The Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone was released back in August 2019. However, it is still one of the most popular True Wireless Earphones to-date. It is priced at RM949 at retail, and you can get an online exclusive price as low as RM749.

With all the emerging True Wireless headphones available in the market, there are many options available to suit one’s audio needs. Here is a list of comparisons between Sony WF-1000XM3 and Apple AirPods Pro, another popular True wireless headphone. (Sony WF1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods Pro)

Apple AirPods Pro vs Sony WF-1000XM3: Price

The Apple AirPods Pro launched in October 2019 is priced at RM 1099, while Sony WF-1000XM3 is priced at RM949.

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Battery Life

Apple AirPods Pro vs Sony WF-1000XM3: Battery Life

The AirPods Pros claim 4.5 hours battery life, plus another 19 hours from the included wireless charging case. Switching off noise-cancelling, the buds stretch to five hours of playback per charge.

Sony WF-1000XM3 is the clear winner when it comes to battery life. You get six hours of playback as standard, while the case has enough power for an extra three charges, giving a total of 24 hours when using Bluetooth and noise-cancelling together. Turning off the noise-cancelling and the battery life jumps to eight hours, with the case bumping it up to an impressive total of 32 hours.

Winner: Sony WF-1000XM3


Apple AirPods Pro vs Sony WF-1000XM3: connectivity

You can pair the Sony true wireless earbuds via NFC or the traditional Bluetooth pairing method. Either works perfectly fine. The earbuds operate via Bluetooth 5.0 and support a 10-meter wireless range. Generally speaking, connection strength is impressive, perhaps due to the new antenna placement within each housing. You can’t connect to more than one device simultaneously; though.

Thanks to Apple’s powerful H1 chip and Bluetooth 5.0, the AirPods Pros offer flawless wireless performance. We haven’t experienced dropouts with the AirPods and find Apple’s automatic pairing (insert an earphone and it instantly connects to your phone) to be predictably quick and responsive.

Winner: Draw

Noise Cancelling

Apple AirPods Pro vs Sony WF-1000XM3: noise-cancelling

Sony WF-1000xm3 equipped with the latest QN1e high-definition noise reduction processor, which is a small version of the QN1 of the WH-1000XM3. Each headset is equipped with two sets of radio microphones, which can collect more environmental sounds and make the reverse sound wave to cancel the noise, and its noise reduction effect is 40% higher than the previous generation. WF-1000XM3 can still be used with the “Sony | Headphones Connect” App, providing an “adaptive sound control” function, which automatically detects the user’s environment and activities for listening to music, such as walking, standing still or taking transportation

The newer Apple AirPods Pro also feature cutting-edge active noise-cancelling tech. Apple claims it’s continuously adjusted 200 times per second to ensure maximum efficiency. In our test, noises such as a train are almost completely eradicated, while less predictable sounds such as office chatter are reduced to a whisper. Overall, Apple’s noise-cancelling tech does its job well, but we think it affects the timing and rhythmic ability of the buds too much.

Winner: Sony WF-1000XM3

Sound Quality

Apple AirPods Pro vs Sony WF-1000XM3: sound quality

WF-1000XM3 only supports SBC and AAC Bluetooth encoding, not aptX, and even Sony’s own LDAC. But this does not mean that the sound quality of the headset is mediocre because the quality of the sound is never only determined by the Bluetooth encoding, the factory’s sound tuning skills are quite important. WF-1000XM3 still has a strong sense of low frequency, full of flexibility, and feel the strength when listening to rhythmic music, but it is not too exaggerated.

It is a little surprise in the middle and high frequencies, especially the middle frequency vocal part has excellent clarity. The details of musical instruments are also rich. In addition, Sony’s unique DSEE HX acoustic technology is of great help to the improvement of sound quality. The factory emphasizes that the WF-1000XM3 can achieve a lower latency during video playback. We tested playing Netflix videos to find that the sound and picture synchronization effect is ideal, and there is no “sound lacking” problem.

Apple has certainly stepped up its audio game with the launch of the AirPods Pros. The midrange is where these buds shine, with plenty of detail and no hint of brightness. Rich and full, they’re the best-sounding AirPods to date… but they’re no match for the WF-1000MX3s.

Winner: Sony WF-1000XM3

Overall the Sonys outclass the AirPods for sound quality and battery life – plus they’re cheaper. But the AirPods are slightly sleeker looking and offer very impressive noise-cancelling If you own an iPhone or iPad, Air Pods Pro will win your heart.

You can enjoy an online exclusive price of RM749 now for Sony WF-1000XM3. It’s available for online purchase at our E-Store.

Sony WF1000XM3 vs Apple AirPods Pro Result

  • Battery Life: Winner Sony
  • Connectivity: Draw
  • Noise Cancelling: Winner Sony
  • Sound Quality: Winner Sony

Sony WF1000XM3 True Wireless earphone wins 3/4.

“This Round SONY WF-1000XM3 Win the King of ANC True Wireless Earphone”

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