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Sony WH-1000XM3

Over-ear Bluetooth® wireless noise-canceling headphones (Silver)

Item # 158100XM3S

Sony's flagship noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones somehow took another major leap in quality.

Sony's flagship noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones somehow took another major leap in quality.

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About the Sony WH-1000XM3

Sony's best noise-cancelers are now — somehow — even better

I was so impressed with Sony's previous generation WH-1000XM2 headphones, I thought there was little room for improvement... But then Sony's latest flagship noise-cancelers, the WH-1000XM3, arrived on my desk. Very early into my trial it was clear: the company took another major leap in quality. 
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The stellar Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-canceling headphones fold up neatly for travel.

Sony's best noise-cancelers are now — somehow — even better

I was so impressed with Sony's previous generation WH-1000XM2 headphones, I thought there was little room for improvement... But then Sony's latest flagship noise-cancelers, the WH-1000XM3, arrived on my desk. Very early into my trial it was clear: the company took another major leap in quality. 

This model keeps all the features that make the WH-1000XM2 so great, and adds these key updates:

  • More comfortable: The previous version was already super-comfortable. This year's '1000XM3 is even a little lighter with a more form-fitting headband, and roomier inside the earcups.

  • Better noise-cancellation thanks to a new processor chip from Sony. It easily knocked out the loud, constant hum of the industrial fans we have going up here on the top floor of Crutchfield HQ (our department's A/C unit is on the fritz). High-frequency noise-cancellation now works better, too. It helped silence the crowd of crickets and cicadas who were holding a meeting right beside my porch last night.

  • Faster charging thanks to the new USB-C connection. You get 30 hours of wireless use (with noise-canceling) on a full charge, and recharging for 10 minutes gives you up to five hours of use. 

  • Redesigned drivers: These headphones use strong, ultra-light aluminum diaphragms that start and stop quickly. I've only begun to put them through their paces, but so far I like what I hear. Stronger bass response than the previous model, but not at the expense of the midrange clarity and high frequency detail.  

Completely personalized noise cancellation

Sony has used adaptive noise cancellation for a while now, and I've always found the circuitry very effective. It takes your surroundings into account, then adjusts the level of noise cancellation. But their "next-gen" circuitry goes one step further.

The WH-1000XM3 includes special on-ear sensors that can detect whether you are moving or standing still — and even if you're wearing glasses or not. Another sensor monitors barometric pressure. So now Sony can serve up noise cancellation that's optimized to the height of your in-flight plane.

Plus, you can download Sony's Headphones Connect mobile app for direct control over what noises you let in or keep out. 

A convenient way to hear others 

You can even choose to let in important ambient noise or voices. Temporarily turn off the noise-canceling technology by simply placing your hand over the right earcup. Tiny built-in mics will pick up external sounds and voices.

Earcup controls

When you need to hear others, just put your hand over the right earcup.

The right earcup also has a snappy touch-sensitive panel. You control music, volume, and calls with a simple tap or swipe of your finger.

Higher-quality streaming

Music plays wirelessly from your Bluetooth-equipped phone or portable player. Sony's included an advanced form of audio coding called "aptX-HD®," for improved sound quality with devices that support this technology.

And for the best in wireless sound, you can use these headphones together with a Sony High-res Walkman. This pairing takes advantage of Sony's LDAC technology, which allows the wireless signal to retain all the musical detail that gives a song personality.

