Bose QuietComfort 35 review

Is Bose QC 35 the benchmark for premium noise cancellation headphones? Read our review to find out

Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Written by Karthekayan Iyer | Published: July 21, 2016 5:27 pm
Bose QuietComfort 35 is hard to distinguish from QC 25, but is now completely wireless Bose QuietComfort 35 is hard to distinguish from QC 25, but is now completely wireless

Bose is probably the first name that comes to mind when you think of premium audio products. From sound engineering to acoustics, Bose has delivered products that have far exceeded the market offerings. Bose’s latest offering, QuietComfort 35, is the re-engineered version of last year’s QC 25. It is hard to distinguish from QC 25, but is now completely wireless.

Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose QuietComfort 35 is the successor to QC 25, which used to be industry benchmark for premium noise cancellation headphones. It is hard to argue against QC 25 because it was just too good.

Bose QC 25 had everything — great sound, perfect comfort and excellent noise cancellation — but it was not wireless. While wireless headphones have been around for some time now, they haven’t received as much traction as old-school wired ones. Wireless headphones have been criticised for their limited range and underwhelming battery life.

Bose QC 35 is basically a QC 25 turned wireless. Bose, which announced its first Bluetooth headphone last year, is trying to better it by bringing wireless to noise cancellation headphones. So is this still the benchmark for premium noise cancellation headphones? Read our review to find out

Price: Rs 29,363

Bose still sets the standard for active noise cancellation, but you are buying this one for its wireless chops Bose still sets the standard for active noise cancellation, but you are buying this one for its wireless chops

What is good?

Let’s start with its USP – wireless noise cancellation. Yes, Bose still sets the standard for active noise cancellation, but you are buying this one for its wireless chops. Technically speaking, Bose just added a built in rechargeable battery and wireless connection to its existing QC 25, the difference is enough to leave you reassured.

If you are a cord cutter with a dream of cutting every other cord, then Bose QC 35 is exactly the headphone you must buy. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth and supports tap to connect via NFC. Once connected, it just mobilises you into an environment of your own. It’s unlike anything else in the market.

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The noise cancellation is second to none. The moment you wear Bose QuietComfort 35, it just kills every sound around you. I took two flights with this one and neither did I hear engine noise nor the announcement by flight attendants (though the latter is important). Bose has packed QC 35 with tiny microphones everywhere around the earcups and they are extremely accurate with their noise cancellation.

Bose was relatively late to the premium Bluetooth headphones market. Its first Bluetooth headphone came only last year but with QC 35, Bose has leap-frogged the competition with superior noise cancellation and great battery life. Bose claims QC 35 lasts for 20 hours and I can easily vouch for that claim. During my week long use, I charged it only once and was easily able to churn 20+ hours of playback time. The rechargeable battery is relatively quick to charge with 0 to 100 per cent coming up in an hour. To be very specific, Bose QC 35 is good enough for the entire duration of Delhi-San Francisco non-stop flight.

Is Bose QC 35 only about wireless noise cancellation? Certainly not. The sound produced by this closed back headphone is equally impressive. It’s so good that when you play Strawberry Fields Forever, the acoustic guitar just pumps out of individual can so subtly that you would land up in a dream world (precisely the reason John Lennon wrote this song). I believe Calvin Harris’ CUBA is an extremely challenging song, not many headphones can play it well. Bose just nails it – the noise cancellation and Bose’s audio technology makes it a delight to listen.

Bose has also got the button placement extremely right which offers great tactile feedback Bose has also got the button placement extremely right which offers great tactile feedback

Bose QC 35 is an extremely capable headphone. It plays well with midrange, vocals and even instrumental music. It doesn’t boost the Bass like Sony does but it isn’t over zealous.

Last but not the least, Bose QC 35 is extremely comfortable to wear. Wearing Bose QC 35 for really long time is not an issue at all. The headband has a comfortable leather cushion and the earcups made of super soft leather makes for a great listening experience. Bose has also got the button placement extremely right which offers great tactile feedback.

What is not good?

The only downside with this one is its price. At Rs 29,363, there is a huge barrier to experience something so exceptional. Do good things ever come cheap? Well Bose is an extremely good headphone that is definitely not cheap.

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Should you buy?

Bose set the benchmark for noise cancellation with its QC 25 and with QC 35, it has set a gold standard for wireless noise cancelling headphones. There are tonnes of premium headphones in this price range but nothing can offer you such an exceptional noise cancellation feature. If you are a frequent flier or just want to kill outside noise, you can’t go wrong with Bose QC 35.

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