Headphones and earphones can make or break your working/traveling/workout experience. Choosing a good pair of headphones can be challenging. We’ve written on specs like the difference between noise-cancelling vs noise-isolating headphones. Now we’re going to focus on two behemoth brands: Sony vs Bose.

Sony vs Bose: Which Noise Cancelling Headphones Are Better?

For the purpose of this post we’ve chosen Sony and Bose noise-cancelling headphones that are comparable in price to compare.

Sony 1000XM2 Headphones

RRP: £299

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Personalised, Adaptive Noise Cancellation
Sony‘s stunning noise cancellation lets you fully immerse yourself in your music, without the distraction of external ambient noise. It adapts to your own personal preference and responds to what you’re doing. Smart Listening with Adaptive Sound Control detects your activity such as travelling, walking or waiting, and adjusts ambient sound settings accordingly (Sony Headphones Connect App download required). Personal characteristics like head size, glasses and hair are analysed for optimal sound delivery. It even counteracts atmospheric pressure at high altitude for the best sound on a long flight. Driven by Sony‘s Sense Engine tech you can adjust the ambient sound at a touch. The handy Quick Attention feature lets you decrease music volume instantly by placing your hand over the housing for a quick chat, without having to stop the music.

High-Resolution Audio
Gain greater dynamism from your music collection with High-Resolution Audio support. Increasing both audio samples per second, and the bit-rate accuracy of each sample, gives great assurance that your music is heard at the same studio quality that was intended by the engineer. These headphones include a powerful 40mm driver with liquid crystal polymer for handling those heavy beats, and have an impressive frequency range of 4Hz to 40kHz. DSEE HX technology upscales compressed non Hi-Res music files to nearly High-Resolution Audio quality too, so whatever you’re listening to sounds as good as possible.

High-Quality Wireless Listening with LDAC
Get rid of the cable clutter with Bluetooth wireless listening. LDAC technology transmits approximately three times the amount of data as normal Bluetooth for a heightened listening experience, and seamlessly handles High-Resolution Audio over a wireless connection. NFC offers simple one-touch connection. The rechargeable battery allows you to listen wirelessly for up to 30 hours with noise cancelling on, or up to 38 hours without it.

Smooth Touch Control
The ear cups are touch sensitive so you can control playback, adjust volume and take calls with a simple tap of the headphones. Just double tap for hands-free calls.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones

RRP: £329

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Acoustic Noise Cancellation
The QC35 headphones let you focus on your music, movies and videos. And they reduce what you don’t want to hear. Like a crowded city street, cabin noise inside an airplane or a busy office. Acoustic Noise Cancellation and other unique electronics make it happen. Even the comfy ear cushions give you an extra level of quiet by sealing out some of the world around you. And be assured of beautifully balanced Bose sound quality due to optimised EQ at any volume.

Bluetooth & NFC Wireless
Say goodbye to the wires by linking your headphones to your smart device through Bluetooth, or with one-tap NFC. With noise-cancelling turned on, you’ll get a massive 20-hours of wireless listening and 40-hours of wired listening (cable included) per charge. This way, you’ll get all the benefits of wireless without the worry of running out of juice. And if the battery should run out, just plug in as normal with the included cable to keep the music playing.

Simple Control
Download the free Bose Connect app (iOS & Android) to switch between connected Bluetooth devices at the click of a button. This way, you can switch from your iPad to your iPhone to take a call automatically. By using the app, you can adjust the level of noise cancellation too, so you can let in as much or as little of the outside world as you like, with three different levels. This app also lets you download software updates, read product tips and tinker with your set’s settings.

Google Assistant Built-in
With Google Assistant built-in you can control the playback of your music, send and receive texts, and get answers from Google. All with just your voice. Just press and hold the ‘action’ button on the ear-cup to get talking. A noise-rejecting dual microphone ensures accurate Google response and clear phone calls in noisy environments. And the multi-function button still lets you access your phone’s own smart assistant.

Premium & Lightweight Build
Get all-day comfort with the luxurious headband and ear cushions. Constructed from premium materials throughout, they’re lightweight but strong, and built for extremely comfortable wear, even over long listening sessions. With such attention to detail, the QC35s have the lush fit and hardy build to go the distance.

What do we think? Well, the Built-in Google Assistant gives the Bose QC 35 Headphones a bit more personality than the Sony’s. The Bose QC 35 is lighter and more comfortable to wear, however, the Sony 1000XM2 Headphones arguably have better noise-cancelling properties and certainly have a longer lasting battery. We also really appreciate Sony’s Smart Listening with Adaptive Sound Control feature. What’s it gonna be? Still researching? You can check out our expanded selection of headphones here

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