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.
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.