You can’t walk into a subway coach or take a flight without running into someone wearing a Bose! That pretty much talks about the popularity and market share of Bose headphones.
Bose QuietComfort series has been making the best noise cancelling wired headphones with amazing sound quality since long and needless to say they have quite mastered the Noise Cancelling technology.
In 2016, they created the wireless version of QC25 without compromising the sound and noise cancellation when they launched the QC35. This makes Bose QC35 as one of the toughest contenders for the best bluetooth headphones in 2017.
But should you buy Bose QC35 – the wireless bluetooth headphones?
Flight travellers or daily subway commuters to cut out the ambient noise so that you can enjoy your music better. Buy them for the best noise cancelling technology that let's you hear the music better.
- Rich and clear sound
- Excellent battery life of 20 hours
- Excellent Noise Cancelling performance
- Multiple devices connectivity
- Less features as compared to other competitors
- Doesn't perform well at low frequencies
- High Price
Design & Features
Apart from a few small differences, QC35 looks very similar to QC25 in design. It is heavier at 236 grams than QC25 thanks to all the wireless technology packed into it.
They look premium and have a very minimalist yet sauve design. They are available in black and silver colours, even though there are several customization options available.
Earcup cushions are made of faux-leather and have enough space for your ears to breathe, unlike Sennheiser PXC 550. Outer shell of the earcups is made of lightweight anodized aluminium
The headband is built with strong plastic and has an Alcantara cushion under it which is quite comfortable on the head. The headband has a good extension and fits well even on a larger head.
Due to higher freedom of movement provided by the vertical and rotational movement of the earcups, they fit quite well on any face type without any sound leakage.
The clamping force is quite reasonable and even throughout the contact points. People wearing glasses will not feel more pressure around their temples, and soft around the head.
Bose QC35 has very simple interface. On right earcup you will find one button to control three functions i.e. Power On/Off, Noise Cancellation On/Off and Bluetooth On/Off. So when the bluetooth is On, you can’t switch off the noise cancellation.
Under the right earcup, there are three buttons for volume up/down and skipping the tracks or play/pause music, pretty much standard functionality. The buttons are quite tactile and easy to find when you are wearing the headphones.
They ship with a great-looking travelling case, a 2.5 mm headphone jack wire, and an airline adapter which allows you to enjoy your headphones during the flights.
Sound is subjective to ears and personal preferences. Some like low frequencies that is bass-heavy music, while others prefer mid or high frequencies.
Bose QC35 sound pretty much like the QC25 which means pretty good but…
Are they the best sounding headphones?
When you transfer sounds over Bluetooth and also add noise cancellation to it, the sound is likely to suffer. However, Bose has managed to contain the damage and they sound very much like QC25.
Due to almost zero noise from the surroundings, what you hear is a very rich and clear sounding music. They are not unusually spectacular and you won’t be using them for video or music editing. They are made for casual listeners in high-noise surroundings.
Bose headphones use a Digital Equalizer that keeps the sound well balanced and doesn’t let one frequency overpower another, even at higher volumes.
But when you listen to your favourite rock song, you want to feel that heart pumping bass and throw your head with every beat. Somehow, I didn’t get that feeling while using Bose QC35.
Listening to a relatively high-bass music like below, I didn’t enjoy Bose QC35 as much as I enjoyed using Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2.0 and Sony MDR-1000X.
Check out a review by Chris Ziegler from The Verge who also observed that Bose QC35 don’t do too well while listening to loud, bass-heavy music.
Does Bose QC35 support Qualcomm aptX codec?
QC35 doesn’t support the Qualcomm aptX sound codec that delivers superior quality audio over Bluetooth than the standard SBC (Sub Band Codec). However, don’t just reject these headphones before knowing why and how aptX codec impacts music over Bluetooth.
If your smartphones or music players don’t support aptX, a headphone which supports aptX codec won’t make your music sound better. And in case you are wondering… No, iPhone doesn’t support aptX codec.
When it comes to noise cancelling, nobody does a better job at truly cancelling the background noise like Bose. With broadband noise isolation measurement of -28 dBr in a test conducted by InnerFidelty, they are the best at noise cancellation. (What’s dBr?)
How does Bose QC35 noise cancellation work?
QC35 senses several microphones inside and outside the ear cups which accurately receives the environmental sounds. After that it measures the sounds and directs them to proprietary electronic chips in both ear cups which then equal and opposite sound waves to cancel the ambient noise.
Of course, all of this needs to happen in a fraction of a millisecond to be able to effectively cancel the noise. This is where Bose’s proprietary technology beats others.
Bose claims to have a smooth connectivity range of 33 feet (10 meters) with slight skips possible beyond that. Actually, I have experienced no connectivity issues or stuttering even at distances longer than 50 feet during my multiple trials when the battery level is high.
At lower battery levels, you can expect some sound stuttering even at 25 feet, but then this is not a deal breaker.
Can you pair multiple devices with QC35?
Bose’s multi-point bluetooth connectivity allows you to connect up to three bluetooth devices at the same time. You can easily switch between various devices by pausing music from one and playing from another device.
You can also switch between devices with Bose Connect app (for Android & iOS devices) that gives you more control over connected devices. For example, using this app you can easily switch from calls to music or a movie on your phone or computer.
Bose QC35 has a non-removable integrated rechargeable battery with a battery life of 20 hours and full charging time of 2.25 hours. This is a great news for those who hate buying new AAA batteries for QC25, but some people prefer removable batteries so that they don’t have to worry about charging their headphones regularly.
Every time you switch them on, they will tell you the battery levels so that you are always aware of charging them on time.
Can you use the headphones if the battery is dead?
Yes, you can use the wire provided with the headphones to listen to music even when the battery is dead. However, you will not be able to use Active Noise Cancellation or Digital Equalizer without the powered battery.
However, you can’t use the headphones while the battery is charging.
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