Even though truly wireless ear buds are all the rage these days… besides AirPods, I still prefer to use wired ear buds cause they usually have a longer battery life, their bluetooth connectivity is much more stable, they cost less, and more importantly… you still have full media controls cause of their inline controller. And since they came out 2 years ago I’ve always really liked the Jaybird X3’s and I’ve never had a problem recommending them. But now we have the new Jaybird X4 and the more affordable Jaybird Tarah. They’re not entirely new… but there are some upgrades worth talking about.
Last year, when it came to choosing between the Sony Wh-1000XM2 and the Sony H.ear On 2 it all basically boiled down to fit and comfort. Cause even though the 1000XM2 had some really great performing tech… their ear cups were very cramped. Where as the ear cups on the H.ear On 2 were much more spacious and the gap in performance between these two head phones was very narrow. The 1000XM2’s obviously had the superior Active noise cancelation… but everything else like sound quality, battery life, and features were pretty much the same. But now, the gap in performance between the H.ear On 2 and the New Sony WH-1000XM3 is significantly wider and more importantly, the 100XM3 are now more comfortable then the H.ear On 2. So heres how the new Sony 1000XM3 performs against the Sony H.ear On 2, and why I just flat out wouldn’t pick up the H.ear On 2’s right now.
There is a lot of hype behind the New Sony WH-1000XM3 ANC headphones. And its with good reason, the M3’s got all of the great technology found in the M2’s; improved on them, and packed them inside a much better body. But I know some people just can’t afford to drop $350 on a pair of ANC headphones or they might be hesitant to upgrade to the M3’s. So heres how the new Sony 1000XM3’s compare to the older Sony 1000XM2’s, how my 1000XM2’s have held up after a year of heavy usage, and do you need to upgrade to the 1000XM3.
Last year when we pitted the Sony 1000XM2 up against the Bose QC 35 Series two, the Sony’s won cause they had the better performing technology. But bose still walked away with a close second cause they had far better build quality, far better fit, and they looked much better than the Sony’s. And it looks like Sony took that to heart cause now we have the all new Sony WH-1000XM3. So… are the Sony 1000XM3 finally the complete package… or do the Bose QC 35 Series 2 still have some fight left in them?
If you’re in the market for a large portable speaker you’ll might be looking into popular options like the Sony XB41 or the JBL Xtreme 2… or you could be looking into the LG PK7 which essentially is a mash up between the XB41 and the Xtreme 2. You get a light feature and a speaker set up similar to the Xtreme 2. So lets see which of these speakers is worth your money.
On paper the LG PK7 sounds like the complete package, its a large portable speaker with dual passive radiators, dual transducers, and dual tweeters with “meridian audio technology”. It even has a built in light feature and it somehow won a reddot design award. The LG PK7 is basically a mash up between the JBL Xtreme 2 and the Sony XB41… But this speaker performs as good as it looks.
Over the past year, the Sony WH-1000XM2 have been my go to ANC headphones. These headphones set the bar when it came to active noise cancelation; they blocked out the most amount of noise with little to no cabin pressure. The M2’s have the best technology built in them… but they do fall short when it comes to comfort and build quality. But now… we have the Sony WH-1000XM3… I’m going to be honest, I didn’t expect these headphones so soon… but man I’m glad they’re here. Here’s what I like about the Sony 1000XM3’s, here’s what I HATE about the Sony 1000XM3’s, and do you really need to upgrade from the Sony 1000XM2’s.
In general, Im a really big fan of JBL’s portable speaker line up…but when it comes to their headphones, thats a different story. You could have the best sounding headphones, with the best active noise cancelation, and the best battery life ever, but if they don’t fit well… none of that matters. And thats pretty much the biggest issue I have with the JBL E65BTNC’s.