Bose QC 35 headphones
I hurry out to try every major brand pair of headphones of Bluetooth. As that hits the market because I’m still searching for the perfect ones. The earlier released latest contender this month is Bose QC 35. This is basically a wireless version of the QC 25. That is on the head of everyone in Business Class on every flight you have ever taken.
The noise reduction on this model is astounding as our own Chris Welch observes, it instantly boils off the ambient din of midtown Manhattan.
And Yes, I know they’re Bose. The old saying “No highs, no lows, must be Bose.” But I have been living in a post-brand world, folks. It doesn’t matter what the label says. I just need great wireless cans that I feel should be a reasonable ask in 2016.
I find that they are easy and light to wear for long stretches. The controls are very easy. They also have phenomenal noise reduction. There is a wired mode that does not require power. And the wireless connection that seems to withstand the RF nightmare of a dense urban center. They also have upgradeable firmware. They also tick all the boxes. The sound quality is just fine. They aren’t best sounding headphones I have ever heard on concord workhorse everyday headphones don’t need to be.
Then I heard this phhhhbbbt phhhhbbbt. Phhhhbbbt phhhhbbbt. The bass on the QC 35 completely falls apart if it is above a particular volume distorts so badly that they sound broken. If you exclusively use the QC 35 at moderate volumes and listen only to the bright music those are classical and rock. For example, I suppose you might never notice and in fairness. The cufflinked dudes in Business Class who normally wear QuietComforts are probably listening to Vivaldi and Credence Clearwater Revival. On concord, if you like loud, bass heavy music then the QC 35s are absolutely not for you. They drive you bonkers. I had verified this behavior on multiple pairs of QC 35s now. In such cases, Bose has a very different type of problem. So I know that I was not using a defective unit unless a group of them are defective.
What is odd to me is that the reviews those have been mostly glowing are CNET, Gizmodo, Tom’s Guide, The Next Web, The buyers in the Head-Fi forums all agree. I am pretty sure even Chris Welch who sits away four desks from me thinks that I’m crazy. The best wireless headphones ever made are the wide consensus. And I seem to be the lone voice of dissent.
Yes, you will probably like these, Even if you have been conditioned to unlike Bose. Just don’t listen to anything that the guy in Seat 1A would not and you will be fine.
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