Sony WH-1000XM3 Review

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Updated June 27, 2022
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If you need a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that also provide some of the best audio quality on the market, the Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones is one of the best over-ear headphones to date. Not to mention it’s one of the best headphones Sony has developed thus far, making every effort to improve the previous model of Sony headphones. This includes models like the Sony MDR ZX110.

Why We Like It – Sony WH-1000XM3 Review

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Over-ear Headphones make every improvement from last year’s model: even better sound quality, comfort, and noise cancellation. If you want another headphone that’s noise-cancelling, take a look at our SMS audio sync 50 wireless Bluetooth headphones review. For another headphone with a similar design, take a look at our iHome SD63 sound design retro headphones review too.

  • Excellent audio quality
  • Better noise cancellation
  • Comfy earpads
  • Warm ears after a few hours


It starts with its noise-canceling capabilities; people next to you on a plane are virtually gone. When you close your eyes and place the ear cups on your head, the ambient noises are gone and it’s like everyone disappeared. The WH1000XM2 was already excellent with noise-cancelling, and the Sony WH1000XM3 easily outclasses them, including the Cowin E7. With its proprietary processor, the QN1, you’re getting even better sound quality with your choice of sounds, far exceeding the previous model. With that said, the best way to know which is the best is to compare the Sony 1000XM4 Vs Sony 1000XM3.

Related: For more headphones with great audio quality, check out our Tenqa Fit Bluetooth Headphone review.


Audio performance wasn’t the only boost the Sony WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth Headphones got; build quality has also seen a big improvement—far superior to the Mpow 059. The MVP here is the ear cushions. Soft pressure-relieving earpads with larger and deeper ergonomic ear space, combined with a lightweight design allow comfort to be felt for several hours. However, they can get rather warm after a few hours.

The right earcup can activate your voice assistant—Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant—so long as you’ve connected it to the Sony Headphones Connect App. These wireless headphones are also open to USB-C charging.

Related: Also check out our Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Headphone review.


Sony’s WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones are packed with great features people look for in premium headphones, and were then improved upon. Compared to the last model, every inch of the headphones is better: sound quality, noise cancellation, and design. That alone blows the Panasonic RP-HT161-K out of the water.

At first glance, $278 may sound like a lot, but consider its original price of $350, and the fact that this is Sony. If you go off of brand recognition alone, you’ll know you’re getting a high-quality product.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Review Wrap Up

Sony has always favored quality, and the WH-1000XM3 represents that beautifully. When one thinks of an improvement from a previous model, these headphones are the best example of that expectation. While the earpads can make your ears hot after a few hours, within those few hours you enjoy superb audio quality, noise-cancelling, and comfy earpads.

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