Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated May 19, 2020 at 09:42 am
Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.7
Neutral Sound
8.0
Commute/Travel
7.3
Sports/Fitness
7.8
Office
6.1
Wireless Gaming
7.7
Wired Gaming
6.9
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great Bluetooth over-ear headphones for commuting and traveling with a few improvements over the previous model. The redesign doesn't change much, but adds a bit more functionality and a dedicated button for Google Assistant/Alexa, or to switch between noise cancelling modes, which is a welcome addition. They're still extremely comfortable headphones with a very well-balanced sound profile and a versatile, easy-to-use design. Unfortunately, their dedicated companion app doesn't have any EQ settings, and they leak quite a bit at higher volumes.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

Good for most uses. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II slightly improve on an already versatile design with a bit more control options and virtually identically well-balanced sound profile. Unfortunately, their companion app doesn't offer any EQ settings if you like to customize the way your headphones sound. On the bright side, they're comfortable, well-built, and block enough background noise for most noisy environments. This makes them a great choice for commuters and frequent flyers, though the person sitting next to you on a plane may hear your music at higher volumes, as they tend to be fairly leaky.

Pros
  • Excellent active noise cancellation feature.
  • Comfortable wireless design.
  • Very well-balanced sound profile.
Cons
  • Moderate leakage at high volumes.
  • No EQ options in app.
7.7 Neutral Sound

Very good for neutral listening. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are comfortable for long listening sessions and have an equally well-balanced and accurate sound profile compared to the previous model. They pack a good amount of bass without drowning the instruments and vocals, have a good stereo image, and are fairly consistent among users or reseats. However, their closed-back design may not be ideal for critical listeners due to the reduced and closed-sounding soundstage.

8.0 Commute/Travel

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are great headphones for commuting or travel. They're easy-to-use, comfortable, and not too bulky. Their ANC works extremely well and does a great job of blocking out the low engine rumbles from a bus or plane. Unfortunately, they leak a fair amount of audio and may bother the person sitting next to you on a plane if you listen to loud music. On the upside, their 20-hour battery life is great, and should easily last even the longest of travel days.

7.3 Sports/Fitness

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are decent for sports. They're comfortable to wear for extended periods, though they'll likely cause you to sweat more than usual during intense workouts. Their wireless design means you don't have to worry about a cord getting snagged on anything at the gym, and they have easy-to-use controls so you can quickly change your music without interrupting your workout. While they aren't too bulky, their stability is only decent, so they may move around a little during more strenuous exercises.

7.8 Office

Good for office use. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are super comfortable and their ANC can easily block the chatter of most office environments. Unfortunately, they're a bit leaky at higher volumes, so the people around you may hear what you're listening to. On the upside, their 20-hour battery life should easily get your through a few full workdays without needing a charge.

6.1 Wireless Gaming

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They only connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, so they aren't compatible with Xbox One or PS4. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, their high latency and mediocre microphone performance will likely be an issue for competitive gamers.

7.7 Wired Gaming

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are a good option for wired gaming, though you'll need to use a separate standalone microphone as their integrated mic only works over Bluetooth. These headphones can be plugged into the controller of your Xbox One or PS4, but their TRS connection doesn't support cables with an in-line microphone, so they'll be audio-only and you can't speak to your teammates. That being said, they're comfortable, have a long battery life, and a very well-balanced sound profile.

6.9 Phone Calls

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are an okay option for phone calls. They have an integrated microphone, making it easy to quickly accept phone calls while on-the-go. However, their microphone isn't the best, and in noisy environments, your voice gets drowned out by background noise.

