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Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, Up to 32 Hours Battery, Stable Bluetooth Connection, Wearing Detection, Volume Touch Control, Optimised for Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa.

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Kartnet02/02/2020 18:32

These aren’t very good


These are good.

I have them after finding somewhere that sold them me for £150 in December as a one off deal.

The noise cancelling isn't as good as the WH-1000XM3 but as they are over ear headphones, I wouldn't expect them to be.

Yes, they have SBC and AAC only but don't let that put you off. They sound good.
These aren’t very good
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These aren’t very good
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Kartnet02/02/2020 18:32

These aren’t very good


In what way, please provide more information as I've been looking at these for a while and all reviews says they're excellent for ANC and sound quality is far above AirPods Pro
Kartnet02/02/2020 18:32

These aren’t very good


These are good.

I have them after finding somewhere that sold them me for £150 in December as a one off deal.

The noise cancelling isn't as good as the WH-1000XM3 but as they are over ear headphones, I wouldn't expect them to be.

Yes, they have SBC and AAC only but don't let that put you off. They sound good.
i dont think as loud as airpod gen 2 which is annoying but nc works well'ish
andy31702/02/2020 18:58

These are good.I have them after finding somewhere that sold them me for …These are good.I have them after finding somewhere that sold them me for £150 in December as a one off deal.The noise cancelling isn't as good as the WH-1000XM3 but as they are over ear headphones, I wouldn't expect them to be.Yes, they have SBC and AAC only but don't let that put you off. They sound good.


Dude if you are savvy with custom ROMs there's a Magisk Module that lets you set a custom SBC bit-rate. Doesn't work on many phones though. LineageOS sometimes also has commits that allow you to tweak SBC bit-rate under developer options.

Did this on my old phone and 512Kb/s sounded better than aptX.
Edited by: "schmoog" 2nd Feb
Read the amazon reviews on these; I was thinking of purchasing them for like £180 last month but the reviews were like average. I don't want average at £180.

One of the common issues was they fell out of people's ears and that weren't during exersize, just didn't fit a lot of people.
Edited by: "1qw" 2nd Feb
I am picked up these a few weeks ago and happy with the sound quality and NC. I had the WH1000XM3 which had a creaky headband and were returned. Apart from size and fitting comparisons, I have not really noticed any major difference in sound or NC.

I read that all tips should be tried for best fitting and the Sony app downloaded to tweak sound.

The left bud I have for Google Assistant and right bud for volume. I use my phone or Xiaomi band 4 to skip tracks.

The buds are inserted downwards and then twisted upwards to ensure a good fit. They don’t feel like they are going to fall out but then again I am sitting down when using them.
Anyone use these to exercise. Concerned about the fit. Thanks in advance
airpods miles better
schmoog02/02/2020 19:08

Dude if you are savvy with custom ROMs there's a Magisk Module that lets …Dude if you are savvy with custom ROMs there's a Magisk Module that lets you set a custom SBC bit-rate. Doesn't work on many phones though. LineageOS sometimes also has commits that allow you to tweak SBC bit-rate under developer options.Did this on my old phone and 512Kb/s sounded better than aptX.


Did you have any bandwidth problems (connection cut out, slowness) when you increased the bitrate?
Maevoric02/02/2020 19:57

Did you have any bandwidth problems (connection cut out, slowness) when …Did you have any bandwidth problems (connection cut out, slowness) when you increased the bitrate?


I didn't have any problems at 576 on my Anker Soundbuds. Once I went past 600 it sounded as if perhaps one channel was arriving a few milliseconds late creating a wider stereo image. So I dialed it back to 576; I was never quite sure if it was placebo. Definitely sounded better than the stock SBC bit-rate.

