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 Trends6 aylar önce
    • @Cheezzjus taking off the earbud does pause the music. you can control the level of noise cancelling and they have a mode that allows people's voices to pass thru the noise cancelling. You can also enable a feature that plays the sound from outside into your ear so you can hear ppl/things perfectly. This is coming from someone that actually owns a pair.

      Chris GuerreroChris Guerrero12 gün önce
    • @Sajnin Yoosuf and you spell bass wrong lol

      Sean HSean H23 gün önce
    • Scott Wyatt yes you can with update

      Nicholas SkullionNicholas SkullionAylar önce
    • Dark_ N1K_07 Sennheiser MTW

      LogiczLogiczAylar önce
    • Sajnin Yoosuf the Sony does

      Dark_ N1K_07Dark_ N1K_07Aylar önce
  • That flashing blue light kills me. There nice but that light reminds me of those cheap knock offs

    Johny BladezJohny Bladez2 gün önce
  • Love this review

    Rixellious JaputraRixellious Japutra2 gün önce
  • Thanks for your kickass review. I will probably purchase both, using the Powerbeats Pro for high activity functions, and Sony's for travel and leisure. Good Job!!!

    Richard MartinezRichard Martinez25 gün önce
  • lighting port for charging? no thank you

    Cool boyCool boyAylar önce
  • About the Sony: They just released a firmware update. Before you could only use the Google Assistant, now it can use Amazon Alexa AND you have an option to CONTROL THE VOLUME! I love it!

    Sandro TSandro T2 aylar önce
  • this review felt very subjective. not what you want

    DonDarkDonDark2 aylar önce
  • Please compare the Airpods Pro and the Sony WF 1000x m3

    Josiah-Ray SmithJosiah-Ray Smith2 aylar önce
  • What if a person is business athete.but can buy only one. Then which one would you recommend?

    Arun GadeArun Gade3 aylar önce
  • I'm liking the Sony XM3 so far. I thought the lack of volume control might be a problem, but I also use an Apple Watch, so I use that for controlling volume and track skipping. I tried them on a short 2-hour flight last week and they worked really well provided the air vent above your head is turned off, otherwise, you get wind noise when then ANC is turned on. The longest I have had them in my ears for is 3 hours and whilst generally comfortable, they made my ears a little sore when I took them out. I love the sound of these too, nice base and bright highs if you tweak the EQ to your liking. The case is about double the length of the airpods and about 1.5x thicker. While it is bigger, it fits in my jeans pocket perfectly.

    Stephen HauntsStephen Haunts3 aylar önce
  • When the sony is in my ear is it still flashing this blue light?

    H. MATYIH. MATYI3 aylar önce
  • Sony 🏆🏅

    JoeMilano9JoeMilano93 aylar önce
  • How is this even a comparison? Modern Sony headphones have the most phenomenal nose cancellation you can imagine; even Bose is second placed to these. Yet the Beats coat basically the same amount of money and offer NO nose cancellation. Beats are even more overpriced than Apple products and are for people who know nothing but have heard of the brand.

    Phil BrownPhil Brown3 aylar önce
  • Compare the Sony VS the NU heara please!

    Xavier DominguezXavier Dominguez3 aylar önce
  • I’m sold , ready to get both 😅

    MediaDestinyStudiosMediaDestinyStudios3 aylar önce
  • You gonna review the Lypertek Tevi? Flagship killers

    Ajay SudanAjay Sudan4 aylar önce
  • Man congrats you really made a good video comparing them off.

    Sebastián Grana PérezSebastián Grana Pérez4 aylar önce
  • So what I’m taking from this video is that I mind as well buy both haha. Powerbeats for work and gym. Then Sony for when I wanna enjoy relaxation at home

    Anthony DunzelmannAnthony Dunzelmann4 aylar önce
  • Can you review h.ear in 3 WF-H800 just introduced at IFA 2019?

