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Compare the Bose QuietComfort 35 to the Sony MDR-1000X

You've made your decision: it's going to be noise canceling headphones from Bose or Sony. But which one do you choose? The Bose QuietComfort 35 and Sony MDR-1000X both have active noise canceling, are similar in design, and fall into the same price range. Very nice, but this makes it all the more difficult to choose. Fortunately, after reading this comparison article, you know exactly which one suits you best.

In short

Which headphones do I choose? Bose QuietComfort 35 Sony MDR-1000X
I want stronger noise canceling Yes No
I want different modes of noise canceling Yes Yes
I want a Hi-Res sound No Yes
I want to control my music with physical buttons Yes No
I want to control my music with a touch pad No Yes
I want a comfortable fit Yes No

Noise canceling

Noise canceling Bose QuietComfort 35

Strong noise canceling

The main reason to buy the Bose QuietComfort 35 or Sony MDR-1000X is the active noise canceling. The noise canceling of the QuietComfort is strong. When you put on the headphones, it seems like your ears are closed. You can't hear the roar of the train or a colleague who is typing next to you. It isn't possible to listen to music via Bluetooth without having the noise canceling on. When you're not listening to music wirelessly, you can switch off the noise canceling.

Noise Canceling Sony MDR-1000X

Different modes of noise canceling

Similar to the Bose QuietComfort 35, the Sony MDR-1000X has active noise canceling. In addition, the Sony headphones have 2 Ambient Sound modes. In the first mode, Normal Mode, you hear sounds similar to when you're not wearing the headphones. This is useful when you're walking on the street, because the traffic remains audible. In the second mode, the Voice Mode, you hear voices extra well. This way, you don't suffer from noise at the airport and you won't miss an important broadcast about a delay either. With the Sony headphones, Bluetooth and noise canceling can be switched off independently.


Sound quality Bose QuietComfort 35

Quiet listening experience

The Bose QuietComfort 35 has a clear sound without ups and downs. The bass, treble, and vocals form a balanced sound; perfect for a quiet listening experience. If the battery is empty or the noise canceling is off, the sound quality is significantly less. The sound is tinny. The battery lasts up to 20 hours if you use the headset wirelessly, and up to 40 hours if you use it with the cable.

Sound quality Sony MDR-1000X

Pronounced Hi-Res sound

The Sony MDR-1000X has a pronounced sound compared to the QuietComfort 35. Bass lines, treble, and vocals sound expressive. Every tone in the music is audible in detail. The wide frequency range from 4 to 40,000Hz ensures that the headphones offer Hi-Res audio quality. Even when you stream music via Bluetooth. The battery lasts up to 20 hours if the noise canceling is on, and a maximum of 22 hours if the noise canceling is off.


Operating the Bose QuietComfort 35

Physical buttons

Use the buttons on the right ear cup of the QuietComfort 35 to control the music. With this, you can adjust the volume, change the song, and pause the music. With the free Bose Connect Apple or Android app, you can easily control your music from your smartphone or tablet. You can also use it to easily switch between Bluetooth devices, perform software updates and change your settings.

Operating the Sony MDR-1000X

Touch pad

With the Sony MDR-1000X, you control your music via the touch pad on the right ear cup. By swiping up, down, left or right, you change the volume and go to the next or previous song. If you tap briefly with your finger once, the music pauses. When you put your whole hand on the ear cup and leave it there, the music automatically softens and ambient noise is transmitted. This way, you don't have to remove the headphones if you want to briefly ask something. The touch pad is very touch sensitive, so you may accidentally go to the next song if you want to adjust the volume.


Fit Bose QuietComfort 35

Long-term use

In terms of comfort, the Bose QuietComfort 35 wins from the Sony MDR-1000X. The Bose headphones are lightweight and have very soft ear cushions. Even after 6 hours of continuous listening, my ears didn't hurt, while I always suffer from a feeling of pressure quite soon. The headband has a soft interior that doesn't pinch your head.

Fit Sony MDR-1000X

Short listening experience

The Sony MDR-1000X is comfortable when you listen to music for a maximum of 2 hours. With prolonged use, your ears will hurt. This is mainly because the drivers touch your ears. With the Bose headphones, the space between the drivers and your ears is larger, so there is no contact between them. In addition, the Sony MDR-1000X is less suitable for people who wear glasses due to the tight headband.


There is no clear winner. The Bose QuietComfort 35 has strong noise canceling and is made for long, relaxed listening sessions. The sound is only good when the noise canceling is switched on. The Bluetooth and noise canceling are like Siamese twins in Bluetooth mode. The physical buttons make operating the headphones easy. For a short-lived, intense music experience you are at the right place with the Sony MDR-1000X. The different noise canceling modes, the high-resolution sound and the touch pad controls make the headphones versatile, but also less easy to use.

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