  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Neutral Sound
  • 8.0 Commute/Travel
  • 7.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.8 Office
  • 6.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.7 Wired Gaming
  • 6.9 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Update 8/22/2019: We've updated the Noise Isolation score and text. The 4.5.2 software update made the ANC slightly worse than before.
  5. Update 9/10/2018: The self-noise value in Noise Isolation was corrected. The active noise cancellation performance has not changed.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II look identical to the original Bose QuietComfort 35/QC35 Wireless 2016 but with an additional button on the left ear cup. They have the same aesthetics, design, and button layout (for the rest of the controls) and come in the same color schemes at launch. Our all-black model has a high-end yet understated appeal, but they're also available in silver or rose gold. You can also fully customize a pair with your own colors through the Bose website, but it costs a bit more.

8.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.52 lbs
Clamping Force
0.69 lbs

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are one of the most comfortable over-ears that we've tested so far and are a bit more comfortable than the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless, and the more recent Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. They're not too tight on the head, the headband and ear cups are well-padded, and they're very lightweight. They have the same fit and weight as the original QuietComfort 35, which are comfortable enough to wear for hours without any fatigue.

7.3
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control Adjustable
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Bose QC35 II have a slightly improved control scheme over the original QC35. They have an additional button on the left ear cup that activates Google Assitant/Alexa or switches between noise cancelling modes. The rest of the buttons are pretty much the same as the previous model and give you access to most common commands. Their physical controls deliver great tactile feedback, especially compared to touch-sensitive buttons on headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless. Unfortunately, the buttons feel a little cramped on the bottom of the right ear cup, but they're easy-to-use and you get accustomed to them fairly quickly.

6.3
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 6.2 C

Like the previous model, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II don't have the most breathable design. They create a good seal around your ears which prevents a lot of air flow and makes you sweat a bit more when exercising, so they may not be the best choice for more intense workout routines. On the upside, they should be fine for more casual listening sessions, only making your ears warm after hours of use.

6.1
Design
Portability
L 5.1 "
W 5.7 "
H 3.2 "
Volume 92 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are mid-sized over-ears, which means they aren't the most portable. While they fold into a more compact format, and the ear cups also lay flat to take less space in a bag or luggage, they may be a bit too bulky to have them on you at all times.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 8.3 "
W 5.9 "
H 2.2 "
Volume 105.7 Cu. Inches

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II come with the same sturdy, hard case as the previous model, which should protect the headphones from scratches, falls, and mild water damage. It also doesn't add much bulk and easily stores all the provided accessories in a dedicated pocket within the case, unlike the Bose QuietComfort 25/QC25.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is the same as the original model and is quite good overall. The plastic used for the ear cups is dense and should be able to handle a few drops without sustaining damage. The headband is decently flexible and has a metal frame to reinforce the build, though they still have a lot of plastic in their design, which feels a bit cheap for their price range. They don't look and feel quite as premium as some other headphones at this price point, like the Parrot Zik 3/Zik 3.0 Wireless, the Oppo PM-3, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Wireless, or the Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT Wireless.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are decently stable but not tight enough on the head to be suitable for more intense exercises. The ear cups sway a little when exercising, but thanks to the wireless design, you don't have to worry about the audio cable getting caught on something and yanking the headphones off your head.

Design
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Design
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In The Box

  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones
  • 1/8" TRS audio cable
  • Airline adapter
  • Carrying case
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.0 db
Treble Amount
-2.27 db

The sound profile of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is very well-balanced and accurate. While their bass range is slightly over-emphasized, this adds a bit of extra warmth and thump and isn't overpowering. They're well-suited to a very wide range of content and genres, from hip-hop to audiobooks or jazz.

7.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.45 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is good. In the bass range, they seem to use their ANC (active noise cancelling) to check for a proper seal and ensure proper bass delivery. They tend to perform very consistently even on users who wear glasses. In the treble range, the positioning of the headphones on the head can have a small effect on their perceived brightness, so you may have to adjust them slightly.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.54 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.55 dB
Mid-Bass
2.59 dB
High-Bass
3.22 dB

The bass accuracy of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is great. While the entire range is slightly over-emphasized, it's flat and fairly accurate. Their low-bass is capable of producing the low rumbling sounds common to EDM and dubstep, but it won't be overpowering for genres like classic rock. The rest of the range is equally balanced, giving warmth and body to the bass range of all genres.

