Sony introduced a new installment to the 1000X family this week, upgrading the company’s truly wireless design and implementing its fan-favorite noise cancelling processor. The latest release is the WF-1000XM3, which offers an improved HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e chip, better battery life, and Dual Noise Sensor Technology.
“Sound quality takes center stage when we develop audio products, and the latest addition to our 1000X family of headphones is no exception,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics North America. “Sony’s WF-1000XM3 headphones deliver the same noise canceling technology that has set the industry standard, enabling users to enjoy crisp, clear audio content without distraction.”
The new WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Earbuds come in two colors and are available for pre-sale right here on Amazon.
The Dual Noise Sensor technology works with the QN1e processor to essentially catch and cancel noise, respectively. The Dual Noise Sensor features both a forward-facing and rear-facing microphone on the device’s surface to capture ambient sound around users. The processor then uses an inverted sound wave to offset this noise to allow you to enjoy your podcast, music, or video without interruptions.
The QN1e processor offers 24-bit audio signal processing and DAC with amplifier. The Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX) upscales compressed digital music files, including MP3 formats, to bring the user closer to the quality of High-Resolution Audio.
The truly wireless design allows users to ditch the wires, one of the key features to any truly wireless design. The new model offers a newly developed Bluetooth chip that allows for left and right simultaneous Bluetooth transmission. This means that both left and right earbuds receive audio content, rather than the conventional left-to-right relay Bluetooth transmission. If you ever used wireless earbuds like this in the past, you might remember that you pair one ear to your device, then the other earbud pairs to its partner. While this works, it’s not an ideal solution, and Sony’s design is an upgrade over the previous model. Sony stated that the new chip, along with an optimized antenna structure, gives users a better connection.
The WF-1000XM3 buds are designed with an ergonomic tri-hold structure that holds the earbuds firmly in place, built with three supporting points for the ear. A high-friction rubber surface has also been added to ensure a stable fitting. Customers can choose between the multiple earpieces that are provided to find the perfect fit.
While wireless earbuds are terrific, they are only as good as their battery. The QN1e features a low power consumption design, giving users up to 24 hours of use (with noise canceling on) when you use the case as a charger between sessions. The buds even have a quick charge function, and Sony stated that 10 minutes of charging provides up to 90 minutes of battery life.
Customers can also activate a Quick Attention mode to communicate without removing their earbuds. Users simply place their left finger over the earbud to quickly lower the volume and allow the ambient sound in. This allows you to catch announcements during transit or talk to someone at a store. The fully customizable touch sensors on the earbuds allow users to play, pause, skip songs, or activate Google Assistant with simple taps. Additionally, the new Wearing Detection feature automatically pauses users’ music when they remove one of the earbuds from their ear and resumes playing when they put the earbud back in their ear. This is the same feature found in the Apple Airpods.
As we mentioned earlier, the new WF-1000XM3s work with Google Assistant. You can control the headphones by voice for a hands-free experience, and the headphones are compatible with the Sony Headphones Connect app, which provides customization features for sound, noise cancellation, touch controls and more.
All of this tech will cost you, the WF-1000XM3s cost $229 and are available for pre-sale through select Sony retailers. The new models launch in August.
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