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  • Perfect
    1 month ago
    Beats anything else.no pun intended
  • Very good
    6 months ago
    +Great for travel, blocks out so much noise when on planes and buses etc.
    +Audio Quality is really good, prefer these to my HD518s any day
    +Battery life and charge times are amazing

    -Cant use as a mic/headset combo and still get stereo sound with PC (Bluetooth limitation) so i end up using these with a separate usb microphone when gaming.

    Overall terrific headphones if you like your peace and quiet and hate hearing everyone else.
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  • Very good
    11 days ago
    Nice and full sound, and plenty of traction. Soft pillows make it comfortable.
  • Perfect
    15 days ago
    Absolutely fantastic headphones. Cruel noise reduction that filters out most of the ambient noise. Good battery life and a good app that allows a lot of settings over the phone. Great sound and perfect fit. Doesn't get too hot either, despite several hours of listening.
  • Decent
    16 days ago
    Picked these up for just under 3000 and before that had a couple of mdr100abn for 1800. Clearly a good upgrade, but the sound does not differ very much. More clear bass and an overall clearer sound picture. But the audio signature feels the same. Much better nc, but picks up other sounds during calls, which makes it quite unpleasant to talk in these handsets, the mic is not great either. Sitting well on the head o feels light. Quite often press wrong on the touchpad and prefer physical buttons, sometimes my presses are not registered either. As a product in itself, I would give a 4a, but give a 3a considering that my sonys from 2017 generally gave me a more comfortable overall experience. There are some parts to grind on here
  • Excellent
    22 days ago
    Purchased for SEK 2777 on the web hall.

    Very good sound and ANC, like BOSE QCII. With a new update, you can also turn off touch features, which has caused headaches when you have had these outdoors under cold temperatures. The cold causes the touch buttons to slip out, which is why this update has been a dealbreaker.
  • Decent
    3 months ago
    Updated: 28 days ago
    bought these only for flight. MVG. you can't work with these, your ears get too sweaty. my ears barely fit (bose the same). they should have been bigger and more comfortable.

    after about 5-6 hours of flight, I started to have pain on my left ear. I also get a headache from these headphones. cabin pressure is called it.

    the ambient sound leaks in at the slightest head movement. if you look up or to the sides eg.

    my review is based only on flight. have never used them outside an aircraft.
  • Very Poor
    1 month ago
    I bought these for myself and AirPods Pro for my girlfriend a few weeks ago. Although these and AirPods are not comparable products, I realized after the first use that I should have bought airpods for me as well.

    -1. They do not have seamless switching. If you are considering using them on several different devices, you will have to go through all the steps to re-connect to bluetooth at each device change. Very frustrating after a while.

    -2. The touch sensor on the right speakers is totally useless and only in the way. Trigger gas of nothing, empty. if you lie down on the sofa and happen to access it with the pillow, the transparency mode is switched on. If you happen to be on the other side, the volume is raised and lowered. Moreover, the touch function cannot be deactivated.

    -3 Begins to cook fairly frequently ie. the sound does not sync with the image.

    –4 Tricky to relax and unwind. Almost always requires 2-3 attempts for me, and each attempt takes time when you have to restart the headphones.

    –5 Incredibly loud speaker voice like Siri should provide feedback at each HCI.

    +1 Incredibly good sound
    +2 Very nice to wear
    +3 Really good noise cancellation

    Sony would have kept it simple. Unfortunately, it became the pancake because of all the unnecessary features that also do not work in the real world.
  • Very good
    1 month ago
    Updated: 1 month ago
    Does Sony's Phone Buy It!

    + price SEK 2400 is OK
    + Ldac very good
    + NC very good
    + charging time very good 30h play / 3h charging
    - Failure to talk in chops disables sounds bad
    * Reach broadly the whole house very good
    + Good arches that fit everyone in size
    + Comfortable
  • Decent
    1 month ago
    No buttons,
    If you live in Sweden with rain and cold, you will be crazy that the weather and not me decide what to listen to.
  • Very good
    1 month ago
    Overall the best bt noise canceling handsets I've tested.

