It rattles, whistles, growls. Children scream, parents shout back and in between travelers express their displeasure. In between is the Testerin and locks. With the Sony wireless headphones with the sounding name WH-1000XM3. Whether in the metro, on the plane or in the office. The over-head headphones suppress shaky tones, as does the grumpy neighbor sitting in the office and even staccato-like typing is pleasantly muted. But that has its price. The Japanese demand 380 euros for the headphones presented in Berlin.
In addition to noise reduction, the headset, available in two different colors, has a durable battery. Sony promises up to 30 hours, nearly 28 hours of uninterrupted Bluetooth connection can be achieved in the test. Thanks to the Quick Charge function you get ten minutes at the socket (via USB Type-C) for almost five hours of endurance.
Noise suppression sends loud colleagues into nirvana
Alexa and Google Assistant are also on board. In the test there was no scenario in which a smart assistant would have been helpful. For cyclists who have to change their navigation spontaneously or have to call someone, the smart assistant can be helpful.
The new processor in the headphones would improve the active noise reduction compared to its predecessors. We can not say anything about the predecessors, but the third version of the Sony headphones makes it possible that even without music the environment is only filled by the inner ear. In combination with soft background music colleagues in the office disappear into acoustic nirvana.
To achieve the optimum, personalized noise reduction can be made via the Sony "Headphones" app. As soon as the air pressure or the capsule changes, you must update the settings. Two microphones in the speakers scan the environment and eliminate the annoying sounds by means of anti-noise.
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With a little less than 255 grams, the headset is comfortable to wear. They are not as tight as those headphones from Bowers & Wilkins. Sony has not saved pleasantly on the ear pads. Even in the plane during a long-haul flight, the headphones were not uncomfortable and did not push into the typical sleeping positions. The entertainment on board can also be used without problems over the jack connector and the supplied cable. Sony also offers an adapter for the dual connectors of older aircraft.
If there were no two minor reviews, the Sony headphones would be perfect. With the test model and also with some customers, a reflection appears to arise during telephone calls. You hear twice. Sony is currently working on it. An update should solve the problem. And then there is the operation via the touchpad. This is not intuitive and works very delayed.
Sony should have more experience here. The weak points are shameful, especially when you look at the price. Nearly EUR 400 does not allow such shortcomings.
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