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Sony Earbuds WF1000XM3B $187, WH-1000XM4 Headphones $313.65 ($137/ $263.65 with LatitudePay) C&C /+ Shipping @ The Good Guys

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    Good lord, that's cheap.

    Serendipitous that the code from last night and latitude overlap (albeit only for 6 hours ).

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      Now just hoping that everything runs as expected or I will have to get ready for consequences 🤣

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        Staying awake or waking early will be the main challenge…….neither I can really blame on you should it go pair shaped!

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    lol this is cheaper than the refurbished ones

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      refurbished ones were around $120

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    Shouldn't it be $137 for the earbuds with latitudepay?

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      Yes, just corrected:)

      Did the maths few times in my mind and still got it wrong.

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    I finally worked out what the title meant:

    Sony Earbuds WF1000XM3B $187 ($137 with LatitudePay)

    WH-1000XM4 Headphones $313.65 ($263.65 with LatitudePay)

    I thought

    Sony Earbuds WF1000XM3B $187, WH-1000XM4 Headphones $313.65 ($137/ $263.65 with LatitudePay)

    Meant I could get the XM4 for $137 somehow

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    Anyone with experience of using the WF1000XM3B with an iPhone? How would you compare it with an Apple AirPod?

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      I have both.

      Not an audiophile so can’t comment on sound but I do love better integration between Apple products and the more lightweight build of AirPods.

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        Yeah that was my concern, the seamless connection between iPhones and AirPods.
        I assume you had to go into bluetooth to click connect to use the Sony?

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          Actually you don't have to, the connection is still automatic after the initial pairing.

          Could be my bias but it seems slower in picking up the connection.

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      Have them and at this price couldn’t fault them (I paid $200). Paired with both an iPhone 11 and iPhone 7 on a daily basis.

      Sound quality is great and comparable to AirPods (don’t own one, but tried out a cousins for a day).
      I would agree with the other comment that integration with AirPods is better but that’s more from a wholistic approach and not a bad impression of the Sony’s. Bluetooth has been fine for me and has automatically connected 95%+ of the time, so haven’t fumbled in settings much. They’ve only glitched out once for me where each earphone ended connecting to a different device (quick reset fixed it).

      Worn mine in a plane recently (amazing right?) and noise-cancelling worked a treat and they lasted the whole flight (approx 3hrs)

      Cons: main one is that call quality in noisy/windy environments isn’t great for the other end. Have gotten a few complaints and ended up using holding phone to my ear. This has gotten better with software upgrades but I’d say apple are undefeated at this.
      Secondly they are not officially waterproof rated. I have worn these and walked in the rain without any issue but wouldn’t use these in the gym (personally don’t feel comfortable working out with any budded ones, so just use regular Apple ones)

      Having experienced these now I’d be willing to fork out for a pair of AirPods (maybe AirPods 2 if they’re in the pipeline) just for that optimal experience, but would say that the Sony’s are well worth the price and can be forgiven for their minor shortcomings.

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        Thanks for the review.

        Can you tell me why you think these wouldn't be suitable for gym use, or is it just personal preference?

        Is it the lack of water resitance that makes it unsuitable for the gym? How sweaty does one's earhole get?! Are they secure, say, running on a treadmill or a stairclimber for example. Thanks.

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          Yes and Yes.

          In all seriousness the official take is that they’re not rated for excessive sweat coming into contact with them, but I doubt that it would really affect anything (probs a way to get out of a few warranty claims).

          But yeah purely personal preference, you pretty much sum it up with it being sweaty ear holes and mine become itchy if I ignore it. Never felt they were insecure at anytime when I have used them (including sprints to catch buses and trains) and a simple adjustment when I occasionally feel uncertain about their position fixed things up nicely.

          Actually, I don’t think they’ve ever fallen out of my ear (other than times I incorrectly/loosely inserted them)

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      I also own both.
      Got the WF-1000XM3’s v close to release (July 2019) stacking Sony amex deals bc I was in Sydney at the time (pre covid!) and there was a physical sony store there where I could pay on multiple Amexes! They were expensive on release ($399) as there was no other good noise canceling in earl option on the market at the time.

      And the AirPods Pro in June 2020 for ~$149 on an elusive eBay plus deal.

      Similarly - can’t comment on audio quality but based on reviews, the Sony’s supposedly sound better than the AirPods. From a general consumer’s perspective, I think both sound great.

      I always use my AirPods and have my Sony’s as a backup for following reasons:

      • Sony’s never fit in my ears properly. Would often slip out - especially when walking / running, but even when seated. This got so bad I bought different tips, “SpinFit” which helped a bit, but didn’t remedy it. This may be a unique problem for me, but I find that the AirPods are much more secure and I can even run / jump / exercise in them with no issues.

      • AirPods case is smaller. Better for portability, but less overall battery life (when adding up the run time added by the case.) battery life never an issue as if my AirPods run low on power - I probably need a break from stuff in my ear. Usually use overhead (qc35 v1) on long haul for comfort.

