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Sony - WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones with Google Assistant - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 276 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound!

    Posted
    Kenk
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    These cans are wonderful Not only for their great sound quality but their ability to block out ambient nois as well. In addition, we may be the most comfortable set of headphones that I own. Deducted one star because no lightning jack cable was available

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best noise canceling headphones yet

    Posted
    GeorgeM77
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    These are a big improvement over the last model. They are more comfortable with the band feeling wider than before. The noise canceling seems to block out more of the talking around me than before. I love the feature where you hold your hand against the right side to lower the volume and hear your surroundings. They charge very fast with a USB-C cord and the battery life is about what they claim. The only downside is no plug was provided just a short USB-C cable but I have usb plug chargers already. These really are worth the money and use them every day at work to drown out everyone talking while I focus on work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    Posted
    tcurrie2
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Do Not buy the Beats Studio 3. I've been using Beats for years. So lucky I bought the Sony's. Incredible sound. Can almost feel the bass in my chest. Totally adjustable via the app. I listen to Metal. Charging cable is way too short. All good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best noise cancelling headset gets better

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    TechBuyer
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The Sony 1000X and Bose Quiet Comfort have battled as the best two noise cancelling wireless Bluetooth headsets for a few years with devoted followers in both camps, but Sony may have just pulled ahead with their Mark3 update. Here are the major highlights and upgrades of this new headset: +USB-C!!! All rechargeable devices should be using USB-C, not just for the interchangeable direction connector, but also for the Quick Charge properties. My headset didn't have much battery charge and wouldn't allow me to do the firmware update but just 10 minutes and it was showing 100% again. +Extremely light and comfortable over the ear design. Just give yourself some slack on the headband to split the weight between your head and your ears. The memory foam padding and pleather material feel great and don't sweat too much. They also look pretty good without a huge profile while wearing. +Noise cancelling features are excellent as advertised. You can't hear anything once you put these on with noise cancelling. You can set a 20 pt slider that equalizes between noise cancelling and allowing ambient sounds. You can also use Adaptive that tries to determine what setting you are in and how much cancelling you want in each setting. You can hold your hand over the right headphone and the mic allows ambient sound and lowers the volume of your music. +Sound quality is excellent overall, although the bass wasn't as punchy and responsive as your Best wires headsets give you. +App overall is easy to use and pleasant looking with tons of features and settings. +Awesome build quality, case and portability. They also look great without being too flashy and fold into the carrying case. While the headsets are amazing overall, there were some minor annoyances: -The USB-C cable is worthlessly short. Keep it in the case for emergency connections to a power brick and buy a 5 pack of USB-C 3-5 foot cables to charge this on your PC or from a wall outlet. -Wireless firmware update took a very long time. Like 30 minutes. -Overall the app worked very well but there were a few connectivity inconsistencies the first time I connected. I imagine all of these will be fixed with app and firmware updates. I didn't have to go to Settings on my IPhone X once but I did get a few prompts to connect via Bluetooth. -The right headphone tap commands aren't super intuitive at first and the picture in the case gets you in the right direction but not fully there. Reading the instructions showed me you had to swipe the length of the ear cup in the direction you want to get commands to register. 2x tapping to star, stop or take a call were pretty self explanatory. Overall these are great headphones for travelers and commuters who want to enjoy their music withour outside noise and interruptions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi TechBuyer, Sony takes into consideration all feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products and services. We're always looking to make Sony better. We appreciate your time sharing this feedback. Regards, ^Ron sony_US

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for music on your phone, not much else

