Review: QuietComfort 35 Headphones Prove Bose Won't Miss the Headphone Jack

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With the controversial absence of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7 now a reality, accessory companies are busily churning out wireless alternatives, and that's as true of Bose as it is of other big audio brands.

Its latest QuietComfort 35 over-the-ear headphones ($350) are a wireless version of the company's flagship premium QC25 cans ($300), seen by some as offering the best active noise-canceling in the business.

The QC35's retain the same established design and patented ANC smarts, so as an owner of a pair of original QuietComfort 25 headphones, I was interested to see how the new Bluetooth model compared.


Design and Features

The box that the QC35's come in is reminiscent of the QC25's, and the included compact travel case that the cans fold up into boasts the same assured sturdiness. You get a thinner 1.2 meter lead for wired connections, a micro-USB to USB-A charging cable, and the same airline adapter is also included.

Taking the QC35 cans out though and weighing them against the wired model, it's clear the transition to Bluetooth meant the QC35's had to put on a little weight - 115 grams' worth, to be exact, for a total of 309g. So what brings the added heft?


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avanpelt

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Ditto what arn said. I bought these about three months ago and I use them 30-50 hours every week while I work. They're fantastic.
 

EdT

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So, to charge them you need another different charger. How about Apple paying Bose some money to offset the cost so Bose would offer a Lightning cable/power supply instead of needing a micro USB power supply and cable?
 

DMVillain

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I love these. Sold my wireless Beats studios for them. I'm fly often and use these all the time - the noise canceling is so good I can barely the plane. Definitely recommend. I've been so impressed that I'll probably get the Bose earbud equivalent as a daily headphone for my 7.
 

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They are Okay. Returned mine after a week. Volume had to be turned up on iPhone and Macbook pro to match the sound of my Beats wireless studio. ANC was very good but that's Bose' niche.
 

Analog Kid

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I bit the bullet and bought these a month or so ago and I've been really happy with them. My one issue is that I have 3 devices (MBP, iPad, iPhone), but the headphones only keep track of two so every now and then I have to go through some gymnastics to get them talking to the thing I want.

Anybody know enough about noise cancelling to explain why they can kill engine noise, but not voices? Seems like the random, broadband noise would be a tougher challenge than speech. Is it a deliberate choice?
 
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hbman122

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Bought a pair of these about a month and a half ago, have never looked back. Best headphones I have ever owned and the noise cancelling is actually insane. Everyone that I show the noise cancelling to can't believe how good it is. Kinda hoping Bose or a third party will make a lightning cable for when I do need to go wired, but to be honest the battery on these is so good that I have actually never been in that situation yet.

You won't regret buying these
 

TigerWoodsIV

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I listened to these the other day, and I was not impressed for $350. I guess you're really paying for the name, noise cancelling, and Bluetooth instead of audio quality. Then again, those are nice. I have my headphones plugged into a DAC that has a USB input so I can use my lightning cable. Probably not everyone's preference and definitely not portable lol.
 

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The ANC does work in wired mode as long as there is battery charge and the switch is in the on position. If you turn the switch off then the ANC is off and you can still use them in wired mode.
 

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The Bose headphones are very good. But now there is a Senheiser PXC-550 that some people/reviews say is even better. Gotta buy one of these soon.
 

photodenk

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Is it true that the "powered ANC doesn't work in wired mode" as the reviewer states? That doesn't seem to make any sense to me. The cable exists to not pull as much battery power.


I own a pair of these and they converted me to Bluetooth headphones. The noise cancelling is also excellent.

arn
 

scaramoosh

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Surely you need a new Microwave if it's killing your Bluetooth? My Microwave doesn't kill my Bluetooth....
 

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The Bose headphones are very good. But now there is a Senheiser PXC-550 that some people/reviews say is even better. Gotta buy one of these soon.
I had the PXC 550 and sound quality is amazing and better than the bose. The ANC is nowhere near as good as the QC35. I also found the QC35's to be more comfortable. I returned my PXC 550 and I'm waiting for the qc30's to be released.
 

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So, to charge them you need another different charger. How about Apple paying Bose some money to offset the cost so Bose would offer a Lightning cable/power supply instead of needing a micro USB power supply and cable?
Apple doesn't need to pay bose for anything, and you can use your mini/micro USB cable with the iPhone charger because it's USB.
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The Bose headphones are very good. But now there is a Senheiser PXC-550 that some people/reviews say is even better. Gotta buy one of these soon.
Can't beat bose in ANC.
 
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