Good with flaws
February 22, 2019
If you want good noise cancelling with good sound, this is the best headphone to get. I tried the QC35 and they can not compete with Sony in the sound department. Bose sounds muddy with bass overpowering everything whereas Sony sounds clean with punchy bass. However, XM3 have some obvious rooms for improvement.
1. Cold weather touch controls: touch controls will behave erratically. You are better off avoiding using this outdoors in winter
2. Multi-Device Connection: still only connects to 1 device. You need to disconnect from your first device before the headphone connects to another.
3. Cracking noise: the headband around the headphone hinges makes cracking sounds. This can signal problems in long term longevity.
4. Adaptable sound control: Reaction time is slow and requires location service at all times which drains phone battery. I only used it once. Seems like an unnecessary feature that don't add much value.
In other words, Sony will need to solve some of these problems if they want to sit comfortably on the noise cancelling throne. If competitors can improve their sound (Bose) or improve their noise cancelling (Audio Technica, AKG, Sennheiser), Sony might be in trouble.... Read More