Bose NC 700 vs Sony WH 1000 M3

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When shopping for noise cancelling headphones it seemed like these two were the clear choices but which one? I tested both headphones and ended up with the Bose, here’s why.

Comfort

The ear cups on the Bose are larger so my ears fit well within them. The Sony are smaller so the cushion sat on my ear and meant that they got a bit hot after only a few minutes. I find that the Bose don’t get hot as there’s more air circulating. You definitely need to try on both to see which suit you best here. I forgot I was wearing them after a while but with the Sony as these cups are smaller my ears would just get sweaty and I’d be wanting to take them off.

Sound

The Sony are definitely leaning more towards being good for hip hop and electronic. I listen to all kinds of music so wanted something that sounded good for all of it. I go from listening to Nine Inch Nails to John Williams in a day and found that the Bose to my ears had the most flexibility. With the Sony you do have the ability to tweak your sound via their app however and with Bose you don’t, something that I’d like to see via an app update.

Noise Cancelling

When testing this in a crowded store I felt that the Sony did a better job of filtering out chatter. On using the Bose at home it does a great job of cutting out background TV noise and sounds from outside.

Price and build quality

I’m not sure Bose justify their cost over the Sony (£100!) in noise cancelling but the build of them is superb. They definitely (to me) feel more premium and a more thoughtful design.

There seems to be a divide on the Bose but personally I love how they look. They aren’t much different in weight but they Bose felt more balanced on my head.

Bluetooth

Both connected ok via settings on my iPhone. The advantage that the Bose has here is you can pair them to more than one device at a time meaning you can seamlessly move between iOS devices, for me that’s my iPad Mini and iPhone. They also support a newer Bluetooth standard so the range will be better than the Sony.

Conclusion

Headphone choice is very personal and the only way to be sure is to try both. If you live in the UK the best place I’ve found to do this is John Lewis as they have them all setup for you to test. I picked mine up from the Apple Store as their generous return policy extends to headphones so you can test in the safety of knowing you can return them if it doesn’t work out for you.

How to fix BOSE NC 700 touchpad not working

How to, music, Tech

I had this experience once I’d updated to the latest firmware. If you find the touchpad no longer works once it’s been updated then do the following.

  1. Take the USB cable that came with the headphones and plug it into a usb charging plug
  2. Turn on the plug
  3. Press and hold the power/Bluetooth button and plug the other end of the cable into your headphones (connector is on the right cup)
  4. Keep holding for a few seconds then let go and disconnect the cable

Turn the headset on again by pressing the power/Bluetooth button. With mine the touchpad started working again straight away.

Teenage Engineering PO-33 KO

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I came across Teenage Engineering via the Playdate and love their design so when I saw their Pocket Operator series I thought I’d give one a go. I wanted something small I could fiddle with and act as a change to using an iOS device. I was also after a new creative outlet so having a tiny music device I could pocket, have on my desk or take with me sounded perfect.

I’ve only just ordered so I’ll post up some unboxing and review stuff once I’ve had a play.