New Sony WF-1000XM3 vs. Beats PowerBeats Pro | An Easy Decision!

A new era of fully wireless earbuds is upon us, and whether you're looking for something to get you through your daily run or your cross-country flight, there's a pair out there for you. It's no coincidence we pointed out those two uses, as the buds we're comparing in this article -- Beats' Powerbeats Pro ($250) and Sony's spanking new WF-1000XM3 ($230) -- are designed to be pros at those tasks, respectively.
As such, these are very different earbuds. So, why are we comparing them? Because they're both huge contenders in the category, for one thing, and also because at the prices they're asking, they should be pros at a whole bunch of things. Below, we'll tell you exactly which skills each of these pricey pairs of wireless earbuds does best, so you can make an informed decision before you drop over $200. Let's do this!
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  • Which do you think is better? Tell us why below!

    Digital TrendsDigital TrendsAylar önce
    • ... I'm a daily runner who also loves to travel and chill out to music at home/work, so for me the answer was easy - I need both! The biggest loser here may be my Sony WH-1000XM3s - as I think the Sony WF may have displaced them (due to nearly as good ANC, comfort, and far superior portability!)

      baggasbaggas8 gün önce
    • Just compared the two myself. Sound quality is undoubtedly far superior on the Sony, even with ANC turned off. Having said that, the Beats still sound pretty great and are a big leap above the Airpods. But the Sony don't feel secure during running and suffered from a loud thumping sound with each step. Combined with the lack of water resistance this makes the Sony next to useless for exercise....

      baggasbaggas8 gün önce
    • Digital Trends beats all the way

      Saavedra VideosSaavedra Videos11 gün önce
    • Cheezzjus i think you need to do some research before you come here and talk

      Darren TDarren T14 gün önce
    • @Cheezzjus Just so you know, there is a feature on the sonys that pauses the music when either bud is removed, you can also connect to 2 bluetooth devices without resetting connection. The sonys also come with google assistant but I agree that the mic quality is not the greatest.

      Beyond RCBeyond RC16 gün önce
  • I would pickup Sony WF-1000XM3 for noise cancellation, Sound quality on Playing music and good Battery backups

    Kzin 06Kzin 062 gün önce
  • I really want the Sony but then it’s not even sweat or splash proof

    The OnlyJimbatThe OnlyJimbat2 gün önce
  • I made sure I left my "😡 angry comments 🤬 " lol below.

    ahsteve Aahsteve A2 gün önce
  • Noise canceling for many iems is a gimmick. With a good seal and more than 50% volume iems blocks out almost all sound passively. ANC isn't better.

    h1a8h1a84 gün önce
    • h1a8 I remember riding the train with normal earbuds before buying a pair of ANC headphones.

      rns926rns9264 gün önce
  • I have the Sennheiser Momentum. Are these better?

    Mihnea BanuMihnea Banu9 gün önce
  • I just ordered the sonnys lol now im reaserching them and comparing them lol. I did the oposite lol

    Tom KevinTom Kevin10 gün önce
  • Just got my sony m3 their the best fucking thing ever plus you don't fucking tap the button by mistake stupid af you must not work out I've been too the gym in them, jogged in them and rode my bike in them they didn't come out and was amazing also btw about this bullshit you need ip rating well guess what you don't who tf sweats in their ear I sweat like a dog in the gym and they were fine I'm sick of these bull shit reviewers

    Bobby WilliamBobby William10 gün önce
  • Gr8 review ... thnx

    Sravan sSravan s10 gün önce
  • XM3 is out of stock everywhere, on backorder...I'll have to wait

    Ben HarveyBen Harvey10 gün önce
  • Why don’t you guys ever talk about how fast they charge it’s almost as if those features are forgotten

    Saavedra VideosSaavedra Videos11 gün önce
  • I’ve been waiting for good noise canceling in a truly wireless earbud. If the rumors were true about the NC on the AirPods 2, they would have got my purchase. I guess Sony gets it. I ordered them now let’s just hope they live up to the hype

    TeeTee12 gün önce
  • How secure is the fit in the Sony as a had a pair of mx100x1s and they kept calling out, even with comply foam tips. Are the mx100x3s better? Do they grip the ear?