9.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.23 dB
Low-Mid
1.47 dB
Mid-Mid
0.01 dB
High-Mid
0.15 dB

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II have an extremely accurate mid-range. The entire range is very well-balanced and accurate, ensuring a clear reproduction of vocals and lead instruments that doesn't sound cluttered or muddy.

8.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.55 dB
Low-Treble
1.05 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.23 dB
High-Treble
-6.32 dB

The treble accuracy of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is great. Most of the low-treble range is quite well-balanced and accurate, resulting in present and detailed instruments and vocals. Mid-treble is also fairly well-balanced, and while it's slightly uneven, this shouldn't affect the brightness or presence of leads too much. Unfortunately, high treble is fairly recessed, which may cause some sounds to be closed-up and lifeless, though it's at a high enough frequency that it shouldn't be too noticeable overall.

8.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.28 db
Dips
0.8 db

The peaks and dips performance of these headphones is great. There aren't any major peaks or dips throughout the entire bass or mid ranges. The most noticeable peak is in mid-treble as it follows a slight dip, which may cause some frequencies to be slightly piercing or sharp, though it may not be noticeable to most people. There's also a large dip in very high-treble that may cause some sounds to be lifeless and closed-up but it's at a high enough frequency that most people likely won't notice.

9.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.1
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.69
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.26
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.98

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II have excellent imaging. Their weighted group delay is among the lowest we've measured and is well below our audibility threshold. The spike in high-treble and the mismatch in group delay in low-bass, although not ideal, shouldn't have a perceivable effect. There's also some mismatch between the L/R drivers of our test unit, but this likely won't be very noticeable either. Overall, they have a tight bass and a transparent treble, along with accurate placement of objects (voice, instruments, footsteps) in the stereo image. It's worth noting that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

5.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.96 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.46 dB
PRTF Distance
10.6 dB
Openness
0.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.0

The soundstage of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is sub-par. They have a relatively large and natural sounding soundstage, but it's perceived to be located inside your head, as opposed to in front. Also, because of the closed-back design and ANC, they tend to sound less open than open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.265
WHD @ 100
0.140

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is good. All frequencies fall within acceptable limits, which should result in a clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
Maximum
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Bose QuietComfort 35 II; therefore, our results are only valid when used at these settings.

Isolation
9.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-27.01 dB
Bass
-19.65 dB
Mid
-24.92 dB
Treble
-36.85 dB

Update 08/22/2019: We've re-tested the noise isolation of the Bose QC35 II after noticing a flaw in our testing methodology. While the 4.5.2 firmware update reduced the ANC performance slightly, it's less than we initially reported. This review has been updated to reflect these changes.

While the ANC doesn't work quite as well as it did before the 4.5.2 firmware update, it's still outstanding and is among the best we've ever tested. These headphones do an excellent job of blocking out the low rumble of bus or plane engines, great for giving you peace while traveling or commuting. They do an exceptional job at blocking out background chatter and high frequency sounds like AC units and fans as well, making them great for the office as well. If you want a pair of over-ear headphones that do an even better job at cancelling out sounds in the bass range, check out the Razer Opus Wireless.

6.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
42.4 dB

The leakage performance of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is acceptable. Their leakage sounds fuller and more distracting than that of in-ears and earbuds, so at high volumes, people close to you will likely hear your music even in moderately noisy environments, like on a bus. If you like to blast your music, check out the less leaky Jabra Elite 85h Wireless.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

Update: 18/03/2019: Thanks to user feedback, we've noticed that the noise floor is quite a bit higher than other Bluetooth headphones when using call-enabled software like Skype or Slack. This seems most likely due to higher than average mic feedback on the Bose headset. We also noticed a high-pitched tone before the mic feedback/noise kicked in when using newer MacBook Pros, which didn't occur when tested with an iMac, PC, or phone. If you've experienced similar issues with your Bose headset on a MacBook Pro, please let us know in the discussion thread below.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II have an integrated microphone in the ear cups.

