Studio sound in the pocket: review Sony wireless headphone WH‐1000XM3

In a world where it seems absolutely unconditional victory for Apple AirPods headphones as default, sometimes there are pretty strange things. For example, someone goes and produces a really interesting product, which is to tell.

In a world where it seems absolutely unconditional victory for Apple AirPods headphones as default, sometimes there are pretty strange things. For example, someone goes and produces a really interesting product, which is to tell. Such a device headphones Sony WH-1000XM3 that we have tested on “360,” and was very pleased.

It so happened that the wireless headset is an accessory for trips and travel. No matter you’re going in the subway, the tram or fly on a plane. Before the release of Apple AirPods I had a whole series of experiments with over-ear headphones, which spetsializiruyutsya on two tasks — provide high-quality sound and insulate from external noise. One of the first of such headphones were Sony MDR-1000X, they were impressed with how their views and the work of the active threshold, expertly tsekovskogo external sounds using special technology. Then there was the Plantronics BackBeat PRO, which cost about two times cheaper than the Sony, but looked quite extreme due to the fact that the brand — gaming. And finally, JBL Everest Elite 700 — a bit more expensive but with higher sound quality and excellent active noise-cancellation headphones.

And then came Apple AirPods. They in no way solve the problem of noise and give a quite average sound quality, despite the presence of Apple chip W1. But do not attract the attention in the plane, where periodically, the flight attendants begin to fight with wireless devices and forced to remove the headphones from his head during takeoff and landing. The pocket space they do not hold, and the stock of Autonomous work coupled with the case-rechargeable battery, such that enough on the flight to Australia. But time passes, and it is not surprising that the circle is closed: remove the development of Apple out of his ears made the new Sony headphones model WH-1000XM3.

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Looks all good headphones similar to each other, what can we say about the different models of the same manufacturer. Sony WH-1000XM3 have a recognizable plastic casing with faux leather, as we now delicately call leatherette. The outer surface of the cups are plastic, but the coating is velvety soft to the touch. On the cups placed controls and plug for charging. It is associated with, perhaps, the main innovation of this model — she got the USB-C port, which is very reasonable, as these cables future. Even Apple have started to transfer their device to this connector type is to take at least the new iPad Pro. The same fate apparently awaits the new iPhone that we will see this season.

Very pleased with the fit headphones. Wearing them on your head even without the included sound, you know immediately that cut off about 90% of external noise. At the same time, there is no feeling of a steam room for the ears that was used in previous models. It is difficult to judge what has changed in the design — apparently the edits invisible to the eye, but the result is impressive.

The control is performed using the touch panel positioned on the outer surface of the right Cup. It is not marked, but everything is logical: up and down movement to adjust the volume, right/left — jump on the tracks, and tap in the center, pause or answer a call. The management is very intuitive, but I know people who do, in principle, not very close, and they prefer to go old-school with the help of a smartphone.

But the main thing in WH-1000XM3 is, of course, not touch and especially not the USB-C connector for charging. The most important is the sound quality. So it happened that headphone connoisseurs are divided into three categories. First — those who, in principle, norms. I mean any sound, ideally loud, that’s good. Those who are main to have more bass. If the bass is hammering in his ears, the sound is great, bass but if not, then sounds “like hell” and to talk about. Third, the so — called lovers, who love to talk about neodymium drivers, cables for tens of thousands of rubles with gold plated contacts and other frills. Now, Sony WH-1000XM3 just for this category.

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MDR-1000X, which I used a few years ago, was very good for wireless headphones. It is important to understand that sound quality is provided not only opportunities to reproduce his device, and method of signal transmission. And if the signal goes over the wire, its quality is determined by the quality of both the wire and the recording medium. Wireless technology increasingly difficult because digital data can’t lose, or gain in the transmission process. But the sound is pinched by the codecs to reduce the amount of data transferred, and this means reducing the bitrate with all the consequences. As a result, the maximum that you can get when listening to music on the iPhone is the bitrate is 256 kbps, which is sufficient for music from iTunes recorded in the AAC codec. If we want something more than iTunes, and will listen to lossless formats that support HiRes Audio, then the problems begin.

Headphones WH-1000XM3 work with the HD codecs AptX and LDAC, able to convey HiRes Audio over the air. These codecs support the coolest modern smartphones like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but I tested with a native headphone device — a Sony Xperia XZ3.

What did I hear?

Three amazing things hooked when listening to the HiRes recorded in concert by Hans Zimmer in Cologne. It if who does not know, one of the most important Hollywood composers writing music for the blockbuster: the Batman trilogy by Christopher Nolan, pirates of the Caribbean, the da Vinci Code is all his work. The music is complex: orchestra, guitar, dark drums and brass. And all play simultaneously, creating an incredible feeling. First, bass is definitely there. Secondly, perfectly audible middle and high frequencies. Hear every instrument individually and all the musicians at once. But most importantly, hear the emerging sound of each instrument as it is gaining strength and power and how us goodbye. Here after all what business, whether it is a wired solution — for example, Studio headphones, it would be a small achievement. But Sony managed to ensure that the sound quality when transmitting a signal over the air and with his Elo codecs in real time. And that’s really cool.

Sony wireless headphone WH-1000XM3 are expensive: in retail the price about 30 thousand rubles. But if you value sound quality if you are willing to bother about obtaining high quality content and do not want to dwell within your iTunes library or “Yandex. Music”, if you travel frequently and you need to be able to protect themselves from extraneous sounds, that is one of the most interesting proposals on the market today.

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