Experience with the BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 noise-canceling headphones review. Can it be a little silence? How seldom do you hear the question, and when you’re on the road a lot, sometimes you just enjoy the silence – in the arrival or departure hall of an airport, in a packed train of the Deutsche Bahn across the republic, or like me most recently on board a flight with AirBerlin from Munich to Berlin.
After takeoff, simply put on the BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 headphones, select the music and then be in your own world. For me, the experience has been around for several years and I’ve simply become accustomed to noise-canceling headphones. Currently, I’m reviewing the new premium model from BOSE – the Quiet Comfort QC35 – Bluetooth headphones in stylish silver.
BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 – NOISE CANCELLING PRODUCT REVIEW
A few months ago I already introduced you to a nice pair of headphones from the upper mid-range segment, the SAMSUNG LEVEL On Wireless, which did a great job and are a great experience especially with the touch functions in combination with a Samsung smartphone (like the S7edge). The new premium model from BOSE starts at just under 400 EUR and is in a completely different price range.
My first experience with noise-canceling headphones was a few years ago in a computer store in New York on Fifth Avenue. MP3 players were set up everywhere and you really couldn’t understand your own words anymore. More or less out of boredom, I then put on the BOSE headphones (first generation) once and could hardly describe the experience.
It was one of those purchases where you say – impulse buy – but after the experience, there was no going back. Not a new pair of shoes, not a new handbag, my shopping purchase from New York at that time were the first BOSE headphones for about 260 US$ and I have rarely enjoyed a return flight so much.
For a long time, the headphones were part of my fixed travel set, the cable was long enough to stow the smartphone in the seat pocket or even to have it in the handbag, in case of emergency a spare battery (AAA) for another 20 hours of music enjoyment was packed in the bag. The only factor that bothered me on trips to the headphones – they were just relatively large and often interfered with the already very tight hand luggage. Once you thought it wasn’t necessary for the short-haul flight, you regretted it after the flight at the latest – especially on the routes to Mallorca when the bachelor parties or bowling outings are on the return flight….
After countless trips around the world, days on the train, only the cable was replaced once and the ear pads. This was a feature that I appreciate. For about 35 EUR you get new ear pads and the headphones look perfect again. After I skipped the QC15 and QC25 models and spent the last year continuously with my Level On Wireless (in trendy red) – just because the headphones were foldable and therefore perfect for the handbag.
For sports and hours at the gym, I’ve been using Samsung’s sporty model for a while now – the Samsung Level U earbuds with Bluetooth function.
BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 – NOISE CANCELLING
For me personally, headphones with Bluetooth connectivity have thus been a permanent fixture for quite some time, with a cable tucked away in the laptop handbag for emergencies. But I don’t have to worry much about whether the headphone jack will change more or be abolished like on the iPhone7. Turn on the headphones, select my playlist and simply enjoy the music.
When you first put them on, you immediately notice again the pleasant processing of the Bose headphones, which are delivered in a black box, which is provided with a zipper and has a small loop, with which you can still attach the headphones, for example, even on hand luggage.
Simply once at the airports pay attention to how many frequent travelers have a box of BOSE outside at the hand luggage or backpack. Included are the headphones, as well as a charging cable (standard USB to micro USB, as known from many Android smartphones), a 3.5mm jack plug if you do not want to use the wireless version once and a plug for the center armrests in many planes with two 3.5mm jack plugs.
The battery of the BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 headphones is charged in less than two hours, it can be charged via laptop, but of course also via an appropriate smartphone charger. According to BOSE, the battery lasts over 20 hours and could also be confirmed by me accordingly. However, the simple charging option allows you to quickly recharge the headphones just like a smartphone before traveling.
The workmanship of the individual materials looks very high-quality, and the ear pads can be easily replaced like in the predecessor models and will soon be available again via the online store or individual BOSE stores. Tip: BOSE accessories are usually a bit cheaper in the US, as are the headphones. So if you are in the USA, you should take this into account when purchasing! (Attention: Note the allowance when entering the EU!)
BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 – Sound and impression
If you listen to a lot of R’n’B, electro, rock and pop like me, you will be very satisfied with the sound of the BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35, as well as when watching series via Netflix, Maxdome or Amazon Prime. The tones sound well-balanced and seem well-tuned. However, the headphones might be a bit unbalanced for classical music fans.
The BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 are clearly geared towards the traveler who primarily wants to use the noise-canceling feature, whether with music, a TV show, or even quietly. I also do it frequently, just using the noise cancelling function without listening to music while doing so, just enjoying the silence while writing a blog post, like currently this one.
Another plus and frequently used by me lately is the phone function and the use of the BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 as a headset. While the call quality was often criticized by many interlocutors, there are only good reviews for the combination of my SAMSUNG S7edge with the headset from BOSE. Especially those who have to make frequent calls on the go will appreciate the clear sound and the filtering out of ambient noise.
I have become accustomed to making all phone calls almost exclusively through the BOSE Quiet Comfort QC35.
BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 – CONCLUSION
The BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 was especially convincing, as it has been for generation, for frequent flyers and people who are permanently on the road and simply enjoy the quiet while traveling. The battery life of well over 20 hours and the convenient recharging option with a standard smartphone charger makes traveling very pleasant.
The noise-canceling function is almost perfect, as with all devices from BOSE, and also perfectly shields monotonous noises when traveling by train or from jet engines. Only in spontaneous short high tones, the BOSE (like almost all models with similar technology) can not work 100% against, but still reduces very significantly.
Anyone looking for headphones with noise-canceling function, which can also be worn without problems on long-distance flights and does not try after a few hours pain in the ears or head due to the weight, has found a perfect device with the new model from BOSE. There is still the wired model for about 40-50 EUR less, but I advise against this, especially in relation to the fact that fewer and fewer devices will probably also have a headphone jack on 3.5mm jack in the long run.
If you are looking for a cheaper headphone for 180-200 EUR and also like stylish colors, the SAMSUNG LEVEL On Wireless is a good alternative. In the premium class of 400 EUR, the BOSE QUIET COMFORT QC35 is currently the reference headphone and will still accompany me on countless air miles and then either be in the handbag in the black box or in the stylish silver directly around my neck.