March 8, 2021

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Top Choice for Sound Quality and Noise Reduction: Sony TWS Earbuds Sony WF-1000XM3 Experience

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We don’t need to tell you how popular the TWS wireless earbuds market is. In the past two years, we have seen many manufacturers have launched a large number of TWS earbuds. Some of them are professional audio manufacturers expanding their product line coverage, and some mobile phone manufacturers are taking the trend to launch their own mobile phone peripheral accessories. However, the experiences can be quite different.

With the increasing number of available products, users have higher and higher requirements for TWS earbuds. In addition to basic stable connection, more high-level requirements for sound quality, noise reduction and so on are also emerging gradually. Among the products that can meet these requirements, Sony WF-1000XM3 must be the one that most users are quite familiar with.

 

Charging box design

The WF-1000XM3 continues Sony’s sense of quality as a high-end product in the series, and is available in both black and platinum silver. Platinum and silver are silver gray and the main decoration part is gold. The black on my hand is mainly black with gold to brighten up. The lower part of the earbuds case is black, the top cover is gold, and there are arc embellishments at the connection.

The charging case weighs 0.17lbs, which is relatively large in the TWS earbuds. The main reason is that it is a little thick, and there will be protruding in the trouser pocket. However, the advantage is that it can be easily opened and closed with one hand.

When you open the charging box, the earbuds itself lies in it. The earbuds are also fixed by magnetic suction, so you don’t have to worry about falling out when you turn it upside down. The fixed direction of the earbuds is reasonable, and it can be worn directly when it is taken out normally. It will not be inserted into the ear after adjusting the orientation like some other products.

The outer part of the earbuds box has an arc design. When closed, the golden lid will continue to this part to avoid the design appearing too square. When opened, the NFC logo can be seen, and the phone can be quickly matched by touching NFC. Below is the curved indicator light, but the indicator light only has one color: red. Constantly on means charging, flickering means low power, and the indicator light goes off after charging, instead of the common green indicator after full charge, which may need a little adaptation.

There is a SONY letter logo on the top of the earbuds box, and a convenient Type-C interface on the bottom. The black part under the earbuds box is covered with skin-like coating, which feels smooth, but is easy to leave fingerprints and oil stains. If you want to keep it looking good, you need to remember to wipe it often.

 

The earbuds itself

Although it’s called the WF-1000XM3, it’s technically the second-generation version of Sony’s flagship TWS noise-canceling earbuds, and the way the company names it should come as no surprise.

The shape of SONY WF-1000XM3 earbuds body is obviously different from the previous generation, with more obvious edges and tougher style. Next to the SONY logo is the radio hole of feedforward microphone, and there is a post-feedback microphone on the inner part corresponding to it, which can achieve better noise reduction effect by combination.

The outer circle is the touch area of WF-1000XM3, and the left and right ears can set different touch functions at the APP end respectively. In actual use, the touch response is very sensitive. The control mode of touch instead of tapping also avoids the obvious stethoscope effect during tapping.

The structure of the WF-1000XM3 has also been adjusted in order to wear it steadily, since the design of the inner small ear brace is no longer used. Notably, the length of the earbuds has been lengthened, which on the one hand makes the earplugs more tightly bound to the ear canal and on the other hand strengthens the fixation of the earbuds themselves.

WF-1000XM3 is actually 3-point fixation. In addition to the earbuds, the part of the bottom and tail that contact with the auricle also becomes the fixed fulcrum. At the bottom, which is more stressed, Sony has carefully replaced the structure that touches the ears with rubber, which increases friction and makes it more comfortable.

 

Wear/noise reduction

In addition to the silicone earcap, the WF-1000XM3 package also comes with 3 pairs of length-type mixed silicone earplugs and 3 pairs of triple comfort earplugs, which are close to the modified Brother Set and C Set respectively. Because the earbuds part has become the main support point, so in order to better noise reduction effect and wear stability fastness, we must choose the appropriate earplugs cover to use.

From my own experience, after inserting the WF-1000XM3, it can be slightly flattened so that the back of the earbuds can be placed on the outer auricle, and the wearing will be more stable. As for the gap between the two types of earbuds, the extended silicone blend is deeper and more stable when worn, but the triple comfort earbuds using a slow recovery sponge offer better sound insulation and significantly reduce the stethoscope effect.

Since speaking of noise reduction, the next is, of course, the most important reason to choose WF-1000XM3 – active noise reduction. WF-1000XM is equipped with HD noise reduction processor QN1E, which can also be seen from the name and the WH-1000XM4 on the QN1 chip homology, the difference between the two lies in the optimization of power consumption, although the sound signal processor changed from 32bit to 24bit, but considering the volume of the earbuds itself on the battery life of the high requirements, this is very reasonable.

Therefore, under the condition of turning on noise reduction, the WF-1000XM3 earbuds body also has a long battery life of 6 hours. In addition to the charging case, which can provide an additional 3 times of battery life as a standby, the whole machine also has the quick-charging ability to listen to music for 90 minutes after 10 minutes of charging, so the battery life is reassuring.

The two scenes where I use noise-cancelling earbuds more are on the bus and in the office. Which bus belongs to the typical scenario of everyone often experience, wore xm3 WF – 1000, the first is the motion of the vehicle itself has been effectively remove noise, second quiet environment makes me can use normal volume listen to the audio content clearly, so as not to appear on the bus to volume up and make my ears extremely tired after getting off the bus.

Your office may seem quieter than a bus, but when you consider noise reduction, you realize it’s just because you’re used to the central air conditioner humming overhead, the computer fan running at full blast at your feet, and the incessant tapping of keyboards around you.

After wearing WF-1000XM3, the above environmental noises will be significantly reduced, especially the mid-frequency and low-frequency noises. As for the high-frequency noises, the effect of wearing the sponge one is slightly better than that of the silicone one, which may be one of the reasons why I prefer the sponge ear cap.

 

Music listening

From the listening part, the sound adaptability of WF-1000XM3 is relatively wide. Generally, the main listening popular or slightly omnivorous users can choose it to have a good listening experience.

Still take me to match the sponge ear cap to wear as an example, try to listen to Hiroyuki Sawano’s “Bang!!” The overall atmosphere rendering of WF-1000XM3 is quite satisfactory when the music is played. The beginning melody has a good elasticity, which makes people have the impulse to recap the “Boss”. The volume sense of the bass part is quite sufficient in the TWS earbuds, but it is a little scattered, and the vocals are also a little thin.

After changing to “The Mass” with the same strong atmosphere sense. The performance of WF-1000MX3 is basically similar, but because the number and distribution of instruments in The song is more complex, The details of some instruments are covered to some extent, and The separation performance is not so good.

 

Conclusion

It’s been a long time since its release, but if you’re looking for sound quality, noise reduction, battery life, etc., when buying a TWS earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM3 is still a very competitive product to try out first.

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