Introducing Sony's WF-1000XM3 headphones

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Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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“A new benchmark for true wireless earbuds, the WF-1000XM3 combines effective active noise cancelling with areal sense of musicality.” 

What Hi-Fi?, July 2019

Meet Sony’s latest product in their multi-award winning 1000X series, the truly amazing truly wireless WF-1000XM3 noise cancelling earbuds. These share the high calibre noise-cancellation and sound quality from the WH-1000XM3 all in a commuter friendly form. They are extremely stylish, with an unobtrusive minimalist design with subtle detailing. They’re packed with smart functionality, like Google Assistant compatibility and quick attention mode. Essentially, these are the perfect headphones for the commuter, the music lover and the fashionista.

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Industry leading noise-cancellation*

Industry leading noise-cancellation*

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Sony have achieved something truly incredible with the amount of noise cancelling packed into these small, unobtrusive yet extremely stylish headphones; your commute feels like complete bliss while you’re wearing them! The WF-1000XM3 headphones do this using a specially designed chip – the QN1e – which uses dual microphones to capture more ambient noise and actively cancel this by creating an inverted sound wave. Sony’s rich history of creating studio calibre microphones means that they’re able to catch more noise, and the powerful technology in the QN1e chip expertly cancels this captured noise out. Basically this means you get some really stylish and completely wireless headphones that make your commute or time in the office completely free of background noise and totally focused on the music.

Sony have achieved something truly incredible with the amount of noise cancelling packed into these small, unobtrusive yet extremely stylish headphones; your commute feels like complete bliss while you’re wearing them! The WF-1000XM3 headphones do this using a specially designed chip – the QN1e – which uses dual microphones to capture more ambient noise and actively cancel this by creating an inverted sound wave. Sony’s rich history of creating studio calibre microphones means that they’re able to catch more noise, and the powerful technology in the QN1e chip expertly cancels this captured noise out. Basically this means you get some really stylish and completely wireless headphones that make your commute or time in the office completely free of background noise and totally focused on the music.

*As of June 1st 2019. According to research by Sony Corporation,measured using JEITA-compliant guidelines in Truly Wireless style noisecancelling headphones market.)

*As of June 1st 2019. According to research by Sony Corporation,measured using JEITA-compliant guidelines in Truly Wireless style noisecancelling headphones market.)

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Only music. Nothing else.

Only music. Nothing else.

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The QN1e also helps the WF-1000XM3 excel at what is most important from a pair of earbuds – and something we characterise the 1000X family with – and that’s giving amazing sound quality. The HD Noise Cancelling Processor not only gives you an incredible level of noise cancelling but turns a digital audio signal into an analogue signal (using DAC, digitalto audio converter) which any audiophile will tell you is crucial for getting a rich, authentic, premium quality sound. Further clever tech upscales your compressed music files (includingMP3) so you get closer to the quality of High-Resolution Audio, giving your music a wider frequency range and greater authenticity. All this means you can truly immerse yourself in high quality sound, and turn the turbulence of the commute or the office noise around you into a relaxing escape.

The QN1e also helps the WF-1000XM3 excel at what is most important from a pair of earbuds – and something we characterise the 1000X family with – and that’s giving amazing sound quality. The HD Noise Cancelling Processor not only gives you an incredible level of noise cancelling but turns a digital audio signal into an analogue signal (using DAC, digitalto audio converter) which any audiophile will tell you is crucial for getting a rich, authentic, premium quality sound. Further clever tech upscales your compressed music files (including MP3) so you get closer to the quality of High-Resolution Audio, giving your music a wider frequency range and greater authenticity. All this means you can truly immerse yourself in high quality sound, and turn the turbulence of the commute or the office noise around you into a relaxing escape.

A stylish accessory

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You don’t just want a pair of headphones that sound great – that have brilliant battery life and smart functionality (read on) – that have industry-leading noise cancelling – you want truly wireless earbuds that look great and feel great, that are stylish and desirable. The WF-1000XM3 headphones come in a striking black with copper or gorgeous champagne with rose gold, with just the right amount of detailing to make them stand out from the crowd without being ‘in-your-face’. They’ve got improved comfort and stability with an ergonomic tri-hold system with three supporting points in the ear, so they feel really snug and secure. They also come with seven different sets of earbuds (four sizes of hybrid earbuds and three sizes of triple comfort earbuds) so you can easily find the right fit for you – which is an important part of creating a great noise-cancelling experience.

The ergonomic charging case holds the headphones in place (with a satisfying magnetic click) and come with a striking yet sleek design, with a copper or rose gold lid that match the headphones – the slim case easily slips into your pocket or bag for unobtrusive carrying convenience.

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True wireless freedom

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The truly wireless design of the WF-1000XM3 buds allows you to move freely without the nuisance of getting tangled in wires. Even though they’re small and light, they still pack a newly developed BLUETOOTH® chip which means you don’t compromise on quality for the additional freedom. This works by simultaneously sending bluetooth signals to the left and right earbud, meaning that you don’t suffer the same latency issues of older true wireless models which typically send bluetooth to the left bud first, which then sends on to the right. This means that the headphones are great for phone calls and watching video, as well as listening to music – so if you love watching your favourite TV shows on your commute, these are the headphones for you! A new optimised antenna built into the earbuds gives you a consistent stable connection meaning you can listen to music and watch video without interruption.

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FOR THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS

You don’t just want headphones that look great, sound great, and help you relax. You also want convenience and technology that is worry-free. You get this from the 1000XM3 earbuds with exceptional battery performance, meaning that you can stay out on the go without being let down by your headphones. On Noise Cancelling mode, you get 6 hours’ battery per charge, with the carrying case allowing for three additional charges, for a whopping 24 hours of high quality noise-cancelling and sound while you’re out and about. Switch noise cancelling mode off and this goes up to 8 hours (to a grand total of 32). If you do run out of battery, don’t worry; the quick charge mode gives you 90 minutes of battery life from just 10 minutes charging!

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Made to be smart

Sony have understood that you need your technology to suit your lifestyle, especially when you’re on-the-go. For ease, with the WF-1000XM3 you can use the Quick Attention mode to communicate without removing your earbuds. Simply place your finger over the touch panel of the left earbud to quickly lower the music volume and let the ambient sound in, so you can hear announcements or order a drink. Plus, with the fully customisable touch sensors on the earbuds (via the Sony Headphones Connect app) you can easily play, pause, skip songs or activate your voice assistant with simple taps. Additionally, the new Wearing Detection feature automatically pauses your music when you remove one of the earbuds from your ear and resumes playing when you put the earbud back in your ear, so you never miss a beat.

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Combining high-quality sound with the simplicity of voice control, the WF-1000XM3 has Google Assistant built-in. That means that you can play music, hear the news, control smart home devices, and get answers to questions (and more) just by talking to your earbuds. The WF-1000XM3 comes with a built-in microphone, so you can make and receive hands-free phone call without the fuss of having to take out your earbuds.