    Posted
    Jaron
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Pro -Superb sound quality and music clarity -Great battery life -Storage case -Good noise cancelling -Mobile app allows custom EQ settings -Included 3.5mm cable has deep collars to fit through phone cases -Hi-res LDAC and aptX audio Con -Included charge cable very short -Can't listen to headphones over Bluetooth while charging -3.5mm connection only good for headphones, not a full headset with mic -Noise cancelling isn't as good as first gen 1000X model -No USB audio capabilities Overall The third generation of Sony's 1000X noise cancelling headphones have a few extra features over the earlier model, but are mostly the same. That means you still get excellent audio clarity for superb music listening and fidelity, the touch controls, and active noise cancelling. But they also have the limited connectivity of the predecessors, namely no USB audio, no Bluetooth while charging, and no 4-pole support to use them as a wireless headset ( stereo audio only, no mic over 3.5mm ). The headphones do have a few small but welcome updates. The obvious is the USB connector, now using a type-C jack, for charging. Unfortunately the included charging cable ( cable only, no AC adapter ) is under 12" long, so the headphones need to be very close to the charging source. Also, while previous Sony models supported aptX for higher quality wireless audio, the 1000XM3 has LDAC support for what Sony claims can be true HiRes quality audio over Bluetooth ( few phones or devices support it at this time ). Finally, the headphones app for your mobile device supports completely customized EQ curves, not just presets, though I'm not sure if that's a new feature of the headphones, or just an update of the app itself. In just about every other way, these are practically the same as the previous 1000X. The storage case is handy for keeping everything together. Battery life is great ( easily long enough for a six-hour flight, with noise cancelling ). The noise cancelling is good, but not up to the first gen 1000X where you literally could not hear a conversation five feet away. The target consumer group for these is also the same. If you want great headphones to listen to your tunes in high fidelity and muffle the busy sidewalk around you ( but not entirely mute it ) these are toward the top of the list. If you want a headset that can pull double duty with your phone and computer or console, these won't do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just Me And My Music

    Posted
    PapawJeff
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    These are the best Noise Cancelling headphones I have owned and my other pair is a set of Bose. The app for your smartphone gives nearly unlimited customization of the sound through various presets as well as a manual option for a true custom sound. You can shift the position of the sound to any desired direction, like in front, behind or to either side of yourself as well as total surround sound. Noise cancellation is awesome. TV on and I couldn't hear it at all, But with the push of one of the two buttons I can allow ambient noise through when desired. The only other button is the power button. They even completely blocked out the train going down the tracks that are 1500 feet from our house as well as the trains horn blowing at 4 crossings in a one mile stretch that are usually disruptive to listening to anything. The cat, and grass cutting outside and road noise as folks were coming home from work into the development were also totally silent. Answering phone calls just takes a double tap to the touch panel on the outside of the right earpiece and the sound quality on my end of the conversation as well as on the other end according to my wife was really great as well. Another double tap will end the conversation. The touch panel on the right earpiece is also where you take care of volume adjustments by sliding your finger up to increase or down to decrease as well as to skip or repeat a track by sliding your finger forward or backward on the panel. The touch panel functions can be handled from your phone as well if you want to do so. They were super easy to pair with my iPhone and my Sony Xperia Xz2 android. They also easily paired with the TV soundbar and my laptop. These are very sleek looking, adjustable for the perfect comfort fit, and a 30 hour battery life is absolutely fantastic. Software updates for the headphones are done through Bluetooth from your phone and the headphone app. They come with a: Protective case USB C to USB charging cable Airline plugin adapter for using with an in flight movie 3.5 Audio jack plug in for a direct corded connection to your device if desired. My only negative comment is the charging cable is way too short(Only around 8 inches) so I will be picking up another USB C to USB cable in a longer length

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi PapawJeff, Sony takes into consideration all feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products and services. We're always looking to make Sony better. We appreciate your time sharing this feedback. Regards, ^Ron sony_US

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound quality with some connection issues

