Wireless Headphone Test with Active Noise Reduction

Refreshing the product of high market recognition on the one hand is quite simple marketing, but also a bit risky. After all, the successor can not be worse than his predecessor. Let’s see if the Bose company built the QuietComfort 35 wireless model with this handy defense.

Bose QuietComfort 35 – first impression We get a headset in a solid box, at the bottom of which is a pictorial manual – a solution ideal for those who do not like to go through excess of company literature. We also find an incentive to install a free application that controls the operation of the headphones. It is called Bose Connect and is available on Android and iOS platforms.

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Inside the package we will find a rigid travel case with an additional, flexible pocket for the needed trifles. The dimensions of the case are: 21 x 15 x 5.5 centimeters, so it will fit easily into any backpack or bag.

The case includes: headphones, a cleverly tucked airplane audio adapter, a USB cable to charge the device’s battery, 2.5 / 3.5 millimeter minijack audio cable and a rather laconic printed instruction manual – this picture box is probably more useful.

QuietComfort 35 did not surprise me with its styling (it is very conservative not to say a little old fashioned), or at least at first glance, materials used for their construction – for a layman like me, this is a good grade plastic (metal are Only external ear muffs). However, the manufacturer informs that for the construction of the folding headband headphones used elastic, resistant nylon fiber glass reinforced. Probably it is true and such treatment will translate into durability so much that you can not see too much. QuietComfort 35 is available in two colors – white and black.

Synthetic leather padded ear pads is delicate and pleasant to the touch, but the test case of the QuietComfort 35 headphones (I do not know how intensive it used to be) was already slightly flattened in the lower left. The inner cushion of the headband is finished with a velor-like material and the outer part of it is imitation leather … it is Alcantara (picture at the bottom right).

The QuietComfort 35 headset is their right ear. We will find a sliding switch / down button (left bottom photo), microphones responsible for active noise reduction (ANC) and a set of buttons for volume control, playback and answer / end of incoming calls (picture at the bottom right). ). QuietComfort 35 does not have a touch control panel, so popular recently in the more expensive models of wireless headphones competition. Below the button section is a status light and a USB port to charge the battery of the headphones.

On the front of the right ear, Bose installed the antenna of the NFC module and the grille of the next microphone (photo at the bottom left).

QuietComfort 35 has a strikingly small hole in the minijack slot (photo at the bottom right) that allows you to connect the headphones to the audio source – not a standard 3.5mm minijack and a slimmer 2,5 millimeter minijack. .

The plastic handle is flexible and allows you to adjust your height comfortably. It has a lightweight, but clearly noticeable pitch, and allows for comfortable and secure fit even to very large head.

Bose QuietComfort 35 – Technical Specification Bose is strongly committed to the technical specifications of its products. QuietComfort 35 is not the only thing. We only find that by choosing Bose headphones we get: strong, wireless sound, world-class noise reduction (Acoustic Noise Canceling), premium device, access to the free Bose Connect application, Evaporating with NFC and 20 hours battery life (40 hours in active wired mode). This is what we must and in the opinion of the manufacturer should suffice.

For a more in-depth look at the headset descriptions on the Bose Web site, you can also find out: QuietComfort 35 wireless range is 10 meters standard, they have two microphones supporting ANC and telephone calls, and thanks to Multipoint technology we can pair headsets At the same time with two Bluetooth devices.

Bose QuietComfort 35 – comfortable to wear and handle The weight of 235 grams (with travel case 467 grams) the handset feels slightly on the head / ears, but it is a feeling that even after a few hours of listening does not change into discomfort. The QuietComfort 35 is firmly resting on the head, and only the closed headphone design can give us a bit of a warm day – it will be a while to vent your ears.

The QuietComfort 35 range is quite typical for wireless headphones. In the open space we should not have problems reaching the manufacturer’s promise of a distance of 10 meters, but in the room the appearance of the other wall, even 5-6 meters from the transmitter, will cause a clear break in the music playing. Rather, we should limit ourselves to moving around the rooms adjacent to the one where we left the smartphone.

After a recent test of the Sony MDR-1000X and the frequent use of the Parrot Zik 2.0, the lack of a tactile control panel in the QuietComfort 35 for a long time I felt as a distinct functional weakness. After a few days, however, I became accustomed to handling the headphones with three buttons located on the right ear. They are large and well-defined under the finger, but at the same time, they do not look so elegant.

In my QuietComfort 35 headphones, I also lacked the competitor’s current sound transmission from the outside to the earbuds. It allows for quick and effective communication without having to remove earphones or stop music playback. So on the Bose margin, they also do not have a headphone presence detector on their head, so they will not automatically stop playing music when they get off their heads. It’s kind of stupid, but when we use it for a while, the person somehow gets used to it well.

Bose QuietComfort 35 informs us clearly of the synthetic, feminine voice of the battery charge and the name of the currently paired device / device.

