Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones

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WH-1000XM3 headphones take you even deeper into silence with further improvements to our industry-leading noise cancellation1, and smart listening that adjusts to your situation.

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Experience the Next Level of Silence

See what happens when it's just you and your music, with noise canceling that cuts more outside sound than ever before. And experience how smart headphones can be with advanced noise-canceling technology such as Adaptive Sound Control, and the convenience of smart features including Quick Attention, Voice Assistant compatibility and touch control.

Man wearing Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

Lose yourself in silence

Escape the sounds of the city with industry-leading noise cancelation1. The noise canceling technology in the WH-1000XM3 headphones is our most advanced ever with close fitting ear pads and our HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1.

Man wearing Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones on train

More power = even less noise

With our new HD Noise-Canceling Processor QN1, noise-canceling power is greatly enhanced. Having a dedicated NC processor also ensures the reproduction of your music is never compromised due to processor performance.

closeup of processor

Block out more

Most noise-canceling headphones are designed to block out vehicle noise when traveling. The WH-1000XM3 headphones are no exception, but are also highly effective at blocking out daily noise like voices and the background sounds you might hear walking through a city.

Digital NC
man on plane wearing Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

Noise canceling made to fly

Unique Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing delivers optimal sound at high altitude.3

woman in glasses wearing Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

Noise cancellation personalized

Unique Personal Optimizing analyzes the sonic characteristics caused by head size, glasses, and hair, then optimizes sound to you.

Wireless freedom, Great Sound in silence

LDAC transmits approximately three times more data (at the maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps) than conventional BLUETOOTH® wireless audio, allowing you to enjoy High-Resolution Audio content in exceptional quality, as close as possible to that of a dedicated wired connection.

Sony WH-1000XM3 deconstructed

Sound you can believe in

A built-in amplifier integrated in HD Noise-Canceling Processor QN1 realizes the best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion for portable devices and delivers exceptional sound quality. Powerful 1.57" drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms make the headphones perfect for handling heavy beats and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40 kHz.

Hi-Res Audio

Smart listening by SENSE ENGINE – automatically adjusts to your situation

See how Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity such as traveling, walking, and waiting, then adjusts ambient sound settings to you. And with Quick Attention, you can communicate without removing your headphones — simply place your hand over the housing to turn the volume down for instant conversation.

Sony | Headphones Connect App on phone

Automatically adjusts to whatever you do

Man on train wearing Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

Take trips without interruption and lose yourself in music with no background noise.

Man on street wearing Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

Be aware of everything around you, from street to office, while still enjoying music.

Man in train station wearing Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

Hear important announcements while you wait with reduced background noise.

Sense Engine
Tailor sound to you

SENSE ENGINE™ gives you the power to tune in and out of your music at a touch.

Headphones Connect
Sony | Headphones Connect App

Download the Sony | Headphones Connect app to use Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control, control your ambient sound settings and adjust the sound levels with the equalizer.

Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones on desk


Find your perfect sound tone for every song from the presets, also easily customizable to your preference with Sony | Headphones Connect APP.

Virtual surround sound

Feel immersed in sound wherever you are. Experience audio optimized for different listening environments including outdoor stages, clubs, halls and arenas.

Sound Position Control

Choose the direction you want the sound to come from, just as you can with a wireless speaker.

man ordering drink on train
Talk at a touch with Quick Attention

Communicate without taking your headphones off. Place your hand over the housing to turn the volume down for instant conversation.

man using Sony | Headphones Connect App on train
Hear what’s important with Ambient Sound Control

Adjust ambient sound with the Sony | Headphones Connect APP to hear essential sounds when you’re listening on the move.

Wear all day in total comfort

Super soft, pressure-relieving earpads in foamed urethane evenly distribute pressure and increase earpad contact for a stable fit. Comfort is further enhanced by a larger and deeper ergonomic ear space structure. And with a lighter weight design, your music is the only thing you’ll notice all day.

Smarter than your average headphones

Everything is at your fingertips. Answer hands-free phone calls with a double tap - or change tracks, adjust the volume and make calls by touching or swiping the panel. And help from your phone’s voice assistant is just one long press away.

woman wearing Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones on street

Be smarter with Voice Assistant

Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It's your own personal assistant, always ready to help. Simply press and hold the noise-canceling button and ask your phone's assistant something while pressing.4

woman talking with Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

Clearer hands-free calling with a double tap

Conversation flows freely with easy, hands-free calling. Leave your phone where it is, just speak with a double tap. Thanks to several microphones, WH-1000XM3 delivers clearer voice quality to the other person on the phone.

Sony WH-1000XM3 headphone controls

Control at your fingertip

Change the track, turn the volume up or down and take or make calls by tapping or swiping the panel with your fingertip.

All day power and quick charging

With a huge 30 hours of battery life, you'll have enough power even for long trips away. And if you need to charge in a hurry, you can get five hours' worth of charge after just ten minutes with the optional AC adapter.5

30 hour battery

Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones folded up
Swivel foldable structure

The ear cups swivel inwards so they pack up neatly in a compact case.

Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones in carry case
Carry case with cable

The supplied carrying case is durable and includes a cable for wired listening.


What HiFi? Award 2018
Secrets of HiFi Best of 2019 Award
VGP 2020 Gold Metal Award

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Approx. 8.99 oz
Black or Silver

General Features

Headphone Type
Closed, dynamic
Driver Unit
1.57 ", dome type (CCAW Voice coil)
Impedance (Ohm)
47 ohm (1 kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on), 16 ohm (1 kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned off)
Aluminum coated LCP
Frequency Response
4 Hz-40,000 Hz
Frequency Response (Active Operation)
4 Hz-40,000 Hz
Frequency Response (Bluetooth® Communication)
20 Hz–20,000 Hz (44.1 kHz Sampling)/20 Hz–40,000 Hz (LDAC 96 kHz Sampling, 990 kbps)
Sensitivities (dB/mW)
104.5 dB / mW (1 kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on), 101 dB / mW (1 kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned off)
Volume Control
Touch Sensor
Cord Type
Single-sided (detachable)
Cord Length
Headphone cable (approx. 3.94 ft, OFC strands, gold-plated stereo mini plug)
Gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini plug
Stereo Mini Jack
Wearing Style
Passive Operation


Battery Charge Time
Approx. 3 Hours (Full charge)
Battery Charge Method
Battery Life (continuous music playback time)
Max. 30 hours (NC ON), Max. 38 hours (NC OFF)
Battery Life (Waiting Time)
Max. 30 hours (NC ON), Max. 200 hours (NC OFF)

Bluetooth® Specification

Bluetooth® version
Version 4.2
Effective Range
Line of sight approx. 30 ft (10 m)
Frequency Range
2.4 GHz band (2.4000–2.4835 GHz)
Supported Audio Format(s)
SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
Supported Content Protection

Noise Canceling

NC ON/OFF Switch
Personal NC Optimizer
Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing
Ambient Sound Mode
Quick Attention

What's In The Box

  • Carrying Case
  • Plug Adaptor for In-flight Use
  • Connection Cable
  • USB Cable