    Posted
    Crasher
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    The Sony WH 1000XM3 noise canceling headset is an over the ear headset that offers superb sound quality with adaptive noise canceling. The headset can be worn wireless or wired via a 3.5mm cable. For being a Sony high end headset the price point seems a little low in my opinion based on the hardware thats inside. However this is good for the consumer. Lets dive in and talk about some of the features and find out if this is a good fit for you. First off lets talk about what you can expect to receive out of the box real quick. Your going to get the headset, instructions, 3.5mm cable, usb-c cable but (but no power adapter), and a travel case. Set up is done very easily and can be accomplished either through Bluetooth or NFC. Sony offers a free app for most of their headsets and this one included. I highly recommend downloading the app due to all the features it unlocks on the headset. First thing I wanted to touch on was the power cable. It's running a usb-c cable, which is pretty much the way of the future however the cable they provide is very small. I'm talking about 6 inches or less and comes with no power outlet adapter. This means you need to charge this headset on a device with a USB port or buy an adapter. Luckily for me I've a few usb-c cables so I actually ended up throwing that cable away since it was so small and replaced it with another existing cable I already had. Now the app allows for some pretty nice features such as adaptive noise canceling, equalizers, and noise canceling optimizer just to name a few. There are only two buttons located on the left ear cup one is for power and the other controls noise cancellation. Now on the right ear cup there are functions built in that act like buttons but they are invisible touch controls. I've uploaded a picture to show the right ear cup has no buttons. However if you wish to move to the next track touch on the forward most part. And if you wish to raise the volume swipe up or down. One really cool feature that I liked alot is that if you have noise cancellation on and someone is talking to you, instead of taking your head phones off to hear what they are saying you can simply cover the right ear cup with your hand and the hard drive will turn off noise cancellation, lower the volume and amplify ambient sound so that you can hear what is being said. Once you remove your hand then your settings go back to the way they were. Trust me its a pretty cool feature that I've never seen before. The headphones are very comfortable and not once did I've any comfort issues. Battery life is very long. I've been running this headset for about 20 hours and am barely at 40%. Now while I can't tell you charge time, because I don't like depleting my battery, what I can tell you is at 50% life it took only 30 mins to charge it to full level. Sony is claiming that a 15 min. charge time I believe, will get you about 3- 5 hours of battery life depending on your settings. Let's dive in to noise cancelling and sound quality after all thats whats really important. I don't want to waste time on giving you specs because they can all be found on best buy's website along with Sony's website. This headset offers adaptive sound control. What is this? Simply put it is able to detect what you are doing and change your noise cancelling based on your environment. You have a few different settings it will try to detect which are staying, walking, running, and transport. If your at home listening to music it will switch to staying which allows more ambient voice sounds to enter so you can hear your wife or kids if they ask you something. If it detects that you are on a bus or plane it will switch over to transport mode which will eliminate all outside noise. This feature can be turned off at any moment and controlled manually to your desired setting. One thing I've to say is this is hands down the best noise cancelling I've ever heard and Sony has really entered this market packing a punch. When the noise cancellation is turned up all the way it does such a good job that I can barely hear my own voice and my ears start to ring because its so quiet. It actually worked too well for me to the point to where I don't use the full setting but rather keep noise cancellation at 50%. I'm very impressed to say the least and if you are a frequent traveler this is almost a must have feature. Now noise quality is great but there were some connective issues via bluetooth connection. Now the issue I ran in to was my connection would drop out for seconds on end while listening to music. This would happen very randomly, there would be some days where I had zero issues and other days where it was so constant I had to reset my phone and headset. Im not exactly sure what the cause is but what I can tell you is it seems to be a common occurrence lately with some of their noise cancelling products that are wireless. I say this because I own 2 other Sony headsets that are both noise cancelling and are wireless and they both have the same connection issues. Now mind you im running it off a S9 plus with the latest bluetooth connection plus I've all my settings turned off to see if it would help however it did not. While this is very annoying it can be remedy by running the 3.5 cable directly to your phone. What sucks about using the cable though is that it won't allow you to access the app as the app will only run if it detects the headphones through bluetooth. This kind of was a let down as the app actually has a way better equalizer than my phone and was the prime choice for my music operation. Lets talk sound quality. All I can say is Sony does not disappoint in this area not even one bit. Through the app via the way of their built in pre-sets, there is an equalizer to fit everyones style of music. If you like string instruments or jazz there is a setting that focuses on your highs and mids while paying little attention to vocals. If you like rap and want to hear that bass hit there is a setting that focuses on vocals and big bass. And let me tell you that bass hits so hard that you can actually feel the speakers reverberating in the headset. Vocals are so clean that you won't need to look up lyrics for your favorite song. This is hands down one of the best sounding headsets to date bar none. That is just my opinion but trust me when I tell you that this is the area that made Sony, well.....Sony. So you can expect them not to disappoint. The quality was so crisp and clean that old tracks started to seem like new songs to me as I was hearing pieces of it that I never heard before. Here's the thing guys. This is a awesome headset that I think is priced pretty low. I find it very hard to think that this set will leave you disappointed. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars is due to the random connection issues while listening to music via bluetooth. However if you travel alot and you want something that is adapative so you don't need to mess with buttons or features then this is the headset for you. It folds up very easily to make it compact and battery life is amazing. The usb-c cable allows for very fast charge times with little down time. Due yourself a favor and grab this. Pros: -Awesome sound quality -Fast charge times -Long battery life -Great app features Cons: -Random connection issues