    Scott JasoScott Jaso4 aylar önce
  • Yeah but which one can you fall asleep with comfortably. ???

    Perc NowitzkiPerc Nowitzki4 aylar önce
  • I made an impulse buy at the airport for the Sony's at £190. My friend with me said the QC25's were no longer cool enough. the ANC on the plane was not as good as the QC25's but did a very good job and i am very happy with my purchase

    James KavanaghJames Kavanagh4 aylar önce
  • Im stumped. I'm an iPhone user and I don't really see the need for ANC as I have never found the use for it personally. My main use will be at home, on the computer or phone with the option of going outside but in less noisy areas still. Battery Life in comparable then. Sound is personal preference and Im happy with either here. One thing no one really covers is build quality and longevity and this is what Im after, if anyone has either or both and can tell me how they hold up it would be great. Personally leaning towards Beats purely because of the H1 Chip and Apple and all that but haven't tossed Sony aside yet, as they give me greater options with ANC, the App and no Ear Hooks so less overall contact to the ear which can be both good and bad but the eartip options give me hope these will stick.

    burns0100burns01005 aylar önce
  • I would go for Sony but I'm broke waiting for the price to drop

    Alan ClarkAlan Clark5 aylar önce
    • Alan Clark sameee. Actually might just wait for Christmas. Left my old earbuds in my pants and washed them on accident

      Señor PolloSeñor Pollo4 aylar önce
  • Title: "An Easy Decision!" Parker: Doesn't decide at all...just my kind of humour

    DominicDominic5 aylar önce
  • I have a Sony WH-1000XM3 over the ear headphones and I love them. But when I was in the market for wireless earbuds, I went with the Beats Powerbeats Pro because the WF-1000XM3 noise cancelling wasn’t very impressive. And all the other features of the Beats just made more sense to me. As an iPhone and iPad user, the ease of pairing and switching devices was on top of the list. As well as the physical buttons. Most of all, I was thoroughly impressed with the Powerbeats Pro sound quality. The bass detail is amazing without sounding bloated. The only downside is that it lets in more noise than I’m used to. But the Sony, with noise cancelling isn’t much better imho.

    Dangerous OneDangerous One5 aylar önce
  • Great review and right to the point...

    Waqar KhanWaqar Khan5 aylar önce
  • I like Sony ones

    Kyle ContinoKyle Contino5 aylar önce
  • I would pickup Sony WF-1000XM3 for noise cancellation, Sound quality on Playing music and good Battery backups

    Kzin 06Kzin 065 aylar önce
  • I really want the Sony but then it’s not even sweat or splash proof

    The OnlyJimbatThe OnlyJimbat5 aylar önce
  • I made sure I left my "😡 angry comments 🤬 " lol below.

    ahsteveahsteve5 aylar 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.

    h1a8h1a85 aylar önce
    • h1a8 I remember riding the train with normal earbuds before buying a pair of ANC headphones.

      rns926rns9265 aylar önce
  • I have the Sennheiser Momentum. Are these better?

    Mihnea BanuMihnea Banu5 aylar önce
  • I just ordered the sonnys lol now im reaserching them and comparing them lol. I did the oposite lol

    Tom KevinTom Kevin5 aylar 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

    Matthew BullardMatthew Bullard5 aylar önce
  • Gr8 review ... thnx

    Sravan sSravan s5 aylar önce
  • XM3 is out of stock everywhere, on backorder...I'll have to wait

    Ben HarveyBen Harvey5 aylar önce
  • Why don’t you guys ever talk about how fast they charge it’s almost as if those features are forgotten

    Saavedra VideosSaavedra Videos5 aylar 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

    TeeTee5 aylar 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 FW5 aylar önce
  • Do they fit well with glasses on?

