Sony WF-1000XM3 Vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

Bose eventually released the long wait ANC TWS earbuds, could they be  the gold standard for active noise cancellation? Take a look at head to head comparison between Sony WF-1000XM3 Vs. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, which one is better?

Frankly ANC accommodates/requires a lot of hardware that making TWS larger than average size of TWS. It’s very interesting that we found two pair that have quite similar look and the same weight to compare – sound, ANC performance and fit and I have to admit they both look absurdly large.

Bose QC Earbuds are the top ANC performer with ambient sound mode, their sound is great too, but it has to sacrifice the size – but they are still comfortable to wear, have solid Bluetooth connection, 6 hours of battery and wireless charging case. IPX4 and sidetone feature are pros for calls and sports.

Round – winnerSony WF-1000XM3Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
1. Sound qualityStrong, punchy bass – while maintaining balanced sound, clear clean bass, and impressive trebleWell-defined, punchy bass, rich, detailed sound, open-design making the sound more airy and spacy.
2. Fit and ComfortEarpiece weighed 8.5 grams. Comfortable to wear, not for small earEqual size. Earpiece weighed 8.5 grams, StayHear Max tips work well for a more stable fit.
3. Sweet resistant and sport featureNot specified IPX rating for sweat- or splash-resistanceIPX4 (water and sweat resistance)
4. ANCYes, adjust noise cancelling levels by appYes, 10 NC levels
5. Control customizationTap control – Yes
Volume control – Yes
Touch control – Yes
6. Transparancy modeYesYes
7. Call qualitySomewhat better also with sidetone functionFairly good – functional for calls, with sidetone feature, average mic noise reduction capacity
8. Bone conduction techNoNo
9. Surround Sound FeatureNoNo
10. GPSShow the location of last pairing – YesShow the location of last pairing – Yes
11. Battery lifeUp to 8 hoursUp to 6 hours
12. Charging case75.2 grams, additional 24 hours for earbuds, no wireless charging.
Dimensions: 14.2 x 11.9 x 6.4 cm
76.5 grams, give 12 hours more of battery for earbuds, wireless charging included.
Dimensions: 8.89 x 5.08 x 3.2cm
13. Bluetooth stabilityEquipped with MTK (Luda) MT2811 chipset. Solid Bluetooth connection. Bluetooth 5.0Equipped with
QCC5127 SoC
Bluetooth processor with low latency, Quad-Core Processor Bluetooth 5.0
14. In ear detection to pause/play musicYesYes
15. MultipointNoNo
16. Quick charging10 of charging gives 1.5 hours15min of charging gives 2 hours – comparable to Sony’s
Comparison Table


At the time of writing, the Sony WF-1000XM3 cost just $168.00, while Bose QuietComfort Earbuds charges $279.00. You get the first better for the value.

Winner: Sony WF-1000XM3

Charging Case

Both charging cases are less portable than AirPods Pro. They are too big to stuff into your pockets.

Charging cases – only Bose supports wireless charging

Fit and Comfort

Both stick out but Bose QC Earbuds fit more secure

Size really matters but Bose manages to fit more securely with StayHear Max tips.

The Bose QC Earbuds sports with StayHear Max tips, while Sony offers just regular eartips

Winner: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds.


Both are a bit bulky and heavy, Bose appears more sporty with wing tips, but Sony shows off their unique design.

Active Noise Cancellation

Bose proves that ANC TWS earbuds can be literally as effective as full-size ANC headphones as company claimed Bose QuietComfort Earbuds have the Bose 700’s ANC performance. You can toggle between 10 levels of noise canceling that Bose offer and the most effective level you will experience true NC in the real world. Sony somewhat is less effective technically but because the Sony WF-1000XM3 seal in the ear their combination of physical isolation and NC would be comparable to Bose QC Earbuds.

Winner: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds.

Sound Quality

While WF-100XM3 boosts clean, punchy bass which is comparable to Bose’s, but they did better job for treble which is more pleasant to listen to while maintain bright and exciting.

Winner: Sony WF-1000XM3.

Which One Is Better?

If I have to decide to buy which pair with my own money it would be Sony WF-1000XM3 – they do sound good the ANC is still effectively functional and they are much cheaper than the new released Bose.


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