    + fits head / ears well
    + ok Noise reduction, but bose has better
    + good battery life
    + really good sound
    + buttons and controls work

    - Worthless mics to talk on the phone, you hardly hear if there is other background noise.
  • Very Poor
    1 month ago
    Updated: 1 month ago
    The microphone in the headphones is almost unusable.
    Very good review here.
    https://youtu.be/cZwr8D-qYHk
  • Perfect
    2 months ago
    Updated: 1 month ago
    Good sound. Very good sound for movies and games.
    Comfortable as attan.
    Good NC, good buttons, good app, good battery life (measured myself, mixed listening with NC on / off etc. and they managed 30 hours on a charge)
    Have mine connected to my TV for media audio and my phone for calls at the same time. At the same time. So -Yes, it works perfectly.
    I haven't had any problems with them outdoors in minus degrees.
    10/10!
  • Perfect
    2 months ago
    Best headset I've had.
  • Barely acceptable
    2 months ago
    Sound: 4.5 out of 5
    App features: 5 of 5
    App feature 4 out of 5 but under development
    Bluetooth Reliability (IMPORTANT!) 2 of 5
    Bluetooth version vs newer phones: 2 of 5
    Overall usability: 3.5 out of 5
    Ease of use with mobile: 5 out of 5
    Ease of use on PC without cable: 0 out of 5!
    This is NOT a headset for listening to music from PC wirelessly!
    Completely unreliable, even with Google / Amazon / Ebay's best bluetooth dings, with wired PC audio with DAC ..
    Ended up banning Sony BT and their products for all future, as far as I can see ..
    Steer away! (Unless you "listen to music" from your cellphone ..
  • Very good
    2 months ago
    Updated: 2 months ago
    Wonderful kids, do not become completely silent on the pendulum, but are very close. Listen to a lot of others, but these were the best. Mine was stolen in connection with burglary in the car unfortunately. They are missing a lot.

    It did not become 5 stars, as they cannot withstand water / rain. So in case of rain, you have to protect them, otherwise it is run and the warranty does not cover moisture.
  • Perfect
    2 months ago
    They sit comfortably and the noise reduction almost feels like magic. Really good! The sound quality is good with support for LDAC. I prefer open headphones but am getting used to them really well. Unfortunately, it is only possible to have them paired with one device at a time, but since it has NFC it does not take many seconds to pair a new phone just by holding it up to the left headset.
  • Decent
    2 months ago
    Updated: 2 months ago
    Very good sound and best ANC on the market. Bought them for 2700: - which feels like max what I would pay.
    Considering that this is the flagship, the build quality feels perfectly ok but no more.
    Touch buttons and apps with many features are highly personal but nothing to me.
    The battery life is nowhere near the thirty hours that are promised and it is also not possible to just start the ANC without bluetooth also starting.
    They don't sit quite a hundred, kids who are round sit better on me anyway. Then they press a little, which feels after an hour.
    Also don't have dual mode on bluetooth which I took for granted that it was standard since that's it on my four year old Denon.
    What makes me keep them is the price, and Denon's new one is not good enough. (also had the latest momentum wireless)
    However, missing out on dual mode is very annoying as I often switch between the iPad and the iPhone and then you always have to disconnect / switch between.
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    Most beautiful, good looking, by far the best specs and features can highly recommend it to anyone with the money
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    Updated: 3 months ago
    Wow

    Super nice kids with world-class noise reduction and good sound
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    Perfect headset.
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    + Good sound (especially compared to bose 35)
    + Sits well, good comfort
    + Noise reduction is cruel

    -Dyra
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    Updated: 3 months ago
    + Sits nice.
    + Feels well built
    + Good noise reduction.
    + USB-C
    + Quick Charge
    + Battery life

    - The microphone when talking to people is distressing and you often have to repeat what you say.

    Have had mine for a little over years.
    Uses them daily (basically all days) in office landscapes, in the car and on flights.

