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Item Value
Type Headphones [x]
Release year 2018 [x]
Active noise cancellation? Yes [x]
Weight 0.255kg [x]
Colour Silver [x] / Black [x]
Maximum frequency response 40000Hz [x]
Audio cable length 120cm [x]
Impedence 47Ω [x]
Battery life 30h [x]
Signal range 10m [x]
Maximum paired devices 8 [x] [source]
Minimum frequency response 4Hz [x]
Carrying case? Yes [x]
Battery powered? Yes [x]
Replaceable ear cushions? Yes [x] [source]
Soft earpiece? Yes [x]
Folding? Yes [x]
Connection type USB-C [x]
Water resistant? No [x]
Magnet Neodymium [x]
Power switch position Left earcup [x]
Bluetooth version 4.2 [x]
Wireless? Yes [x]
Charging time 180min [x]
Depth 3.04cm [x]
Earcup inner height 6.4cm [x] [source]
Earcup inner width 3.9cm [x] [source]
Height 26.41cm [x] [source]
Width 18.54cm [x] [source]
NFC? Yes [x]
Removable battery? No [x]
Touch control? Yes [x]
Volume control? Yes [x]

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Size & Weight

Approx. 255g

General Features

Headphone Type
Closed, dynamic
Driver Unit
40mm, dome type (CCAW Voice coil)
Impedance (Ohm)
47 ohm (1kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on) , 16 ohm (1kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned off)
Aluminum coated LCP
Frequency Response
Frequency Response (Active Operation)
Frequency Response(Bluetooth® Communication)
20Hz - 20,000Hz (44.1kHz Sampling) / 20Hz - 40,000Hz (LDAC 96kHz Sampling, 990kbps)
Sensitivities (dB/mW)
104.5dB / mW (1kHz) (when connecting via the headphone cable with the unit turned on) , 101dB / mW (1kHz) (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. 1.2m, 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.30ft (10m)
Frequency Range
2.4GHz band (2.4000GHz-2.4835GHz)
Supported Audio Format(s)
SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
Supported Content Protection

Noise Cancelling

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

Colour Options

silver black

What's In The Box

  • Carrying Case
  • Plug Adaptor for In-flight Use
  • Headphone cable (approx. 1.2m)
  • USB Cable: Type-C™ (approx. 20 cm)


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Lose yourself in silence with industry-leading noise cancellation

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

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More power = even less noise

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

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Noise cancelling made to fly

Unique Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing delivers optimal sound at high altitude, so you can enjoy noise cancelling at its best when you fly.

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Noise cancellation personalised

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

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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.

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Sound you can believe in

A built-in amplifier integrated in HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1 realises the best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion for portable devices, and delivers exceptional sound quality. Powerful 40mm 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 40kHz.

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Smart listening by SENSE ENGINE – automatically adjusts to your situation

Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity such as travelling, walking, and waiting, then adjusts ambient sound settings to you.

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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.

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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.

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Tailor sound to you

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

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Sony I Headphones Connect App

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

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

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Virtual surround sound

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

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Sound Position Control

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

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Wear all day in total comfort

Super soft, pressure-relieving earpads in foamed urethane evenly distribute pressure and increase ear pad 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.

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All day power and quick charging

With a huge 30 hours of battery life, you’ll have enough power for even long trips away. And if you need to charge in a hurry, you can get 5 hours’ worth of charge after just 10 minutes with the optional AC adapter.

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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.

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Swivel foldable structure

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

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Carry case with cable

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


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