Sony WH-1000XM3 Review

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Expert Rating

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.

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.

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

Performance

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.

Design

Audio performance wasn’t the only boost the Sony WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth Headphones got; build quality has also seen a big improvement—far superior than the Mpow 059. The MVP here are 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.

Value

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 are better: sound quality, noise cancellation, and build 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.

Performance9.6
Design9.4
Value9.5
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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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