Well it took long enough but Bose finally came out with a Bluetooth wireless noise cancelling headphone. In my opinion is they were worth the wait, they took all their decades of research and development and created the QuietComfort 35’s.
Design and Features
The QuietComfort 35’s are essentially the QC 25 series headphones but made wireless and costing about $50 more for the feature. After using quite few noise cancelling headphones over the years I will say that overall these are the best ones I have ever used.
Each side of the headphones have their own microphone that sense sound and create an opposite signal that cancels out the unwanted sounds. Bose was the pioneer of this technology and they keep getting better and better at it.
The headphones have a digital equalization circuitry that keeps your music sounding the same no matter the volume. You have probably noticed that the bass drops off with lower volume than the highs do. The equalization feature automatically boosts it at lower volume so your music always sounds good.Battery life is rated at 20 hours but when I use them I get about 25+ hours so I was pretty happy about that. They have a non removable battery that charges pretty quickly.
I still prefer using removable disposable batteries. I like not having to worry about the battery dying and being able to swap them out with a fresh battery. But with 25 hours or so of battery life it shouldn’t be a problem.
One nice feature is the fact even if the battery dies, you can use the included wire to use them as a standard pair of headphones. Of course the noise cancellation and the equalization doesn’t work but at least you can listen to music with them.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones Bluetooth operability works as you would expect, excellent. You can connect to two devices simultaneously. This is awesome as you can watch a movie on your tablet or laptop (Mac compatible) while being able to take a call on your cell without having to do anything. All you do is tap the control on the headset to take the call if you want. The Bose QC35’s work with iOS and Android devices.The controls are simple to use, there is a control on the right headpiece for volume, playback control and answering calls. Bose makes an app for iOS and android devices that has some limited functionality like controlling the pairings and upgrading firmware. Bose has plans of adding features to make if more usable.
As far as comfort is concerned, even after wearing them on a 9 hour flight across the Atlantic I wasn’t tired of wearing them. They are slightly heavier than the QC 25’s because they had to integrate all the electronics into the headsets but its pretty minor. The cushions are not too thick and are probably the most comfortable on the market. The “clamping” force is a little tight right out of the box but after wearing them for a while they loosened up.
Bose QC25 vs QC35
The Bose QC25 noise cancelling headphones came out about 2 years ago and have become the standard that all headphones are compared against. The QC35’s built on the QC25 with the addition of the wireless Bluetooth option that adds an additional $50 to the price.
The QC35 have improved the noise cancellation by about 7% and the dual microphones system will give you clear, noise free phones calls even in windy conditions. The QC35’s added the volume optimized EQ that gives you excellent audio quality at any volume. This really comes into play at low volume. In my opinion the additional features are well worth the extra money.
Audio quality and noise cancellation is why you will want to spend more for the QC 35’s than pretty much any other headphone on the market. In this respect they are worth every penny. The noise cancellation is without comparison and hands down the best there is.
They reduce ambient noise by over 95% so no more annoying engine noise while flying or if you just need some peace and quiet around the house the Bose QC 35’s will not disappoint.
They are definitely a step up from their predecessors the QC25’s. Not by a huge amount but enough to notice there is a difference.
The audio quality is better because of the digital equalization that adjusts bass and treble so your music always sounds good at any volume. It really does work and you will definitely notice it working when you turn it off. In my opinion they sound slightly better when hard wired as I think you lose a slight amount of audio quality with the Bluetooth but it’s slight and most people can’t tell the difference.
Are They Worth It
Well it depends on if you are willing to pay more for the best possible audio quality. You can buy a pair of decent Bluetooth, noise cancelling headphones like Bohm and the Plantronics Backbeat Pro’s for a third or less the cost of the Bose QuietComfort 35’s. You just have to decide if it’s worth it to you paying the extra money.
The Bottom Line
I personally think the difference in sound quality, noise cancellation and comfort is worth the extra money. Normally it pays to buy the better quality option, rarely will you regret it. I think you will like them as much as I do. If you don’t need the wireless functionality, you may want to consider the QuietComfort 25’s.
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