A couple of years ago, who would’ve thought turning earbuds into wireless devices would be possible, or even perfect? Fast forward to the present and we find the likes of Apple AirPods and various other “true wireless” earbuds already taking the market by storm. Now the company has unveiled their latest wireless earbuds, the WF-1000XM3, which promises to offer their signature high-end audio quality as well as active noise cancellation in smaller package.
The WF-1000XM3 is not Sony’s first rodeo in the wireless earbuds market, and is actually a successor to the WF-1000X earbuds which was launched in 2017. Of course, two years is more than enough time for Sony to add in various improvements to their new generation wireless earbuds.
First off, the WF-1000XM3’s design is much more ergonomic than its predecessor to which it aims to be much more comfortable to wear, especially for a longer period of use. The earbuds features 24-bit digital-to-audio conversion for high quality sound performance, and Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX which upscales audio in a compressed format in order to recover some lost fidelity.
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is included with the WF-1000XM3 thanks to Dual Noise Sensor technology and Sony’s QN1e HD Noise Cancelling Processor - an update to the chip that powered the WH-1000XM3 headphones. In a similar fashion to the headphones, ANC is deactivated by holding your finger on the WF-1000XM3’s capacitive button (on either side) in order for you to listen in to your surroundings.
Other improvements include a higher battery capacity which provides 6 hours of continuous playback with three extra charges from its provided charging case, thus totaling up to 24 hours of musical goodness. The charging case also features a quick charge function where a 10-minute charge could actually provide the earbuds up to 90 minutes of battery life.
The Sony WF-1000XM3 will be available in Malaysia starting from August and retailing at MYR 949.