Face-Off: Sony WH-1000XM4 VS Bose QuietComfort 35 II

by Abhijeeth Shetty September 16, 2020

Face-Off: Sony WH-1000XM4 VS Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Sony and Bose are two heavyweights in the headphone market and these giants have been facing a cut-throat competition in the premium noise-cancelling headphones market. So if you have been looking for premium noise-cancelling headphones you must certainly have come across the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. Both brilliant in their own ways offering active noise cancellation, amazing battery back up and a plethora of other features. Having said that, there is a need to take a closer look on these headphones to truly figure out what's working and what's not working for you.

That’s exactly why we are here. To help you pick the right headphone. Go through our comparison of two of the best premium noise-cancelling headphones available in the market- The Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. We compare it across simple parameters to help you decide on the perfect headphone for you. So without further ado, let the comparison begin!


Quick Feature Shootout

Sony WH-1000XM4
Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Sony WH-1000XM4

  • Industry-leading noise cancellation
  • Around 30 hours of battery life with rapid charge
  • Hi-Res certified by the Japanese Audio Society
  • Proximity sensor and two acceleration sensors
  • Supports LDAC Codec for Hi-Res Audio
  • In-Built SENSE ENGINE technology
  • Ambient Sound Conversation Recognition
  • DSEE Extreme (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine)
Bose QuietComfort 35 II

  •  Featuring acoustic noise cancelling
  • Voice assistant integration
  • Supports volume-optimised EQ
  • Designed for crystal-clear calls
  • 20 hours of battery life with quick charge
  • Made with durable materials
  • Pro comfort wearing experience
  • Supports Bose Connect+ App



Sony WH-1000XM4 - Design
Bose QuietComfort 35 II - Design

The Sony WH-1000XM4 comes with plush earpads and padding on the headband. You can easily manage music on the WH-1000XM4 with simple swipes and taps. You can personalise the custom button on the headphone to either use it as a voice assistant button or to use it as a noise cancellation button. You can use phones' default voice assistant merely by long-pressing the touchpad. WH-1000XM4 comes with a USB Type C port for connectivity

Even the Bose QuietComfort 35 II has comfortable earpads. It has an action button which can be customised using the Bose Connect+ App to activate the voice assistant or to change the noise cancellation settings. It also has a multi-function button which will allow you to access your smartphone's default voice assistant. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II supports the standard MicroUSB connection.



Sony WH-1000XM4 - Connectivity
Bose QuietComfort 35 II - Connetivity

The Sony WH-1000XM4 offers a strong Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, along with support to SBC, AAC, and Sony's LDAC allowing it to stream top-quality music. It has convenient multipoint connectivity as well, which allows you to connect and shift between two devices. If your headphone happens to run out of battery you can use it in wired mode with the help of 3.5 mm cable.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II provides robust wireless connectivity with Bluetooth 5.0 as well but it only supports standard SBC and AAC codecs. This headphone also offers multipoint connectivity along with wired-listening support with the help of 3.5mm jack.



Sony WH-1000XM4 - Standout Features & Battery Life
Bose QuietComfort 35 II - Standout Features & Battery Life

The Sony WH-1000XM4 features ambient sound mode allowing you to listen to your surroundings while listening to music. It has the auto-pause and auto-resume feature too. The headphone automatically detects if you are speaking and pauses the music using the speak-to-chat function. Additionally using the app you can manage noise cancelling, levels of ambient sound mode, equalizer settings and 360 Reality Audio. Sony WH-1000XM4 offers around 30 hours of battery life along with 5 hours of playtime in just 10 minutes of charge.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II has a dedicated Bose Connect+ app which allows you to manage the action button and also lets you disable ANC. The QuietComfort 35 II offers around 20 hours of battery life with 2.5 hours of music time in just 15 minutes of charge.



Sony WH-1000XM4 - Noise Cancelling
Bose QuietComfort 35 II - Noise Cancelling

Sony does not just have the excellent noise cancelling feature but also has effective passive noise isolation to offer and this is due to the thick ear cup design. For added convenience, you get other feature like speak-to-chat, ambient sound mode and ANC level adjustments. With its design and plush padding, The Sony WH-1000XM4 is designed to offer absolute comfort while travelling as well as during extended hours of music listening. Compared to Bose QuietComfort 35 II, The Sony WH-1000XM4 has got rid of unnecessary buttons.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II too has a good noise cancellation to offer, however, it does not have tons of features yet it manages to deliver a decent noise cancelling for immersive music listening experience.



Sony WH-1000XM4 - Sound
Bose QuietComfort 35 II - Sound

The Sony WH-1000XM4 delivers sound with clarity and has an accurate sound response. Although not heavy on the bass, if you are a bass-head you can tweak EQ settings to get better bass from your music.

The sound signature of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II leans towards the bass. The headphone offers detailed and accurate frequency response. You can get the help of the Bose Connect+ App for personalizing the sound.



Sony WH-1000XM4 - Conclusion
Bose QuietComfort 35 II

If you can afford a feature-rich premium noise-cancelling headphone with high-grade Bluetooth connectivity, excellent sound, advanced noise-cancelling, strong battery life and other convenient features then you should not think twice before buying the Sony WH-1000XM4.

If you are going for a premium noise-cancelling headphone with effective noise cancellation, support to voice assistants and comfortable music listening experience you should go with the   Bose QuietComfort 35 II.

There you have it! A simple comparison blog, comparing two popular noise cancelling headphones. Hope you found this article to be of great help. If you have queries feel free to connect with our in house experts- Headphone Gurus. If you are looking for other noise cancelling headphones, kindly go through this article.


Happy Listening!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Abhijeeth Shetty
Abhijeeth Shetty

Also in Buying Guide

The Best Earphones Under 2000 in 2021
The Best Earphones Under 2000 in 2021

by Raghav Somani October 14, 2021 8 min read

Low on budget? Check out our curated list of in-ear earphones and make the most out of it.
Read More
Best Bluetooth Earphones under 3000
Best Bluetooth Earphones under 3000

by Abhijeeth Shetty June 23, 2021 5 min read

Read More
Best Headphones Under 3000
Best Headphones Under 3000

by Abhijeeth Shetty June 21, 2021 4 min read

Our top Headphones that come under Rs. 3000. Have a look at the list to help you sort through the choices!


Read More