2018 Update: We have now written up the Bose QC35 II review, the latest addition of the Quietcomfort series.
Bose have revealed their new QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones, which is the company’s first wireless model to feature noise-cancellation. The new over-ear model is building off the success of the wired, noise-cancelling QuietComfort 25 headphones and the wireless, non-noise cancelling SoundLink II headphones. With so much technology packed into the headphones, unsurprisingly they are more expensive ($349) than the aforementioned models, which come in at $299 and $249.95 respectively. The QuietComfort 25 has some of the best noise-cancellation in the market so it’s no surprise they’ve expanded the line. The QC35 is available now and the company also have the QuietControl 30 wireless headphones due for release in September.
Bose QuietComfort 35 feature set
The Bose QuietComfort 35 feature Bluetooth and NFC pairing, volume-optimized EQ to provide balanced audio at any level and a noise-rejecting dual-microphone system that provides clear calls, even in noisy or windy conditions. The older QuietComfort 25s are known for their lightweight design and Bose have continued this design feature with the QC35. The headphones are made primarily from durable glass-filled nylon. Stainless steel is used for the headband spring and pivots.
20 hours of wireless listening
The headphones offer up to 20 hours of wireless use for each charge and 40 hours of wired use. Bose made the smart choice to allow users to continue listening via wired use even after the batteries die. However active noise cancellation and Active EQ do not function after the batteries go. Bose have also made things easier on consumers by allowing the QC35 to connect to both iOS and Android devices. The Bose Connect app helps users manage their paired devices.
The QuietComfort 35 ships with a USB charging cable, backup audio cable, airline adapter and carry case. The type of case hasn’t been specified as yet. The QC25 comes with a flexible but firm plastic case that provides good protection. The QC35 is available in either black and silver.
The QuietControl 30 is a new model of wireless in-ear headphones. They can be paired via Bluetooth and NFC and allow users to control the amount of noise cancellation that is active. This would be useful for sports applications that require some awareness of the outside world. The noise-cancellation technology required some additional weight to be added the earphones. As a result Bose have included a neckband design which conforms to the body for all-day comfort. The battery life is 10 hours. The QuietControl 30 will arrive in September and will be priced at $300.
The design of the earpieces looks quite similar to the existing QuietComfort 20 in-ear headphones, right down to the earbud shape and the wings which hold it in place. The QuietComfort 20 design won plenty of praise for its comfortable fit, so it’s a smart decision. Pre-order details will be announced further down the track by Bose.
The company has been busy lately, as they have also released the SoundSport wireless in-ear headphones and announced SoundSport Pulse wireless in-ear headphones. Both products are wireless updates on the existing SoundSport wired model. The Pulse also adds a heart-rate monitor.