This is a question we’ve received time and time again so far on TechNuovo, and that is which is better, the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless or the Bose QuietComfort 35 II? It’s a difficult one to determine, because both headphones are extremely great, and actually perform very similarly to one another. But that’s not the answer you want hear! So we’ve broken down some of the features of the headphones into categories, to give you a better idea on what you are actually getting.
First off I want to say that these two headphones look absolutely great, however it does come down to the build quality, materials used and general comfort if worn for a long period of time. As I have tested both of these headphones in the past, I didn’t bother wearing them for long periods of time, instead drawing on what I found in their individual reviews.
First off, the Bose headphones are made from soft touch matte black plastic, where as Bowers & Wilkins have opted for some more premium metals. It’s not to take away from the Bose in terms of design, but over the two headphones in question I can see that the Bose headphones will be more likely to break under pressure. I prefer the look of the Bowers & Wilkins headphones personally. I think they’ve got a nicer style to them. The Bose, although smart, still look very plain.
That being said, the Bose QC 35 II is much lighter than the PX Wireless. This means that when they are worn, they don’t feel as heavy on your head. It also means that the Bose QC 35 II is a lot more comfortable around the ears. The PX Wireless headphones feel a lot tighter around the head, and after long periods of use I found myself having to remove them just to let my ears breathe a little. The Bose… perfect for long periods of use.
What’s nice about the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless is the fact that their drivers inside the earcups are angled. What this means is that music sounds larger and has a much wider virtual soundstage than the Bose QC 35 II headphones. The Bose drivers are firing directly into your ears.
Both headphones before I get into this category have noise cancelling technology which means any outside noise is completely removed from your music. I feel here that the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless headphones do perform slightly better, and if you look at both apps from Bose and Bowers & WIlkins, B&W outperform the Bose in terms of setting the sensitivity of the active noise cancelling tech.
This means that you can subjectively remove certain noises from your surroundings rather than having just a bulk removal like it is on the Bose. With the Bose headphones, you have the choice of high, low and off where as with the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless, you have the choice to target things like traffic if you’re on the street, or voices if you’re in a busy working environment.
Where the headphones shine over any other on the market is their actual sound quality. And both headphones are pretty good when it comes to music reproduction. The Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless headphones however have a little bit more detail, and has a very good ability to pick up more subtle sounds in the music. Bose however still sound great. Don’t think they don’t because of what I’ve said here, and it really does come down to your audiophile-like ears to really make that choice.
If you’re in the market for a solid pair of headphones, without any kind of gimmicky add-ons, then stop reading now. I think we’ve covered everything in that department. But for those of you who are interested in the added features, then keep reading on.
If we start with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, then we can talk about the dedicated Google Assistant button. IF these headphones are linked to an Android phone, then you have the chance of using Android’s Assistant. You can receive notifications, and even have text messages read back to you. You can even navigate your phone’s menu if you give enough voice prompts, and even reply to messages too. For iOS users, it’s still available, but you need to download the Google Assistant App.
Bowers & Wilkins haven’t gone this route. They’ve kept this about the headphones. Inside the cans are sensors, which detect when they’re on your head and around your ears. Take the headphones off, they will go into a standby mode. You can even lift one earcup to talk to someone, and your music will pause and play again once you’ve stuck the headphone back on your ear.
Both headphones come with some kind of carry case. The Bose headphones have a hard case where the headphones can fold up into it, while Bowers & Wilkins have opted for a stylish soft case. I know which I prefer. The hard case for sure. It gives your headphones that much needed protection if they are to go into some kind of cluttered handbag or backpack. Both look equally as stylish and have room for your cables, but the Bose carry case offers far superior protection.
This feature isn’t supposed to rip apart these headphones and name one or the other the victor. Both sets of headphones are absolutely great, and if you’re looking for a high end set of cans, you will not be disappointed with either or. I just wanted to point out which brand does things better, and to give you an in-depth comparison over these headphone kings. You can find our full review of the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless here, and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II here.