I see SO many “reviews” and thoughts about ANC headphones out there, and three names always come up..Bose q35ii, Sony 1000xM2 and B&W PX.
I have all of them, and all three is very solid. If you just after the ANC then Bose and Sony is the better ones, and between them it´s very close.
BUT if you are like me and use ANC less and rather want a better sound, then the PX is the ones for sure.
Both Bose and Sony sounds great, and Sony if you ask me sound little better than Bose. Bose is the only one you can have on for like 14h+ tho, not sure how many do that..but worth mention..:)
My daily driver is the B&W PX, and I love them. I have the P5, P5 Wireless, P7, P7 Wireless and P9..so I like B&W.
The thing with the PX is..you need like always with B&W “Burn them in”, and PX even more so. The P5/P7 need some Burn in befor they opens up, but like P9 the PX need more time.
But after that you really here they start to shine, most if not all B&W have a Flat sound right from the Box.
So when a Reviewer get it and pack it up and start use it..it sound flat and not 100%. 20-30h and you notice and even after that you can notice difference because they keep opens upp.
Some say they have very hard Clamp Force on your head, but guess that is a matter of your head size/ear size in some regards. But for me they sit very solid and can use them for many hours without problem, but after some point I always have to take my headphones of to relax..happens on all of them.
So I say the ANC is better on Bose/Sony…do they suck on PX?
No, B&W did do a great job on the ANC, it works solid and do a great job..but not as great as the other two.
PX do change the sound some at the highest level of ANC, so they sound best without and on the first or second level. My friend do like the sound at higher lvl tho, so guess matter of taste. 🙂
So should I recommend them over Bose/Sony?
If you are like me and going more for Sound and ANC second, Hell yea..Sound is so so good in the PX.
But if you just want some sound and the ANC is more important, go for Bose or Sony.
One other thing I just love B&W did, they did put USB-C on them!!
Battery is very solid, and is what they say it is.
If you use right phone or android Oreo the APTX/APTX-HD opens up so then you can even have use for that, but they sound great on both Computer,Android or iPhone.
SO if you decide to go for the B&W PX…..
Charge them and let them “Burn in” at the nights when you sleep, and even when you don’t use them..let them play or use some Noice..:)
Use them to soft up the leather, and first and even second night..put them over a little larger box to stretch them out if you feel clamp force.
Can use this link for some “Noice” that just repeat for burn in at nights..:)
This is my thoughts after short time use (weeks) with the FitBit Ionic..
I am not use to FitBit, I think I have had one or two Fitbit over the years..:)
I do have many different watches tho, Garmin, Suunto, Polar, Samsung, Android and Apple Watch.
I don´t suffer from “NewToySyndrome” either, I love new tech..but never say they are good if they are Crap..:)
So…what are my thoughts on the FitBit Ionic?
I have use my Garmin 5 sapphire and 5X most the last months, but even my Polar V800 I like so I use that from time to time to.
Suunto i have the Spartan Ultra and the Sport Wrist HR, and for me suunto need to get their software fixed.
When I took the FitBit Ionic out of the box, I did like the feeling and design right away…:)
I did get the Garmin Vivoactive 3 and it´s Ok, but the straps on 20mm is way to “thin” for my taste but still solid watch for folks that like Garmin.
Use my Ionic 24/7 and get about the battery they say, if not little more… if I don’t use gps much.
After summer I have been little down on training, and had a car accident in August so took little time to get 100%.
So right now I use my watch most for steps, sleep and running. After winter I will be back on the MTB, then I can try it out more.
For that part I must say I like the Ionic, it´s almost better than some other watches on the “simple” things.
Nice color display and easy navigation, with a good app on the phone that keeps updates coming.
I see many folks talk about the storage you can save your music on, but for me that is not important. Always have my phone with me 24/7 so when I workout or running I use Spotify/Apple Music to stream.
If I should compare it to the same “price” range, Vivoactive 3, Apple Watch, polar v800, suunto Sport Wrist HR and even Polar M430 that cost less but many like.
I think I should say Ionic is very solid, the big thing I miss on summer when going MTB is external HR Strap support. If FitBit had add support for that it would be very nice..:)
Its not as “Pro” as some other watches I got for advanced info. But for the more simple it works great..
Design: Very solid materials and size/weight is good on my wrist.
Battery: Less than some others, but still very solid. 4-6 days.
Display: Crisp colors and easy to read inside and outdoors.
UI: Easy and after some updates works solid.
App: One of the things I like about FitBit, very nice and solid app.
Polar and suunto you can see much stats/info on the webb, but the app itself is quite limited. Garmin have a good app, but still many things that just don’t work on my 5/5x. (small things)
Who is the FitBit Ionic for?
For most folks, but if you are deep into training and doing Mara, competition or ironman…then I guess you already have your tings and know what you need. 🙂
But for most folks that train from time to time or few times a week and not need external HR(Strap) FitBit Ionic is a great watch.
Know some say you don’t have as many apps or watch face as Garmin have in Store…
But I use like 1-2 of it on my gamins, and many of them are anyway crap. And for most people I should say the watch from start, have what you need.
Where I live every Tech is expensive, but even around here I should say the price is Ok for what you get.
I am not one of the people that always like the latest tech tho, my “old” Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire is still one of my favorite and work like a Boss for what I need it for. #fitbit #ionic #review #wireless #fitness ... See MoreSee Less