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Sony Vs. Bose Wireless Headphones Comparison

Sony Vs. Bose Wireless Headphones Comparison

This is my take on Sony Vs. Bose wireless headphones comparison.

The market is filled with numerous brands and that often makes it confusing for us to make a choice when we want to buy something. And the electronic market often poses this dilemma as to which brand to look for especially when it comes to choosing long lasting wireless headphone for daily use.

Considering this confusion, today we have picked up two leading brands, compared Sony Vs. Bose wireless headphones from the same segment, and compared each other for a clear picture. This will help you in making an easy choice over a quality wireless headphone in the end.

Sony WH1000XM3 vs. Bose QC35 II

The first in the list is the legendary Sony WH1000XM3 and its rival from the same segment Bose QC35 II.

Sony WH1000XM3


The Sony WH1000XM3 offers incredible sound and has the one of the best active noise cancellation of any of the headphones available in the market with its noise-canceling chip, the QN1. These headphones offer a neat cocoon of silence and you can enjoy your music with incredible clarity. With a slightly deeper earcups, the Sony WH1000XM3 has more padding on this model, reduced weight, which has brought the comfort level closer to the competing Bose QuietComfort 35 II.

Sony 1000XM3 has 30 hours of battery life and can be charged using a USB-C. I am mentioning the sound quality as the last aspect because, there is nothing much to say on it. As usual, the sound is magical and has a dynamic persona to its audio delivery; which has remained the same like its previous models, arguably better in this one. Unlike the neutral-sounding headphones that audiophiles like, this headphone comes with some depth that is clear even in crowded streets.

Bose QC 35 II

Bose QC series do not any special introduction; they have created a huge market and loyal fan following by itself. The astounding quality of the brand is the reason why every headphone released in the market is hurled towards other brands for comparison.

Bose QC 35 II has the same comfortable fit, high-end noise cancelling, identical controls on the right ear cup and the same battery life at up to 20 hours in wireless mode with noise cancelling on. If the battery runs out, use the headphone in passive mode and still it will sound pretty good. The Bose well-balanced with plenty of punch to the bass and sounds comparatively excellent for a Bluetooth headphone. Though Sony has caught up to the sound quality with its active Noise cancellation, Bose remains unshaken with is consistent audio delivery. The new voice-assistant feature is an appreciable thing and people will frequently use. Although, there are some limitations with Amazon’s Alexa voice-assistant, it is evolving and acquiring new skills and will get better over time.

Brand Sony Bose
Model WH1000X3 QC35 II
Design Fit Style Fit Style
Fit Over-the-ear Over-the-ear
Earcup Closed Closed
Driver 40 mm  –
Noise Cancellation Active Noise Cancelling Acoustic Noise Cancelling
In Built Mic Yes Yes
Quick charging Yes No
Play time upto 30 hours upto 20 hours
Type of USB USB Type-C microUSB
Inputs Stereo Mini Jack
Equalizer Customizable EQ Volume Optimized EQ
Bluetooth Version 4.1 4.1
Bluetooth Range 30 ft 9 m 30 ft 9 m
Virtual Assistant Via connected phone (Google Assistant and Siri) Built-in (Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa)
Included in the box Carry case with cable Carry Case

 

Sony – MDR-XB950B1 vs. Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II

Sony – MDR-XB950B1

The Sony MDR-XB950B1 is a decent pair of wireless headphones having a sturdy, premium-looking design. Their audio delivery is bass-heavy and feels a little out-of-the-box. The Headphones Connect app allows you to control the EQ setting for critical listeners.

The MDR-XB950B1 isolates noise passively and keeps you aware of the surroundings too. We also noticed that they do not leak sound, so you are the only person listening to the audio. The battery life is above average at 20 hours of continuous playback and comes with NFC support.

Briefly, the Sony MDR-XB950B1 is a well-built and premium looking headphone with a long battery life and a great range. The sound is a little bass oriented and can overpower instruments and vocals but still feels good.

Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II

The Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II is an above-average headphones with a well-balanced sound profile. They are lightweight, comfortable, easy to use with straightforward controls and an ergonomic design.

The Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II don’t apply too much pressure to your head with soft padding and is combined with a lightweight design. It has an efficient control scheme with call/music, track-skipping, and volume controls. They create a good seal around your ears with an excellent, deep, and punchy bass, a clear and nearly flawless mid-range, and a good and well-balanced treble.

The SoundLink II isolates noise passively providing a decent seal to prevent high-frequency noise from entering your audio. They have a good 20hr battery life adjustable timer that helps prolong the battery life.

Brand Sony Bose
Model MDR-XB950B1 SoundLink II
Design Fit Style Fit Style
Fit Over-the-ear Over-the-ear
Earcup Closed Closed
Driver 40 mm
Noise Cancellation Passive Passive
In Built Mic Yes Yes
Charging Time 4 Hours 2.5 hours
Play time upto 18 hours Upto 20 hours
Type of USB USB Type-C Micro USB
Inputs 3.5 mm audio jack 3.5 mm audio jack
Equalizer Customizable EQ Customizable EQ
Bluetooth Version 4.1 4.0
Bluetooth Range 30 ft 43 ft
Virtual Assistant
Included in the box USB Cable Carry case

 

Sony WH-CH700N vs. Bose QC25

Sony WH-CH700N

The Sony WH-CH700N is an improved redesign of the Sony MDR-ZX770BN with better app support and customization options. They are lightweight, comfortable, easy-to-use, with good build quality and sub-par noise canceling.

