Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Aug 27, 2019 at 10:52 am
Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless  Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.4
Neutral Sound
7.7
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
6.9
Office
5.8
Wireless Gaming
5.7
Wired Gaming
6.6
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Sony WF-1000XM3 are decent-sounding and versatile truly wireless headphones. They have a passable ANC feature that is decent for commuting and blocks out a good amount of noise in an office setting. Their design is stylish and feels premium but it’s a bit hard to find a good airtight fit as their tip options are larger than average. This mainly negatively impacts their bass reproduction and isolation performance. On the other hand, they have about 7 hours of battery life, which is good for a truly wireless design, and they are compatible with a companion app that gives access to decent audio customization.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. The WF-1000XM3 have a decent sound profile that can easily be EQ’ed inside their app. They are decently comfortable, although getting an air-tight fit is a bit hard to do since the tips are very large. On the upside, they are small and portable, making them easy to carry around. Their ANC feature is decent and can be a passable option for commuting and at the office. If you can find a good and stable fit, they’ll be a great option for sports. On the other hand, like most Bluetooth headphones, their latency might be too high for watching video content or gaming.

Pros
  • Decent isolation performance.
  • Decent audio reproduction.
  • Sturdy and high-end build quality.
  • Many silicone and foam tip options.
Cons
  • Hard to get an air-tight seal due to large tips.
  • High latency.
  • Not the most stable option for sports.
7.4 Neutral Sound

Decent for neutral listening. Although in-ears won’t be ideal for neutral listening, the true wireless XM3s have a decent audio reproduction for you to listen to your favorite tracks on the go. Some may lack bass if you can’t get a nice seal, but their mid and treble ranges are even and well-balanced. Some S and T sounds might feel a bit piercing, though.

7.7 Commute/Travel

Good for commuting. These earbuds are portable and easy to carry around, and their isolation performance is pretty good. They do a decent job at isolating against low-end noises like bus or plane engines. They also have a 7-hour battery life, so they’ll last you enough for your daily commute or a decently long flight abroad.

8.0 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. The true wireless XM3 are portable, breathable, and durable. However, if you can’t find a good fit due to the large ear tips, they might not be the most stable option for physical activity. They also don’t seem to have an official IP rating, which is disappointing.

6.9 Office

Decent for the office. The in-ear fit might not be the most comfortable for long listening sessions, but the XM3 are still fairly comfortable if you find the right fit, and they isolate very well against work environment noise like ambient chatter and an A/C system. However, their battery life might be a bit short for a full work day, but if you take a listening break during lunch, you shouldn’t have any problem if you charge them.

5.8 Wireless Gaming

Poor for gaming. The Sony WF1000XM3 shouldn’t be used for this use since their latency is too high and their microphone doesn’t perform as well as gaming headphones. Overall, truly wireless headphones won’t be a good option for gaming.

5.7 Wired Gaming
6.6 Phone Calls
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 7.7 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.9 Office
  • 5.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.7 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 12/13/2019: We've updated the App Support box information to the latest software update.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  4. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Sony WF-1000XM3 are stylish, but slightly bulky truly wireless headphones. Their design is sleek and the metal materials used give them a high-end look. However, the buds are quite large and protrude a lot outside of the ears. They come in two colors; black and silver.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These Sony headphones aren’t the most comfortable in-ears, but thankfully, they come with a lot of tip options. They have come with 3 sizes of silicone tips and foam tips, on top of the default tips, for a total of 7 options. However, the smallest tip option is quite larger than other headphones we’ve reviewed so far, and it’s a bit hard to get a nice fit. They move a bit and we couldn’t get a tight seal. The bud is also quite large and at an angle, so this might also result in a poor fit. Additionally, they need to enter the ear canal deeply if you want them to be stable, which isn't the most comfortable. On the upside, they are lightweight, and if you find the right tip option for you, they fit well.

6.3
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The truly wireless XM3s have touch-sensitive surfaces on each bud for different controls. You can easily control music and calls and can cycle between their ANC and talk-through modes. Also, holding down the left earbud enters the talk-through mode, and goes back to ANC as soon as you release it. You can also trigger your device’s voice assistant by holding down the right earbud. These commands are also mappable inside the app for both earbuds; you can choose between the playback control, voice assistant, ANC/talk-through, or disable it all. The touch-sensitive is responsive, easy to use, and offers good audio feedback when registering commands. If you prefer a control scheme with physical buttons, check out the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless, but if you still prefer touch-sensitive controls, see the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2.

