Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones with Mic, 30 Hours Battery Life, Quick Charge, Gesture Control, Ambient Sound Mode, with Alexa Built-in – Black


wh1000xm3, wh1000xm2, wh 1000xm3, wh 1000xm2, mdr1000xm3, mdr1000xm2, mdr 1000xm3, mdr 1000xm2comfortable fit, premium headphones, quality headphones, lightweight, cushioned earpadsCopper details

Copper detailing adds an additional level of style to the WH-1000XM3 headphones

” data-position=”triggerHorizontal” />Lighter weight

20g lighter in weight than the WH-1000XM2 for an even more comfortable fit!

” data-position=”triggerHorizontal” />
  1. High-res audio

    High-res audio

    Music as the artist intended

    Hear music that sounds true to the original recording with more detail and clarity

  2. DSEE HX

    Digital Sound Enhancement

    Restore all of your compressed files

    DSEE HX upscales compressed digital music files, bringing them closer to the quality of HiRes Audio

  3. Smart headphones

    Smart headphones

    Get more with our smartest headphones yet

    Tailor sound to you with SENSE ENGINE and use Adaptive Sound Control with the Headphones Connect App

1High-res audio2DSEE HX4Smart headphones

Check out the Sony Wireless range

1000xm3

WH-1000XM3

xm4

WH-1000XM4

wh-ch900n, ch900n, ch900

WH-H900N

wh-ch700n, ch700n, ch700

WH-CH700N

wh-ch500, ch500

WH-CH500

Noise Cancelling Industry-leading NC with QN1 Industry-leading NC Digital Noise Cancellation Digital Noise Cancellation No
Battery life 30 hours 30 hours 28 hours 35 hours 20 hours
Quick charge Yes, 10 minutes = 5 hours Yes, 10 minutes = 5 hours Yes, 30 minutes = 3 hours No No
Motion sensor ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✘
High-res audio ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✘
Bluetooth ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Speak to chat ✘ ✔ ✘ ✘ ✘
Wearing detection ✘ ✔ ✘ ✘ ✘


Weight: 260 g
Size: 1
Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm; 259.99 Grams
Model: WH1000XM3B.CE7
Colour: Black
Batteries Included: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
Colour: Black
Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm; 259.99 Grams
Size: 1

You may also like...

117 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 5 From Our UsersNow that I have left the honeymoon phase I can safely say that these are trhe best headphones I have owned overall. Which, of course is extremely anecdotal information. The sound quality is good accross the board, particularly for wireless cans.

    The noise-cancelling is very good for the most part, completely dampening all ambient noise, completely erasing it with mid to low volume music. The only criticism I have for the noise-cancelling is that it goes a bit weird after sudden temperature change. If they have been warm indoors for hours, and you go outside wearing them during the winter the noise cancelling seems to bug out for the 20 seconds or so, which is honestly nothing.

    Another issue with the noise-cancelling is that very loud sudden noises sometimes somehow get through the noise-cancelling. I have noticed this mostly with glass. It can be jarring and uncomfortable due to the rest of the world being almost mute until this happens. This has mostly happened when closing the front door of my house, and also when unloading the dishwasher and putting glasses back in the cupboard, if they clink together.

    The battery lasts as long as I would ever need it to, probably not quite 30 hours, but easily a full day and a half of intense usage. A woman disables all sound output at 20% to tell you that the battery is low and you should recharge, and again at 10%. I find her a little obnoxious, a quick chime would be better, rather than making it impossible to hear anything for 3-4 seconds, particularly if you are using the headphones for a call.

    As far as comfort goes, these are above average. I haven’t had any issues personally, I could wear them literally all day with no issues, provided my ears got a few breaks just so they can breathe a little; not because of pain. I find them very comfortable, but I usually have less issues than most with headphone comfort.

    The only other critiques I have of the Sony1000xm3’s is that the headband has a cushion of foam which can’t be removed or replaced, meaning that if it eventually decays or goes bad, you are stuck with it. Mine is still nice and fresh, but it has only been one year, and I try to clean the pads and band with an alcohol wipe weekly. It is also annoying that it is not capable of being paired with multiple devices simultaenously.

