Best noise cancelling headphones in 2019 | Review and Compare

Last Updated: December 31, 2020

These days wireless bluetooth headphones is an important gadget for every individual. Finding a good and effective noise cancelling headphones can be tough given the unlimited options available in the market. Looking for Bose vs Sony noise cancelling headphones, in this post I am going to review 2 best noise cancelling headphones in Australia.

Over ear headphones

Noise cancelling headphones basically comes in two types: over-the-ear and in-ear. Some other types like on-ear and around-ear are also available, but they are not very common.

Some people prefer over-the-ear headphones because they are more comfortable and offer excellent noise cancelling. In-ear headphones are usually less pricey but their ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) feature and battery life aren't very impressive. Nevertheless, some people are in need of in-ear headphones for use during workouts and sports. And if these products offer noise cancelling, that's their plus point!

Renowned brands like Bose and Sony both make these types of headphones for their customers but their feature set varies from model to model.

Bose audio equipment is famous in the world in the branded headphones category and it is also a bit more expensive simply because the company uses the latest technology in their products. Their tagline "better sound is just the beginning" says a lot about the quality of their products. People trust Bose headphones not only because they are beautifully designed but also because they offer comfortable listening for hours on end.

However, Sony needs no introduction as the company has been producing all kinds of electronics since decades. They have an extensive range of noise cancelling headphones with an impressive battery life at competitive prices. They have recently added aptX HD support in their headphones to enjoy 24-bit music quality over Bluetooth. This feature gives them an edge over the competitor Bose in this case.

The top 2 branded headphones presented in this review are: Bose QuietComfort Series II and Sony Sports WH1000XM3. Both of these offer excellent noise cancelling experience.

In this post I am going to list down their features and compare both the products. After comparing them feature by feature, a winner under each feature is also announced. The feature set is presented for comparison so that the process becomes easier for first-timers as well as experienced buyers out there.

Our Top Picks

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II)

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II

Sony Sports WH1000XM3

Sony Sports WH1000XM3

Best noise cancelling headphones in Australia

Here are the brief product descriptions and important features:

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II)

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II)

This model by Bose has been often called "smart headphones" by critics. It comes with Google Assistant integration and many other smart features that you will enjoy for a long time to come. As compared to other over-ear models, this pair of headphones is not very bulky either. It comes in very attractive colors to suit the requirements of different consumers.

Features

  • Bluetooth Range: 10 M
  • Weight: 236 g
  • Colors: Black / Silver / Rose Gold
  • Battery Life: Up to 20 hours
  • Incomparable noise cancellation
  • Google Assitant Integration

Sony Sports WH1000XM3

Sony Sports WH1000XM3

Durable, long lasting and HD noise cancelling for a superior experience, are some of the features that describe Sony flagship headphones. They also come with integrated Alexa Assistant and some other advanced specs like volume control touch sensor and frequency response from 4Hz to 40,000Hz.

Features

  • Bluetooth Range: 10 M
  • Weight: 254 g
  • Colors: Black / Silver
  • Battery Life: Up to 32 hours
  • Industry leading noise cancellation
  • Touch sensor volume controls

Let's have a look at the below video which outlines differences between the two. This will really help in making a decision better.

Bose vs Sony noise cancelling headphones

It is now time to compare and explore the products in terms of some important features that every consumer considers so that you can add up the points for each of the model and then choose the ultimate winner for yourself.

Set Up

Setting up the Bose headphones is fairly quick and easy. It can be done in 3 ways:

  • Connecting via Bluetooth
  • Connection through an app
  • Turn On the headphones and the Bluetooth and NFC features of your smartphone. Tap the headphones of your smart device to the touchpoint of the headphones and it may prompt you to accept pairing.

Although Sony Sports WH1000XM3 has also provided all the above methods of setting up the device but application wise it is less user friendly as compared to it's counterpart Bose. 


Winner: Bose QC 35 Series II

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

Bose QC 35 Series II

One of the most highly-rated, excellently designed with undoubtedly the best noise cancelling feature, this pair of headphones won't disappoint anyone. It delivers a balanced audio performance at any volume along with noise-rejecting dual microphone system for crystal clear sound.

It's only direct competitor so far is Sony WH1000XM3 especially in terms of noise cancellation.

