Can't afford the Sony WH-1000XM5? Lindy's new cheap wireless headphones could be for you

Can't afford the Sony WH-1000XM5? Lindy's latest cheap wireless headphones could be ones to watch
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Lindy makes some of the best cheap wireless headphones around, so a new model is always noteworthy. The BNX-60XT build on the five-star BNX-60 with improved drivers, a longer battery life, fast charging, voice assistant functionality and twin pairing. And all for less than £100.

Let's start with the drivers. Lindy has developed its 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets so they now offer deeper bass and a more controlled treble (the muffled treble was one of the few disappointments of the original BNX-60). Lindy promises that the sonic difference will be even more notable with the active noise-cancellation (ANC) activated.

Speaking of ANC, this model cancels out up to 85 per cent of ambient noise, according to Lindy. Which makes them perfect for blocking out office banter, aeroplane engine rumbles, screaming children and more. The earpads are thicker too, meaning better noise isolation, so even with ANC switched off, you should be able to hear the music more clearly.

Bluetooth 5.0 comes as standard, which is a big step up from the previous model's version 4.2. This is more energy efficient, helping the headphones to last over 24 hours before needing a recharge. It should also make for a more robust wireless connection. USB-C quick charging is another new addition – just five minutes' wall time gets you an hour of use.

One feature that's definitely welcome on wireless headphones at the level is twin pairing, which lets you connect two devices at once and switch between them seamlessly.

Whether or not they're a cut-price Sony WH-1000XM5 remains to be seen, but if you want to find out for yourself, the Lindy BNX-60XT are available now from Amazon for £94.99. We'll let you know our official verdict once a review pair has passed through the What Hi-Fi? test rooms.


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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.

  • GreyJoshy94
    WhatHIFI? More like what is the point?

    This review is so lackluster and useless I made an account here just to post this comment

    This review doesn't mention how quickly they charge, the codecs that are supported such as AAC and SBS

    The reason I buy the Sony WH/WF is for Sony's LDAC codec alone, it's the only wireless headphones I have used with a decently stable connection whilst maintaining its high level of audio fidelity

    This isn't an article for anyone who actually cares about the WH1000-XM5s and want to find a cheaper alternative