I was a huge fan of the original MDR-1000X before my hand band started cracking. It had world class noise cancelling that was better than the Bose equivalent, an amazing 20 hour battery life, great sound quality, and neat features like being able hear conversations around you while still cancelling out other noise. The reason I ended up getting rid of it and not getting the updated WH-1000XM2 was largely due to the cracked head band and bad microphone that made it hard for me to use it for conference calls.
It has been two iterations since then. Sony announced today the 3rd generation WH-1000XM3. The device now supports USB-C charging with 5 hours of charge after just 10 minutes. It also has a completely new audio processor, the QN1, that is said to improve the noise cancelling even further. The new processor also includes a 32-bit DAC and amplifier which should also improve the audio quality.
As someone that definitely misses the MDR-1000X, I am definitely interested in picking these up. With early reviews saying the noise cancelling blocking out almost all sound on an airplane, you’ll definitely see a review on these in the future.