Review: Sony WF-1000XM3--Wireless Noise-Cancelling Earbud

Review: Sony WF-1000XM3–Wireless Noise-Cancelling Earbud

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Sony WF-1000XM3

$230
8.6

Design & Build

8.6/10

Sound Quality

8.9/10

Battery

8.5/10

Connectivity

8.7/10

Price

8.3/10

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Active noise cancellation feature
  • Awesome design
  • Excellent Battery life

Cons

  • No water-resistance
  • No wireless charging
  • No on-earbud volume controls

Sony has announced a new Truly Wireless Earphones– WF-1000XM3. The new totally wireless earphones are up for pre-order at various retailers starting Friday and will set to go on sale across various markets in August.

Design and Build

Sony Earbuds WF-1000XM3 has a very sleek and decent design. The earbuds are more comfortable, lighter than its predecessor. It includes two different tip thicknesses in three sizes (small, medium, and large) each. Sony offers four ‘hybrid silicone’ buds and three ‘triple-comfort’ buds inside the box.

The outer section of each earpiece is made up of high-quality plastic with a small, glossy, circular patch on the surface of both left and right buds. The circular patches are touch-sensitive. The Sony earbuds lack any physical button but come with touch control. Each earbud features a circular touch area which can be used to control the earbuds. Left earbud lets you adjust noise cancellation and right earbud audio playback.

Tapping on the right earbud can give you the ability to control music. Tap once to pause/play, twice to skip to the next song, and three times to go back. Or you can tap and hold to access Siri or Google Assistant. Tapping the left earbud toggles between noise cancellation and ambient sound mode. Placing hand on the earphone, the device activates the ambient sound automatically.

The WF-1000XM3’s charging case is a wide, flat oval. The earphones need to placed on the top of the charging box in a flat position, and the charging prompts that can be seen when you wear the earphone shows the percentage of the battery life left on the earphone along with other details.

Sound Quality

Sony has updated the chips inside the headphone, upgrading the noise canceling and sound processing. The Sony WF-1000XM3 earphones utilize a new chip dubbed the “HD Noise Cancelling QN1e. The chip acts not only as of the noise-canceling processor, but it also handles DAC and analog amplification duties. The Sonys support SBC and AAC codecs, but there’s no aptX HD Bluetooth should you own a compatible smartphone.

Sony’s app offers a DSEE HX audio processing mode, which promises to upscale compressed music into something more dynamic. WF-1000XM3 offers significantly enhanced noise reduction. Bass and Treble are crisp and clear. The sound quality is at the level of Apple Airpods and Powerbeats Pro.

Battery

Sony claimed that it can get up to 6 hours with noise canceling on and up to 8 hours with it off. There is also a charging case that can juice up Sony WF-1000XM3 three full charges. It also supports a quick charge technology. A 10-minute quick-charge feature gives you 90 minutes of battery life. There’s also USB-C charging. There’s no battery indicator on the case, but the red LED light on the front blinks rapidly if it doesn’t have enough juice to fully charge the headphones.

Connectivity options

It doesn’t feature any physical buttons but it does come with some control panels that can be sued to control playback, taking a phone call, activating ANC, addressing a voice assistant, and much more. The earbuds also support Bluetooth 5.0 with an effective range of about 10 meters. Like Sony’s other headphones, the M3 earbuds offer a deeper (and optional) level of Google Assistant integration, including the ability to have your important notifications automatically read aloud as they come in.

The Sony earbuds Connect app gives some controls for the earbuds. Ambient sound mode can be triggered via the Headphone Connect app. The app also provides EQ controls.

Price

The Sony WF-1000XM3 will go on sale in August for $230. Sony is offering them in Black or Silver colors.

 

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