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Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2: Which should you buy?

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2: Which should you buy?

By  Fields Corrielus 2019-08-23 3384 0

Sony WF-1000XM3 is a popular headset this year. This headset has good noise reduction ability and good endurance. Many friends compare it with Apple AirPods 2, which is better, Sony WF-1000XM3 or Apple AirPods 2, let me introduce you. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2: Wearing experience

In terms of wearing, Sony WF-1000XM3 adopts ear-in design, wearing comfort is good, the size is moderate and more suitable for the auricle, stability is not a problem. The original factory comes with 4 kinds of size silicone ear sleeve and 3 kinds of size comfortable ear sleeve, as long as choose the right size ear sleeve, the wearing effect is very comfortable. Special note: if the problem of sound leakage is found after wearing, the size of the earsleeve is not appropriate and needs to be replaced. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2


Unlike the Sony WF-1000XM3, the Apple AirPods 2 has a semi-in-ear design, is lighter and does well in terms of comfort and stability, but the downside is that it is very unsoundproof, which is one of the main reasons why many people don't like the AirPods. More importantly, the Sony WF-1000XM3 supports active noise reduction, and the soundproof effect is dozens of blocks away from Apple's AirPods. 

Measured, the two headphones in the daily use of the street and exercise running, can achieve comfortable and light and stable wearing effect, this is no problem. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2: operation

In terms of operation, both headphones support touch buttons, and both left and right headphones support custom settings for button functions. Sony WF-1000XM3 supports clicking on either side of the headset to control playback / pause, ambient sound control, and long click to wake up the voice assistant; double-click and three-click toggle the next song and the previous song, respectively. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2


Apple AirPods 2 supports double-clicking on either side of the headset to control playback / pause, the next and previous music, and wake up the voice assistant. Therefore, from the daily listening experience, the operation experience of these two headphones is very good, and the touch response is more sensitive; therefore, in this part of the operation experience, both headphones can be well received. 

It is worth noting that both Sony WF-1000XM3 and Apple AirPods 2 support ear wear detection. Music is automatically suspended when headphones are removed, and music continues to play when headphones are put on again. This can be said to be very humanized for the daily use experience of the user. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2: Sound quality

Sony WF-1000XM3 uses 6mm moving coil driver unit to support Bluetooth 5.0 protocol, but unfortunately does not support LDAC HD Bluetooth protocol (because of the maintenance). Apple AirPods 2 did not find the unit size, headphones support Bluetooth 5.0 protocol, Bluetooth coding in 256-Kbps, AAC format (bit rate is similar to 320-Kbps MP3 format). 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2


Listening sense, Sony WF-1000XM3 high, medium and low frequency distribution balance, especially full and elastic low frequency, listening to a variety of music types have good performance, transient performance is good and not loose at all. In addition, the thickness of the medium frequency and voice for everyone often listen to pop music, also have a good performance; although the high-frequency part of the brightness is still lack of some, but fortunately do not lose the details, but also do not sound "stuffy" feeling. In short, for most Bluetooth headset consumers, I think the sound performance of the WF-1000XM3 can fully meet their listening needs, there is no problem. 

I also like the sound of Apple AirPods 2, which is more balanced and audible, but the low frequency is slightly weaker in elasticity and density than the Sony WF-1000XM3, and the width of the sound field is also slightly narrower, but there is nothing wrong with it. Apple AirPods 2 intermediate frequency and voice part of the listening feeling is more lukewarm, this is I prefer, whether it is to listen to pan-pop music or pure human voice, the voice is more pleasant to listen to. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2


Overall, Sony WF-1000XM3 and Apple AirPods 2 have good sound quality, both balanced and tolerant. However, after careful trial and contrast, the Sony WF-1000XM3 performs better in the low frequency and sound field parts than Apple's AirPods 2, and the sound line sense is clearer, so the overall performance of the Sony WF-1000XM3 in the sound quality part is better. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2: Noise reduction

This part wants to point out that there are not many products in the TWS headset camp that support active noise reduction technology, and the noise reduction effect can hardly be compared with the traditional mainstream Bluetooth headset. The emergence of Sony WF-1000XM3 has taken the active noise reduction technology of real wireless headphones to a new level. Responsibly, Sony WF-1000XM3 is one of the best noise reduction products I have ever experienced in TWS headphones. 

