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Sony WF-1000XM3 noise-canceling earbuds

There's been a lot of hype surrounding Sony's WF-1000XM3 noise-canceling earbuds, and lots of comparisons being made to Apple's AirPods Pro. Do they live up to the hype?
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The packaging - rear.

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The storage case - pretty huge!

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The storage case looks nice though!

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The earbuds... and lots of LED lights.

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Yeah, they're chunky!

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There are well built, but they are big.

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Another view.

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USB-C charging, but no wireless charging.

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The selection of eartips.

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Compared to the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro.

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Compared to the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro.

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Compared to the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro.

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Compared to the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro.

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The app... it's hard to make sense of this!

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The analyse ear shape thing is weird... no explanation of what it does.

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This app could do with reorganizing and more explanations.

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Not sure what this does... it needs to be a lot clearer if it's asking for location data.

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The Ambient Sound Control slider is interesting, changing as you slide it... 

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... but the impression that it gives is that it controls how far away the sound comes from, which is not how it works.

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The focus on voice feature limits the frequencies it lets in, and works quite well. 

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What does this mean?

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