If you are looking for a pair of new headphones, chances are you have been looking at the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones and the Bose QC35 II. Especially as these are two of the hottest headphones on the market at the moment.
Not surprisingly, however, many people have problems trying to figure out which of the two is the right choice for their particular needs. After all, both are excellent, high-quality headphones that provide superb sound, and are likely to please no matter which you choose.
The price — If you are trying to decide between the two pairs of headphones by price, that is impossible as both sets of headphones are priced around the same. Unless, of course, you head to Amazon where you may occasionally find the Bose QC35 II at a slightly lower price.
Headphone comfort — If you wear your headphones for many hours at a time, you will want to be sure the ones you buy are properly padded, not too tight and comfortable.
The Bose QC35 II tends to be lighter on your head than the Sony WH-1000XM3, but has less padding in the actual headphone itself. If you are looking for comfort above anything else, however, especially for extended periods of time, then the Bose QC35 II may be the safer choice.
Noise cancellation — Both pairs of headphones do very well at cancelling out differing noise levels.
The Bose QC35 II has an easy to reach button on the left headphone that does that, but the button also manages Google Assistant, which can become a little confusing depending on what you need.
Meanwhile the Sony WH-1000XM3 has several buttons that control volume, music playback and even answer phone calls, so it does tend to be a little easier to use. As the buttons can sometimes be unreliable, however, neither set of headphones completely wins out here.
Audio performance — It does not matter whether you choose the Bose QC35 II over the Sony WH-1000XM3, or vice versa, as both do a superb job when it comes to the actual audio performance.
The sound on both is rich and clear, although the Bose QC35 II tends to be the one that comes in right in the middle of the frequency range, with no frequency being more pronounced than any other.
The Sony WH-1000XM3, on the other hand, is slightly less balanced with low-end frequencies being a little more obvious.
If this is something that will bother you, especially with extensive listening, then the Bose QC35 II may be the better choice for you.
Battery life — While both pairs of headphones can obviously be used in wired mode, many users want to be able to use them out on the street or in their car in wireless mode. This is where the battery life comes in.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 is the clear winner here as it tends to last up to 26 hours for every charge, compared to the less than 20 hours of the Bose QC35 II.