    Had a couple of Sennheiser PXC 550 earlier. The sound quality on them I think is probably better than Sony's, but the build quality on the PCX handsets is horribly poor. Better noise reduction at Sony's as well. Comfortably, they are about the same. You get warm around your ears after a while, but it does not pinch anywhere, sit well and do not weigh lead.
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    With the latest ver. of formware and app you can turn off touch controls if you want which solves the problem of cold weather etc.

    Satisfied with the sound, anc, features via app. The only disturbance is that the ANC is disturbed by short moments when the train goes in / out of tunnels. But it is apparently a common problem with the ANC if you google a little. However, my old Plantronics Backbeat Pro did not have the problem, but so did the worse ANC.

    Bad call sound too, but I don't use them for that anyway so it doesn't bother me.

    Overall near full pot!
  • Very Poor
    3 months ago
    I have chosen to return the headphones after a few days.
    Playback is constantly hacking, when I use them in public transport, with second-long sound interruptions, sometimes every minute.
    In addition, the headphones automatically turn off the noise canceling feature to look as dense, sometimes every two minutes.
    It is said that these handsets have this kind of problem at minus degrees. But in my case, the problems arose even though it was 3-6 plus degrees, and even when I was in a relatively hot subway car.
    The sound is very nice - but with the above shortcomings they become almost useless to me.
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    Very good music sound that satisfies even an old sound nerd who loves Klipsch.
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    Really satisfied
  • Barely acceptable
    3 months ago
    Does not live up to my expectations at all and I experience two problems with the headphones
    1. It "chops" in the music when I play and am out and about.
    2. The noise reduction mode is switched off without doing anything.

    I have read that these headphones are not capable of minus degrees which may be the cause of these problems.
  • Decent
    4 months ago
    Updated: 3 months ago
    + Can start by saying that it attenuates the very good sound around you! You can only hear a bit around you on trains etc.
    - / + For an avarage listener, the sound is good, but I think the sound is myddy and lacks details so I don't call it an audiophile. Then you need to find a pair of corded headphones.
    + included with usb c
    + 30 hours
    + good software
    + touch sensor is fine to have
    + The bag is small and easy to carry
    + The design is sleek and stylish
    The comfort is decent, it gets warm to wear when it goes around 1-2 hours. I who wear glasses then push it against my head, so you have to adjust the glasses over the pillows.
    - the pillows are not so full for my taste.
    - You can hear occasional small chirping sounds once in a while if you touch your head.
    - If it is over -5 then the headset clicks and activates Siri, so you have to turn on and off if you change temperatures like being inside and going out afterwards.

    Highly recommend this if you are commuting in noisy surroundings.
  • Decent
    4 months ago
    Really good sound, extremely good noise reduction and sits much softer and more comfortable than eg Bode. But with two real deal-breakers:

    1. The microphone sucks, barely able to make a phone call with anyone.

    2. Difficult to control with the touch, plus it stops working if it is too cold outside. Then it gets the game and does a little as it wants, I feel.
  • Perfect
    4 months ago
    Those in this review who think they have much better sound with some antique threaded handsets are out cycling.
    There is no one close to NC and there is nothing under 10k that has better sound. Especially the scaling up of the poor source is absolutely excellent. The separation and sound picture is cruel, usually you can point to where the various instruments are placed in the room.
    Film sound is also a place where they shine, you feel bass under 20hz.
    Remember to use cable to get the most out of the sound quality
  • Perfect
    4 months ago
    Have previously driven the Bose QC35 and then bought these handsets and can only say WOW.

    + NC is even better than the Bose handsets
    + The sound is extremely good, significantly better bass than the Bose headphones and at the same time clear
    + Really comfortable fit
    + Charging with USB-C

    - The case feels very cheap / plastic
    - The app is really bad and updates took about 40min
    - Connects to only one unit at a time, the Bose headphones connect to several

    Despite the minus items, the sound is so good that they get a full pot
  • Perfect
    4 months ago
    First Bluetooth headset I have had, previously run with threaded Sony mdr-1a. Can immediately find out that the sound is just as good if not better even though it is a Bluetooth headset iaf if you run with LDAC enabled which I have always been skeptical of before when it comes to Bluetooth.

