Sony WH-1000Xm3 vs. Bose QC35II: Which is the best and why?

The race between last year’s Sony 1000x and Bose QC35 was tight. This year, the race wasn’t so close. With the Sony 1000Xm3 and Bose QC 35 II, Sony upped its ANC tech while Bose added some convenience features. Who wins this title of Best Noise Cancelling Headphones in 2019? Watch to find out!

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50 thoughts on “Sony WH-1000Xm3 vs. Bose QC35II: Which is the best and why?

  • March 18, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I have tried the Sony's and they sound amazing. I own the QC35 II and prefer the physical buttons over gesture controls. If I could afford both, I would use the Sony's for listening to hip hop only, and Bose for everything else. I would definitely choose Bose for movie watching during a flight.

  • March 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    The inability to maintain connections with multiple devices (laptop and phone in my case) was a massive deal breaker for me. On this note only, I don't recommend the Sony if you constantly switch from one device to the other. It's really painful in the long run. My 6 years old Jabra Revo Wireless has multi-device support. Sony fails big time with this late 2018 headphones.

  • March 18, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Bose > Sony

    1. Comfort… the ear cushions don’t mush down onto your face essentially placing the plastic directly on you. Also, ears don’t get sweaty and there’s more room.
    2. Tactical buttons to activate volume control and pause/play.
    3. 2 device connectivity
    4. Aesthetically, Bose look nicer consider they’re thinner and are held closer to the head
    5. I prefer the clarity of various kinds of songs instead of the thumping bass Sony offers

  • March 19, 2019 at 12:59 am

    I have them both and to be honest they are both amazing. Bose has better sound, more balanced, and is awesome for all kinds of music. They’re extremely comfortable and have great build quality. They are really amazing to use with several devices at the same time, and switching between them is very easy.
    As for the Sony’s, the sound is great but a lot more bass heavy which I found to be too much right out of the box. But using the EQ you can get a much more balanced sound, although not quite as good as the Bose, imo. They’re also very comfortable and the battery life is really good. The Sony’s can only connect to one device at a time, but that doesn’t bother me.
    Each has their own pros and cons, but I believe which ever you choose, you will not regret your purchase.
    All in all I recommend both 😉

  • March 19, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Great video, i loved the last comment about the connection to more than 1 device. i had hot heard that in other videos.

  • March 19, 2019 at 2:11 am

    QC35 here since first they came out. Unmatchable quality and noise canceling. Will for sure get the QC45 once on the market.

  • March 19, 2019 at 2:12 am

    There’s no cabin pressure with the Sony’s as opposed to the Bose, and also no white noise after a certain period of time.

  • March 19, 2019 at 3:33 am

    I will wait for the new Bose to come out, I tested the Sony's, they're good, but not great in the sound category and feel really big and ugly

  • March 19, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Always bose wins ..
    I heard sony also …sony is waste product for this

  • March 19, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Qc35ii google assistant button can easily be reconfigured into a noise cancellation button.

  • March 19, 2019 at 11:41 am

    You forgot one crucial thing – how do both perform on the heat/sweat factor after wearing for 1+ hour? If they are uncomfortable, doesnt matter how good the sound quality is.

  • March 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Headphones getting hi-end more expensive, too much exposure on public and easily gets snatch from your head, for me just for indoor use for safe keeping…

  • March 19, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    You are saying something wrong! You say that 15 minutes of charge gives nearly 5 hours of playtime, but it's only 10 minutes of charge

  • March 19, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    no comment regarding using them for calls…..the sony are terrible and unusable 🙁

  • March 19, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    The fiance needs a sleep study, good luck!

  • March 20, 2019 at 2:23 am

    is the firmware update on the Sony headphones good to go? I heard people were having issues after they updated the firmware.

  • March 20, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Would anyone be able to tell me which is best between the two in terms of sound leakage? This is very important to me as I really enjoy playing my music loud and proud, but I'd like to be able to do this respectfully around co-workers. Any thoughts?

  • March 20, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Instead of these "headphones" get the proper ones: Audio-technica M50xBT or Bowers & Wilkins PX. Get M50x if you don't need NC. M50xBT clearly destroys these so called headphones from Sony / Bose (no highs, no lows, that's Bose!)

  • March 20, 2019 at 11:28 am

    I am happy with Bose QuiteComfort 35 II, the Quality of sound is depends on quality of Videos, Bose are better then sony when it comes to sound quality of audio calling.

