The Sony WH-1000XM3 features a pair of 1.57″ or 40 mm dome type drivers, which use Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms. The headphones have a frequency response range of 4 Hz to 40,000 Hz. However, through Bluetooth, the headphones offer a response range between 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz with 44.1 kHz sampling or 20 Hz – 40,000 Hz with LDAC at 96 kHz Sampling at a 990 kbps bitrate.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 features their new HD Noise Canceling QN1 Processor which claims to offers up to four times greater noise isolation, by canceling out mid to high range noise such as street and human voices. The earphones also offer features such as Atmospheric Pressure optimization and Unique automatic personal Noise Cancellation. There’s also a high-quality internal amp which delivers great sound.
The Smart Listening on the Sony WH-1000XM3 offers adaptive sound control, which uses SENSE ENGINE to detect your activities such as Walking, traveling, and automatically adjust the ambient sound settings on the headphones. The Quick Attention feature is borrowed from the outgoing model, which allows users to quickly listen and communicate with others, without needing to remove the headphones. To use this feature, users need to place their right hand over the right housing to decrease the volume instantly.
The WH-1000XM3 from Sony come with a touch-based input for controlling the music or calls. To change a track, turn up or turn down the volume and take or make calls handsfree, users need to tap or swipe on the ear-housing panel. While double tapping on the panel lets you make hands-free calls, a long press on the panel opens up your phone’s AI voice assistant, such as Google Assistant or Siri.
For connectivity, the Sony WH-1000XM3s come with Bluetooth 4.2 with NFC pairing as well. While the 3.5 mm stereo audio jack offers High-Resolution Audio listening. The headphones also come with Sony’s DSEE HX™ and LDAC technologies to provide a high-quality audio experience, wirelessly.
As for the battery life, on Bluetooth with Noise Cancellation turned-on, the WH-1000XM3 can last up to 30 hours, while with Noise Cancellation turn off, they offer up to 38 hours of playback time. The headphones also come with Quick Charging, which offers up to 5 hours of playback time with a 10-minute charge.
Pricing and Availability of Sony WH-1000XM3
The Sony WH-1000XM3 comes in Black and Platinum Silver colors. It is priced at INR 29,990 and is available for pre-booking on Amazon India and Croma from October 11 to October 18, 2018, and in all Sony Centers and major electronic stores in India from October 18, 2018 onwards.