Sony WH1000XM3 vs Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Sony WH1000XM3 review
vs
Bose QuietComfort 35 II review

Let's talk about two pairs of wireless headphones Bose QuietComfort 35 II vs Sony WH-1000XM3. They have pretty much in common, as both devices are closed back and have an over-ear wearing style. But now I am going to show what is different between them.

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Features

Sony WH-1000XM3 has 16 Ohm of impedance and 104 dB of sensitivity. Another important feature is the frequency response which is 4 Hz - 40 kHz. It also has aptX HD support. With regard to NFC, it is available for both appliances. The mentioned devices support Google Assistant and Siri.

Buying wireless headphones, one of the first things people are curious about is their battery life. In this case, Bose QuietComfort 35 II works 20 hours and Sony WH-1000XM3 – up to 30 hours. Charging of the first device takes 2 hours, while you should spend 3 hours charging the second one. If you need a device with a speed charge option, then buy the one made by Bose. By the way, there is a battery level indicator whatever appliance you get.

Sound

With Bose QuietComfort 35 II, you get a powerful audio performance with a deep bass response and sculpted highs. Tracks with powerful sub-bass content sound intense. Sony WH-1000XM3 has a warm presentation with the smooth, clean midrange, rolled off highs, and elevated low end.

Comfort and design

A nice carry case comes with each pair of headphones. Another feature that makes them portable is the fact that they fold. Moreover, they have a detachable cable which is 120 long in the case with Bose QuietComfort 35 II.

You can use these headphones for video conferences or just talking on the phone as they are equipped with a microphone. Sony WH-1000XM3 can be controlled only with a touchpad, while using Bose QuietComfort 35 II you have to push the built-in buttons. With regard to their weight, the first one has 380 g, while the second one weighs 240 g.

Sony WH1000XM3 pros and cons

Sony WH1000XM3 pros and cons

Pros

  • The zippers of the carry case are splash resistant, so water won't just pour in if it gets wet
  • Can work up to 38 hours with noise canceling function off
  • A wonderful choice for those who like to travel
  • The earcups roomy and well padded, and the headband is also very soft of the top of the head

Cons

  • Not breathable enough for doing sport

Bose QuietComfort 35 II pros and cons

Bose QuietComfort 35 II pros and cons

Pros

  • Beefed up the low end
  • Best-in-class noise cancellation
  • On-ear access to Google Assistant
  • Excellent for long listening sessions

Cons

  • DSP has a major impact on audio at top volumes
  • No inline remote on the audio cable

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Rating 4.5 4.5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Sony WH1000XM3
9.6
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
8.5
10
10
10
10
9
9
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Common

Product

Sony WH1000XM3
Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Model

WH1000XM3
QuietComfort 35 II

Brand

Sony
Bose

Reviews

8834
17751

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

closed back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

Impedance, Ohm

16

Frequency response, Hz

4Hz-40KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

104

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

380/13.4
240/8.3

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

120/3.9

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

Google Assistant, Siri
Google Assistant, Siri, Amazon Alexa

App control

Control functions

volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, fast forward/rewind, noise cancelling, voice assistant
volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, fast forward/rewind, noise cancelling, voice assistant

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth version

4.2
4.1

aptX

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

Bluetooth profiles

A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
A2DP, AVRCP, HFP

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

rechargable
rechargable

Battery life, hrs

38 (30 without noise cancelling)
20

Charging time, hrs

3
2

Charging port

USB-C
micro USB

Charging cable

USB-C to USB-A
micro USB to USB-A

Speed charge

Battery free listening mode

Battery level indicator

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Sony WH1000XM3
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Sony WH1000XM3
Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 9.6
  • 8.5
  • 9.6Sony WH1000XM3
  • 8.5Bose QuietComfort 35 II

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