Have you heard of noise-canceling headphones before? When you hear this word, most people would associate this word with the two most popular models: Sony WH-1000XM3 and Bose QuietComfort 35 II. Most critics cannot tell exactly which is better. But don't worry. Let me tell you the slight difference and my insight with you.

Coziness - QuietComfort 35 II wins

Bose QuietComfort 35 II weighs only 240g, which is 68g less than the last model. This is a huge improvement and can reduce the burden of wearing it. Also, it has an Alcantara microfiber headband to protect your head from headphone pain. Its texture is exactly the same as the leather seat of Lamborghini so this headphone could give you a similar plush experience when you wear it.

Relatively, there is no big change in Sony WH-1000XM3 weight. Its weight changed from 275g to 255g, which is slightly heavier than QuietComfort 35 II. Its headband is renewed with a soft pad, which can perfectly fit your head. Although its ear cups are soft, it feels smothering when worn for a long time.

Sony WH-1000XM3

My head is a little big and I feel like QC35 II suits me more because it is more flexible and match my head size without putting pressure on both of my ears.

Sound Quality

Sony WH-1000XM3 bass wins

Sony WH-1000XM3 supports aptX HD LDAC, which transmits around 3 times more data than SBC. These features allow you to enjoy high-resolution audio and clear and crispy sound. Its exceptional experience can be achieved in a wireless mode. I would say it is especially a great choice for Android 8.0 phone users and WALKMAN users. This time, Sony also leverages its audio frequency technology, including S-Maxster HX amplifier and DSEE HX, to make listeners particularly enjoy mid and bass.

WH-1000XM3 tone is optimized for mid and bass, so it is suitable for movies, hip hop, and electronic music. If you value bass and warm sound, WH-1000XM3 is more recommended.

Sony WH-1000XM3

QuietComfort 35 II balanced frequencies wins

On the other hand, QuietComfort 35 II supports AAC, which can only reach 320kbps wireless transmission and not as impressive as WH-1000XM3's LDAC. But if you are an iOS phone user, then this Bose headphone could be worth buying because iOS only supports AAC transmission. But overall, it's acoustic sound and voice are very detailed and even when the volume is turned to higher, its treble won't be off the track.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II perfectly balances out its performance of bass, mid, and treble. I believe its Bass is great enough for most users. And obviously, its vocals would sound more prominent than 1000XM3.

Noise Canceling - Sony WH-1000XM3 wins

Sony updated QN1 chip inside the headphone to enhance noise-canceling performance. It claims that its testing data shows the noise-canceling effect of Sony WH-1000XM3 is 4 times as great as the last version. Thanks to its amplifier integrated in QN1 processor, it achieves this result and realizes the outstanding signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion. This headphone can effectively block out noise like voice and background sound, but when you have to talk to others, without taking off your headphone, you can just put your hand on the right ear cup to pause music. Of course, you can also use its application to control its noise-canceling effect.

This headphone can automatically control noise canceling mode, while Bose can't. When users sit, the level of noise canceling will shift to high. But while they are walking, background sound will be automatically switched on. It is a smart headphone monitoring environmental noise.

Sony WH-1000XM3

On the other hand, when you turn on QC35 II's noise-canceling function, you can easily feel pressure coming from both of the ear cups. Many of my friends felt the same way. But it only takes a few days to be used to it. But this latest version has a totally different attraction: it has a button on the right ear cup, which helps you to switch to three levels of noise canceling, namely high, low, and off. I think it filters out almost all low-frequency sound and blocks out vehicle noise when traveling.

Battery & Charging - WH-1000XM3 wins

Sony WH-1000XM3 can be on for 30 hours, while Bose QC35II lasts only 20 hours.

1000XM3 charged for 10 minutes can be used for 5 hours, while the Bose headphone charged for 15 minutes can only last for 2.5 hours.

When both headphones run out of power, they can support wire connection with your audio device. However, in this case, their noise-canceling function is disabled. Sony WH-1000XM3's port is 3.5mm, whereas QuietComfort 35 II's is 2.5mm

Application - WH-1000XM3 wins

Sony's Headphone Connect Application can allow to control ambient sound, noise-canceling mode, and Equalizer, which help find harmonized sound tone for songs from the presets and customize audio feeling according to your preference.

Bose Connect application relatively has less functions, including controlling the level of noise canceling.

Price - tie

They are almost at the same price so they can't compete by their prices. However, if you find both expensive, I strongly suggest you shop for the Sony headphone overseas and gain huge discounts.


Sony WH-1000XM3 is tailed to those focusing on bass and preferring hip hop, electronic music, and pop.

QuietComfort 35 II is comfy and features balanced frequency and prominent vocals.