UPDATE: August, 2020. This former best-in-class model seems to have consistent issues with noise in the earcups (as described here). Sony has released an updated version but I can’t yet recommend them without feedback from our community and/or testing them myself. For all Sony products in the noise-cancelling realm, I say proceed with caution.
Looking for the best of the best in wireless noise-cancelling? Welp, here you have it. Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones (and their predecessor WH-1000XM2) have rated tops in tech and audiophile reviews for two years running.
Active noice cancelling technology (ANC) monitors the ambient environment then adjusts to compensate. This set of headphones stands out from the competition with two features: One allows you to adjust manually in order to hear loudspeaker announcements when desired; another turns the volume down with a gesture for when you need to converse. These Sony-exclusive features allow you to customize your environment experience as needed.
For portability, as part of your sensory kit, these headphones swivel for compact storage in their carry case.
Note: If you need your Bluetooth headphones to auto-connect to more than one device to listen to music, look elsewhere. Sony’s Multipoint connection allows you to connect to one device for calls and one for music but that’s it.
Good to know:
- Available in black or silver, both with copper trim
- Up to 30 hours of battery life
- Comes with a hard case, one adaptor for in-flight use, one gold-plated stereo mini headphone cable (approx. 3.94 ft,), and one USB-C cable