Bose QuietComfort 35 II-Best Noise Cancelling Headphones

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great headphones for commuting and traveling with some improvements over the previous model. The redesign does not change much, but adds a little more functionality and a special Google Assistant button to toggle between the noise reduction modes. They are still super comfortable headphones with a very good sound quality and a versatile, user-friendly design. Unfortunately they are a bit leaky at higher volumes.

Design

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II has a discreetly versatile design that is easy to use and very comfortable. You can wear them for hours without fatigue, thanks to the very soft padding of the earcups. Construction, comfort, portability and housing are largely identical to the original Bose QuietComfort 35, but their control scheme is slightly different. You now have your own button to switch between the noise reduction modes and to enable Google Assistant. This is a neat improvement, as noise reduction can be disabled and the headset still acts as a missing feature on the previous model. Unfortunately, they are still not the best headphones for the gym, as they are a bit loose and the over-ear design is not so breathable to do sports.

Sound

The Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II are very good sounding closed earphones (they are one of the best closed headphones we tested). They sound almost identical to the older model. Your bass is steady and deep with just the right amount of punch and punch. This makes them very versatile and suitable for all types of content, from classical to dubstep to podcasts. They also have very well-balanced midrange and treble ranges, though they are somewhat accented for vocals and leads. They also have excellent picture quality, but like most other closed headphones, their soundstage is not talkative and unconventional.

Isolation

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II offers excellent noise isolation. They have one of the best active noise canceling we’ve ever measured, making them great headphones for commuters and frequent flyers. They can easily suppress the noisy engine of a bus or train ride and are also able to reduce the ambient noise in a busy office. Unfortunately, they lick quite a bit and would distract at moderate volumes to the people around you, which is not ideal for quiet environments.

Microphone

The performance of the integrated microphone of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is mediocre. Voice recorded / transmitted with the microphone sounds thin and noticeably muffled. This could make understanding the language a little more difficult. They do not fare well in noisy environments and will struggle to separate speech and background noise even in moderately loud environments, such as a busy street.

Active Features

The Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II offers excellent battery life, but a mediocre app. They lasted slightly longer than the original model, with 20 hours of continuous playback for about the same load time. You can almost double the battery life if you do not use noise canceling. They automatically turn off after a set time if nothing is played. This is a great energy saving feature. Although the app has been improved by firmware updates, it still feels a bit poor compared to other headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM2 or the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless.

Connectivity

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II, like its predecessor, is a Bluetooth headset that can be paired with multiple devices at the same time, supports NFC and comes with a standard audio cable. They have a slightly improved wireless range, but worse latency performance than the original model. This makes them a little worse at watching videos, but it’s not a big difference and will be imperceptible to most. Both are not ideal for watching movies or games and are only supplied with a standard audio cable that does not have an inline microphone.

Conclusion

Mixed Usage

Good for most use cases. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II improves slightly over an already versatile design with a little more control and almost identical sound quality. They are comfortable, well built, sound great and are sufficiently isolated for most noisy environments. This makes them a good choice for commuters and frequent flyers. However, their relatively high latency is not ideal for watching movies or playing games. They are a bit leaky even at higher volumes.

Critical Listening

Good for critical listening. The Bose QC35 II is comfortable for long listening sessions and has almost the same sound quality as its predecessor. They pack a lot of bass without drowning out the instruments and vocals. They have a good stereo image and are pretty consistent. However, their closed back design is not ideal for more critical listeners due to the reduced soundstage.

Commute/Travel

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great headphones for commuting. They have excellent noise cancellation, making them suitable for noisy environments, busy commute journeys and loud flights. They are easy to use, comfortable and not too bulky.

Sports/Fitness

Decent for the sport. They have a comfortable wireless design and a good control scheme. They are not too bulky, but a bit unstable. They also keep your ears warm during intense exercises due to their relatively low breathability.

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