My Airpods Pro vs Sony WF-1000XM3 take
Got my pros yesterday. I have been using the Sony WF-1000XM3 since august and are very happy with them except for connection quality, which sometimes stutters.
The Sonys wins this one I’m sorry to say. The base is much better and the whole soundspace seems bigger and “roomier”. But the Airpods Pro are still miles ahead of the old airpods, though. All in all they have a very nice sound and I am going to sell my Sonys and use the pros as my only in-ear set.
The Airpods Pro wins this one. They really surpriced me here. I was expecting them to be near the Sonys but IMHO the are better. They completely cancel out the aircon/motor of my car inside the cabin where as the Sonys cancels most of it but still leaves a faint hiss. I would go as far as saying they are very close to my over ear Bose QC35s, which is really really impressive for such small devices.
FIT & Comfort
The Airpods Pro wins by a mile here. The Sonys make a tight seal but also gives you the feeling of being inside a bubble. When I first put the Airpods in my ears i though I hadn’t pushed them “into the ear” far enough. They felt very light and almost like they weren’t in the ear. But then the ANC kicked in and it was complete silence, but with the strange feeling of NOT having something stuffed into your ear canal. VERY impressive, Apple.
TRANSPARENCY & AMBIENT SOUND MODES
Again – the Airpods wins here. With the Sonys on Ambient Sound mode they let outside noise in, but if you’re trying to have a conversation with someone it sounds strange. My own voice is “off” and i find myself speaking way too loudly to the person in front of me. I always end taking the Sonys out even for short interactions. The airpods on the other hand – maybe because of the airway thing doesn’t give you a strange feel and doesn’t make your own voice sound weird. I can have a much more natural interaction with a cashier or make a short remark to a coworker.
TLDR; Sonys have (IMHO) slightly better sound, but Airpods wins out in ANC, comfort and transparency mode, so I’m selling my Sonys and keeping the Airpods. Also – i don’t expect the airpods to have connection problems or any lag watching youtube/netflix, like the Sonys do.
Highly recommends the Airpods…