It’s almost an obvious tech carry over, take the active noise cancelling tech that made on-ear headphones like the WH-1000XM3 such an essential for most frequent flyers, and bring it to a whole new segment. The fact that they managed to do this takes them into pioneering territory, for the WF-1000XM3 will are now the only true wireless headphones in this class with the feature.
Jumping a generation, the successor to the WF-1000X incorporates some of Sony’s key strengths of which great sound quality is a given. Now the true wireless segment and great audio are not exactly bedfellows, as the Airpods have so well demonstrated. Sony’s out to set a few things on that front on the WF-1000XM3. Boasting a new dome type 6mm driver, the HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e supports 24-bit audio signal processing and a DAC with amplifier. The Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX) upscales compressed digital music files including MP3 formats, to bring you closer to Hi-Res Audio.
Which brings us to silence, or a next level of silence, as Sony promise. Dual Noise Sensor technology on the WF-1000XM3 works with the new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e to catch and cancel noise respectively. The one feed-forward microphone and one feed-back microphone on the surface of the headphones capture ambient sound, after which the dedicated HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e gets to work, creating an inverted sound wave to offset bothersome background noise.
The headsets also feature a newly developed Bluetooth 5.0 chip, which allows for L/R simultaneous Bluetooth transmission which means that both left and right earbuds receive audio content at the same time, as against the conventional left-to-right relay. Also, low latency syncs what you see on screen precisely with what you hear on your headphones.
In terms of power, Sony claim up to 24 hours with Noise Cancelling on. A key highlight would be the quick charge function, with 10 minutes of charging giving up to 90 minutes of battery life.
The WF-1000XM3 is priced at US$245 and will be available in the UAE on 20th July 2019, and from 10th August 2019 onwards in other markets in the Middle East.
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