6.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
315.41 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.78 dB
HFE
2061.43 Hz
Weighted THD
2.399
Gain
37.46 dB

The recording quality of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II's microphone is sub-par. Speech recorded/transmitted with the mic sounds thin and noticeably muffled, making you slightly difficult to understand. On the bright side, your voice sounds natural and neutral.

6.4
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
16.19 dB

The noise handling of the mic on the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is mediocre. Even in only moderately noisy environments, it's difficult for the person on the other end of the line to hear you.

Active Features
8.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
20 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
20 hrs
Charge Time
2.1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port micro-USB

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II have great battery performance. They last 20 hours off a single charge, which is slightly longer than the original QuietComfort 35. They also feature an adjustable auto-off timer to help conserve battery life. Unfortunately, they take a little over two hours to fully charge, which is only decent.

7.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Bose Connect
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
Adjustable
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
Yes
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Bose Connect app is sleek but only offers a minimal list of features. It allows you to connect, rename, and update the QuietComfort 35 II but doesn't provide you with any EQ settings, which is a shame. On the upside, the app offers a good auto-off timer that you can set at different intervals. You also get a limited in-app player and the battery level status as well as the ability to change the strength of the headphone's ANC. Overall the app is decent but doesn't offer as many customization options as the excellent Sony| Headphones Connect app.

Connectivity
8.5
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
Yes
Line Of Sight Range
122 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
220 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
157 ms
Android Latency
205 ms

The Bose QC35 II headphones support multi-device and NFC pairing to easily connect to multiple devices. Like other wireless Bose headphones, their power toggle doubles as a 'pairing' button, which makes them easy to pair to your device.They have about 30ms more latency than the original QuietComfort 35. Unfortunately, they don't support any low-latency codecs, so there's some noticeable lag when watching videos. It's worth noting that some apps seem to compensate for latency, so your mileage may vary with real-life usage.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II don't support any wireless connection other than Bluetooth.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 3.9 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

Update 05/14/2020: This review incorrectly stated these headphones had a 1/8" TRRS cable, when in fact it's a TRS cable. It has been updated to reflect these changes.

The Bose QC35 II come with a simple TRS audio cable with no in-line remote or USB adapter. This means they're audio-only when used with a gaming console. The connection on the end on the headphones themselves is also 1/16", which is less common than a standard 1/8" connection, so replacing the cable may be slightly more difficult.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II can be used wired with a PC or plugged into the controller of a PS4 but will be audio-only.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II can be used wired by plugging them into the controller of an Xbox One but will be audio-only.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

The Bose QC35 II headphones don't have a base or dock. If you want well-balanced headphones with a base for watching movies and gaming, check out the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are a minor update to the Bose QuietComfort 35/QC35 Wireless 2016 with a better control scheme that gives you a bit more control over the noise cancellation even without the app and allows you to easily access Google Assistant/Alexa. They're among the best wireless headphones we've tested thanks to their very comfortable design and well-balanced sound profile. However, they don't look as high-end compared to other headphones in their price range and their sound can't be customized like some of the competing models. See also our recommendations for the best over-ear headphones and the best noise cancelling headphones.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 have similar performance to the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless. The Bose are a bit more comfortable than the Sony and have a better-balanced and less bass-heavy sound profile. They also have an easier to use control scheme and can pair with multiple devices at once, which makes them a bit easier to use with your PC and your phone. On the other hand, the Sony are a lot more customizable than the Bose as their companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ, noise cancelling options and optimization, an in-app player, room effects, and codec options. The Sony also have a longer battery life with a better quick charge feature. Get the Bose if comfort is most important and you typically use headphones without companion apps. However, if you like to tweak your audio and want more features, the Sony are the better option.

Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones overall than the Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless. The Bose have easier-to-use controls and are more lightweight and comfortable than the Sonys. The Bose also have a better-balanced and accurate sound profile that packs an equal amount of bass as the Sony but sounds a bit clearer with instruments and vocals thanks to their better balanced mid and treble ranges. The Sony, on the other hand, have a bit more features and support multiple high-quality audio codecs that we haven't had the chance to test yet. They also look more premium and have a slightly better ANC feature.

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are a bit better than the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless overall. The Bose have an easier to use control scheme and a more comfortable over-ear fit. They also have better noise cancellation and a better-balanced sound profile that packs a more bass than the Sennheiser. On the upside, the app for the Sennheiser gives you access to EQ presets so you can change the way they sound. 

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are two great products, but for different uses. The Bose's over-ear design is more comfortable and the ANC blocks more ambient noise. On the other hand, the Apple are more portable and better for sports thanks to their better stability and breathability performances.

Jabra Elite 85h Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better mixed usage headphones than the Jabra Elite 85h Wireless due to their amazing noise cancelling performance. They're better-suited to commuting as they block out more low-end noises like engine rumbles. On the other hand, the Jabra feel slightly better built than the Bose, and their control scheme is more complete. They also have noticeably better wireless range and aren’t as leaky as the Bose.

Bose 700 Headphones Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 and the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are both good wireless noise cancelling headsets but serve slightly different purposes. The Bose NC 700 have a significantly better-integrated microphone which makes them great if you take a lot of calls on-the-go. The QC35 II, on the other hand, are more comfortable and have a more balanced, neutral frequency response, which makes them better if you want something ultra-comfortable to enjoy your favorite tracks with. In addition, the QC35 II have NFC, which the Bose 700 are lacking, and have a physical control scheme that’s easier-to-use. That said, the Bose 700 Headphones feel better-built and offer mic muting, which makes them handy during conference calls.

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better noise cancelling headphones than the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC. The Bose isolate much better in noisy conditions with a more efficient ANC feature that's excellent for commuting and travel. They're also a lot more comfortable to wear for long listening sessions and have a more balanced sound profile than the Sennheisers. On the other hand, the Sennheiser's have a more stable fit, making them slightly better-suited for physical activity if you like working out and running with over-ears instead of in-ears.

Sony WH-XB900N Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Sony WH-XB900N Wireless. The Bose are one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve reviewed so far, thanks to their padding and very lightweight build. Their sound profile is better-balanced and accurate, and their ANC is much better than the Sony. On the other hand, the Sony will give you more battery life out of a single charge and their app offers an EQ, which Bose is lacking. The Sony also support the aptX codec, which the Bose don’t.

Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless. They're much more comfortable, have a much better-balanced sound profile, and isolate noise better. The Sennheiser, on the other hand, are better for using at the gym due to their more breathable and stable design.

Bose QuietComfort 25/QC25
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are a wireless upgrade to the Bose QuietComfort 25/QC25. QC 35 II have the same feel and fit as the QC 25s, so they are just as comfortable. They cancel noise better than the QC 25, feel slightly better-built, and since they're wireless and can be used wired as well, they're more versatile than the QC 25. On the other hand, the QC 25 offer a better value for your money if you do not need wireless headphones. They also have no latency when watching movies but you can always use the QC 35 II wired and have the same experience. The QC 25 have a longer battery life overall but use AA batteries. This may be a deal-breaker for some, but an advantage for others since you don't have to charge them.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 and the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are different types of headphones that serve different purposes. The Bose are better if you find over-ears more comfortable and want something with a long, continuous battery life. The Sony are more portable, and can still last you all day thanks to their charging case, though they don't last nearly as long off a single charge. Their ANC feature also doesn't work nearly as well as the Bose.