    Overall. Despite Sony’s silly product names, I love the Sony WH1000-XM3’s, very close to the perfect wireless headphones for me. XM4’s do not seem worth the upgrade for me, and I am quite happy to continue using the XM3’s for years to come.

    I will update this review should they ever die, or if I retire them to give an indicator of the XM3’s lifespan.

  2. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 5 From Our UsersNow that I have left the honeymoon phase I can safely say that these are trhe best headphones I have owned overall. Which, of course is extremely anecdotal information. The sound quality is good accross the board, particularly for wireless cans.

    The noise-cancelling is very good for the most part, completely dampening all ambient noise, completely erasing it with mid to low volume music. The only criticism I have for the noise-cancelling is that it goes a bit weird after sudden temperature change. If they have been warm indoors for hours, and you go outside wearing them during the winter the noise cancelling seems to bug out for the 20 seconds or so, which is honestly nothing.

    Another issue with the noise-cancelling is that very loud sudden noises sometimes somehow get through the noise-cancelling. I have noticed this mostly with glass. It can be jarring and uncomfortable due to the rest of the world being almost mute until this happens. This has mostly happened when closing the front door of my house, and also when unloading the dishwasher and putting glasses back in the cupboard, if they clink together.

    The battery lasts as long as I would ever need it to, probably not quite 30 hours, but easily a full day and a half of intense usage. A woman disables all sound output at 20% to tell you that the battery is low and you should recharge, and again at 10%. I find her a little obnoxious, a quick chime would be better, rather than making it impossible to hear anything for 3-4 seconds, particularly if you are using the headphones for a call.

    As far as comfort goes, these are above average. I haven’t had any issues personally, I could wear them literally all day with no issues, provided my ears got a few breaks just so they can breathe a little; not because of pain. I find them very comfortable, but I usually have less issues than most with headphone comfort.

    The only other critiques I have of the Sony1000xm3’s is that the headband has a cushion of foam which can’t be removed or replaced, meaning that if it eventually decays or goes bad, you are stuck with it. Mine is still nice and fresh, but it has only been one year, and I try to clean the pads and band with an alcohol wipe weekly. It is also annoying that it is not capable of being paired with multiple devices simultaenously.

    Overall. Despite Sony’s silly product names, I love the Sony WH1000-XM3’s, very close to the perfect wireless headphones for me. XM4’s do not seem worth the upgrade for me, and I am quite happy to continue using the XM3’s for years to come.

    I will update this review should they ever die, or if I retire them to give an indicator of the XM3’s lifespan.

  3. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 5 From Our UsersNow that I have left the honeymoon phase I can safely say that these are trhe best headphones I have owned overall. Which, of course is extremely anecdotal information. The sound quality is good accross the board, particularly for wireless cans.

    The noise-cancelling is very good for the most part, completely dampening all ambient noise, completely erasing it with mid to low volume music. The only criticism I have for the noise-cancelling is that it goes a bit weird after sudden temperature change. If they have been warm indoors for hours, and you go outside wearing them during the winter the noise cancelling seems to bug out for the 20 seconds or so, which is honestly nothing.

    Another issue with the noise-cancelling is that very loud sudden noises sometimes somehow get through the noise-cancelling. I have noticed this mostly with glass. It can be jarring and uncomfortable due to the rest of the world being almost mute until this happens. This has mostly happened when closing the front door of my house, and also when unloading the dishwasher and putting glasses back in the cupboard, if they clink together.

    The battery lasts as long as I would ever need it to, probably not quite 30 hours, but easily a full day and a half of intense usage. A woman disables all sound output at 20% to tell you that the battery is low and you should recharge, and again at 10%. I find her a little obnoxious, a quick chime would be better, rather than making it impossible to hear anything for 3-4 seconds, particularly if you are using the headphones for a call.

    As far as comfort goes, these are above average. I haven’t had any issues personally, I could wear them literally all day with no issues, provided my ears got a few breaks just so they can breathe a little; not because of pain. I find them very comfortable, but I usually have less issues than most with headphone comfort.

    The only other critiques I have of the Sony1000xm3’s is that the headband has a cushion of foam which can’t be removed or replaced, meaning that if it eventually decays or goes bad, you are stuck with it. Mine is still nice and fresh, but it has only been one year, and I try to clean the pads and band with an alcohol wipe weekly. It is also annoying that it is not capable of being paired with multiple devices simultaenously.

