Sony WF-1000XM3 Review

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For a while now, well known brands have been racing to release earbuds that appeal to customers as a superior alternative to Apple’s Airpods & Airpods Pro, but the Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds seems like the pair that just might finally put an end to that conversation. The costly true wireless earbuds come with superb noise canceling as one of their headline features, alongside a decent battery life that keeps the music going for up to 4.75 hours non-stop. Getting it to a full charge is also a fairly quick undertaking as it will need only 1.5 hours, and as for the charging case, one 3.5 hour charging session gives it enough juice to handle up to 3 charging cycles for the true wireless earbuds. Hang on for this Sony earbuds review to find out why the WF-1000XM3s are regarded as one of the best earbuds in the market right now.

Why We Like It – Sony WF-1000XM3

If it’s not the best true wireless headphone yet, then the Sony WF-1000XM3 is definitely in the top three of anyone’s list if its advanced features are anything to go by. The noise canceling headphones come equipped with a QN1e processor for active noise reduction, and are controlled through the Sony Headphones Connect App.

Pros
  • Integrates with Google Assistant & Alexa
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No sweat resistance

Performance

As expected from a flagship Sony product, the sound quality on the WF-1000XM3s wireless buds is A1 thanks to DSEE HX processing that renders very clear audio. Bass frequencies sound great, and mid-range frequencies also remain up to par, and almost better than what you’ll get with the Shure SE215.. Its connectivity strength is also impressive at 10-meters, with support for both AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs. When making phone calls, call quality is best described as decent, with a lot of users noting a lot of ambient sound interference, but nonetheless, its high quality noise cancellation capabilities when listening to music should leave a smile on your face. Integration & use with both Google Assistant & Alexa is seamless. Sound control is also delegated to the one device that you have your music playing from, and with a large variety of ear tips to choose from, you’re bound to find a pair that’s properly fitting.

Design

Comfort is the main key word that describes the experience of wearing the Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless headphones. The Sony earbuds come in either black or silver, with both having a brown copper accent that adds to it a premium feel. As wireless Over-the-ear headphones, you won’t have to grapple with a cable as you would with the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear headphones. The charging case that comes included is also well designed, in a shape that would probably make it stand out in your pocket. Touch controls are present in both earbuds, with each one having a designated function different from the other. It’s case features a magnetic interior, which is useful in holding the earbuds in place when charging.

Value

Using the wireless Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds will involve tapping the touch controls that you’ll find on each one earbud, and you can set up what each tap does through the Sony Headphones Connect app. By default, holding your finger over the left earbud reduces the volume to allow ambient sound through, but you’ll have to rely on the volume controls on your audio source to decide how loud or how low you want your music to play. The settings that you can set through the connect app will revolve around what one tap or two taps on the wireless earbuds will do. Compared to the Apple Airpods Pro & the Bose QuietComfort 20, the Sony earbuds offer more effective active noise cancellation, which means low ambient noise such as aircraft engine rumble is better dealt with by the Sony ear headphones. Activating the ambient sound mode just involves tapping the left earbud while the noise cancelling feature is on. On the flipside, the Airpods last just 20 minutes longer on a single charge, and are considerably cheaper than the price Sony WF-1000XM3s retail at.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wrap Up

The WF-1000XM3 is among the many wireless headphones from Sony that rely on the Headphones Connect app to connect your phone and adjust sound levels to your liking. The app provides for a variety of integrations, and is available for both Android and iOS users.

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Kenn Muguna

Kenn is a writer that's fascinated by all things tech. Having been born curious about how everything works, he spends his time taking things apart to put them back together, and shares what he finds out through writing.

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