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Sony's MDR-1000X is one high-tech wireless noise-canceling headphoneThis new feature-packed headphone is Sony's answer to Bose's excellent QuietComfort 35.
[MUSIC] When it comes to noise cancelling headphones, Bose is generally considered the gold standard, but Sony's engineers have been on a mission to beat Bose at what it does best. The result of their efforts is the MDR MDR-1000X, which Sony is calling its most technologically advanced headphone, and features both wireless Bluetooth connectivity and adaptive noise cancellation in this swanky looking chassis that retails for $400. And shipped in October. Sony says it developed new ear pads for this headphone and the embedded touch controls for volume adjustment and skipping tracks forward and back are more responsive than those found in the MD1ABT. I'm not going to get into all the technical details. This headphone has similar drivers to the highly rated MDR1A and has microphones not only on the outside to measure ambient noise But inside the headphones has taken account the shape of your head and ears and whether you wear glasses. So he calls it the sense engine and says it tailors the noise cancelling performance individually to you. You can, also, choose alternate settings that allow more ambient noise to seep in. Or even filter out everything but voices so you can hear announcements in airports while listening to music. Another cool feature is the ability to muffle your music and let the outside roll in by simply holding your hand over the right ear cup, where the touch controls are located. Once you've finished talking to someone, you remove your hand and the music resumes playing at its previous volume and the noise cancelling kicks back in. Battery life is rated at 20 hours and a cord is included if you want to listen in wired mode. If you're a frequent traveler the MDR 100X should definitely be on your short list. Sound quality is top notch for a blue tooth headphone and the noise cancelling appears to be as effective or slightly more so that that of the Bose QC35 But the Bose is lighter, and arguably slightly more comfortable. It also costs $50 less. Bose are impressive wireless noise cancelling headphones that are easy to recommend. If you're choosing between the two it's going to be hard. I'm David Carnoy from cnet.com,thanks for watching. [MUSIC]