    Overall. Despite Sony’s silly product names, I love the Sony WH1000-XM3’s, very close to the perfect wireless headphones for me. XM4’s do not seem worth the upgrade for me, and I am quite happy to continue using the XM3’s for years to come.

    I will update this review should they ever die, or if I retire them to give an indicator of the XM3’s lifespan.

  4. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 2 From Our UsersI have access in my household to BOTH the Bose QuietComfort 35ii and this Sony WH-1000XM3 headset. Both sound similar to me for listening to music straight out of the box and I prefer the Bose for the sound and comfort. This is my personal preference.

    Active Noise Cancellation ANC: While both are excellent, I must say Sony has exceeded on this front in how their app allows one to mix the level of ambient room noise into the music being listened to. You can cancrl all noise or allow some through via the Sony app. Bose only give you 3 settings for this via the app, and I find Sony’s is more functional for me in that regard. But Bose cancels all noise out completely as well and I have tested it with the washing machine on as well, which I could hear but it wasn’t jarring.

    APP: Sony wins, more functionality and controls over Bose. The Sony app allows you to adjust your music more granularly using their enhanced software so you can have more Bass, concert, arena mode etc.

    Comfort: Bose wins hands down. Bose feels lighter on the ears and is in my view one of the most comfortable pair of headsets I have worn. Bose you can wear for hours. With Sony, sadly my ears got warm, cups are not as breathable.

    Overall winner for me is Bose because I like their sound and I love their comfort.

    If you like enhanced Bass, then Sony app allows you to get enhanced bass levels via their software so you will like it for that.

    Verdict: I will be using use Bose more regularly as I prefer their sound and I like the design and most importantly, comfort.

    Prefer the Bose QuietComfort 35ii

  5. ChristoperStrom says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersI’ve had my Beats Solo3 Headphones for almost 3 years now and I needed an upgrade so I started looking for quality rather than just ‘hype’ stuff that look good. After reading too many articles, reviews, lists ranking best headphones, it was clear that Sony was a winner at the top of the headphone market.

    If you’re here because you’re on somewhat of a budget and don’t want to spend over 300 for the latest 4th generation of these headphones, don’t worry you’re not downgrading. These are amazing and were ahead of their time back in 2019, and are still ahead of their time now in comparison to other big brands like Beats or dare I say the new Apple AirPods Max (over 500 :o).

    Noise cancellation works wonders. If you haven’t used it before, you’ll get used to it very quickly after a few headaches. It’s refreshing to just have silence, especially if you’ve been stuck at home with your loud family due to Covid. There are so many settings and features you can put on noise cancellation too with the app for these headphones. It’s pretty easy to use, connectivity is quick and simple. The download for the software update did take a while but no more than an hour (might be due to WiFi or connectivity issues).

    Sound quality is great, bass is perfect and a little heavy just like I like it, but, again, with settings you can customise the bass and treble and everything to what you like, and you can save those to backup for future use instead of continuously changing it. A huge upgrade from my Beats.

    The right ear is touchpad controls. You can pause and play, volume up and down, skip forwards and backwards. While this is pretty convenient, when I lay down in my bed or brush the touchpad by mistake, it pauses or skips. Seems pretty touch sensitive. I’m more traditional and would prefer simple buttons so these type of accidents don’t happen, but I understand that these are travel headphones so people this is marketed towards aren’t likely to be sleeping with them on or whatnot.

    They feel a little plasticity – because they’re made with a plastic finish – but the second you put them on I swear it feels like a pillow. They’re incredibly comfy, I feel like my face is getting hugged. Not sure about durability since I haven’t had them that long to test that out, but so far so good. They look great, they sit around your neck perfectly too, you can turn the ears inwards.

    One thing that confuses me is the case, because the headphones don’t completely fold in. It’s like a semi-fold. Either have them open or closed Sony. But you can easily buy different cases on Amazon that fit these perfectly.

    The differences between MX3 and MX4 is very small and not worth any extra 100 in my opinion. These are already advanced in the industry, you don’t need to spend more. These are perfect if you’re looking for noise cancelled experience away from reality and just an everyday pair. If you’re looking for better sound quality for music, I would suggest checking out Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, Pioneer. Music production headphones are probably the best if you want the highest quality of music.