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless 2016
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better noise canceling wireless headphones than the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless 2016. The Bose are lighter, more comfortable, and have a better-balanced sound profile than the Plantronics. They also have a much better noise canceling feature, which makes them more suitable for commute and travel than the Plantronics. On the other hand, the Plantronics have a better battery life, wireless range, and controls. They also have a more exciting sound that packs a deeper bass, which some may prefer over the Bose.

JBL E65BTNC Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the JBL E65BTNC Wireless. The Bose have a more neutral sound profile, and their ANC feature is one of the best we’ve tested to date. They're also one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve ever reviewed. On the other hand, the JBL have better wireless range and feel more stable since they have a higher clamping force on the head, which can be useful during physical activity. They also have an in-line microphone that the Bose lack.

Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better and more-versatile headphones than the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless. The Bose have a more comfortable over-ear fit than the Bowers & Wilkins and a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. On the other hand, the Bowers & Wilkins have a better build quality that feels more in line with their price point. The Bose also leak a little less audio, which makes them a bit more suitable for noise-sensitive environments like an office.

Microsoft Surface Wireless Headphones
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Microsoft Surface Wireless Headphones. The Bose have a more neutral and well-balanced sound profile, are one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve reviewed to date. The Bose also have a much better ANC feature. However, they don’t have the satisfying touch-sensitive control scheme of the Microsoft, they leak more audio, and don’t have any EQ options in their dedicated companion app like the Microsoft.

Bose SoundLink 2 Wireless
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The Bose SoundLink 2 Wireless and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC 35 II Wireless 2018 are almost identical headphones, but the QC35 II are more versatile thanks to their ANC feature, which the SoundLink 2 lack. If you need active noise cancellation for commuting, then go for the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. However, if you don't need the added isolation, then the Bose SoundLink 2 have the same design without the ANC. The QC 35 II also have a slightly more pronounced bass, and feel a tiny bit more durable and well-made. On the other hand, the SoundLink 2 offer better value if you don't need ANC, have even easier-to-use controls, and are a bit lighter, so they might be a tad more comfortable for some during longer listening sessions.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better mixed-usage headphones than the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017, but the Astro are a much better choice for gaming due to their great dock and boom microphone performance. The Bose are better for everyday use, however, as their ANC blocks out a lot of background noise. On the other hand, the Astro are open-back headphones, which means they won’t be a good option for outside use, but maybe better for gaming or listening to music alone at home.

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better noise cancelling headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, and their sound profile is a bit more neutral than the Sennheiser. Also, their noise isolation is one of the best on the market. However, the Sennheiser have a more distinctive style and feel a bit better built.

Bose QuietComfort 35/QC35 Wireless 2016
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The differences between the Bose QuietComfort 35/QC35 Wireless 2016 and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are minimal. The new model now has a dedicated ANC button, which you can also map for voice-enabled controls. Overall, if you always want your ANC on at max level and don’t use your device’s voice assistant, there is practically no reason to get the QC 35 II over the first model. 

Razer Opus Wireless
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The Razer Opus Wireless and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are both good over-ear headphones for most uses. The Bose are more comfortable, have a better microphone, and support multi-device pairing so you can easily switch between two devices. On the other hand, the Razer have a better ANC feature, a better-balanced default sound profile, a better companion app with EQ settings, and easier-to-use controls.

Sony WH-H900N/h.ear on 2 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are much better wireless noise cancelling headphones overall than the Sony WH-H900N/h.ear on 2 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, have a much better ANC feature, and easier-to-use physical controls. On the other hand, the Sony have a better companion app that gives you access to a graphic EQ, so you can customize their sound profile. They also have a sleek looking premium design that some may prefer over the Bose.

AKG N700NC Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the AKG N700NC Wireless. The Bose are one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve ever tested, and they have much better noise isolation. Both headphones have a neutral sound profile, but the AKG have an EQ in their compatible app to customize the sound to your liking, which the Bose lacks. However, you can connect the Bose to two devices simultaneously which can be convenient.

