Bose QC35 headphones review
- Super comfortable
- Superior sound quality
Could be better
- Intelligent features
- Bluetooth issues
The Bose QuietComfort 35 Series I might be expensive, but they are the new benchmark for wireless headphones.
The QC 35 Series I headphones are the first wireless noise-cancelling entry from Bose. They offer almost unmatched sound quality and active noise cancellation. The headphones are light and super comfortable, meaning that you can wear them all day long and take advantage of the 20-hour battery life.
The only real difference between the Series I we've reviewed and the Series II is the inclusion of a dedicated virtual assistant button on the latter. Press the button and you'll get voice access to Google Assistant
The QuietComfort 35 headphones are heavier than the QuietComfort 25s, but they don't feel heavy at all. The cushioned ear cups offer supreme comfort and can even be worn while lying in bed (albeit not for an extended period of time).
The right ear cup features all the wireless controls including the action button for answering/ending calls and playing your music, as well as the volume controls and the power button.
In the box, you'll find a Micro-USB cord for charging the headset. Unfortunately, the QuietComfort 35 headphones don't come with a wall plug, but they do come with a neat leather carry case, which fits the folded up headset and the charging cable.
The QuietComfort 35 headphones come in two colour variations: silver and black.
The integrated microphones of the QuietComfort 35 headphones make making phone calls on the go a breeze. The same microphones that are used to pick up sound for the active noise cancellation also pick up your voice and separate it from the background noise, meaning that whoever you're talking to will be able to hear you better than if you were using another hands-free option.
Boasting a 20-hour battery life, the QuietComfort 35 headphones will be able to provide you with all the isolation you need for even the longest flights.
While the ability to pair two devices is a great feature, one of the issues I had with the QuietComfort 35 headphones was that if I walked into the vicinity of the device that I paired with first, paused what I was listening to on the second device and then hit play again (even if it was a pause of less than a second) the headphones would automatically connect to the first device and play from that. I know it's a small gripe, but it would be nice if the headphones could intelligently decipher which device was clearly in use.
There were also connectivity issues when it came to Bluetooth. On multiple occasions, my iOS device would say that I was connected to the QuietComfort 35 headphones and nothing would be coming through the headset. There were also a few times when the QuietComfort 35 headphones dropped their Bluetooth connection altogether.
The major issue I found was that the QuietComfort 35 headphones don't turn off when not connected to an active device. Yes, I know that turning headphones on and off is a simple task, but it's the little intelligent features like this that I would expect when shelling out almost half a grand.
Set-up and sound quality
Setting up the QuietComfort 35 headphones was simple and straightforward. Using the free Bose app, you can pair the headset with multiple devices and set priorities.
The sound is what you're paying for with Bose, so unsurprisingly the sound is incredible. The headset features an equaliser that balances sound, ensuring that you get the best sound quality no matter the volume.
The active noise cancellation took a little while to get used to, but now that I am, it'll be hard to go back to regular over-ear headphones.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 have a recommended retail price of $499.00. This price point puts them in the middle to top-end cost for noise cancelling over-ear headphones, which can cost anywhere from $180 to $799. For the price, you'd be hard-pressed to find better quality noise cancellation, though they've got some competition from the new Sony WH-1000XM2.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones offer unrivalled noise cancellation, great sound quality and superior comfort in the wireless headphones space. The price may scare off the average punter, but if you're in the market for benchmark audio quality and comfort, the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are in a class of their own.
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