    Costs more than a regular threaded on ear headset but nice and o no cord. However, got mine with xperia 5 via a deal that Elgiganten ran with for a week.

    The Noice Canceling feature struck me with amazement! Thought it would be good but not as good as it turned out to be, shut out sounds around you without problems and have different settings for different type / levels of sound in different environments.

    I usually use them with the Poweramp app and mp4eq files on my Android mobile for the best possible sound, the equalizer in that app makes these kids perform best. Is the equalizer in the app with but is not as good I think.

    Good battery life and touch controls work perfectly okay, the only thing that doesn't work for me is raise and lower the gestures for the sound but I might as well do on the mobile :)

    Plus:
    + Good sound especially with LDAC enabled
    + Smooth app
    + Good battery life and says battery level when switched off
    + USB c for charging is a big plus, nice to have to release Micro usb
    + extremely good Noice Canceling, must be heard to understand!
    + Adapting noise around you in the environment you are staying in
    + NFC to easily connect the devices without the hassle of manually searching for them via Bluetooth
    + Calling through these headphones makes a perfectly okay sound to the receiver and does not sound distorted or hacked

    Minus
    - The touch controls work this way, but are the only negatives I found on these cheats so

    Can warmly recommend these handsets, however, as always, you should compare with the competitors before of course, to find the right Bluetooth on ear headset just for you :)
  • Barely acceptable
    4 months ago
    Bought these yesterday on the net and went home happy as a gambler, but my features changed more and more as I listened to my favorites in Spotify premium.
    Comes from some nice guys on the wired side (Sennheiser hd58x, hifiman 4xx and beyerdynamics 1990 pro, with a 789 amp powering these)
    Today has a pair of Nokia wireless purity pro that only runs aptx but has a really nice sound that is punchy, soft and wonderful base to it.
    Now to these Sony kids ...

    I didn't like the sound in them at all!
    Thought they were underperforming in all departments and I tested all the settings in the mobile app (Sony xz3) without finding that amazing sound everyone talks about.
    When I returned these as open purchases, my smile was back again 🙂
  • Terrible
    4 months ago
    PoS. After a walk around zero, I can't stop writing a review. The handsets have ok sound with warm bass and good ANC. There it ends with positive reviews which is totally unacceptable. All the way to work, the touch controls have been shaky due to the temperature with skipping, pausing, Siri without me touching them. A known problem for XM3. Don't you test the products? Then add a bad microphone, ANC flaps when changing sound pressure on train / subway and that the microphone for ANC is easily cheated by wind or just the ventilation on the aircraft.
    Would have been forgiving if they had cost the booklet so much, but here it is just lousy Sony.
  • Perfect
    5 months ago
    * Very good sound quality
    * Good app with control of audio profile and nc
    * Good comfort can be worn even with glasses
  • Very good
    5 months ago
    So yes. What a decision anxiety I've had between these three heavyweights.
    I ended up buying Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 and Bose QC35 II and these Sony WH-1000XM3.

    It was returned on both Bose after 4 days of testing. Sony became the winner.

    Bose NC 700 - Because they sat so badly, not on the ears but the arch upside down is rolled so it felt uncomfortable, Bose who has been kings of comfort in the past has done away with this model.

    The Bose QC35 II was a return for Sony running over them on both sound and noise canceling. Also feel a little wrong to buy them as they have Micro usb and not USB - C. And they have Blue tooth version 4.1. / Sony has 4.2 and Bose NC 700 has 5.0.

    Sony WH-1000XM3 Makes a mess of both Bose when it comes to music. They don't even lie in the same municipality :) It's such an amazing fantastic go punch and push in the sound so it's absolutely wonderful.

    Noise reduction is better on sony than on bose qc 35, equivalent to bose 700. I could not hear any difference against bose 700. qc 35 II I could hear difference.

    It should be clear that all these three handsets are not optimal to use when it is blowing, then you have to turn off the noise reduction, because they catch the wind in the microphones. Noise reduction is fantastic and addictive. It performs best on the flight, the bus, the office, where there is background noise, fans and ventilation, etc., it becomes silent when you put them on. Wonderfully, I have placed a watch on the in-ear model from sony, so happy I am with their WH-1000XM3, thought it is smoother with in-ear when to sleep on the flight.

