With the recent success of Bose’s QuietComfort 25 headphones, the newest of the QuietComfort series, Bose QuietComfort 35 has made an impressive follow-up, to say the least. With an all out rich sounding headphone with active noise-cancelling technology, it is no secret.
Featuring a revamped battery life, outstanding audio quality, Bluetooth wireless capability and a sleek design, Bose has one-upped the current headphone market. Potentially even making this headphone even more popular and successful with the latest rumors surrounding Apple’s newest flagship device, the iPhone 7 to remove its headphone jack.
Bose QuietComfort 35
|Item Weight||10.9 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.1 x 6.7 x 7.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.5 pounds|
Compared to the predecessor the QuietComfort 25s, the newest edition headphone is almost exactly the same in look but slightly different in connection. The QC35 offers both wired and wireless connectivity for on the go capability and easy online gaming accessibility.
The outer material of the earcups consists of metal while the rest of the QC35 is a plastic build. Though they are covered a quaint and smooth leather covering that gives the overall headphone a premium feeling. They also are quite comfortable even in hotter weather, which is why we are guessing Bose chose the name “QuietComfort”.
Bose QuietComfort 35 are available in two different colors, a two-toned silver, and an opaque black color. Both of which are a nice choice, though we prefer the classic looking black color.
They feature a remote controller built into the right earcup which controls the pairing of the Bluetooth connection, pause, play and volume controls. All of which can be initiated through voice commands. An absolutely easy to use and easily accessible headphone.
But what continues to add to the easy accessibility of the QC35s is the lightweight design at just 230g. This, in turn, makes long periods of listening or even gaming very comfortable. Also making the QC35 perfect for travelers who want block out noisy passengers but also listen to movies or the plane with a 3.5mm adapter.
First off, the QC35 offers active noise canceling and it is easily the best possible noise canceling technology currently on the market. Their ANC cancels out a huge percentage of hearing outside noises and leaves you to quietly ponder your thoughts or zone out with your favorite movie or song.
Although there is a definite small problem that often comes up. Such as when walking in a windy area, the QC35s pick it up and you can hear a crackling. But to be fair, all ANC headphones are this way. The ANC ultimately works best in low frequencies areas like office buildings, subways, airplanes, buses, and trains. A very great way to enjoy listening in busy environments and focus on what you are doing.
Though what is quite impressive is the balance when listening. Bose has introduced a digital equalizer so that no aspect of listening will outpower the other. Giving music more of a wide variety of instruments heard, rather than a narrow blend of everything.
This process is amazing and definitely shows when we measured highs mids and lows. Bass was not overpowered, the treble was not missing at low volumes and the overall blending of sound was smooth.
Bose does a great job of wireless and ANC technology but the same could not be said for professional production. When it came time for listening freshly recorded vocals, the QC35 equalizer did not do a good job of capturing the highs of the vocals.
Additionally, when it was time to mix, we had a very difficult time deciding the different instrumental tracks as the presets within our program were already higher than other tracks. While mastering made little difference as regards to blended vocals and instruments. Other headphones such as Audio-Technica’s ATH-M70 and Sony’s MDR1A both made production much easier as recognizing separate tracks, mixing and mastering.
Considering the recent release of the QC35, it has remained at its original retail price. A hefty 350$ is a lot considering many of the other headphones rivaling Bose. Though Bose only has this sole series to keep them afloat among competitors, unlike Audio-Technica and Sennheiser.
Both brands have multiple series that easily rival Bose’s single QuietComfort series. Series like Sennheiser’s HD series have done exceptionally as well as offering some of the best sound quality for studio production. Many headphones at the same price point offer superior production quality for audiophiles and every listeners alike.
In the amount of time, we had the QuietComfort they were very impressive. Especially when it came to on the go listening. It was easily accessible and blocked most of outside noises that usually distract my listening experience.
Although there were so different reservations about Bose QuietComfort 35. One being it being exceptionally expensive considering the other headphones within its price range. The battery is not replaceable but is chargeable and the biggest disappointment being the recording and production ability.
While the sound quality was for amazing for casual music listening, it did offer superior sound quality when compared to other headphones at less or the same price point. But to be fair there were way more positives things to say about the QC35 rather than negative.
The first being it providing amazing movie and gaming audio. Easily turning your favorite game into an intensive match, making even the footsteps noticeable. Comfortability was also an impactful aspect of listening.
As with Bose’s revamped 20-hour battery life, lightweight design, and the additional leather padding makes long periods of listening extremely comfortable. Considering all aspects of this headphone I would say that Bose QuietComfort 35 are perfect for those looking for a headphone for traveling or any on the go use. Though if you are looking headphones for home or professional production I would rather recommend Sennheiser’s HD series or Audio-Technica’s M series for serious listening.