The product arrived in what appears to be planet friendly packaging, certainly no plastic on the outside or packaging.
The Reference Guide included requires an electron microscope to read. The Help Guide is an essential download for Seniors like me.
I was up and running within seconds listening to music from my tablet. From new, all you need to know is hold down the power button for 2 seconds. Once connected it takes you to the Sony Headphones Connect App in the Store.
Registering the product on the Sony Website has its usual challenges. There is nothing on the box or headphones that says serial number or s/n. Also, no numbers on the box or headphones are the same. I opted for a number on the headphones which was very difficult to read under the pads. I have no idea if this is the right number!
The charging light is bright, clear, and reassuring. My only gripe is I wish it had been supplied with a USB-C to USB-C charging cable, but I suppose most people still use the old USB-A chargers, I don’t. The light goes out when fully charged.
The noise cancelling is excellent, as we expect from a Sony product. It must be said that simply wearing the headphones switched off attenuates the high frequencies, leaving just the low frequencies at a reduced volume. I found it very weird not hearing the usual click, bang and everyday noises while doing the day-to-day chores and housework.
The sound quality to my old ears is excellent on the full frequency range. Again, they fully meet my expectations from a quality Sony product.
I really like the Speak-to-Chat function. You are happily listening to music, and you notice somebody wants your attention. Simply start speaking and the music mutes and you hear the person talking to you.
The touchpad is very intuitive, like swipe down to reduce the volume. Forward to skip to the next track etc. The buttons are easy to find, and once you learn their functions operate perfectly. The voice guidance is good too.
The Alexa integration works with the Alexa App open on your device. It does work but falls into a category I call gimmicks. However very useful for Amazon Music but I found it difficult to get back to music on my device. But that is probably just my age.
Connection to various devices is quick and easy. I tried it on my phone, tablet, television, laptop, and Desktop PC.
Having used the headphones for an extended period I find they are very comfortable and lightweight. If it wasn’t for the sound, I wouldn’t know I was wearing them.
After continuous use for approximately 4 hours after a full charge (very quick), the battery indicator is still showing 95% charged.
If you are looking for premium over the ear noise cancelling headphones, you cannot go wrong with these.