  6. Thor Benson says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersI’ve had my Beats Solo3 Headphones for almost 3 years now and I needed an upgrade so I started looking for quality rather than just ‘hype’ stuff that look good. After reading too many articles, reviews, lists ranking best headphones, it was clear that Sony was a winner at the top of the headphone market.

    If you’re here because you’re on somewhat of a budget and don’t want to spend over 300 for the latest 4th generation of these headphones, don’t worry you’re not downgrading. These are amazing and were ahead of their time back in 2019, and are still ahead of their time now in comparison to other big brands like Beats or dare I say the new Apple AirPods Max (over 500 :o).

    Noise cancellation works wonders. If you haven’t used it before, you’ll get used to it very quickly after a few headaches. It’s refreshing to just have silence, especially if you’ve been stuck at home with your loud family due to Covid. There are so many settings and features you can put on noise cancellation too with the app for these headphones. It’s pretty easy to use, connectivity is quick and simple. The download for the software update did take a while but no more than an hour (might be due to WiFi or connectivity issues).

    Sound quality is great, bass is perfect and a little heavy just like I like it, but, again, with settings you can customise the bass and treble and everything to what you like, and you can save those to backup for future use instead of continuously changing it. A huge upgrade from my Beats.

    The right ear is touchpad controls. You can pause and play, volume up and down, skip forwards and backwards. While this is pretty convenient, when I lay down in my bed or brush the touchpad by mistake, it pauses or skips. Seems pretty touch sensitive. I’m more traditional and would prefer simple buttons so these type of accidents don’t happen, but I understand that these are travel headphones so people this is marketed towards aren’t likely to be sleeping with them on or whatnot.

    They feel a little plasticity – because they’re made with a plastic finish – but the second you put them on I swear it feels like a pillow. They’re incredibly comfy, I feel like my face is getting hugged. Not sure about durability since I haven’t had them that long to test that out, but so far so good. They look great, they sit around your neck perfectly too, you can turn the ears inwards.

    One thing that confuses me is the case, because the headphones don’t completely fold in. It’s like a semi-fold. Either have them open or closed Sony. But you can easily buy different cases on Amazon that fit these perfectly.

    The differences between MX3 and MX4 is very small and not worth any extra 100 in my opinion. These are already advanced in the industry, you don’t need to spend more. These are perfect if you’re looking for noise cancelled experience away from reality and just an everyday pair. If you’re looking for better sound quality for music, I would suggest checking out Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, Pioneer. Music production headphones are probably the best if you want the highest quality of music.

  7. SeymourWester says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersI’ve had my Beats Solo3 Headphones for almost 3 years now and I needed an upgrade so I started looking for quality rather than just ‘hype’ stuff that look good. After reading too many articles, reviews, lists ranking best headphones, it was clear that Sony was a winner at the top of the headphone market.

    If you’re here because you’re on somewhat of a budget and don’t want to spend over 300 for the latest 4th generation of these headphones, don’t worry you’re not downgrading. These are amazing and were ahead of their time back in 2019, and are still ahead of their time now in comparison to other big brands like Beats or dare I say the new Apple AirPods Max (over 500 :o).

    Noise cancellation works wonders. If you haven’t used it before, you’ll get used to it very quickly after a few headaches. It’s refreshing to just have silence, especially if you’ve been stuck at home with your loud family due to Covid. There are so many settings and features you can put on noise cancellation too with the app for these headphones. It’s pretty easy to use, connectivity is quick and simple. The download for the software update did take a while but no more than an hour (might be due to WiFi or connectivity issues).

    Sound quality is great, bass is perfect and a little heavy just like I like it, but, again, with settings you can customise the bass and treble and everything to what you like, and you can save those to backup for future use instead of continuously changing it. A huge upgrade from my Beats.

    The right ear is touchpad controls. You can pause and play, volume up and down, skip forwards and backwards. While this is pretty convenient, when I lay down in my bed or brush the touchpad by mistake, it pauses or skips. Seems pretty touch sensitive. I’m more traditional and would prefer simple buttons so these type of accidents don’t happen, but I understand that these are travel headphones so people this is marketed towards aren’t likely to be sleeping with them on or whatnot.

