Well, it’s worth considering the new truly wireless earbuds’ big sibling, the WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones, which were the first Sony headphones to feature the HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1.
Sony calls it the HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1e chip, and to help it out, the WF-1000XM3 earbuds have two more microphones than their predecessors did.
Sony says that it’s able to achieve a new level of noise-canceling by taking the audio that comes in from the dual-mic system and then feeding it through the QN1e chip to cancel out ambient sound.
Sony showed up early to the truly wireless noise-canceling party in 2017, and now the company has an exciting new update: the WF-1000XM3 truly wireless earbuds.
So by putting a version of that chip in its new truly wireless earbuds, Sony is banking on spin a little bit.
This is how all noise-canceling headphones work, but according to Sony, having a dedicated chip do the work does it better.
I’ve spent a week with a preproduction set of the Sony’s new truly wireless earbuds, and I have to admit that they’re pretty slick, and they seem to do a respectable job with noise-canceling.
The WF-1000XM3 earbuds are supposed to get six hours of battery life with noise-canceling and eight hours without.
While it’s worth wondering if the jargon-laden technology amounts a marketing gimmick, the WH-1000XM3 headphones did cancel noise better than their predecessors, the WH-1000XM2, which were already better than the popular Bose QuietComfort 35ii headphones.
I never worried about keeping them powered on and connected to my phone, although Sony does say that the earbuds can only connect to one device at a time.
What I actually think is remarkable about the new Sony earbuds is how well they work just as regular wireless earbuds.
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