My job is about to get relocated and the new office has an open floorplan. My current headphones (Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT) sound good but aren't well equipped to keep such noise out. To avoid having to raise the volume further, I'm looking into Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) headphones.

I've heard that in ANC-world the Sony WH-1000XM3 is about the best you can get. I've also heard their app (Sony Connect) doesn't work for half their userbase. So, I'm looking for something like that and interested in whether or not that particular set is going to be a good choice, but something similar is welcome too.


  • price under or around 300 euro and available in Europe.
  • well above average ANC. My ears don't handle bad electronics very well (the very reason why I'm only considering them now and not when the technology was first released). It has to work very well.
  • bonus points if they've capabilities for both wired and wireless.

I'm in a similar situation, and use Bose QuietComfort 35.

  • I've not experienced any issues with the Bose Connect app, although I tend not to use it much. It has a 4.7 star rating on the iOS app store.
  • The QC35s are currently available for around 270EUR from amazon.es, but may be cheaper elsewhere
  • I haven't tried the model you mentioned, but with previous Sony headsets (and other cheaper ones) I've experienced the awful 'loud silence' when the SPL is too high from ANC, causing discomfort or a headache. I do not experience that with the Bose headset. With no music playing, the ANC is very good for constant sounds, like air conditioning, but loud chatter close to you will still be slightly audible. Any music being played easily drowns everything else out though.
  • They are bluetooth, and include a short cable in the case too. It is not a normal headphone jack (2.5mm in stead of 3.5mm), but is a standard size, so longer cables or adaptors can be had for <10EUR. However, others have had issues with not being able to adjust the ANC level while using a cable, if this is important to you you might want to research further first.
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