  • March 20, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I 100% disagree with the sound quality argument. Sony bass is dull hitting (like a dull knife). It doesn't have enough sub bass impact (rumble). There is a little too much mid bass hump. The bass isn't very punchy at all. Increasing the bass (via clear bass) does not fix the dull hitting bass. Also, the Sony is veiled in the midrange and lower treble (they sound incredibly dark). One must EQ these regions up a few dB to bring them to neutral.

    The although the Bose doesn't have the quantity of Bass as the Sony, the Bose has a better sub bass impact and is more clear and detailed in the midrange. The soundstage is a bit larger too. The only problem with the Bose is that the lower treble can be a little harsh on some tracks.

    The Bose sounds significantly better than the Sony. After many weeks of messing with the EQ, I got the Sony to sound almost as good.

    Since the Bose sounded better, was more comfortable, could pair to two devices simultaneously (very important to me as I have 2 cell phones at all times), I sold the Sony after a month of use.

    I would give the Bose a 7.5 in SQ and the Sony a 6.5.

  • March 20, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    bose. Had the sony for 2 solid weeks until I returned them. It was 8°C outside and my ears started to sweat. It wasn't a lot but it felt disgusting. For that price tag issa nope from me

  • March 20, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I need headphones for studying in silence – which is better in terms of noise cancelling alone?

  • March 20, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    micro usb lol, thats enough said

  • March 20, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    I'm still rocking the first gen Sony's and love them. I get compliments everywhere I go on the gold/beige color and when using the controls, even from Bose users.

  • March 20, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I disagree with you Bose is surely much kore comfortable, lighter in weight and fits to the head well. Sony falls of if you lay down. I used both.

  • March 20, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    I have both, but the noise cancelling on the mark 3’s edge out my Bose QC 35’s in my opinion since I travel a lot.

  • March 20, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    which ones sit tighter on your head? just got the xm3s but they slide off my head if i'm trying to sleep on the plane. also don't like that I can't connect to my phone and computer at the same time!

  • March 21, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Bose and Sony two brand names I will never buy again!!!!!!!

  • March 21, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Really wanted to go with Sony…until I heard you can't connect to 2 devices which can be a deal breaker since I want this for the office where I take calls via computer and phone. Dang, this makes it difficult.

  • March 21, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Also the Sony hear.on 2 sounds way better than the 1000xm3. As a matter of fact it's the best sounding Bluetooth headphone to date (even better than the Bose qc35 ii). It's just with a slightly weaker ANC than the qc35 ii and little worst comfort (but still decent comfort).

  • March 21, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Sound quality is a big deal for me and I got the QC35 II. I don’t even know what the Sony is like but can tell you that I’m rather disappointed with the Bose as far as sound quality goes! Yes, the Bose has very nice features and I find it hard to believe there can be more comfortable headphones out there but again, comfort wear is just one single feature…and audio quality is a huge deal to me! For those of us wanting a great pair of headphones for singing and listening to music, the Bose came with very major disappointments. And just a bit of feedback, I went from Apple earbuds to the Bose…so I should be extremely impressed between $20 Apple earbuds and $350 Bose, right?? Well, right…but unfortunately, I’m not!

    First big disappointment was that Bose doesn’t include an aux 3.5mm audio cord WITH MIC! Now you’re asking why would I want a wired mic when buying Bluetooth headphones that come with built-in mic. Simple: Smule singing requires wired microphones! Oh yes, I can use the Bluetooth mic…if I want to get myself sounding like a ghost from the past…lol… No. Bluetooth mic is not for “studio like” music/singing/instrument recordings.

    Bose designed the QC35 with an unconventional 2.5mm jack and to make matters worse, their mic cord, which I obviously invested on (I guess they do have a reason for designing it with unconventional jack size: it’s called “money”!) is not even close to having as good mic as the Beats. So I got the Beats mic cord but now the problem is finding a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter that actually works with the unconventional Bose jack. Let’s just say that ludicrous and pathetic doesn’t begin to describe my experience just trying to sing in Smule with this super expensive pair of Bose headphones. My husband arranged for me to use my handheld Behringer mic with the Bose but again, the 3-way adapter can sometimes be very touchy in the mic cord side and this create “sound havoc” while I’m singing. Another thing is this: I must crank up the volume all the way in order to be able to listen to my own voice…oh, come on!!! And yes, that’s exactly what I said: “Oh, come on! This is a BOSE! I should be able to hear my own voice without having to crank the volume up all the way!” By the way, doing this while singing in Smule is never ideal…so no, the Bose has failed tremendously when it comes to singing in Smule. But to be fair to Bose, since Smule has its own “unique vocal/sound effects features”, which doesn’t support every mic and audio equipment, I put the Bose to the test and used it just for listening to music in my iTunes. Again, I felt I had to crank up the volume in order to listen to it at a decent, louder pitch. I was like “Is it canceling noise I actually want to hear??” 😂

