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a year ago*
Switched from Jabra Elite Active 65t, so the review will have that model in mind as a comparison. Will probably update the review if I come across something more and the review will be based on describing positive and negative experiences. --- + Best wireless headphones I've listened to so far - both compared to the Jabra Elite Active 65t and other headphones I've listened to on other occasions. Side note: with that said, I have not listened to Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless (2) yet which received very good reviews and specifically the second generation got at the end of October 2020 a hi-fi oriented sound profile that Sennheiser calls High-End Sound Tuning fashion. The purpose of the profile is to more mimic the sound from studio headphones as best I can if I understood Sennheiser correctly - in other words not to color the sound in any way but to play everything exactly as it is produced in as high quality as possible. + Has a very intuitive associated app with both useful and advanced features. Some examples: Adaptive sound control that automatically adjusts the noise reduction and transparency depending on the situation, eg if you walk, run or use local traffic. DSEE-HX which scales up compressed source data, eg MP3 which is still used in Spotify with a maximum of 320 kbps (as far as I know Spotify is at the time of writing the largest streaming service which is why this feature can be useful for many users). I experienced the sound that the function produces as artificial, but I listen to uncompressed material (FLAC format), so there is nothing to try to recreate with smart algorithms. NOTE! The DSEE-HX function increases the battery consumption of the headphones. Adjust the type of control you want on the headphones, such as volume on the left and playback on the right. Updates for the headphones' software that improve their quality and functionality. + Very little noise during playback, which is not guaranteed on wireless headsets, even on respectable models such as the Jabra Elite Active 65t. This means that the WF-1000XM3 provides a much better experience compared to other alternatives. + Better range than the Jabra Elite Active 65t. Can walk around the entire apartment with the phone lying somewhere without any problems with these lures - just to take a simple example. --- ~ Adaptive sound control usually works very well, but there are a few things to keep in mind: In order not to constantly switch between different settings, Sony has deliberately added a delay on how quickly the headphones change position to the corresponding activity - which is well thought out - but there is still a risk that the headphones change settings very often if you do not set similar settings for different situations, so I would recommend to have full transparency when running or walking and no treatment when you are still or driving local traffic (ie not active noise reduction even as it affects the sound quality very negatively as described below). One thing that is less good is that the function can bug out so that it does not change position after the situation until you restart the Sony app - at least that is the case on the iPhone. Either that or the headphones can't tell the difference between a bus that runs slowly and that I run for a happy life. --- - Balls out at some point sometimes at start and in those cases the sound hooks up, but this is easily remedied by putting the affected handset in the container and picking it up again. However, I have not experienced this bug lately - it seems to happen extremely rarely. - On a few occasions, the sound disappears during playback - or even the headphones do not connect properly during start-up. Then you have to switch on and off inside the bluetooth settings for it to work again. - The microphones on these headphones take in all the sound in principle the same amount. Good quality says those who listen - not as good when they do not hear what you say, which is often with the design you have chosen to use. - Does not support more advanced transcoders - not even Sony's own LDAC. Missing everything called aptX. Only AAC is available, which limits the data sent between the headphones and the device you are using to a maximum of 256 kbps. For reference, CD quality is 1411 kbps. This in itself is not as bad as it seems to be when you look at how the AAC encoder actually works, but it is definitely a big difference in terms of data when you compare. It is worth noting that the implementation for AAC is significantly better on the iPhone compared to Android phones in most cases. See source here which addresses the points just above: https://www.soundguys.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-bluetooth-headphones-aac-20296/ - When the noise reduction is switched on, it affects the sound quality very negatively, specifically the lack of resolution and attack in the midrange and treble, as well as the switching on of the bass. However, this negative effect on sound is common to all equipment with noise reduction turned on. It's a compromise and manufacturers are constantly trying to find the best balance between sound quality and effective noise reduction by optimizing their hardware and software. - Touch - which these headphones use for control - works worse than physical buttons. It is very easy to accidentally press, for example if you pick up the headphones from the table. With physical buttons - as on the Jabra Elite Active 65t - this is a non-issue. In addition, you can control everything on these physical buttons, while on Sony's touch design you have to limit yourself to certain functions. --- In conclusion, in comparison with the Jabra Elite Active 65t, I would have recommended the Jabra model to most people - as long as sound quality is not above everything else on your priority list, no matter how good the stability is. The Jabra headphones only have okay sound, but unlike Sony's headphones, they have fantastic stability. I can not remember the last time the Jabra Elite Active 65t actually got into trouble without it being due to something I did, such as that I was too far from the source, or that I blocked the signal through some movement in the gym. Worth noting is that I noticed stability issues on the Jabras lures when I had just purchased them and made a software update at some point, so this may be needed to get the same experience. The only thing I can think of that is against the Jabra Elite Active 65t is that they have a noticeable delay when watching video - at least that was the last time I used them for this. Hopefully it has also been fixed with some software update. Personally, I am no longer affected as I use them exclusively as training headphones.
*Edited 17 days

