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Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Review: The Best Bluetooth, Noise Canceling Headphones?

Bose QuietComfort 35Much like how the Bose QuietComfort 35 was an improvement over the QuietComfort 25, the series II takes what was great about the QC35, adds some optional wireless tools and tweaks the sound signature for better optimization. We would absolutely recommend that you spend the extra couple of bucks to go for this upgraded model. Many headphone companies have been redoing their bestselling models lately with a more modern or accessible spin, but Bose’s attempt at this trend really stands out from most other iterations.
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For years, Bose has been trusted with providing some of the best wireless and sound proof headphones in the entire business. They continue that tradition with the QuietComfort 35 model which aims to take the experience to an even greater height.

Bose designed these headphones specifically for the portable and on-the-go crowd. If you want nothing but raw audiophile power, you will have to look elsewhere though. These headphones are meant to be brought with you anywhere with their rechargeable battery lasting up to 20 hours of noise canceling performance—there lies their advantage.

The Basics

The QuietComfort 35 II comes in two primary colors, black and silver. The headphones sport two different kinds of chargers, a car charger and a USB based one that is included with the compatible wall plugin. The ear-cups are closed-back rather than open-back, leading to superior outer noise reduction.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Black & Silver
Black & Silver
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As part of the name implies, this is the second edition of the QC35, an upgraded version of the QuietComfort 25. Both the second edition and the original QC35 sound much better than the older models, but the Series II comes with new “action buttons.”

This new feature gives you access to the Google Assistant voice-activated app. It’s a bit of a gimmick that will probably not be a game changer for most consumers, but it’s an interesting step in the direction of making headphones more integrated with smartphone technology. Speaking of which Bose even created a free app for these headphones that allows you to better calibrate equalization settings and the like.

The build isn’t made of the sturdiest materials considering the price range but the QuietComfort 35 II will surely survive at least a couple major accidents.

Comfort

While they may look a little small or a little stiff, Bose has truly made an incredibly snug fit of a pair. With the circumaural cups (pads that completely envelop your ears), the QuietComfort 35 II really lives up to the “comfort” in its name. Both of the ear-pads and the headband are made from the same material—a very soft and plushy sort of pseudo velour that makes you want to sink into all three spots as if tiny pillows are pushing into your head.

The fact that the QuietComfort 35 II is also quite lightweight only adds to this level of comfort. This headband is different and more minimalist than older Bose models, and we can only suspect that this is what added to the final weight count. These headphones were designed to rest on your head for several hours at a time. Pressure and unnecessary tightness will not build up, leaving you and your music uninterrupted for however long you want.

Style

This is one category that Bose has never really excelled in. While looks never make the headphone, and part of us wants to commend Bose for only putting their time and resources into what really matters, the fact is that Sony and Sennheiser have always made the more fashionable wireless cans. Even newer brands like V-Moda which began their entry into the business with unique looking headbands and geometric shaped cups have carried that habit over into the wireless end of things lately.

If you’ve seen one pair of Bose headphones, you’ve probably seen them all. The QuietComfort 35 II is no exception to this rule of thumb. The oval shaped earcups, the metal and plastic components always resting in the same spots, even the way they fold up to be put in their carrying case is the same.

It’s not that Bose makes ugly looking headphones or earbuds, not at all. It’s more like they look bland and very basic. While style and looks certainly account for some points, we would never really recommend people to buy or neglect any given pair based off of looks alone. If you happen to be the type of person who wears headphones as trinkets and accessories and places functionality second, you probably wouldn’t be shopping for Bose at all in the first place.

Sound

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II SoundBluetooth and other kinds of wireless headphones usually tend to fall behind in the sound quality department. The fact of the matter is, you can either have the highest of hi-fi sound quality or the most advanced new technology in noise-canceling and Bluetooth functionality. There’s a reason why both ends of the spectrum never meet. Companies that make the most advanced technological headphones have to go easy on including the most advanced speakers and drivers in order to keep the price affordable.

Luckily, higher priced cans like the QuietComfort 35 II can still maximize sound quality as much as is practical and feasible. This new model sounds much better than previous entries like the QuietComfort 25, despite looking very similar at first glance.

The QC35 II’s have better clarity, balance and dynamics. Vocals will be more audible and spoken words will be easier to decipher as they are better distinguished from instrumentation. Where the QC25’s had a little too weak high end ranges, the QC35 II’s do a better job of making bass and treble frequencies sound balanced. Even acoustic and electric instruments sound more authentic and crisp, even if both are being played at the same time. And as usual for Bose, electronic instrumentation sounds good.

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About Nathanael Rubin

Nathanael Rubin has made a home on the road traveling around the world and writing articles remotely. Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Nathanael is currently residing in Bangkok, Thailand where he has set aside his passion for music to do what he does best, write and travel.

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