The main problem I had with the Magisk module is that it wouldn't work on Android Q once I updated to it. Just caused the soundbuds to repeatedly connect/reconnect. It also doesn't work on some phones.
Edited by: "schmoog" 2nd Feb
ericagradus02/02/2020 19:25

Anyone use these to exercise. Concerned about the fit. Thanks in advance


Wouldn't suggest it, these aren't sweatproof, no ip rating at all
thegamingkinginfo02/02/2020 18:54

In what way, please provide more information as I've been looking at these …In what way, please provide more information as I've been looking at these for a while and all reviews says they're excellent for ANC and sound quality is far above AirPods Pro


Bought these last week on amazon for £170, amazing pair of headphones, sound quality is 👌, takes a bit of getting used to at first but you've just got to make sure you're wearing the correct tip. Battery life is amazing, and anc is quality for travelling, blocks out pretty much all the tube noise if that's what you're looking for. Sony app has an equalizer so can put bass boost etc or do your own thing. Plus the case looks amazing, definitely these over airpods Pro imo
schmoog02/02/2020 20:42

I didn't have any problems at 576 on my Anker Soundbuds. Once I went past …I didn't have any problems at 576 on my Anker Soundbuds. Once I went past 600 it sounded as if perhaps one channel was arriving a few milliseconds late creating a wider stereo image. So I dialed it back to 576; I was never quite sure if it was placebo. Definitely sounded better than the stock SBC bit-rate.The main problem I had with the Magisk module is that it wouldn't work on Android Q once I updated to it. Just caused the soundbuds to repeatedly connect/reconnect. It also doesn't work on some phones.


Thanks mate
1qw02/02/2020 19:17

Read the amazon reviews on these; I was thinking of purchasing them for …Read the amazon reviews on these; I was thinking of purchasing them for like £180 last month but the reviews were like average. I don't want average at £180. One of the common issues was they fell out of people's ears and that weren't during exersize, just didn't fit a lot of people.


"just didnt' fit a lot of people" is fairly sweeping. I have fairly "average" ears and I have had no issues getting a snug fit with these. People saying they don't fit are likely using caps that are too small, they need a tight fit to let the ANC do its thing.
thegamingkinginfo02/02/2020 18:54

In what way, please provide more information as I've been looking at these …In what way, please provide more information as I've been looking at these for a while and all reviews says they're excellent for ANC and sound quality is far above AirPods Pro


Have to agree here. I own the WF1000XM3s and when I last saw my sister I tried her airpod pros. The XM3s are bigger but they pack a better sound quality and ANC.

The call quality used to be better on the airpod pros but the latest update seems to have improved the call quality on the XM3s dramatically (and added volume controls!).

People are harping on about a lack of IP rating and not being gym suitable.. If you want gym earphones, buy a cheap pair of Ankers or something for £20 that you don't need to worry about. I'd be more terrified of them falling out and getting crushed by something!
Radiomuffin03/02/2020 08:21

"just didnt' fit a lot of people" is fairly sweeping. I have fairly …"just didnt' fit a lot of people" is fairly sweeping. I have fairly "average" ears and I have had no issues getting a snug fit with these. People saying they don't fit are likely using caps that are too small, they need a tight fit to let the ANC do its thing.


I said read reviews, it's a common issue lmao.
I bought these a few months after they came out for £230. Returned them a day later. The noise cancelling is barely noticeable, bass is nowhere near deep enough as reviews suggest, case is bulky, no IP rating and wind noise is terrible. Not to mention they look ridiculous in your ears and the LEDs on them are flashing constantly.
Edited by: "MoQ" 3rd Feb
How you considered the Samsung Buds, I'm really happy with them and due to the recent free promotions you can pick these up 2nd hand from £60-£90.
Edited by: "Dbertie" 3rd Feb
wakkaday02/02/2020 19:05

i dont think as loud as airpod gen 2 which is annoying but nc works …i dont think as loud as airpod gen 2 which is annoying but nc works well'ish


I don't see why you'd need them louder than they already are. at 3/4 volume they start to get uncomfortable on my eardrums. I usually keep them around 2/3 volume.
1qw03/02/2020 08:27

I said read reviews, it's a common issue lmao.


Then surely that's a fault of the customer rather than the product? It's not Sony's fault people have cave like earholes, surely?

The problem with IEM's is that they have to designed to fit the "average" ear shape, if people fall dramatically over or shy of this average, it simply wont fit - and on top of that, a poor fit will mean that the ANC wont work.

For these people, investing in a set of Comply foam tips would be good. I'm going to get some as I've heard they also really improve the ANC quality (which I'm already impressed with!).
Radiomuffin03/02/2020 10:17

investing in a set of Comply foam tips would be good. I'm going to get …investing in a set of Comply foam tips would be good. I'm going to get some as I've heard they also really improve the ANC quality (which I'm already impressed with!).


