Already one of the best noise-cancelling systems out there, Sony’s Digital Active system is better than ever. The new QN1 processor is more powerful than ever, which means that if you travel by plane, train or coach, you hear less background noise than ever before. The quiet sections of music are now audible and the whole travel experience becomes quieter than ever.
Other noise cancellation options
The new settings include the ability to cancel background noise, even without playing music, which is ideal when trying to read in a busy environment. The atmospheric pressure optimizer adjusts the frequency response and microphone sensitivity for the best in-flight sound. Use the Sony Headphones Connect app and get even more control over your sound.
Now, with the purity of the analog sound
Moving from a digital amplifier to an analog amplifier, one gave these award-winning headphones an even purer and more engaged sound quality. Whatever kind of music you listen to, it will simply sound more ‘real’ now there is an analog amplifier charged with pumping out the sound.
NFC enhanced wireless Bluetooth connection
With Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity to your smartphone, tablet or laptop, wireless sound is better than ever from these headphones. For a quick connection to your smartphone, the WH-1000XM3 also features NFC (Near Field Communication). Just tap the NFC-equipped phone against the headset and it’s paired and ready to go. If you prefer, a wired connection is also included.
High-quality wireless sound
Using the LDAC wireless audio system means that these headphones are able to receive about three times more detail than regular Bluetooth headphones. With an improved frequency response, you’ll hear more music, with quieter details that are easy to hear.
Connect the cable and experience the Hi-Res sound
With high-resolution music files now more popular than ever, only Hi-Res headphones will be able to make the most of this extensive audio format. Connect the supplied cable and these Sony headphones become compatible with high resolution. With a frequency response of 4 to 40,000 kHz, Sony easily covers a huge frequency response. From the deepest voices of sub-bass to subtle harmonics that influence the way we listen to high-end notes, Sony has covered.
Sound accuracy with DSEE and LCP controllers
DSEE HX accumulates compressed music files, giving them a richer and richer sound. Using 40mm controllers with LCP diaphragms (liquid crystal polymer), these Sony headphones react quickly to the most dynamic music.
Now with Amazon Alexa and google voice assistant
With the built-in microphone, the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google’s voice assistant. Just press and hold the noise-cancelling button and ask your PA a question. The touch-sensitive panel also makes it easier to communicate – just hold the pad to instantly lower the volume with quick attention. For previous versions (before 4.1.1.) the full instructions on how to upgrade are available here.
Faster charging and 30 hours of battery life
Loading the XM3 version is even faster than before. Use the optional CA adapter and only 10 minutes of charging is enough for 5-hour playback, perfect for when you’re in a hurry. Once fully charged (in about 3 hours), these headphones give up to 30 hours of playback, quite easy to move for a week.
Lighter and more comfortable than before
Compared to the previous version, the weights of the WH1000XM3 weigh 20g less. Combine this with the thicker and softer foam used and you have even more comfort than before. Subtle style changes also make them more attractive.
Made for music on the go
The WH-1000XM3 folding headphones, which come with a premium travel case, are the perfect travel companion. It also provides an aircraft adapter plug, which allows you to make the most of your noise-cancelling ability and enjoy music with much less disruption. Photo:Sony