I use the Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones for my daily commute on the trains, buses and cars. To better reap the benefits of the active noise canceling magic, it is important to use the correct ear tips for a good seal. Too small and sounds leaks through. Too big and it will be uncomfortable. The material of the ear tip plays a part too. Personally, I prefer foam over silicone ear tips.
The WH-1000XM3 cans easily mutes the occasional chatter from other passengers and makes the announcements barely noticeable. I find the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones does not cancel as much chatter and announcements but it handles the train’s rumble pretty well. I am waiting for the Comply Audio Pro Smart Core foam tips to arrive to hear if it would fare better.
Initially I was hesitant about getting the WF-1000XM3 wireless earphones due to its lack of aptx HD and/or LDAC. What made me go ahead with the purchase was that it can easily handling the bandwidth and latency of my music source – Spotify. Spotify, at the ‘Very High’ quality, streams at approximately 320 kbps while SBC can handle up to 345 kbps without breaking a sweat.
As for the lack of splash resistance, I think I will just need to take note of sudden downpours or when walking in light rain. Easily addressed.
In short, the Sony WF-1000XM3 does what it is supposed to do well – playing good sounding music with active noise-canceling. It also looks great. The best part? It fits in your pocket. This convenience would probably hit the right note with plenty of people.