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Product highlights:

  • closed-back, over-the-ear headphones
  • dynamic 40mm drivers with an aluminum-coated, Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm
  • tuned for clear, detailed mids and highs with punchy bass
  • Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphone
    • aptX-HD® and AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
    • LDAC Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming from compatible sources
  • form-fitting headband with relaxed, breathable earcups
    • generous cushioning on headband and earpads
Adaptive Noise Cancellation:
  • includes Sony's sophisticated HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 chip
    • strengthens noise cancellation for human voices and other higher-frequency sounds
    • keeps noise-cancelling circuitry from interfering with audio circuitry
  • active noise cancellation circuitry adjusts to the level of external sound
  • free Sony Headphones Connect app for Apple® and Android™ lets you adjust settings
    • customize the sound and manually choose the level of noise cancellation
  • Adaptive Sound Control uses movement sensors to adapt noise cancellation
    • detects whether you're running, walking, standing still, or riding in a car (app required)
  • barometric pressure sensor
    • optimizes noise-canceling and sound to your altitude when in flight
Easy Controls:
  • dedicated earcup button summons Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa on your smartphone or tablet
    • ask questions, dictate texts, and control music by voice
    • available for Apple® and Android™
    • only one voice assistant can be set up at a time
    • must repurpose the earcup Noise Cancellation button using the Headphone Connect app
  • NFC-compatible for one-touch Bluetooth pairing with compatible devices
  • earcup touch controls let you answer calls, play/pause music, skip tracks, and control volume
  • quickly turn off noise-canceling by covering the right earcup with your hand
  • built-in microphone for making calls with a smartphone
    • three-mic system filters out background noise for clearer calls
General Info and Specs:
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 30 hours of wireless use with noise cancellation
    • 10 minutes of recharging provides enough power for 5 hours of listening
  • includes USB-C cable for charging
  • 47" audio cable with 3.5mm plug for wired use
    • airline adapter included for in-flight entertainment systems
  • portable folding design with carrying case included
  • frequency response: 4-40,000 Hz (wired), 20-40,000 Hz (wireless)
  • weight: 9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # WH1000XM3/S
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What's in the box:

  • Over-ear wireless headphones (platinum silver)
  • 48" Audio cable (straight 3.5mm plug on one end and right-angled 3.5mm plug on other end)
  • Airline adapter (single 3.5mm jack-to-dual 3.5mm plugs)
  • 9" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and USB-C on other end)
  • Zippered hard storage case
  • Reference Guide
  • Operating Instructions
  • Limited Warranty sheet

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Features & specs

General
Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.153" x 4.023"
Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 4-40k Hz
Sensitivity 104 dB
Impedance 47 Ohms
Weight 9.0 ounces
Cord Length 48"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Overview: The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones have all of the latest features in wireless headphones for the best experience in personal listening. With Digital Noise Cancellation, Adaptive Sound Control, and Touch Sensors on the ear cups, the headphones make it easy to get the sound you want from your digital music files. The headphones include an audio cable for wired listening, an airline audio adapter, a USB charging cable, and a zippered storage case.

Bluetooth/NFC: The 1000XM3 has Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless listening from your smartphone, tablet, or Bluetooth music player. Compatible profiles include A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, and HSP, with SBC, AAC, LDAC, aptX, and aptX HD codecs. LDAC transmits approximately three times more data than conventional Bluetooth, with a maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps for exceptional sound quality. For NFC-enabled devices, you can easily pair to the headphones by simply touching the device to the N-mark on the left ear cup of the headphones.

Digital Noise Cancellation: The WH-1000XM3's over-ear design naturally blocks much of the ambient noise. These headphones feature a new HD Noise-Canceling Processor (QN1) to greatly enhances the noise canceling power. The headphones are equipped with built-in microphones on the top of the ear cup that capture outside noise and send an equal-but-opposite canceling signal to the unit. You'll be able to hear more of your music and less of the outside distractions. The Sony Headphones Connect app has a Noise Canceling Optimizer that takes into account the shape of your face, whether or not you wear eyeglasses, even the atmospheric pressure, to make the noise canceling effect even better.

Adaptive Sound Control: Sony's Adaptive Sound Control can detect your activity and adjust the sound settings to you. When traveling, you can immerse yourself in your music with the highest level of noise cancellation. If you're walking, the noise cancellation adapts so you can stay aware of your surroundings while listening to music. While waiting, such as in an airport or train station, the noise cancellation is reduced so you can hear important announcements. These settings can be customized to your personal tastes in the Sony Headphones Connect app.

