Last Updated: November 12, 2019

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

Last Updated: November 12, 2019
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Sound
 170
cancelling, cancellation, canceling, noise cancelling, volume
+82%
-18%
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" ...  Great noise cancellation, good sound quality and once you learn the controls, easy to use. ... I would definitely recommend them for noise cancellation in an open office.  ...  "
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" ...  If you do make a good seal by pushing them into your ears as far as they'll go, the noise cancellation is great, and provides much more isolation than the seal on its own.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent sound quality, stays put in my ears during works outs and the noise canceling works great. ... Don’t have to bring my big beats Headphones any longer to have good noise canceling.  ...  "
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" ...  Sounds great and noise cancellation works good.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound and the silence they create when NC is on allows me to concentrate on working in almost any environment.  ...  "
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" ...  Really, these won't block out loud/direct conversations, but that doesn't diminish their usefulness. ... Once you add music to the mix, these really do block out the world really effectively, even on low volumes. ... Very impressed with the noise cancelling when combined with music, and even on its own with my tempered expectations.  ...  "
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" ...  They have the best sound and noise canceling features of any headphone of its kind on the market right now!  ...  "
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" ...  The noise canceling technology is awesome and the sound quality is a 10 out of 10.  ...  "
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Body
 165
earbuds, ears, tips, buds, case
+70%
-30%
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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. ... The default size fit my ear nicely, but I like that they come with 3 different sizes (in two different materials) to try. ... The only other thing I would mention is that I ordered the black set but I received the silver set instead!  ...  "
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" ...  The sound quality that comes out of these small ear piece is beyond phenomenal. ... I prefer the earbuds style over the huge beat style headphones. ... One of the things I love about earbuds is the fact I can wear them at work and not look like i'm a DJ. ... I chose the white colored earbuds and they look very sleek and modern. ... Sony thought of everything when they design these earbuds.  ...  "
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" ...  many of those reviews claim these are the best wireless ear buds on the market and i have no disagreements with that  ...  "
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" ...  But it has a really nice feed and look.  ...  "
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" ...  The design and quality is really good and my favorite part is the ambience control, it gives you option to turn it on when you still want to hear the surrounding sound when you are working.  ...  "
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" ...  They were extremely comfortable with great presence, separation and tone, and adequate ANC.  ...  "
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" ...  I won’t buy over ear headphones anymore.  ...  "
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" ...  Pros: fit in ears is comfortable.  ...  "
Sound / Noise Cancellation
 164
cancelling, cancellation, canceling, noise cancelling, sound quality
+85%
-15%
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" ...  I’ve had 2 pairs of Bose QC-30s (my previous favorite) and I’ve been waiting for something noise cancelling that doesn’t have a neck band and isn’t enormous.  ...  "
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" ...  The noise cancellation is excellent.  ...  "
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" ...  Noise cancellation: Best in class, comparable with QC35s, WI-1000  ...  "
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" ...  In terms of sound quality and noise cancelling, I find it to be excellent. ... To top it off, they are noise cancelling (!) ... and I find them to work surprisingly well blocking ambient noise. ... In comparison to the WH-1000XM3s, of course it is definitely not as precise, the noise cancelling is noticeably better and the sound stage on those headphones is large/more open.  ...  "
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" ...  Paired with the noise canceling, you can really escape into your own little world with your music.  ...  "
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" ...  But I'm guessing most anyone (except those with really wide ear canals) can make these things work great as noise-cancelling option that lets you travel light.  ...  "
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" ...  The noise cancellation works well  ...  "
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" ...  The sound quality is great and the noise cancelling is pretty good but I’ve had 2 pairs fail already.  ...  "
Body / Comfort
 154
earbuds, ears, tips, buds, ear headphones
+69%
-31%
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" ...  Do try a few to find your most comfortable situation.  ...  "
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" ...  These have been awesome in all their way but size wise I have small ears and I get tired of having them inside my ear canal if I wear them for too long.  ...  "
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" ...  Sony gets a lot right with their headphones now, especially the foam/silicone ear buds, battery life and sound quality.  ...  "
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" ...  I love how these ear bugs fit and sound.  ...  "
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" ...  They were extremely comfortable with great presence, separation and tone, and adequate ANC.  ...  "
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" ...  These earbuds surpassed my already great expectations.  ...  "
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" ...  Sound quality is pretty good, but if they don’t stay in your ear, what’s the point?  ...  "
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" ...  I found the foam tips to be essential in getting a good seal.  ...  "
Usage
 102
hear, call, voice, control, phone calls
+46%
-54%
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" ...  Terrible call quality (background noise) ... audio quality on calls is terrible. ... I'm not tryign to make calls in a particularly noisy environment - just a regular office.  ...  "
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" ...  Next time same day I tried to connect I had to Forget the device and after that pressing on left earbud button for eternity did started flushing blue and red light, the device turned invisible.  ...  "
