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Review- Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones

The Sony WH-1000XM3 are great headphones for commute and travel, and they're a decent option for most uses. They have an excellent battery life, a great wireless range, and one of the best noise cancelling that we've measured so far. 

They also have a sleek new design that's slightly more comfortable than previous models. They isolate a bit more and leak less than the often-compared Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018, and they have more customizable features. However, they're not as comfortable as the Bose, and their default sound can be a bit too bass-heavy for some. On the upside, you can EQ them via the app.

Great for commuting- The Sony WH-1000XM3 have one of the best isolation we've measured and should block the ambient noise of most commutes and noisy environments, especially if you have a bit of music playing in the background. They also have easy-to-use controls and a long 27-hour battery life that should be more than enough for long flights and most commutes.

Decent for mixed usage- The Sony WH-1000XM3 are versatile wireless over-ears. While some may find them slightly too bulky for sports, they're comfortable and have one of the best ANC that we've measured so far. They also sound decently well-balanced; if you want to customize your sound profile, they come with a great EQ. Unfortunately, they have a bit too much latency for watching videos and gaming.

Phone Calls-  Reasonable for phone calls. With an average microphone, the Sony WH-1000XM3s have mediocre recording quality: voices may sound thin and muffled. If you take calls on the bus or train, the microphone will struggle to fully separate speech from background noise. However, these headphones fare better in quiet to moderately noisy environments.


  • Comfortable and premium-looking design.
  • Great active features and app support.
  • Excellent noise cancellation.


  • Poor latency for watching videos.
  • Slightly bulky design.

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