    They feel a little plasticity – because they’re made with a plastic finish – but the second you put them on I swear it feels like a pillow. They’re incredibly comfy, I feel like my face is getting hugged. Not sure about durability since I haven’t had them that long to test that out, but so far so good. They look great, they sit around your neck perfectly too, you can turn the ears inwards.

    One thing that confuses me is the case, because the headphones don’t completely fold in. It’s like a semi-fold. Either have them open or closed Sony. But you can easily buy different cases on Amazon that fit these perfectly.

    The differences between MX3 and MX4 is very small and not worth any extra 100 in my opinion. These are already advanced in the industry, you don’t need to spend more. These are perfect if you’re looking for noise cancelled experience away from reality and just an everyday pair. If you’re looking for better sound quality for music, I would suggest checking out Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, Pioneer. Music production headphones are probably the best if you want the highest quality of music.

  8. Marlys08Kqr says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersI have waited a couple of months after purchase to write this review. Are these great headphones? Absolutely the noise cancelling and sound quality are superb. Are they worth 200+? I’m not so sure. To get the best out of the headphones you have to use the Sony app.
    1 You can save 2 custom EQ’s for your listening preferences however the app does not recall what specific EQ was last used and always defaults to none. So any time you start using the headphones be prepared to go back into the app and choose your EQ
    2 You can only connect one device to the headphones at any given time (I believe with the xm4s you can have two). This means when listening to your tv through the headphones, you are unable to change any settings without disconnecting the tv and reconnecting your phone through the app. You would have to do this several times to find your desired settings for any given video you are watching.
    These 2 issues should be a simple software update but given these headphones are now a few years old I would have thought this would have been dealt with by now.
    3 If like me, you are using these for home recording purposes, you are of course going to require a longer cable. Due to the design of these headphones, not all standard cables with fit in to the socket. After trying two different types, I resorted to buying an extension cable and using that along with the cable supplied with the headphones. Not exactly a major hardship but for this price I would not expect these issues.
    Anyway, great headphones but there are some issues.

  9. LisaBeersixfobx says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersI have waited a couple of months after purchase to write this review. Are these great headphones? Absolutely the noise cancelling and sound quality are superb. Are they worth 200+? I’m not so sure. To get the best out of the headphones you have to use the Sony app.
    1 You can save 2 custom EQ’s for your listening preferences however the app does not recall what specific EQ was last used and always defaults to none. So any time you start using the headphones be prepared to go back into the app and choose your EQ
    2 You can only connect one device to the headphones at any given time (I believe with the xm4s you can have two). This means when listening to your tv through the headphones, you are unable to change any settings without disconnecting the tv and reconnecting your phone through the app. You would have to do this several times to find your desired settings for any given video you are watching.
    These 2 issues should be a simple software update but given these headphones are now a few years old I would have thought this would have been dealt with by now.
    3 If like me, you are using these for home recording purposes, you are of course going to require a longer cable. Due to the design of these headphones, not all standard cables with fit in to the socket. After trying two different types, I resorted to buying an extension cable and using that along with the cable supplied with the headphones. Not exactly a major hardship but for this price I would not expect these issues.
    Anyway, great headphones but there are some issues.

  10. AshleeQweoole says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersI have waited a couple of months after purchase to write this review. Are these great headphones? Absolutely the noise cancelling and sound quality are superb. Are they worth 200+? I’m not so sure. To get the best out of the headphones you have to use the Sony app.
    1 You can save 2 custom EQ’s for your listening preferences however the app does not recall what specific EQ was last used and always defaults to none. So any time you start using the headphones be prepared to go back into the app and choose your EQ
    2 You can only connect one device to the headphones at any given time (I believe with the xm4s you can have two). This means when listening to your tv through the headphones, you are unable to change any settings without disconnecting the tv and reconnecting your phone through the app. You would have to do this several times to find your desired settings for any given video you are watching.
    These 2 issues should be a simple software update but given these headphones are now a few years old I would have thought this would have been dealt with by now.
    3 If like me, you are using these for home recording purposes, you are of course going to require a longer cable. Due to the design of these headphones, not all standard cables with fit in to the socket. After trying two different types, I resorted to buying an extension cable and using that along with the cable supplied with the headphones. Not exactly a major hardship but for this price I would not expect these issues.
    Anyway, great headphones but there are some issues.

