Sony Introduces Next-level Noise Cancellation with the WH-1000XM3 Headphones

Sony Introduces Next-level Noise Cancellation with the WH-1000XM3 Headphones

Industry-leading noise cancellation enhanced even further with new features: HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, quick charging capability and new design

SAN DIEGO — August 30, 2018 — Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones, the newest addition to the highly-acclaimed Sony 1000X family. This headband-style around ear model offers all of the much-loved features from the previous WH-1000XM2 model, while adding multiple key improvements including upgraded noise cancelling performance to enhance the listening and user experience.

Block more ambient sound
Listen with next level silence thanks to Sony’s industry-leading noise cancellation technologies. The 1000XM3’s benefit from a newly developed HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 which has approximately four times greater performance than the previous processor. This newly-developed feature can not only negate transport noise, but also further cancels out daily background sounds such as street noise and human voices. It also features Dual Noise Sensor technology that captures ambient noise with dual microphones and then passes the sound data to the processor to cancel the noise.

Designed with the frequent flyer in mind, the Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing feature allows the noise cancelling performance to adapt specifically to high altitude by using sensors to detect the air pressure around you and optimize the noise cancelling accordingly.

Premium, superior sound
These headphones deliver exquisite High-Resolution Audio with a 40mm driver unit with a Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragm that handles heavy beats and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40kHz. This enables you to enjoy listening to your music exactly how the artist intended.

The HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 works not only for Noise Cancelling, but also realizes stunning high sound quality with 32-bit Audio Signal Processing and the combination of DAC with Amplifier functionality. This offers exceptionally high sound quality, best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio, and low distortion for portable devices.

Smart listening
The activity recognition feature, Adaptive Sound Control, detects your physical situation. With three auto mode-changes, you can hear all ambient sounds together with music when walking, hear announcements as well as your music when waiting and be immersed in music with noise cancellation when travelling by train or bus.

This smart listening experience is enabled by the SENSE ENGINE™. Also, preferences can be customized with the Sony | Headphones Connect app.

You’re in control
Quick Attention Mode lets you hear what’s going on around you without taking your headphones off. Place the right hand over the earcup to decrease music volume instantly, which allows you to quickly respond to those around you, allowing you to, for example, order a drink without taking the headphones off. There are other ways to control the sound, too – swipe the touchpad on the right earcup to turn the volume up/down or to change track.

Another improvement is the Customizable Automatic Power Off function on the companion Headphones Connect app, which can enable the headphones to stay on and in Noise Cancellation mode without being connected to a device – perfect for reducing noise without listening to music, like when wanting to rest peacefully on a long haul flight.

Easy, practical, comfortable
The 1000XM3s have a new, slimmer silhouette and weigh less than their predecessor. The deeper earcup and thicker headband cushion add comfort. They also come with a stylish fabric case which will satisfy the fashion-conscious and new, eye-catching color options of black or platinum silver with gold highlights.

Besides offering up to 30 hours of battery life with Noise Cancelling and BLUETOOTH® connection, the 1000XM3 headphones have an upgraded Quick Charging function that provides up to 5 hours of wireless playback after a mere 10 minutes of charging³ via a contemporary USB type-C™ port.

Voice calls are also made clearer with the introduction of multiple microphones, ideal for hands-free conversations.

The WH-1000XM3 industry-leading Noise Cancelling headphones have a suggested retail price of $349.99 and will be available from authorized retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon in September. For product specifications, please visit:

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