Sony wf-1000xm3 Wireless Earbuds review

The Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless headphones have tons to measure up to: Launched as a part of the brand’s lauded 1000X family of noise-cancelling headphones – that has the award-winning Sony WH-1000XM3 – and therefore the expectation is that these true wireless earbuds will offer superior noise suppression and no bit of favor.
Sony wf-1000xm3 Wireless Earbuds review
The good news? They don’t disappoint on either count – and that is why the Sony WF-1000XM3 are still our top true wireless earbuds for 2020.

In November 2019, Sony released a firmware update for the WF-1000XM3 headphones that brings a bunch of improvements, including Amazon Alexa support, volume control via the headset and a clear battery level indication of the charging case within the Sony Headphones Connect app.

These updates could seem small, but they're significant if you're keen on these headphones already and need to form the experience work even better – especially with Alexa.

There might be another firmware update on the way, too. On March 5, the earbuds briefly appeared on the Qualcomm website, suggesting that the Sony WF-1000XM3 might be close to get aptX HD support – and thus, support for Hi-Res Audio.

PROS

CONS
  • Efficient noise-cancellation

  • Not suitable for sports

  • Inconspicuous looks

  • Struggle with in-flight noise

  • Great fun to listen to

  • No LDAC support



Apple AirPods Pro vs Sony WF-1000XM3: which buds are best? 

Available in both regular black, and a rather stylish champagne silver, they’re roughly a 3rd cheaper than the over-ear WH-1000XM3 model they share technology with. They’re also competitively priced against rival wireless earbuds just like the $299 Bose QuietControl 30 that also offer active noise cancelling.

Design

If earbuds were only judged on their design alone, the WF-1000XM3 would already win all the marbles: They lack the protrusive bulk of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, and therefore the unapologetic dorkiness of Apple AirPods. Plus, weighing just 8.5g each, they're comfortable within the ear and that they look stunning.

The headphones are available a sensible rechargeable case, with on-trend copper lid, and are held securely in situ with magnets. The case itself doubles as A battery pack, if you would like a rescue recharge when out and about.

The belated successors to the WF-1000X, launched back in 2017, they feature variety of improvements to sound quality and noise cancellation. This includes a dual-sensor system in each bud, and therefore the adoption of essentially an equivalent QN1 noise-canceling processor found within the WH-1000XM3 over-ears.

In terms of comfort, the fit of the sony WF-1000XM3 inspires confidence. Cleverly twisting into place, secured by the structure of your ear, they feel snug and fairly comfortable (let’s face it; you’re never getting to want to spend all day wearing in-ear buds). Importantly, they don’t feel as if they’re likely to drop out as you bop down the road and these are easy headphones to measure with - just chuck the charging case in your pocket and you’re good to travel.

A wide selection of non-slip rubber and foam earbud covers are supplied within the box, so it’s worth experimenting to seek out one that gives the simplest fit/comfort.

In terms of comfort, the fit of the WF-1000XM3 inspires confidence. Cleverly twisting into place, secured by the structure of your ear, they feel snug and fairly comfortable (let’s face it; you’re never getting to want to spend all day wearing in-ear buds). Importantly, they don’t feel as if they’re likely to drop out as you bop down the road and these are easy headphones to measure with - just chuck the charging case in your pocket and you’re good to travel.

A wide selection of non-slip rubber and foam earbud covers are supplied within the box, so it’s worth experimenting to seek out one that gives the simplest fit/comfort.

There’s also a fast Attention mode available on the right-hand ear bud that was a staple within the over-ear WH-1000X series allowing you to the touch the earbud to obviously hear ambient sound. Unfortunately, there’s no on-bud volume control though; which will only be administered through the app. 

The other bad news? There’s no support aptX HD or Sony’s high headroom LDAC Bluetooth extension. The WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds also use a 24-bit audio processor, not the 32-bit silicon found within the sony WH-1000XM3. Sorry audiophiles, you are going to possess to shop for the full-size cans if you would like all the simplest features.

Performance

Tiny 6mm drivers exude clarity and rhythm; these superb little music makers miraculously conjure a good, expansive soundstage, with believable spatial detail.

If your commuting vice is podcasts, the mid-range is silky smooth. If you favor to rock out, they roll with the simplest of them - guitars have edge, drums are tight and hard. Alternatively, dance and pop mixes sound positively frothy.

There’s some appreciable bass, but no boom. If you would like a more pronounced thump, then over-ears are always getting to be a far better bet.

Of course, the important test for the WF-1000XM3 is their noise-cancelling abilities. to find out more we took them on a loud commute, and a touristy sightseeing tour, then subjected them to the last word test - on the wing. The results were surprising.

The sony WF-1000MX3 employ an equivalent noise-cancelling engine as their bigger brother, but that doesn’t mean they’re directly comparable. Sony told us the QN1e HD noise cancelling processor at work here puts during a comparable performance thereto found within the second-gen WH-1000XM2 over-ears.

Where these Sony’s noise-canceling really scored was the everyday commute, be it by train, tram or bus. Noise suppression is high. The headphones are extremely good at eliminating nearby chatter, because of dual noise sensors in each bud.

We found it virtually impossible to carry a conversation with Active Noise Cancelling engaged - which may be a good thing when you're trying to stay outside conversations on a flight, train ride or day at the office to a minimum.

However, airplane cabin noise proved an excessive amount of for the diminutive buds. While the WF-1000XM3 were ready to reduce the drone of an aircraft on the wing, they certainly didn’t eliminate with an equivalent ruthless efficiency of the WH-1000XM3. So while everyday travel is within their reach, we wouldn’t address these for an extended haul flight.

Bluetooth stability proved consistently good. Sony has positioned the Bluetooth antenna within the pointy little bit of the headphone, and uses a replacement L/R simultaneous transmission which reduces latency, handy if you’re watching TV on your smartphone. It also improves signal stability, lowers power consumption and allows you to connect only one earbud if you would like to.

Battery life

When it involves battery life, the WF-1000XM3 edges past rivals just like the Apple AirPods (5 hours) and Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless (4 hours) with around 6 hours of power per charge. If you forgo noise cancelation altogether, you'll claim back another few hours - but where would be the fun in that?

The charging case features a quick charge mode. connect for ten minutes and you’ll get another 90 minutes of juice - perfect if you would like a fast boost before a flight - and therefore the case charges over USB-C in about three hours.

Final verdict

In spite of a couple of minor problems we feel that Sony has knocked the ball out of the park with the sony WF-1000XM3: Not only are these handily the simplest looking True Wireless headphones out there, they combine serious noise cancelling tech with fist-pumping musicality. If you don’t want the inconvenience of carrying full-size cans, they’re a persuasive alternative.

Battery life is above average, which compact charging case is pretty slick too. On-ear volume controls almost like the PowerBeats Pro would've been nice, but again, that's really not a deal-breaker in our books.

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