Cowin SE7 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better than the Cowin SE7 Wireless in pretty much every category. The Bose are one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve reviewed so far, their ANC feature blocks an impressive amount of ambient noise, and they have a very well-balanced and accurate sound profile. They have longer battery life and will be a more versatile pair of headphones than the Cowins. The Cowin have noticeably lower latency and are quite a bit cheaper than the Bose.

TaoTronics TT-BH060 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are noticeably better headphones than the TaoTronics TT-BH060 Wireless. They're one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve tested so far, they support NFC, their ANC feature is great, and their sound profile is very well-balanced and accurate. The Bose will be a better option over the TaoTronics in pretty much every way, but they are more expensive, so if you can get a TaoTronics unit that doesn’t have a big mismatch in their drivers, they might have better value for some.

Anker SoundCore Space NC Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Anker SoundCore Space NC Wireless. The Bose are one of the best noise-canceling headphones we’ve tested so far, and they have an excellent design with a very comfortable fit. They also have a neutral sound reproduction that will be suited for a wider variety of genres compared to the Anker's dark and thumpy sound profile. On the other hand, the included TRRS cable for the Anker has an in-line microphone that we expect to perform better than the one integrated into the headphones themselves. The Anker also less expensive, and fans of bass-heavy music might even prefer them.

Beats Studio 3 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. The Bose are one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve reviewed so far, and their sound profile is very well-balanced and accurate. Their ANC feature is also one of the best on the market and blocks noticeably more background noise than the Beats. On the other hand, the Beats will be slightly better-suited for bass-heavy genres and they leak less than the Bose. They also have an in-line microphone for calls, which the Bose are lacking. The battery life of the Beats is about three hours longer than the Bose, but they don’t have a power-saving feature.

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless/HD1 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better and more versatile headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless/HD1 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, have a better-balanced and more accurate sound profile, better battery performance, and much better ANC than the Sennheiser. On the upside, the Sennheiser leak a lot less, which makes them a slightly better option to use in noise-sensitive environments like an office.

Beats Solo3 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better wireless headphones if you prefer over-ears; however, if you want a more portable on-ear design, then go for the Beats Solo3 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, and most will prefer their over-ear fit compared to the on-ear design of the Beats. The Bose are also noise cancelling headphones that will give you some peace and quiet during long flights or commutes. On the upside, the Beats have a more portable on-ear design and are more stable for the gym. They also have a better wireless range and a longer battery life than the Bose.

Marshall Major 2/Major II
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If you just need budget wired headphones then the Marshall Major 2/Major II could be a viable option but in most cases, the wireless noise-canceling Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are a much better and more versatile pair of headphones. The Bose block a lot of noise with their noise cancelling feature which makes them more suitable for commute and travel. They're also a lot more comfortable and have an over-ear fit that most will prefer over the on-ear design of the Marshall. The Marshall, on the other hand, are completely passive, so you don't need to worry about battery life. They're also a bit more compact to carry around than the Bose but don't come with a case like the Bose do.

Mpow H10 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Mpow H10 Wireless in almost every way. The Bose are one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve reviewed so far, have a better-balanced sound profile, and are more durable build than the Mpow. Their ANC is one of the best on the market, and they can connect to two devices simultaneously, which the Mpow can’t do. On the other hand, you get slightly more battery life out of the Mpow, you can use them while charging. The Mpow offer great value, but their overall performance isn’t quite on par with the Bose.

Nura Nuraphone Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better-mixed usage headphones than the Nura Nuraphone Wireless thanks to their great ANC feature. The Bose are also one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve reviewed so far and have a much more neutral sound profile. On the other hand, the Nura last a lot longer off a single charge, and their personalization feature and hybrid design offer a unique listening experience.

