Sony's best-selling noise-cancelling headphones are getting some in-ear company, with the Sony WF-1000XM3 headphones promising the same audio quality but in an AirPods-rivaling form factor. With the QN1e processor, ambient noise is detected and suppressed.
For sound quality, the WF-1000XM3's are packed with sound-improving functions, thanks to the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX and 24-bit audio signal processing that upscales compressed MP3 files to HD-quality levels. You'll get a total of 24 hours of playback with noise-cancellation, and a total of 32 hours without before the case needs charging. All in, the setup caters for 24 hours of cable-free music enjoyment before a user will need to seek out a wall outlet. Ambient noise reduction according to research by Sony Corp., measured using JEITA-compliant guidelines for the digital noise cancelling headphones market. The device also supports Sony Headphone Connect app that offers several features such as an Equalizer, Adaptive Sound Control and more. But, Sony's latest attempt at industry-leading earbuds are the best answer to the rival Apple Airpods. The video below has more. Other features include an auto-pause feature, which stops the playback when an earbud is taken off the ear. Headphones Connect app, where you'll find customisation features for sound, noise cancellation, touch controls and more. While this isn't surprising - reduced battery life when using ANC is true of all of the noise cancelling headphones we've seen - the smaller batteries required by true wireless earbuds present more of a challenge here.
Sony told me the WF-1000XM3 get eight hours of listening time with noise-cancelling turned off, and six hours with noise-cancelling turned on.
Sony says they'll deliver the same level of noise-cancellation as its best-selling WH-1000XM3 headphones, which were greeted by glowing reviews from fans and critics when they landed a year ago.
Moreover, the charging case features a USB Type-C port. Available in both white and black colors, the headphones typically sell for $350 when they're not discounted. The buds even have a quick charge function - just 10 minutes of charging provides up to 90 minutes of battery life.
Optimised for the Google Assistant , you can control your headphones by voice, making the WF-1000XM3s the ideal commuter companion.