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Sony WF 1000XM3 Industry Leading Noise Canceling Truly Wireless Earbuds Silver

Last Updated: December 11, 2019 (Refresh Now)
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Body
 214
earbuds, ears, tips, buds, fit
+71%
-29%
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" ...  It's such an amazing thing: these earbuds are so lightweight and small that they almost seem magical.  ...  "
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" ...  None of the foam tips work for me. ... They comes with 4 silicon tips (extra small to large). ... I can easily bend over, tip my head, walk, etc. ... without them coming loose. ... They are comfortable enough to wear until they run out of battery. ... I don't know about 8 hours a day, 5 days a week comfortable, but if you need that level of comfort, you should probably no be looking at in-ears. ... *update* getting a 3rd party pair of Large foam tips, these fit and sound even better.  ...  "
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" ...  I had the Bragi Dash a few years ago and that surface area to perform gestures on those is what made be fall for the Sony WF-1000XM3s and I was not disappointed.  ...  "
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" ...  These Sony earbuds are by far the most reliable and comfortable ones out there .  ...  "
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" ...  I am still experimenting with different size earpieces, between the foam and silicone to find the right size.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a pair of Master & Dynamic MW07s with Comply Foam tips to compare against. ... This was with Comply Foam tips so I cannot say how they perform with the Sony supplied tips, but I suspect that they would still be extraordinary. ... However, the difference is not huge, and if you want a pair of earphones to use on a plane then the Sonys win hands down.  ...  "
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" ...  They sound amazing and best of all you can use your earbuds individually! ... This is great when you want to just listen to something in bed but dont want to wear both!  ...  "
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" ...  I like this earbuds!  ...  "
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Sound
 212
cancelling, cancellation, canceling, noise cancelling, volume
+85%
-15%
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" ...  Incredible noise cancellation.  ...  "
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" ...  If you compare this masterpiece of engineering to any other noise cancelling buds, everything else pales in comparison. ... I can assure you that the noice cancelling on these buds is stunning in conjunction with the passive sound isolation they provide. ... When I put these on for the first time, I was shocked how much noise they're able to cancel. ... My head got turned upside-down when the revamped noice cancelling actually kicked in.  ...  "
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" ...  4) Noise cancelling.  ...  "
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" ...  I was trying to replace my aging Bose QC20s with active noise cancelling. ... Noise cancelling is actually better than my QC20s, which I never thought I'd see since they were incredible already.  ...  "
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" ...  The noise cancelation is amazing and definitely let’s you get lost in the music.  ...  "
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" ...  The noise cancellation is amazing and reach much more than my expectation. ... Sound quality is decent and with the marvelous NC, you don't need to raise the volume high to avoid any unwanted surrounding sound.  ...  "
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" ...  Wasn't too sure an earbud could provide noise cancelling but these are great. ... It's not 100% noise cancelling but almost.  ...  "
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" ...  The noise cancelling feature is positively delicious. ... Basically, I paid a bunch of money for the noise cancelling feature. ... In summary, if you are looking for stellar noise cancelling, these are the ear buds for you.  ...  "
Sound / Noise Cancellation
 208
cancelling, cancellation, canceling, noise cancelling, noise canceling
+88%
-13%
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" ...  Noice cancelling is really good, tested on airplanes.  ...  "
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" ...  Good noise cancellation ... Ambient sound feature is nice ... Noise cancelation is also great from earbuds.  ...  "
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" ...  Now for noise canceling, like with the over ear you may need to tweak the settings to have a better experience. ... With my music or a book on the outside noise is completely gone. ... I wish the noise and wind canceling was better.  ...  "
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" ...  The noise cancellation is amazing and reach much more than my expectation.  ...  "
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" ...  I usually use the Bose QC35 headphones, so I have pretty high expectations on the noise cancelling.  ...  "
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" ...  1: For an ear bud the noise cancelling is very good.  ...  "
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" ...  The noise cancelling is really good.  ...  "
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" ...  Oh yeah, the noise canceling is off the charts.  ...  "
Body / Comfort
 199
earbuds, ears, tips, buds, fit
+70%
-30%
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" ...  I received my earbuds yesterday, I have been using them nonstop.  ...  "
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" ...  Although they come with ear tips in a variety of sizes, I couldn't find the right fit. ... I popped them in my ears and got to work. ... If they fit you, I recommend these earbuds.  ...  "
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" ...  I love my Sony MDR-1000X headphones which I have owned for two years now, so I had extremely high hopes for these "true wireless, noise canceling headphones. ... I tried four different sizes of ear tips, knowing that can make a difference depending on the depth and quality of the seal.  ...  "
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" ...  What a great set of headphones.  ...  "
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" ...  I just received my buds earlier today. ... Put in the medium foam tips and wore them for about 3 hours.  ...  "
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" ...  These earbuds are fantastic as long as you're into sticking them deep into your ear canal.  ...  "
