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Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
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Updated April 11, 2024·

premium over-ear headphones with excellent noise isolation. The Bose excels in comfort and is well suited for air travel with a great battery life, active noise cancelling, and an overall very good sound quality. However, for TV and gaming, they may not be the best due to poor performance in those areas. The Sony WH-1000XM5 offers better microphone quality, which could be beneficial for calls and virtual meetings, and also supports Sony's 360 Reality Audio for an immersive listening experience using compatible apps. Both headphones are good for music, but if call quality and proprietary audio features are important to you, the Sony might be the better fit, while the Bose would be more ideal for frequent travelers prioritizing comfort and noise cancellation. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Excellent for TV and video
  • Best in class for air travel
Advantages of the Sony WH-1000XM5
  • The Sony WH-1000XM5 has no clear advantages over the Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones.

Key differences

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Gaming

9.3
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
WH-1000XM5
5.6
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones is excellent for gaming, while the Sony WH-1000XM5 is poor.

TV and Video

9.0
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
WH-1000XM5
5.8
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones is excellent for TV and video, while the Sony WH-1000XM5 is poor.

Battery

29.0 Hours
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
WH-1000XM5
40.3 Hours
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones has 29 hours of battery life. The Sony WH-1000XM5 has 40.3 hours of battery life.

Cost

$419
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
WH-1000XM5
$400
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The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones has a price of $419 and the Sony WH-1000XM5 costs $400.
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Key similarities

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Music

8.3
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
WH-1000XM5
8.2
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones and Sony WH-1000XM5 are both very good for music.

Phone Calls

5.3
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
WH-1000XM5
5.5
The Sony WH-1000XM5 and Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.0
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
WH-1000XM5
6.0
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones and Sony WH-1000XM5 are both only fair for podcasts and audiobooks.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
WH-1000XM5
9.1
The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones and Sony WH-1000XM5 are both excellent for noise reduction.

Build Quality

9.0
Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones
WH-1000XM5
8.8
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones to have excellent build quality, while the Sony WH-1000XM5 has very good build quality.

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How the Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones and the Sony WH-1000XM5 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra HeadphonesSony WH-1000XM5
Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra HeadphonesSony WH-1000XM5

GENERAL

Price
$419
$400
Brand
BoseSony
Release Date
November 1, 2023May 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
8.3/108.3/10
Phone Calls Score
5.3/105.6/10
Gaming Score
9.3/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
9.1/105.8/10
Exercise Score
6.4/106.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
29 Hours40.3 Hours
Wireless charging
NoNo
Charging time
3 Hours3.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35.2

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
YesYes
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7.4/108.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.8/10
Comfort score
10/107.6/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
255 Grams249.4 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated
Waterproof Rating
00

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Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones

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Christian Thomas | January 2024
"The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones are a credible step up from previous Bose ANC headphones, and they're built to hang tough with the competition for years into the future. No waterproofing is a bit of a letdown, but these headphones have the technical chops to make most quite happy."

Sony WH-1000XM5

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Kazi Mahbub Mutakabbir | February 2023
"The Sony WH-1000XM5 are the best Sony Bluetooth headphones so far and one of the most well-rounded Bluetooth headphones around. Look no further if you need class-leading ANC with a mostly inoffensive sound signature. Just be ready to pony up the price premium."

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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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