Whether you’re listening to the latest episode of the Gadget Lab Podcast on your commute or hitting the treadmill with your favorite Taylor Swift album in tow, the right pair of wireless headphones can make or break your day. Problem is, there are a lot of headphones to choose from.
Which is better: Bose or Sony? For now, we’re giving the edge to Sony for noise-canceling and audio quality. The WH1000XM3 (8/10 WIRED Recommends) sound absolutely vibrant and last up to 30 hours on a charge (that’s 10 hours longer than Bose cans). Their noise-canceling is on par with Bose and better than everything else on the market. The touch controls aren’t perfect, but the ability to put your hand over the right earcup to hear outside noise is super handy. The only annoying issue is call quality. The XM3 are poor at phone calls. You’ll sound like you’re down the hallway to folks on the other line. (The older Sony 1000XM2 are also superb, but not worth it unless you get a good discount.)