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  • Sony WF-1000XM3 review: wireless and noise free


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    There is no stopping the development of the TWS device segment; every self-respecting headphone manufacturer has definitely entered this market. Sony did not stand aside either, which added an important bonus to the WF-1000XM3 model - support for active noise reduction. Given the proprietary technology of the vendor and in the context of a compact form factor, it sounds promising. Well, we're checking in.

    Sony WF-1000XM3

    Push for silence

    Let's start by discussing the Active Noise Reduction (ANC) models. There are not many similar solutions on sale, especially from large manufacturers, most of them are limited to passive noise reduction. In this regard, Sony jumped many, including the eminent Bose, which is still only promising a corresponding update to its TWS-line.

    In WF-1000XM3, two microphones in each earphone are responsible for ANC, as well as a dedicated processor with 24-bit signal processing and its own digit-to-analog converter. It sounds, of course, impressive, but what in practice? Yes, no doubt, the noise reduction in the device works decently. If the thing is happening on the street, then with the maximum level of noise cut-off, the user is as if in a cocoon in which his favorite music plays. In public transport, whether it is a bus or subway, vibration is felt and noise, even if background, is heard. You can’t call it intrusive, but there’s no need to talk about a 100% cut-off of unwanted sound inclusions. In the same subway, one can often hear how the stations are announced (however, probably, this is for the best). On the plane, such headphones will only help partially: they will smooth out the noise, but nothing more.

    Sony WF-1000XM3

    There are a lot of noise reduction modes, there are curious ones among them. So, in the Headphones branded application 20 levels of setting this parameter are available, including a wind clipping mode, which is quite suitable for the street. You can add an accent on the voice to each of the modes - the option is useful to those who do not want to miss an important announcement, but do not intend to listen to the surrounding noise. In the program, each level is accompanied by a visual display of what the user will hear - conveniently and logically.

    Sony WF-1000XM3

    Sound level

    From the first minutes of listening it becomes clear that this is another example of sound-sounding plugs, even without the support of top codecs. Yes, the lack of LDAC in the Sony model is initially discouraging, but the music output is not disappointing. WF-1000XM3 confidently work out all the styles, there is nothing that any of them sounds worse. Dignity manifests itself indie rock, alternative and heavy rhythmic music, perfectly reveals the electronic dance composition. At the same time, there is no bubbling and low-frequency washing characteristic of low-cost ANC headphones. The sound stage could have been wider, but this is if you find fault. The frequency range does not upset, and a bunch of equalizer presets with the ability to customize as you wish is a very useful feature.

    But that is not all. In the same application, there is the Adaptive Sound Control function, after which the user’s activity will be monitored and his actions will be guessed: whether he is walking, standing or traveling in transport. Depending on the scenario chosen by the system, the sound will begin to adapt to certain values, each with its own noise reduction level. Initially, the option is perceived with the effect of "wow", but in fact, it turned out that it does not work as we would like. Alas, the switching of modes occurs with a delay, and when it does happen, a second pause occurs in the playback. It’s better to turn on one mode and adjust the volume within two or three points, albeit not automatically, but without delays or pauses.

    Sony WF-1000XM3

    If you use headphones as a headset, then the interlocutors say that in general, it is audible well, but it is dull, "as if you are standing behind a wall." We have to speak louder, which does not always help. The environment plays a big role in the conversation - on a noisy street it will be awful how difficult it is to shout to the interlocutor. So you can use the model as a headset, but with complaints and literally corrected for the wind.

    By the way, the headphones can work individually, as such, the host is not available. Of course, in this case, the scenario with active noise reduction is nullified, but there is the possibility of using any of the headphones.

    How long will they work

    The included noise-canceling and loud surroundings will not allow the headphones to work longer than six hours, provided they constantly listen to music, and several times they were discharged in about 5 hours 40 minutes. If you turn off noise reduction, the model will last about eight hours.

    Sony WF-1000XM3

    A fully charged case will allow you to charge the headphones three more times, which in the end will give almost a day of autonomous use.

    Fast charging is supported: after ten minutes, you can safely listen to the WF-1000XM3 for an hour and a half. But a full charge will take one and a half hours, case - 3.5 hours.

    Convenience of carrying and management

    The weight of the devices is such that they are almost not felt in the ears. However, the capsule of the headphones themselves is a little too big, it touches the ear, especially if you insert the plug slightly at an angle. There are no questions regarding the landing, it is reliable and dense, you can shake your head as much as you like - they won’t fly out. True, first you have to pick up the nozzle in size.

    Sony WF-1000XM3

    Touch control was extremely convenient. Each earphone has a touchpad with which you can control playback and calls. Everything, in principle, is logical and familiar with other models: one-tap - pause or receive a call, two - the next song or the “hang up” command. There are nice features, including an option that can be configured in any device and allows you to talk with someone without removing the earphone from your ear (if you do this, playback will stop immediately): just put your finger on the touchpad to mute music and turn off noise reduction for a quiet conversation. You can attach the activation of Google Assistant to the same command.

    All is well, but why not make at least some way to adjust the sound on the headphones themselves? The question is rhetorical, and if you need to adjust the volume, you have to go into your pocket behind the phone. By the way, in the mentioned Adaptive Sound Control mode one often wants to adjust the volume, in automatic mode, an adequate level is not always built up. Yes, and the size of the touchpad could be bigger, you have to adapt to get your finger in the right place.

    Sony WF-1000XM3

    Connecting to a smartphone after opening the case and removing the headphones takes about ten seconds, just enough to put them in your ears. There were some surprises in the case - it has NFC support. Using this chip, the pairing is very fast: you need to open the case, get the headphones, attach the phone, wait a couple of seconds - and everything is connected.

    Specifications

    TYPE

    active noise canceling TWS in-ear headphones

    TYPE OF EMITTER

    Dynamic

    SPEAKER DIAMETER

    6 mm

    TYPE OF ACOUSTIC DESIGN

    Closed

    CONNECTION

    Bluetooth 5.0 (SBC, AAC), range up to 10 m

    FREQUENCY RANGE

    20 - 20 000 Hz

    SAMPLING FREQUENCY

    44.1 kHz

    WEIGHT

    8.5 grams each earphone, case - 77 grams

    Sony WF-1000XM3

    Summary

    Sony WF-1000XM3 turned out to be successful: cool sound, confident, albeit not one hundred percent noise cut-off, sane autonomy, as well as the ability to flexibly configure through the application. It is clear that they will not be of much use in the airplane as much as from full-sized noise suppressors, but they can cope with city sounds effortlessly. A decent model for modern active users who appreciate the opportunity to be alone with their favorite songs, even in the arms of a big and noisy city.



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