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" ...  Still trying out other tips.  ...  "
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" ...  I have small ears and the extra ear tips are a requirement for me to get the best fit possible and the variety is nice in case I ever let someone else use them in my household.  ...  "
Usage
 136
hear, call, voice, phone calls, control
+53%
-47%
comment
" ...  than the Jabra's. ... best for phone calls.)  ...  "
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" ...  First, lets talk sound.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the fact that you can assign actions to the single touch button each earbud has.  ...  "
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" ...  While listening to my music I received a phone call. ... I asked the caller if the sound quality was tinny and she said it sounded just fine. ... They sound awesome, the phone call quality was good, the noise canceling feature worked well.  ...  "
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" ...  And finally, the tap commands on the headphones are not always accurate, especially when changing songs.  ...  "
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" ...  The right earbud controls playback and digital assistant integration.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound is great, connection was easy and fast.  ...  "
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" ...  If you need stop the music just take one out and it automatically pauses the music.  ...  "
Usage / Calling
 84
hear, call, voice, phone calls, call quality
+49%
-51%
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" ...  The party on the other end of the call kept complaining about my muffled voice. ... They heard everything else except my voice.  ...  "
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" ...  HOWEVER, when it comes to making a bluetooth calls with this Sony WF-1000XM3, it is completely useless. ... Sound is horrible to the caller. ... I can't really hear you. ... But if you are planning to make a calls with these, don't buy it.  ...  "
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" ...  It only seems to be getting worse that people can never hear me or all they do hear is all the noise around me except my voice.  ...  "
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" ...  In office use, I would want to be able to take calls without taking these earbuds out, since they have a microphone, I want to keep them in and take my calls. ... The folks on the calls said I sounded like a robot talking, very digitized. ... I also noticed on calls that the playback I was hearing would pause occasionally then start playing back like chipmunks until the call was caught up. ... So I cannot use these earbuds for calls. ... Overall, if I reach down to my bag, an earbud falls out, if I take a call, I need to disconnect Bluetooth to disconnect the earbuds, or want to change the volume, I have to pull out my phone, the cost versus benefit is not where I need these to be at this point.  ...  "
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" ...  call quality is horrible, every time i get on the phone the other person says i sound like a robot.  ...  "
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" ...  The WH-1000mx2 have terrible call quality, hence my wait and research. ... All the reviews I came across say that the call quality is good, but for me it’s completely worthless. ... Trash call quality all around -choppy voice, zero mic pick up, and simply frustrating.  ...  "
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" ...  not great for making calls. ... People keep complaining of a 'robotic voice' got so bad I had to stop using them for calls.  ...  "
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" ...  *Horrible Mic for calls people can't hear me.  ...  "
Connectivity
 78
connect, connected, bluetooth, devices, phone
+42%
-58%
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" ...  Insufferably bad connectivity issues if trying to use with two devices. ... The Sony earbuds can't be connected to two devices simultaneously. ... But even worse, they can't maintain a connection to the my computer if my phone is around (which obviously is always). ... I connect to the earbuds with my computer only to have it forcibly disconnect a few seconds later and reconnect to my phone. ... The only workaround is completely unpair my phone and repair later, but I shouldn't have to do that.  ...  "
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" ...  Sometimes only one earbud connects, sometimes they randomly disconnect, every-time they do connect they take just a moment too long.  ...  "
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" ...  Spent over 30min trying to get them to pair with either my iPhone XS or iPad Pro.  ...  "
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" ...  What is a deal breaker is that the speaker function of the headphones currently doesn't work with Windows 10.  ...  "
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" ...  Connection to iPhone is frustrating, lag time and failed connections.  ...  "
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" ...  And the connection options via the app are clunky. ... If you like to switch between phone and iPad like I do it’s a hassle.  ...  "
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" ...  In addition, they intermittently lose connection with my phone in one ear or the other for no apparent reason.  ...  "
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" ...  Connectivity and Controls: its very buggy. ... It would not connect to my Samsung TV. ... It would not show as connected even though my Bluetooth list showed it was connected.  ...  "
Connectivity / Device Compatibility
 77
connect, connected, bluetooth, devices, phone
+42%
-58%
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" ...  And the connection options via the app are clunky. ... If you like to switch between phone and iPad like I do it’s a hassle.  ...  "
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" ...  so unreliable they are relegated to my iPad pro and pixel ... not realiable we when I need to make a call or have a consistent audio connection. ... But the other ones at least are connection realiable  ...  "
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" ...  Insufferably bad connectivity issues if trying to use with two devices. ... The Sony earbuds can't be connected to two devices simultaneously. ... But even worse, they can't maintain a connection to the my computer if my phone is around (which obviously is always). ... I connect to the earbuds with my computer only to have it forcibly disconnect a few seconds later and reconnect to my phone. ... The only workaround is completely unpair my phone and repair later, but I shouldn't have to do that.  ...  "
