Today Sony unveiled its latest in wireless headphone range - WF-1000XM3.
In addition to being cordless, these earbuds boast noise cancellation that the company is calling 'the next level of silence'.
I was really excited when Sony's 1000XM3 headphones showed up on my desk last year. I was a big fan of the M2s and was curious about what improvements could be made to such high quality cans, especially when the price on the previous gen were still consistently high. Some shops were even still selling them at the same price. After living with these for the past few months, I have some opinions.
The earbuds come with a HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e chip and Dual Noise Sensor Technology. A feedback microphone on the surface of the buds also allows them to catch ambient sound and cancel it out with the chip.
It does this by creating an inverted soundwave to block unwanted sound across almost all frequencies - from regular office buzz to aircraft cabin noise.
The sound itself is backed up 24-bit audio signal processing and DAC with amplifier. It can also upscale compressed music files with Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX.
If you ever do need to hear something (don't cross the street with no ability to hear, folks) the Quick Attention mode can be activated by placing a finger over the touch panel - this will lower the volume. You can also play, pause, skip songs and activiate voice assis via tap.
A new bluetooth chip also promises wireless stabilsation and precise syncing for the left and right buds. Low latency is also being called out so what you're seeing on your screen is what you're hearing in real time.
The buds get six hours of battery life at a time and can be charged with its accompanying wireless charging case.
At full charge the case allows for up to 24-hours of charging for the buds. This means they can be charged roughly 3 times off the case before it needs to be juiced up again.
And if you're forgetful like me, the case also has a fastcharge mode where you can give it a quick boost for ten minutes and that will give you around an hour and a half of playback time.
I have to do this with my 1000XM3s all the time and its extremely convenient for the likes of my morning commute before I can get to a power source again.
The WF-1000XM3s come in two sleek, sexy colour palettes - black and platinum silver. They will be available in Australia from July and have an RRP of $399.95. You can find out more here.