Sony WH-1000XM3: A Replacement for the Bose QC35 Headphones?
With several headphone manufacturers rolling out their own versions of noise-cancelling headphones, it has become quite popular on other headphones, and has generated a lot of buzz over the last ten years. In spite of this, the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 noise-cancelling headphones have retained its position as the king of over-ear noise-cancelling headphones, until the release of the all-new Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones, which are a strong competitor.
As far as noise-cancelling headphones go, Sony has the respect of a lot of users, so it is without a doubt that the release of the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones – a third gen headphone, will mean more competition for any noise-cancelling headphone manufacturers. The Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are priced at $350. Now, let’s take a closer look to see if they are reasonably priced.
Sony WH-1000XM3 – Design
The left ear cup features two buttons; a power button, and a button to switch between noise-cancellation and ambient noise. Still, on the left ear cup is an aux input. The right ear cup carries a USB-C port and touch-sensitive playback with volume buttons. We do not see headphones with touch-sensitive buttons every day, so it took some time to get accustomed to them. However, we did like them after a while. These gesture controls allow you to swipe up or down for volume control, double tap for play/pause, and swipe forward or backwards to skip or play the previous track.
The build of the ear cups allows it to turn almost 180 degrees, so they will sit perfectly over your head and ears. Additionally, the ear cups and head band are heavily padded, so you can wear the headphone comfortably for a long period of time.
All in all, the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones offer an amazing design and sturdy build. Also, they are accompanied with a USB-C charging cable, an aux cable, and a good-looking case. This makes it a great companion for travels.
Sony WH-1000XM3 – Comfort
As compared to other variants of noise-cancelling headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are lightweight. As aforementioned, the ear cups and headband are heavily padded for increased comfort during usage. If you’re going to be travelling long distances with your headphones on, they have to be as comfortable as possible, and this is what the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are all about. We used this headphones for several hours without any problems relating to discomfort. Every bit of it was enjoyable because of the added comfort measures.
Sony WH-1000XM3 – Sound
Although the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 headphones did an awesome job as far as sound production is concerned, it could still be improved upon. Sony has been known to produce amazing sound quality from time to time, and the Sony WH-1000XM3 lived up to the standard; it sounds great. Let’s consider the quality of the bass; it is deep, strong, and powerful, but it is not in excess as you would notice with other headphones. Although the headphones are bass-heavy, it produces bass just the way users would prefer – not excessive. The only time I won’t advise the Sony WH-1000XM3 is if you want to use them for audiophiles. Other than that, they’re great headphones with an amazing sound quality.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 boasts a well-tuned mid-range. The low miss brings decent warmth, and at the same time, there is a lot of high/mid response to give the vocals and guitars a voice.
It also features a decent, high-end response. However, we could clearly notice the low-end performance outshining the highs. A few more tweaks to the quality would have been great. In spite of this, the headphones are a valuable product with reasonable quality.
Finally, the most anticipated aspect of the headphones – its voice-cancellation feature. The Sony WH-1000XM3 has an amazing voice-cancellation feature that is equivalent to, and even outperforms that of the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones. These headphones are your best bet if you’re going on long trips, because you won’t have to worry about outside noise.
Sony WH-1000XM3 – Performance
Though the Sony WH-1000XM3 has several high-tech features, it still operates with Bluetooth 4.2 which is fairly out of date, since we currently have the Bluetooth 5.0 Standard. However, you can still get a lot out of this Bluetooth’s connectivity, as it offers a listening range of 10 meters or 33 feet, which still makes a lot of sense.
Furthermore, the Sony WH-1000XM3 boasts an amazing battery life, lasting up to 30 hours when the noise-cancellation feature is turned on, and 38 hours if you decide to turn off noise-cancellation.
It is safe to say that the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones have a much better replacement now. With that long-lasting battery life, long distance travellers won’t have to face any power-related challenges while in transit.
Sony WH-1000XM3 – Conclusion
From our Sony WH-1000XM3 review, we can confidently say that the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphone’s replacement has finally arrived after a long wait. The Sony WH-1000XM3 beats the Bose QuietComfort 35 in several aspects, as it offers a better and more fashionable design, better bass and sound in general, and an extended battery life.
We can easily say that the Sony WH-1000XM3 is currently the best headphones with noise-cancelling features available today.
There is only one disadvantage: the price. Priced at below $350, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is obviously not a low-budget headphone. But, if you buy in eventually, you can be sure that you’ve made a long-term investment for your long-distance travels.
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