A Real Person's Review of Bose Quietcomfort 35 II vs. Sony WH1000XM2 Headphones
I finally had $350 of disposable money that I could use to buy whatever toy I wanted. (Other than dirt bikes, speakers, eating out, phones, laptops etc...) Now that I will be traveling a lot again, I thought it would be great to get some high end noise cancelling over-the-ear headphones.
I ended up buying both in the Bose Quietcomfort 35 IIs and also the Sony WH1000XM2s in a bizarre twist of events that I will share soon.
Let's get to the bottom of it. I started with the Sony headphones. I bought them because the reviews were very good and I wanted to try the "Bose Busters" for myself. I ran to Best Buy in Houston since I was traveling when I got the idea to buy them. I tested the Sonys and also the Bose. Even in the store I noticed that the noise cancelling of the Bose was far superior. When that thing kicked on it transported you to a black hole of sound where you had to strain to hear the most piercing sounds. The Sony had a slight hum or buzz that was perceptible. I didn't let that deter me. I bought the Sonys.
The battery in the Sony headphones lasted 30 hours. That was amazing. It almost felt like they never needed to be charged again. They lasted whole trips.
The feature of "Ambient Sound" was quite nice. You could push a button and hear all that was going on around you as if the headphones were not over your ears... most of the time. There were many times that the feature did not work and did not magnify the ambient sounds correctly. It sounded as if it was incorrectly reading what was happening outside of the headphones and magnifying the wrong sounds. Oh well... it worked sometimes.
The sound quality was ok for me. It really depends what kind of sound profile you like. If you like more base with strong low mids then these will sound good to you. If you like to know exactly how it sounded when it was recorded then these are not the headphones for you.
Then one day the right earphone began to make a really annoying wind sound when it was set to noise cancellation. After a few days I went nuts with the annoying sound and returned them for a full refund.
Right then I walked over the the Bose display and bought the QuietComfort 35 II headphones. I really like the Bose sound profiles. Crisp highs and mids with a sharp base rather than a bass that unnaturally overpowers the other sounds.
The noise cancelling of the Bose headphones really is in another league compared to the Sony headphones. When it is turned on the exterior sounds just vanish. Of course the really crisp clicks and snaps don't get cancelled all the way but that is true with ALL noise cancelling headphones. I guess those frequencies are just too difficult to counteract.
The Bose headphones also have great controls for skipping tracks, answering calls etc.
My favorite feature that is missing on the Sony headphones is the ability to connect to multiple devices and seamlessly swap between music sources like my laptop and then back to my phone. Sometimes I want to listen to Pandora on my phone while I work on my laptop. Then all of the sudden I want to listen to a YouTube video and with the flip of a switch I am listening to my laptop.
I haven't even mentioned the integrated google assistant. It is quite amazing and fool-proof. I was tired of saying "hey Google" and all that anyway. Now you just hold a button and start talking. The responses are lightning fast and for the most part flawless.
I am glad my Sony headphones broke so that I could buy the Bose. They are far superior.