In outdoor environments, Sony WF-1000XM3 can eliminate more than 80 per cent of ambient noise; in subway carriages, it can eliminate about 60 per cent of 70 per cent of noise; and in aircraft, it can eliminate about 50 per cent of noise (which is personal subjective use). 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2


The last time I was on a plane, for example, the music was set to about 70%, and the faint roar of the engine could be heard; at the same volume in the subway car, there was no low-frequency noise at all (without affecting the alarm). This level of noise reduction, even in the traditional mainstream noise reduction Bluetooth headset camp, should also be expected to squeeze into the first echelon. So on the effect of noise reduction, we do not have to worry, the experience effect is really great.

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2: Battery life

As mentioned earlier, the WF-1000XM3 uses Sony's newly developed noise reduction processor QN1e, headphones for up to eight hours at a time, and the charging box provides three additional full battery life for the headphones, for a total of about 32 hours. Even in noise reduction mode, the Sony WF-1000XM3 can still provide about six hours of battery life, coupled with support for fast charging (charging for 10 minutes and playing music for about 90 minutes). Can be used for daily commuting and long-distance travel without charging. In addition, the headphone charging box uses Type-C interface to praise.

Apple AirPods 2's charging box uses Lightning lightning interface and is equipped with wireless charging function. Headphones can be used for 5 hours at a time, together with the charging box can provide about 24 hours of use time. Headphones also support fast charging and can be used for about 3 hours for 15 minutes. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2


With regard to the continuation section, there is no doubt that the Sony WF-1000XM3 has outperformed Apple's AirPods 2 by comparing the results above. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2: Summary

Finally, to sum up briefly, Sony WF-1000XM3 and Apple AirPods 2 can be said to be the best in the current TWS headphones; in product design, wear, sound quality, connection stability, battery life and other aspects should be said to belong to the first echelon. After the comparison of this experience, the following conclusions are drawn: 

1. Wearing and operating experience: both headphones are comfortable and stable, but the Sony WF-1000XM3 is clearly better than Apple's AirPods 2 in terms of physical sound insulation and noise reduction. In terms of operating experience, the touch functions supported by the two headphones are basically the same, and the ear detection function is also very intelligent, so this part can be said to have been tied. 

2. Sound quality: the sound performance of both headphones is very balanced and audible, but the Sony WF-1000XM3 performs better in the low frequency and sound field parts, and the line sense of the sound is clearer, so the sound quality part of the Sony WF-1000XM3 performs better. 

3. Take the initiative to reduce noise: there is no doubt that this is a feature that Apple AirPods 2 does not have, so for consumers who want a good soundproof effect, the Sony WF-1000XM3 should be said to be the best choice. 

4. Connection stability and delay: both headphones support Bluetooth 5.0 protocol, and the connection stability is good, and there is no disconnection problem in daily use. In terms of delays, however, Apple's AirPods 2 outperformed, with almost zero delay, so Apple's AirPods 2 won. 

5. Battery life: Sony WF-1000XM3 can be used for 8 hours at a time (6 hours in noise reduction mode), and the charging box can be used for about 32 hours; Apple AirPods 2 can be used for 5 hours at a time, and the charging box can be used for about 24 hours. So Sony WF-1000XM3 won by an absolute advantage in terms of battery life. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2: Purchase suggestion

Let's start with the conclusion: if the budget permits, I personally recommend the Sony WF-1000XM3. This headset can give you a strong endurance of 8 hours at a time (6 hours in noise reduction mode); the best noise reduction effect in the TWS headset camp at present; The iconic Sony sound quality and, for many consumers, the added value of the brand behind the four letters "SONY". Although the overall experience of this headset is not perfect, but the shortcomings, if there are 2 of the above 4 points to meet your needs, then I think we can start decisively, this headset will give you a great experience. 

Sony WF-1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods 2


For Apple's AirPods 2, the headset is clearly Apple's Bluetooth headset tailor-made for the iPhone, and it's a great experience, but if you use it on an Android phone, you can castrate more than half of it in an instant. And that's another powerful thing about Sony WF-1000XM3: the perfect fit for iOS and Android. With "Headphones Connect" APP, you can get exactly the same experience and play on iPhone or any mainstream Android phone, which Apple AirPods 2 can't do.


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