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Compare the Bose QuietComfort 35 II to the Sony WH-1000XM3

The Sony WH-1000XM3 and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II are headphones with high-end noise canceling. While they have many things in common, they also differ in a number of important respects. For example, the Bose headphones have multipoint pairing, so you can connect them to 2 devices at the same time. The battery life of the Sony headphones is 18 hours longer. In this article, we'll compare both headphones so you can choose which are best for you.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Black

Over ear | 20-hour battery life | Noise canceling
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  • Active noise canceling mutes disturbing ambient noise and noise.
  • You can control the headset with your voice via Google Assistant.
  • Determine the strength of the noise canceling yourself with the Bose Connect app.
  • Via Bluetooth you stream music wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet.
  • If the noise canceling is off or the battery is empty, the sound quality is poor.

Sony WH-1000XM3

Over-ear | 30-hour battery life | High-end noise canceling
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  • Use Bluetooth to wirelessly stream music from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Active noise canceling muffles distracting ambient noise and white noise.
  • The Smart Listening function adjusts the degree of noise canceling to your activity.
  • The headphones don't include a 6.3mm adapter.

Compare the Bose Quietcomfort 35 II to the Sony WH-1000XM3

Bose Quietcomfort 35 II Sony WH-1000XM3
Adjust noise canceling Yes Yes
Control music with physical buttons Yes No
Control music with touch pad No Yes
Multipoint pairing Yes No
Battery life 20 hours 30 hours

Noise canceling

Strong noise canceling

Strong noise canceling

The main reason to buy the Bose QuietComfort 35 or the Sony WH-1000XM3 is the active noise canceling. The noise canceling of the QuietComfort is very effective. Once you put on the headphones, it feels like your ears are plugged. You'll no longer hear the sound of the train or a colleague typing next to you.

Adjustable noise canceling

Different modes of noise canceling

Like the Bose QuietComfort 35, the Sony WH-1000XM3 has active noise canceling. In addition, these Sony headphones have 2 modes to amplify ambient noise. In Normal Mode, you'll hear the sound just as you would if you weren't wearing headphones. With Voice Mode, you can hear the voices of people around you better.

Sound quality

Quiet listening experience

Quiet listening experience

The Bose QuietComfort35 has a clear sound that's pleasant for a quiet listening experience. When the battery is empty, or if you switch off noise canceling, this adversely affects the sound quality. The battery lasts up to 20 hours with noise canceling switched on.

Detailed listening experience

Detailed listening experience

The Sony WH-1000XM3 has a more powerful sound compared to the QuietComfort 35. The bass is heavy, and you can adjust the sound to your liking via the equalizer in the Sony Headphones Connect app. The battery lasts up to 30 hours with noise canceling switched on and up to 38 hours with noise canceling switched off.

Music controls

Physical buttons

Physical buttons

You control your music with the buttons on the right ear cup of the QuietComfort. You can adjust the volume, change songs, and pause the music. Use the Bose Connect app to control your music from your smartphone or tablet. This app also allows you to install software updates and change settings.

Touch pad

Touch pad

In the case of the Sony WH-1000XM3, you control the music via the touch pad on the right ear cup. By swiping up, down, left, or right, you adjust the volume and go to the next or previous song. You can pause the music by tapping the touch pad twice.

Wearing comfort

Ear cups

Long-term use

The Bose headphones are lightweight and have very soft ear cushions. Thanks to the deep ear cups, your ears won't come into contact with the headphones' interior. This means you can listen to music for a long time. The inner headband is soft, so it's not too tight.

Ear cups

Short use

The Sony headphones are comfortable if you don't plan to listen to music more than 2 hours. With long-term use, your ears start to hurt. This is mainly because the drivers come into contact with your ears. With the Bose headphones, the space between the drivers and your ears is bigger, so no contact takes place.

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