Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones (Black)

BH #SOWH1000XM3B • MFR #WH1000XM3/B
Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones (Black)
Key Features
  • 1.57" Drivers
  • Wireless Bluetooth & NFC Tap Technology
  • Built-In Rechargeable Battery
  • Up to 30 Hours of Playback with BT+ANC
No matter where you go, you can be alone with your music by using the WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones from Sony. Noise cancellation is accomplished with Sony's dedicated HD Noise-Canceling QN1 processor and Sense Engine. Sense Engine is designed to automatically adjust the level of ambient sound based on your environment. If quick communication is needed, the Quick Attention feature lets you quickly connect with the outside world by simply covering the right earcup with your hand.
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Sony WH-1000XM3 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sense Engine and Adaptive Sound Control
  • 3Personalized Noise-Canceling Optimization
  • 4Quick Attention
  • 5Sony Headphones Connect App
  • 6Voice Assistant
  • 7Hands-Free Calling
  • 8Additional Features

No matter where you go, you can be alone with your music by using the WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones from Sony. Noise cancellation is accomplished with Sony's dedicated HD Noise-Canceling QN1 processor and Sense Engine. Sense Engine is designed to automatically adjust the level of ambient sound based on your environment. If quick communication is needed, the Quick Attention feature lets you quickly connect with the outside world by simply covering the right earcup with your hand.

When it comes to what you do hear, the WH-1000XM3 can stream your favorite music via Bluetooth. The WX-1000XM3 headphones also support LDAC and high-resolution audio content. When used with a compatible source device, LDAC transmits approximately three times more data, up to 990 kb/s, compared to conventional Bluetooth. This is meant to make your high-resolution audio content sound even better when it's played back through the 1.57" drivers with LCP diaphragms (Liquid Crystal Polymer).

Whether you're just looking for peace and quiet or a quiet listening experience, Sony crafted these noise-canceling headphones to be comfortable while wearing them. The earpads are made from soft, pressure-relieving foam urethane, and an overall lightweight design that comes in at only 9 oz.

Sense Engine and Adaptive Sound Control
Sony's Sense Engine and Adaptive Sound Control technology are designed give you a smarter set of noise-canceling headphones. They automatically adjust the level of cancellation based on your activity.

If walking or waiting, they will adjust to help you be aware of your surroundings and hear announcements. While traveling, it adjusts to help keep you from being disturbed. When flying, unique atmospheric pressure optimizing adjusts to help deliver optimal sound at high altitudes.
Personalized Noise-Canceling Optimization
The Personal NC Optimizer is designed to adjust itself based on head size, hair type, and whether you're wearing glasses.
Quick Attention
Regardless of the level of noise-cancelation, the Quick Attention features lets you quickly hear your environment, whether it's to hear an emergency announcement or have a quick conversation. Simply place your hand over the housing of the right earcup to quiet things down so you can hear.
Sony Headphones Connect App
The WH-1000XM3 headphones can be controlled via the Sony | Headphones Connect app for iOS and Android devices. With it you can adjust the equalizer and noise cancellation settings to customize your listening experience.
Voice Assistant
When the WH-1000XM3 headphones are paired with your smartphone, you can use them to access the phone's voice assistant. Ask it questions and have it perform tasks just like you would normally do.
Hands-Free Calling
With a simple double tap of the earcup, you can answer incoming calls when paired with your phone. Multiple microphones are built in to help give you clear call quality.
Additional Features
Battery Life: Up to 30 hours of playback with active noise cancellation
Quick Charge: With just 10 minutes of charging via an AC adapter (not included), you can gain up to 5 hours of battery life
Tap Controls: Intuitive tap and swipe gestures on the outside of the right earcup let you adjust volume, play/pause audio, change tracks, and answer calls
Virtual Surround Sound: Experience audio optimized for different listening environments, such as outdoor stages, clubs, halls, and arenas
Sound Position Control: Choose the direction you want the sound to come from, just as you can with a wireless speaker
Swivel & Foldable: The earcups swivel inwards so they pack up neatly in the included compact case

Sony WH-1000XM3 Specs

Headphone
Driver Size
1.57" / 39.88 mm
Magnet Type
Neodymium
Diaphragm
Aluminum-Coated
Active Noise Cancellation
Yes
Frequency Response
4 Hz to 40 kHz (Wireless)
Sensitivity
101 dB at 1 kHz (Passive)
105 dB at 1 kHz (Active)
Impedance
16 Ohms (Passive)
47 Ohms (Active)
Controls/Microphone Location
Earpiece (Side Unspecified)
Foldable
Yes
Supported Audio Codecs
AAC, LDAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD
Wireless Range
30' / 9.1 m
Audio Connector
1/8" / 3.5 mm
Cable Length
3.94' / 1.2 m
Charging Input
USB-C
Runtime
30 Hours (BT+ANC)
38 Hours (Music)
200 Hours (Standby)
Quick Charging Times
10 Minutes for 5 Hours
Recharge Time
3 Hours
LED Indicator
Yes
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.67 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.9 x 7.25 x 3"

Sony WH-1000XM3 Reviews

They stop working after perspiring at the gym

By krrk
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-29

I would never buy again or a Sony product. They stopped working an would not charge

Awesome headphones but Sony replaced them 2xs

By Miami305
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-12

Great headphones that really surpassed Bose in terms of features and sound quality. However, I have had Sony replace the headphones twice due to a Bluetooth malfunction and static interference.

This headphone will bring smile on your face!!

By SantoshHighRes
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-27

Amazing headphone with superb balance of high and low audio with just appropriate bass!

