On a press release, Sony has presented its WF-1000XM3, the best wireless in-ear noise canceling headphone according to the manufacturer. This should be due to, among other things, the so-called ‘dual noise sensor’ technology: two microphones are used to capture the ambient noise, after which the QN1e chip analyzes the waves.
That same chip supports processing of 24-bit sources and can scale up compressed music files such as MP3 to that higher bit depth. The sound itself has incidentally created 6mm dome driver with CCAW voice coil and neodymium magnets. Sony thereby claims a frequency response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz via Bluetooth 5.0. With that connection, the A2DP, AVRCP, HFP and HSP profiles are supported, with SBC or AAC audio format.
The WF-1000XM3 in-ears are charged in about an hour and a half via their dock, from which they can pull a total of three loads. NFC in the box also ensures that the connection is faster. The battery of that dock is also charged in 3.5 hours via its USB type-C input. With continuous playback, the two can last a maximum of 8 hours, but that drops to around 6 hours if you activate active active noise canceling. Finally, the headset supports Google Assistant and you can perform various actions with the touchpad on the right earcup
Both the black and silver Sony WF-1000XM3 will be available in the Benelux from August 2019 for a price of 250 euros.