Bose quietcomfort 35 wireless headphones review
The Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones (also known as the Bose Qc35) are the newly updated release which replaces the older wired QC25 model. Updates include new plusher materials on the headband, silver finish is now available (the older QC25’s are black).
The Bose QC35 claims a 20hr battery life, although this seems conservative as we got a little longer in use – upto 25 hrs at 60% volume, although if you crank it up to 80% (around where we normally have the Bose QC35 set) you will see a little under the 20 hours they are rated for . The battery seems to hold on to it’s charge well for occasional use, not dropping significantly after being left in standby for a 2 week period. That might sound obvious, but some of the wireless devices we use magically go flat when unused which can be a real nuisance. Battery performance is right up there with the best of the new batch of wireless headphones.
Included in the pack is a nice case for travel, plus charge & 3.5mm audio cables. You can connect using the standard headphone cable if you wish, although you are kind of missing point if you do.
NFC for easy pairing as well as bluetooth – works with all the mobile phones we tested. Connecting wirelessly was straightforward on all the phones we tested (both android & apple). The controls are easy to operate & we had no complaints getting these up & running in no time. We’ve heard a few comments that the bluetooth range on the Bose quietcomfort 35 is a problem for some people, but for normal use (i.e. phone in pocket / sat within 2 meters of the user) we got a perfect stable connection.
We did see issues with spottiness and breakup of the connection when we moved out of the same room as the phone when listening, so maybe this is something you should bare in mind if you like to wander the house while listening to your tunes.
The main body is formed from glass filled nylon (fancy plastic to you & me), the build seems good quality & should stand up to wear & tear pretty well, however they lack the more premium feel of some of the other headphones we have seen recently from the likes of the Sennheiser Momentum range.
A big win for the Bose quietcomfort 35 is the comfort – these are probably the single most comfortable wireless bluetooth headphones that we have ever seen! They are a little lighter than most of the competition, and coupled with the plush earpads & gentle clamping force extended listening periods are no problem whatsoever.
Bose Quietcomfort 35 Review – Sound Quality & Performance
So – on to the main event for the Bose Quietcomfort 35 review – how do they sound?
Bose feels like they have the best ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) of the headphones we have seen, reduction of external noises really is very impressive. The level of reduction in ambient noise is superb, fantastic for removing engine noise & chatter whilst traveling or even for taking away general household noises around the home. You can switch the noise cancellation off on the Bose quietcomfort 35, but to be honest it is kind of the point of buying them so we left it on for our tests.
The Bose quietcomfort 35 supports 1st generation active noise cancellation – check out the link where we look into the advances in technology with 2nd generation active noise cancelling headphones.
Sound quality on the Bose quietcomfort 35 is very good, however the wired version QC25 seems to have slightly better sound quality overall. The sound delivery isn’t flat, but has very little bass boost going on. A definite focus on the midrange performance which is crisp & clean, but in comparison with the wired version you are loosing a little in clarity. Most of our testers described the Bose quietcomfort 35 as delivering an accurate & natural sound delivery which really suited vocals but may not appeal to the more bass oriented listener. It’s a little ordinary sounding when compared head-to-head with some of the newer models (not so much when listening on an iPhone, but when you switch to an audio player / phone that is capable of aspX some other models really stand out as being much better sonically).
The overall sound volume is a little lower than we have heard on some models, but this seems like a common theme on wireless headphones in general – just something to be aware of when buying.
The sound quality feels pretty much identical whether you use the Bose QC35 in wireless mode / using the direct connect cable. We were slightly disappointed that the sound quality did not ‘pop’ a little more for using the cable connection like on some of the other headphones we have tried recently.
There is no aptX support on the Bose QC35 (is that something to do with the close links to Apple? we think so), so ultimately the sound quality is always going to feel a little less special than you will see from some of the headphones from Sony & Sennheiser that do support aptX. If you are not sure on what all these features mean, we check out the aptX & Sony LDAC protocols here: Best Bluetooth Audio Formats – How to Get the Best Wireless Sound
To sum up – great wireless headphones with the best noise cancellation on the market, super comfortable, great choice for a traveler! Check out our best wireless headphones 2017 roundup to see how the Bose QuietComfort 35 stack up against the latest top performers.
- Feature Set 90%
- Build Quality 85%
- Sound Quality 82%
- Value for Money 85%
- Overall Rating 86%
Bose Quietcomfort 35 Review – Final Thoughts
The Bose Quietcomfort 35 is a great wireless option for 2017, featuring the best Active Nose Cancellation of any wireless headphones we have seen so far. The sound quality is good (but not the best), however for travel use this is still by far the most popular choice for ensuring peace on a plane.