There is only 1 minus about the XM3s

By Mexican Dream
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-08

I have been using these headphones for around 3 months and I like these but there is only 1 thing that disappointed me these are not water proof I recommend keeping them away from water because if water splashes on them they might survive but the is a big chance that they will die.

Good product

By Tanjiro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-30

This is the very first wireless headphones for me. Very comfortable to ware and easy to use.

Very bad headset

By AudriusBagdonaite
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-23

Legit the worst microphone I have ever listened to.

Battery stopped recharging after only 3 months

By saruth
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-06

I loved them at first although the padding was a bit thin for the price. Then they stopped recharging no matter if they were connected to the computer or an AC-USB plug. I had NO time to try to figure out how to have them fixed and given the price I did not expect this. Then 2 years later they started working for one day. Now again they will not recharge. This is 10 days after the support ends. I hope Sony can help me figure out how to have them repaired without spending another small fortune. I really miss them.

Exceeds Expectations at Every Turn

By Digitress
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-14

After years of only using Sony equipment I'd receive or purchase second-hand, I found myself in need of a pair of headphones after my favorite Sennheisers stopped working. Broken hearted and pessimistic upon finding they were no longer available, I took to spending hours upon hours researching meticulously to find the set that perfectly suited my needs and tastes. I love high quality audio and listen to most of my music in WAV or FLAC, though I dislike the inconvenience and high variability that comes with necessitating amps and such. A basshead at heart, something with a little extra fun in the low end is where I find my happy place. I far prefer the comfort of over-ear phones, but had really wanted to experience the convenience of wireless audio. Knowing myself well, though, I worried I would regularly forget to charge a set that required it too frequently and had concerns about latency and loss over wireless. Closed-back, noise cancelling headphones were a must as I regularly listen, work, and study from a home office and heavily rely on the lack of distraction they grant. Were there even headphones that existed that would accomplish everything I wanted? Skeptical, I decided on the WH-1000XM3. The price point made me very weary, especially as I had never before spent so much on a pair of headphones. My apprehension was quashed almost instantly. These headphones check every single one of my boxes, and more. The bass is clear and punchy, giving me all the fun I look for in my music while the mids and highs are not lost to them; no muddiness and even bright when need be. They connect flawlessly to both my PC and my mobile devices, with range that even allows me to leave my device and walk around the whole house without worry of cutting out. The ANC is so superb that it nearly unnerved me as I got used to it (I live very close to an airport on a busy street - not hearing all that background noise is a welcome surprise)! The option in the app to use the ANC while allowing speech through is a wonderful feature I find myself using frequently. As far as battery life goes, Sony really over-delivered on their promises here. I use these every day for at least four hours at a time and find that even after a year of daily use, they only need charged once a week. With all of these benefits, I would have dealt with them fitting not quite perfectly, but these are hands down also the most comfortable headphones I've ever owned. I went the extra mile to purchase a bluetooth receiver with A2DP for using these with my PC, however after testing these with both that and the built-in bluetooth on my PC, I don't believe I needed to. If your use-case is similar to mine, I cannot recommend a better pair of headphones.

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I bought these headphones for use with my Pioneer ...

I bought these headphones for use with my Pioneer XDP-02U Digital Audio Player. I can’t get the two to pair with each other using Bluetooth? Any suggestions?
Asked by: Douglas
They should be perfectly compatible, as they share the critical AVRCP Bluetooth profile. If both devices pair with other Bluetooth headphones, speakers or players etc, there is a defect.
Answered by: Stephen
Date published: 2019-06-06

Can these headphones be used in a live music ...

Can these headphones be used in a live music concert setting because the music is too loud. This is for an autistic person.
Asked by: Ryan
I'd imagine they could be. The noise cancellation is phenomenal; however in a live concert situation a lot of the outside noise would still penetrate through.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-11-22

Do they cancel gun shots?

Do they cancel gun shots?
Asked by: Bruce
The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones (Black) BH #SOWH1000XM3B can greatly reduce constant loud noises but it will have a harder time with transient sounds like a gun shot. It will greatly reduce it but it will not fully eliminate it.
Answered by: Miguel
Date published: 2020-09-29

Will these do audio over the usb-c?

Will these do audio over the usb-c?
Asked by: Michael
Hi Michael, No, the USB function for the headphones is for charging purposes only. Regards, David
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-09-05

What are the dimensions of the carry case?

What are the dimensions of the carry case?
Asked by: Tim
About: 8.5"x7"x2.25"
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-06-04

Would these be acceptable to use in a ...

Would these be acceptable to use in a professional studio?
Asked by: Giovanni
Depends on your application when you say a "Professional Studio." Professional for what? A sound studio? Then I would say no, but it depends on the level of sound quality you need. These do good at cancelling sound (for like on an airplane) and give some of the best quality sound for that application. However, for a sound studio that does not have the concern of external sounds you would want an open design. I do not know what the low end prices can be on these but on the high end they can be a couple thousand dollars.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2020-02-14

compatible with ipad mini 4?

compatible with ipad mini 4?
Asked by: Desmond
Hi Desmond, Yes, the WH-1000XM3 headphones are compatible with your iPad mini 4. Regards, David
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-04-08

Could you wear these at night to block out ...

Could you wear these at night to block out snoring?
Asked by: Troy P
Yes you could do this in airplane. If you are at home, I would recommend the wf-1000xm3 or wait for wf-1000xm4 which is better for sleep. WH-1000XM3 is over-ear design, so you will not have sleep comfortably in the night.
Answered by: Yuchao
Date published: 2020-05-02
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