A good pair of headphones is worth its weight in gold.
With a good pair, you can block out the world and lose yourself in your own little universe. On the other hand, a bad pair of headphones can become a white elephant. Not only will they fail to provide the level of isolation that you need, but they may also cause fatigue and even pain after extended use.
When it comes to audio devices, we all have different needs and preferences. There are a number of excellent options on the market, so it's worth taking the time to find a pair that meets your specific needs – so which of Sony’s headphones are the best for your lifestyle?
Let’s find out.
1. Best Headphones for Business and Leisure Travelers
As a traveler, being hands-free is crucial to the travel experience and large bags can be cumbersome. So, the best headphones for you are lightweight and compact, with great sound quality and noise-cancelling features.
Whether it's the sound of the airplane engines, or chatty seatmates, it can be hard to catch a break. The all-new WH-1000XM5 has just been rated 5-stars, with TechRadar and What Hi-Fi? confirming the noise-cancelling headphones’ excellence.
Not only will it help you to stay focused and entertained during your transit, but it can also block out noise from your surroundings, making it easier to get a good night's sleep.
Your headphones should be comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and durable enough to withstand the rigours of travel. Sony’s WH-1000MX5 headphones have ultra-comfortable memory-foam ear pads wrapped in new synthetic leather that is so soft that you can keep it on throughout the entire flight.
Additionally, you can connect the headphones directly to the in-flight entertainment on-board giving you the flexibility to switch between your devices and the plane’s. It’s no wonder that What Hi-Fi? considers the WH-1000XM5 a sonic triumph.
2. Best Headphones for Music, Sports and Everyday Activities
With the best audio quality in a truly wireless and noise cancelling package, the WF-1000XM4 is perfect for listening to music anywhere you go.
IPX4 rating for sports and workouts. Industry leading noise cancelling technology for all environments.
Planning on using them while working out? The WF-1000XM4 has an IPX4 water rating, making it suitable for sports. If running or outdoor climbing is in your life, you don’t have to worry about sudden weather changes. You can run in the rain with your earbuds on or sweat while ascending up tough climbing routes with the WF-1000XM4.
Just chilling at home and binge-watching that new superhero series? The WF-1000XM4’s advanced noise-cancellation can help you block out all distractions so you can enjoy your music, movies, and games to the fullest.
And with its long battery life – you get 8 hours from the headphones and another 16 hours of battery from the case – you won't have to fumble around for a charger halfway through your entertainment. If you forget to charge your headphones, fret not, all you need is a quick 5-minute charge to get 1 hour of playtime!
If you value the presence of good music and quality sound in every activity you do, Sony’s most versatile headphones – the WF-1000XM4 is made for you. There are plenty of smart features to suit your listening preference.
"[I can] Speak-to-chat to pause my music when someone wants to speak to me,” Public Figure Andrea Chong loves that the WF-1000XM4 automatically pauses the music and lets in ambient sound so she can be part of the conversation.
The truly wireless design also makes it ultra-convenient for you to take your mask on and off without getting any cables tangled. Perfect for the new normal!
3. Best Headphones for those Always On-the-go
For those who are always on the go, Sony’s newly launched LinkBud S is the smallest, lightest noise cancelling pair of earphones that can keep up with your lifestyle. Despite its size, it packs a punch when reproducing powerful bass and crystal-clear vocals.
The LinkBuds S offers you natural ambient sound when you want to interact with the world, or high-quality noise cancelling when you need to focus.
With Precise Voice Pickup Technology, the LinkBuds S boasts excellent noise free call quality which means you can take calls anywhere and anytime without worry. No matter where you are, be it on a long weekend walk, while commuting between places, or fetching your kids from school, your conversations will be ultra-clear even in noisy environments.
The comfortable fit ensures that you can have it always on throughout the day with quick access to your favourite music and soundscapes.
The LinkBuds S is made for wearing around the clock. For busy people always on the go, the LinkBuds S is the one for you!
If headphones are not your jam, you can consider getting Wireless Neckband Speakers.
4. Best for Movie Buffs and Drama Lovers
Personal wearable home theatre
Anyone who loves watching movies and TV shows know that sound is a big part of the experience. Whether it's the clash of swords in an epic battle scene or the laughter of a sitcom audience, sound helps to create atmosphere and immerses us in the action. But unless you have the space and the budget, you can’t always get the immersive and realistic sound you crave for.
That's where the SRS-NS7 Wireless Neckband Speakers come in.
By surrounding you with 360 Spatial Sound, this innovative device lets you hear every detail of your favourite Dolby Atmos movies and TV shows.
Instead of covering your ears, the SRS-NS7 lightly rests on your shoulders. Lightweight and comfortable, the SRS-NS7 delivers clear sound only to you without disturbing others or your loved ones.
“Innovative and Impressive. Light-weighted, I almost forgot it is on my neck.”
- SRS-NS7 user
The SRS-NS7 provides up to 12 hours of power and up to 5 hours at maximum volume so even the longest movies and TV shows just keep on playing. With just 10 minutes of quick charge, you can get up to an extra hour of play time.
“If you have a Sony BRAVIA XR TV, the SRS-NS7 really is a must-have item for movie buffs, whether or not you have an Atmos surround system.”
When paired with Sony’s BRAVIA XR TV, the SRS-NS7 offers unparalleled crystal-clear acoustics and powerful sound pressure combined for a richer, deeper, more rewarding listening experience.
5. Best for Those Working From Home
Right: Beautiful addition to your work-from-home set-up
Designed for clear sound quality for conference calls and music, the SRS-NB10 is perfect for work-from-home set-ups. With Precise Voice Pickup Technology, your voice will always be heard clearly, even if there's some noise around you. So, whether you're at home with your family or disturbed by the doorbell during your calls, you can rest assured that your voice will come through loud and clear.
Clear calls with Precise Voice Pickup Technology
This neckband speaker is designed for all-day working, from the first meeting to the last call. They fit securely around the neck and rest gently on the shoulders, so you can keep wearing them when your work is done.
The flexible band on the back helps you find the perfect fit. Work will feel much more luxurious with concert-like music streaming upwards into your ears. It is the ultimate work-from-home companion!
With up to 20 hours of battery life, even workaholics won’t need to worry, these neckband speakers keep you connected all day long!
In order to find the best headphones for your lifestyle, it is important to consider how you will be using them. Everyone's needs are different, but by considering how you will be using your headphones, you can narrow your options and find the perfect pair for your lifestyle.