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" ...  Changing the equaliser bar of 400 is a waste of time.  ...  "
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" ...  I have only been able to get them to work with a phone call one time.  ...  "
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" ...  touch controls are hit and miss .  ...  "
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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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" ...  Lack of volume control.  ...  "
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" ...  So I know the headphones registered that I pressed them, because I hear the beep, but they just don't do the thing they were supposed to do. ... Actual: Beep sound, but playback doesn't pause. ... However now, it no longer works with the stereo music, and now it only connects with low-quality mono voice call quality. ... The microphone quality of any voice calls you make with the WF-1000XM3 is very poor. ... Don't buy these WF-1000XM3 earbuds if you intend to use them to make voice calls or Skype meetings, since your voice going out to the other people will be terrible.  ...  "
Connectivity / Device Compatibility
 63
connect, connected, bluetooth, paired, earbuds
+38%
-62%
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" ...  Oh, another problem is that my WF-1000XM3 does not work with my Windows 10 Laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  Pairing with a computer is/was a nightmare and frequently doesn't work.  ...  "
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" ...  Sometimes it paired and sometimes it didn't, requiring me to select it on the iPhone or turn it on / off or put it in/out of the case.  ...  "
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" ...  Numerous short drops/skips on various paired devices tested.  ...  "
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" ...  If you have a windows 10 computer that is NON Intel chipset I would NOT buy these!!  ...  "
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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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" ...  No multi device support ... Doesn’t work with windows 10 ... The bad: They dont connect to PC. ... Pairing is a nightmare. ... There’s no pairing button, and in order to pair another device you have to unpair with the other device.  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
Connectivity
 63
connect, connected, bluetooth, paired, earbuds
+38%
-62%
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" ...  Connections were very erratic on my Samsung 10 phone. ... I kept losing connection with voice saying "pairing" in my ear.  ...  "
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" ...  I can’t get this to pair with IPhone Max.  ...  "
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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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" ...  I will state I did get them connected using a 3rd party bluetooth dongle NOT the built in BT on my PC.  ...  "
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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 it paired and sometimes it didn't, requiring me to select it on the iPhone or turn it on / off or put it in/out of the case.  ...  "
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" ...  Connection to iPhone is frustrating, lag time and failed connections.  ...  "
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" ...  From only oneside of the earbuds can connect to my devices, to pairing rejected by the wf1000 . ... O tried on my Android and iPad .  ...  "
Usage / Calling
 59
hear, call, voice, phone calls, phone
+37%
-63%
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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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" ...  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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" ...  However I had nothing but trouble with phone calls. ... Except for being unusable with phone calls I loved these ear buds so maybe I'll try again after they get this issue fixed but for now if you're running iOS 13 I'd stay away.  ...  "
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" ...  You could barely hear it.  ...  "
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" ...  Cons: Battery life is 30% less than advertised, Sony app is terrible, voice quality when uses for calls is so bad that you are unintelligible.  ...  "
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" ...  No one could hear me at all when making phone calls.  ...  "
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" ...  nothing is more irritating than being misheard or inaudible during a call.  ...  "
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" ...  I keep having problems with my voice during phone calls.  ...  "
Service
 45
returned, returning, amazon, unfortunately, replacement
+29%
-71%
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" ...  Returned with no trouble.  ...  "
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" ...  So I will return them and replace a new one to see if it was just no luck having a bad unit.  ...  "
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" ...  I was really excited but had to return these.  ...  "
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" ...  I will be returning them.  ...  "
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" ...  Returning soon unfortunately .  ...  "
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" ...  Unfortunately, they have to go back.  ...  "
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" ...  That is probably a fault that could get fixed IF the Sony website didn't make it impossible to find where you can return the goods.  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 43
update, weeks, week, earbuds, days
+30%
-70%
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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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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  Hopefully an update will work these issues out soon, but for now they are disappointing.  ...  "
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" ...  only after around 20minute of use the left earbud died, tried everything and it still doesnt work.  ...  "
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" ...  There is a serious problem with connectivity and the Sony earbuds stop working entirely when u take one out.  ...  "
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" ...  Yet, I cannot get them to stay working for longer than a few minutes.  ...  "
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" ...  Like other reviews I got about 5 hours of usage before the left earbud completely stopped working. ... It's completely bricked. ... Returning and will probably rebuy in a few months if Sony can figure out these issues.  ...  "
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" ...  The left side is totally DOA and it's another 2 weeks wait for a replacement.  ...  "
Usage / Controls
 42
volume, controls, volume control, touch, pause
+55%
-45%
