Need some new headphones? Sony’s WF-1000XM3 wirefree, noise-canceling earbuds ( 9/10 WIRED Recommends) are currently on sale for $189 ($40 off). That’s one of the best deals we’ve seen on these very nice earbuds.
As senior writer Adrienne So noted in her review, the worst part of these premium earbuds is the tongue-tripping name. They’re also a little bulky for exercising, but everything else about them is nearly flawless.
The WF-1000XM3 come in a palm-sized case with a flip-top cover. Sony helpfully includes seven pairs of silicone earbud tips in the box, ranging from soft to firm, making it easy to get a good fit in virtually any ear. The mobile app allows you to track battery life, set the adaptive sound controls, and tweak the equalizer to suit your ears. There’s also a handy feature that lets you turn up ambient sounds from the outside world by holding your finger on the left earbud.
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Are the Sony WF-1000XM3 Wirefree Earbuds for You?
We recommend Sony’s over-ear noise-canceling cans, the WH-1000XM3, as both our Best Noise-Canceling Headphones and our Best Wireless Headphones. But if that pair is too big and bulky, the discounted WF-1000XM3 are our top travel pick in our guide to the Best Wirefree Earbuds.
WIRED: These things sound awesome, and the noise-canceling abilities are so good you may never have to hear your kids/roommates/coworkers again. The earbuds automatically adjust to ambient sounds and offer an easy, touch-based On/Off controls for when you need to hear the world around you. They’re well-made and comfortable, and the battery life is pretty good. We didn’t get the full 24-hours Sony claims, but we managed six hours of battery life and 18 more with the case.
TIRED: They’re not water-resistant. There are no volume controls (just the On/Off feature). They’re a bit bulky for working out.