Sony’s WH-1000 series of headphones are often said to be comparable to the stalwart of wireless noise-cancelling headphones, the Bose QC35 series.
The WH-1000 XM3 headphones are very good, and they do a couple of things better than Bose.
But there’s a potential deal-breaker in the Sony headphones for some people.
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I’ve heard a lot about these “Bose-killer” headphones from Sony, the WH-1000 XM3, so I wanted to see what all the hype was about.
Indeed, Bose’s QC35 and Sony’s WH-1000 series headphones are among the most common I see in New York. I know the Bose are good, so it’s no surprise a lot of people use them. And after trying Sony’s it’s no surprise they’re popular as well.
The Sonys are undoubtedly one of the closest competitors to Bose’s heralded QC35 series of headphones, at least in the $350 range. But they’re not exactly the same.
Check out how Sony’s WH-1000 XM3 headphones stack up against the Bose QC35 II below:
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Design is up to you. The Bose QC35 II have a classic Bose look that’s perhaps a little too classic these days. The Sony XM3s have a sleeker, more modern and minimalist look.
The Bose QC35 II are slightly more comfortable.
The QC35 II feel lighter on your head and have softer ear and headband pads than the Sonys, and they’re more comfortable as a result. The Sonys are still pretty comfortable, though.
Anyone and everyone will be happy with the sound produced by both these headphones, but the Bose sound better out of the box.
Both headphones deliver great sound that anyone would be happy with, but I personally had to make a few adjustments with the Sonys to get the sound I wanted.
Out of the box, the Bose sound a little better than the Sonys, at least in the way that I like music to sound. I like clarity and brightness, as well as ample bass, and the Bose deliver. The Sonys sound slightly more muffled out of the box, but you can thankfully change the way they sound with the Sony headphones app, and it makes a world of difference.
In Sony’s app, I change the equalizer to the “bright” setting. Indeed, a bright sound is exactly what I like, and the Sonys nail it.
Noise cancellation: Both are excellent, but Sony edges out a win.
After testing out each pair of headphones in planes, subways, noisy New York City, and the office, I’ve found that both the Sonys and the Bose do a fantastic job of cancelling outside noise, but the Sonys do have a slight edge.
Still, both headphones shock me when it comes to just how much sound they block out. When I take either pair off my ears in the New York streets or subway, both make me wonder how I ever managed to stay sane without them.
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