Beats Studio 3 vs. Bose QuietComfort 35

Quick lunchtime review, because I have both headphones, and they’re both very nice. But there are pros and cons to each:

The Bose QuietComfort 35 has much stronger noise canceling. I swear, the first time I put them on it was like being in a room that suddenly had all the air sucked out of it. Swooooph! Silence. Total silence. It was almost alarming.

The Bose headphones, as the name implies, are far more comfortable. It’s not something you’ll notice between the two right away, but after an hour or so, there’s a major difference. I can wear the Bose headphones with no problems for hours until finally, the heat from being enclosed starts to bother me. With the Beats, it’s the pressure on the ears that becomes oppressive.

The Beats Studio 3 headphones sound better. Here is the caveat, though: if I wasn’t listening to both at the same time, on the same song, swapping them back and forth, I would not have known the difference. Both sound wonderful. But when compared, the Bose headphones sounded slightly dry and flat. The Beats sound simply amazing.

The other advantage of the Beats is that, if you’re listening via Apple products, it has an Apple chip in it. The handoff and switchover from one device to another is effortless. Of course. Also the Beats headphones have a remarkably longer wireless range than the Bose headphones, probably also due to the embedded Apple W1 chip (which means the extra range probably works only for those listening via an Apple device – but that’s a guess).

The noise canceling on the Beats, however … not as immersive. They’ll do the job, they’ll help you focus on the music, but they don’t “suck the air out of the room.” They merely depressurize it by about 70%.

Both are wonderful headphones, and I like both, and that is why I’m keeping both. One will live at home, the other will live at the office.

So, to sum it up, if you are more concerned about the utmost sound quality, the Beats win.

If you intend to listen for long periods of time, and comfort is your main concern, and you really want the utmost noise canceling, then the Bose headphones win.

And with that, I’m going back to work.

While listening to music.