Or just save £20 and DIY it instructables.com/id/…ps/
Edited by: "tanikk£" 3rd Feb
So I've tried Samsung Buds, Anker, and Sony neckband types, my first set of these Sony did not impressive, 2nd pair I decided to factory reset after the firmware update, NC is now great but pock the right ear tips, call quality is crap, SQ is superb like wearing over ear headphones, for me less the issues mentioned at this price easily the best earbud on the market.

Shame Sony went AAC on not LDAC.
Radiomuffin03/02/2020 10:17

Then surely that's a fault of the customer rather than the product? It's …Then surely that's a fault of the customer rather than the product? It's not Sony's fault people have cave like earholes, surely? The problem with IEM's is that they have to designed to fit the "average" ear shape, if people fall dramatically over or shy of this average, it simply wont fit - and on top of that, a poor fit will mean that the ANC wont work.For these people, investing in a set of Comply foam tips would be good. I'm going to get some as I've heard they also really improve the ANC quality (which I'm already impressed with!).


So for £180 it's buy your own ear tips? You can't just buy foam eartips, they will sound completely different to rubber ear tips, foam ear tips are rubbish.

And while we're at it, the reviews on the ANC are quite poor is well.
tanikk£03/02/2020 11:36

Or just save £20 and DIY it …Or just save £20 and DIY it https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Noise-Isolating-Earbud-Tips/


I saw something like that the other day. Thanks for the reminder - I coincidentally had an unused pair of earplugs on my desk! Just trimmed them down and squished them on. Will let you know how well they work haha!
If noise cancelling not the main sales point have a look at Cambridge Audio melomania 1 earbuds. What hifi 5 star rating. Had them over 6 weeks now, commute on train to work and very good. I use the foam tips for a good sealed fit. Hope this helps. £100 @ Richer Sounds
Edited by: "Sepaku65" 3rd Feb
1qw03/02/2020 13:01

So for £180 it's buy your own ear tips? You can't just buy foam eartips, …So for £180 it's buy your own ear tips? You can't just buy foam eartips, they will sound completely different to rubber ear tips, foam ear tips are rubbish. And while we're at it, the reviews on the ANC are quite poor is well.


If you have weird ears. Yeah?

People don't complain when they have to buy insoles for their weird feet?
tanikk£03/02/2020 11:36

Or just save £20 and DIY it …Or just save £20 and DIY it https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Noise-Isolating-Earbud-Tips/


Worked a treat. Still fits in the charging case as well. Thanks for the reminder!
Radiomuffin03/02/2020 13:52

Worked a treat. Still fits in the charging case as well. Thanks for the …Worked a treat. Still fits in the charging case as well. Thanks for the reminder!


What did you use to punch the hole?
Radiomuffin03/02/2020 13:50

If you have weird ears. Yeah?People don't complain when they have to buy …If you have weird ears. Yeah?People don't complain when they have to buy insoles for their weird feet?


Who said anything about weird ears? There are plenty of earbuds and tw earbuds that don't fall out? I've never seen so many reviews complain about the same thing.

The wireless part means if they fall out theres no wire to hold on to them and they could be gone forever if not broken or damaged?! That's £180 down the drain?!

There are plenty of earbuds that don't have this complaint and its ridiculous at this price point to have to buy your own buds. I most certainly wouldnt want to ruin the sound with foam ear tips just so I could use them as intended?
1qw03/02/2020 14:11

Who said anything about weird ears? There are plenty of earbuds and tw …Who said anything about weird ears? There are plenty of earbuds and tw earbuds that don't fall out? I've never seen so many reviews complain about the same thing. The wireless part means if they fall out theres no wire to hold on to them and they could be gone forever if not broken or damaged?! That's £180 down the drain?! There are plenty of earbuds that don't have this complaint and its ridiculous at this price point to have to buy your own buds. I most certainly wouldnt want to ruin the sound with foam ear tips just so I could use them as intended?


Do you genuinely think that Sony wouldn't make their IEM's fit the average ear? That's the problem as well, they're an IEM rather than an earbud. It could be that a lot of the people making such reviews aren't used to wearing IEM's which naturally require a much deeper fit to be secure/have optimal ANC.

I bought mine over a week ago and had a play around with the different sizes/styles that come included with the product and found that the "comfort" medium tips provided a secure and comfortable fit that wasn't too tight either.

