The Sony WH-1000XM3 is my first pair of noise-canceling audio cans. I chose this over the Bose QC3 because I find it handling the balance between sound quality and noise-canceling better. I got the Sony WH-1000XM3 for S$478 on Lazada but I am pretty sure that you can find a better deal for this nice pair of headphones.
Some pointers when choosing your audio cans
I had the opportunities to try out my friends’ Bose QC2, Bose QC3, Sony WH-1000XM2 and AKGs previously. Aside from the sound reproduction, they rested over or on the ears differently. They clamp and rest on your head differently. Heat builds up on and around the ears differently. At the end of the day, it is going to stay on your ears (and head) for a while so find one that makes you feel comfortable wearing.
Why the Sony WH-1000XM3?
I have been looking out for noise-canceling gears for quite sometime. My primary need is to cancel out chatters and discussions at the workplace. The need became more apparent ever since we adopted a semi-open office concept.
Before the new office layout, I was using ear canal phones (the Senheisser IE8) for my daily commute. I continued to use it until I upgraded to an active noise-canceling earphones (the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23) which I paired it up with the FiiO BTR1 to untangle myself from all the cable mess.
I ended up with this pair of magnificent wireless active noise-canceling cans, the Sony WH-1000XM3. Aside from the fit, its technical specifications also attracted me. That is, the Sony WH-1000XM3 supports aptX, aptX HD and LDAC on top of the usual suspects.