Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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I am very happy with my Sony WH-1000XM3. I bought my pair when they first came out and have used them in nearly every situation, including football games where the stadium speakers are right behind me. They do struggle just a bit to suppress the bass notes coming from the PA system, but if I press them against my head just a bit to improve the seal they can cope, although I think the microphones are near clipping under those condition.
They really work well in my cube at work, and I find them the only way to concentrate when the cube farm starts talking. My iPhone 6s bluetooth works pretty well, but I found them to be slightly too bass heavy, especially compared to my Sennheiser HD600s.
I have used the bass reduction setting in the iPhone and that helps a lot. I also installed an app called SonarWorks which has some EQ curves that are based upon measurements of each headphone model. The settings for the Sonys flattens the frequency response quite well and they sound much closer to my Sennheisers, with some bass reduction and a bit of high end boost. In addition you can add a small amount of bass boost if you with.
If I want the best quality, I plug them in via a cable to my best headphone DAC, which will still work with noise cancelling, but of course without the low end EQ. They sound the most transparent that way, but frankly, as an audio nut, I find I can listen to them for hours without becoming so irritated at the sound quality that I have to stop. I can do that with very few headphone.
I highly recommend them.
Overall, I use the headphones all the time and I highly recommend them.