Today I decided to have a go at making some home made memory foam tips (using earplugs) and found that they're just as comfortable and slightly boost the levels of ANC without having a negative impact on the sound quality - I wasn't disappointed with the ANC initially but also didn't have unrealistic expectations of ANC on a TW IEM, the ANC primarily affects the lower sound levels. Higher pitch sound cancelling is usually done passively in headphones (I think??) which is why I decided to test with memory foam - and yes the foam improves the passive cancelling of higher pitch noises slightly.

Might just be worth buying them and if you don't like them you can always return them in the first 14 days (minimum).
tanikk£03/02/2020 13:56

What did you use to punch the hole?


I tried the method described in the Instructable to no avail so I picked a centre point, squashed it flat like a pancake then used a small flathead screw driver to punch the hole through. There was a bit of a flap which I carefully pulled off.

After that I stretched it over the earphone and waited for it to go back to its original shape.

OH also I cut the tip off the earphone and used the stubby fat bit (the act of pushing the pen into it then following up with a screw driver made the flat cut bit a little more concaved which works well with the earphones!! Can post a picture if you like.
Radiomuffin03/02/2020 14:42

Do you genuinely think that Sony wouldn't make their IEM's fit the average …Do you genuinely think that Sony wouldn't make their IEM's fit the average ear? That's the problem as well, they're an IEM rather than an earbud. It could be that a lot of the people making such reviews aren't used to wearing IEM's which naturally require a much deeper fit to be secure/have optimal ANC. I bought mine over a week ago and had a play around with the different sizes/styles that come included with the product and found that the "comfort" medium tips provided a secure and comfortable fit that wasn't too tight either.Today I decided to have a go at making some home made memory foam tips (using earplugs) and found that they're just as comfortable and slightly boost the levels of ANC without having a negative impact on the sound quality - I wasn't disappointed with the ANC initially but also didn't have unrealistic expectations of ANC on a TW IEM, the ANC primarily affects the lower sound levels. Higher pitch sound cancelling is usually done passively in headphones (I think??) which is why I decided to test with memory foam - and yes the foam improves the passive cancelling of higher pitch noises slightly.Might just be worth buying them and if you don't like them you can always return them in the first 14 days (minimum).


I honestly didn't even know they are IEMs and so would avoid these as I already own the sennheiser ie80s (old version) and m50x. Maybe if they come down to £100 I'd consider but the truth is the more I spend on headphones the more dissapointed I am.

Maybe another time
Just buy them at the best price and try them. I got mine imported over Black Friday circa £165. Spent time checking all the different sized silicone or rubber buds that are generously supplied before settling on largest rubber tops. Total isolation, amazing sound and great smart features for setting up how you want it. More volume? Then run it through Poweramp if you really dont care about later life. Absolute weapon that destroys Apple Pro's.
MoQ03/02/2020 09:50

I bought these a few months after they came out for £230. Returned them a …I bought these a few months after they came out for £230. Returned them a day later. The noise cancelling is barely noticeable, bass is nowhere near deep enough as reviews suggest, case is bulky, no IP rating and wind noise is terrible. Not to mention they look ridiculous in your ears and the LEDs on them are flashing constantly.


Use the eq app to make bass better? Ive got it set to 0 and its perfect! It goes up to 10.
1qw02/02/2020 19:17

Read the amazon reviews on these; I was thinking of purchasing them for …Read the amazon reviews on these; I was thinking of purchasing them for like £180 last month but the reviews were like average. I don't want average at £180. One of the common issues was they fell out of people's ears and that weren't during exersize, just didn't fit a lot of people.


Mine have never fallen out. They supply every different size of bud in BOTH silicone and rubber, ffs.
BoomtownRat7303/02/2020 16:48

Mine have never fallen out. They supply every different size of bud in …Mine have never fallen out. They supply every different size of bud in BOTH silicone and rubber, ffs.


Heres the thing pal, that was one of many problems.

Like I said earlier, I'm at a stage where I've spent money on overpriced headphones and average priced headphones. I get more from the average priced because I'm not expecting the world.

You will learn your lessons soon enough , and I don't mean that in a horrible way. It's hardly ever worth it with expensive earphones. I bought some 1more for like £70 and the only complaint I have is the customer service.
Kartnet02/02/2020 18:32

These aren’t very good


I'd disagree. I have them and I'm very impressed.
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