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Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000Sony WH-1000XM3XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control

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Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control – Industry Leading Active Noise Cancellation

$349.99 $229.99

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Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000Sony WH-1000XM3XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000Sony WH-1000XM3XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control

$349.99 $229.99

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For the last few years, Sony has been hot on the heels of rival Bose, working hard to create the ultimate noise-canceling headphone. And with the WH-1000XM3 — priced at $350, £330 or $AU499 — it’s finally done it.

9.3Expert Score
With its more comfortable fit and improved performance, the Sony WH-1000XM3 becomes the noise-canceling headphone to beat.
Design
10
Features
9
Sound
10
value
8
PROS
  • The excellent-sounding Sony WH-1000XM3 is more comfortable and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor. It offers slightly improved noise canceling and performs better as a headset for making calls. Battery life is strong, and it has some nifty extra features geared toward frequent travelers.
CONS
  • Your ears can get a little warm inside the ear cups; I encountered some adaptive noise-canceling hiccups.

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Specification: Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000Sony WH-1000XM3XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control

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Connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth distance

Bluetooth Version

Battery Capacity (mAh) (mAh)

Product weight (kg)

0.2550

Package weight (kg)

0.7600

Product size (L x W x H)

18.50 x 7.40 x 26.50 cm, 7.28 x 2.91 x 10.43 inches

Package size (L x W x H)

19.00 x 8.00 x 27.00 cm, 7.48 x 3.15 x 10.63 inches

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9 reviews for Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000Sony WH-1000XM3XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control

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  1. Babis

    I got the refurbished headphones and they were in pristine condition, and updated to the latest firmware.Other pairs I own include the Bose QC35, QC25, and Beyerdynamic Custom Studio.ProsSupport of the latest bluetooth codecs (AptX, AptX HD, AAC, LDAC, SBC)Best noise cancelling in the marketFast chargingGreat battery lifeGood android appConsNo support for AptX LLMediocre sound qualityThe base is really exagerated and makes them sound very boomy and muffled.Clarity in the midrange and highs is lost. Piano sounds very distorted.Reviewers claiming that the Bose QC35 has been officially dethroned are probably bassheads.I got these because they support AptX, whereas Bose does not, but my Bose just sounds better.If you are debating whether to buy these, I would highly recommend going over to rtings and checking the review and the audio spectrum measurements, which proves objectively that the Bose more faithfully reproduces sound, especially low frequencies.If you wish to stick to Sony, the Sony H900N has better sound than the MX3, and has AptX support, but their noise cancelling is not as good.Bottom line:If you mostly care about noise cancelling, the Sony WH1000XM3 and Bose QC35 are best.If you mostly care about sound quality, the Sony H900N and Bose QC35 are best.If you mostly care about bluetooth codecs, the Sony WH1000XM3 and Sony H900N are best (unless you only use Apple products).Note on bluetoothIf you have Apple / MacOS products, the Bose QC35 are best, as they sound amazing with AAC over bluetooth.If you have Windows PC with bluetooth, you will have to use SBC for bluetooth, or get a dongle with AptX. Since the Bose do not support AptX, and there exists no AAC dongle, Bose is not a good option. For Windows PCs, the Sony WH1000XM3 and Sony H900N are best, due to their support of AAC and AptX.EQ can correct some of the sound problems. However, in the Android version of the Sony EQ app, you can only use the EQ with the SBC bluetoth codec, which worsens audio quality. This is senseless and totally defeats the purpose. In the iphone app, you can use the EQ with either SBC or AAC.Luckily, I own an Samsung S8 android, which has a decent system-wide EQ, which can be used together with high quality bluetooth codecs (AptX, AAC, LDAC). I used the audio spectrum measurements published on the rtings website for these headphones to make the appropriate EQ corrections, and produce a flat response. The headphones sound way better with EQ corrections. Sony should have used an internal EQ (like Bose) in these headphones to improve sound.Here are my EQ settings63Hz -1dB125Hz -2dB250Hz -3dB500Hz -2dB1kHz 0dB2kHz +2dB4kHz -2dB8kHz 0dB16kHz +2dB

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  2. Babis

    I got the refurbished headphones and they were in pristine condition, and updated to the latest firmware.Other pairs I own include the Bose QC35, QC25, and Beyerdynamic Custom Studio.ProsSupport of the latest bluetooth codecs (AptX, AptX HD, AAC, LDAC, SBC)Best noise cancelling in the marketFast chargingGreat battery lifeGood android appConsNo support for AptX LLMediocre sound qualityThe base is really exagerated and makes them sound very boomy and muffled.Clarity in the midrange and highs is lost. Piano sounds very distorted.Reviewers claiming that the Bose QC35 has been officially dethroned are probably bassheads.I got these because they support AptX, whereas Bose does not, but my Bose just sounds better.If you are debating whether to buy these, I would highly recommend going over to rtings and checking the review and the audio spectrum measurements, which proves objectively that the Bose more faithfully reproduces sound, especially low frequencies.If you wish to stick to Sony, the Sony H900N has better sound than the MX3, and has AptX support, but their noise cancelling is not as good.Bottom line:If you mostly care about noise cancelling, the Sony WH1000XM3 and Bose QC35 are best.If you mostly care about sound quality, the Sony H900N and Bose QC35 are best.If you mostly care about bluetooth codecs, the Sony WH1000XM3 and Sony H900N are best (unless you only use Apple products).Note on bluetoothIf you have Apple / MacOS products, the Bose QC35 are best, as they sound amazing with AAC over bluetooth.If you have Windows PC with bluetooth, you will have to use SBC for bluetooth, or get a dongle with AptX. Since the Bose do not support AptX, and there exists no AAC dongle, Bose is not a good option. For Windows PCs, the Sony WH1000XM3 and Sony H900N are best, due to their support of AAC and AptX.EQ can correct some of the sound problems. However, in the Android version of the Sony EQ app, you can only use the EQ with the SBC bluetoth codec, which worsens audio quality. This is senseless and totally defeats the purpose. In the iphone app, you can use the EQ with either SBC or AAC.Luckily, I own an Samsung S8 android, which has a decent system-wide EQ, which can be used together with high quality bluetooth codecs (AptX, AAC, LDAC). I used the audio spectrum measurements published on the rtings website for these headphones to make the appropriate EQ corrections, and produce a flat response. The headphones sound way better with EQ corrections. Sony should have used an internal EQ (like Bose) in these headphones to improve sound.Here are my EQ settings63Hz -1dB125Hz -2dB250Hz -3dB500Hz -2dB1kHz 0dB2kHz +2dB4kHz -2dB8kHz 0dB16kHz +2dB