The padding on the ear cups is softer with swiveling hinges with a good control scheme that provides all the necessary functions. They are not too tight on the head and the ear cups are large enough to fit most ears and have well-designed buttons are located on the bottom of the ear cups.

These headphones come with 1/8″ TRS audio cable and a USB charging cable. They have profound thump, well-balanced bass, balanced treble and even mid-range for vocals and instruments. The isolation performance is sub-par and has an excellent battery life, easily lasting a day. The Sony WH-CH700N have a great wireless range and can easily pair with mobile devices via NFC. Overall, with a good mixed usage headphone with an above-average sound quality and a decently comfortable design, the Sony WH-CH700N does not disappoint.

Bose QC25

The Bose QuietComfort 25 has excellent noise canceling, are lightweight and have a comfortable over-ear design. They have light and soft padded ear cups with flexible headband that provides a good seal. The decently large and spacious ear cups fit well on most ears. The Bose QC 25 has a simple control scheme with even spaced buttons, which includes track-skipping, call/music, and volume controls that are easy to locate by touch.

The QC 25 comes with one 1/8″ TRRS to 1/16″TRRS audio cable with an in-line remote. The drivers are closed-back over-ear headphones with a well-balanced and deep bass, adequate thump and do not overpower vocals and other instruments. They are also consistent in delivering bass and treble across multiple users with good harmonic distortion. With the ANC ‘ON’, the QC 25 works brilliantly and gives you one of the best sound qualities even in crowded subways.

Brand Sony Bose
Model WH-CH700N Bose QC28
Design Fit Style Fit Style
Fit Over-the-ear Over-the-ear
Earcup Closed Closed
Driver 40 mm
Noise Cancellation Active Active
In Built Mic Yes Yes
Charging Time 6.2 hours N/A
Play time 35 hours 33 hours
Type of USB USB Type-C Micro USB
Inputs 3.5 mm audio jack 3.5 mm audio jack
Equalizer Preset Equalizer
Bluetooth Version 4.1
Bluetooth Range
Virtual Assistant
Included in the box Carry Case

 

Sony WI-C300 vs. Bose Citron

Sony WI-C300

The Sony WI-C300 has a simple and easy-to-use design, are compact enough to fit in pockets and sufficiently stable for running and other sports. The sound is moderately well-balanced comfortable to wear and very breathable. The control scheme is a fairly simple and has a bulky module on the back of the cable which can be a bit bothersome when working out.  The Sony WI-C300 has small earbuds with an additional compartment to house the battery.

The WI-C300 have a decent build quality with thin cables, a plastic in-line remote and have speakers that deliver a good and punchy bass, an even mid-range, and a well-balanced treble. The Sony WI-C300 has a good noise isolation performance but still rumbling noise of a subway or train may seep into the audio while commuting. They barely leak even at high volumes so the ambient noise can be masked by just turning the volume up. Battery life is of about 8 hours and last long enough for a full day’s use with breaks in between, ideally like a commuter uses.

Overall, the Sony WI-C300 is a basic wireless in-ear decent enough for most use cases that has moderately balanced sound, a decent battery life and wireless range, and a simple design that’s easy to use but doesn’t have the best feedback. Something that you can  use in your daily life with a satisfactory performance.

Bose Citron

The Bose Citron SoundSport Wireless is comfortable, compact and sufficiently breathable for a workout session. They have an above-average sound, a decent battery life and a good wireless range.

To the basic user, the Bose SoundSport Wireless is a well-designed wireless earbud pair. They have a comfortable fit and are more suitable for runners because they are lightweight and stable for most sports activities. The built is decent though they are a little bulky and protrude out of your ears.

The sleek sporty aesthetic in-ear headphones have a comfortable earbud tip design and an above-average control scheme. They provide call/music, track skipping, and volume controls, which are large and heavily rubberized to make them sweat proof.

The Citron has a very good and deep bass, an excellent mid-range, and a very good and well-balanced treble. They also perform quite consistently from person to person given a good fit/seal, and have low distortion. However, like most other earbuds, they don’t have a large and out-of-head soundstage.

The Bose Citron SoundSport Wireless isolates noise passively which means joggers will be able to hear traffic while running which seems a good idea while running through a park or crowded street. They do not support multi-pairing, support NFC, which makes them a bit easier to pair with smartphones and they have a great range for a wireless in-ear/earbud. Generally, the Citron is a good sports headphone with an above-average sound and a comfortable earbud fit. They are one of the best sounding wireless earbuds and best wireless earbuds for running with a good compact wireless range and decent build quality.

Brand Sony Bose
Model WI-C300 Citron 
Design Fit Style Fit Style
Fit In-ear In-ear
Earcup Closed Closed
Driver N/A N/A
Noise Cancellation Passive Passive
In Built Mic Yes Yes
Charging Time 2 hours 1.5 hours
Play time 8 hours 6 hours
Type of USB Type B Micro USB
Inputs
Equalizer
Bluetooth Version 4.2 4.0
Bluetooth Range 35 ft 40 ft
Virtual Assistant
Included in the box USB cable Carry case with USB cable

 

Here we have tried to draw a comparison between some of the best wireless headphones between Sony and Bose from the same segment. This will help you in deciding the type of headphones you would like to choose while buying one.

Since Bose and Sony happen to be premium brands, it is worth noting all the minute details and the technology used to provide a good value for money. Hope you like the list we have pulled. Do test some of these and let us know your views too. We will be back with new updates, until then, Goodbye.

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Fadiyah Sameh

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