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Video: Bose QuietComfort 35 II Or Sony WF-1000XM3: Which Headphones Are Better In Everyday Life?
If you want to buy new noise-canceling headphones, you have to make an important decision. Should it be the big over-ear headphones - or modern in-ears that now also support active noise canceling? In the past few weeks, I have used both the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and the Sony WF-1000XM3 in my everyday life and received important insights that should surely help you with your purchase decision.
Why choose Bose over-ear headphones?
- Noise canceling: It is actually the case that the Bose QuietComfort 35 II completely surrounds the ear and thus ensures very good noise suppression. You basically get a double filter that absorbs both ambient noise and voices well.
- Battery life: a long flight or an eternal train journey. Since the headphones must not let go. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II feels like they last forever. The longest wearing time with small interruptions was 10 hours. After that, the headphones still had about 50 percent of the battery capacity.
- Comfort: Even long days in the office are no problem with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. The fabric of the ear pads is pleasantly soft, so you can wear the headphones for a long time without any problems. The headphones are also very light and do not press.
- Sound: Thanks to the good noise canceling and the shielding over the ear pads, the sound comes across very well. Interruptions in the Bluetooth connection to the cell phone or MacBook occasionally occur, but are not a major problem.
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Why choose Sony in-ear headphones?
- Portability: The Sony WF-1000XM3 are small, light and can be easily put in your pants or jacket pocket. That is one of the biggest advantages of in-ear headphones. You don't have to carry around a large box that takes up a lot of space in your backpack.
- Sound: The sound of the Sony headphones is very good - even a little better than the Bose. Many settings can be made via the app.
- Operation: There are touch areas on both headphones. You can use this to perform certain functions. You get used to it surprisingly quickly and can also adjust it individually in the app.
- Noise canceling: Noise canceling is not as good as with Bose. You can hear voices, typing on the keyboard and other sounds much more clearly, which is really annoying in the office or train. You have to turn up the volume of the music, which is not always optimal. The intensity of noise canceling can be individually determined for this.
- Battery life: According to Sony, there is a maximum of 6 hours. I haven't quite reached it. The last train ride ended after 5.5 hours. Then the headphones have to be put back into the charging case and after about 15 minutes you have enough juice for a little over an hour of running time. Not ideal for long flights. If you have a long working day, you have to recharge at least once. For in-ear headphones with always activated noise canceling at the highest level, this is still a pretty good result.
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What speaks against Bose over-ear headphones?
- Portability: Just putting it in your pocket is not an option here. You can hang the headphones around your neck, but then have them around your neck all the time.
- Comfort: The comfort is not only a positive point, but also a negative one. If you wear the Bose headphones for a very long time in summer or at warmer temperatures, your ears will get very warm.
What is wrong with Sony in-ear headphones?
- Seat: You have to have the right ear for in-ear headphones. This also applies to the Sony WF-1000XM3. The headphones are unusually shaped and appear to be attached to the ear rather than embedded in the ear. Once you have found the right size of the attachments, the headphones fit comfortably. But you shouldn't move too much with it. Because the headphones protrude so strongly from the ear, they fluctuate with the walking. This is uncomfortable in the long run. The headphones have never fallen out, however. I wouldn't go jogging with it.
- Power supply: The case of the Sony WF-1000XM3 can only be charged via USB-C cable. There is no wireless charging function. This is a disadvantage when it comes to Apple's AirPods Pro and Samsung's Galaxy Buds.
Sony or Bose? In-ear or over-ear? Now which is better?
True wireless headphones with ANC: WF-1000XM3 from Sony
There is no clear winner. It always depends on what you want to do with it.
- I would recommend the Bose headphones in the office and on long trips. Noise canceling is simply better, so you are less disturbed by voices and other noises. The battery life is also much longer with one charge.
- The Sony headphones are suitable for shorter journeys and for situations where over-ear headphones are simply unsuitable. The sound is great, but you shouldn't be in noisy environments where there is a lot of talking. You don't have to think about whether you really need the headphones, which is the case with the Bose. The Sony In-Ears are put in your pocket and you can always access them.
If you can't have both, I have to decide. If I had to choose, I would choose the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. For me, shielding from the outside world when working and traveling is more important than portability. I would also get the Sony headphones. So you have the right headphones for every situation.
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