    Erin FWErin FW12 gün önce
  • Do they fit well with glasses on?

    David GleatonDavid Gleaton13 gün önce
  • perfectly summed up. thank you

    itfbenitfben14 gün önce
  • DT: "this headphones design for not gym people" Me: immediately order one on amazon

    Avery LiuAvery Liu14 gün önce
  • Hello.. :) can you play phone games without sound latency in this wireless earphones..? 🤔 Thanks.. ✌️

    M2 is AliveM2 is Alive14 gün önce
  • Fuck you man

    Aditya RunwalAditya Runwal15 gün önce
  • My ears is noise cancelling ear buds.

    Jacob TranJacob Tran15 gün önce
  • Is the bass of the Sony WF 3000xm still good though? And do I have to worry about that the bass isn´t good enough? I am thinking about buying them but i am not sure because the bass is very importent for me. It has to be punchy and powerful. Or would you recommend me the Power Beatz Pro if i am looking for very good bass? But what makes me to think that deeply about it is that the sony are except of the bass I think one of the best ear buds right now. Because they have so many features and the sound itself is very very good. Thanks for your attention and maybe for your respond as well. Have a nice day and greetings from Germany

    Coitus_Sooizz sCoitus_Sooizz s16 gün önce
    • @Lars Stenseth And I don´t think they are instantly broke after some rain drops

      Coitus_Sooizz sCoitus_Sooizz s14 gün önce
    • ​@Lars Stenseth I know that´s a bad side about them. But the Sennheiser have a bad side which is upseting as well. And that´s the box of them which is losing battery life after some time even if you aren´t using them. Also the battery of both buds can lose differently their life time and you can only use them for 4 hours. So I think it´s subjective and if somebody says he doesn´t care about all the bad sides of the Sennheiser then he will buy the Sennheiser for sure

      Coitus_Sooizz sCoitus_Sooizz s14 gün önce
    • Coitus_Sooizz s just remember to take the Sony’s off right away if it’s start raining 😉 look at Flossy Carters review, he lost one bud with 75% head shaking before one dropped out! Not funny losing them on a airplane.

      Lars StensethLars Stenseth14 gün önce
    • ​@Oscar Lopez okay thanks it helped me a lot to pick my choice. I think i´ll take the Sony because of the overall clarity and good sound itself and because like you´ve said I can add the bass in the app. Of course the bass won´t be as good as we can hear with the beats but at this point of quality aren´t that much differences in the bass. We are talking about the one of the best in ear headphones on the market and I think that I wouldn´t even notice that big of a differenz in bass. But thanks a lot for your recommendation. If i am wrong in any point correct me please ;)

      Coitus_Sooizz sCoitus_Sooizz s14 gün önce
    • Hello, I technically have both (I just bought the Powerbeats Pro for my father) so I think I'm somewhat qualified to give my opinion on the matter. Personally, I really prefer the sound signature on the Sony's. It's very clear and rich. Out of the box, the bass itself wasn't great but with the Sony Headphones app, you can adjust the bass. The best part about it is that there's no sound distortion whatsoever. The bass (after adjusting it in the app) was very good. On the other hand, out of the box, the Beats had great bass but I wasn't really too fond of the sound signature. I personally thought that it was lacking in the instrument separation department. Overall, you really can't go wrong with both (in terms of bass) but I personally prefer the Sony's due to their sound and the active noise cancelation (and also due to the added bonus of it being slightly cheaper)

      Oscar LopezOscar Lopez14 gün önce

    SS JSS J16 gün önce
  • Niche is pronounced 'neesh' not 'nitch. Apart from that, great review!

    Freddie AllenFreddie Allen16 gün önce
  • what's about the Bose 500 vs sony wf1000xm3

    Sarvjot SinghSarvjot Singh17 gün önce
  • *Apple Airpod left the chat room*

    Killian PierceKillian Pierce17 gün önce
  • Beat look chap as shit 😂

    ملك الموتملك الموت19 gün önce
  • All Beats are overpriced garbage for the clueless.

