Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Earbuds
Sony’s new WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds promise the best of the bestby Tudor Rus, on
For some of us, the daily commute can be a pretty noisy affair, especially in the big city. Luckily, modern times have blessed us with noise-canceling technology that sits right in the headphones we put into or over our ears. Of course, a pair of headphones capable of kicking noise in the face are useful in a variety of scenarios, not just when you’re looking to focus in an overcrowded bus, for example. So, if you happen to be searching for a pair of wireless, noise-canceling earbuds, then you might want to check out Sony’s latest offering. The company is expanding its 1000X range with the WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds which are fitted with noise cancellation technology that gets a boost from the QN1e chip as well as a pair of dual noise sensors.
Sony WF-1000XM3 - Design
Essentially, Sony’s new WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds look just like your regular in-ear headphones, but the company says it fitted them with its new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e and Dual Noise Sensor technology. The latter employs one feed-back microphone and another feed-forward one to catch more of the ambient sound around users and send it to the QN1e chip. Now, this is where the magic happens: Sony says the chip creates an inverted sound wave that cancels out the annoying background noise, which works on "anything ranging from aircraft cabin noise, to hustle and bustle on the city streets."
The WF-1000XM3 wire-free headphones have also received a new Bluetooth chip, allowing both the right and the left earbud to receive audio content.
On the comfort side - because you do want these things to feel as comfortable as possible and fit your ear structure like a glove - Sony explains that it went for a "tri-fold structure" that keeps the earbuds nicely tucked into your ears.
We know you’ll want to know how much music can you listen before the battery goes out. According to Sony, you’ll be able to enjoy around 24 hours of music (that’s with the Noise Cancelling feature on).
Moreover, the earbuds are kept in a case that also acts as a charger, and there's even a quick charge function that lets you add 90 minutes of battery life in just 10 minutes of charging.
That’s pretty neat. The same goes for the Quick Attention function - in case you want to hear public announcements or interact with someone for a short time, you can place your finger onto the earbud to lower the volume and allow the ambient sound in. The earbuds’ touch sensors also let you play, pause, and skip songs. Moreover, Wearing Detection automatically pauses the music when you remove one of the earbuds and plays it again once the earbud is back in place.
Sony WF-1000XM3 - Price
Sony’s WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds can be had for $229.99 on Amazon, but the product hasn’t been released yet (market debut is scheduled for August 5, 2019). You can, however, preorder it. There’s even a gift wrap option available if you purchase the earbuds through Amazon, in case you’re in the mood to play Santa.
|Driver unit||0.24-inch dome type|
|Battery life||up to 24 hours|
|Battery charge time||1.5 hours|
|Weight (one earbud||0.3 ounces|
|Frequency response||20 Hz-20,000 Hz|
|Charging case weight||2.8 ounces|
|Bluetooth range||30 feet (10 meters)|