Sony's proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1e brings the WF-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise mitigation. With 24bit audio signal processing and best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio, the WF-1000XM3 headphones dramatically improve the sound quality of whatever you choose to listen to.
Seth Weintraub for 9to5Mac:
Over the past month, I have used Sony's poorly named, but quite incredible WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds for gym (recommended) and bike rides (at your own risk). These $ 228 earbuds fall between Apple's $ 159 AirPods and $ 259 PowerBeats Pro, but offer something both don't: active noise cancellation.
In fact, I reviewed PowerBeats Pro last month and thought I had finished my search for the perfect wireless earbuds. Turns out I was wrong …
Apple Powerbeats sounded really good. But when I put in the WFs, there was no going back. Sony built a deeper, richer feel and combined with the ANC drowning the background noise gives you a much more immersive sound.
MacDailyNews Take: The key is the noise cancellation ̵
And, btw, almost everything Sony has ever done has been poorly named outside of Walkman, Trinitron, and PlayStation.