Posted on 5th July, 2019


Sony has added to its renowned 1000X family with the launch of the WF-1000XM3 true wireless noise-cancelling earphones.

Sony’s industry-leading noise cancellation is improved further with the HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e chip and Dual Noise Sensor Technology which promises exceptional noise-cancelling performance.

Sony WF-1000XM3
Thanks to Dual Noise Sensor Technology, one feed-forward microphone and one feed-back microphone on the surface of the headphones catch more of the ambient sound around you. Having caught the ambient sound, the dedicated HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e gets to work. The processor cleverly creates an inverted sound wave to offset the unwanted background noise. It not only cancels more noise across almost all frequencies but also uses less power. The result is that anything from annoying aircraft cabin noise to the hustle and bustle on the city streets is cancelled-out by the buds - so all you get is the music.
Furthermore, Sony’s 1000X range is renowned for its high-quality sound, and this continues with the WF-1000XM3 earphones.

The HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e also accomplishes stunning sound thanks to 24-bit audio signal processing and DAC with amplifier.

Sony WF-1000XM3

Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX) upscales compressed digital music files including MP3 formats, to bring you closer to the quality of High-Resolution Audio.
Naturally, the truly wireless design of the WF-1000XM3 buds means no getting in a tangle on the commute. Additionally, the WF-1000XM3 buds are small and light but still manage to pack in a newly developed Bluetooth chip that enables simultaneous transmission to both earphones, meaning that both sides receive audio content at the same time, rather than the conventional left-to-right relay found in similar offerings currently on the market. Also, we are told that latency has improved, which means films can also be enjoyed more on a paired device.

Sony WF-1000XM3
Battery life is quoted at 24 hours with noise-cancelling on, thanks to WF-1000XM3 earbuds’ sleek case that doubles up as a charger, perfect for a battery boost on the go. The buds even have a quick charge function – just 10 minutes of charging gives you up to 90 minutes of battery life.
You don’t even have to take out the snug-fitting buds to have a chat, just place your finger over the touch panel of the left earbud to quickly lower the music volume and let the ambient sound in. Plus, with the fully customisable touch sensors on the earbuds, you can easily play, pause, skip songs or activate your voice assistant with simple taps.

Sony WF-1000XM3

When you take out a bud, your music will automatically pause and resume playing when you put the earbud back in your ear.
Optimised for the Google Assistant, you can control your headphones by voice.

Price and availability

The WF-1000XM3 model will be priced at approximately £220 / €250 (Ireland) and will be available from mid-August.


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Jay Garrett

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