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  3. Babis

    I got the refurbished headphones and they were in pristine condition, and updated to the latest firmware.Other pairs I own include the Bose QC35, QC25, and Beyerdynamic Custom Studio.ProsSupport of the latest bluetooth codecs (AptX, AptX HD, AAC, LDAC, SBC)Best noise cancelling in the marketFast chargingGreat battery lifeGood android appConsNo support for AptX LLMediocre sound qualityThe base is really exagerated and makes them sound very boomy and muffled.Clarity in the midrange and highs is lost. Piano sounds very distorted.Reviewers claiming that the Bose QC35 has been officially dethroned are probably bassheads.I got these because they support AptX, whereas Bose does not, but my Bose just sounds better.If you are debating whether to buy these, I would highly recommend going over to rtings and checking the review and the audio spectrum measurements, which proves objectively that the Bose more faithfully reproduces sound, especially low frequencies.If you wish to stick to Sony, the Sony H900N has better sound than the MX3, and has AptX support, but their noise cancelling is not as good.Bottom line:If you mostly care about noise cancelling, the Sony WH1000XM3 and Bose QC35 are best.If you mostly care about sound quality, the Sony H900N and Bose QC35 are best.If you mostly care about bluetooth codecs, the Sony WH1000XM3 and Sony H900N are best (unless you only use Apple products).Note on bluetoothIf you have Apple / MacOS products, the Bose QC35 are best, as they sound amazing with AAC over bluetooth.If you have Windows PC with bluetooth, you will have to use SBC for bluetooth, or get a dongle with AptX. Since the Bose do not support AptX, and there exists no AAC dongle, Bose is not a good option. For Windows PCs, the Sony WH1000XM3 and Sony H900N are best, due to their support of AAC and AptX.EQ can correct some of the sound problems. However, in the Android version of the Sony EQ app, you can only use the EQ with the SBC bluetoth codec, which worsens audio quality. This is senseless and totally defeats the purpose. In the iphone app, you can use the EQ with either SBC or AAC.Luckily, I own an Samsung S8 android, which has a decent system-wide EQ, which can be used together with high quality bluetooth codecs (AptX, AAC, LDAC). I used the audio spectrum measurements published on the rtings website for these headphones to make the appropriate EQ corrections, and produce a flat response. The headphones sound way better with EQ corrections. Sony should have used an internal EQ (like Bose) in these headphones to improve sound.Here are my EQ settings63Hz -1dB125Hz -2dB250Hz -3dB500Hz -2dB1kHz 0dB2kHz +2dB4kHz -2dB8kHz 0dB16kHz +2dB

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  4. Robert B.

    I don’t see this in many reviews but you can make the headphones sample the noise outside and make the noise cancellation even better . all by pressing the button there for 2 seconds that will get it to learning mode . I rented a truck – 26ft . rented trucks are very noisy . i put the headphone on and pure silence .

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  5. Robert B.

    I don’t see this in many reviews but you can make the headphones sample the noise outside and make the noise cancellation even better . all by pressing the button there for 2 seconds that will get it to learning mode . I rented a truck – 26ft . rented trucks are very noisy . i put the headphone on and pure silence .

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  6. Robert B.

    I don’t see this in many reviews but you can make the headphones sample the noise outside and make the noise cancellation even better . all by pressing the button there for 2 seconds that will get it to learning mode . I rented a truck – 26ft . rented trucks are very noisy . i put the headphone on and pure silence .

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  7. Amazon Customer

    The first pair of headphones emitted a slight high pitch noise in the right speaker.The second pair of headphones enhances ambient sound in the left speaker while noise cancelling is activated.The quality assurance for these headphones is not good. I recommend buying the new ones, just make sure you don’t but them from this vendor.

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  8. Amazon Customer

    The first pair of headphones emitted a slight high pitch noise in the right speaker.The second pair of headphones enhances ambient sound in the left speaker while noise cancelling is activated.The quality assurance for these headphones is not good. I recommend buying the new ones, just make sure you don’t but them from this vendor.

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  9. Amazon Customer

    The first pair of headphones emitted a slight high pitch noise in the right speaker.The second pair of headphones enhances ambient sound in the left speaker while noise cancelling is activated.The quality assurance for these headphones is not good. I recommend buying the new ones, just make sure you don’t but them from this vendor.

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