When it comes to the best noise canceling wireless headphones available in the market, Sony 1000X series headphones undoubtedly win the race. And the Japanese tech giant added to a new member to this family, 1000X M3 headphones at IFA 2018, Berlin.

According to Sony, 1000X M3 wireless headphones work four times better than its predecessor, the award-winning 1000X M2 model. It is integrated with USB-C charging support, redesigned headband, and an updated HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1.

The current market is jam-packed with world-class noise-canceling wireless headsets from the houses of Bose, JBL, Jabra, and AKG many more. Let us have a quick review of where Sony 1000X M3 headphones stand at compared to the top noise canceling headphones available in the market.

"Our latest model takes noise canceling to the next level with Sony's innovative QN1 processor to deliver only your favorite music and nothing else," said Yang Cheng, Head of Video and Sound, Sony Electronics.

Sony 1000X M3 headphones review

Sony 1000X M3 headphones are integrated with USB-C charging support, redesigned headband and an updated HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1.
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Sony 1000X M3 Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Sony 1000X M3 VS Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Bose has a rich legacy of pioneering sound technology and hardware. In fact, its most advanced pair of noise canceling over-ear wireless headphones, QuietComfort 35 (QC35) II is comfortably sitting at the top place in the list of world-class noise canceling headphones for a year.

But now, finally here comes a new product from the ace rival, Sony, surpassing the peak specifications of Bose’s headphones.

Earlier, Bose QC35 II ranked better in weight and ear cup frame specifications than Sony 1000X M2 headphones. Sony engineers worked on these limitations and the new 1000X M3 Sony headphones achieve a slimmer silhouette on the headband and weights 20 grams lesser than its predecessor. The ear cups are deeper and there is a softer cushioning on the headband which adds to an element of extra comfort.

However, Bose wireless headphones are still much lighter in weight when compared to Sony 1000X M3. QuietComfort 35 II weighs 235 grams whereas Sony’s latest 100X series family member is about 254 grams. Plus, Bose noise canceling smart headphones are optimized for Alexa functionality and get a dedicated ‘Action’ button for activating Google Assistant.

Sony boasts 30 hours of listening on its new pair of wireless headsets along with noise canceling and Bluetooth connectivity. Simultaneously, 1000X M3 headphones are also equipped with an updated Quick Charging function delivering up to five hours of wireless playback within ten minutes of charging through a new USB Type-C port.

On the other hand, Bose top-class headphones QC35 II provides 20 hours of battery life in wireless mode along with another 2.5 hours of playtime after quickly charging for 15 minutes.

Talking about the trendy outlook, Bose offers QC35 in 37 colors and 2 types of high-gloss finish and Anodized aluminum finishes adding to 9 different customizable parts. Sony 1000X M3 headphones are available in two color variants – white and black.

Both the leading noise-canceling wireless headphones are available for a suggested price of $350.

Sony 1000X M3 VS JBL Everest Elite 750NC

Another incredible sound hardware firm, JBL recently introduced active noise canceling wireless headphones, Everest Elite 750NC. The sleek and stylish pairs of JBL headphones come in metallic finishes and colors.

The next-generation wireless headphones from the JBL’s abode provide pretty improved sound, comfortable frame, and a streamlined design. And hence it acts as an equivalent challenger to Sony 1000X M3 Everest Elite.

Everest Elite 750NC features Adaptive Noise Cancelling (ANC) technology that facilitates the listener to control the amount of noise coming in or blocking out. However, the noise cancelation feature is not as strong as the leading headphones, yet overall it works well.

The battery life of JBL’s Elite 750NC wireless headphones is up to 15 hours in noise cancelation mode and 20 hours in wireless mode, while it fully recharges in 3 hours. Sony’s new 1000X M3 simply outperforms JBL flagship headphone on this aspect.

The most striking feature of JBL’s Everest Elite headphones is its price. While it delivers performance at par with industry standards, Everest Elite 750NC is worth $230.

Sony 1000X M3 VS AKG N60NC Wireless

Available N60NC is fitted with best-in-class noise cancelation technology in a compact frame. Best suited as a traveling companion, it gets a flat foldable design which fits easily in the handbag but in the pocket too. Sony’s third-generation noise cancelation headphones also feature a foldable design, however, it’s not that compact as AKG N60NC.

Similar to JBL Elite 750NC, AKG noise-cancelation headphones also offer 15 hours of playback time in noise-cancelation and wireless mode but 30 hours of battery life with just noise cancelation feature on. It weighs 200 grams, way lighter than 254 grams than Sony 1000X M3.

However, its microphone adaptability is not as strong as Sony’s Dual Noise Sensor technology that can quickly pick up the external noise with its two microphones and transfer the data to the processor to cancel it out.

At the price of $300, AKG N60NC Wireless headphones give value for money performance. However, with an investment of an additional $50, Sony’s world-class headphones offer premium sound clarity, higher battery life, and music experience.