Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones review: Truly superb

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Sony's reasserted its position in the noise cancelling headphones space with the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones. They're astonishingly comfortable even for lengthy usage, super light for travellers and they sound great for music playback.

The good

  • Great battery life
  • Adjustable noise cancelling
  • Good audio for music
  • Light and compact for travellers

The bad

  • Touch controls are fiddly
  • App changes require reconnections

In the noise cancelling headphone space, it's a pitched battle between Bose and Sony in the premium market. Bose's headphones are often held up as the gold standard, but in recent years we've seen Sony deliver pair after pair of really compelling noise cancelling cans. The Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are Sony's best yet, and easily the best pair you can buy right now – as long as you're up to the asking price.

Design

  • Slim construction
  • Light and comfortable
  • Wired or wireless
  • Good carrying case

Performance

  • Audio quality tuned for music playback
  • Calls feel a little echo prone.
  • App driven for changes, but that may require re-connection.

Verdict

  • A truly superb set of noise cancelling headphones.
  • Superior comfort and audio quality.

The Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones hit every single sweet spot you could want in a set of noise cancelling headphones, and they're an easy recommendation if you're at all fussy about your audio quality as well as comfort.


Pricing and availability

The Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones sell in Australia for $499.95 outright.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones from Sony

Get world-class noise cancellation and personally tuned audio with the exceptional Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones.

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Specifications

Sony Wireless Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones WH1000XM3

Build

Category
Over-ear Headphones
Colours
Black, Silver
Driver Diameter
40mm
Frequency Response
4Hz - 40kHz
Sensitivity
104.5dB
Impedance
47 ohms

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
4.2
Bluetooth Profiles
SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC

Features

Noise Cancelling
Active
Detachable Cable
Yes
Rechargeable Battery
Yes
Foldable
Yes
Water Resistant
No
Battery Life
Up to 30 hours
Battery Charging Time
3 hours
Battery Type
Lithium ion

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