Sony WF-1000XM3 Review: Noise Canceling Earphone Update Technology

Sony's latest wireless WF-1000XM3 earbuds offer noise reduction and premium sound quality while reducing premium rivals for the price.

The first noise canceling to replace the WF-1000X The new "M3" part of the true wireless earbud model number represents the company's third-generation active noise canceling technology and the QN1e chip. By Bose.

Clearly, this is the top of the market. At £ 220 they are competitors that cost more than £ 300, but will be beyond the reach of many buyers.

The WF-1000XM3 offers more technology than the standard true wireless earbuds and as a result is quite large. They are more attractive and well-balanced in the ear than some sets, but they are similar to old-fashioned Bluetooth headsets, which are popular with taxi drivers. If you are looking for a discreet earbud set, these are not for you.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Review

When the top of the case is opened, the earbuds fixed with magnets are revealed. Each has a canal bird style tip that can be inserted into the ear. Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The trunk of the earbuds protrudes far from the ear, and an oval body comes forward toward the mouth. Each bird has a circular touch pad for control. Single, double and triple taps can handle playback, change the noise reduction mode or enable Google Assistant. Which one can I configure in the Android or iOS app?

Holding down the left bud activates the ambient listening mode, reducing volume and noise reduction, which is useful for receiving public transit announcements. It's also possible to talk to people who use ambient mode, but I don't recommend it because people think you're incredibly rude.

The music pauses when you take out one of the buds. Reinsert it and it will start again. All controls work fine but missing big controls. You have to dig your phone to change the volume.

Case and fit

Sony WF-1000XM3 Review

The top of the charging case is rose gold or copper color. Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The attractive flip top charging case is so big that it can't fit in your pocket, so you need to put it in your bag. It charges in 3.5 hours via USB-C and charges the earbuds three times. If you stay in the case for 10 minutes, the earbuds will play for about 90 minutes and a full charge will take 90 minutes.

Use this case to turn on noise canceling for a total of 22 to 32 hours, play seamlessly between 5 and 6 hours, or take out for 8 hours.

Sony discarded the ear hooks from the previous true wireless earbuds for an external, new "high friction rubber surface" that enters the ear.

With the correct pair of earbuds in seven pairs, the wireless earbuds are heavier in weight and weight than 8.5g, making them very comfortable to wear. But I do not recommend running-it is not waterproof. In general, if the ear is comfortable, but the outer rubber surface does not get the right direction, then after about 45 minutes the pain in the flesh of the ear developed.

Noise reduction and sound

Sony WF-1000XM3 Review

The outer surface has a microphone hole next to the circular touchpad to control music or switch the noise canceling mode. Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The Sony WF-1000XM3 is the most effective in-ear noise canceling earphone I've tried, including wired and large batteries. Noise throughout the board is effectively reduced, including train noise, road noise and engine rumble, allowing you to listen to music in a small amount and listen clearly.

Earbuds, however, are heavily influenced by the sound of the wind, but depend on their size and the degree of their protruding ears. It seems that the wind noise reduction setting is rarely performed.

Ambient sound mode is good for recognition by pipering noise from the outside world. There is also an adaptive sound mode, which adjusts the noise reduction depending on what you are doing. It is simple to leave noise canceling set to maximum.

The best thing about the WF-1000XM3 is how it sounds. We're great, expensive, and don't run out of true wireless earbuds. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless was the best, but not anymore. Sony finally made a sound.

The WF-1000XM3 creates a kind of shiny audio that allows you to hear new things from your favorite tracks for a long time. Outstanding energy and clarity, clear highs, balanced highs and punched bass make your earbuds sound great. Sony's DSEE HX system is also effective for returning back to a compressed track, but you can also adjust the equalizer manually or use one of many presets like Classic Bass Boost.


Sony WF-1000XM3 Review

Earbud sensors detect ear proximity and indicate when to wear. Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The new earbuds only support SBC and AAC Bluetooth audio formats, not high quality aptX or Sony's own LDAC. But they support Bluetooth 5.0, and each bud connects directly to the phone without piggybacking each other. The result is low latency and robust connections, even under challenging conditions. Often using the problematic YouTube app, I couldn't find any lip-sync issues where the sound and video didn't appear in time, and there was a slight delay in the game.

Only one device can be connected at a time, and to switch devices, you have to manually disconnect from one device before connecting to another, which is a bit of a pain.


  • Voice notifications (which tell you what you just changed) delay the mode change until the entire notification is complete. This can be incredibly slow. Turning off voice notifications fixed the issue.

  • You can use the built-in Google Assistant to read notifications and advanced features, or use the standard Google Assistant or Siri features on your phone.

  • NFC spot on the case provides one-touch pairing.

  • In this case, it is difficult to say how much is charged.

  • The call quality was good with minimal background noise, but in larger environments, the noise was far away and far away.


The Sony WF-1000XM3 is priced at £ 220 and is available in black or silver.

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless is £ 280, the B & O E8 2.0 is £ 300 and the Master & Dynamic MW07 is £ 279.


Sony hit a home run with the WF-1000XM3. Terrible name, great earbud set. Truly impressive noise canceling technology, brilliant sound, rugged connectivity and long battery life packed into a wireless earbud is a big win.

All this technology makes the earbuds massive, causing people to stare at you from time to time. If you want something that is prudent, it is not. Getting the right fit can also be difficult, and the case is attractive but too big to fit comfortably in your pocket. It's also a bit annoying as the earbuds lack volume control.

The WF-1000XM3 isn't cheap at £ 220, but it actually weakens the best competitors at 60-80 pounds.

Not for everyone, but the Sony WF-1000XM3 is a true wireless earbud with the best sound features you can buy now.

Advantages : Excellent sound, effective noise canceling, long battery life, solid connectivity, excellent customization options, perfect EQ, attractive design, Google Assistant

Disadvantages : Big earbuds, expensive and big case, wind noise issues, no onboard volume control

Sony WF-1000XM3 Review

Earbuds are not small in size, but they are more visually balanced to hide from the ear. Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

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