Sony WF-1000XM3 Noise-cancelling Wireless Earbuds Launched

Kelley Robertson
July 6, 2019

At $US230 - $US70 more than Apple's cheapest AirPods, and $US30 more than Apple's most expensive AirPods - that should be expected.

The company has now expanded its truly wireless earphone portfolio by launching Sony WF-1000XM3 globally.

Confusing naming convention aside, there are reasons to believe these new Sony earbuds could be a real hit, especially since they undercut rival high-end products from Sennheiser and Master & Dynamic while also offering more features.

Sony's WF-1000XM3 earbuds have an in-ear design, which immediately makes them more secure in the ear than Apple's AirPods. The earphones can also be used for hands-free calling, and can have various settings and functions controlled through the Sony Headphones Connect app, available for iOS and Android. And compressed digital music files such as MP3 are given a quality bump by the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX. I didn't have a pair of AirPods with me to compare them in audio quality, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Sonys sound better.

The WH-1000XM3's noise-canceling abilities, audio performance, and many features made the $348 headphones one of our IFA 2018 top picks and a category victor in our Best of Headphones feature. Combined with the in-ear design on the WF-1000XM3, the noise-cancelling chip did a great job of hushing ambient noise. In this case, Sony now uses two noise-cancelling microphones in each earbud, and leverages its own proprietary QN1e chip to process the ambient noise and remove it from the audio playing through the earphones themselves.

Sony WF-1000XM3 also comes with some cool features.

The other big improvement over Sony's earlier efforts is battery life.

Sony claims that with noise-cancelling and Bluetooth turned on, the earphones will offer six hours of battery life natively and up to a whopping 24 hours with the bundled carry case that can charge the device up to three more times. The short amount of time, supplies up to 90 minutes of listening, as well as voice assistant capabilities and customizable touch controls.

Available in black and platinum silver, the earbuds release in Australia sometime this month.

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