An upgrade to its predecessor WH-1000XM2 the WH-1000XM3 comes with several upgrades and features, the best one being the HD Noise Cancelling Processor, QN1. Here is a quick review of this pair of wireless headphones.
The body of the headphones have been made of good quality plastic and the leather covers over the ear-cups have been removed. The material is soft to touch and feels nice, but quick to attract dust and scratches. It is available in colors of silver, black and champagne gold. The frame is slender and light and makes is easy to wear and carry around.
Controls and Touch
The touch panel is smooth to operate. All the finger swipes and gestures are executed perfectly. You can swipe left or right to play the next track or a previous one, double-tap to pause or play or answer a call. You can manage the volume of the headphones by swiping up and down.
Active Noise Cancellation
The headphones feature Sony’s new QN1 processor that works perfectly when it comes to noise cancellation. The audio processing is great. Most of the environmental melee is silenced when you turn on the NC mode. The noise cancellation is definitely an upgrade from its predecessor, WH-1000XM2.
Sony has always boasted impeccable audio quality in all their devices. The stereo imaging has leveled up, the bass profile is superior and the soundstage is undoubtedly dynamic. The sound quality differs while playing different types of songs, thus you should switch modes to get the best out of every song that you listen. The headphones support five codecs for music playback —aptX HD, aptX, AAC, SBC and LDAC. Each one has been developed to maximize the quality of sound Bluetooth. Using an aux cable also boosts the sound and volume.
The Connect App offers several customization options to the users. There are some cool functionalities such as virtual assistants and sleep timers. Stand, run, move in a transport or walk the headphones automatically adjust according to the user’s movement. The app offers a unique feature which lets the headphones emphasize sound in various positions.
Sony guarantees 30 hrs. of playback once the headphones have been fully charged. The WH-1000XM3 gets 5 hours of playtime with just a 5-minute charge. It also has an auto power-off feature so that the headphones can be turned when they are inactive.
Bluetooth, NFC and Setup
You can use both NFC and Bluetooth to pair the headphones. While the Bluetooth connectivity happens in a jiffy pairing it with the NFC takes a bit of time. The Wi-Fi streams pretty quickly and the headphones work well even when on public Wi-Fi. Bluetooth offers a range of 30 feet. Bluetooth connects within 30 seconds.
The WH-1000XM3 has been priced at $350. But the headphones give you every bit of your money invested.
With the upgrades and improvements, these headphones are definitely worth buying. It offers powerful audio quality that is bound to impress any critic.