Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Sony launches WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling in-ear headphones


When Sony launched the WF-1000X, the company's first true wireless headphones, they became an instant hit but the Japanese giant took two more years before it chose to release their successor: the WF-1000XM3. According to the manufacturer, Sony True Wireless headphones have a frequency response of 20 to 20000 Hz, and sampling via Bluetooth occurs at 44.1 kHz.

"The WF-1000XM3 earbuds provide the benefits of the over-ear headphones, in a compact and lightweight design, and we are delighted to welcome these new headphones to the 1000X family".

The headphones also use a new Bluetooth chipset and connection technology to increase stability and reduce the potential for lip-sync errors with video - Sony claims these in-ears are on a par with their over-ear siblings.

Audio signal is processed by the DAC at 24 bits, and the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HXTM) upsamples your audio files to High Resolution Audio. I didn't have a pair of AirPods with me to compare them in audio quality, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Sonys sound better. The earphones are claimed to offer 6 hours of use on a single charge with active noise cancellation switched on, and 8 hours with it switched off. Combined with the in-ear design on the WF-1000XM3, the noise-cancelling chip did a great job of hushing ambient noise. They come with Sony's QN1e HD processor coupled with both feed-forward and feed-back mics to promise a similar level of noise-canceling performance as the company's market-leading over-ear cans.

Sony has taken on AirPods before, but its predecessor to the WF-1000XM3 fell short in a number of areas.

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And, while the South Korean giant has launched several devices in the A series, none have impressed as much as the Galaxy A50. He told the publication that he pushed for the launch of the device before it was ready.

The other big improvement over Sony's earlier efforts is battery life. Consumers can listen for up to 24 hours with Noise Cancelling on, thanks to the WF-1000XM3 buds' sleek carrying case that doubles up as a charger while on the go. The WF-1000MX3 also comes with a charging case which is expected to charge the buds three times, making it a total of 24 hours of playback time.

Sony states that a 10 minute charge can deliver 90 minutes of playtime, and, if it proves to be true (and with Sony it usually does), I'm impressed.

The earbuds themselves also magnetically snap into the case, which is pretty nifty.

Optimized for the Google Assistant, users can control the headphones by voice for a hands-free experience, ideal for when they are out and about. The product will be available in silver and black.

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