Sony Takes True Wireless Noise Cancellation to a New Level with New WF-1000XM3 Earbuds

September 11 2019, 01:20
Among the new headphones announced by Sony at IFA 2019, the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds with noise cancellation are a clear standout, combining the 1000X family’s renowned sound quality with Sony’s Dual Noise Sensor technology and HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e. The wire-free design also offers stable Bluetooth 5 connectivity, comfortable fitting, long-lasting battery life with USB-C quick charging, and Adaptive Sound Control, with customizable touch controls and voice assistant support.

Sony expanded its renowned 1000X family with the addition of a new generation of truly wireless earbuds – the WF-1000XM3, which use a 6mm, dome type dynamic driver with neodymium magnet and CCAW Voice coil. Sony’s industry-leading Noise Cancellation is improved further with the HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e chip and Dual Noise Sensor Technology which delivers superior Noise Cancelling performance.

The WF-1000XM3 earbuds feature Dual Noise Sensor technology that works with the new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e to catch and cancel noise respectively, so that all attention is on the music. Thanks to Dual Noise Sensor Technology, one feed-forward microphone and one feed-back microphone on the surface of the earbuds, the WF-1000XM3 is able to catch more of the ambient sound around the user. Having caught the ambient sound, the dedicated HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e gets to work. The processor cleverly creates an inverted sound wave to offset bothersome background noise. It not only cancels more noise across almost all frequencies but also uses less power. Anything ranging from annoying aircraft cabin noise, to hustle and bustle on the city streets, is dramatically cancelled by the earbuds.

Characteristic of the 1000X family, users can enjoy premium, high quality sound on the WF-1000XM3 buds. The HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e also offers improved sound quality thanks to 24-bit audio signal processing and a DAC with amplifier, while Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX) upscales compressed digital music files. Supported codecs include SBC and AAC.

The truly wireless design of the WF-1000XM3 earbuds allows users to move freely, in a model that is smaller and lighter than previous Sony models, while still managing to pack in a newly developed Bluetooth 5 chip that allows for left/right simultaneous transmission which means that both left and right earbuds receive audio content at the same time, rather than the conventional left-to-right relay transmission. Teamed with a new optimized antenna structure, this results in a highly stable connection and also latency improvements when watching a video on the paired device.

According to Sony, the WF-1000XM3 earbuds were also specifically designed for improved comfort and stability in the ear. The ‘ergonomic tri-hold’ structure holds the earbuds firmly in place, with three supporting points for the ear. A high-friction rubber surface has also been included to ensure a stable fitting, and the package includes 4 sizes of hybrid earbuds and three sizes of triple comfort earbuds.

The new Sony HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e has a low power consumption, boosting the battery life and listening time considerably. Users can listen for up to 6 hours of music with Noise Cancelling on (8 hours with NC off), and get up to 24 hours of listening time thanks to the WF-1000XM3 earbuds’ case that doubles up as a USB Type-C charger. And the earbuds even have a quick charge function, getting up to 90 minutes of battery life in just 10 minutes of charging.

Users can activate the Quick Attention mode to communicate without removing your earbuds, by simply placing a finger over the touch panel of the left earbud to quickly lower the music volume and let the ambient sound in. Plus, with the fully customizable touch sensors on the earbuds, users can easily play, pause, skip songs or activate a voice assistant with simple taps. Additionally, the new Wearing Detection feature automatically pauses the music when the user removes one of the earbuds from the ear and resumes playing when it puts it back. This function can be deactivated for the moments when the user only wants to wear a single earbud.

The new Sony WF-1000XM3 model was optimized for a combination with the Google Assistant, allowing to control features by voice, while the Sony Headphones Connect app allows for further customization features for sound, noise cancellation, touch controls and more.

The WF-1000XM3 model will be priced at approximately $260 and will be available from mid-August 2019.
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