Sony WH-1000XM3 Review

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If you’re on the market for the best headphones to silence distracting noises around you, and let you jam out to your favorite music in peace, the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are where it’s at. They’re built to provide high quality noise cancellation and audio quality for very long trips, aside from a few additional features.

Why We Like It – Sony WH-1000XM3 Review

The Sony WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones set out to dethrone its predecessor, and succeeds in every stretch of the imagination. Build quality, audio quality, comfort, and noise cancellation capabilities have all been improved for the better. If you want these headphones to operate like Bluetooth headphones, you should also take a look at Sony’s DRC-BT30P Bluetooth headphone adapter (let’s you use existing earbuds).

Pros
  • Superb sound quality
  • Built with additional features
  • Brand recognition
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Ears can get toasty after a few hours

Performance

The Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless Bluetooth headphones are an excellent upgrade, compared to last year’s Sony WH-1000XM2. These noise canceling headphones do exactly what they’re advertised as and more.

For starters, the Sony WH1000XM3 is the best noise cancelling over-ear headphones over its predecessor, even outclassing a cheaper brand like the MPOW H10. Ambient sounds are virtually gone as soon as the ear cups cover your ears. However, ambient noise such as talking coworkers right next to you might be heard, albeit in quiet enough tones that it isn’t distracting.

These active noise cancelling Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones may also provide a long battery life. Even with the noise-canceling headphones working their hardest, you can get as much as 30 hours of battery life out of them. And when they’ve lost their charge, refuel with USB-C charging.”

Design

These Sony headphones are built with better quality than the last iteration. It isn’t just audio quality that got a boost, build quality did as well. They’re a lot more tougher this time around. Even the earbuds are sporting much more comfortable cushions, though they can make your ears a bit toasty after a few hours. You might find the COWIN E7 to be more comfortable, but that comes down to preference in fabric.

The right earcup of the Sony WH-1000XM3 has this really neat feature. By cupping the right ear cup, you activate the external microphone, providing an opportunity to hear any nearby noises. Additionally, this also gives you access to your voice assistant such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, provided you’ve updated the headphones through Sony Headphones Connect app.”

Value

Considering all the oodles of little features the Sony WH-1000XM3 comes with, the pricing is a bit on the expensive side. However, these noise cancelling headphones have a leg up in terms of sound quality, comfort, battery life, and better noise cancellation than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II—for the same price. At first $348 may sound like a lot, but you’re getting a better deal going with the WH-1000XM3.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Review Wrap Up

The Sony WH-1000XM3 review ultimately uncovers the noise cancelling headphones to be of superb quality, and considering they’re manufactured by Sony, it’s not surprising. This means their high price tag is to be expected. However, its additional features aside from cancelling noise shouldn’t be overlooked.

While the build material is plastic, it’s that hard kind of plastic that can take a beating. Still, the sound quality on the headphones are pretty nice—perhaps not for audiophiles, but for the average person they’ll do nice; bass is low, and the treble is crunchy. Focus was placed on noise cancellation, anyways, which is where the Sony WH-1000XM3 shines the brightest.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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