Top positive review
Excellent audio, call quality and noise canceling.
24 December 2019
I was debating between the 1000XM3's, the Jabra 85H's, some Audio Technica's quiet-point variants, the Bose 700s and the QC 35s. I couldn't try them all out but did get to play with the Bose and Sonys including their XB extra bass products.
My decision factors were: comfort and fit, audio quality, reliability of the connection with my Mac and phone, ease of use, and suitability for the type of audio I listen to, which is mostly music and a bit of spoken word. I use them while commuting to work, and at work when I need distraction-free focus time.
The XB's were out, they were too bass heavy for my taste. I liked the Bose but could not justify the higher cost. The Jabras were good, but the Sony 1000's were better. The 1000's were the most comfortable fit for my head and ears. The audio response was the most pleasing for the sort of music I listen to. The 1000's don't exaggerate any specific frequency range, and sounds great. The touch panel operation takes 5 minutes to get used to, and it's natural after that. The mobile app was useful in controlling the ambient noise settings, and the 1000's come at a price point I can accept.
Amazon shipped these to me on Monday, I've been using them in different situations over the past day. They excel in most situations *except* in windy places. Noise reduction utterly fails in moderate to heavy wind unless I turn and position the headphones perpendicular to the wind direction, i.e., walk sideways like a crab. However I've not tested other headphones or in-ear devices that offer anything better.
These are some of the best headphones I've bought. Now to get more music into my life.