    In short, they get 8 out of 10 stars out of me.
    The shortcomings are few but they are two - They are slightly warm, not piggy as some write, But wearing them 4-5 hours on the flight went cannon well, it gets hot but it is worth it because they are so incredibly wonderful.
    Some write that the microphone is useless if you are having a phone call. It's true with modification, rumor has it that the first batch of these handsets will be inferior to those sold today, but it's not something Sony has confirmed, but anyway, I'm sitting at home in front of the computer or anywhere in the home and take a call it works well, nothing that has complained about my voice or that it sounds bad. If you are outdoors and make a call then no, then the microphone is not good, the other party hears you badly. So if you work in an office and take many calls a day, then you should buy Bose. Otherwise not. Plus at the edge for sony vs bose is also that Sony has twice as long battery life than bose, Sony 40 hours, Bose 20 hours. Applies to both bose´s models. And Sony has NFC, so you can just put the phone against the handset, they sync together, Some laugh now and think what, it's just to go into the blue and search for them and add them, you do it just one walk. Yes, of course it is, But I sat in the departure hall at Arlanda and would do it, how many available units did it come up do you think? At least 50 pieces. Then it was just to activate NFC on the phone and put them against the handsets, walla clear.
  • Perfect
    5 months ago
    I'm pretty picky when it comes to sound, but these headphones are a real experience. You enjoy the sound and the noise reduction.
    I haven't tried any of the other high-end handsets but these are good enough.
    As some others have written, the touch controls are not quite a hundred but on the other hand the sound is 100.
    Highly recommended!
  • Acceptable
    5 months ago
    Updated: 5 months ago
    Semi-solid sounds suffering from booming bass comparatively in the BT-NC over-ear-lur competition and worse than the Dali IO6.

    I have compared B&W PX7, Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i, Bose 700, Dali IO6, Master & Dynamic MW65 and Sennheiser Momentum 3 where Dali IO6 wins easily in sound quality.

    Nice to wear. Very good industry leader NC.
  • Perfect
    5 months ago
    Exceptionally good.
  • Perfect
    6 months ago
    Incredibly good kids! Large earbuds (larger than Bose) which gives cruel comfort for hours, usb-c so they load up quickly, good touch controls but the volume adjustment is not sensitive enough so often it gets too high or low (I usually use the volume buttons on the phone therefore, the function that hearing the surroundings with just putting the palm to the cover is very useful, nice with a clean design.The price around 3000 SEK is now reasonable.
  • Perfect
    6 months ago
    Updated: 6 months ago
    Very good kids. Large earbuds, usb-c, touch controls, many settings, good looking. The minus is the price. Edit: Have now tested more: Perfect in open office landscape, with low music in the hands and NC on.
  • Very good
    6 months ago
    Pro:
    Superb sound
    Superb comfort, driving 8h / d at work
    The function of holding the right hand at the right ear to get outside hearing is cruel
    The ANC is cruel
    The battery lasts longer than I dare to be awake
    USB C!
    con:
    The touch gear on the right is pretty bad
    Microphone for speech is quite poor
    No replaceable battery
  • Perfect
    1 year ago
    Updated: 7 months ago
    Very good headphones, with very few drawbacks, but there are.
  • Decent
    7 months ago
    Updated: 7 months ago
    I have the predecessor WH-1000XM2 and also bose qc35 and qc35 II.

    So I own all models and have the privilege of being able to compare. Those who rate highly on this particular model are first time buyers and have never owned a noise reduction handset before. So take 5 star rating with a big pinch of salt.

    Begins with disadvantages:
    * You warm your ears, you sweat.
    * After an hour of listening and you take over your headphones, your ears feel weird. It's like when you get dazzled, it takes a while before you look normal again. Very uncomfortable.
    * The headphones sense when you walk or sit still and automatically change settings, very annoying. (Switchable off)
    * Multipoint support completely useless. If you need to switch from your mobile to another audio source eg your TV, you cannot do it in a smooth way.
    * Don't like the touch controls
    * If you need to talk on your mobile and have these as headsets then think about, completely useless. Bose, on the other hand, works just fine.

