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my new love: Sony Headphones w/ active noise canceling

Last week, some construction workers entered the floor above our office at my work at anyMOTION Graphics.

Oh my! We were confronted with – at least – one week earsplitting sound of „Hiltis“ and percussion drilling machines. It was so loud, you couldn’t even hear your own voice.

Okay, we at anyMOTION have a liberal and very employee-friendly attitude in general, so, everyone affected were called to do home-office.

Unfortunatly, i am not a home-office guy. Besides, my whole development-environment is on the PC at the office, and working via VPN or Teamviewer is also no real option for me, because of latency issues. So i’ve tried another way to beat that f***in noisyness – with technology.

And guess wha? It worked out fine! My solution comes from Sony, and it’s called WH-1000xm3.

These are Headphones with an intigrated, so called „ANC Feature“ – short for: active noise canceling – and believe it or not, it defeats the noisy drilling machines! Okay, to be fair, you still hear the drilling machine sound with ANC turned on, but when you also put a Music-Signal on top of it, it is rarly noticeable at all.
With a big grin on my face i continue working in the office and hardly noticed the brain-shattering sound. I rather noticed it by only feeling the vibration of the drilling machines on the tabletop 😉 This is really impressing!
And, besides, the Sound-Quality itself is also really nice. After all, for me, a clear recommendation to buy if you look for Headphones with effective ANC.
Well, it’s not perfect. Some features could be improved still. But hey, isn’t that normal today? (I am sure, they are aware of it and save the improvments for later models.) But this is high-level whining. In total, the device is absolutly satisfying.
One drawback i read about so far is the fiddling when you want to connect multiple devices via bluetooth.
UPDATE: I bought a bluetooth4.0 USB Stick and connected the headphones to my pc. I had no issues to access the headphones simutanously from my smartphone at all, to, e.g. use the equalizer. Nice!
For the German readers: Read a full in-depth review of the device at golem.de >>