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" ...  Of course, I tried factory initializing, rebooting my iPhone SEVERAL TIMES, and did everything I could do to solve this problem.  ...  "
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" ...  Randomly stopped connecting.  ...  "
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" ...  Will not connect to my laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  What is a deal breaker is that the speaker function of the headphones currently doesn't work with Windows 10.  ...  "
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" ...  Which is ironic because the Apple airpods never had such an issue.  ...  "
Usage / Controls
 54
controls, volume, touch, earbud, pause
+57%
-43%
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" ...  The right earbud handles play, pause, skip/previous track. ... To enter pairing mode for a second device, press the touch sensors on both the left and right units for about 7 seconds.  ...  "
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" ...  The ambient sound control feels very similar though not quite as impressive when turned all the way up.  ...  "
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" ...  PowerBeats Pro has easy press buttons with also come with volume control and thus come in as the close second.  ...  "
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" ...  I also like the flat, glossy circle on each earbud and how they are touch sensitive so I can use that to control the music as well as the noise cancelling features.  ...  "
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" ...  The adaptive sound controls successfully detected all my movements whether I was standing still or moving around. ... I was really impressed with how well the adaptive sound controls worked and they are probably my favorite part of these headsets. ... With the Adaptive sound controls turned on and the DSEE turned on, i averaged about 3 1/2 hrs of use before they needed to be recharged. ... With DSEE off and adaptive sound controls on, I was regularly averaging 6 hrs of use before recharging.  ...  "
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" ...  One major improvement I think they can potentially make is adding volume control to the earbuds. ... My music sounds great with these earbuds as well and with the customization on the app, you can control the equalizer and save 2 custom profiles.  ...  "
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" ...  You’re supposed to tap the left or right headphones to change various functions.  ...  "
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" ...  They are easy to pair to Android headphones, and the Sony Headphones app makes it very easy to customize the earbud touch controls.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 53
update, earbuds, weeks, week, days
+32%
-68%
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" ...  This seems to be pretty common issue as I see many others with same problems.  ...  "
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" ...  The first set wouldn’t power on after a couple of weeks, got a replacement set on which this review is based  ...  "
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" ...  Sometimes it disconnects for no apparent reason.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm not sure if my set is faulty, but they are VERY disappointing.  ...  "
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" ...  Its possible I just got a defective set, so buyer beware.  ...  "
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" ...  As has happened to many others here - after two days the left earbud is dead as a doornail.  ...  "
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" ...  Sorry Sony but a total fail!  ...  "
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" ...  After reading reviews I ordered them back in July. ... I returned them to Amazon and waited for six weeks for them to come back in stock. ... But they only lasted about 4 hours before they died.  ...  "
Service
 50
returned, returning, amazon, unfortunately, replacement
+28%
-72%
comment
" ...  So why the 2 stars?  ...  "
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" ...  I've just arranged a return.  ...  "
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" ...  Returning to Amazon but unfortunately more than a week away from receiving a replacement.  ...  "
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" ...  Will likely return.  ...  "
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" ...  I returned them after 1 day of use.  ...  "
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" ...  I will be returning them.  ...  "
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" ...  I returned mine.  ...  "
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" ...  UPDATE Ended up returning these.  ...  "
Service / Returns
 43
returned, returning, amazon, unfortunately, replacement
+16%
-84%
comment
" ...  So why the 2 stars?  ...  "
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" ...  Just after I decided to return them I noticed that one had the led constantly on in blue, by the way, I don't think that having leds constantly blinking in your ears is a good idea.  ...  "
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" ...  I will be returning them.  ...  "
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" ...  Returning this 'lemon' back.  ...  "
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" ...  I returned mine.  ...  "
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" ...  At this price I am returning them  ...  "
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" ...  Returning soon unfortunately .  ...  "
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" ...  UPDATE Ended up returning these.  ...  "
Body / Build Quality
 37
earbuds, feel, build quality, fit, finish
+65%
-35%
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" ...  The design of these earbuds are very nice, they look sleek, the case is a little large but very nice.  ...  "
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" ...  I really like the fit and finish on these.  ...  "
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" ...  Build quality is at the same level as with everything that SONY makes, which is to say absolutely first rate.  ...  "
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" ...  The packaging is very nice, and the case had a premium feel.  ...  "
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" ...  That said, it still easily fits (male jeans) in a pocket and feels sturdy and lightweight.  ...  "