Sony Headphones Connect App: The Sony Headphones Connect app gives you control over the sound of your headphones right on your smartphone or tablet. In addition to Adaptive Sound Control and Noise Canceling Optimizer (mentioned above), the app's Sound Position Control lets you choose the direction from which you hear your music (Front, Front Right, Front Left, Rear Right, or Rear Left). You can select from available presets for the Surround VPT and Equalizer features, control your music (play/pause, skip forward/backward, fast forward/backward), and set the Clear Bass and DSEE HX (high range compensation for compressed music files) levels. The Sony Headphones Connect app is compatible with iOS devices (iOS 10.0 or later) and Android devices (Android 5.0 and up).

Digital Voice Assistants: The Sony Headphones Connect app now gives you access to Google Assistant and Alexa (available firmware update) on your smartphone or tablet. To set up your voice assistant , you will need to use the app to change the function of the NC/Ambient button on the left ear cup from Ambient Sound Control to Google Assistant or Alexa (only one type of digital voice assistant can be setup). To use Google Assistant or Alexa, just press and hold the NC/Ambient button and speak. You can ask it to play music, dial and answer calls, reply to messages, find out the weather forecast, and remind you about appointments, birthdays, anniversaries, and when to pay bills.

Touch Controls: Using the touch-sensitive panel on the outside of the right ear cup, you can easily control all your music and calls. Volume is controlled with up or down swiping motions, while music/call controls utilize tapping and forward or backward swipes. The Quick Attention feature lets you instantly mute the audio by placing your hand over the touch pad so you can hear an announcement or conduct a conversation without removing your headphones.

High Resolution Audio: The headphones are compatible with Hi-Res Audio, allowing you to hear all of the subtle details of your music. They have powerful 40mm aluminum-coated Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragms that can reproduce low bass notes and ultrasonic highs up to 40kHz. For true Hi-Res audio reproduction, the included 5' audio cable must be used in a wired connection to your Hi-Res-capable playback device.

Rechargeable Battery: The Sony WH-1000XM3 over-ear headphones are equipped with a 3.7-volt Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery to power the Bluetooth and ANC functions. The battery fully charges in approximately 3 hours via USB using the included USB-C cable (9" in length). With a 10-minute Quick Charge, you can get about 5 hours of music playback. (See battery life estimates below in Specifications.)

Note: To charge the headphones via household AC current, an optional USB charging adapter is required.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response:
    • Wired: 4Hz to 40kHz (with or without NC)
    • Wireless: 20Hz to 20kHz (44.1kHz sampling); 20Hz to 40kHz (LDAC 96kHz sampling, 990 kbps)
  • Sensitivity: 104dB/mW (wired, NC on); 101dB/mW (wired, NC off)
  • Impedance: 47Ω (wired, NC on); 16Ω (wired, NC off)
  • Full Charging Time: approx. 3 hours
  • Battery Life (estimated):
    • Music Playback: 30 hours (NC on), 22 hours (Ambient Sound Mode), 38 hours (NC off)
    • Communications: 24 hours (NC on), 18 hours (Ambient Sound Mode), 30 hours (NC off)
    • Standby: 30 hours (NC on), 22 hours (Ambient Sound Mode), 200 hours (NC off)
    • Noise Canceling with Headphone Cable Connected: 36 hours
  • Dimensions:
    • Ear cups: Width 3.153" Height 4.023" Depth 2.152"
    • Headband: Width 0.941"
  • Weight: 9.0 ounces (w/o cable)