Bose offers high and low mode for ANC. World class noise cancellation with Bose optimized audio in the high mode and for quieter and windy environments it can be fined tuned for audio listening.

Sony Sports WH1000XM3

Durable, long lasting and HD noise cancelling for a superior experience, are some of the features that describe Sony flagship headphones.

Sony WH1000XM3 offers noise cancelling 4 times better than it's previous versions. It is powered by SENSE ENGINETM which can adjust the level of noise cancelling but it is still not able to outperform the quality of noise cancellation offered by it's counterpart Bose.


Winner: Bose QC 35 Series II

Battery Life

Bose QC 35 Series II
  • 20-22 hours of battery at NC mode.
  • It takes about 2 hours to full charge the headphones.
  • 2.5 hours of playtime can be achieved by only 15 minutes charge.
  • A voice prompt announces the battery level.
Sony Sports WH1000XM3
  • About 27-30 hours of battery at NC mode.
  • It takes about 2.5 hours to fully recharge.
  • Five hours of play-time can be achieved on a 5-minute charge.


Winner: Sony Sports WH1000XM3

Connections

For Bose headphones, you can store up to 8 connected devices  in the headphones pairing list and your headphones can be connected up to 2 devices at the same time. However in Sony, you need to unpair one device to pair with another one. This is a huge bonus in Bose Quiet Comfort 35 (Series II).

Although both these headphones offer 9 m or up to 30-foot range but performance-wise Bose Quiet Comfort 35 (Series II) has outperformed Sony Sports WH1000XM3 in the interference level.


Winner: Bose QC 35 Series II

Value for Money

In comparison with Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II), Sony has a slight edge for more bang for your buck. With quality audio performance, exceptional battery life, leading application features and comparable active noise cancellation among the top brands.

Sony Sports WH1000XM3 has kept it's price similar to it's counterpart Bose but overall provides more features. So in this feature category, Sony WH1000XM3 is a clear winner.


Winner: Sony Sports WH1000XM3

Architecture & Design

Architecture and design

As compared to other over-ear models, this pair of Bose headphones are not very bulky either. It also comes in very attractive colors to suit the requirements of different consumers as compared to Sony which only offers Black and Silver.

The headband of Bose is soft and does not hurt for longer listening whereas Sony has a slightly tighter headband.

For continues listening Bose is much better as compared to Sony. This is because the distance between the driver and the ears is much in Sony as compared to Bose.


Winner: Bose QC 35 Series II

Sound Quality

Branded Headphones

Bose QC 35 (Series II) delivers a balanced audio performance at any volume along with a noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for crystal clear sound. The quality of the sound remains intact till the point NC is ON, When NC is switched off the quality of the audio falls appreciably.

For Sony WH1000XM3 the quality of the sound remains the same whether an NC is turned off or ON. The frequency response from 4Hz to 40,000Hz makes sure the headphones offer high-quality sound. So quite clearly Sony WH1000XM3 is the winner in this feature category.


Winner: Sony Sports WH1000XM3

Call Quality

Branded Headphones

For Bose headphones, the in-built mics helps in maintaining the quality of the call while NC is off or on, the quality is impeccable and remains the same throughout, which is the USP.

However, we have experienced a lot of disturbance in the call quality in Sony NC headphones. So we would rank Bose much higher in this category.


Winner: Bose QC 35 Series II

Sound Controls

Branded Headphones

In branded headphones, QC 35 has controls on the right ear cup. It has traditional buttons but compared to Sony WH1000XM3 where you control the music via touch, Bose is very well-built.

Bose has 3 buttons which can change the number, control the volume and pause or change the number. When connected through the phone app, you can control the music through the app as well. The switching of devices through bluetooth, software upgrades is real easy in Bose.

Sony WH1000XM3 has a touch technology where swiping up and down controls the volume of the device and tapping the device once pause the audio.

In our view, a touch of Sony is very sensitive so Bose is having an advantage in this feature.


Winner: Bose QC 35 Series II

In summary, here is the table which shows the comparison between the two feature by feature and winner in each category

Feature

Bose QC 35 Series II

Sony Sports WH1000XM3

Set Up

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

Battery Life

Connections

Value for Money

Architecture & Design

Sound Quality

Call Quality

Sound Controls


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