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Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds experience: noise reduction comparable to top headset?

ByNiki Jones 2019-07-10 1488

As more and more smartphones cut off the 3.5mm headphone Jack, wireless headphones are becoming a choice for more and more consumers, and among so many categories of wireless headphones, true wireless headphones with no cable connection between the left and right ears are growing rapidly. Recently, Sony launched a new true wireless earbuds WF-1000XM3, whcih is said to be comparable to top headset. So what is the performance of WF-1000XM3 noise reduction? Does it have the ability to replace top-of-the-line headset? Now, let's talk about the new Sony WF-1000XM3.

Touch operation, up to 32 hours of battery life

Taking into account the need for noise reduction, WF-1000XM3 unsurprisingly adopted an in-ear design, with seven pairs of earplugs available at random.


WF-1000XM3 


In addition, the WF-1000XM3 also uses rubber material in the contact position between earphone and ear, which further improves the wearing stability and contributes to better physical soundproof effect.


WF-1000XM3 


The WF-1000XM3 is slightly larger in-ear real wireless headphones, but because of its reasonable structure and weight distribution, the WF-1000XM3 's wearing experience makes sense, although not like the AirPods, it doesn't feel uncomfortable.


The circular area on the left and right earmuffs of the WF-1000XM3 supports touch control. By default, the left side is to switch the noise reduction mode (on noise reduction, ambient sound, off noise reduction). On the right side is the music control, pressing the left earmuffs to quickly turn on the ambient sound, which can be heard without taking off the headphones. In addition, WF-1000XM3 also supports wear detection, taking off a headset can pause the music, and continue to play after putting  it on.


 


In the part of the charging box, the WF-1000XM3 adopts a magnetic suction design, after the earbuds are put in, they can be quickly absorbed and charged, and lights are added under the earmuffs of the headphones and in the cracks on the front of the charging box.


WF-1000XM3 


WF-1000XM3 lasts for 8 hours at a single time, and after noise reduction is turned on, it is 6 hours. Thanks to the significantly larger charging box, WF-1000XM3 's charging box can also provide three additional full battery life, calculating a total duration of 32 hours (no noise reduction) / 24 hours (noise reduction). The WF-1000XM3 also supports fast charging, which lasts about 10 minutes and can be used for about 90 minutes.


The charging port of the WF-1000XM3 has been changed to the mainstream USB-C, but the charging box does not support QI wireless charging like the new AirPods, Samsung Galax Buds, bird TRACK Air+, etc. What's interesting is that the bottom of the WF-1000XM3 has an arc design that can't stand on a table, but the top of the box is flat, so if necessary, you can turn the WF-1000XM3 charging box upside down on the table......


WF-1000XM3 

Noise reduction, sound quality, latency

In terms of noise reduction, WF-1000XM3 has two main highlights.


First of all, WF-1000XM3 uses Sony's own HD noise reduction processor-QN1,which has the audio processing capabilities of 24bit.


WF-1000XM3 


Second, the WF-1000XM3 also uses a dual feedback microphone (the front feedback microphone on the headset housing + the rear feedback microphone inside the headset) to achieve more accurate noise collection


The actual noise reduction effect of WF-1000XM3 did surprise us. The previous generation of products did not mention it directly. Even compared with the TRACK Air+ active noise reduction headphones just released by Birds just now, the active noise reduction ability of WF-1000XM3 has obvious advantages. The low-frequency part of the filter is much cleaner.  In the current true wireless headset market, WF-1000XM3 is undoubtedly the most noise reduction product.


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In the sound quality part, WF-1000XM3 uses a 6 mm moving coil unit, supports DSEE HX digital sound enhancement engine, Bluetooth 5.0 protocol, and supports SBC and AAC encoding and decoding.Although not marked with Hi-Res, and did not join atpX, LDAC and other more advanced coding and decoding protocols, but the sound performance of WF-1000XM3 is still good, and the sound trend is still a little more intermediate frequency, so it can be ranked to the level of the first line in true wireless earbuds. 


Latency is another key improvement for the WF-1000XM3. As for the specific delay performance of WF-1000XM3 , whether it can handle "eating chicken" or audio games, we still need more experience. From the initial experience, although it may not be able to challenge AirPods, the delay performance of WF-1000XM3 is quite excellent, watching video, listening to music, ordinary games and other scenes can not perceive the obvious delay.

Worth buying true wireless active noise reduction earbuds

If you're considering buying a true wireless  earbuds  for more than a thousand dollars, the Sony WF-1000XM3 is undoubtedly worth putting at the top of the list of considerations. In terms of core experience, such as noise reduction, sound quality, battery life, stability and delay, WF-1000XM3 performs quite well, especially in noise reduction. 


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