Unlike most other tech companies lately, Microsoft did a pretty good job of keeping leaks to a minimum for their October surface event, cause I was genuinely surprised when Microsoft announced their new Surface Headphones. And even though it was a very good first try, the Surface Headphones still have a lot of growing up to do in this increasingly competitive ANC Headphone market.
There are a lot of different type of headphones… theres closed back headphones, open back headphones, audiophile grade headphones, and active noise canceling headphones. But theres a special type of headphones for a special type of person that absolute loves bass. And thats bass head headphones. And today we’re comparing the Skullcandy Crusher 360’s against the ever so popular Sony MDR-XB950N1, which arguably has been the best Basshead headphones on the market for awhile now.
I dont know what happened with the Skullcandy Venue, personally I feel that for $180 ANC headphones they under deliver cause their build quality isn’t the best, their ANC isn’t good, and their bass bottoms out way too much. But when it comes to the new Skullcandy Crusher 360’s… thats a whole other story. These things are sensory overload, and I love it. They’re definitely not for everybody, and I would have done a few things differently… but over all these are just a lot of fun.
If you ask me, the Sony 1000XM3 are currently the best ANC headphones on the market right now… but I know some people just cant afford to drop $350 on a pair of headphones. And when Skullcandy first announced their first ANC headphones, the Skullcandy Venue I was really excited cause sub $200 ANC headphones are actually getting pretty good now. But, even though the Skullcandy Venue has a few things going for it… over all, I’m still kind of disappointed in them.
Last year, when it came to choosing between the Sony Wh-1000XM2 and the Sony H.ear On 2 it all basically boiled down to fit and comfort. Cause even though the 1000XM2 had some really great performing tech… their ear cups were very cramped. Where as the ear cups on the H.ear On 2 were much more spacious and the gap in performance between these two head phones was very narrow. The 1000XM2’s obviously had the superior Active noise cancelation… but everything else like sound quality, battery life, and features were pretty much the same. But now, the gap in performance between the H.ear On 2 and the New Sony WH-1000XM3 is significantly wider and more importantly, the 100XM3 are now more comfortable then the H.ear On 2. So heres how the new Sony 1000XM3 performs against the Sony H.ear On 2, and why I just flat out wouldn’t pick up the H.ear On 2’s right now.
There is a lot of hype behind the New Sony WH-1000XM3 ANC headphones. And its with good reason, the M3’s got all of the great technology found in the M2’s; improved on them, and packed them inside a much better body. But I know some people just can’t afford to drop $350 on a pair of ANC headphones or they might be hesitant to upgrade to the M3’s. So heres how the new Sony 1000XM3’s compare to the older Sony 1000XM2’s, how my 1000XM2’s have held up after a year of heavy usage, and do you need to upgrade to the 1000XM3.
Last year when we pitted the Sony 1000XM2 up against the Bose QC 35 Series two, the Sony’s won cause they had the better performing technology. But bose still walked away with a close second cause they had far better build quality, far better fit, and they looked much better than the Sony’s. And it looks like Sony took that to heart cause now we have the all new Sony WH-1000XM3. So… are the Sony 1000XM3 finally the complete package… or do the Bose QC 35 Series 2 still have some fight left in them?
Over the past year, the Sony WH-1000XM2 have been my go to ANC headphones. These headphones set the bar when it came to active noise cancelation; they blocked out the most amount of noise with little to no cabin pressure. The M2’s have the best technology built in them… but they do fall short when it comes to comfort and build quality. But now… we have the Sony WH-1000XM3… I’m going to be honest, I didn’t expect these headphones so soon… but man I’m glad they’re here. Here’s what I like about the Sony 1000XM3’s, here’s what I HATE about the Sony 1000XM3’s, and do you really need to upgrade from the Sony 1000XM2’s.