If we talk about headphone headphones with good quality noise cancellation, those of the Bose and Sony manufacturers will come to mind. Both have in their catalog incredible and perfect models for those who travel frequently and users who work in open-plan offices, opening a new battle for this segment. In the comparison Bose Noise Canceling 700 vs. Sony WH-1000XM3 we detail all the features so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
After more than a decade of experience in its QuietComfort design, which defined by itself the noise cancellation category, Bose has launched a new pair of headphones that reimagines the company's aesthetics with more minimalism than ever. The new Bose Noise Canceling 700 aims directly at Sony's acclaimed WH-1000xM3, which offer many good things and claim the best call quality jams heard with a pair of headphones. Is the new Bose model ready to take down the best of Sony?
Design and adjustment
If you are looking for the most elegant pair of noise canceling headphones to wear in the city, we chose Bose. With clean and rounded lines and a very discreet appearance, they outperform the Sony model. What the WH-1000Xm3 offer and Bose headphones do not have is a more traditional business-style look, with plush skin, soft lines and discreet headphones (but still attractive). It is also worth noting for those who want more than basic black, that the Bose are now available in three colors: black, "Luxe Silver" and "Soapstone", while the Sony model is only available in black or silver .
Comfort, however, is something else entirely. The main editor of Digital Trends, Caleb Denison, believes that the Bose model is the most comfortable of the noise canceling headphones he has ever used – and has spent a lot of time with the Sony model – but others feel that Sony, with Their thick memory foam headband instead of the Bose rubber, they fit better. As always, we recommend trying both, if possible.
Both headphones are very attractive and comfortable, but we give Bose a slight advantage in terms of overall design. We will call it a tight victory for Bose, but we can say with confidence that, regardless of the pair you buy, you will like its appearance and, probably, they will feel very comfortable.
Winner: Bose Noise Canceling 700
Features, controls and battery life
The Bose QC 35 II model was overshadowed when compared to the Sony WH-1000xM3 in terms of features, but the Bose Noise Canceling 700 has many of the functions that made people prefer the Sony model in recent years; These include extras such as touch controls, USB-C charging and a series of advanced application-based features, such as the ability to adjust the amount of noise cancellation you want. They even have a total of eight different microphones to provide the best call quality we have heard from a pair of wireless headphones.
However, except for the quality of the calls, Sony goes a little further than the Bose model, since it offers 30 hours of battery life compared to 20 hours of the Bose 700, the possibility of adjusting the equalization within its application and even a pressure adjustment function for when you fly: no more snapping in the ears! So although both pairs of headphones have many functions and are very easy to use, we give the points to Sony here. Additional features (especially battery life) place them above average.
Winner: Sony WH-1000XM3
Both pairs of headphones sound fantastic, offering wide sound scenarios and details that will help you listen to your favorite tunes in a new light, but Sony's WH-1000xM3 provide more balance when playing our favorite music.
Sony headphones are a bit more serious, but they keep the medium and high records very flat and accessible, with the company's acclaimed audio processing working especially well in dense mixes for dynamic sound, which is also quite smooth. The Bose 700 are a bit more sober in the bass, but seem to provide a strong boost in the upper mid-range, making them too loud for our ears with some musical genres. If we add to this the fact that the Sony WH-1000XM3 have the ability to adjust the equalizer, we believe it is the best pair for headphones, although we also like the sound of the Bose Noise Canceling 700.
Winner: Sony WH-1000XM3
At a price that is $ 100 dollars less than the $ 400 dollars of the Bose Noise Canceling 700, along with a slightly better sound and more features, Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are still the best buy when it comes to headphones with noise cancellation First quality, although we can boast with the look (and feel) of the latest Bose model. That said, if you make a ton of phone calls on your trips, it is worth remembering that the Bose 700 offers significantly better call quality, and a super-elegant and premium storage case.
Winner: Sony WH-1000XM3