Hi there! Thanks for reading and for the question!
It’s not an easy decision to make, and since I’ve written this article, a couple of things have happened.
1- Sony released the WH-1000XM2, a successor to the 1000X with an even clumsier name. It has a few feature updates, a leatherette material on the backs of the ear cups that’s downgraded in quality (in my opinion) and no longer smells like shoes, and so far at least, appears to be better built.
2- Bose released the QC35 II. It’s identical in every way to the original model…except it now includes an extra button to use the Google Assistant. You can also remap the button using their app to adjust your ANC level, but you can just do that within the app for the original version of the headphones.
I get asked a lot if I’m ever going to buy or review these newer models…but neither one excited me enough. I don’t accept review units and I buy everything on my own, so I have to be really into something to go drop $350 on it.
However, the Sony upgrade is a little less lame overall. And since you’re not going to be using these for long sessions, the slight comfort differences of the Sony model probably won’t matter as much to you. So I’d lean towards buying either the original 1000X on discount (and hoping you get one that doesn’t break in the plastic) or a WH-1000XM2. I had the chance to check out the M2 at a demo kiosk, and to my ears, they still sound slightly better and cancel noise better as well, especially once you’ve used their adjustment feature.
Bose’s main advantages are that new Google button, their superior comfort, and their lighter, more time-tested build. They also have a more laid back sound, which could be good or bad, depending on what you want.
Both companies have littered the world with demo units, so if you have the chance to try them out, that would help you decide if you love or hate Bose’s sound.
Thanks again! Hope that at least points you in the right direction!