Sony expanded its renowned 1000X family with the addition of new generation truly wireless headphones – the WF-1000XM3. Sony’s Industry-leading Noise Cancellation is improved further with the HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e chip and Dual Noise Sensor Technology which delivers exceptional Noise Cancelling performance, enabling you to hear the music and nothing else.
Luxury Asia recently reviewed the WF-1000XM3. Firstly we loved the design and packaging. The earbuds can be placed in a stylish rechargeable casing. You can choose between black matte finish with copper accents or a taupe finish with gold accents, both with matching cases. You can put your noise cancelling earbuds back into the charging case and they’ll nestle into place with a satisfying snap thanks to a magnetic interior. A USB-C cable lets you recharge the case quickly and easily, ready for another day’s listening.
Unique Feature: Noise Cancelling
The WF-1000XM3 headphones feature Dual Noise Sensor technology that works with the new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e to catch and cancel noise respectively, so that all attention is on your music. Thanks to Dual Noise Sensor Technology, one feed-forward microphone and one feed-back microphone on the surface of the headphones catch more of the ambient sound around you. Having caught the ambient sound, the dedicated HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e gets to work. The processor cleverly creates an inverted sound wave to offset bothersome background noise. It not only cancels more noise across almost all frequencies but also uses less power. Anything ranging from annoying aircraft cabin noise, to hustle and bustle on the city streets, is dramatically cancelled by the buds – so it’s all about the music.
Characteristic of the 1000X family, you can enjoy premium, high quality sound on the WF-1000XM3 buds and listen to your music the way that the artist intended. The HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e also accomplishes stunning sound thanks to 24-bit audio signal processing and DAC with amplifier. Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX™) upscales compressed digital music files including MP3 formats, to bring you closer to the quality of High-Resolution Audio. You can fully immerse yourself in high quality sound, whether you’re listening to music or enjoying the latest movies on the go.
The truly wireless design of the WF-1000XM3 buds allows you to move freely without getting tangled in wires. The WF-1000XM3 buds are small and light but manage to pack in a newly developed BLUETOOTH® chip. This allows for L/R simultaneous BLUETOOTH® transmission which means that both left and right earbuds receive audio content at the same time, rather than the conventional left-to-right relay BLUETOOTH® transmission. Teamed with the new optimised antenna structure, this results in a highly stable wireless connection. Also, low latency syncs what you see on screen precisely with what you hear on your headphones for enjoyable TV shows, videos and more. To us the low latency syncs is very important, nothing annoyed us more, especially when you are watching a fast-pace movie.
Comfortable fit is very important to the user. If it is not comfortable, user will not want to use it for long hours. The WF-1000XM3 buds are specifically designed for improved comfort and stability in the ear. The ‘ergonomic tri-hold’ structure holds the earbuds firmly in place, with three supporting points for the ear. A high-friction rubber surface has also been included to ensure a stable fitting. To cater to different ear size, there are four sizes of hybrid earbuds and three sizes of triple comfort earbuds that come with the box, you can find your perfect fit.
The HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e has low power consumption, boosting the battery life and your listening time considerably. You can listen for up to 24 hours with Noise Cancelling on, thanks to WF-1000XM3 earbuds’ sleek case that doubles up as a charger, perfect for a battery boost on the go. The buds even have a quick charge function – just 10 minutes of charging gives you up to 90 minutes of battery life.
Another unique feature is Quick Attention, Customisable touch Sensors and Wear Detection
For ease, you can use Quick Attention mode to communicate without removing your earbuds. Simply place your finger over the touch panel of the left earbud to quickly lower the music volume and let the ambient sound in, so you can hear announcements or order a drink. Plus, with the fully customisable touch sensors on the earbuds , you can easily play, pause, skip songs or activate your voice assistant with simple taps.
Additionally, the new Wearing Detection feature automatically pauses your music when you remove one of the earbuds from your ear and resumes playing when you put the earbud back in your ear, so you never miss a beat.
SMART feature: Google Assistant
Optimised for the Google Assistant , you can control your headphones by voice, making the WF-1000XM3 the perfect commuter companion. The headphones are also compatible with the Sony | Headphones Connect app, where you’ll find customisation features for sound, noise cancellation, touch controls and more.
Pricing and Availability
The WF-1000XM3 is available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centres and Sony authorised dealers at a recommended retail price of S$ 349.00.
After testing the WF-1000XM3 for 3 weeks, we are convinced it is a good quality, well designed earbuds, one that support Sony industrial-leading noise-cancelling function. While at S$349 it is not a pair of cheap earbuds but they are worth it. You will find it very easy to use and setup.
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