TL;DR: Very good, especially at 250 chf. I got them for studying & noise *reduction* mainly, and am happy with the investment. Comfortable, light, efficient in use. Battery life is easily enough for most users.
The main thing these have over the competition is the ability to switch between devices connected to them through the app. So using your phone, just stop play on your phone, play on your laptop & they catch the signal right away. Sonys don't do that, as far as I know.
The other thing they win is comfort, which was very important to me. They're light & easy to use.
I read ALL the comments & articles about some bose update fucking with the noise cancelling, so I checked a bit. The noise cancelling is great - man, will that change your life. I updated them to the latest version, & compared them to the sony 1000XM3 & the bose 700 ones, all scoring very similarly when it comes to noise level. I suspect a lot of people wear those expecting them to block out every noise out there, which they don't. Higher pitched sounds like birds, voices etc come through quite easily, the big difference is on ambient humming sounds & noises. And for that it's amazing, the difference they make is absolutely worth investing in them.
I like the build quality too, I don't mind the souple & light plastic. You can change the ear padding yourself on those, also a huge thing in the long run.
I'm not a huge fan of the bose sound, but that's a subjective thing. I can still really appreciate quite a few albums on them, so no worries. Just pick them properly ;-)
One thing to know: you need the app on a smarthone to set them up, & sometimes pair them to a new device. But it's pretty straightforward. Once you're done, you don't really need to go in the app anymore.
- One thing tough: it requires localisation turned on to work, but that's an android requirement for this type of bluetooth connection to work. Not bose's fault.
I wanted a comfortable & light pair of noise cancelling headphones you can wear for long periods of time, and they rock it. I'm a headphones lunatic, & wear them constantly. These are great for that, somthing I wanted to avoid in the heavier, slightly bulkier sonys. As for the battery life, 2/3 of the sony battery life seems little, but it's still enough for most people. Charging every 2 days gets me through heavy use without going under 40% battery life, worry not.
Semi-pro tip: when you set them up, immediately disable that fucking voice prompt, should you cherish your sanity. You have visual feedback on the settings (noise cancelling, bluetooth) in the app, you don't need a weird robovoice constantly telling you what's up if you change a setting.
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