Bose Connect – the QuietComfort 35 work control application does not bring much to practical operation. We can change the name of our handsets, check the battery charge, adjust the volume of the music, track the pairing of the headphones with other devices and program the time of the automatic switch – useful for people who fall out of QuietComfort 35 in their ears. However, it does not offer any additional features to modify the reproducibility of the sound reproduced or to control the performance of the active noise reduction system. Interestingly, the application will not launch if the smartphone does not turn on and we will not share its location – Bose explains, however, that it does not follow Bose Connect users (bottom left image).

Bose QuietComfort 35 – battery life The manufacturer promises us that fully charged handsets will work for 20 hours. So I set the highest sound level and … the test piece QuietComfort 35 capitalized after 14 hours and 15 minutes of work. Probably listening to quiet music we have the chance to reach the declared 20 hours, but it is worth to expect that fans of stronger sound will be forced to replenish the battery power every 15-16 hours, and this is a very decent result. Full charge of QuietComfort 35 takes about 2 hours – test, lasted exactly 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Bose QuietComfort 35 – Acoustic Noise Reduction The Bose design defines the QuietComfort 35 noise reduction technique as … acoustic noise reduction. As he called it, so called, but it works in the same way as similar competition – generating inside the headphones the acoustic wave reversed in phase with the noise coming from the surroundings, which record the built-in microphones. In this way, on the basis of interference, the noise is removed by our ears.

The quality of ANC work at QuietComfort 35 is good. It effectively copes with the clear limitation of uniform noise, such as the work of the office air conditioning system or the noise of the public transport. The headphones slightly less effectively reduce the sound of the tapping of the keys or the ongoing conversation – in these cases with quiet listening to music we hear both the click of the keyboard and the muffled but still clear voice of the callers.

In conclusion, it may not be perfect, but it certainly is good … enough to look at expensive handsets with active noise reduction to seriously consider the QuietComfort 35 candidate.

Bose QuietComfort 35 – wireless sound quality The QuietComfort 35 wireless sound is pleasant, open and unadorned, yet the first impression I had when wearing a headset was a slight musical lack of clarity. Earlier, my ears were attacked by two other high-end wireless headphones, the Sony MDR-1000X and Parrot Zik 2.0, and the QuietComfort 35 sounded a bit less full and brighter. Their producer focused more on getting a pulsating and low-pitched bass and a clear, detailed mountain. As a result, the midrange of the QuietComfort 35 seems to be somewhat retracted, but of course still remains present. So without hesitation I am giving the music from the QuietComfort 35 converters a solid, school four and even four plus in terms of wireless headphones. Besides, this slightly tinted reproduction by many people will probably be welcomed.

The quality of voice calls made in wireless mode proved to be good. I did not have to speak louder to be well understood by the caller, whose voice was also read legibly by the tested handset.

Bose QuietComfort 35 – active and sound quality in active wired mode This mode is intended primarily for use when traveling by plane, which is not forgotten by the manufacturer QuietComfort 35 – it does not work in controlling the process of playing music and microphones in the mode of conversation. We can still benefit from the benefits of active noise reduction, which is very desirable in the long flight of airplanes.

The quality of the sound coming to our ears while listening to the music in active wired mode does not differ from that of the wireless one – it feels even more open, faster and detailed. We still have a solid four plus.

Bose QuietComfort 35 – passive wired performance and sound quality No headphone power does not end with music – we can still use QuietComfort 35 in passive wired mode. However, we must expect a lot of changes in sound characteristics now. Firstly, there will be more external sounds in the transmission, since no active noise reduction is active in passive mode. Besides, the music will noticeably flatten and sharpen. We will hear much more medium tones now, and still many highs, but the pulsating, full and long-lasting bass will now be flat and clearly limited in its power. The difference is great, but with good control of the QuietComfort 35 and the ability to use the built-in Equalizer, we still have the ability to keep the sound at a decent enough level.

As in active wired mode, after using the audio cable included in the set will stop working in the headphones control the process of playing music and built-in microphones – so we have to talk through the microphone of the smartphone.

Bose QuietComfort 35 – Summary Before I even started reviewing the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones I heard a lot of warm and flattering reviews. Probably because of that, I was quite surprised to learn both their conservative styling and traditional functionality. I have no doubts about the robustness of the design and the fit of the QuietComfort 35 – nothing creaks or creaks during use, and the convenience of wearing the tested headphones, which is very good.

In the quality of the sound reproduced, it is hard not to admit that QuietComfort 35 is a good product. They play attractive, fairly universal and retain a decent music scene, but … unfortunately, despite the promises made on the Bose website, these handsets have not impressed me like the recently tested Sony MDR-1000X, or used on what Day Parrots Zik 2.0.

The QuietComfort 35 sound is clearly noticeable while working in passive wired mode, but with Bluetooth headphones, it should only be considered as an emergency solution, especially since the built-in rechargeable battery provides at least 15 hours of continuous wireless listening and charges relatively quickly.

QuietComfort 35 proved to be a successful successor to the 25, and thanks to the wireless capabilities they have joined the head of the Bluetooth headset, which is highly recommended to many travelers. The only problem is that in my opinion they are currently a little too expensive for the functionality offered.