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Feb 15. 2019
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By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

Sony takes personal listening to a whole new level with its new noise-cancelling earphones

A NEW pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones with high sound quality and powerful bass, Sony’s WH-1000XM3 cut more outside sound than ever before, allowing you to enjoy music without interruption even when you are in a noisy environment

The phones come with Adaptive Sound Control technology and a range of smart features including Quick Attention, Voice Assistant compatibility and touch control.

The 1000XM3 are designed to block out most noises with the earpads and use Sony’s new HD Noise-Cancelling Processor QN1 to further minimise the noise. A dedicated NC processor ensures the reproduction of your music is never compromised due to processor performance.

Most noise-cancelling headphones are designed to block out only vehicle noise when travelling. The 1000XM3 go a step further, blocking out daily audio nuisances like voices and the background sounds you might hear walking through a city.

The 1000XM3 use Sense Engine technology that automatically prompts Adaptive Sound Control to detect what you’re doing travelling, walking or waiting –then adjusts ambient sound settings to suit. 

For example, when the Sense Engine detects that you are travelling, the Control feature will use the sound setting to block out background noise.

And when it detects you are walking, it will use a sound setting that alerts you to possible vehicles coming up behind you thus ensuring you stay safe. 

And if the Sense Engine detects you are waiting, such as at an airport or railway station, it will adjust the sound setting to allow you to hear important announcements while reducing background noises.

The phones also have Quick Attention mode that lets you communicate without having to remove them. You simply place your hand over the right ear cup to turn the volume down for instant conversation.

When the headphones are turned on, the noise cancelling function is turned on automatically. There is a NC/Ambient button for turning on/off the noise cancelling function and for switching to the Ambient Sound Mode.

You can also change the settings of the noise cancelling function and the Ambient Sound Mode with the Sony Headphones Connect app.

During the test, I found that 1000XM3’s noise cancelling function was really effective. It blocked all the noise from my room’s air-conditioner. Even sounds from my TV didn’t interfere with my listening pleasure. And the Sense Engine technology, when checked through the Headphones Connect app, accurately detected that I was standing still while I was working at home. (I’ve changed to standing-style when working at home, using a notebook table over my desk).

The phones have sound quality thanks to a built-in amplifier integrated in HD Noise-Cancelling Processor QN1 and support Hi-Res Audio technology with a frequency response of 4 to 40,000 Hz and high sensitivity of 104.5 dB.

The headphones use 40-mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms so the 1000XM3 is perfect for handling heavy beats and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40 kHz.

The Hi-Res Audio quality means the phones can reproduce music sounds with 500-per-cent better sound quality than an audio CD when used with the provided headphone cable.

And when used with a provided cable, you can also turn on the noise-cancelling function.

Even when used as wireless headphones, the 1000XM3 allow you to enjoy high-quality music only slightly less than with full Hi-Res Audio quality because the headphones support LDAC Bluetooth transmission technology. 

LDAC transmits approximately three times more data (at the maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps) than conventional Bluetooth wireless audio, so we can listen to High-Resolution Audio content with exceptional quality, as close as possible to that of a dedicated wired connection.

And when used with Bluetooth connection, you can use the Touch Sensor Control Panel on the right ear cup to control music playback. Simply double tap to play or pause the music, swipe forwards for the next track or backwards for the previous track or swipe up or down to increase or decrease the volume.

You also use the touch panel to receive an incoming call or hang up by double tapping. 

During the test, I found that the 1000XM3 reproduced really high-quality music sounds with powerful bass and very good instrument details. I enjoyed using the Clear Bass sound mode of the headphones that can be selected with the Sony Headphones Connect app.

You can also use the app to customise the sound preference using an equaliser in addition to choosing from the preset settings.

The app is really useful as it reports the type of wireless connection with your smartphone and reports the battery level of the headphones.

The headphones have good battery life of some 30 hours per one full charge. And if you have a quick charger, you can get five hours of battery life from just 10 minutes of charging.

I found the 1000XM3 comfortable to wear for several hours, The super soft, pressure-relieving earpads in foam urethane evenly distribute pressure and increase ear pad contact for a stable fit. Comfort is further enhanced by a larger and deeper ergonomic ear space structure.

The 1000XM3 is designed for travellers with swivel foldable structure, allowing the ear cups to swivel inwards so that they pack up neatly in a compact case. A durable carrying case is supplied.

And it comes with a nice feature for plane travellers. Its unique Atmospheric Pressure Optimising delivers optimal sound at high altitude, so you can enjoy noise cancelling at its best when you fly.

Sony WH-1000XM3 has a suggested retail price of Bt13,990.

>> Headphone type: Closed, dynamic

>>  Wearing style: Circumaural

>> Driver unit: 44mm dome type (CCAW Voice coil)

>> Magnet: Neodymium

>> Diaphragm: Aluminium coated LCP

>> Frequency response: 4 Hz-40,000 Hz

>> Impedance: 47 ohm

>> Sensitivity: 104.5dB

>> Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2; Supported audio formats: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC

>> Battery: Approximately 30 hours of playback time; Approx 3 hours of charge time

>> What’s in rhe Box: Carrying Case, Plug Adapter for In-flight Use, Connection Cable, USB Cable


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