Sony recently dropped its compact WF-1000XM3 noise-cancelling earbuds and while they look pretty schmick and borrow some features from their headphone papa, the Sony WH-1000X M3, let's take a look at what they offer us for the $399.95 price tag.
I have to admit that I'm one of those people who is pretty annoyed at the disappearance of the 3.5mm headphone jack from my mobile devices. And while Bluetooth is easy enough to set up, there are times when it's easy to plug in a set of wired headphones. Sony's WH-1000X M3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones offer the best of both worlds. They deliver Bluetooth connectivity but also support a 3.5mm connection. Here's how they performed for me.
Price and availability
The Sony WF-1000XM3 will set you back $399.95, which sounds like a lot of money if you haven't been following recent headphone releases, but it's actually pretty standard for a quality offering.
|Inputs||Bluetooth 5.0, line of sight approx.30ft (10m)|
|Frequency Response||20Hz - 20,000Hz (44.1kHz Sampling)|
|Driver Unit||6mm, dome type (CCAW Voice coil)|
|Battery||Up to nine hours (waiting time) with noise-cancelling on, 15 hours with noise-cancelling off, full charge takes 1.5 hours over USB (USB Type-C supplied).|
Reducing the roar of jet engines to a whisper, Sony's MDR-1000X Bluetooth headphones offer first class noise-cancelling for travellers with deep pockets. At $699 Sony's MDR-1000X headphones certainly aren't cheap but in return they deliver amazing noise-cancelling performance – a big step up from Sony's $499 MDR-100ABN "H.ear On" headphones which already sound pretty impressive.