Sony WF-1000XM3 Review: True Wireless (almost) perfect!


Sony is a market reference in several industries, including sound. Following in the footsteps of the WH-1000XM3 headphones, the brand has the Sony WF-1000XM3, a version in True Wireless that little disappointed me. Find out everything about these favorable headsets.

Mastery of design and ergonomics

The box of the WF-1000XM3 is large and will probably be a clutter in your pocket. However, this size is justified by its battery. The box charges via USB-C is fast charging, where in just over an hour you will be able to obtain a full charge.

The earphones themselves are styled in-ear and the box has 6 pairs of tips: 4 in silicone and 2 in rubber. In this way, I was able to choose the size and texture that I like best. The earphones are not as bold as the cheaper version, the WF-XB700.

Check out our review of the Sony WF-XB700

The earphones have a comfortable shape, attach well to the ear and have controls, as well as a hole for noise cancellation.


The sound quality is sublime

Sony is one of the most reliable brands in the market when it comes to sound and these WF-1000XM3 are no exception. It was simply the best listening experience I have ever had with True Wireless headsets. Easily outperform normal AirPods, or any mid-range headset from other brands.

The sound is rich in quality and distinction of different frequencies. In certain songs, I was able to hear details on the instruments that I had never detected before. The bass is extremely rich and balanced, whether from the most relaxed instrumental of Jazz, the dynamism of electronic music or the complexity of a good Rock / Metal track.

Personally, I own a pair of AKG Y500 headphones, which sound great. However, the WF-1000XM3 managed to be superior, even with the disadvantage of the smaller format of True Wireless.

Responsive and intuitive in the controls

The controls on the WF-1000XM3 are 100% customizable. You can assign 3 different commands to each headset. I used the default configuration, which is:

Left side

  • 1 touch – increase volume
  • Extended touch – volume down
  • 2 taps – activate assistant (Google, Siri)

Right side

  • 1 touch – stop playback or play
  • 2 rings – next track
  • 3 rings – previous track

You can also touch the two headsets for 7 seconds to activate the pairing mode. You have to put them in your ears.

In addition to these controls, the earphones stop playback when you remove one or both earphones. Once you put them back on, playback continues where you left off. It’s great when you need to stop listening to answer a call or talk to someone.


Disappointment in Bluetooth pairing

First of all, I emphasize that the WF-1000XM3 have NFC in the box. This way, you can simply touch the back of your smartphone and pair it right away. You just need a device that has NFC. Otherwise, use the app.

However, I was a little disappointed with the pairing. Sometimes it has become frustrating to try to pair with your computer or other devices. Furthermore, it is not possible to have two devices connected at the same time, at least I was unable to do so.

Finally, there are still some flaws in Bluetooth from time to time. Still, the range is good, reducing the sound quality, if you get too far away, before turning off completely.

Sony’s app really complements the experience

Sony apps work great with these headsets. The most important is the Sony Headphones, which allows you to pair quickly with the earphones. In addition, you have access to the battery level of each headset and even the case.

The most important is noise cancellation, which you can enable or disable. The noise canceling mode works very well and isolates you as much as possible, considering that they are True Wireless headsets and not headphones.

We also have an active cancellation mode where the Sony WF-1000XM3 identifies the environment where you are and what you are doing. In this mode, the sound changes whether you are sitting on the street or at home, standing or walking. We also have the equalizer, with several modes, including a manual for the more specific ones.

Here you can also configure voice prompts. The most impressive thing is that we have a voice in UK’s from UK. The voice tells you when to turn on the earphones, 3 battery level indications, pairing mode and when to turn on or off a device. I emphasize that you can turn off these warnings if they become irritating.


Summary: one of the best True Wireless you can buy

As I usually say, quality pays off. These headsets range from 200 to 250 euros, depending on where you buy them. If you want one of the best True Wireless headsets on the market, this is an excellent option.

Other options include AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds +. However, if you want to buy earphones without ties to manufacturers, the WF-1000XM3 is your best choice. I only regret the Bluetooth pairing problems and the inability to connect multiple devices, for smooth transition.

Using in daily 2-3h sessions, I managed to keep the earphones charged for about 5 days, until I had to charge the box. In short, the WF-1000XM3 does not disappoint in the field of sound and ergonomics, the two most important points to consider in this category of gadget.


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