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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Sony WF-1000XM3:

Beats Powerbeats Pro:



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

  • July 13, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Terrible comparison. Knocking the Sony earbuds because they lack a volume rocker? Who adjust the volume of the music that they're playing from their phone on the headset? C'mon now

  • July 13, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I just cant find something that can dethrone the jabra elite 65t active, for the money nothing now can beat them.

  • July 13, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    All of that and which one sounds best? Didn’t say..

  • July 13, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Great review. I would like to know very much what is your opinion about the sound quality of the Sony WF-1000XM3 compared with the On-Ear version – Sony WH-1000XM3.
    Do you think that the sound quality is the same, what means exceptional audio quality for audiophiles? I would like to use this set (WF-1000XM3) for listening to lossless quality audio files, so the sound quality is the most important parameter for me.
    Thanks in advance!

  • July 13, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Nice work Parker! Curious about any latency when watching vids. I do a lot of that when traveling. Also, how's the call quality, especially in windy conditions? That's the WH-1000M3's Achilles heal for business types, which as you correctly point out, is the target audience. Let us know here in the comments when ya can? Thanks again!

  • July 13, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    WHAT ABOUT HOW THEY WORK AS A PHONE? I am so tired of all these lame reviews saying the same damn thing and not mentioning one freaking word of how their microphones are and how well they perform as a headphone. WASTE OF TIME REVIEW.

  • July 13, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Do this support true multipoint? How many devices can you pair them with and how many devices can you connect them with? Can you connect to two devices simultaneously and play music from one device A, stop music in A then, start music play on second device B and hear it without manually disconnecting from device A? And can you do this with more than 2 devices?

  • July 14, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Why aren't these reviewers mentioning the fact that the xm3 doesnt offer multiple pairing function??? That was deal breaker for me. I have the xm3 headphone and this one also doesnt have multiple pairing option.. it is such a pain in the ass to pair and unpaired it to different devices every freaking time .. so many people have been complaining about this for years and yet here they go again, another huge disappointment. They dont listen to consumers. Not buying it. I already bought powerbeats pro, no complaints so far.

  • July 14, 2019 at 12:53 am

    I'm torn between the 2 since I work outside and would like some kind of water resistance, but at the same time, I like the fact of noise canceling since I am on loud equipment.

  • July 14, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Can't believe I just preferred a beats to a sony 😅

    Nevermind, I own WH 1000 M3 already, so I gonna buy beats for now

  • July 14, 2019 at 3:19 am

    How do they compare to the Bose QC30s, specifically the ANC, even though Bose aren't fully wireless, they are one of the best for ANC earbuds.

  • July 14, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Thanks a lot for the comparison….. But can you please also comment on the call quality….. I own the Sony WH-1000XM3 and they suck at taking calls…. so are these maybe the same as their daddy

  • July 14, 2019 at 4:36 am

    I need to know the sample " CALL QUALITY" of sony 1000xm3 earbuds.

  • July 14, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Hi Parker, does the blue light on the WF-1000XM3 blink constantly when connected? My WH-1000X does and it's been pretty annoying when used at night or in a dark room.

  • July 14, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Thanks 🙏, you have done very good job 👍one thing I looking forward is about the call quality on both comparisons

  • July 14, 2019 at 6:07 am

    I'm still using a pair of Sony MDR-A34s I bought in high school. The sound isn't great compared to modern ones, but they still work perfectly, and why? Made in Japan.

  • July 14, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Upscaling. 😂😂😂 Good joke. Something like mp3 or other sh it made from another sh it called digitally remastered something. So you take nothing and then upscale it and you get double nothing or double sh it. Nice. 🤦‍♂️

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