9.1
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.9 C

Like most in-ears, the WF-1000XM3 are very breathable. They don’t trap heat inside your ears and you shouldn’t notice a difference in temperature when wearing them. This makes them a good option for sports as you won’t sweat more than usual.

9.3
Design
Portability
L 1.5 "
W 2.0 "
H 0.6 "
Volume 2 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like all truly wireless in-ears, they are very compact headphones. You can easily put them inside a pocket or a bag, making them easy to carry around. They also come with a nice, hard charging case.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.2 "
W 2.3 "
H 1.3 "
Volume 10 Cu. Inches

The case of the WF-1000XM3 is very nice. It's stylish and feels well-made. The case is a bit bigger than some competing models but can still fit in some pockets or a bag easily. It holds the headphones well thanks to magnets and protects the buds from physical damage and scratches.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Sony WF-1000XM3 are very well-built truly wireless headphones. While they don’t look as sturdy as the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, the WF-1000XM3 are sturdy and feel well-made. Materials used feel solid and like they would survive a few accidental drops without a problem. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any information on an official IP rating for dust and water resistance. For a water resistant pair of sports truly wireless headphones, check out the Jaybird Vista instead. On the upside, even the case feels well-made and gives a high-end impression.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Sony WF1000XM3 are not the most stable as we weren’t able to find a good seal. The smallest tip option is quite large, which made finding an air-tight fit a bit harder. They also don’t have any stability fins or ear-hooks, but on the upside, their wireless design gets rid of the risk of having a cable getting hooked on something and yanking the headphones out of your ears. If you like this design but would like something that is more stable, check out the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro.

Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds
  • 3 silicone tip sizes
  • 3 foam tip sizes
  • Charging case
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-1.25 db
Treble Amount
-1.17 db
9.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.09 dB

The frequency response consistency is excellent. If the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.68 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
37.21 Hz
Low-Bass
-3.34 dB
Mid-Bass
1.47 dB
High-Bass
3.55 dB

The bass performance of the WF-1000XM3 is very good. However, it isn’t that extended and there’s an underemphasis in the low-bass, which results in a lack of thump and rumble. These results might be due to the poor seal we are getting due to the ear tips. If you manage to get an air-tight seal, you’re probably going to get a good amount of low-bass thump, which is quite common on Sony headphones. On the other hand, we measured an overemphasis in the high-bass, which results in a bit of excess boominess in the overall bass performance.

8.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.55 dB
Low-Mid
2.11 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.78 dB
High-Mid
-0.02 dB

The mid-range performance of these headphones is excellent. There’s a small overemphasis in the low-mid, which is the continuation of the overemphasized high-bass. This results in slightly cluttered vocals and lead instruments, but it will barely be audible. They might also be slightly nudged to the back of the mix due to that very small dip in mid-mid. Overall, vocals and leads are still very accurately reproduced and most people will be more than satisfied.

8.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.75 dB
Low-Treble
-1.1 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.58 dB
High-Treble
0.1 dB

The treble performance of the WF-1000XM3 is also great. The response is very flat and even for most of the range, but gets overemphasized in higher frequencies. This can make sibilants (S and T sounds) noticeably sharp and piercing, which can get fatiguing. However, not everyone hears the treble range the same way, so your listening experience may vary.

8.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
0.96 db
Dips
0.89 db
9.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.46
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.79
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.4

The stereo imaging is excellent. Their weighted group delay is very low, which is good. The group delay graph also shows that the entire response is well below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

1.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.1

The soundstage is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods 2 2019, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Yes
8.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.187
WHD @ 100
0.101
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Off
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated
Isolation
7.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.25 dB
Bass
-10.9 dB
Mid
-21.02 dB
Treble
-26.91 dB

Update 03/20/2020: We received some feedback from our users that a recent firmware update to these headphones improved their ANC performance. Upon updating and retesting the ANC, we didn't find any significant changes to their isolation performance and our test results remain the same.