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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 ambient sound control feels very similar though not quite as impressive when turned all the way up.  ...  "
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" ...  The design and quality is really good and my favorite part is the ambience control, it gives you option to turn it on when you still want to hear the surrounding sound when you are working.  ...  "
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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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" ...  - Accidentally touching controls when removing or adjusting earbuds  ...  "
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" ...  You can change the feature of touch control. ... I turned the adaptive sound control in app, it can auto detect my behavior and change the audio mode.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Try The excited equalizer preset.  ...  "
Service / Returns
 38
returned, returning, amazon, unfortunately, replacement
+16%
-84%
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" ...  I've just arranged a return.  ...  "
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" ...  Idk, I sent mine back for a refund before it was too late.  ...  "
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" ...  But that's not the reason why I returned it.  ...  "
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" ...  I have decided to return these since I am nearing the return window and Sony has not addressed any of the issues I outlined in my review.  ...  "
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" ...  Could be a defective product, returning and will not try further.  ...  "
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" ...  I will be returning them.  ...  "
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" ...  I returned mine.  ...  "
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" ...  I can't say as I returned mine ... If I can't find a solution, they will have to be returned.  ...  "
Body / Build Quality
 27
feel, earbuds, charging, build quality, tips
+63%
-37%
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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 charging case featured a silky, back neoprene finish with an elegant copper lid.  ...  "
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" ...  Try to form a better seal: push inward, twist, ... pull outward a tad, whatever .  ...  "
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" ...  The packaging is very nice, and the case had a premium feel.  ...  "
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" ...  I found the foam tips to be essential in getting a good seal.  ...  "
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" ...  The build quality is excellent. ... The case overall is a sturdy plastic with a nice matte feel and is light weight which will be great for travel despite being bigger than the AirPods case.  ...  "
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" ...  Also, I love the charging case, and it is well made and attractive, more significant than Apple's earbuds case.  ...  "
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" ...  without them coming loose.  ...  "
Price
 22
worth, good, sound, money, sound quality
+68%
-32%
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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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" ...  they looked to be of good quality and the price seemed reasonable compared to similar products.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Definitely worth it.  ...  "
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" ...  Worth every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  This is worth the every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  Price: Worth it.  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
Sound / Volume
 18
loud, music, max, low, like
+33%
-67%
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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.  ...  "
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" ...  volume could be a little louder  ...  "
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" ...  Couldn’t get good volume.  ...  "
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" ...  Honestly the volume on these are weak, the sound is not as great .  ...  "
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" ...  Also the volume max level is not as high as the headsets.  ...  "
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" ...  The volume would not get but to a certain point and not very loud.  ...  "
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" ...  The lack of volume control is an inconvenience.  ...  "
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" ...  But when it's loud out and the ANC kicks in, it's like you're alone with the music.  ...  "
Body / Design
 17
design, case, sleek, beautiful, take
+88%
-12%
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" ...  The design and quality is really good and my favorite part is the ambience control, it gives you option to turn it on when you still want to hear the surrounding sound when you are working.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Their size, weird and design are exactly what I wanted.  ...  "
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" ...  The only other thing I would mention is that I ordered the black set but I received the silver set instead!  ...  "
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" ...  In terms of looks, I find it to be a classy look.  ...  "
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" ...  Design wise they're gorgeous. ... Yeah some people will buy them because the DO look cool and why not.  ...  "
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" ...  They have a sleek design.  ...  "
Usage / Ease of Use
 15
setup, controls, app, user, simple
+80%
-20%
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" ...  These are not nearly as polished, user friendly, or intuitive as the Samsung buds.  ...  "
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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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" ...  The setup process was quick ... Otherwise, the app has a wide range of features and is easy to navigate.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to connect.  ...  "
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" ...  easy to connect, control and optimize.  ...  "
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" ...  connection was fast and easy .  ...  "
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" ...  Setup process couldn't be any easier. ... Connecting to the app is very easy.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound is great, connection was easy and fast.  ...  "
Usage / Gaming
 3
+100%
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" ...  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%
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" ...  Worked as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Performs as advertised.  ...  "

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