56points

Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9A

86points

Philips SHB8850NC

88points

Sony WH-1000XM2

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Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9A vs Philips SHB8850NC vs Sony WH-1000XM2

Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9A
Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2
Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9A
Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

Why is Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9A better than Philips SHB8850NC & Sony WH-1000XM2?

  • Has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
  • Weight
    170gvs232,275g

Why is Philips SHB8850NC better than Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9A & Sony WH-1000XM2?

  • Impedance
    16 Ohmsvs42,46 Ohms
  • Has a battery level indicator
  • Wireless charging
  • Has voice commands
  • Has an open-back design

Why is Sony WH-1000XM2 better than Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9A & Philips SHB8850NC?

  • Highest frequency
    40000Hzvs35000,22000Hz
  • Lowest frequency
    4Hzvs5,10Hz
  • Has an over-the-ear form
  • Has an L-shaped plug
  • Cable length
    1.5mvs1.2,1.2m

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Design

1.has stereo speakers
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Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

2.has an over-the-ear form
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Philips SHB8850NC
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Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

3.weight

170g

232g

275g

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4.has a detachable cable
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With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

5.can be folded
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Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.

6.sweat resistant
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Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.

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Sound quality

1.lowest frequency

5Hz

10Hz

4Hz

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

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1Hz

2.highest frequency

35000Hz

22000Hz

40000Hz

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

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120000Hz

3.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

4.driver unit size

42mm

32mm

39.8mm

The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.

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5.has a neodymium magnet
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

6.impedance

42 Ohms

16 Ohms

46 Ohms

Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.

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4 Ohms

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Power

1.has a battery level indicator
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

2.has a rechargeable battery
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

3.has a removable battery
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Sony WH-1000XM2

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

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Connectivity

1.Can be used wirelessly
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

2.has a 3.5mm male connector
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

3.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

4.Has WiFi
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

The device can connect to WiFi.

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5.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
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Sony WH-1000XM2

802.11n is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors - a, b and g.

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6.Has fast 802.11ac WiFi connection
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.

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JBL Reflect Contour 2

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Features

1.control panel placed on a device
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

2.can be used as a headset
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.

3.has a noise canceling microphone
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

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4.has voice commands
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

5.has an accelerometer
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

An accelerometer is a sensor used to measure the linear acceleration of a device. A common application is detecting when a device changes between vertical and horizontal positions.

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Sony Xperia Ear Duo

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Miscellaneous

1.wireless charging
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.

2.can be controlled remotely
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Philips SHB8850NC
Sony WH-1000XM2

A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.

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