The best noise-cancelling headphones in the world, two years running
ONLY MUSIC. NOTHING ELSE.
WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones take you even deeper into silence with further improvements to our industry-leading noise cancellation, and smart listening that adjusts to your situation.
Experience the next level of silence with Noise Cancelling Headphones
See what happens when it’s just you and your music, with noise cancelling that cuts more outside sound than ever before. And experience how smart noise-cancelling headphones can be with advanced technology such as Adaptive Sound Control to cut noise, and the convenience of smart features including Quick Attention, Voice Assistant compatibility and touch control.
Lose yourself in silence
Escape the sounds of the city with industry-leading noise cancellation headphones 2. The noise cancelling technology in the WH-1000XM3 headphones is our most advanced ever with close fitting ear pads and our HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1.
More power = even less noise
With our new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, noise cancelling power is greatly enhanced. Having a dedicated NC processor also ensures the reproduction of your music is never compromised due to processor performance.
Block out more
Most noise-cancelling headphones are designed to block out vehicle noise when travelling. The WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones are no exception, but are also highly effective at blocking out daily noise like voices and the background sounds you might hear walking through a city.
Wireless freedom, Great Sound in silence
LDAC transmits approximately three times more data (at the maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps) than conventional BLUETOOTH® wireless audio, allowing you to enjoy High-Resolution Audio content in exceptional quality, as close as possible to that of a dedicated wired connection.
Sound you can believe in
A built-in amplifier integrated in HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 realises the best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion for portable devices and delivers exceptional sound quality. Powerful 40-mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms make the headphones perfect for handling heavy beats and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40 kHz.
Restore all your compressed files
Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX™) upscales compressed digital music files, bringing them closer to the quality of High-Resolution Audio. By restoring the high-range sound lost in compression, DSEE HX™ produces your digital music files in rich, clear sound.
Smart listening by SENSE ENGINE — automatically adjusts to your situation
See how Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity such as travelling, walking and waiting, then adjusts ambient sound settings to you. And with Quick Attention, you can communicate without removing your noise cancelling headphones – simply place your hand over the housing to turn the volume down for instant conversation.
Automatically adjusts to whatever you do
Take trips without interruption and lose yourself in the music with no background noise.
Be aware of everything around you, from street to office, while still enjoying music.
Hear important announcements while you wait with reduced background noise.
Talk at a touch with Quick Attention
Communicate without taking your headphones off. Place your hand over the housing to turn the volume down for instant conversation.
Hear what’s important with Ambient Sound Control
Adjust ambient sound with the Sony | Headphones Connect APP to hear essential sounds when you’re listening on the move.
Find your perfect sound tone for every song from the presets, also easily customisable to your preference with Sony | Headphones Connect APP.
Virtual surround sound
Feel immersed in sound wherever you are. Experience audio optimised for different listening environments including outdoor stages, clubs, halls and arenas.
Sound Position Control
Choose the direction you want the sound to come from, just as you can with a wireless speaker.
Wear all day in total comfort
Super soft, pressure-relieving ear pads in foamed urethane evenly distribute pressure and increase ear pad contact for a stable fit. Comfort is further enhanced by a larger and deeper ergonomic ear space structure. And with a lighter weight design, your music is the only thing you’ll notice all day.
Smarter than your average headphones
Everything is at your fingertips. Answer hands-free phone calls with a double tap, or change tracks, adjust the volume and make calls by touching or swiping the panel. And help from your phone’s voice assistant is just one long press away.
Clearer hands-free calling with a double tap
Conversation flows freely with easy, hands-free calling. Leave your phone where it is, just speak with a double tap. Thanks to several microphones, WH-1000XM3 delivers clearer voice quality to the other person on the phone.
Control at your fingertip
Change the track, turn the volume up or down and take or make calls by tapping or swiping the panel with your fingertip.
All day power and quick charging
With a huge 30 hours of battery life, you’ll have enough power for even long trips away. And if you need to charge in a hurry, you can get five hours’ worth of charge after just ten minutes with the optional AC adapter.
WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones take you even deeper into silence with further improvements to our industry-leading noise cancellation7, and smart listening that adjusts to your situation.
HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 lets you listen without distractions
Unique automatic personal NC and Atmospheric Pressure optimisation
Wireless freedom with BLUETOOTH® technology and NFC
Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically adjusts ambient sound to your activity
High-quality audio with DSEE HX™ and LDAC
40 mm, dome type (CCAW Voice coil)
Stereo Mini Jack
4 Hz-40,000 Hz
FREQUENCY RESPONSE (BLUETOOTH® COMMUNICATION)
20 Hz–20,000 Hz (44.1 kHz Sampling)/20 Hz–40,000 Hz (LDAC 96 kHz Sampling, 990 kbps)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE (ACTIVE OPERATION)
4 Hz-40,000 Hz
Headphone cable (approx. 1.2 m, OFC strands, gold-plated stereo mini plug)
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .8.99 oz | Cable length: 3.94 ft | Frequency response: 4Hz to 40kHz | Drivers: 40mm Dual-Layered Diaphragm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 104.5 dB | Impedance: 47 ohm | Battery life: 30 hours | Wireless range: 30 meters (98ft) | NFC: Yes
Sony’s done it again. Despite being a new model for 2018, the Sony WH-1000XM3 are the best noise-cancelling headphones in the world two years in a row. How can that be possible?
That’s because, even though there’s new audio wizardry going on, they are for the most part a small refinement of last year’s excellent WH-1000XM2.
So what’s changed? the WH-1000XM3 uses the newer USB-C charging standard instead of a legacy microUSB connection, and there is also a bit more padding along the bridge to keep your noggin’ comfy. But that’s about it.
At first, that lack of substantial improvement gave us some reservations about recommending them – especially when the 1000XM2 could be found for less online. But those days are over. If you want a critically-acclaimed noise-cancelling headset that’s brand-new for 2018 and has two-plus years of experience being the best, the WH-1000XM3 are the way to go.
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