    WestCoast MichaelWestCoast Michael19 gün önce
  • Idk about other people but when I put on a set of earbuds I expect them to feel lighter than headphones but still be able to pack a good punch and that for me generally means strong bass from a small form factor personally I think flat sounding earbuds are not enjoyable because you will always think about reaching for a pair of headphones instead. I don't care about how convenient they are from headphones if I did then I would get airpods and an iPhone. I would like to point out I am not a total bass head I own and love a pair of HD 558 cs which have very natural flat bass but a crazy sound stage which blew me away. So basically I enjoy the power beats pro would recommend the bass isn't like the power beats 3 its tighter and cleaner with the mids and highs feeling less drowned out. Also, the sony eq thing is bull crap and we all know it eq is fine for small adjustment but it can't flip the sound signature of the earbuds (I have used the app with the headphones wh-100mx).

    Abhimanyu BaisAbhimanyu Bais19 gün önce
  • Do either of them suppose wireless charging?

    NyleNyle20 gün önce
    • Antonio Nacarino they don’t

      DougieDougie17 gün önce
    • @Antonio Nacarino Thanks

      NyleNyle18 gün önce
    • Nyle beats pro do and sony does not

      Antonio NacarinoAntonio Nacarino18 gün önce
  • Sony's volume is too low. Soundstage is narrow. Big disappointment.

    Wally BastardoWally Bastardo21 gün önce
  • I like Sony's design...

    Joe ClementeJoe Clemente21 gün önce
  • Thanks for review. I love high bass song and your review made me choose it fast. I worked in sony but donot love in front of beat.

    Deepak GunjanDeepak Gunjan22 gün önce
  • When is xm3 going to be out in the US?

    Jamie EvansJamie Evans22 gün önce
  • Nice review.

    James WeissJames Weiss22 gün önce
  • xm3

    Eric SilbermannEric Silbermann22 gün önce
  • Everything this "review" doesn't mention: 1) Call quality 2) Bluetooth range 3) Resistance to interference 4) Latency 5) How these work with Apple and Android devices 6) The bluetooth codecs these support What exactly are you paid to do over there?

    SolosaurSolosaur24 gün önce
  • Got my hands on the Sony WF-1000XM3 ANC earphones from Best Buy. They definitely sound incredible on mobile with their ANC capabilities and are way more isolating than the Powerbeats Pro but if you are in an iPhone/iPad/Mac universe, go with the Powerbeats Pro. The XM3 performance on Mac is terrible, low audio volume and no punch ⚡️ On iOS and Android you can get the app to tune the sound which works very well, but on Mac there is no such app so the sound flat and low. Very underwhelming 👎

    Christos XChristos X24 gün önce
  • I want both but the Beats in the navy blue. The Sony will be out before the other colors of Beats are released.

    EncryptedteEncryptedte26 gün önce
  • Tecobuy sells 1000xm3 for $215 and "in stock" already. Is it legit or scam?

    yut sunekiyut suneki27 gün önce
    • The 1000xm3 are different than WF-1000xm3 I think

      GolondrinaGolondrina15 gün önce
  • ‘Duracell ... the copper-top case “

    Richard WaltersRichard Walters28 gün önce
  • AirPod is no qualified! Please

    Steven CheahSteven Cheah28 gün önce
  • love sony

    Rika NaNaRika NaNa28 gün önce
  • U look like peter parker in spider man

    Jai MahaveerJai Mahaveer28 gün önce
  • Preordered the Sonys

    Michael DohertyMichael DohertyAylar önce
  • Having touch control on earbuds is not necessarily a bad thing. It prevents the buds from falling or getting your ears tired from constantly pushing the botton to change tracks etc. The only thing I dont like it the lack of volume control on the sony buds. But I guess I can always ask my google assistant to lower or put up the volume. I cant wait to get my hands and those sony 1000XM3 as an audio file myself I cant wait to try them.

    J. LopezJ. LopezAylar önce
  • Do you even lift bro?

    chamade166chamade166Aylar önce
  • If you were comparing solely on Mic quality for two headphones - which has a better mic?

