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Sony MDR-1000X

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Sony WH-1000XM3

Sony MDR-1000X
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Sony MDR-1000X vs Sony WH-1000XM3

Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

Why is Sony MDR-1000X better than Sony WH-1000XM3?

  • 1 Ohms lower impedance
    46 Ohmsvs47 Ohms

Why is Sony WH-1000XM3 better than Sony MDR-1000X?

  • 20g lighter
    255gvs275g
  • 1.5dB/mW higher sound pressure level
    104.5dB/mWvs103dB/mW
  • Has an in-line control panel
  • 0.2mm bigger driver unit
    40mmvs39.8mm
  • Has a battery level indicator
  • 18h longer battery life
    38hvs20h
  • 0.2 newer Bluetooth version
    4.2vs4
  • Has voice prompts

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Design

1.has stereo speakers
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

2.has an over-the-ear form
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

3.weight

275g

255g

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3g

4.has a detachable cable
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

5.can be folded
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.

6.sweat resistant
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Sony WH-1000XM3

Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.

For example

RHA TrueConnect

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Sound quality

1.lowest frequency

4Hz

4Hz

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

Best

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1Hz

2.highest frequency

40000Hz

40000Hz

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

Best

Sony MDR-Z1R

120000Hz

3.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

For example

RHA TrueConnect

4.sound pressure level

103dB/mW

104.5dB/mW

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.

Best

AKG K553 Pro

144dB/mW

5.driver unit size

39.8mm

40mm

The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.

Best

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106mm

6.has a neodymium magnet
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Sony WH-1000XM3

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

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Power

1. longer battery life

20h

38h

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.

Best

Sennheiser PXC 480

50h

2.has a battery level indicator
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

3.has a rechargeable battery
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Sony WH-1000XM3

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

4.has a removable battery
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Sony WH-1000XM3

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

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5.Has USB Type-C
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Sony WH-1000XM3

The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.

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Connectivity

1.Can be used wirelessly
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Sony WH-1000XM3

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

2.Bluetooth version

4

4.2

Best

RHA TrueConnect

5

3.has a 3.5mm male connector
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

4.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

5.Has WiFi
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

Meters OV-1 Bluetooth

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Features

1.control panel placed on a device
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

2.has an in-line control panel
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

3.can be used as a headset
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Sony WH-1000XM3

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.

4.has a noise canceling microphone
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

For example

Microsoft Surface Headphones

5.has voice prompts
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

This feature allows the device to inform you of important information through its audio function.

6.has voice commands
Sony MDR-1000X
Sony WH-1000XM3

You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

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Miscellaneous

1.wireless charging
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Sony WH-1000XM3

The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.

For example

Audio-Technica ATH-CKR7TW

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