    David GleatonDavid Gleaton5 aylar önce
  • perfectly summed up. thank you

    itfbenitfben5 aylar önce
  • DT: "this headphones design for not gym people" Me: immediately order one on amazon

    Avery LiuAvery Liu5 aylar önce
  • Hello.. :) can you play phone games without sound latency in this wireless earphones..? 🤔 Thanks.. ✌️

    M2 is AliveM2 is Alive5 aylar önce
  • Fuck you man

    Aditya RunwalAditya Runwal5 aylar önce
  • My ears is noise cancelling ear buds.

    Jacob TranJacob Tran5 aylar 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 s5 aylar önce
    • @Lars Stenseth And I don´t think they are instantly broke after some rain drops

      Coitus_Sooizz sCoitus_Sooizz s5 aylar 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 s5 aylar 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 Stenseth5 aylar 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 s5 aylar 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 Lopez5 aylar önce
  • Niche is pronounced 'neesh' not 'nitch. Apart from that, great review!

    Freddie AllenFreddie Allen5 aylar önce
  • what's about the Bose 500 vs sony wf1000xm3

    Sarvjot SinghSarvjot Singh5 aylar önce
  • *Apple Airpod left the chat room*

    Killian PierceKillian Pierce5 aylar önce
  • Beat look chap as shit 😂

    ملك الموتملك الموت5 aylar önce
  • All Beats are overpriced garbage for the clueless.

    WestCoast MichaelWestCoast Michael5 aylar 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 Bais5 aylar önce
  • Do either of them suppose wireless charging?

    SeekTheTruthSeekTheTruth5 aylar önce
    • Antonio Nacarino they don’t

      DougieDougie5 aylar önce
    • @Antonio Nacarino Thanks

      SeekTheTruthSeekTheTruth5 aylar önce
    • Nyle beats pro do and sony does not

      Antonio NacarinoAntonio Nacarino5 aylar önce
  • Sony's volume is too low. Soundstage is narrow. Big disappointment.

    Wally BastardoWally Bastardo5 aylar önce
  • I like Sony's design...

    Joe ClementeJoe Clemente5 aylar 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 Gunjan5 aylar önce
  • When is xm3 going to be out in the US?

    Jamie EvansJamie Evans6 aylar önce
  • Nice review.

    James WeissJames Weiss6 aylar önce
  • xm3

    Eric SilbermannEric Silbermann6 aylar 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?

    SolosaurSolosaur6 aylar önce
    • These points along with battery life and audio quality should be mandatory imho , this doesn't show enough for a purchasing decision

      Rabid RabbitRabid Rabbit2 gün önce
    • I can personally say the bluetooth resistance to interference on the Powerbeats are amazing. My last bluetooth buds would go haywire at the gym, but the Powerbeats always keep a solid connection.

      Hollis HenleyHollis Henley25 gün önce
    • Thank you

      nemonemo3 aylar önce
    • This guy is an isheep

      ameer ikbalameer ikbal4 aylar 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 X6 aylar önce
  • I want both but the Beats in the navy blue. The Sony will be out before the other colors of Beats are released.

    EncryptedteEncryptedte6 aylar önce
  • Tecobuy sells 1000xm3 for $215 and "in stock" already. Is it legit or scam?

    yut sunekiyut suneki6 aylar önce
    • The 1000xm3 are different than WF-1000xm3 I think

      GolondrinaGolondrina5 aylar önce
  • ‘Duracell ... the copper-top case “

    Richard WaltersRichard Walters6 aylar önce
  • AirPod is no qualified! Please

    Steve C.Steve C.6 aylar önce
  • love sony

    Stayra MikoStayra Miko6 aylar önce
  • U look like peter parker in spider man

    Jai MahaveerJai Mahaveer6 aylar önce
    • Jai Mahaveer LMFAOOO

      A PA P4 aylar önce
  • Preordered the Sonys

    Michael DohertyMichael Doherty6 aylar 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. Lopez6 aylar önce
  • Do you even lift bro?

    chamade166chamade1666 aylar önce
New Sony WF-1000XM3 vs. Beats PowerBeats Pro | An Easy Decision!