Sony pitted against the Bose QuietComfort 25 with its first Sony MDR-1000X headphones a few years ago, and they’ve been competing for consumer favor ever since.
In the contest to make the best noise cancelling headphones, two big brands have been tangled in a tug of war for the last three years – that’s Bose and Sony.
This year, the battle is between the Sony WH-1000XM4, released in late 2020, and the all-new Bose QuietComfort 45, released just a few months ago.
Today’s Best Offers Sony WH-1000XM4 & Bose QuietComfort 45
Each of these two excels in areas where the other does not, and yet we think there is a clear winner that is worth your money. This is how they stack up.
Why is Bose QuietComfort 45 good?
They are cheaper
One area in which the Bose QuietComfort 45 is a clear winner is price. At just $ 329 / £ 329 / AU $ 499.95, they’re cheaper than the Sony WH-1000XM4, which will set you back $ 349.99 / £ 349 / AU $ 549. This is a small margin, but it is enough to make a difference.
That being said, while Bose is the clear winner in this category, things could change now with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming when Sony will securely save some money on its flagship noise canceling headphones. We’ve seen this happen every year for the past few years, so we’re pretty sure it will happen again in 2021.
They have a familiar design For lovers of Bose QuietComfort 45, immediately after purchase it will seem familiar. Bose has only slightly redesigned the Bose QuietComfort 35 – and we think there will be people who will absolutely appreciate seeing a style like this here.
For those who haven’t seen them yet, the outer part of the earbuds looks smooth and comfortable thanks to the soft foam bridge and faux leatherette ear cushions. The pads themselves swivel and fold to help them fit into the included carry case, making them easy to throw in your carry bag when not around your neck.
Weighing just 8.5 ounces (238 g), they are really light to the touch and comfortable to wear for hours on end. To make them so lightweight, Bose uses plastic on the earhooks, but uses metal for all connections and jumpers – basically all parts that are most likely to snap into place when in use.