Sony VS Bose VS JBL | Best Wireless Headphones 2019
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Wireless headphones are officially the norm with Apple leading the way in taking away our audio port. For those of us who hate jamming earbuds into our ears or just like to listen to music comfortably, picking the right set of headphones is pivotal. We look for 4 main things when it comes to wireless headphones:

  • Sound Quality
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Noise Cancellation

     To make the cut, they had to be among the leaders in all four categories.  There may be some hardcore Beats fans out there that have an issue with our top 3 picks, but we’ll get to that later.  First, we want to show you all the reasons why one of our top 3 picks should be bumpin’ your favorite tunes.

Top 3 Wireless Headphones

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#1

Sony 1000XM3 Wireless Headphones

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#1 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones: Sony 1000XM3
Sound Quality
A- 93%
Battery Life
A- 90%
Build Quality
A- 93%
Noise Cancellation
A 96%
OVERALL VALUE (Price VS Features)
A 95%

Full Review: Sony 1000XM3

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PROS:

  • Killer battery! 30 Hours of playback
  • Premium noise cancellation (Best-in-Class); Adaptive Sound Control detects your environment and balances the noise cancellation levels accordingly
  • 10 min quick charge gets 5 hours of playback
  • Premium audio quality (Best-In-Class)
  • Sony Connect app for EQ adjustment
  • Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant Built-In (Siri Compatible)
  • The invisible controls are simple and intuitive
  • 4Hz – 40kHz Frequency Response
  • 4.2 Bluetooth
  • Weight: 8.9 oz

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • Only 2 color options
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Sony 1000XM3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Conclusion

     Sony finally bumped Bose out of the #1 spot when they released the 1000XM3’s. They really didn’t need to fix what wasn’t broken in the previous model (Sony 1000XM2), but somehow they succeeded. With small improvements to the noise-cancellation and audio processing, they bumped the sound quality up to an A-. They also reduced the overall weight by almost an ounce, which makes a huge difference when you’re wearing them for long periods of time.

     The one thing we wish they would’ve done is to add a few extra color options, but who’s complaining. Even though the price is a little steep, the sound and build quality alone is well worth it.   For us to sit here and get picky about color options is a testament to their overall quality. Once you get them on, you’ll forget all about how they look, because you’ll be lost in your own world.

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#2

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones

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#2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones: Bose QC 35 II
Sound Quality
B- 81%
Battery Life
B- 80%
Build Quality
A- 91%
Noise Cancellation
C 75%
OVERALL VALUE (Price VS Features)
B+ 88%

Full Review: Bose QC 35II

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PROS:

  • 20 Hours of playback
  • Dual-Mic rejecting and pick-up system for better voice quality
  • Great audio quality
  • Bose Connect App
  • Bose AR-enabled; audio-only augmented reality
  • Amazon Alex and Google Assistant Enabled (Siri compatible)
  • 3 Levels of noise cancellation (High, Low, & Off)
  • Lightest Weight: 8.3 oz
  • Beautiful Rose Gold Model

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • Only above-average battery life
  • Only above-average noise cancellation
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones

Conclusion

     The Bose QuietComfort 35 II has been “quietly” sticking around for a few years now as a Top 3 Pick. They dropped out of #1 when Sony came out of nowhere with their impressive new version of active noise-canceling in the 1000XM3’s. Now they sit at a close second, but still offering some of the best sound quality on the market.


     With the premium sound and build quality, you’ll forget about a little more ambient noise sneaking through.  The mic quality was our favorite over any other model and the new Bose AR experience is actually pretty cool. As a bonus, the Rose Gold model is a nice addition to the family, and may be the deciding factor if choosing between these and the Sony’s. At about the same price you can’t go wrong with either one, though.

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#3

JBL Live 650BTNC Wireless Headphones

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#3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones: JBL Live 650BTNC
Sound Quality
B- 80%
Battery Life
A- 90%
Build Quality
B+ 89%
Noise Cancellation
C- 72%
OVERALL VALUE (Price VS Features)
A+ 99%

Full Review: JBL Live 650BTNC

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PROS:

  • Killer Battery! 30 Hours of playback
  • Best value (See Price)
  • Great audio quality
  • Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
  • Most comfortable fit 
  • 2-Hours fully charged
  • Seamlessly switch between devices
  • Siri, Alexa, & Google compatible
  • 4.2 Bluetooth Version
  • Weight: 9.1 oz

CONS:

  • Mic doesn’t cancel out background noise very well
  • Bass can get a little messy at lower frequencies, but overall still solid
  • Only above-average noise cancellation
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JBL Live 650BTNC Wireless Headphones

Conclusion

     THESE ARE A STEAL! At under $200, you can’t get a better set of noise-canceling headphones than the JBL Live’s. Sitting on your head like a pillow, these super-comfortable headphones will put you to sleep. Depending on your musical taste, of coarse.

     JBL has always been a sneaky company when it comes to headphones. Sneaky good AND affordable, that is.  With 30-hours of playback and ALMOST Bose-quality sound, we rated their value at 99% for good reason. 

BONUS

Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones

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#1 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones: Beats Studio3
Sound Quality
D+ 69%
Battery Life
A 95%
Build Quality
B- 80%
Noise Cancellation
C 76%
OVERALL VALUE (Price VS Features)
C 75%

Full Review: Beats Studio3

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PROS:

  • Many colors, finish, & themes options to choose from
  • 40 Hours of battery life in low power mode
  • Best Bluetooth connectivity
  • Bass frequencies are extended for better sounding Pop and Hip Hop music (other genres of music suffer from the higher bass levels)

CONS:

  • Average sound quality
  • Extremely high price compared to sound quality and durability
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Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones - Red & Black

Conclusion

     If you’re sitting there wondering why the Beats Studio3’s didn’t make the cut, you’re not alone. While Beats have always produced the COOLEST LOOKING headphones, they’ve never produced the BEST SOUNDING headphones.

     For the price, you’re getting some of the worst headphones when it comes to sound and build quality.  On the other hand, you’re getting a few impressive features that might just make it your best choice.

     Just like every other Apple product, Beats are made for efficiency rather than power and durability. The 40-Hour playback, low-latency, and strong Bluetooth connectivity are all thanks to Apple’s W1 Chip. Throw in a healthy set of color options and that’s it for the good stuff.  If you listen to any other genres of music besides Pop and Hip Hop, then one of the top 3 will be your best bet.
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