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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize comfort and use during air travel, the Bose 700 might be a better choice due to its higher comfort and noise isolation scores. However, if portability and newer technology are more important to you, and you're looking for earbuds that are more suited for exercise, the Sony WF1000XM5 would be preferable since they're lighter, sweatproof, and come with wireless charging capability. It's also worth considering that the Bose 700 is better for calls and meetings according to their score, while the Sony earbuds may have an edge with their longer overall battery life. Keep in mind, both models have active noise canceling and are at a similar price point with the Bose 700 being slightly more expensive. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bose 700
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Best in class for air travel
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Sony WF1000XM5
  • Very good for music

Key differences

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Music

7.5
700
WF1000XM5
8.0
The Sony WF1000XM5 is very good for music, while the Bose 700 is good.

Phone Calls

8.3
700
WF1000XM5
5.0
The Bose 700 is very good for phone calls, while the Sony WF1000XM5 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
700
WF1000XM5
4.9
The Bose 700 is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Sony WF1000XM5 is poor.

Battery

20.0 Hours
700
WF1000XM5
9.0 Hours
The Bose 700 has 20 hours of battery life. The Sony WF1000XM5 has 9 hours of battery life.

Cost

$299
700
WF1000XM5
$248
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The Bose 700 has a price of $299 and the Sony WF1000XM5 costs $248.

Build Quality

9.0
700
WF1000XM5
8.5
The Bose 700 has excellent build quality, while the Sony WF1000XM5 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

5.3
700
WF1000XM5
5.1
The Bose 700 and Sony WF1000XM5 are both poor for gaming.

TV and Video

5.6
700
WF1000XM5
5.4
The Bose 700 and Sony WF1000XM5 are both poor for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

9.1
700
WF1000XM5
8.7
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Bose 700 to be excellent for noise reduction, while the Sony WF1000XM5 is very good.

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How the Bose 700 and the Sony WF1000XM5 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bose 700Sony WF1000XM5
Bose 700Sony WF1000XM5

GENERAL

Price
$299
$248
Brand
BoseSony
Release Date
June 1, 2019July 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
8.3/105/10
Gaming Score
5.4/105.2/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/105.5/10
Exercise Score
5.5/106.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
20 Hours9 Hours
Wireless charging
NoYes
Charging time
2.5 Hours1.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
55.3
Case Battery Life
N/A18

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/108.8/10
Virtual Surround
N/AYes
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
8/106.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/107.6/10
Size
N/AMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
263 Grams6 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Bose 700

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Sound Guys

Adam Molina | June 2023
"Bose took active noise canceling and made it mainstream but eventually, the market caught up. Well, it seems like Bose was listening, because the Noise Canceling Headphones 700 is a complete redesign of its iconic product. The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a new design, improved sound quality, a touch-sensitive gesture pad for playback controls, and even USB-C charging."

Sony WF1000XM5

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Harley Maranan | July 2023
"The Sony WF-1000XM5 is among the best noise canceling earbuds currently on the market, and they aren’t cheap. These earbuds aren’t the best choice for budget-conscious listeners. But if you prioritize active noise cancelation, sound quality, and extensive software support, the WF-1000XM5 is worth its premium price tag."

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About Bose

Bose is an American audio equipment manufacturer based out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1964 by Amar Bose with the goal of creating a speaker system that could accurately recreate the sound of a concert hall, Bose has become one of the most prominent players in the modern consumer audio market due to the premium feel of their products and their wide brand recognition.

About Sony

Sony is a multinational corporation, based out of Japan, with over 75 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. In the audio market, Sony has been a trendsetter several times throughout its history. In 1979 they released the first-ever portable music player, the Sony Walkman, followed by the Discman 20 years later. Today, Sony is one of the leaders in the wireless headphone and earbud market, especially in terms of Active Noise Cancellation technology.

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