Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Reviewed

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Reviewed
 
 
 
 
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) is a high-end wireless headset with premium sound features. When you own this device, you will be as thrilled at the craftsmanship and quality of materials as at the sound quality, which is high-end. When you want some calm and music, just put these on then press play on your favorite tune. With the Bose QuietComfort, you hear your music on play, and nothing else. Noise cancelling is so good in this pair of headphones that it thoroughly eliminates ambient noise. Other premium features complete the package.

QuietComfort Models

This version of the QuietComfort headphones is the successor to Bose’s QuietComfort Series I. The Series I is still available from a few sellers, but Bose and major retailers do not have it for sale anymore. Since the price for the new model is exactly the same as for the older model, it’s probably best for new buyers to buy the latest model. The big advantage of the Bose QuietComfort Series II over the older version is its support for smart features, notably Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Other, lesser, models of the Bose QuietComfort include the lower-priced QuietComfort 25 and QuietComfort 20.

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Specs

The Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II boasts impressive features. It has active noise cancelling (ANC) which blocks out much of the noise from the surroundings, as well as a battery that lasts for up to 20 hours. This is generous for enabling you to listen with ANC on active mode. Once the battery runs out, you can plug into a power source or listen on “passive” mode, which does not isolate the ambient noise nearly as well. Sound quality in these headphones is crystal clear and well balanced. Bose has included an Action button on the headset, which gives you easy access to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can use voice control to order lunch, request information, or play your music, all from the Bose QuietComfort 35.

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How it Stacks Up Against the Competition 

Boise is one of the leading headphone manufacturers, but faces stiff competition from other premium sound equipment manufacturers. Sony and Sennheiser have their own competing product lines in the high-end segment of the market. Major competitors of the QuietComfort 35 Series II include:

  • Sennheiser PXC 550 - This Sennheiser headset is a leading contender, with strong noise cancellation and good support for commands. It’s popular with travelers. Priced at $228.
  • Sony WH-1000XM2 - This $348 headset from Sony offers highly detailed sound and elegant design to rival that of the Bose QuietComfort 35.
  • Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro - Users like the DT770 Pro’s bass performance and wearing comfort. These headphones cost around $179.
  • Naztech i9BT - The Naztech i9BT is a cheaper device, competing well for those looking for an entry-level headset with noise cancelling features. Priced at $89.99

Is it Worth the Price

Owning a Bose headset is a coveted experience that fans of music, video gaming, and other activities needing high-quality sound, cherish. This particular model combines high-end features with a timeless design, in silver or black, that makes the device a collector’s item. For that, $349 is not too much to ask. It’s important to note that this is the high-end of Bose’s flagship QuietComfort line of premium headphones. As such, it packs the most features and high-end experience in the lineup. If you want an entry-level set of headphones from Bose, you might do better with the Bose QuietComfort 25, priced at $179.95, or the Bose QuietComfort 3, priced about the same. For buyers looking to integrate their smart homes, including Alexa and Google Home, the latest features will justify the price of the QuietComfort 35 Series II.

To Consider Before Your Purchase 

  • You can make the battery longer by turning off noise cancellation. This will get you close to 40 hours of battery life, useful for long trips away from home.
  • You won’t need to purchase an external microphone for voice calls, since the headset has one built in.
  • To use the Bose Connect app that lets you tweak settings, you need an Android smartphone or an iPhone.

Our Notes 

Noise Cancellation: This is one area where the QuietComfort Series II stands out against competing headphones, making it a winner for busy environments.

Weight: These have a weight of 0.52 lbs, but feel light when worn. This is a plus if you are gaming or listening to music for long stretches.

Microphone: Noise-rejecting microphone system results in clearer calls and voice input.

What Do They Say on Other Sites 

“I give it five stars. My wife hates them she would give it 1. I put them on and that’s it. I can’t hear her any more.” (James B. on Amazon)

“Really bad bluetooth on two different items. The sound is great, noise canceling is great, but the bluetooth drops, gets full of static, and has a very hard time connecting. Other devices in the same room, including $30 headphones, have no problems. Get with it Bose, Bluetooth is not some new thing you shouldn't be having such trouble with it.” (Michael on Amazon)

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