Sony WF-1000XM3 beat out Beats PowerBeats Pro; true wireless noise-canceling earbuds are the new champs

Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1e brings the WF-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise cancellation. With 24bit audio signal processing and best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio, the WF-1000XM3 headphones dramatically improve the sound quality of whatever you choose to listen to.

Seth Weintraub for 9to5Mac:

Over the past month, I’ve used the Sony’s poorly-named but pretty incredible WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds for gym workouts (recommended) and bike rides (at your own risk). These $228 earbuds fall between Apple’s $159 AirPods and $259 PowerBeats Pro but offer something both don’t: active noise cancellation.

In fact, I reviewed the PowerBeats Pro last month and thought I was done with my search for the perfect wireless earbuds. Turns out I was wrong…

Apple’s Powerbeats sounded very good. But once I put in the WFs, there was no going back. Sony built a deeper, richer feel and combined with the ANC drowning out the background noise, you get a much more immersive sound.

MacDailyNews Take: The key is the noise cancellation – in a pair of earbuds – that works and works well!

And, btw, almost everything Sony has ever done has been poorly named outside of Walkman, Trinitron, and PlayStation.


  1. The product naming at Sony seems to be Moron Marketing Central. The name alone make it initially unattractive. How about a quality name to go with the quality device Sony? Or is that Sony10000XMD400X20F? Really rolls off the tongue like a mouthful of salt.

    Love these so-called marketing professionals who should be out on the street.

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