Battle for Noise Cancellation

Our comparison between the top two wireless noise cancelling headphones

Over the years, many audio companies have experimented with noise-cancellation audio equipment, primarily headphones. One industry leader has always been Bose, but Sony has had quite decent noise-cancelling headphones here and there over the past few years. This time, Sony stepped it up a notch. They gave us what we all wanted and just enough to edge out Bose this time. These are the top 2 noise-cancelling wireless headphones.

  1. Sony WH-1000XM2

Sony has taken over Bose and replaced them at the number one spot for wireless headphones. The WH-1000XM2 headphones have a great balance in sound quality between highs, mids, and bass. Their noise-cancelling ability is second to none, not even the QC35s below. This is because they contain three different modes: active noise cancelling, Ambient Mode, and Quick Attention mode. Active noise cancelling is where the headphones try to shut out as many frequencies as possible to isolate only the audio playing through the headphones. The Ambient Mode allows mid to high range vocals to pass through from the outside world, such as the announcements from a speaker. The Quick Attention Mode allows for all audio to pass through temporarily. For instance if a flight attendant is asking you something, you respond, and then immediately return to noise cancelled environment. The Sony WH-1000XM2 are a premium build with a premium price tag that rivals the Bose QC35s in every category, but surpasses them in our rank of the best wireless headphones.

2. Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose has always been one of the best audio device manufacturers on the market for the past couple of years. This year is no exception as they remain among our top 3 best wireless headphones due to their exceptional sound quality but even better noise cancellation technology. Like the Sony headphones above, the QC35s boast the superior sound quality that Bose has always provided with the best balance between treble, midrange, and bass. The edge they have over Sony is 10 hours longer battery life in the wired mode, which provides about 40 hours of playback in wired mode. In wireless mode, you get about 20 hours of playback time, which is still more than enough on a normal length flight. The time to pair is almost instantaneous — simply flip a switch on the headphones and find them on your device’s Bluetooth menu. One of the few drawbacks to the QC35s is their design which is quite bland and boring to some people. But, if it’s not a primary concern, then these lightweight, powerful headphones are a stellar choice.

Overall, both choices are great and neither of them can be deemed “incorrect”. Both headphones boast amazing sound quality, premium build quality, and stellar noise-cancelling technology, but the Sony WH-1000XM2 edge out the Bose QuietComfort 35 by a small margin in terms of additional features. Either choice, though, will most definitely be comfortable enough and pack high quality sound to last an average flight.