      • integrates better w iphone/ Apple. If I owned multiple Apple devices, apparently the hand-off is seamless too. More of my friends own AirPods and we can share audio as well. Easier to view battery life of AirPods and charging case. Case has wireless charging. (Sony does not, but USB C is nice).

      • call quality. tbh I have not tried taking a call on the Sony’s since I got AirPods in June last year and apparently this has improved with software updates.but friends always complained about call quality with the Sony’s to the extent I would swap to a different headset or speakerphone / just hold phone. This wasn’t only outside but in quiet, inside environments as well. No issues with AirPods comparatively.

      • interface. AirPod buttons easier to click and more responsive than the capacitive touch buttons of the Sonys. Often has difficulty putting Sony’s into pair mode w different devices.

      • other notes - Sony. The app has good EQ stuff which I can’t comment on, and a mode which detects the environment are kind you and if you are seated or walking / transiting, and changes the transparency mode (ie noise canceling on / off / transparent). I find the AirPods much easier to change with the button shortcuts or via phone and never used this automated feature with the Sony’s. Each bud is individually heavier than an AirPod. I would also recommend spinfit tips, regardless of if you have fit issues or not.

      • other notes - AirPods. Supposedly easy to switch between multiple paired Apple devices. But a bloody pain to switch between non- Apple devices as you might expect. I sometimes have compatibility issues with my windows work/personal laptop or it’s just buggy.

      I would pay extra (if any) to buy AirPods again over Sony’s. Maybe not worthwhile if you don’t own any apple products. Fit issue seems to be unique to me however.

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        Great review. I hope more people can read it. You should definitely copy this to the next deal on these, as this one is now expired and your hard work might go unread!!

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    Surprised no one is promoting the Airpods Max.

    Don't think you'll find a better deal anywhere else!

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      Don't think it applies to the AirPods Max. You should see a banner saying the promo code can be applied if an item is eligible.

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        Ah. The usual excludes Apple products.

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    I have the Sony and my iPhone picks them up straight away every time.

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    Are these really worth it over say a $50 pair of Soundpeats Truengines? (I'm being genuine!)

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      Check out the YouTube review by Jim's Review Room, I like his reviews a lot.

      ANC is the major feature on these that you don't get on $50 buds. Sound quality is so subjective, and impossible to convey across YT vids. You just have to take the word of a trusted reviewer. Build quality, aesthetics and battery life are easily comparable.

      I have a pair of Soundpeat Sonics, but Im thinking of jumping on this deal.

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      I don't think you can compare the two. The active noise cancellation alone beats the STs. Call quality is a bit crap. But audio and ANC is stellar (the buds).

      The headphones are really comfy and ANC on them are excellent as well.

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    Sooo tempted but dnt have latitude pay. Recently applied for home loan 😂 and got approved. Not sure if it will affect it… 😅

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      Was having a read on the terms and conditions. The sign-up page says that it will not impact your credit score.
      Also:
      There are no fees if you pay on time and no interest.
      There is a $10 fee if you miss a scheduled payment.

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        Yeh, I read that too… My loan basically got approved, but settlement is still a little over a month… so i am not exactly out of the woods yet. I kinda signed up… but too scared to spend on it. I had to close a few credit cards so my loan would get approved.

        I suppose services like this, is considered as some sorta liabilities..
        See this news article… : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9029537/Shopper-cla...

        I guess its not only the credit rating i am worried about, but also how it impacts the overall personal liabilities. :(

  • +1 vote

    So bloody tempted at $264.
    Darnit.
    @OP - is that the lowest it has ever been at?

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      I think so. Not counting refurb deals.

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      So bloody tempted at $264

      Less another $12 CR cashback (@4%)

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    Do you need to sign up to Latitude Pay beforehand or can you do it as part of the checkout?

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      Beforehand, but it only takes a couple of minutes. They verify phone number, email address, ask for your licence verification, and start you off with a grand in your account ( credit)

      I really wonder how these people make money.

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        I really wonder how these people make money.

        They'll certainly take a hit on these promos, but their primary source of revenue is customer default fees.

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        Great thanks for the info

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        22% Interest on credit-cards and a never ending debit cycle. That's how they make money.

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        same as credit cards I suppose, fees on customer AND merchants.

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    Got it for $137 with LatitudePay. Thanks OP!

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    Thanks OP. Also, got 4 % cashback i.e $11.40 from cashrewards.

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      How? I only got $6.80?

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        WH-1000XM4
        4% of $285 (ex GST)

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      Dammit.. Totally forgot About cashrewards..

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    Got 1 thanks OP!

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    Do we need to pay latitude every week or do they direct debit?

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      It's all automatically debited from your nominated card. No further action is required.

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    Managed to avoid buying a 2nd pair, wf1000xm4 due any day now

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    ergh didnt wake up early enough - sub $300 is excellent for tax purposes too