  11. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 4 From Our UsersTook a chance on these as I was at the end of my tether with very noisy neighbours coupled with the fact noise just comes through my walls like they’re made of paper. I had at one point been on the brink of spending thousands of pounds on sound proofing the walls but in the end decided against it as I wasn’t confident even expensive sound proofing would actually work. In the end , instead of spending thousands on soundproofing my walls I spent 240 on these noise cancelling headphones. And they really do work! Wow. I’d never owned a pair of noise cancelling headphones before and was a bit sceptical. But my mind is blown by how much noise they block out.The constant 24/7 chatter from my neighbours is blocked out when I have these headphones on even if just the noise cancelling without music.They’ve saved my sanity.

    The quality of sound when playing music is beyond fantastic- simply wonderful and a huge choice of settings with the equaliser using the app.

    The headphones are really comfortable and I can wear them for hours without them irritating me like some headphones do.

  12. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersI am very happy with my purchase of Sony noise cancelling headphone (Sony WH-1000XN3).

    Due to the COVID-19 lockdown since last year, I have been quite happily placed under ‘Hikikomori’ mode in my room studying and working. The only issue has been that my room is situated on the side of the road and I have zero tolerance to noise of various kinds, which include traffic noise outside my house day and night by big lorries, noisy motorbikes and cars driving above the speed limit often blasting music out loud, people’s slamming the car doors after getting out of the car, people walking and talking (quite often loudly on mobile), screaming and shouting school kids on the road during school run, walkers with barking/yapping dogs , and many more etc. Even with the secondary glazing installed on the windows, my study/ work still gets constantly interrupted by the noise outside, which has driven me almost insane! Then I came across this noise cancelling headphone while trying desperately to find any solution to alleviate the noise issue.

    The headphone really works by shutting most of the unwanted noise out. It doesn’t mean it will be 100% noise free depending on where you are, but it actually takes the edge off the unpleasant noise when I wear it and it’s almost as if I were sitting in a soundproof room. The good thing is that when I wear it in my room, I no longer hear most of the noise I mentioned above and I can now concentrate on my study/ work. If you have an aversion to noise like me while trying to concentrate on your study or work in a room, this is the one for you to buy!

    The price mark at 200+ pounds may put off some people, but you won’t be disappointed with the product. There is also an ambient sound option too, but I would prefer not to use it as simply wearing it paired with my laptop or other device is sufficient enough for me. Battery power is long enough for me too. Having worn it over 1 week (using on average 4 — 5 hours a day), I still have 20% battery power left.

    In terms of the comfort level of wearing this headphone, I am quite happy wearing it over long hours (around 1 hour+ at a time). I have large ears and it has taken me a few days to get used to the headphone first, but my large ears fit into the headphone cups just about, so it doesn’t give me discomfort or pain, provided that I take a little break at regular interval. The only tiny issue could be that it may generate heat for wearing it for a long period of time. It’s not so bad in the winter time (at the time of writing this review), however I would be interested to find out the comfort level when I use it during the summer time (or the nasty heatwave).

    Some people may use the headphone outside, but I would very much prefer to use it indoors. I have also tried and tested listening to a variety of music (pop, rock, classical, Jazz and opera from my collection) from my laptop. The sound quality is good enough for me, after all I purchased the headphone purely for noise cancelling effect, so I am not that bothered about if it provides a mega bass sound effect etc. The headphone is a heaven sent and I have to make sure to take good care of it for the longevity.

  13. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 3 From Our UsersOriginally, I went with the Bose. After all Bose make some of the best in sound, right?! Wrong! Everything about the Bose 700s that is wrong (from Bluetooth instability issues, to build quality problems, to bizarre behaviour with the headphone controls, to limp unimpressive sound) Sony has managed to get right with the XM3’s.

    I bought the XM3’s with fairly low expectations to be honest. If Bose left me unimpressed, what chance do Sony have? Well, Sony… You have certainly impressed. The Sound is wonderful, noise cancelling phenomenal, in 6 weeks not a single issue. The only issue I have now is that I really hate taking the XM3’s off – life is just better with these cans on!