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" ...  The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is I thought the case for these is adorable the black and rose gold color makes it look super fancy.  ...  "
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" ...  Becoming a nice little box up the case is awesome it’s black and like a rose gold really unique the headphones slip right into it and they’re pretty tight so they’re not just going to pull out the set up was pretty easy you can just download the app from the App Store it’s even got a guide to help you.  ...  "
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" ...  The life span is astonishing and the case feels and looks even good albeit quite large compared to some other brands.  ...  "
Price
 31
worth, overall, good, sound, premium
+74%
-26%
comment
" ...  The build quality of both the earbuds and the case are excellent, commensurate with the premium price tag.  ...  "
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" ...  I figured at this price point, I’d have a better quality product that lives up to its hype.  ...  "
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" ...  This price range, I've found, is the sweet spot, where you the sweet high-end quality without stepping into "professional" level price ranges. ... Well worth the money.  ...  "
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" ...  All and all they are worth every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall, I think they are a great investment and worth the price of what you get compared to other brands.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm no audiophile and the sound from these is good, but I expected a bit more for the price. ... These Sony's have similar sound quality to the Samsung Buds, but at roughly double the cost.  ...  "
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" ...  Price: Worth it.  ...  "
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" ...  * They cost $19.99  ...  "
Sound / Volume
 24
loud, music, max, low, louder
+33%
-67%
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" ...  Also the volume max level is not as high as the headsets.  ...  "
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" ...  The volume could be a little higher and volume control on board would be nice so that you would not have to reach for your phone to control.  ...  "
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" ...  The lack of volume control is an inconvenience.  ...  "
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" ...  volume could be a little louder  ...  "
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" ...  Also there is no way of controlling the volume?  ...  "
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" ...  I also wish they were a bit louder. ... I like loud music when I run, and it feels like they max out early.  ...  "
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" ...  But when it's loud out and the ANC kicks in, it's like you're alone with the music.  ...  "
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" ...  The volume is too low to be useable. ... I can max out the volume and it isn't anywhere near the volume you get from connecting to an iPhone.  ...  "
Body / Design
 23
design, case, sleek, nice, fit
+91%
-9%
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" ...  I really like the fit and finish on these.  ...  "
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" ...  Their size, weird and design are exactly what I wanted.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the design, comfort, style.  ...  "
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" ...  The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is I thought the case for these is adorable the black and rose gold color makes it look super fancy.  ...  "
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" ...  They have a sleek design.  ...  "
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" ...  But it has a really nice feed and look.  ...  "
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" ...  - Premium look and feel for the product, its housing, and its packaging  ...  "
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" ...  I chose the white colored earbuds and they look very sleek and modern.  ...  "
Usage / Ease of Use
 21
controls, simple, setup, app, user
+86%
-14%
comment
" ...  easy to connect, control and optimize.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to connect.  ...  "
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" ...  It was easy and no major issues I like items that are easy to use and set up quickly.  ...  "
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" ...  They have very easy to operate controls and a nice app too.  ...  "
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" ...  Fortunately, on Sony's website, you will find a comprehensive "Help Guide" that is easy to read.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound is great, connection was easy and fast.  ...  "
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" ...  It's a very easy set up - you download the Sony app, make sure the Bluetooth on your phone is activated and then you connect.  ...  "
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" ...  connection was fast and easy .  ...  "
Body / Cable
 4
one, charging, u, power, missing
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  They charge via USB-C, because it's the best cable and it means you can carry less power adaptors - right now it means I can charge my phone, laptop, and these headphones all using one power supply.  ...  "
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" ...  After catching the cord for my old earbuds on various things and sending my phone flying on more than one occasion, I needed a pair of wireless earbuds for the gym.  ...  "
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" ...  QC20s are the gold standard but you need a jack on your phone to use.  ...  "
Usage / Gaming
 3
+100%
comment
" ...  This is a game changer.  ...  "
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" ...  They are exceptional in every respect and a true game changer.  ...  "
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" ...  I honestly am blow away by these and certainly recommend anyone get them at least to try, they are a game-changer!  ...  "
Service / Product As Described
 3
+100%
comment
" ...  Worked as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Performs as advertised.  ...  "
Connectivity / Ports
 3
seems, plug, bluetooth
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  It charges via USB C, which I appreciate because its a better, easier plug than micro USB.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought a cheap USB Bluetooth adapter for my desktop, and they work flawlessly there too.  ...  "

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