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones

    Posted
    BradleyFl
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Sony - WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones - Silver The description said silver, what I got when I opened the box was black. To be completely honest I prefer the black. The headphones are extremely comfortable and feel light while you have them on. They have standard buttons for on/off/Bluetooth and noise canceling functions. The buttons, or really lack of buttons for all other functions, are a touch sensitive right ear piece. This function is so much better than physical buttons. Just a finger moving over the ear piece changes volume, skip forward, skip back, answer phone, pause, and play. When I first paired them with my phone I was a little taken aback by how loud they weren't. They played at a nice listening level but delivered no punch at all. I then paired them with my stereo, all the volume and punch I wanted was available. I attempted to pair them to both devices at the same time. They will not accept being paired to 2 devices at the same time. You have to pick one and use it. There is no need to un-pair and re-pair them, just disconnect device 1 and device 2 will be able to use them. I tried 3 different music apps on my phone (Android) and was just not happy with the overall sound volume and missing punch. I downloading the Sony App and did an update to the headphones that the App said they needed. The App is very helpful, full functionality is supported through the App. Within 5 minutes I had all the volume and punch I was expecting. They reproduce down to 25Hz cleanly, I am unable to test the high end because I can't hear it. The charging cord supplied is worthless, it's 7" long. Why even bother to put one in at that length. No charging adapter is supplied so you'll need to use the one from your phone. They come with a 1/8" headphone cord that's 4 feet long as well as an old style Aircraft adapter. Not sure why that's in there, maybe it's making a comeback in some other systems. When driven from the corded adapter they require no power. If you do turn them on you'll have noise canceling as well as the input from your stereo. But again, the corded input takes priority and your phone will be disconnected. The cord is also stereo only, if you want to use them as a headset with your phone you need to use Bluetooth. They are supplied with a zippered hard case and they fold up to fit. In my case, to get the best sound from my phone, it's required you use the App. Since the App adds so much functionality to them this is really not a drawback. The noise canceling function can be programmed from the App to suit what you're doing. The App also gives you information about the headphones, like battery level and software updates. These are now my daily use headphones because they quiet the room while giving you a beautiful warm listening experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones! My new favorite thing!

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    skylog
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    These are my new "go to" headphones. They are also one of my favorite "tech things" I use in my day to day. They are that nice. Sony has really delivered here. Truly, across the board. The design is clean, sleek, and modern. A nice muted, matte black with a few color details. They just look good. It is not just looks, however, as they have a nice sturdy feel in the hand and I think they will hold up well over time. That said, they are extremely comfortable. They have a nice, light weight, the pads feel a bit like pillows for your ears, and the well-padded headband has just the right amount of tension. Not tight, yet secure. When those rare times came when I "had" to take them off, they collapsed down nicely to fit in the included compact carrying case. Sony claims a 30-hour battery life, and I have zero trouble believing this. They have seemingly been on my head nonstop and I have not once given thought to their dying.despite my "random" charging patterns. Here, I absolutely love that Sony went with USB-C charging. It is the standard going forward across the tech landscape. I hope more companies follow their lead. Not only does it bring faster charges (very fast, 5 hours of playback from 10 minutes of charge) and reversible plugs, but it means one less cable that I must carry. A big win in my book. Now, as for sound, well, they did it here as well. They sound great! I am very happy with the whole sound stage. The highs are there, the mids and vocals have life and the bass is, well, big, deep, and punchy. Some of the best sound Sony has delivered and the best in this class. Of course, sound goes hand in hand with one of the main features of these cans, noise cancelling (NC). As well as Sony nailed all the other aspects of these headphones, it is pretty much unbelievable how outstanding the NC is. Noise is just.gone. Silence. Very impressed. Sony does provide three modes of NC, as well as some customizations via an app, so you can select how much or how little NC you want, depending on your needs. I really don't think there is a better combination of noise cancellation and sound quality out there right now. I love these headphones. They have unrivaled noise cancellation, sound fantastic, are stylish and comfortable, have tremendous battery life and embrace a modern charging standard. An outstanding product that truly delivers. If you are looking for a new pair of headphones, give these a look. Then buy them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    They Live up to the Hype

