Sony WH1000XM3 vs Audeze Mobius

Sony WH1000XM3 review
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Audeze Mobius review

If you are looking for both comfort and quality of sound, take a look at my review of Audeze Mobius vs Sony 1000XM3 closed back, over ear headphones, with wired and wireless options.

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Features

Sony 1000XM3 keeps its quality at high volumes even with mobile devices having an impedance of 16 Ohm, while Audese Mobius does not specify it. Both headphones have an incredibly wide range of frequency response 10Hz-50KHz vs 4Hz-40KHz. Audeze Mobius has a higher sensitivity of 120 dB vs 104 dB of Sony. Audeze Mobius gives up on battery life vs Sony 1000XM3 with 10 vs 38 hours. Both headphones support aptX HD.

Sound

Audeze Mobius sounds very clear and handles highs, mids, and lows even at high volumes. One point that disappoints is the soundstage and imaging that does not differentiate the instruments very well. From crisp trebles to pumping bass everything sounds transparent and distortion free.

Sony 1000XM3 sounds really strong with the pumping bass and brilliant trembles. The soundstage is limited, but the instrument separation is clear and detailed. Their active noise cancelling just shuts down all the sounds from beyond including TV, chattering, engines etc. Moreover, the ANC level is adjustable.

Comfort and design

Almost equally light the headphones weigh 350 and 380 g respectively. Both have adjustable and soft padded headbands but wearing Audeze Mobius felt for me tighter than Sony 1000XM3. The plastic is silky to touch and does not look cheap.

The cups are foldable for Sony headphones only. Audeze Mobius is supplied with a detachable microphone while Sony has an in-built one. Both devices come in a hard carry case.

Sony WH1000XM3 pros and cons

Sony WH1000XM3 pros and cons

Pros

  • Sturdy and quality built, super comfortable materials and fit
  • Easy in use and control for a lot of functions like app, voice, in-line, and touch
  • Quality ANC that literally switches off the outer world or adjusted to the level you need

Cons

  • Bulky design and large cups that can make ears hot if used long

Audeze Mobius pros and cons

Audeze Mobius pros and cons

Pros

  • Great gaming headphones with lots of connection options and 3D audio for artificial soundstage
  • Large ear cups of closed design block noise naturally and do not leak like open cups
  • Stable tight fit for sports

Cons

  • Bulky and unfoldable to a more compact size to carry with or use out
  • Complicated system of app that may cause difficulties in settings and memory of your configuration

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Sony WH1000XM3
9.6
Audeze Mobius
8.4
10
7
10
10
10
inapplicable
9
7
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Common

Product

Sony WH1000XM3
Audeze Mobius

Model

WH1000XM3
Mobius

Brand

Sony
Audeze

Reviews

8834
135

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

closed back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
planar magnetic

Driver size, mm/inches

100/3.9

Impedance, Ohm

16

Frequency response, Hz

4Hz-40KHz
10Hz-50KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.1

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

104
120

Magnet type

neodymium
neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

380/13.4
350/12.3

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Control functions

volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, fast forward/rewind, noise cancelling, voice assistant
volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, microphone volume, microphone on/off, 3D,change source mode, change audio mode

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth version

4.2
4.2

aptX

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

Bluetooth profiles

A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

rechargable
rechargable

Battery life, hrs

38 (30 without noise cancelling)
10

Charging time, hrs

3

Charging port

USB-C
USB-C

Charging cable

USB-C to USB-A
USB-C to USB-A

Speed charge

Battery free listening mode

Battery level indicator

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

Waves NX

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Sony WH1000XM3
Audeze Mobius
Sony WH1000XM3
Audeze Mobius

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 9.6
  • 8.4
  • 9.6Sony WH1000XM3
  • 8.4Audeze Mobius

The Sony WH1000XM3 is better headphones in this comparison. Check Sony WH1000XM3 price