Comparison

Quick Points


Fit Over Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Connectivity Wireless

Best For iOS & Android

Noise Canceling Yes

Microphone Yes

Fit Over Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Connectivity Wireless

Best For iOS & Android

Noise Canceling Yes

Microphone Yes

Colors


What Comes Inside The Box


Surface Headphones 2

Audio Cable

Charging Cable

Carrying Case

User Manual

Safety Guide, Warranty Card

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones

Audio Cable

Charging Cable

Carrying Case

In-Flight Adapter

User Manual

Warranty Card

Our Score


8.3

9

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them


The brand new Matte Black color of Surface Headphones 2 with shiny Microsoft logo looks classy and fortunately not a fingerprint magnet

They're ideal for Microsoft 365 users because of voice dictation in Word, catch up on emails with Play My Emails in the Outlook app and ability to add real-time captions to PowerPoint presentations during conference calls

The dials on either ear cup are quite intuitive and rotate smoothly, you can adjust the level of active noise cancellation and pass-through mode on the left, while the volume on the right side

They are one of the best Active Noise Canceling headphones, using a set of microphones and proprietary algorithms to block external sounds and have the option to manually select from 13 noise reduction levels

Microsoft Surface headphones 2 have a well-rounded sound signature. There is plenty of punch to the bass and well-balanced mids and highs for an immersive listening experience

These 2nd gen Surface headphones are quite comfortable even for long listening sessions, thanks to their large spongy ear pads and lightweight construction

Microsoft has increased the battery life to 20 hours with ANC enabled. It’s 5 hours longer than the original Surface headphones and on par with the Bose 700 headphones

Surface headphones have excellent multi-point Bluetooth support, which means they can be paired with two devices at once, allowing you to answer phone calls while watching a movie on your laptop

Intuitive on-board controls are top notch. In addition to the rotating dials to adjust volume and ANC levels, you can tap or touch the side of the cups to play or pause music, skip tracks and answer phone calls

Dedicated Surface Audio app to customize the EQ, create sound profiles, check battery life, adjust volume levels, select voice assistant, and adjust ANC levels for a better listening experience

The built-in microphones provide crisp and clear call quality. They pick up the voice well whether you are on the phone or giving a command to phone's virtual assistant

At $250, the Surface headphones are priced $100 less than the original model. This makes them a better value than the Bose 700 and Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3 are excellent noise canceling headphones with different noise reduction levels to block all external sounds

"Quick Attention" mode reduces your music to a whisper and lets you to hear the outside noise without removing the headphones

Class-leading sound quality, as the vocals are pretty focused and straightforward, and the instruments make you feel like you're in the room with the band

Dedicated app with comprehensive customization of pre-sets, room effects, noise cancellation profiles, adaptive sound, in-app player and high-quality audio codec options

On-board touch controls to power on/off, control noise reduction or connect Google Assistant, skip tracks and adjust volume levels

Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless Bluetooth headphones are comfortable to wear for long listening sessions, thanks to generous cushioning around the pads and headband

30 hours of long battery life with maximum ANC (Active Noise Canceling) running all the time

“Auto Stop” automatically turns off the Sony 1000XM3 after 15 minutes of inactivity to save battery power

The quick charge feature provides up to 5 hours of playback with only 10 minutes of charging

Included hard shell case to protect the headphones from scratches, minor falls and water damage

Thick pads barely leak sound and don’t distract those around you even at high volumes

Support superior-quality codecs such as aptX, aptX HD and LDAC for better audio quality

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them


The Sony WH-1000XM3 still offers better sound quality, while the Bose QC 35 ii offers better Active Noise Cancellation

The headband requires additional cushioning as it causes discomfort during longer listening sessions

Microsoft Surface headphones are not recommended for people with large heads or wearing glasses, they can be a little uncomfortable due to the strong clamping force

The fast charge provides 1 hour of music playback with 5 minutes of charging time, while Sony WH-1000XM3 can be used for 5 hours with 10 minutes charging time

There is some harmonic distortion, especially with high-pitched sounds when the volume of the headphones exceeds 70-80%

The design and build quality are the same as the original Surface Headphones, except for the new matte black color option and slightly better sound quality

Unfortunately, the headphones are not foldable and the protective case takes up a lot of space in the backpack

Such over-ear headphones tend to accumulate heat due to their snug fit. It is important if you are already in a warm environment

No support for high bitrate AAC codec used by Apple iOS devices such as iPhone and iPads for better sound quality

Stay up-to-date on your emails with “Play My Emails” in the iOS Outlook mobile app is currently only available to US users

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones have no dedicated button to connect with Google Assistant

Touch-sensitive controls feel tricky at first and require some time to get used to

Occasional adaptive noise-canceling hiccups allow ambience noise to enter when walking through busy streets

The quality of the calls is below average, not exceptional, as offered by other business-ready headphones

Sony WH-1000XM3 have a noticeable latency and are not the best option for viewing video or game content

Dense ear cups are quite bulky and poke out, which make them a little unstable for running and exercising

The supplied audio cable does not have a microphone and remote to answer phone calls or control music

Only two different color options to choose from: black and silver

WH-1000XM3 are positioned as a premium pair of headphones with a price of 350 US dollars