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    TravisJ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Without a doubt the most comfortable and best noise canceling headphones I've ever used. I've used these almost all day at work, in an office, in a manufacturing environment. Typically I've to turn the music up loud on my wired ear buds to drown out the rattle of the conveyor belts in the background. With the noise canceling on, music off, I can barely make out any sounds at all wearing the Sony WH-1000XM3's. Pros: -Amazing noise canceling. There is a dedicated physical button that allows you to switch between noise canceling, ambient noise, and noise canceling off. The ambient noise allows some sounds through. It seems like the louder the sound it, the more likely it is to be passed through to the headphones. With it off, sounds are still a bit muffled. -Sound is crisp and customizable. You take for granted how outside noises can affect the clarity and crispness of what you're listening to. I've used the app that can be downloaded for free from the app store to increase the bass and customize the headphones to my personal use. The app is pretty easy to use and makes connecting the headphones and registering them pretty painless. -All day comfort. I sported these on and off all day at the office, wearing them about 80% of the time during my 8 ? hour day. No fatigue on the ears or the crown of the head, where others tend to bother me. -30 Hour Battery. Rated for 30 hours of noise canceling use. I find it hard not to charge them just out of habit. They haven't *needed* a charging since I've had them. -Very nice carrying case. The case comes with a audio to audio cable (one end is at a 90 degree). Also included is a very short USB A to USB C charging cable, as well as an airplane adapter (has the two audio plugs side by side). The headphones fold to fit in the case and the quality feels premium. -Light weight and stylish. With the battery life being phenomenal, you would expect a hefty battery and a large enclosure. That's not the case. These are light weight and slim enough that you don't look like you're directing air traffic. -Touch Controls Keep the Design Looking Sleek. I'll admit, I skipped the literature, so it took me a minute to figure out the touch controls. Sliding from the middle out will activate whichever function you're trying to achieve. Double tapping the center pauses/plays. Double tap and hold will activate smart assistant if you're connected to a smart phone. -Holding your hand over the muff to "Listen" is amazing. I use this feature quite often since I've office mates. It seems like the microphones normally used to help with noise canceling will pass on the ambient noise. This is extremely useful if you need to listen to a quick announcement or need to ask or answer a quick question. Cons: -Ridiculously short charging cable. The charge cable is about 3" in length. There is no convenient way to connect these to any laptop or wall plug without it hanging or being in the way. I just use a longer one that I use for my switch. Other Thoughts: -I wish the controls could be customized. I feel a bit silly putting my hand on the earmuff to allow sound to pass through. Would be nice if you had the option that when you pause the music, sound automatically passed through. -I would like to be able to tap the noise canceling button to turn on or off. I'ven't found the ambient noise setting to allow enough sound through to be useful. Simply on or off would be more beneficial to me. Final Thoughts: If you're looking for the best noise canceling headphones, these are probably contending for the #1 spot. You're getting top notch noise canceling, customizable sound, all day comfort without having to charge, all the while looking stylish. You get what you pay for with these headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent NC Headphones

