The Sony WH-1000XM3 has consistently been topping best wireless headphones lists since they launched, and with good reason too. For starters, they have superb active noise cancellation or ANC. Couple that with excellent sound quality and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.
They could face off with a new contender, though. Apple is rumored to be cooking up a worthy rival: the AirPods Studio, its first over-ear headphones. However, it won’t be easy for the Cupertino brand. It’s going to have to beat Sony’s cans on several fronts, from sound quality to noise cancellation, two of which the
AirPods Studio vs Sony
WH-1000XM3 Comparison Chart
|Model||AirPods Studio||Sony |
|Frequency Response||n/a||4 Hz – 40 kHz|
|Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)||Yes||Yes|
|Transparency Mode/Ambient Sound Mode||Yes||Yes|
|Battery Life||n/a||Up to 38 hours|
|Quick Charging||n/a||10 minutes for up to 5 hours|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0 (or newer)||Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm cable|
|Controls||Touch, Voice||Touch, Voice|
|Colors||Black, White||Black, Silver|
As their name may suggest, the AirPods Studio could be aiming for studio-quality audio.
Sony did a bang-up job with the
Putting things into perspective, Apple has a mountain to climb if it wants to blow them out of the water with its AirPods Studio. In other words, the same level of quality as the AirPods Pro just won’t cut it.
There’s still no word on how the AirPods Studio’s sound will turn out to be, but according to rumors, they’ll have a custom equalizer. It’s said to be accessible once you’ve paired them with a macOS or iOS device and offer low-, medium-, and high-frequency adjustments.
Just like the AirPods Pro, the AirPods Studio are expected to have ANC and Transparency mode.
In terms of noise cancellation, the
If the AirPods Pro’s ANC is any indication, then it’s safe to expect that the AirPods Studio will deliver decent results. There’s a good chance they’ll even do better. After all, over-ear headphones tend to have superior passive noise cancellation because of their padded ear cups. It’s also likely they’ll have Transparency mode as well, for the record.
The AirPods Studio will need at least 30 hours of battery life to hold a candle to the
One of the advantages wireless headphones have over true wireless earbuds is a longer battery life. And Sony made sure the
Those numbers are definitely above average, but those certainly aren’t the upper limit. Case in point, the Marshall Monitor II ANC can last up to 45 hours per charge. The takeaway here is it’s not impossible to go further than the
At that, Apple could take this opportunity to beat Sony. In short, it could cram a sizable battery pack into the AirPods Studio and a power-efficient processor such as the H1 chip or something newer. For the uninitiated, the H1 processor is what powers the AirPods Pro, giving it an improved battery life, hands-free Siri support, and fast pairing (more on that in a bit).
The word in town is the AirPods Studio will either have the same H1 chip as the AirPods Pro or a newer version.
Besides a connection via Bluetooth, you can use the
In terms of wireless connectivity, the
Speaking of similarities, the AirPods Studio are expected to be powered by Apple’s H1 chip or something better. To spell things out, that means fast pairing speeds.
The AirPods Studio are rumored to pack sensors for head and neck detection.
Just about everybody knows by now that the
Apple isn’t one to be left behind when it comes to clever features. Rumor has it that the AirPods Studio will have head and neck detection so they’ll know where you’re wearing them. It’s easy to imagine what it’s likely for. The cans will probably pause audio content when you place them around your neck, for instance.
That’s not all either. The AirPods Studio are also said to automatically route audio channels. That means they’ll be able to tell your left ear from your right and adjust accordingly. Put differently, there’s no right or wrong way to put them on.
The AirPods Studio’s price point will determine their direct competitors.
It’s said that the AirPods Studio will be priced at $349. If that’s the case, then they’ll cost the same as the
However, the AirPods Studio’s pricing isn’t set in stone just yet. Apple could win on this front if it manages to undercut the
If you want a pair of over-ear headphones with the Apple branding, then it’s worth it to wait and see.
You can’t go wrong with the WH-1000XM3. They’ve got excellent sound quality, a long battery life, top-notch ANC, and features to match.
However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider waiting for the AirPods Studio. Assuming they’re the real deal, they could be a good alternative to the WH-1000XM3. That goes double if you’re already in the Apple ecosystem.
Still, all we’ve got to work with are rumors here, so it’s unclear how the AirPods Studio will turn out or if they’ll even launch in the near future at all. If you’re not one to believe hearsay, then the WH-1000XM3 are your best bet.
Apple is rumored to launch the new AirPods 3, AirPods Pro Lite, and AirPods Studio soon. Some say they’ll be available sometime in September or fall, but others say they’ll be out in early 2021.
Yes. You get fantastic active noise cancellation or ANC and excellent sound quality on the WH-1000XM3. They also have a long battery life and features such as Quick Attention, which lets you lower volume by simply placing your hand over the cup.
Yes. The AirPods Studio are worth the wait, especially if you’re in the Apple ecosystem. However, it’s unclear how long that’ll be.
Based on rumors, the AirPods Studio will have unique features such as head and neck detection and automatic audio channel routing. They’re also said to have at least Bluetooth 5.0, while the
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