Highlights


Experience your favorite music and shows with rich, immersive Omnisonic sound

13 levels of adjustable active noise cancellation allow you to select the amount of isolation you want

If you want to know more about what's going on around you, dial up the surrounding sounds

Soft, lightweight and breathable earpads designed to make you feel comfortable throughout the day

Effortlessly rotate the on-ear dial and touch or tap the on-ear sensors to control music playback, ANC, and volume levels

Type using voice dictation in Word or catch up on emails using Play My Emails in the Outlook mobile app

Enjoy music all day long with an impressive battery life of up to 20 hours on a single charge

Connect Surface Headphones 2 to your Windows 10 PC immediately with Swift Pair functionality

Available in two colors: Light Gray and new Matte Black

Over-ear design helps block out any external noise

Bluetooth and NFC technology for wireless pairing with your Bluetooth/NFC enabled device

40mm large drivers for great sound quality

Proprietary HD noise cancellation ensures your music isn't disturbed by outside noise

With the built-in Google Assistant, you can easily search your playlists for the perfect track

With the SENSE ENGINE function, you can turn your music on or off at the touch of a button

Folds in a flexible order for easier transport

30-hour battery life allows you to listen your music all day long

The battery is charged to 5 hours in 10 minutes, so you hardly have to wait

General

Dimensions


Headphone Fit Over Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Size In/Cm 8.03 in (20.4 cm)

Weight Gm/Oz 290 g (10.24 oz)

Foldable Design No

Headphone Fit Over Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Size In/Cm 10.8 in (27 cm)

Weight Gm/Oz 254 g (8.99 oz)

Foldable Design Yes

Connectivity


Connectivity Bluetooth

Connect Multiple Devices Yes

On Device Controls Power, Call, Volume, Mute, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, Pass Through Mode, ANC, Voice Assistant

In Line Mic & Controls No

Voice Assistant Google Assistant + Siri + Cortana

Companion App Surface Audio App

Connectivity Bluetooth

Connect Multiple Devices Yes

On Device Controls Power, Call, Volume, Skip Tracks, ANC, Voice Assistant

In Line Mic & Controls Volume

Voice Assistant Google Assistant + Siri + Alexa

Companion App Yes

Audio


Noise Cancelation Type Active Noise Cancelling

Sound Isolation Yes

Echo Reduction No

Sound Mode Stereo

Noise Cancelation Type Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling

Sound Isolation No

Echo Reduction Yes

Sound Mode Stereo

Features


Water/Sweat Resistant No

Waterproof No

Heart Rate Monitor No

Step Tracking No

Water/Sweat Resistant No

Waterproof No

Heart Rate Monitor No

Step Tracking No

Battery


Battery Life Up To 20 Hours

Auto Pause & Play Yes

Auto Shut-Off Yes

Quick Charge Charge 5 Minutes = Up To 1 Hour Playback

Battery Life Up To 30 Hours

Battery Life With ANC Off Up To 38 Hours

Auto Pause & Play No

Auto Shut-Off Yes

Quick Charge Charge 10 Minutes = Up To 5 Hours Playback

Technical

Technical Data


Driver Size 40 mm

Driver Unit Free Edge

Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20000 Hz

Sensitivity (dB/mW) 115 dB/mW

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB Less than 0.5%

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB Less than 0.8%

Supported Codecs aptX, SBC

Driver Size 40 mm

Driver Unit Dynamic

Voice Coil CCAW

Magnet Neodymium

Impedance (OHM) 47 Ohm

Frequency Response 4 Hz - 40000 Hz

Sensitivity (dB/mW) 104.5 dB/mW

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB Less than 0.4%

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB Less than 0.2%

Supported Codecs aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC, SBC

Wireless


Bluetooth Version 5.0

Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz

Wireless Range Up To 10 m (33 ft)

NFC No

Bluetooth Version 4.2

Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz

Wireless Range Up To 9 m (30 ft)

NFC Yes

Noise Canceling


Noise Canceling Adjustment Automatic + Manual

Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch Yes

Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing No

Ambient Sound Mode Yes

Noise Canceling Adjustment Automatic

Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch Yes

Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing Yes

Ambient Sound Mode Yes

Audio Cable


Audio Cable Length 1.2 m

Detachable Audio Cable Yes

Audio Cable Length 1.2 m

Detachable Audio Cable Yes

Microphone


Microphone Feature On-board Dual Microphones

Microphone Feature On-board Electret Condenser, Omni Directional Microphone

Power


Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

Charge Time 2 Hours

Charging Cable Type-C Cable

Battery Indicator Yes

Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

Charge Time 3 Hours

Charging Cable Micro-USB cable

Battery Indicator Yes

Operating & Storage Temperature 32°F - 104°F

Compatibility

iOS


Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Android


Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Windows


Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Connection Wireless + Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Limited

Xbox


Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls No

Playstation


Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls No

TV & Home Theater


Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection Wired

Audio Yes

Microphone No

Controls Limited

Service & Support

Owner's Manual https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/4469878/surface-use-surface-headphones

Owner's Manual https://helpguide.sony.net/mdr/wh1000xm3/v1/en/print.pdf

Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts 1 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour 90 Days Limited Warranty

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Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts 1 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour 90 Days Limited Warranty

Helpline 1 (239) 245-6362

Contact Click Here

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