The evolution of the headphone continues on what seems like a weekly basis these days, as the way we listen to everything from music to podcasts, to your favourite films or television shows keeps improving. While Beats have seemed to take most of the market share recently with their over the ear noise cancelling headphones, backing from Apple and hip hop mogul Dr. Dre, the old standard bearer Sony is still creating some of the finest new headphones on the market. Their latest—the Sony WF-1000X Wireless Earphone—look different from what everyone is currently wearing, but are some of the best we’ve tried.
These buds are created in the True Wireless design Sony has adopted with some of their other recent headphone models, fitting so comfortably in the ear you may forget they are even there. There’s not only Bluetooth streaming capabilities but also digital noise cancelling, which allows you to listen just about anywhere, without distractions—yet they also have an ambient sound setting, allowing you to listen to everything around you without taking the headphones off. With 9 hours of battery life per charge as well, you can literally wear these headphones all day and not know the difference.