    ChrisChrisAylar önce
  • man said nitch

    4Kb of 1080p Memes4Kb of 1080p MemesAylar önce
  • Please compare the mic quality for conference calls

    Richard McCullaghRichard McCullaghAylar önce
  • Please connect sonys to ur phone when doing review, so people would stop complaining about blue flashing light.

    Valdas VValdas VAylar önce
  • God damn it, I preordered it, and now when reading comments all this negative feedback is making me to consider cancelation... Was the same thing with Jebra, ordered, and canceled after reading reviews about comfort, and case....

    Valdas VValdas VAylar önce
  • I'm a carpenter and thinking if it cancels out the noise of my circular saw

    Ruud BergRuud BergAylar önce
  • Is that even a question?

    S RS RAylar önce
  • We need this vs sennheiser momentum. Please make it!

    S JS JAylar önce
  • I find beats pro uncomfortable, the bug feels always outside of the canal that's why the volume always feels so quiet... Besides, sometimes the connection studders.... I think I have to return it.. even the connection is fast

    Crunk LilCrunk LilAylar önce
  • Call quality ?

    kattrrakattrraAylar önce
  • Is there a way to switch off the very distracting and annoying blue LED flashing? (Well, it would not be visible for the person who wears them but for the rest of the world). I wouldn't like to sit next to someone in a dim environment who broadcasts blue flashes.

    Time.Captured.Time.Captured.Aylar önce
  • I really hate my workmates. I want them outta my sight and outta my hearing range, so I choose Sony.

    Majid NoblesMajid NoblesAylar önce
  • These vs the klipsch t5?

    michigan1777michigan1777Aylar önce
  • Have you tested quality of a phone call Sony does? Lots of rumors online it has issues

    Andrey MorAndrey MorAylar önce
  • Sony, why so expensive??? Make it 150 usd and sell millions. I can afford to buy it, but I have Huawei Freebuds which cost 100 usd and sound pretty good. So why pay so much? For noise cancelling? No, thanks!

    Emilio Favorite MusicEmilio Favorite MusicAylar önce
  • I would love noise cancelling wireless earbuds in the gym so I can block out the music that's playing indoors or the loud fitness instructors during a class who are wearing microphones and you can hear them through the sound system.... As the loud music was not enough. Without noise cancelling I always have to turn up my music very loud and I hate to damage my hearing further.

    freakalishessfreakalishessAylar önce
  • not one shot wit the beats on ur ears dude WOW.. YOU OBLY MODEL WIT THE SONY

    OcteusGamerOcteusGamerAylar önce
  • Hi can I say that if I'm not using an Apple phone it's pointless to buy the Powerbeats Pro?

    Shir FongShir FongAylar önce
  • This is my angry comment... grrr!!! Yup that’s it

    Thunder BeeThunder BeeAylar önce
  • Quick question what if I get the Sony ones but I use a Motorola phone under Verizon

    Anthony CordovaAnthony CordovaAylar önce
  • You didn’t talk about sound leak

    Saad AkhtarSaad AkhtarAylar önce
  • Which is better if we compare Sony to Klipsch T5 and Sennheiser momentum true wireless?

    Shir FongShir FongAylar önce
  • 1:20 those are called comply ear tips and not “some foamy” ear tips. They’re basically really premium ear tips that come with some expensive headphones and make the experience a lot more comfortable.

    ShubhamShubhamAylar önce
  • Sony: new sony wf 1000x m3 Also Sony: it has 24 hrs battery life Audience: woah Sony: active noise cancelling Audience: these are the best earphones! Sony: no water protection whatsoever Audience: nvm you suck sony

    _Tofyter __Tofyter _Aylar önce
  • I don't see why all high end wireless ear buds don't have a app like the Sony to adjust the sound signature

    Brenton LindeboomBrenton LindeboomAylar önce
    • justsendit I can't find that setting anywhere

      Brenton LindeboomBrenton LindeboomAylar önce
    • iOS has EQ selections available in Settings > Music > Playback.

      justsenditjustsenditAylar önce
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