Sony announces new Industry Leading NC True Wireless Earbuds to take on Apple's Airpods! ($230)

Dinda

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Oct 27, 2017
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That sounded really interesting when i saw the thread....but then i openend it and they are those disgusting in ear things. I really hate those. So for me they are in no way a competition for my airpods sadly.
 

Josh378

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Oct 27, 2017
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Avoid. I've spent alot of money on Sony headphones and they always break. Crap build quality.

YES!!! I own the old first gen MDR-1000X, I treat them like a new born baby every time I put them on. Paid $300 for them. Three years later, I put them on on the airplane as I usually do and the side plastic breaks that allows me to adjust the headband. All of my current headsets are 5+ years old and still in great condition. Been reading reviews that these headsets that Sony makes tend to break around the headband, but the quality inside top tier. Reviews saying that I should be lucky that they lasted for three years...which is BS for an high end wireless ANC headset.
 

Uhyve

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Oct 25, 2017
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Avoid. I've spent alot of money on Sony headphones and they always break. Crap build quality.
Can't say I agree.

I owned a pair of MDR-ZX770BN for two and a bit years, regularly fell asleep in them, waking up with them pressed in a weird direction and assumed they'd be broken, totally fine. Upgraded to the WH-H900Ns, same deal.

My only gripe with their quality is their waterproofness and that after two years the seam for the cushion on the MDR-ZX770BN started to split and the foam started escaping, sewed that up and they were fine. Gave them away when I upgraded, they've now been in use for a good 3 years even though I treat my electronics poorly at best.

At this point I'm a proponent of spending a bit more to have something that lasts, I've lost count of how many cheapo Sennheisers I've owned where one side stopped working.
 

Aztechnology

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Oct 25, 2017
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Galaxy Buds fit so perfectly though. I've never had anything come remotely close. First non wrap-arounds I can truly use/enjoy
 

lint2015

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Oct 27, 2017
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Wasn’t there a known issue with the first and early second gen 1000X that resulted in the headband breaking easily? If you had that problem you should chase up with warranty, but I agree that kinda sucks.

I’ve had the ZX770BN before my 1000XM3 as well and they’re still great. I use them with my PSVR now as well as for a backup set after I got the 1000XM3.
 

kiguel182

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Oct 31, 2017
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They seem great altought part of the appeal of the AirPods (for someone that has regular Bluetooth headset) it’s the easy paring and switching between devices
 

eerik9000

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Oct 27, 2017
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Kind of interested as I have been very happy with my WH-1000XM2s but could use something more compact from time to time. However, I am worried about the battery degradation of these things. Only six-hour battery life means lots of charging cycles and heavy battery wear, right?
 

Engell

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Oct 28, 2017
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Yep. It’s unfortunate how popular this form factor is. Whenever I click these threads I already expect it.

A true quality alternative to the Airpods still doesn’t exist.
Because it is hard to do good sound in that formfactor (airpods don't have good sound for music, sorry).. and impossible to do noise cancelling.
so obviously sony went with in-ear
 

Vern

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Oct 26, 2017
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Never understood noise-cancelling outside of planes, trains and automobiles.
Isn’t that where most people would use earbuds? I know I mainly use earbuds on trains and planes. If I’m home I can just play sounds through speakers, and if I’m cycling or something outside I want to be aware of my surroundings and not wear anything over my ears.
 

Dingens

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Oct 26, 2017
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If I've learned anything in the last decade, than that the product can be the best in the world, and people still would not care if does not have the right branding.
Or in this case... people care surprisingly little about sound quality, as long as whatever they have is some sort of status symbol. A sad state of affairs really.
 

Lucifonz

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Oct 27, 2017
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These look great, but the pricetag is pretty hefty. Interested to see how they perform when they're out in the wild. Certainly on my radar for the future if there's any big deals.
 

Rand a. Thor

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Oct 31, 2017
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If I've learned anything in the last decade, than that the product can be the best in the world, and people still would not care if does not have the right branding.
Or in this case... people care surprisingly little about sound quality, as long as whatever they have is some sort of status symbol. A sad state of affairs really.
Not even for the status symbol, a lot of people don't give a fuck about SQ cause they just want cheap things to listen music to.

If I could afford anything in this price range however, definitely wouldn't go for anything but wired however. These look cool, but the SQ on wireless is still not there for me to make the jump, especially in the lower price braket. My 40€ ANCs I have had for 2 years now are just fine for what theu do.
 

Happenstance

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Oct 25, 2017
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I bought a pair of Galaxy Buds over the weekend and really like them. Very comfortable and good sound quality. I’ve heard voice calls on them aren’t amazing but I barely ever make calls anymore so I don’t see it being an issue.
 

Ravage

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Oct 31, 2017
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Hm...I'm happy with my 1000XM2 headphones but this is honestly tempting me lol.

It doesn't help that the impressions have been very positive so far.
 

Presskohle

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Oct 27, 2017
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Germany
Pre-ordered.
My XM2 became essential on longer trips, can't do without them. I use AirPods for everyday stuff, but always wished for more isolation. I hope those WFXM3 will fill that gap for me.
 

Radec

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Oct 26, 2017
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Preordered as well. Here in Malaysia it comes with a power bank and a vago vacuum lol.

I choose the gold one to make it abit discreet.
 

MajesticSoup

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Feb 22, 2019
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Because it is hard to do good sound in that formfactor (airpods don't have good sound for music, sorry).. and impossible to do noise cancelling.
so obviously sony went with in-ear
They could still offer an option for people who want to sacrifice bass and isolation for comfort.
These companies must be comfortable being distant 2nds in the earbud world.