Sennheiser PXC550 vs. Bose QC35 vs. Sony 1000XM2 Compared

Headphone Comparison Review Sennheiser vs Bose vs Sony

Modern wireless headphone nowadays features a slew of amazing features that make listening to a more enjoyable and convenient experience. Three of the leading brands that continuously push the boundaries of headphone features are Sennheiser, Bose, and Sony.

Let’s take a look at three of their most advanced wireless headphones and determine which one managed to combine new tech with traditional headphone technology the best. These modern headphones are all great in their own ways but which one delivers the best all-around experience?

Headphone Comparison: Sennheiser PXC550 vs. Bose QC35 vs. Sony 1000XM2

Sennheiser PXC550 Headphone Review

The Sennheiser PXC550’s main marketing revolves around its highly customizable sound modes. This is achieved through the use of Sennheiser’s “Cap Tune” application which is available for both Android and iOS devices. Completely embracing modern technology and incorporating it into the PXC550 is an impressive feat.

The PXC 550 took the top spot on our Sennheiser headphones brand roundup review in as the best overall value for Over-Ear Headphones.

The PXC550 comes with touch control feature, an impressive battery life (can last up to 30 hours) and is a great headphone for phone calls as well. The PXC550 is also relatively lightweight. A nifty feature is the touch control that is located on the right earpiece. The headphones will automatically turn on once your ear touches the controls which are pretty convenient. It also automatically turns off whenever you fold it for storage.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless – NoiseGard Adaptive Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone with Touch Sensitive Control and 30-Hour Battery Life
Sennheiser PXC 550 (Image: Amazon)

Pairing the Bluetooth to another device is quick and easy. As for the app, which is called the capture, it allows you to tweak the sound to your preference which is great if you listen to a wide variety of musical genres.

However, the app does not support music streaming apps like Spotify. If you wish to use this app you will need to play music directly from your device. It does offer an alternative in the form of a button that lets you shuffle through different sound modes.

It comes with a microphone with noise reduction technology which is helpful if you are making a call outside. It also comes with a side-tone feature which allows you to listen to your own voice during calls to prevent you from talking too loudly.

As you can effectively tweak sound via the CapTune app, listening experience can vary from listener to listener. Overall, the PXC550 manages to deliver above average sound quality. One aspect where the PXC550 shines is with its bass response. It produces a highly energetic bass that is incredibly fun to listen to.

Again, audio experience here is subjective due to its ability to offer users full control with an impressive equalizer app. As this is Sennheiser though you can expect it to produce high-end quality audio. It also manages to provide top-notch noise cancellation with its ANC technology.

Key Features:

  • Patented NoiseGard noise canceling technology.
  • 30-hour battery life.
  • CapTune application allows users to customize their listening experience.
  • NFC tap to pair technology.
  • Noise-canceling microphone for clearer voice calls.
  • Touch control that automatically turns the headphone on and off.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 9/10
  • Bass: 9.5/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9.5/10
  • Battery Life: 10/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 9.5/10

Who would this be good for?

The Sennheiser PXC550 offers a slew of convenient features that make it one of the top modern headphones in the market today. It manages to include some nifty technologies in its design without having it affect the overall sound quality which is a common issue with headphones trying something new. The PXC550 is a good wireless headphone for tech-savvy users who prefer a fun and fully customizable listening experience.


  • Lightweight and comfortable over-ear design.
  • Impressive noise-canceling technology.
  • Touch controls make for a seamless listening experience.
  • Great battery life.
  • Comes with the CapTune app.


  • Its sound definition is slightly lacking.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphone Review

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Black
Bose QuietComfort 35. (Image: Amazon)

The Bose QC 35 II looks pretty much the same to original which uses a minimalist design. Depending on your personal preference, this can be plain looking or a style that is right up your alley. I do find the minimalist approach to be a great way to make it complementary to a wide variety of styles.

The headphone frame is made of durable plastic with a matte finish. It comes in two versions: the black and metallic silver. It doesn’t really have any kind of bells and whistles in terms of aesthetics which is fine by me as I prefer something sleek and practical. The headphone also comes with a durable carry case which feels durable enough to survive being thrown into a wall.

The primarily plastic build makes the QC 35 II incredibly light (234 g) and if you are planning on wearing it for the long haul every ounce will count. The Bose QC series has always been a favorite of mine when it comes to wireless noise-canceling capabilities. It is also comfortable with the headphone pressure being enough to secure it over your head without squeezing too much.