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Consulted electronics websites, watched your product video (featuring JC and Jeff), then chose the Sony headphones over the Bose QC35 similar product [ Laura  Apr 17, 2019 ]
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My wife likes Sony and good reviews. [ Kenneth  Apr 10, 2019 ]
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Excellent experience with previous model [ Douglas  Mar 28, 2019 ]
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Based on online articles and information from crutchfield and trying on it and the competitor from Bose at a Frys location. [ Thomas Craig  Mar 26, 2019 ]
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Tried my friend's set and they worked great at a basketball game. [ Henry  Mar 26, 2019 ]
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Highly rated in reviews by audiophiliacs and enthusiasts. [ Raymund  Mar 24, 2019 ]
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Best noise canceling on the market at this time. Great android app to download with a lot of functions. [ RICHARD N  Mar 10, 2019 ]
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These headphones got rave reviews from a friend of mine [ Pat  Mar 07, 2019 ]
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Tough choice between this and the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 ii, but I ultimately thought that these were more current technology, may have slightly better sound quality, and had a fun touch interface. [ John  Mar 02, 2019 ]
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Superb noise canceling; sounds good; comfortable [ Peggy  Feb 22, 2019 ]
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After reading the thoughtful customer reviews & Crutchfield tech's opinion, I chose these Sony cans over the Bose I had originally intended to purchase. [ Patricia  Feb 17, 2019 ]
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From reviews on YouTube [ Tam  Feb 05, 2019 ]
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Positive reviews [ Rufus  Feb 02, 2019 ]
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MKBHD reviewed it and said it was the best so far. [ W  Feb 01, 2019 ]
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Best noise canceling headphones available. [ Adam  Jan 21, 2019 ]
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Stellar reviews! [ ARTHUR  Jan 20, 2019 ]
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looking at several surveys this was the most, regularly, highly recommended product [ herbert  Jan 20, 2019 ]
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Personal experience, my wife and me! GREAT PRODUCT [ Robert  Jan 11, 2019 ]
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Good reviews. Excellent Crutchfield shopping experience. [ Stanley  Jan 03, 2019 ]
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I chose these headphones because of the positive reviews here and on other sites. [ Joe  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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My research found that these are the best sounding noise canceling headset out there [ Wil  Dec 24, 2018 ]
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I researched and determined this was the best product at the best price to meet my needs. [ Kent  Dec 16, 2018 ]
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after reading many reviews I believe this will give me the best audio for movies and music [ pete  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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Wall St Journal, CNET, and Crutchfield all rate the Sony WH-1000XM3 as the best noise cancelling headphone. [ Imesh  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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Best noise reduction [ jaxpilot  Dec 11, 2018 ]
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Great review by Crutchfield staff and Wall Street Journal. Good features including long battery life and compact for travel. [ Steve  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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After reading numerous comparison reviews on wireless noise-canceling headphones, the top performer was always the M3s. I've never had a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, but I have tried the QC25s a year ago and was impressed with what they were able block. [ Michael  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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from the reviews and the video. Also feedback from what my son wanted [ Teresa  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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One of my son's wanted this item for X-Mas. [ David  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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Both the CNet review and Gizmodo review claim these are the best noise cancelling headphones. We'll see. [ Matthew  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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Based on Crutchfield recommendation [ Gregory  Nov 28, 2018 ]
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I was in the Crutchfield store last week and tried these on. The sound background was absolutely quiet! I have never heard such complete background noise cancellation. I am looking forward to trying these out on some upcoming flights. I am also buying because Crutchfield is such a great vendor with excellent support of their products. [ James  Nov 28, 2018 ]
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After extensive research reading expert reviews, I decided to purchase the Sony nc headphones over the Bose. I also liked the controls on the ear piece, I always hated trying to find the right button on my old ones. [ Steve  Nov 27, 2018 ]
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Reviews regarding effectiveness of noise cancelling. I plan to wear these when using a (noisy) garden tractor that powers a (noisy) snowblower. I'm intrigued by the barometric sensor, and if it will help with NC since I live at 8500ft. [ Mark  Nov 24, 2018 ]
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Was debating between Bose and Sony. All the reviews are saying Sony XM3 is the best at the moment. So decided to give Sony a shot. [ Mario  Nov 23, 2018 ]
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Positive reviews [ Robin  Nov 17, 2018 ]
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Great reviews, great features. [ John  Nov 14, 2018 ]
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These have the highest rating in noise cancellation. [ Jeffrey  Nov 10, 2018 ]
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A gift [ MARGARET  Nov 01, 2018 ]
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None to be had around [ Edgar  Oct 26, 2018 ]
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It had fantastic reviews through various online outlets. [ Michael  Sep 24, 2018 ]
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Tried them on at a store and liked them better than the Bose QC35 II in terms of style, noise-cancelling and back-end features. Time will tell if I made the correct choice for me. Hopefully the lack of physical command buttons will not be an issue. [ David  Sep 24, 2018 ]
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best noise cancelling headphones and great features [ Vinay  Sep 24, 2018 ]
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Great price. Sampled at best buy, superior comfort and sound. weightless, compared to bose which pinch at temples [ Timothy  Mar 04, 2019 ]
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Recommended by my friend. [ Haomiao  Feb 16, 2019 ]
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Great reviews related to comfort and sound quality. They incorporate all the latest codec support (AAC, LDAP, APTx HD). Foldable and extra features like adaptive noise cancellation. [ Constantine  Feb 12, 2019 ]
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Good reviews [ DEVENDRA N  Feb 12, 2019 ]
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Superior sound and noise cancelling vs QC35 II w/similar comfort level. [ Gene  Feb 06, 2019 ]
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Positive reviews and features are what I was looking for. [ Kim  Jan 29, 2019 ]
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because it was rated as the best. [ Chris  Jan 02, 2019 ]
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Crutchfield review. [ Hoa  Sep 24, 2018 ]
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For noise canceling and reviews of the sound quality. [ Aaron  Sep 23, 2018 ]
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4 questions already asked

