Sony’s WH-1000XM3 are a new generation of ANC Bluetooth headphones


Packed with features.

Sony has launched a new pair of headphones called the WH-1000XM3 along with two new speakers, the SRS-XB501G and SRSXB01. The unfortunately named WH-1000XM3 are a follow-up to the WH-1000XM2, and those headphones are considered one of the best around for active noise-cancelling. They rival the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Series II, which are currently $50 off, and the XM3 plan to improve on the formula.

Features for the new WH-1000XM3 include USB-C charging, atomic pressure optimization that can adjust for noise-cancelling at higher altitudes, a 30-hour battery life, a quick-charging feature that will give you five hours of playback after 10 minutes of charging, and multiple microphones. The Adaptive Sound Control will allow you to adjust just how much ambient noise you want to hear, especially if you’re in a case like walking down the street where you might want to hear the vehicles barreling down on you.

The new QN1 HD noise-cancelling processor is supposed to work four times faster than the XM2. The Dual Noise Sensor technology will work with the QN1 to weaken ambient noise. You can also add a DAC and amp for 32-bit audio signal processing.

The new SRS-XB501G speaker will be a followup to Sony’s successful SRS-XB41. It will include an integrated Google Assistant, Sony’s Extra Bass feature, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, water and dust resistance, USB-C charging, and a 16-hour battery life.

The SRS-XB01 speaker will be the budget version, retailing for just $34.99 instead of $299.99. Much like the XB501G, it will have Extra Bass and Live Sound, which is meant to replicate "festival vibes" according to Sony. It will also have a built-in mic for hands-free phone calls, a six hour battery life, and water resistance. The only ways to connect to this one will be Bluetooth or the manual headphone jack.

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August 30, 2018 at 05:29AM