Gives Bose a run for its money with the Sony MDR-1000X


Bose Sony makes no bones about going after . In fact, when the company first showed off its product in the lead up to IFA this summer, It’s a bit like getting the old board together and deciding you’re going to make a better soft drink than said as much, acknowledging that the QuietComfort line is largely considered the gold standard for noise-cancelling travel headphones. Sony’s got a Of course  lot to work with as one of the few mainstream electronics companies that’s actively pushing hi-res audio. especially when paired with solid noise cancellation and a handful of innovative features that the king of the travel headphone mountain has yet to incorporate.It’s a solid foundation for a great-sounding pair of headphones,

Sony brings a lot to the table here   enough to make even longtime QuietComfort devotees take a good, long look at the competition. At $399, the MDR-1000X are priced $50 above QuietComfort 35, which is a bit of a stumbling point for a product looking to unseat a longtime favorite in the spaceThey’re not flashy like a pair of Beats. They’re designed to go unnoticed on a plane or daily commuteLike Bose’s headphones, . . Sony’s got two color options  beige and black. They sent the latter for review, and really it’s the better looking of the pair. the MDR-1000X aren’t designed to stand out

The cups themselves don’t sport any buttons or branding, making for a slightly more minimalist aesthetic.  The outer cups are covered in soft leather, versus Bose’s hard plastic, forming a slightly more angular design. which don’t scale down enough to fit smaller heads.They swivel freely and the band adjusts quiet a bit, so they’ll do a good job fitting a variety of different head sizes — an issue with the new QuietComforts,I get why Sony wanted to move them away from the outer cup, but the thin design and slightly awkward placement makes hitting the right button a bit tough when you’re first getting used to the headphones should the battery conk out — though in doing so, you’ll lose access to some of the MDR’s better features,.Just to the left of the buttons is the auxiliary input for hard wiring the headphones.Bose could prove tough when it comes to convincing consumers to switch overThe $50 premium over  . But Sony’s first real shot at the QuietComfort 35 makes a pretty compelling case. . It might not be enough to knock Bose from its perch, but it should put the company on notice.They also bring some interesting features like ambient awareness to the tap