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Will these work with a PlayStation 4?
[ Justin  Dec 22, 2018 ]
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They work plugged directly into the controller. The bluetooth doesn't worked with the PS4 though.
[ Lindsay  Dec 22, 2018 ]
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I know these are new but any sense of durability? Sony at least used to be known for quality, but I'm still gunshy about dropping over $300 AGAIN for "premium" mobile headphones that fall apart in 2 years or less.
[ Andrew  Nov 28, 2018 ]
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They feel to be very well made with high quality materials. The noise canceling is amazing. As with any headphone, audition them if you can to see if they are right for you.
[ Darren  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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As far as long term reliability goes, I can't speak to that yet, but so far these headphones have held up well, I use them at least every other day for multiple hours and they show no signs of wear. I know that in the past Sony has had problems with their headband but this model seems fine in my opinion. However with all this being said, I am a very careful persona when it comes to the care of my possessions and I generally don't have issues with any product because of this. The sound quality is very good, and the noise canceling is even better. The app unlocks a host of new settings to be explored with these headphones as well. Overall I would highly recommend these cans.
[ Michael  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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What version of of Android will work with these headphones?They only come with a list for Apple products but say the the will work with Android.
[ Tommy  Oct 30, 2018 ]
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Although I am using it with an IOS device, I have also used it with other bluetooth devices connected to a TV. I do not see any reason it should not work with an Android.
[ Gabriel  Oct 31, 2018 ]
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I have Android 7.0 and they're working.
[ Patryk  Oct 30, 2018 ]
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Can this headphone work on Samsung smart tv?
[ Wayne  Jan 15, 2019 ]
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Yes, you can. I've synced these headphones to my Samsung smart TV very easily!
[ Kaitlin  Jan 16, 2019 ]
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Yes.
[ Michael  Jan 15, 2019 ]
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It will work with any Bluetooth enable device.
[ Gabriel  Jan 15, 2019 ]
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If your TV has a microphone out jack, you can get a Bluetooth transmitter to plug into that jack and synch the transmitter to the headphones.
[ Paul  Jan 15, 2019 ]

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