    Posted
    Sixshot
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Sony is synonymous with electronics. Naturally, there'd be headphones. Noise cancelling ones, though, is in the realm that's dominated by a certain company starting with a B and ending in an E. So when Sony brings out their 3rd generation noise cancelling wireless headphones, and early reports indicated that they managed to cancel out even more noise, it's time to give it a test run through some noisy environment of Boston's MBTA subway system. But first. I personally don't have any competitor headphones to compare it to. So there's no way I can tell you just how well it cancels out noise when compared to the competition. Anything said here will be based on experience with almost two weeks use. I've reviewed other audio products and thus I've a set playlist to test its audio range. This headphone is surprisingly light. And with it being that light, the headphones become quite comfortable to wear in the long run. There's a cushion on the top headband that helps with some of the weight. And it's soft enough that it rests nicely to not weigh the headphone down. The ear cushions are very soft and uses pleather for better noise isolation. This is necessary if you need to cancel out as much noise as possible. If you prefer fabric-based ear pads, you're out of luck. But realize that fabric-based ear pads also leak in/out noise. Setting up is very easy, especially if you have an Android phone with NFC, which a lot of them do. Pairing them via NFC takes out much of the hassle of Bluetooth pairing and saves time. I first encountered this on a previous Sony headphone. And Sony is on the right track on using this for pairing feasibility. To maximize the features of the headphone, you'll need to download their "Headphones Connect" app. @@@@@@@@ More on the app later. @@@@@@@ Battery life on the headphone is very long. There was a time that I accidentally left the headphones on overnight. But it still had enough power to last me through the day and then some. Charging the headphone is done through USB-C, a rarity amongst wireless headphones. It's a welcome change as USB-C is reversible and I don't have to worry about port orientation. Sony documents to charge with at least 1.5a but that's too little detail to be had. One has to wonder about whether it'll handle USB-PD source without frying the headphones itself. But the biggest travesty for Sony is the supplied charging cable. It's not the fact that it's a USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable. Rather, it's the length -- a mere 6 inch. Six. Inches. Sony, people are paying top dollars for this headphones. The least thing you could do is include a charging cable that's at LEAST 3 feet. The listening experience is a new experience for me. The moment that noise cancelling system kicks in (as it turns on), the noise simply disappears. But that's just normal ambient noise. Listening to music on the headphone is quite nice. There's a bit of a bass but it has a more punchy sound to it. To get a more balance audio from it requires tinkering with the EQ, whether within Android or from the Headphones Connect app. Overall the audio is tolerable enough that I left all the EQ alone. To test out its noise cancelling ability, I ride Boston's MBTA trains to and from work during commute hours. And with the aging train cars come the immense noise from its arrival at the station to its noise when riding in it. Amazingly, it turns all that to nothing but a whisper. You still hear the noise but it's not as loud or as bad. Basically, the noise from the train becomes background noise. And all you hear are your music/media from the phone. I'll admit it. I'm impressed by it. Controlling the playback is a bit of a learning curve. The touch controls are all on the right ear cup. Sliding up/down controls volume. Sliding front/back moves the track forward or back. And double-tapping in the center pauses/plays. The double-tapping also controls call answering as well. In the time I've used it, I find the double-tapping function to be the most inconsistent. It's difficult to grasp just whether the sensor is or if you're tapping in the correct area. It's the same with the slide controls but at least you get to learn where the edges are. Still, there's nothing to feel to indicate where I should be tapping to pause/play or answer that call. A different texture feel or a little bump, something for people to use to guide their finger over. I think this is a missed design opportunity. Customizing your listening experience means going into Sony's Headphones Connect app. There you can customize the EQ, the noise cancelling level (ie. how much noise to let in), and calibrate the noise environment. By default, the headphones uses LDAC for its audio codec. It can support AptX and AptX HD, along with the usual SBC and AAC. However, should you tinker with the app's EQ, the codec gets downgraded to SBC. I've yet to try if I can force it to use AptX or AptX HD while using the app's EQ. So it may be something to keep in mind when playing around. In the end, I think this is the coolest headphones I've tried. The price matches that to a certain competitor's wireless noise cancelling headphone. But if I were to choose, I'd pick this one up over the other. There are maybe other things that I did not mentioned in this review. Such as temporarily turning off the noise cancelling system by palming the right ear cup so you can listen to what's going on. @@@@@@@@ Perfect for when you're placing an order at a Starbucks? Who knows! @@@@@@@ I can safely recommend this to anyone looking for a noise cancelling headphone.

    I would recommend this to a friend