This is the Bose quite comfort 35, the QC35. these are the successor to I guess pretty much the gold standard for premium noise cancelling head phones at this point which is the Bose QC25. Well these are obviously red and black so they got some colour ware going on them, but these have been my go to for train rides and flights and even when gaming FPS games in a noisy environment for the past couple of years so when you get a get a successor to them you kind of have to wonder what’s different about them and are they worth the price.
On amazon right now the QC25 are $300 and the new QC 35 are $350. Now in a pair of really premium noise cancelling head phones you look for a couple of things, build quality, comfort, sound quality and of course how good the noise cancellation actually is. Build quality is just fine here it’s nearly identical to the QC25, they are overall pretty light plastic built head phones, pretty flexible, and that’s what actually makes them so comfortable that they are so light weight and flexible, and along with the super soft foam on the top band and the super soft ear cushions that go over your ears, all this combines together to make them comfortable.
If anything the QC35 are a little bit heavier than the 25 since they have a small rechargeable battery in them now, but you probably won’t notice that. So wearing these head phones for a long period of time like a long flight is still no problem, comfort is a huge plus for these.
Now since they are wireless you do have a couple other things to worry about and those are the controls and battery life. Controls move from the inline wire and mic on the QC25 to buttons on the back of the right ear cup here and they are all the same, so the play pause controls and the volume up and down, skipping tracks, etc. they are all pretty tactile quality buttons which is important when you are pressing them blind and battery life is also top of the line.
Now I have only had these for the past couple of days, over the past week or so, but the 20 hour active battery life seems to hold up. Now every time you turn them on it tells you when the Bluetooth is paired and also gives you the battery percentage of what is left. So when I turn it on last I had was 63% so I feel I can finish of the rest of the week with a lot more listening of these and not have to charge it till the weekend so that’s good.
And I feel like if you can listen to a pair of head phones for the entire week and charge it once a week with allot of heavy listening you pretty much don’t have to think about it that much, so battery life is another strong pint with these.
Now sound quality is pretty much exactly the same as the QC25 which just to say is pretty good but nothing spectacular, nothing that’s going to blow your mind at all. It’s just like a normal pair of close back head phones, you aren’t buying these to monitor for music production or anything like that, they are obviously very vibrant and coloured, and I would put them on par with other 150 to 300 dollar head phones in terms of clarity and detail, but again it’s wireless and that’s nice and actually comes with a wire in the box.
Now at the bottom of this you got a micro USB charging port on the right ear cup and yes you do get that mini cable, and a 300mm head phone jack on the left ear cup, and that wire is included to either plug it in to something that doesn’t have Bluetooth and just listen to them like normal head phones or plug it in and use the head phones without noise cancellation.
So if you just want regular listening with no noise cancellation you have to do it through the wire but you can’t do it wirelessly. And the noise cancellation itself Bose does this pretty much better than anyone else. It’s kind of what they are best at. These microphones as you can see are all around the outside of the headphones to pick up outside noise and frequencies and just cancel them out. So if you have heard Bose earphones before you would know what I’m talking about, it’s great for flights, it’s great for loud environments trains, buses basically anytime you want to cancel out the outside world and just hear your audio, just listen to your music isolated. That’s the reason you buying those headphones in the first place.
So I am happy to say that Bose has put together a complete package here with the QC35, they will be replacing my QC25. It even has things like NFC built in for quick Bluetooth pairing by taping it to your android phone, so that was convenient. And there is the carrying case as well that’s pretty similar to the one that QC25 had and since they fold up the exact same way, plus they carry extra cables now too, and again that’s ideal for travelling and just tossing your headphones in a bag or a back pack or something, and there’s the flying adaptor too, since they know that people use these allot on planes.
So coming back to the price difference, basically if you want to have specifically noise cancelling, wireless headphones then you have to pay the extra $50 to go with the 35 but if you just noise cancelling headphones and you don’t really care about the convenience off having no wire then this is just fine, the 25 are functionally pretty much exactly the same as the QC 35. No wire slightly shorter battery life single AAA battery also has a wire 50 bucks cheaper for the 25.
So that’s your break down, bottom line is if you are looking for noise cancelling head phones in general in a premium of $300 price range, you should have these on your short list. Any ways that’s been it.
Thank you for reading, if you have any other suggestions for headphones or audio products, or anything else tech related you want me to take a look at feel free to leave it in the comments section right below, and I will be down there answering your questions as well.