The ANC feature of the WF-1000XM3 is passable and does a decent job at blocking out ambient noise. They can be used in public transit and will fare well, but won’t block out as much noise as other in-ears because it’s hard to get an air-tight seal. On the upside, they are good at isolating against work environment noises like ambient chatter or the noise coming from an A/C system. For better isolaltion with ANC earbuds, check out the Amazon Echo Buds.

8.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
32.31 dB

The leakage performance is very good. The significant portion of the leakage is in the treble range, which means that sound leaking will be thin-sounding. It won’t be as full as over-ear headphones or open-back in-ears. Also, the leakage won’t be too loud, and you more than likely won’t bother surrounding colleagues in an office setting.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
6.9
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
306.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.98 dB
HFE
7240.77 Hz
Weighted THD
4.982
Gain
2.9 dB

The recording quality of the WF-1000XM3’s integrated mic is decent. Recorded or transmitted speech sounds clear and fairly full-bodied, but might be a bit thin. Someone on the other end of the line won’t have any trouble understanding you in quiet environments.

5.6
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
7.62 dB

This microphone doesn’t fare well in noisy environments. It struggles to separate speech from ambient noise in moderately loud situations like a busy street, indicating that this mic should only be used in quiet environments.

Active Features
6.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
6.9 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
27.6 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The battery life for the XM3 is decent, and is quite good for truly wireless headphones. We measured almost 7 hours of continuous playback on a single charge, which is slightly over the advertised 6 hours. According to the specs sheet, you can get about 8 hours if you disable the ANC feature, and the case gives you 3 additional charges. There’s also a nice power-saving feature that powers off the headphones if they are not worn for a set amount of time, which you can set inside the app.

8.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Sony| Headphones Connect
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
Yes
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
Yes

Update 12/13/2019: We had previously incorrectly listed the app to support room effects. You can now also remap the tap controls to volume control, playback control, ambient sound control, google assistant or Alexa, or simply assign them to no command. Also, the low-volume issue is now resolved and you don't need to play around with the in-app volume slider when first using the headphones. The review and text have been updated.

The WF-1000XM3 are compatible with the Sony|Headphones Connect app which gives you a lot of customization options and great control over the features. The app is well-designed, easy-to-use, and offers quite a few features that aren't common even for other wireless noise cancelling headphones. It gives you live data on the adaptive noise cancelling. You have a slider for the noise cancelling and ambient sound control. There's a great graphic equalizer with presets, as well an in-app media player. You can also map the touch-sensitive controls of each earbud for their respective hold or tap commands.

Connectivity
7.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
Yes
Line Of Sight Range
295 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
250 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
61 ms
Android Latency
169 ms

These truly wireless headphones are Bluetooth 5.0-compatible, which means you might even get better results than what we got if your source is Bluetooth 5.0 too. The WF-1000XM3’s case also supports NFC, which makes pairing very quick and easy. However, they don’t support multi-device pairing, which is quite disappointing for high-end headphones.

The latency of the Sony WH-1000XM3 might be a bit high for watching video content. However, some apps and devices offer some sort of compensation, so you might not notice the delay as much. On the other hand, it seems that there’s a delay between the buds too. We experienced a noticeable delay where the right earbud would play/pause music, or even when cycling through their ANC/talk-through settings, before the left bud, which is frustrating but not a deal-breaker.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

As expected, the WF-1000XM3 True Wireless headphones can’t be used wired for audio.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Sony WF1000XM3 come with a nice, hard charging case that holds about 3 charges according to the specs sheet. The case doesn’t have any inputs other than the USB-C charging port.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Sony WF-1000XM3 are decent-sounding truly wireless in-ears that are very versatile. They stand out by having a decent isolation performance on top of having a sleek and high-end design. Unfortunately, it's quite difficult to get an air-tight seal as their tip options are larger than other similar headphones. See our recommendations for the best truly wireless earbuds, the best wireless earbuds, and the best wireless earbuds for running.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless, depending on your usage. The Sony have ANC which provides better overall noise isolation, though they do leak more sound. They also have a more neutral sound profile, a more premium-feeling case, and a better app with more customization options. On the other hand, the Jabra Elite 75t are more comfortable, have better controls, and a significantly smaller case which provides the same overall battery life. Fans of bass will also likely prefer the Jabra's more excited sound profile.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless offer similar performance to the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless but have much better ANC. The Apple sound profile is similar, though the Sony are much more consistent among users. The Sony also provide longer battery life and a much more customizable app with a full graphic EQ for both Android and iOS. The Apple, on the other hand, are more comfortable in the ear and feel significantly more stable.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better overall headphones than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. The Sony have a more balanced sound, have a longer continuous battery life, and are slightly more comfortable. Their ANC is also better at isolating noise, especially in the bass and mid-range.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 are better and more versatile truly wireless headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They are a bit more comfortable and come with more tip options, including foam tips. Their audio quality is also better and doesn’t lack as much detail as the treble range of the Sennheisers. They also have a better battery life for a single charge and their app offers good customization options. On the other hand, the Sennheiser Momentum have volume control, which the XM3 are lacking, and their fit passively isolates better than the ANC feature of the Sonys. They also support the aptX-LL codec, which is nice.

Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless
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BestBuy.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless are both decent truly wireless earbuds for mixed usage. The Jabra are designed for exercise, and have a sportier design that's also quite a bit more comfortable. The Sony have a more casual look, but feature active noise cancelling which helps isolate more ambient noise in the bass range. They're also even more customizable, but it can be hard to get a proper fit and they're not rated for any kind of waterproofing.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are both very decent truly wireless headphones that have different strengths. The Sony provide ANC and do a much better job at blocking out background noises, but they're heavier and not as comfortable as the Samsung. The Samsung feel much more stable in the ear, and may be better to wear to the gym, though the Sony feel slightly more premium and well-built. While the Samsung's out-of-the-box sound profile is more accurate and balanced, the Sony has a full graphic EQ within its app to adjust their sound. Finally, though the Sony have a slightly longer battery overall within their case, the Samsung last almost double the length of time off a single charge, so don't need to be recharged as often.

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless will be better every day truly headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless due to their isolation performance. The Sony have a decent ANC system and will block ambient noise well, especially if you have a good fit. Their battery life is also better and their app offers more control and customization options. On the other hand, the Bose have an open-back design that will be great for running outside and staying aware of your surroundings. They also have a more neutral default sound, but can’t be EQ’ed inside their app.

Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better than the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless. The Sony have ANC, which gives them much better noise isolation, better controls, a more accurate out-of-the-box sound profile, a better app, and a better microphone. On the other hand, the Anker feel much more stable in the ear thanks to their stability fins.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless
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Amazon.com

The over-ear Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are better for noise isolation while the truly wireless Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are noticeably more portable. The over-ear design of the WH-1000XM3 is more comfortable and they have a better battery life. The true wireless XM3s have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, but you can EQ both inside their app to your preference.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Jabra Elite 65t. They are a bit more comfortable, although getting a tight seal can be an issue for some. They also feel better built, although not as stable as the Elite 65t. They also have a decent ANC feature, but the passive isolation from the Elite 65t's fit blocks even more noise. 

Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless
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The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are both decent mixed usage headphones and perform quite similarly. The Sonys are slightly more comfortable and come with more tips, but it’s hard to get an air-tight fit with them. Their app offers slightly more features and they have a longer battery life for a single charge. On the other hand, the Elite Active 65t have a better passive isolation performance than the ANC of the XM3, they have volume controls, and can be connected to 2 devices simultaneously.

Sony WF-SP700N Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are much better noise cancelling truly wireless earbuds than the Sony WF-SP700N Truly Wireless. The WF-1000XM3 have a significantly better-balanced sound profile, isolate a lot more noise, and have a much longer battery life. Their compatibility with Sony | Headphones Connect is improved, they're easier-to-use, and they have a much more premium design.

Klipsch T5 True Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. Although we had fit issues with both headphones, the Sonys still perform better, with better sound quality and a noticeably better noise isolation performance thanks to their ANC feature. They also have a dedicated app that allows customization options.

Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better everyday true wireless headphones, while the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless will be the better option for sports. The Sony have decent isolation performance, which is good for commuting, while the Beats are one of the most stable sports headphones we’ve reviewed so far thanks to their ear-hook design. The Beats are also a bit more comfortable and have volume control, which the Sony are lacking. They also have an impressive 11-hour battery life, which is noticeably longer than the Sony.

Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are similar truly wireless in-ears to the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless. The Sony have a better app, feel slightly better built, have a better-balanced sound profile, and last longer off a single charge. The Amazon, on the other hand, feel much more stable in the ear, have a longer overall battery life, and isolate ambient sounds much better.

JBL Reflect Flow True Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 and the JBL Reflect Flow have very similar performance, however, the Sonys are more expensive, due to added features such as active noise cancelling, and tons of customization options through their mobile companion app. Battery life on the Sony is not as long on a single charge, but they charge faster, and the earbuds have an auto-off feature.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018
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Amazon.com

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 and the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are different types of headphones that serve different purposes. The Bose are better if you find over-ears more comfortable and want something with a long, continuous battery life. The Sony are more portable, and can still last you all day thanks to their charging case, though they don't last nearly as long off a single charge. Their ANC feature also doesn't work nearly as well as the Bose.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WH-1000XM3 are better noise cancelling over-ears than the Anker Soundcore Life Q20. The Sony are more comfortable, they isolate significantly more noise, and they feel a lot better-built. They're also compatible with an excellent companion app which gives you access to tons of sound customization features. There's a premium price to pay for the Sony, though. The Anker are a lot more affordable, and still perform decently overall, so they may provide better value for some users.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Sony WF-1000XM3 and the Samsung Galaxy Buds are two great truly wireless headphones and perform quite similarly. The Galaxy Buds are slightly more comfortable due to their small size and it’s easier to get a nice fit with them. Both headphones sound very similar, but the Sonys have a better EQ inside their companion app. The WF-1000XM3 also have better bass-range isolation, which will be better for commuting.

Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Jaybird Vista are better sports headphones, while the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are going to be more versatile headphones. The Vista are more stable and more comfortable, which is great for sports. They are also rated IPX7 for water resistance, while the Sonys lack an official rating. On the other hand, the WF-1000XM3 have an ANC feature that does a passable job at blocking out ambient noise and have more battery life for you to use during the day. The Vista’s sound will be more customizable thanks to their great parametric EQ.

Sony WI-1000X Wireless
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The Sony WI-1000X Wireless and the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are both versatile noise cancelling in-ears, although the WI-1000X have a slight edge. Thanks to their neckband design, their controls are easier-to-use, their battery lasts longer on a charge, and they have much better noise cancelling. The WF-1000XM3 have a very premium design and are a better choice for fans of truly wireless designs.

Bang & Olufsen E8 3.0 True Wireless
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The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are slightly better-performing Bluetooth earbuds than the Bang & Olufsen E8 3.0 True Wireless. The Sony have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box and are compatible with an excellent companion app that provides a ton of customization options. They have some pretty notorious issues with their fit, however, the Bang & Olufsen tend to fit most people more securely, and are more comfortable for some as well.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017
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The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017 and the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless each serve different purposes, so they don't perform in the same ways. The Astro are designed for gamers who need an excellent microphone and prefer a more open sound quality, while the Sony are noise cancelling truly wireless earbuds made to help block out the noise of a busy commute or workday.

Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019
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The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better true wireless in-ears than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Sony closed-back design, mixed with their ANC feature, makes them better at isolating against ambient noise, which is useful when commuting or at the office. The Sony audio reproduction is also noticeably better, on top of having a better touch-sensitive control scheme. On the other hand, the Apple have one of the most comfortable fits for in-ears if their one-size-fits-all design suits you. They also take less than an hour to fully charge, and you might see improved performance if your mobile device can take advantage of the H1 chip.

Microsoft Surface Earbuds Truly Wireless
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The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Microsoft Surface Earbuds Truly Wireless. The Sony feel slightly better-built and have a much more accurate and well-balanced default sound profile that's more consistent among various users. They also have ANC which helps them block out drastically more background noise than the Surface Earbuds. Finally, they also last longer off a single charge and have a much better companion app. On the other hand, some people may prefer the earbud fit of the Surface Earbuds, as they don't enter the ear canal nearly as deep. Their large touch-sensitive surface also allows for additional functionality, such as integration with Microsoft 365, which could be useful for some people.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless
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The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better-performing truly wireless headphones than the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless. They have active noise cancelling, a more neutral sound profile, and better battery performance, However, since the Sony can be challenging to get fitted in your ears correctly due to their large earbuds, the TOZO actually end up isolating more overall noise passively. This can vary from person-to-person, though.

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