I just landed from a long travel and was able to compare them to my Bose QC1 which I am using normally for my flights. I wanted to buy the XM3 From sony (Overear) but the Bose were good enough for me. Compared to the APP they are only a bit better. I think the newer generations of Overears are much better. But as soon as you hear Music or watch a TV Show you can barely hear anything around you. I use my APP mostly für in Trains and Office so I am fine with them.