31 December 2018
Sony has launched new and improved noise cancellation headphones – WH-1000XM3 (Mark 3) at IFA 2018. A dedicated HD noise canceling processor, named QN1 takes care of this. The new headphones include all the features that have been much loved from the previous WH-100XM2 model. Apart from just following the same features, the all-new WH-100XM3 headphones also have its own unique characteristic and that’s a custom noise canceling chip that handles this department alone.
According to Sony, the new QN1 processor inside the 100XM3 brings greater performance than the previous processor. Apart from negating other sounds like the predecessor, the new headphones also cancel out the daily background noise, including the street noise and human voices. Furthermore, the Dual Noise Sensor technology captures the ambient noise and then passes this to the processor to cancel the noise.
Also, the Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing feature allows the Noise Cancelling performance to adapt to high altitude. Associated sensors detect the air pressure around the user and optimize the noise canceling accordingly.
The 40mm driver unit with a Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragm delivers high-resolution audio. Also, the WH-1000XM3 comes with a smart listening feature with the help of which it can detect the user’s physical situation. Also, with the 3 auto mode-changes let you listen to the ambient sounds together with music when you’re walking, hearing announcements, or anything similar.
The Quick Attention Mode lets you respond to your surroundings, thanks to a quick reception of the headphones. You don’t need to take off your headphones when you want to hear your surroundings, just place your right hand over the earcup to decrease music volume instantly. The Customisable Automatic Power Off function is another improvement on the companion app. Voice calls are also made clearer, with the introduction of multiple microphones
The company claims you can get five hours of playback with just a 10-minute charge and 30 hours of battery life when charged fully.
Sony’s audio products announced at IFA also include new truly wireless sports earbuds. The all-new WF-SP900 earbuds are waterproof and can be taken into the pool or while your exercise.
You can connect them with PC or phone via Bluetooth and enjoy your favorite music. It has a 4GB onboard memory which allows you to save songs, podcasts in it, this means you don’t have to be dependent on the devices, though 4GB is too less. To transfer songs to the onboard 4GB storage, Sony Music Centre app for PC and the USB Type-Cable are used. Also, The Google App and Siri can be activated with WF-SP900 headphones when connected to your smartphone.
It can give up to 6 hours of battery life up to 21 hours with charging case. The pair of truly wireless headphones is also NFC compatible for convenient pairing.
The SP900 earbuds allow you to swim in the pool or the sea up to 2m depth, thanks to IPX5/8 rating. It’s ergonomically designed and has 4 sizes of earpieces and 3 sizes of arc supporters to choose from. The SP900’s are durable and stylish despite their small size.
The WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling headphones will be priced at approximately €£330 and €389 in Ireland and available from the beginning of September. The WF-SP900 wireless sports headphones will be priced at approximately £250 and £299 in Ireland and be available from the beginning of November 2018.