Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

The latest in the range is the Sony WF-1000XM3, the Japanese company's premium high-end truly wireless earphones.

The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are available now in black or silver colorway for $250.

Clearly created to take on Apple's AirPods, the new Sony WF-1000XM3 includes custom Sony chips to deliver not only a more stable Bluetooth connection, but high-quality noise cancellation from the new proprietary QN1e circuitry - this is a notable drawback of Apple's more open-ear design. The QN1e features a low power consumption design, giving users up to 24 hours of use (with noise canceling on) when you use the case as a charger between sessions. Sony also states that the earbuds come with a quick-charge feature, in which a 10-minute charge can give about 90 minutes of playback.

Aimed at travelers and commuters, the WF-1000XM3 buds are specifically designed for improved comfort and stability in the ear. Sony launched the WF-1000X in 2017 and now they have finally announced WF-1000XM3.

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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 past year.

Look, at this point pretty much everyone knows that the Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are the best noise cancelling headphones on the planet.

Like the 1000X series, there's support for touch controls, something we've seen since this whole thing started back in 2016 with the MDR-1000X, and this model sports a similar approach, albeit on a smaller scale. Just exceptional sound, industry-leading noise cancellation*, and hour upon hour of pure listening freedom. That makes for a total of 32 hours of playback after the charging case's top-ups. 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.

Customers can also activate a Quick Attention mode to communicate without removing their earbuds. The music you listen to will be paused and played automatically when you plug in or plug out from the ears. Nowhere on the M3 earbuds will you find volume controls, so you'll need to do that via your device or with your voice assistant of choice, which can be accessed by tapping and holding the right earbud's touchpad. But they are true wireless buds, conforming to the norm for these kinds of things: two light-weight buds with a charge and carry case.

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