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19 days ago
Decent sound for music but completely useless as a headset. Everyone (dare to say almost without exception) asked if I was sitting on the toilet. Those I do not know asked if they called inappropriately, but they probably also thought that I was sitting on the toilet. Sickly annoying to have to explain that you have a discarded headset every time ... In addition, the sound used to be distorted, the ones I talked to a song like Kalle Anka. The phone is a Galaxy S9 Edge. The music experience is quite good, around or just above average. Good bass, but not completely natural and clear. There is a function for ambient noise. It is good, dangerous to be without. But it becomes very unnatural and feels strange to talk to that situation actively. This is highly personal, but that's how it is experienced for me. Sold as an alternative to Plantronics, but can not be used for calls, so it was returned. Now I use Voyager Legend and it may soon be a decade old technology, but still the headset that works best for calls.

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a month ago*
These are the best headphones I've had. Very worth SEK 1490. + sound, anc, finish, app and design - lacks Qi charge
*Edited a month

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2 months ago
One of the worst purchases I've ever made. The noise canceling function is barely noticeable, the headphones fall out all the time even though I have tested all different sizes. Extremely frustrating touch control that is constantly triggered when trying to fix the headphones (which you have to do all the time because they sit so badly). If it is not completely quiet in the surroundings, the receiver will not hear you. Catastrophic simply.

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3 months ago
Got the headphones 'for free' when buying an Xperia 5 II, so perfect to test on true wireless, which I have long been skeptical about. I must say that mine mostly matched what I expected: poor fit, looks unpleasant and smooth but still clumsy. SOUND - I think they sound fantastic for the most part, can adjust the settings a bit for certain genres. FIT - In my case with the WF-1000XM3 completely catastrophically bad, the only time they stay in the ears is when you are sedentary or have a hat on that always pushes them in a little. The slightest movement in the jaw pushes out the headphones and you have to constantly push them in again if it is to sound good. Should buy a pair of aftermarket pillows to see if it helps. BATTERY - Absolutely ok, seems to charge quickly in the storage box as well. USE? - Hard to explain but most people who use true wireless never take them off, which looks very unpleasant in my eyes. And you want to take them off (muffles external sound with them in) as soon as you have to socialize, which makes the whole true wireless function a little meaningless in my life in any case, rather have threaded headphones that I can put between t-shirt and sweater .

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3 months ago
Not satisfied with the life of the batteries. Bought my headphones shortly after they were released in 2019. When I did not use the headphones, they have been in their case and charged. Now, less than 2 years later, I have less than 3 hours of listening time in the headphones. Measured today that in 1h 20m it reduced the battery from 100% to 50% (audiobook, not music and a longer call) at normal volume. I did not think it was possible that the battery had such a short life.

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3 months ago
They are really very good I recommend them

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4 months ago*
Awesome for music. ANC acceptable. Not the best "on the go", would have liked to sit a little better. Fragmented sound during phone calls, unusable if you use both headphones, "okay" 95% of the time if you use one. However, I have not received any complaints from the other party that others seem to have experienced. 10/10 in terms of sound quality only, which is the most important thing in my opinion (along with some comfort).
*Edited 4 months

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4 months ago
Catastrophically unstable as a headset! Sent in as a complaint to Sony when the contact was dropped several times a day or hacked. Recipients hardly hear what is being said. Sometimes you even hear how you sound like 3-PO. Unfortunately, a colleague managed to buy a couple of the same before the facts. Exactly the same problem. Considering how many updates Sony has now sent out to these cheats, it's just realizing it's not the software. Cash hardware. Once they "work", the sound of music is really nice! But it is one big scam when you claim that this should work as a headset. -Remote and do the right Sony.

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5 months ago
Very good sound and good noise canceling, but what makes me not give them full marks is that it takes quite a long time for me to fit them in my ears. Even once they are inside the ears, you have to feel to be sure that they are really seated. Many others have complained that they are unusable outdoors in windy weather, but if you turn off NC and ambient sound, they work very well outdoors. The battery life is also very good and I only need to charge them about once a month.

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