Bose QuietComfort 35 vs Sony MDR-1000X
All high end noise cancelling head phones are going to be compared to the Bose QuietComforts. I’ve reviewed a lot of headphones that get close but never match them. So Bose QuietComfort 35 vs Sony MDR-1000X. Let’s get ready to rumble.
After a very scientific test of taking both the Sony and the Bose headphones on the plane here are the results. Both are amazing at making outside noise literally disappear. There’s no hiss and whine that other wireless and noise-cancelling headphones have. Both headphones are actively pushing silence into your head. You’ll feel a change in pressure, which is odd at first, but you’ll get used to it and the sensation goes away when you play music. Both have bluetooth for wireless play and a 3.5mm jack if the 20 hour battery runs out of juice. Both have an excellent mic for calls. Both fold down for easy travel and come with hard shell cases. Comfort wise they’re both excellent even for long periods of time. So far it’s neck and neck but not for long.
Sound quality wise I like the Sonys by a decent amount. The sound seems grander. Highs are higher and lows are lower. Sony has a “Personal NC Optimizer” feature which calibrates the sound to the listener. It takes into account the shape of your head, ear drums and whether you have big hair or wear glasses. You trigger it by holding the NC button and it takes a few seconds. The headphones play a series of test tones like when you calibrate surround sound speakers. When I read this in the instruction booklet I assumed it would be a gimmick. I was wrong. It works and it makes the sound deep, strong and realistic.
For me the Bose head phones look better and are lighter but the Sony headphones feel stronger and are a bit more discrete.
For me the Bose head phones look better and are lighter but the Sony headphones feel stronger and are a bit more discrete. While Bose uses hard buttons for controls the Sony has touch sensitive controls on the right ear cup which takes a while to get used to but is very cool. What’s even cooler is the Sony quick listen mode. Hold your hand to the right ear cup and your music will fade down and outside voices will be amplified. I’d like the chicken option and a cup of coffee thanks. No more taking your headphones off to hear what people are asking…Brilliant! The quick listen mode is the cherry on top of what are now the best headphones in the game.