Sony WH1000XM3 Review and Specs

In the Summer of 2017 a well-known Japanese audio company Sony represented its new model of wireless closed back over ear headphones Sony WH1000XM3 with the function of adjustable noise cancelling. The headphones have a smart look, quality sound and adaptive system of ANC.

Sony WH1000XM3 review

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Features

Sony WH1000XM3 has a low impedance of 16 Ohm that makes it a great mobile device for MP3s and mobile phones. The frequency response of 4Hz-40KHz makes them high-resolution headphones for audiophiles and critical listening. The sensitivity of 104 dB provides a strong and quality sound at high volumes. The battery life of 30 hours is impressive. It is recharged quite fast within 3 hours. The support of NFC provides a great wireless connectivity.

Sony WH1000XM3 review

Sound

The bright feature of Sony WH1000XM3 is an incredibly strong and deep bass. It makes the sound live and engaging. However, its strength puts the highs backwards and makes them somewhat dull. Of course, we should not expect a wide soundstage of the type of closed cups. In general the sound is balanced and will satisfy most users.

Noise cancelling

The ANC works perfectly not only for the steady sound, but also blocks all other noises like chattering, TV noise and others. The function of adjusting allows me to make it comfortable in the conditions I am using the headphones and pleasant for my ears.

Connectivity

Sony WH1000XM3 are comfortable to use wireless, but also have a detachable cable. The Bluetooth version is 4.2 and it supports a lot of profiles. The headphones also support aptX and aptX HD.

Comfort and design

The headphones weigh just 380 g/13.4 oz. They are very light, comfortable, and not fatiguing for long wear. The cups are swiveling and foldable for a more compact size and a hard carry case provides safe and comfortable storage. The microphone is built in and it provides comfortable voice control functions and supports phone calls.

Pros and cons

Sony WH1000XM3 pros and cons

Pros

  • The best ANC I’ve tested makes it a great tool for traveling and use in any surroundings
  • Quality and comfortable build for long wearing and reliable use
  • Premium smart look in modern minimalistic style
  • Great control functions with in-line, touch, voice, and app

Cons

  • The design seems to me a bit bulky for active workouts

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Common features

Product

Sony WH1000XM3

Model

WH1000XM3

Brand

Sony

Reviews

9720

General

Wearing style

over ear

Enclosure

closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

Impedance, Ohm

16

Frequency response, Hz

4Hz-40KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

104

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

380/13.4

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

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

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth version

4.2

aptX

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

Bluetooth profiles

A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

rechargable

Battery life, hrs

38 (30 without noise cancelling)

Charging time, hrs

3

Charging port

USB-C

Charging cable

USB-C to USB-A

Speed charge

Battery free listening mode

Battery level indicator

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Sony WH1000XM3
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