It uses Bluetooth 4.1 technology which allows for quick and easy pairing. The active noise cancellation technology can now be adjusted this time around. In previous QC headphones, the ANC can only be turned on or off. With the QC 35 II, you also get adjust it via an app that is available for both Android and iOS devices. The app allows you to control whether the ANC feature is on, off, low, or full.

If you are familiar with the QC series ANC feature then you know what to expect here. I would go so far as pointing to the Bose QC series as the leading brand when it comes to high-end ANC technology. The QC 35 II continues this tradition with an impressive showing that can completely block out ambient noise that can reduce the rumble of an engine into a whimper.

Sound quality is also impressive with a well-balanced low to high-end and a weighty bass that does not manage to become too overpowering. Midrange audio quality is clear and crisp with the treble delivering that snappy punch without sounding distorted.

Key Features:

  • Signature active noise canceling technology from Bose.
  • Detachable cables.
  • Compatible with Google Assistant.
  • Bluetooth 4.1 technology.
  • 20-hour battery life.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 9.5/10
  • Bass: 9.5/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9.5/`10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9/10
  • Battery Life: 9/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability):9.5/10

Who would this be good for?

For people looking for the best noise canceling headphones that money can buy then the Bose QC 35 II is the one you are looking for. If you want a headphone that will completely shut you off the outside world then this one is for you my anti-social friend.


  • Best noise canceling technology in the business.
  • The microphone comes with excellent ambient noise reduction technology.
  • Great battery life.
  • Comfortable.


  • No aptX support.

Sony 1000XM2 Noise Canceling Headphone Review

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM2: Over Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Case - Black
Sony WH1000XM2. (Image: Amazon)

Probably the most aesthetically pleasing headphone in this list, the Sony 1000XM2 is a well-built modern looking headphone. The earcup padding is exceptionally comfortable.

The large earcups are designed to fit all ear size without it delivering too much pressure to cause discomfort. While the headband is not as padded as one would hope, it is not too tight, to begin with so less padding is not really a problem.

The overall construction of the 1000XM2 is impressive and showcases that premium look you would expect from a brand like Sony. One cause of concern, for me personally, is the plastic construction of the hinges which is susceptible to wear and tear. Previous Sony MDR-1000x series tend to suffer from this defect after a while.

The 1000XM2 are closed-back and over-ear headphones which help deliver consistent depth when it comes to bass response. Mid-range is nicely handled here and the treble is at a neutral range all the time. This well-balanced approach allows for better reproduction of vocals in the tracks.

In terms of noise cancellation capabilities, the Sony 1000XM2 is one of the best around. It might not match up to what the Bose QC series has to offer but it definitely a contender. The 1000XM2 also does not suffer from sound leakage as much which allows you to fully enjoy your music without needing to worry about other people in your vicinity.

This headphone also comes with its own app to let you configure your listening experience to suit what you need. Battery life is exceptional as well with a battery life of 28 hours on a full 3-hour charge time. The app features equalizer options which are great if you listen to different musical genres. Pairing is easy thanks to the aptX HD which improves the Bluetooth connectivity of the 1000XM2 by leaps and bounds.

Key Feature:

  • Active noise canceling technology.
  • A smart listening feature which adjusts to ambient noise in your location.
  • Quick Attention mode feature that allows you to lower the volume by simply placing your hand on the right earpiece.
  • Touch control feature.
  • Voice assistant feature.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 9/10
  • Bass: 9/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9/10
  • Battery Life: 9.5/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 10/10

Who would this be good for?

This is a great and well-rounded headphone designed for both outdoor and indoor use. It comes packed with several nifty features such as touch controls which improves the convenience of this headphone. This one is primarily for listening to music as the low latency makes it a bad partner with watching movies and for gaming.


  • Impressive noise canceling technology.
  • Great companion app to help customize your experience.
  • High-end design.


  • Low latency.
  • Not very reliable for making calls.

Final Verdict

This is a tough choice to make as all three manages to deliver what you wanted in a wireless ANC headphone that comes with some new technology. At the end though, I would have to tip my hat to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. The QC 35 II delivers the best noise cancellation capability that none can even come close to the level of noise blocking it delivers.

While both the Sennheiser PXC550 and Sony 1000XM2 comes with helpful apps, the QC 35 II manages to match up their sound quality without the need for these programs. A solid wireless headphone with near perfect ANC technology, the QC 35 II takes the crown in this battle. But it wasn’t an easy fight.

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