  14. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 2 From Our UsersBought these to replace a pair of dropped and broken much loved Sony MDR1BT headphones. Surprised that the sound quality of the XM3 was not quite as good as the MDR1BT especially with high bitrate music files played via wired c/w a headphone amp.
    Putting that aside the noise cancellation is top notch for wireless listening and to be fair the sound clarity is excellent with plenty of punchy bass for my tastes.
    The earpieces can also get rather sweaty with prolonged use especially on a hot day.
    Battery life is on another level to anything I’ve used before. I’m still on my first charge after a week of daily use.
    The touch controls on the right earpiece will take some time to get used to, not that I’m a great user of this function. The Google assistant works as expected and can be useful if your into utilising it.
    Haven’t used the headphones during a call yet so can’t comment on how good the quality is.
    All round I’m more than happy with my purchase so far.

  15. Joanna Sciarrino says:

     United Kingdom

    So I have been using these for over a week now and as per most reviews these are an impressive set of headphones. These were an upgrade to my beats solo 3 and it’s incredible just how much better these are. Originally I upgraded to the beats studios but sent them back with total disappointment as they didn’t sound as good as my solo 3.
    So onto the unboxing and the first thought was how good they feel in hand they really feel like a quality well made set of phones, the earcup foam is so soft I really hope it will stand the test of time we will see.
    Chose these over the MX4 due to the price difference and after reading the reviews there’s really not that much difference in fact some people who have upgraded to the mx4 from the mx3 have said they preferred these.
    So set up is a breeze you only have to connect to your device once via your devices settings then every time you switch on the headphones they should connect again automatically this has been the case for me so far.
    Once set up put them on and the first thing you notice is just how comfortable this set is I mean they are just so comfy you hardly know you have them on.
    Personally I find them just as if not more comfy than the bose QC so no worries there.
    The next thing you will notice is the noise cancellation which is phenomenal. I have enjoyed wearing these on the train on the commute and you seriously can hardly hear the train, they do a good job of cutting out the voices of others to a decent level which also makes me really happy.
    So onto the sound a very important factor. It’s brilliant a really decent bass, not as bass heavy as the beats which is a good thing indeed. Really nice mids which the beats lack completely and highs are crisp clear. Very impressed with the sound on these absolutely thrilled for the price.
    Now the controls, well this is taking a bit of getting used to and I have not mastered it yet and am sure with a bit more practice and getting used to something new it will be fine. Unlike the beats there are no physical buttons but rather swiping on or tapping on the right earcup is how you control these.
    Also there is an app to fine tune everything which i really like great feature.
    So overall these give you more more than i expected I can highly recommend these cans as an upgrade from whatever but especially if you own a set of beats and thinking of upgrading just go for i

  16. Anonymous says:

     United Kingdom

    I got these and the Bose QC35 II, ended up keeping these.

    The good:
    1. Good sound. Not amazing, but good. I’m used to the Sony sound as I love my Sony earphones. When I first tried the Bose ones, they sounded different but also poorer quality in higher registers. These ones have the typical Sony sound, and no quality issues like the Boses had. I’d say these are not as good as the earphones, which are wired, but very nearly as good.
    2. Noise cancellation. I don’t know if it’s any better than the Bose ones, but it’s definitely good. These days my neighbour has been tearing up his extension’s foundations. With the door to my room closed, and these headphones on, I can feel the jackhammer’s vibration in my desk without hearing any sound.
    3. Zoom calls. It’s fine for that. From reading reviews it sounded like people had issues with this headset, but all I can say is that it works fine for me. I don’t use them out and about, but from my home office it’s perfectly fine. I would say the sound of my voice isn’t crystal clear; I’ve heard playbacks from recorded calls, and there is always a very slight distortion on the voice, but it’s slight and others think my sound is very clear.

    The average:
    1. Comfort. They’re ok but not as comfortable as the Bose headphones. I do find myself moving them around on my head from time to time as they start to annoy my head after a while. Bear in mind (a) I am bald, so that undoubtedly contributes; and (b) I wear them for about 10 hours straight most days. They’re definitely not uncomfortable headphones, just that they could be better.
    2. TV watching. Prior to these headphones I used a much cheaper BT headset which had Bluetooth 5.0. I never noticed any sync delays with those. With these ones I do. However it isn’t consistent – sometimes I notice no delay at all, other times there seems to be a slight delay. It doesn’t bother me much, especially as I mostly watch subbed anime. But if TV watching is your primary purpose for these, then I’d choose another set that has BT 5.0 or higher.
    3. The swipe functionality for volume and previous/next is kinda cool, but for some reason my swiping motion to put the volume up often enough does a “next” instead. Obviously the direction I’m moving my finger is the wrong angle, but I wouldn’t have this issue with proper buttons, so it can be a bit annoying.

