Sony announces WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds

32 hours of playback for a 24 hour day!

by Andy Bassett Jul 5, 2019 at 11:03 AM

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    Sony announces WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds
    Part of the 1000X family of noise cancelling headphones, the latest iteration boasts improved ANC, connection stability and battery life.
    Using technology that has already proved to be popular and successful in the over-ear WH-1000XM3 headphones, this truly wireless version is fitted with the latest implementation of Sony’s Dual Noise Sensor technology and uses the QN1e HD Noise Cancelling Processor, one in each earpiece, for its cancellation features.

    Each earpiece has two built-in microphones for capturing ambient sounds (traffic, conversation etc) and feeding it to the QN1e chip for processing and intelligent removal of the ambient distraction. Sony claims that the chip can create its inverted soundwave much more efficiently now, thus saving power and improving battery life.

    Sony has been clever with the QN1e’s design since it not only performs the noise cancelling, it is also the 24bit DAC signal processor and amplifier that drives the sound. This arrangement, in conjunction with the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX, can upscale digital music files (including mp3s) to get closer to Hi-Res audio.
    As a truly wireless listening device, there’s no using a cable as a plan B if the connection is intermittent. Therefore, an optimised antennae structure aims to increase the stability of the connection and the latest design of the Bluetooth chip enables simultaneous transmission to both left and right earbuds rather than the more conventional left-to-right relay. This reduces lag and improves synchronisation between dialogue and lip movement when using the WF-1000XM3 for watching video.

    Comfort is an important consideration during extended periods of use and the WF-1000XM3 utilises an ‘ergonomic tri-hold structure’ and rubberised finish to securely and ergonomically anchor the earpiece in place against three parts of the ear.

    With all the efficiencies built-in to the processing, the battery life has benefitted and comes at a quoted 6 hours with ANC and Bluetooth enabled, which increases to 8 hours if these are deactivated. Once the charging capabilities of the USB-C connected carry case are factored in, the total battery life improves as it can dispense three further charges to add another 18 or 24 hours. Sony claims a snappy 10 minute charge will boost the battery to 90 minutes of playtime, enough for most commutes.
    Quick Attention mode allows a simple finger press on the left earbud touchpad to reduce playback volume for quick interactions and, if longer periods of focus are required, the Wearing Detection feature will automatically pause music when an earpiece is removed and resume it again when re-inserted into the ear. The pads can further be used to play, pause, skip songs or activate your voice assistant with simple taps, all customisable via the Sony Headphone Connect app.

    The WF-1000XM3 have been optimised for Google Assistant, so playback is also fully controllable using voice commands.

    The WF-1000XM3 are available in black and platinum silver and will go on sale from mid-August priced at £220 (UK) €250 (Ireland) ad $230 (US)

    Source: Sony press release,,
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