I recently bought the Marshall's Motion Wireless Headphones back in January. But, oh boy, after setting a pair of these Sony's on my head, I wish I never bought those Marshall's!
To be fair, the Marshall's aren't bad headphones. To put them in perspective with these Sony's it's like riding a 1960's vintage bike that hasn't been maintenanced in a while compared to riding a brand new Specialised road bike. The vintage looks cool, but it's heavy, clunky, and not as smooth as the brand new carbon bike.
I could have done worse though for the price point of 90 euro, the Marshall's were okay, but they didn't have a noise-cancelling feature, which is something I realised I really need for studying as I tend to get annoyed/distracted easily. And the Marshall's gave me a little bit of discomfort if I were to wear them for long study sessions or on a long flight.
I ended up giving the Marshall's to my dad last week and I bought the Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling Headphones.
They are super duper light. Sometimes I even forget that I am wearing them because they are so comfortable. There is plenty of room for my ears under the headphones.
The drawback to this is that they are actually too big for my head. When I wear them to the gym and I am lying on my back or put my head down too much they would fall off.
Another drawback, is that when I'm at the gym and I am doing anything with my arms above my head my arms will touch the side of the headphones either changing the music or worse changing the volume. But I realise they were not really designed to be taken to the gym.
The noise-cancelling and ambient sound features can be controlled through a free app on my phone. I personally think the headphones sound best when it is on the noise cancelling level rather than any ambient sounds. I do not like the adaptive ambient sound feature - I have that toggled off.
From what I can understand, the ambient sound levels are for when you want the background noise to come through. But I personally don't ever want background noise to come through. So I keep it strictly on noise cancelling.
I can't really provide any detailed information on the sound other than it sounds really clear even when I have it on a high sound. When I turned the sound onto the mid level range on the Marshall's it got a much harsher sound, which hurt my ears. But the sound on the Sony's even when it is loud is great. There are also much more controls on the app to personalise it.
These headphones also get 30+ hours of battery and they take 20 or so minutes to fully charge! And it comes with a hard case!
The headphones are very comfortable to wear around my neck when I am not listening to music as well since the ear parts pivot and turn.
The price of these is very expensive at about 360 euros! However, if you wear headphones everyday especially for commuting and studying or working then it is worth it! I think I wear headphones 70% of the day during my weekdays so I found it to be justifiable.
Btw, I bought these in black. I really liked the cream/gold ones too, but I figured I would get them dirty easily wearing them to the gym.