Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Test 12/2019

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Test seal: Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, Rating 8.8

last modified: 18.03.2020, 18:49

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All rating criteria details:

Sound quality 40%
Wearing comfort 30%
Design 10%
Handling 10%
Battery life 10%
Tested by: Johanna

Johanna

Product tester

Resumee

The WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones by Sony have a chic design and are of high-quality workmanship. They have many functions and can be individually adjusted to the user in operation and use. The Bluetooth connection and battery life are very good. The fit in the ear is mediocre, the headphones slip a little after a while, but various attachments ensure a fairly good fit in the ear.

Pro

  • Good sound
  • Many functions
  • Individual adjustments of the functions
  • Fancy design

Cons

  • Mediocre noise-cancelling
  • Medium hold

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High-quality headphones with good sound quality and comfortable handling.

Appearance and equipment

I have tested the WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones by Sony in the colour "black". The in-ear headphones are well made and make a high-quality impression. They are "true wireless", which means that they work completely without any cables.

The Sony True Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
The Sony True Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

The scope of delivery includes:

  • In-Ear headphones and charging box
  • Hybrid silicone rubber ear pads, one pair each in sizes SS, S, M and L
  • Triple comfort ear pads, one pair each in sizes S, M and L
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • Operating instructions

Operating the headphones

When you take the headphones out of the charger box, they switch on automatically. You can tell this by the fact that the light on the headphones changes from red to blue. Now you can easily connect your headphones to your phone via the Bluetooth settings. Once you have connected the headphones, they will automatically connect to your device when you remove them from the charger box.

After removing the headphones from the charger-box, the headphones switch on automatically
After removing the headphones from the charger-box, the headphones switch on automatically

The light changes from red to blue when the headphones turn on
The light changes from red to blue when the headphones turn on

Now insert the headphones and turn them slightly upwards so that they sit horizontally in your ears and thus have a more secure fit. There is a round touch field on both headphones. This allows you to adjust various settings during use, such as pausing the playback, volume control, etc. You can individually adjust which functions the touch fields of your headphones should have.

To use the headphones, a corresponding app "Headphones Connect" is available. This app has numerous functions, the main functions are listed below:

  • Display of battery status headphones and charging box
  • Adjustment of the adaptive noise control and noise cancelling
  • Equalizer (change the bass for different tunings)
  • Analysis of your ears for 360° reality audio
  • Settings of the touch function on the headphones (individually adjustable)
  • Tutorial on how to use the headphones

The app allows you to adjust your headphones to your environment and mood at any time. You can adjust the noise cancelling to your surrounding sounds and the bass to your mood. You can also decide for yourself what functions the touch fields of your headphones should have. The app is very clear and intuitive to use.

The app shows you the battery status of the headphones and the box
The app shows you the battery status of the headphones and the box.

You can customize the functions of the touch fields
You can customize the functions of the touch fields

Wearing comfort

The headphones sit comfortably in the ear. The different earpads supplied with the headphones ensure that the right size is available for each ear. If you screw the headphones horizontally into your ear as described, they should also fit firmly. After some time the headphones came loose and I had to put them back in again. If they are too loose and slip out, try to change the attachment.

The different attachments ensure a firm fit
The different attachments ensure a firm fit

For a tight fit you should screw the headphones horizontally into your ear
For a tight fit you should screw the headphones horizontally into your ear

Sound

The headphones have a good and clear sound. The headphones have adaptive noise control and noise cancelling. The headphones automatically detect whether you are moving or not, whether you are in traffic or indoors and adjust the noise reduction accordingly, which you can also customize. It shields out ambient noise but does not block it out completely.

You can even use the app's equalizer to adjust the bass to suit your mood.

You can also use the app to analyze photos of your ears. The sound is then individually optimized for your ears and is supposed to provide a better sound experience, which is similar to a live performance. But this can only be applied to three music apps (Deezer, TIDAL, nugs.net), I have tested it with Deezer. But for this, you need an additional app and there are songs selected by selected artists in the 360° Reality Audio available. A nice extra to try out.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth stability is very good. Only after a distance of about 20 meters and 4 lightweight walls as a barrier the connection slowly becomes brittle. In most situations, the smartphone is within arm's reach anyway or at least in the same room, but in this case, you can walk around the house, for example when cleaning up, without the connection breaking directly.

Telephony

The hands-free or telephone function is very good. You can understand the caller fluently and clearly through the headphones and they can understand you and there is no unpleasant noise.

Transport box

The transport box also serves as a charging station. The headphones are inserted into the notches, where they are assigned to the left and right and are held securely in the box by a magnet so that they cannot fall out even when the box is open. The lid of the box also closes by a magnet mechanism.

The charging box has a charging time of up to 18 hours with noise-cancelling switched on and up to 24 hours with noise-cancelling switched off. Accordingly, the charging box can fully recharge the headphones at least 3 times before it needs to be recharged itself.

While the charging box is charging, a red light on the outside of the box lights up.

A micro-USB cable is included in the scope of delivery, with which the box can be recharged. It has a length of 20 cm and is therefore very short. An adapter for the cable is not included.

The headphones are safely stored in the charger box
The headphones are safely stored in the charger box

The box can be charged with a Micro USB cable
The box can be charged with a Micro USB cable

Other headphone types

You are not a fan of In-Ear headphones and would like to have headphones to put on? Have a look at our Noise Cancelling Headphone Test.
Or rather with cable and suitable for the recording studio or home studio? Then our Studio Headphone Test would be something for you.

We have evaluated about 242 reviews on the Internet. In summary, we can say that about 58 percent of the buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are about 25 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 3.6 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 58% positive and 25% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Good sound
  • Very comfortable
  • Good battery life

Negative comments were made on the following points:

  • Poor voice quality during telephone calls
  • Do not sit very tight
  • Poor noise cancelling
Manufacturer Sony
EAN 4548736088818
Quality impression Excellent
Scope of delivery Headphones, charging case, charging cable, rubber spare parts, operating instructions
Additional warranty 2 years
Quality of instructions Good, many pictures
Manual language GER, EN, FR, IT, ES, PT, PL, HU, CZ, SK, GR, BG, HR, RO
Height 3.5 cm
Width 2 cm
Depth 3.5 cm
Weight 92 g
Wireless
Battery life 6h, 18h with charging case (with noise cancelling switched on)
Particularly suitable for sports Must be placed firmly back in the ear from time to time
Firm fit in the ear Mediocre fit
Bluetooth stability Excellent
Microphone/ Phone call function
Noise Cancelling
Packaging Good
Sound quality
Wearing comfort
Handling
Battery life
Design

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2020-02-05
How big is the charging box?
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AskGeorge.com
The loading box measures 8 cm x 5.5 cm x 2.8 cm.
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2020-02-05
Do the headphones have touch sensors?
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AskGeorge.com
Yes, there is a touch control panel on each of the two headphones, which can be used to execute various commands.
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2020-02-05
How can I check the battery status of the headphones and charging station?
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AskGeorge.com
In the app ("Headphones Connect") the current battery status of the individual headphones and the charging box can be determined.

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