Sony – once the pioneer and market leader in the audio industry has released its newly-developed headphones with HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 Sony that claims to offer superior sound and smart Listening. The WH-1000XM3 headphones are the newest addition to the highly-accredited Sony 1000X family though not a patch on Bose’s QC35 Quiet Comfort. There is one area though where Sony provide a definite improvement over Bose is the quality, touch and feel of the ear cushion which seems like a great improvement over Bose’s tacky ear cushions that tend to erode and wear out in under six months and replacements are hard to find.
This headband-style around ear model offers features from the previous WH-1000XM2 model, while adding multiple key improvements including upgraded Noise Cancelling performance to enhance listening and user experience.
The 1000XM3’s benefit from a newly developed HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, which has approximately four times greater signal processing performance, than its predecessor. This newly-developed component can not only negate transport noise like its predecessor, but also further cancels out daily background sounds such as street noise and human voices. It also features Dual Noise Sensor technology that captures ambient noise with dual microphones and then passes the sound data to the processor to cancel the noise.
These headphones are made to fly, as their Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing feature allows the Noise Cancelling performance to adapt specifically to high altitude by using sensors to detect the air pressure around you and optimize the Noise Cancelling accordingly.
Designed with the professional who frequently travels in mind, these headphones deliver exquisite High-Resolution Audio with a 40mm driver unit with a Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragm that handles heavy beats and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40kHz. This enables you to enjoy listening to your music exactly how the artist intended.
The HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 works not only for Noise Cancelling, but also realizes stunning high sound quality with 32-bit Audio Signal Processing and the combination of DAC with Amplifier functionality. This offers exceptionally high sound quality, best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio, and low distortion for portable devices.
The activity recognition feature, Adaptive Sound Control, detects your physical situation. With 3 auto mode-changes for the 1000XM3’s, you can hear all ambient sounds together with music when walking, hear announcements as well as your music when waiting and be immersed in music with Noise. This smart listening experience is enabled by the SENSE ENGINE™. Also, you can customize to your preferences with the Sony Headphones Connect app.
Quick Attention Mode lets you hear what’s going on around you without taking your headphones off. Place your right hand over the earcup to decrease music volume instantly, which allows you to quickly respond to those around you. For example, when flying, you can order your drink without taking your headphones off. There are other ways to control the sound too – swipe the touchpad on the right earcup to turn the volume up/down or to change track.
Another improvement is the Customizable Automatic Power Off function on the companion Headphones Connect app, which means the headphones can stay on and in Noise Cancellation mode without being connected to a device – perfect if you want noise reduction without listening to music. For example, you can rest peacefully while on a long-haul flight.
The 1000XM3’s have a new, slimmer silhouette and are lighter in weight than their predecessor. They are very comfortable to wear, thanks to a deeper earcup and a thicker headband cushion. They feel good whilst looking good! They also come with a stylish fabric case which will satisfy the fashion-conscious and new, eye-catching color options of black or platinum silver with gold highlights. Besides offering 30 hours of battery life with Noise Cancelling and BLUETOOTH® connection, the 1000XM3 headphones have an upgraded Quick Charging function that provides 5 hours of wireless playback after a mere 10 minutes of charging via a contemporary USB type-C™ port.