Sony WH-1000XM3 Review – Extreme Noise Reduction Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3 Review – Extreme Noise Reduction Headphones

These headphones' passive capabilities, aimed at keeping out ambient noise and letting you experience your favorite music in total silence, might not be suitable for everyone, though numerous active business people favor it. In order to achieve the before-mentioned performance, Sony's flagship WH-1000XM3 NC headphones with high-efficient noise-cancellation and configurable settings are a good choice, whose performance surprises even the industry experts.

Sony WH-1000XM3 is an all-in-one wireless headphone solution featuring convenient mid-sized earbuds. The kit includes a small carrying case for folding headphones, together with an adapter for use in airplanes. They are convenient to operate whether you are listening to music at home or on the road. One can say that this headphone model is made for active people who travel a lot, do sports activities and enjoy long walks in the open air. The sound from Sony is amazing in various music genres, and in today’s video games, where the result depends a lot on the sound quality.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones with Active Noise Cancelling
Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones with Active Noise Cancelling | Source: Sony

Type: Closed-back Over-ear Noise Canceling Headphones | Bluetooth: 4.2 | Bluetooth Codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC | Latency: 160 ms (average) |Battery: 30 Hours | Charging Time: 3 Hours | Quick-Charge: 5 Hours in 10 mins | Drivers: Dynamic | Impedance: 47 Ohms | Frequency Response: 4 Hz – 40,000 Hz | Frequency Response (wireless): 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz | Weight: 254g

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Sony invested many resources into the WH-1000XM3 NC headphones: it includes the QN1 processor, a proprietary LDAC codec, and a reasonably advanced DSEE HX codec, which makes music more enjoyable. Their outstanding building quality testifies to excellent durability – an overall robust and aesthetically pleasing unit. And when it comes to noise-cancelling capabilities, nobody can complain about Sony WH-1000XM3.

Overall 5/5
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When it comes to over-ear headphones, the WH-1000XM3 is well-designed and sophisticated as well as elegant. Their outstanding building quality testifies to excellent durability – an overall robust and aesthetically-pleasing noise-canceling headphone.

The control is sensory, it’s on the right earpiece. Swipe up or down from the center to change the volume, left or right to jump the song. Tap to pause or play. If you put your palm on the right earpiece, the music will be turned off, and external microphones will be turned on, which is handy if someone approaches you.

The buttons are as nicely made, the physical ones are on the left cup – switching on, switching modes. You accustom to it quickly; it all works well. In winter, there may be problems when trying to manage your music outside. During the warm seasons, everything is near perfect.

This model’s most advantageous feature is, without a doubt, their weight, which is 20% lighter than the previous model. The earpads are softer, and the headband has also been made more comfortable. Thus you can enjoy wearing the headphones for a longer time.

Apart from that, the WH-1000xm3 has a very rugged and wear-resistant body. This way, there is no need to worry about the headphones when traveling, and if necessary, you can pack them up inside the case.

5/5
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The WH-1000XM3 fully supports Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX and incorporates Sony’s advanced noise-canceling technology. A distinctive characteristic of the unit is its ability to learn and adapt to the user’s environmental conditions to optimize the settings on a regular basis.

The declared operating time of 30 hours with the noise reduction turned on, by switching off the noise reduction, it is possible to achieve approximately 38 hours. One can take a set of multimedia adapters on an airplane, plug-and-play the headphones via cable, and enjoy unlimited playtime. The headphones work while you’re charging, so you can continue listening to music by plugging them into an external battery.

They come equipped with a Quick Charging system. Ensuring 5 hours of wireless play after only 10 minutes of charging. The charging is carried out via a universal Type C USB connector. As almost all of today’s devices have switched to this connector, it is very convenient, thus eliminating the necessity of carrying around different chargers.

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There’s no criticism when it comes to the active noise reduction function. The headphones are gorgeous. Indeed, they were able to analyze the surrounding noise and generate active antiphase. Furthermore: it analyzes your head shape, determines how the ear cups fit, and adjusts to the glasses you wear. Naturally, the headphones are very popular among travel enthusiasts – you can listen to music on flights and on trains. According to some people, it is possible to activate the ANC and have a good quiet sleep.

5/5
5/5

This is Sony’s first upgrade with aggressive growth, new processors, headphone firmware updates. Furthermore, as Sony WH-1000XM3 is the newest model of the series, there is at least one exciting feature that you’ll find inside the Headphones Connect App: atmospheric pressure control. Simply put on your headphones, hear your sounds, and optimize the cup pressure at 1.0 atm in normal conditions. When flying, the atmosphere adjusts; thus, you won’t feel nervous or discomforted. Another thing is the adaptive sound management. Since WH-1000XM3 includes several microphones, the headphones understand what is happening around you, the microphones try to increase cars’ noise, all for your safety.

The new CPU reduces traffic and other background noise efficiently. Integrated into the WH-1000XM3 is the Dual Noise Sensor technology, a feature that captures external sound through two microphones and communicates it to the processor for blocking. The headset can even manage the external sounds in ways that range from complete noise silencing to listening that allow you to hear certain sounds.

The WH-1000XM3 implements another feature called Quick Attention, which is helpful for everyday use while on the street or cycling. You only need to put your hand on the right ear cup. Your music will be muffled so that the user immediately hears the outside world so that you can talk with people within the office, a supermarket cashier, or even when you want to hear what that random person says about you without removing the headset.

5/5
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There are more extensive and profound developments in the acoustic domain when comparing the WH-1000XM2 and WH-1000XM3 to the original MDR-1000X & 1000XM2 – since the manufacturer has completely reworked the built-in audio amplification circuitry. All this makes for a desirable result.

Thanks to a 32-bit audio processing system and the advanced noise reduction function, Sony’s new processing system ensures impeccable listening quality. It offers an excellent signal-to-noise ratio, has low distortion levels when used with mobile devices, and delivers a clean sound with no interferences via Bluetooth.

The revolutionary design of the efficient 40 mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms also achieve excellent sound quality.

Overall 5/5
5/5

It is not required to break new ground when you develop the follow-up model of an outstanding noise-canceling headset such as the WH-1000XM3. On the solid foundation of the WH-1000XM2, the company made several subtle yet substantial refinements to the sound, including the feel, which makes the WH-1000XM3 only one step closer to excellence. The only thing it still lacks is better Bluetooth technology for multipoint communication plus a somewhat cleaner sound quality, and you’ll be there.

The Sony WH-1000XM3 headphone with ANC is quite an interesting model. Sony invested many resources: it includes the QN1 processor, a proprietary LDAC codec, and a reasonably advanced DSEE HX codec, which makes music more enjoyable.

The design is an absolute masterpiece, and you can immediately see the high quality of the headphones. They are absolutely perfect in terms of wearing comfort. Soft and smooth, the headphones nestle snugly on your head with a headband that never squeezes.

The result is overall impressive: for the fact that we never met active noise cancellation technology as good as this one before.

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