy them online, but they've bumped the price up to £172.95. Well done to RS - I won't be buying from them again.
Grabbed mine today. Weren't on display so just showed them the code at the till and they got them for me.

Initial impressions are good in terms of fit and sound quality. As they fit so well, physical noise isolation was very good, so couldn't really tell the difference when active noise cancelling (NC) was switched on. However, I was just using them at home, so not ideal environment to see benefits of NC.

Couple of things i'm not too sure about though.

1) Case is quite big

2) As an iOS user its a bit fiddly having to use the Sony App. I played something on Spotify directly at one point, when I opened the Sony App it wouldn't connect until I switched the track off.

3) No controls on the headphones themselves. I knew about this before, but in practice it was more annoying then I'd expected.

4) Max volume was ok. I think it will be fine given physical and active noise cancelling. But will have to try them out to make sure they aren't too quiet.

Main thing I need to test is latency when using to watch video. Providing this is acceptable can anyone recommend a low latency BT adapter for use on flights?
Edited by: "Mentos" 1st Jul 2018
Think they may have to go back

Latency is not noticeable with only the main bud active. As soon as you switch on the right one it shoots up to over half a second.

I guess its wishful thinking on my part they could squeeze in enough processing power and battery capacity to keep latency low.
Mentos01/07/2018 23:08

Think they may have to go back Latency is not noticeable with only the …Think they may have to go back Latency is not noticeable with only the main bud active. As soon as you switch on the right one it shoots up to over half a second. I guess its wishful thinking on my part they could squeeze in enough processing power and battery capacity to keep latency low.



Thank you for your feedback on testing them. I think I might hold-off on buying wireless ear phones, until the technology is a bit more mature.
Simon_Rose2 h, 5 m ago

Thank you for your feedback on testing them. I think I might hold-off on …Thank you for your feedback on testing them. I think I might hold-off on buying wireless ear phones, until the technology is a bit more mature.



I might try the AirPods, according to some posts the latency is in the order of 120-150ms, which is acceptable for video.

Also it would resolve the other issue I have with these, integration with iOS. Perhaps updating the headphones (takes 30 mins so havent done it yet) will resolve the issues. But having problems where headphones connect to iOS, can play music through spotify/etc, but the App cant see them.

The lack of NC on the AirPods is whats holding me back :(. The physical NC on these is pretty good. Not too sure about the active NC. They kind of blocked out a Dyson fan. But they didnt do such a good job with a hoover Again perhaps a sw update will improve that.
May have to take all that back. Finally got around to doing the software update and it appears to have improved things:

1) Havent had issue with app unable to connect to headphones since.
2) Noise cancelling has improved.
3) Latency has improved. Appears to be 150-200ms now, which depending on your own tolerance could be acceptable for video. If anyone else wants to test try the following video.


Going to give them a few more days, in particular want to watch some video, they may just be keepers after all
Edited by: "Mentos" 2nd Jul 2018
Also looks like they added some control functions:

helpguide.sony.net/mdr…tml

If only Siri worked with Spotify I think I'd be set
Looks like Currys have the newer waterproof version @ £149. Oddly they are still selling these at £179

currys.co.uk/gbu…991
Very tempted by these however video lag is a concern. After another week of using these how are you finding watching vdieos with these?
sebbo901 h, 6 m ago

Very tempted by these however video lag is a concern. After another week …Very tempted by these however video lag is a concern. After another week of using these how are you finding watching vdieos with these?



No longer have an issue with Video Lag since the update (Sky GO, BBC iPlayer, Youtube via iPhone/MBP so no compensation in play), ~150ms is within my own threshold for tolerance of audio delay. And having looked online that should be the case for most people.

My main gripe really is active NC. As they are IEM's you get physical NC, so they are definitely better then AirPods in this area. But the active Noise Cancelling doesn't add much. Having tried it around town it only takes ambient noise down a couple of notches, so imagine in a plane a lot of the engine noise will still get through

The other minor gripe is the stupid blue light in the right bud, I feel a little self conscious knowing it's flashing away

There's a lot to like about them. They give good physical isolation from ambient noise and Sony include a lot of inserts so you should be able to find one that fits well. The ambient noise feature means you don't have to remove them to have a quick conversation. I haven't run out of power yet, so 3 hours is more then enough for me. And sound quality is very good, especially coupled with the physical noise isolation.

If active NC was better I'd definitely be keeping them. Or alternatively if they were ~£60, as I could then grab a cheap pair of active NC headphones for flights. But at £119 I'm considering returning them as I fear I'll be disappointed when I get on a plane
Have unexpired as still available in my local when I went in last week.
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