Sony ups its noise-cancellation game
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.