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Sony WH1000XM3 Review

Dubbed by many as the best Sony noise cancelling headphones WH1000XM3 in this review we will take a look at Sony's flagship headphones to see exactly what has changed in comparison to its predecessor, the Sony WH-1000XM2.


Based on our previous positive experience of the 1000XM2, it comes as no surprise that the new revision delivers arguably the best sound in its category, easily outperforming the closest competition from Bose, QuietComfort 35 II.

With not much to discuss in terms of improvement to sound quality, Sony have been busy enhancing noise cancellation features and user comfort. With these developments Sony boasts that the upgraded 1000XM3 has four times more effective noise cancellation than its predecessor!

The 1000XM3’s built-in amplifier, integrated with a HD Noise-Cancelling Processor, produces low distortion levels and the best signal-to-noise ratio in its class. Powerful 1.57" drivers, with LCP diaphragms, handle the heaviest of beats across a spectrum of frequencies up to 40 kHz.


As expected, Sony’s flagship headphones are packed with a whole host of sound enhancing features, including; ambient sound mode which ensures you hear essential sounds when you’re on the move, and Smart Listening by SENSE ENGINE which automatically adjusts the output to suit your situation.

A unique feature called 'Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing' will prove advantageous to the frequent flyers out there. This delivers the 1000XM3’s optimal sound cancelling qualities at high altitudes, enabling you to enjoy noise cancelling at its best when you’re up in the air.

Sony’s LDAC™, a new audio technology from Sony, allows you to enjoy high quality audio wirelessly through the Bluetooth 4.2 connection. This transmits approximately three times more data than conventional Bluetooth seen on other devices. As a result of this, the audio quality accomplished is as close as possible to what you would get from a dedicated wired connection.


Sony have made minimal but welcoming design tweaks to the upgraded headphones that enhance user comfort whilst new copper styling tones make them visually appealing.

Lighter overall in weight than its predecessor, the 1000XM3 has a newly shaped, more streamlined bridge, giving a neater and less ‘bulky’ appearance.

Extra soft, pressure-relieving ear-pads, constructed with foamed urethane help evenly distribute pressure gently across the face whilst maintaining a firm fit.

You can control volume, track navigation, and phone calls at the touch or swipe of a finger using the touch-capacitive sensor panel. The noise cancelling on/off switch is also conveniently located for easy access.

The microUSB charging port has been upgraded to a USB Type-C, taking 3-hours to fully charge from empty which will provide up to 30-hours playback time. However, if you have forgotten to charge them up you can get 5-hours battery life after just ten minutes of charging using the additional AC adapter.


Although not much has changed in the way of build & performance since the Sony WH-1000XM2, the slight changes that have been made do make the headphones look and feel better. They are still the best performing headphones in their class with the most advanced noise cancellation technology, and we love the new subtle copper tones in the design.

However, if you’re not one of those people who ‘has to have’ the latest tech, then it may be worth saving your money and grabbing a pair of the Sony WH-1000XM2 instead. They have dropped considerably in price since the release of the Sony WH-1000XM3.

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