• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Headphone type: Closed over-ear
  • Driver: 40mm Neodymium
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm
  • Frequency: 4 – 40,000 Hz
  • Weight: 255g
  • Pros:
  • Audio quality
  • Comfortable
  • Noise cancelling
  • Cons:
  • Could be priced better

Keep Out The Noise

We all wish to drown out the world sometimes, and what better way to do it than with music. You wake up in the morning and somehow you know it’s going to be a bad day, what do you do then? You turn on Spotify and search for “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter and you blast it out on your headphones while on the bus or train. Music can change our mood at the snap of a finger, so it’s not surprising why people pay so much for good audio gear.

But what constitutes as good? Is it the features? The looks? At the core a good headphone has to sound good, nothing else matters. Why? Because we use headphones to listen to music, and that is the core of every headphone. So we have to start from: Is the Sony WH-1000MX3 a good headphones? In short, yes, it’s a good headphone. The WH-1000XM3 has a laid back sound signature, something that isn’t too forward and in your face.

A mic takes in ambient noise and helps with noise cancelling

A mic takes in ambient noise and helps with noise cancelling

We liked it when listening to instrumentals, orchestras, and nice smooth jazz. The bass is a little muddy and sometimes veils some of the instruments and background voices, but not too bad. The soundstage is just decent, lead vocals are always closest and you can hear the instruments in the back. However, you can still tell it has some ‘space’, compared to cheaper headphones.
After multiple sessions of wearing it for 5 hours straight, we can confirm that the WH-1000XM3 is incredibly comfortable. It might get a little stuffy at times, but the cups are soft and plush, keeping your ears pain-free. Also, the clamp isn’t tight but just right without unnecessary pressure. The seal is great too, keeping all noises out as it should since it’s also a noise-cancelling headphone.

The cups are incredibly comfortable and perfect for extended use

The cups are incredibly comfortable and perfect for extended use

Listening to music for long periods of time is something we do on a regular basis, so with the battery life of up to 30hrs the headphone definitely suits our needs, and it charges quite fast also.
The isolation on this headphone is excellent – just the seal from the cups was enough to keep us from hearing anyone in our office. But with noise cancelling on, it can keep ambient noise out even in a crowd. It’s slightly noticeable when listening to really soft music, but with a reasonable increase of volume you can drown everything out.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A nice compact companion that fits right into your purse or backpack with its foldable design. Great noise cancelling and reproduction of music gets a recommendation from us.

(to be published in issue December 2018)

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