    The bad:
    1. These headphones will connect automatically to my PC if bluetooth is enabled when they are switched on. That’s the only scenario where that happens. If BT is enabled after they are switched on, they won’t auto connect. If I move away from the PC and the connection drops, and I’m away for more than about 5 seconds, they won’t auto connect. On my TV, in no scenario will they ever auto connect. Both the Bose and my old cheaper headphones auto connected in all those scenarios.
    2. Quality. I’m on my second pair of these. The first very quickly developed this strange issue where after about 30-60 minutes of being turned on, one of the ears would start making this sound I can only describe as a gentle blowing in my ear. Not consistent, sort of as if you were listening to waves on the shore or something. Turning off and back on wouldn’t get rid of it, however leaving off for a prolonged period e.g. overnight would, though it would be back not long after it was turned on again the next day. This is only an issue when noise cancelling is enabled. From reading online it appears this is an issue more than a few have experienced with this model, and there doesn’t appear to be a known fix.
    I returned it and got another one in its place. I have actually experienced the same thing briefly a couple of times with this new headset, but that’s it – the rest of the time it’s been perfectly fine. So I decided to keep it, especially as my company is paying for it, but there does appear to be some underlying problem with the noise cancelling functionality of this model.

    So why these over the Bose QCs?
    1. Sound is much better on the Sonys. Both for music and TV.
    2. Zoom calls on the PC with the QCs were bizarre – as soon as the mic was enabled (i.e. any time it goes into recording mode, e.g. as soon as you join a Zoom call), it would actually play in my ears any sounds the mic picked up, instead of only transmitting them as “outgoing” audio. So on any call I’d constantly be getting an amped up “room environment” sound in my ears, any typing I did would be super loud, etc. Not a zoom issue as I could recreate it by putting them in recording mode outside of zoom. I tried to find a solution, tried various things I found online to address this, but none of it worked. Also, I never had this issue with any other headset I used on this PC, just the QCs.

    For those reasons I went with the Sonys.

  17. EldenAddison says:

     United Kingdom

    Golden Review Award: 2 From Our UsersI bought these a year and a half ago, and have used them almost daily. I’ve used them wired and wireless, with my pc, phone, tablet, and tv.

    There are three “modes” –
    – Noise cancelling – don’t expect to switch them on and just hear silence, that’s not how they work. But as soon as you play some sound, they do indeed cancel out noise from your surroundings, and they do it very effectively. If you play music, even fairly quietly, you won’t hear a person talking next to you.

    – Ambient – you literally hear both your music/game/movie/etc and your surroundings, so you can hear your doorbell or someone talking. I was really impressed how clearly i could hear someone talk (considering I’m wearing headphones), although i never have a need for this option. There is a headphones app (on android at least) where you can adjust the balance of how much outside noise you can hear. Very useful.

    – Ambient sound control off – IMPORTANT NOTE, this is not the same as them being switched off entirely. If you use these wired but leave them switched off, the sound quality will be AWFUL. Muffled, flat, just awful. But if you switch to the mode that says “ambient sound control off”, it’s what you want from them as simple headphones. No special noise cancelling, no special ambient sounds, but just headphones. In this mode, which I use the most often, you get great sound. The only downside is that it still uses battery, since they are technically “on”.

    These headphones are very comfortable for long periods at a time, and my glasses don’t get in the way at all.

    They look amazing and considering I use them almost daily, they still have no signs of wear.

    One click of the power button tells you the battery level, and the battery life is excellent. I use my samsung phone charger to charge them and it’s quite quick.

    The touch controls can be a little awkward, but I almost never use them.

    In fact the only thing I don’t like about these is that when you cycle through the modes, or switch them on/off, the sound is LOUD. You can disable it, but it becomes very hard to tell which mode you’re on, and you won’t hear the battery level.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.