Sony ups its noise-can­cel­la­tion game

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One of the best noise-can­cel­la­tion head­phones money can buy

Sony has been chal­leng­ing Bose’ supremacy in the noise-can­celling head­phone mar­ket with the 1000X se­ries and here we are three years af­ter with the all-new WH-1000XM3 that takes noise-can­cel­la­tion feud to an­other level.

The WH-1000XM3’s de­sign looks very sim­i­lar to the 1000XM2 but its the it­er­a­tive de­sign that makes the newer model bet­ter than the last year. Aes­thet­i­cally, the WH-1000XM3 looks good be­cause of its com­pact de­sign, smooth matte fin­ish and golden high­lights. The

XM3 is also lighter than XM2 by 20g at 255g and comes with a deeper pad­ding around the ear cups and thick head­band cush­ion­ing. The end re­sult is a head­phone that looks great, is er­gonom­i­cally de­signed and fit for pro­longed use.

Sony has re­tained the touch-sen­si­tive me­dia play­back con­trols and is nice to use but more of­ten than not we ac­ci­den­tally touched the con­trol area and it skipped to the next track or paused the mu­sic. A phys­i­cal but­ton to en­able or dis­able touch con­trol would have been nice.

WH-1000XM3 high­light is the in­te­gra­tion of QN1 HD Noise Can­celling pro­ces­sor that claims to im­prove per­for­mance by up to four times. Keep­ing the num­ber aside, we were quite happy with the noise-can­cel­la­tion per­for­mance. The head­phone is ca­pa­ble of cut­ting out the noise even in the nois­i­est en­vi­ron­ment. But in case, you want to be aware of your sur­round­ings, there’s an ambient mode that lets some of the noise in. A cou­ple of other handy fea­tures are the Quick At­ten­tion mode that lets you cup the side of the head­phone to com­mu­ni­cate with­out hav­ing to take off the head­phone and cus­tomise au­to­matic power off where you can keep the noise can­cel­la­tion on with­out lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. This can be ad­justed via the com­pan­ion app. The app also en­hances head­phone’s func­tion­al­ity by giv­ing ac­cess to the equaliser, sound po­si­tion con­trol and few other fea­tures.

The au­dio qual­ity on the WH-1000XM3 is great that de­liv­ers an all-around per­for­mance with punchy bass, thanks to its 40mm drivers and QN1’s ca­pa­bil­ity of DAC with am­pli­fier func­tion­al­ity.

The WH-1000XM3 has a bat­tery life of up to

30 hours with noise-can­cel­la­tion and in case of a bat­tery recharge, USB-C en­sures a 10-minute charge for a play­back of about 5 hours.

WH-1000XM3 is priced at Rs.

29,990 and for that price, you get the best noise-can­cel­la­tion ex­pe­ri­ence along with good au­dio qual­ity and bat­tery life.

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