Yup, it looks like the Airpods are likely to have a big competitor in the coming days. This competitor is none other than Sony with their new wireless noise cancelling earbuds! These are known as WF-1000XM3 earbuds and they would be launching in August for a price of $229.99.
Put the outside world on hold — this is all about you and your music. No noise, no wires, no distractions. Just exceptional sound, industry-leading noise cancellation, and hour upon hour of pure listening freedom.
Read on further to know more regarding these earbuds.
Sony’s Wireless Earbuds Features –
Basically, these have a much cleaner, more professional, and all-around sleeker look than their shiny predecessors. The Sony logo and microphone inlet are adorned with rose gold / copper accents; so these earbuds look at home when sitting next to the 1000XM3 headphones. Sony continues to supply plenty of ear tips to help you find the ideal fit. There are seven options in all, including the comfortable foam-like ones I’ve been using. The little nub / wing from the original WF-1000X that hooked into your ear’s concha is gone; but I haven’t missed it and find the M3s to fit securely without causing discomfort over time.
Each earbud has a circular area for touch controls; you adjust noise cancellation with the left earbud and audio playback with the right. Tapping the left earbud toggles between noise cancellation and ambient sound mode, which pipes in outside audio.
Sony has brought over the clever Quick Attention mode from its 1000X headphones: resting your finger over the left earbud temporarily activates ambient audio for however long you hold it there; once you let go, the noise cancellation comes right back. This is useful if you need to hear a plane announcement or quickly pay for something at the coffee shop.
On the right earbud, you get the standard music controls: tap once to pause / play, twice to skip to the next song, and three times to go back. Nowhere on the M3 earbuds will you find volume controls, so you’ll need to do that via your device or with your voice assistant of choice, which can be accessed by tapping and holding the right earbud’s touchpad.
More Insight –
What they lack like Airpods?
The sound on Sony’s new fully wireless earbuds is quite sharp and noise canceling is impressive given the form factor.
Honestly, these things seem custom-built for long flights. With the carrying case factored in, they promise 24 hours of life on a charge with noise canceling on and 36 with it off. That’s almost enough to forgive the downright massive carrying case here.
What they’re not designed for, however, are workouts. For that reason, these are more AirPods than PowerBeats competitors. There’s no waterproof rating for sweat, and the buds don’t have any built-in mechanism for staying in place when going for a run. The headphone industry seems pretty content on keeping travel and exercise headphones in two distinct baskets.
When the earbuds are paired — you can only pair to one device at a time — and in use, that hidden LED inside the earbuds will occasionally blink blue. It’s not something you’ll notice when wearing them, but others might. As with many other wireless earbuds these days, removing one of them will automatically pause audio until you put it back in your ear.
Also, the charging case is rather nice, coming in at around the same height as Apple’s AirPods case but quite a bit wider.
When will Sony’s earbuds be Available?
The WF-1000XM3 earbuds are currently up for pre-order now. Sony looks forward in shipping them in the coming month, that is, in August, 2019.
The price of these earbuds has mentioned earlier would be $229.99.