Sony WF-1000XM3 Review: Amazing in-ear ANC in your pockets

Owning the Sony WH-1000XM3 cans was the best gift for my daily commute until Sony announced the Sony WF-1000XM3 in-ear active noise canceling (ANC) that fits in your pockets. Despite the lack of support for aptX or Sony’s own LDAC, I still decided to get it for its portability. The Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones retails for S$349.00.

Aesthetically, the Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earphones is no way as sexy or slim like the Apple Airpods 2 but it does pack a fair bit of features. That is, noise canceling and great battery life. It is using a spanking new QN1e noise-canceling processor with dual noise sensors on each earphone.

New QN1e Processor

Each earphone comes with its own QN1e noise-canceling processor. This processor is adapted from the one found in the Sony WH-1000XM3 cans and sports similar noise-canceling algorithms and Digital-to-Analogue Converter (DAC).

Compared to the 32-bit audio signal processing of the WH-1000XM3 cans, the Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones does 24-bit processing.

The most important question – Can I notice the difference as a casual listener? Read on.

Simultaneous Bluetooth Transmission

Each wireless earpiece is clearly marked for either left or right. There is also a raised dot beside the ‘L’ symbol.

Unlike the usual wireless earphones that relies on the left earphone to throw audio signal to the right, the Sony WF-1000XM3 uses a new Bluetooth chip that allows audio to be simultaneously transmitted to both left and right earphones, resulting in lower latency.

The Bluetooth 5.0 standard coupled with the antenna structure also promises more stable connections, resulting in lesser drop-outs for your listening pleasure.