Buying headphones can be tricky, as the options are seemingly endless. Luckily, if you’re in need of a buyer’s guide (some headphone buying advice), you’ve come to the right place.
Sony WH-1000XM4 vs Bose QuietComfort 45 vs Bose 700
Sony WH-1000XM4 (left), Bose QuietComfort 45 (center), and Bose 700 (right)
If you’re looking for help choosing between those three headphones, let’s take a look at how they stack up against each other, starting with Sony’s XM4s.
Finally, the Bose 700 usually costs $379. So the most expensive of the three, and to thin out your wallet extra, you get a more minimalist design that can’t fold. But Bose promises some great stuff, like powerful noise cancellation, 11 whole levels of it at your leisure. In addition, Bose claims sharp, clear details and, of course, deep, full bass. The Bose 700 colors are silver and black, so there’s a trend here, with all three of these headphones. Like the QuietComforts, the Bose 700 has real click buttons for controlling your volume and skipping tracks, but lasts a little less – up to 20 hours of playback on a single charge.
Sony WH-XB910N vs Beats Solo3 vs Sony WH-CH710N
Sony WH-XB910N (left), Beats Solo3 (center), and Sony WH-CH710N (right)
These three headphones are more affordable than the previous trio we looked at, so if you’re looking for some headphone buying advice, but also want to save money, let’s see if one of them can tempt you.
The Sony WH-XB910N (as usual, “great” naming, Sony) retails for $249.99 and has a plastic construction, only in black color. Their defining feature would be Sony’s EXTRA BASS branding, which promises “impressively deep, punchy sound”. They can be folded, which is always welcome for travel, and feature ANC and touch controls. The battery life of the Sony WH-XB910N is up to 30 hours, which is equal to or higher than what we usually see in this price range, so that’s great. And with a quick 10-minute charge, you’ll get 4 and a half hours of playback.
As for the Sony WH-CH710N, their retail price is $149.99 making them the most affordable of the three. Nevertheless, they feature metal sliders, noise cancellation and, according to Sony, up to 35 hours of audio on a single charge. Although they swivel generously, they do not fold and are available in black and blue. For controlling music playback, these have click buttons instead of touch controls.
Which one should I buy?
In this buyer’s guide, let’s summarize what we have and which pair might be right for you.
If you are a critical listener who values flat sound, you will probably like the Sony WH-1000XM4 or Bose QuietComfort 45 best. Both offer solid noise cancellation and aim for a fairly flat sound, as opposed to one with extra bass or treble.
If you like electronic dance music and want that extra bass, you’ll likely find the Beats Solo3 the best for your needs, plus they’re more affordable than most of the other options on this list. The Solo3 supports Apple’s Spatial Audio, making music sound spectacularly wide and powerful. Obviously you won’t get a lifelike, flat soundscape, but for the right person, Spatial Audio’s fun sound can be very desirable.