    Summary:
    Good range. Good sound. Good noise reduction but uncomfortable. No difference to the predecessor. If you want Sony, buy the previous model on the block.

    Both Bose and Sony make good headphones but Bose is my clear favorite despite the poor range. They are nice to wear and you are not sweating like a pig. Buy a couple of used Bose qc35 for 1500 SEK on the block and you have made the best choice. Distinguishes almost nothing between the different Bose generations.
  • Excellent
    7 months ago
    My first ANC kids and I'm happy. These are not for fine listening but are for traveling and other messy environments. For me, taking a bus to and from work is a gift. Good battery life and convenient controls. Wish the pairing with different units been somewhat smoother though.
  • Perfect
    7 months ago
    Exceptional noise reduction in a convenient format.

    + Sits very comfortably on me
    + Superb noise reduction for trains, buses, flights
    + Good sound
    + Foldable, sturdy case included
    + Quick charge via USB C, long battery life
    + Durable but lightweight construction
    + Easy to switch between ANC / ambient / normal

    - The ears get warm if it is hot and / or you move
    - The touch control works like this
    - "Boring" design (highly subjective of course)
    - ANC works worse if the headphones do not close completely - so you should not wear glasses or cap / cap on you

    These headphones really impressed me when I first acquired them. It was 30 degrees outside and the bus I was going to have had the air conditioning at max speed, so that it formally roared in the bus compartment. The headphones not only succeeded in lowering the volume of the noise, but it basically disappeared. There was a slight faint noise in the background.

    Even when I'm at work and there are cool boxes and other noises, the headphones manage to do away with all that constant noise, and it becomes completely silent. Have never enjoyed listening to classical music on the go. And then it is far from the best headphones I have heard in terms of sound quality, but the noise reduction allows you to appreciate music that has never otherwise gone.

    The only negative I can say about the noise reduction sometimes occurs during travel. Changes in air pressure appear to be disliked by the noise reduction circuit - for example, when a train enters a tunnel, or an oncoming train causes the train doors to jump to. Then, like a small pressure wave, even inside the headphones, it becomes like a low frequency vibration. It has also happened when a bus door vibrated in the wind, that there is very annoying noise in the headphones at such a low frequency that the music does not drown it.

    For those who spend a lot of time on the bus / train / flight, these headphones have my warmest recommendations!
  • Decent
    8 months ago
    Updated: 8 months ago
    Thinking about the positive with these headphones:
    + Exceptionally good noise reduction
    + Comfortable to wear over a long period of time
    + Nice sound. Had preferred more neutral sound with the ability to give it character in the equalizer but that's good enough for my needs
    + Collapsible + case = portable
    + Good quality
    + USB type-C
    + The possibility of keeping the cover and hearing the surroundings

    It has very much positive but in this price range little space is left for mistakes and unfortunately I find that these mistakes are big enough that I would have bought a pair of Bose QC35 II instead

    - If I know that I will use them soon again, I will not be able to switch off, disconnect or put them down in the case, which means that they often hang around the neck. When the chin touches the touch control, it starts playing music, changing tracks etc. without wanting to. This is not really a super-big problem in itself, but I very much disturb it. If you are a person who hangs the headphones around the neck, you will be at least as irritated as I am.
    - The touch control is simply not very accurate. It does not register at all pressure and is also perhaps difficult to use. Had preferred physical controls, such as on the surface headphones ...
    - Touch control should apparently work poorly in cold weather.
    - Missing bluetooth multipoint
    Another thing worth commenting on: It doesn't want to load with my mobile's power adapter for any reason. Then the lamp shines red for 4 seconds and then goes out ... Therefore, I have to bring a power adapter to it, which slightly destroys the purpose of USB type-C. However, this is not a major problem because I almost only charge them at home

    In fact, the touch control has a lot of negatives. It can be fixed by giving the user the option of turning it off in the app. Of course, some functionality is lost then, but it can be advantageous in certain situations