    So now I’m feeling bummed out because this is the 5th comparison review I watch between Bose and Sony latest headphones that “gives it” to Sony…and I can definitely understand why!
    I want to say something that would require noise cancelation for your ears “quiet comfort” but instead will say ARGHHHHHHHHH! And add that if you’re looking for exquisite quality headphones for the sole purpose of listening to music and singing in Smule, I DO NOT recommend the Bose QC35 II!!! You’ll do better with the cheap earbuds from Apple…although I got tired of Apple earbuds speakers “going bad” on me…

    Why did I buy the Bose QC35 II? I got encouragement from another Smule singer, who uses the Bose QC35…but he gets much of his stuff for free in exchange to put the Bose name in his Smule channel…I should’ve known better!

    The Bose is a very good quality pair of headphones but my personal experience with it (as my first Bose ever!) has been far from what I expected! My son’s video game headphones sound quality leaves the Bose sounding like something I got at the pawn shop, which is sad to say the least!

    I don’t recommend the Bose for anyone buying it to sing, play instruments, or even to simply listen to music, which is the most basic performance ”test” for headphones…and headphones of this caliber should NEVER FAIL “the listening music test”!!! Needless to say that we pay absurdity for the “Bose caliber” to “pass the music test”! Therefore, I absolutely agree with the conclusion made here as far as Bose audio quality for music playing and singing/instrument playing recordings!
    And as I wrote in another comment:

  • March 21, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    The EQ on the Sony kills it, it makes it a perfect headphone. Id say Sony is the best hands down. Future proof.

  • March 22, 2019 at 3:53 am

    I prefer the M2s to the M3s because there heavier and I prefer the shape so when my last pair of M2s got drenched in the rain and stopped working I bought the M2s rather than upgrading to the M3s and they cost me more than the M3s. Also I don't like the look of the BOSE

  • March 22, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Did you know that the XM3 will not charge if the charging source is a fast charge device!!!

  • March 22, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Make it clear on “sound quality”. On Sony, we get quantity, not quality, meaning it’s sound signature gives more bass, it’s compressed sound surface more seemingly subtle background, but for details and clarity, it’s relatively weaker. Its bass is the most muddiest in this price if playing tracks with busy bass movements, making bass notes messier to pick up. It’s nitpicking, if not AB testing, most people won’t feel it and it’s enjoyable.

    Bose on the other hand is clearer, cleaner bass, but overall flatter, some would say boring. That makes lots of audiophiles choose Bose than Sony if they’re forced to use ANC, though some won’t even pick both of them for sound quality.

    For the sound signature and bass, all the headphones in this price band won’t change much, so that concur to your comment.

    I’ve posted lots of sound demos and you can listen by yourself, though, most would still pick Sony for the amount of bass.

  • March 22, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I’m glad you’re one of the very few honest about their mic. Actually it’s not because of wind. Overall Sony perform very poor even in indoor noisy places like coffee shop or chatty office. With some people getting very early batch of Sony, the mic is unusable at all and I’d suggest sending them to Sony.

    Bose mic win not only its physical implementation, it is its processing picking our voice way better than anything in the market.

    I’ve posted mic tests of lots of headphones and you’d be surprised how many headphones struggle as comparing to Bose.

  • March 22, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Bose – three year old cans vs sony's 6 month old. Waiting for Bose QC45.

  • March 22, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I don't agree with the Sony sound signature. In my opinion it's too bassy and moody. It's not a crisp clear song in any ways. I've had them for 4 months and can't get use to them. EQ doesn't make big differences.

  • March 22, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I bought a month ago the sony m3 and its really really cool

  • March 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    I have one question only, is there an equalizer in the Bose app? I'm going for the Bose coz they are little bit cheaper for me and I prefer physical buttons to change the songs etc. and feels more comfortable for me.

  • March 22, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Tip for next video: Give us specs on screen when you talk about it!

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