Denon AH-GC20 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are much better noise canceling headphones than the Denon AH-GC20 Wireless. The Bose have a more comfortable over-ear fit and a better noise cancellation feature that makes them more suitable for travel and commuting than the Denon. The Bose also have a much better-balanced sound profile than the Denon, which sound poorly balanced, dark, and too bass-heavy. On the upside, the Denon feel better-built than the Bose, have a longer battery life, and a more premium look and feel.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 Gen 1 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 Gen 1 Wireless in pretty much every way. They Bose are more versatile thanks to their amazing ANC feature, and their sound is noticeably more neutral and well-balanced. The Bose are one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve reviewed so far and feel well-built, but aren’t quite on par with the premium design and build quality of the Bang & Olufsen. The Bang & Olufsen also have slightly less battery life, but they can be used while charging, which you can’t do with the Bose.

Sony MDR-1000X Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Sony MDR-1000X Wireless. The Bose have an easier-to-use control scheme, and they're lighter weight and more comfortable than the Sony. The Bose also have a better-balanced sound profile that packs a bit more bass than the Sony and sounds a bit clearer with instruments and vocals. The Sony, on the other hand, look more premium and leak quite a bit less audio.

Skullcandy Venue Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Skullcandy Venue Wireless. The Bose's noise cancelling feature is better, and they have a more neutral sound profile than the Skullcandy. The Bose are also one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve reviewed so far and feel better-built. However, the battery life is slightly better on the Skullcandy, and they have better wireless range. They're also not as expensive as the more-premium Bose.

Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are slightly better headphones than the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless in-ears. The Bose have much better active noise cancelling, are more comfortable, and have a slightly better-balanced sound profile with more bass. On the other hand, the Sony have better controls and a better companion app that gives you access to a graphic EQ as well as presets.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Wireless. The Bose's ANC blocks way more background noise and they're much lighter and more comfortable than the Bang & Olufsen. Also, the sound profile of the Bose is very well-balanced and accurate. However, they can get a bit leaky at high volumes, and the high-end metal build quality of the Bang & Olufsen surpasses the Bose. You also get a few hours more of battery life on the Bang & Olufsen and their app allows for better customization, too.

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0/HD1 Over-Ear
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are much better headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0/HD1 Over-Ear. The Bose are a lot more suitable for commuting and traveling thanks to their excellent ANC feature. The Bose are also much more comfortable and have a much better-balanced and accurate sound profile. On the other hand, since the Sennheisers are wired, you don't have to worry about keeping a battery charged or latency when watching videos.

Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better active noise cancelling headphones than the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Wireless. The Bose can better isolate low bass sounds like bus and plane engines. They also have a more neutral, better-balanced sound profile, they're more comfortable, and they have longer-lasting battery life. However, the Microsoft have a companion app with a customizable EQ plus presets, and they have better, easy-to-use controls.

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear/HD1 On-Ear
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II are much better headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear/HD1 On-Ear. The QC 35 II are much more comfortable and have an outstanding ANC feature that helps gives you peace and quiet during your daily commutes or on long travel days. Their sound profile is much better-balanced and accurate, and their wireless design gives you more freedom. On the other hand, the on-ear design of the Sennheiser makes them a bit more portable, and you don't have to worry about keeping their battery charged since they're not wireless.

JBL CLUB 950NC Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better Bluetooth over-ears than the JBL CLUB 950NC Wireless. The Bose are much more comfortable thanks to their lightweight design that doesn't clamp nearly as tightly on the head, and their integrated microphone sounds much better overall. They also have a much better ANC feature, that does an outstanding job of blocking out background noises. While both headphones have well-balanced default sound profiles, the JBL have a better app that gives you a parametric EQ and presets to adjust the way they sound. The JBL also have a longer battery life, leak less audio, and come with an audio cable with an in-line mic, so you can make phone calls even while using the headphones wired. 

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better and more-versatile headphones than the Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT Wireless thanks to their very comfortable fit and well-balanced and natural sound profile. The Bose are one of the best noise cancelling headphones we’ve reviewed so far, making them great for commuting or travel as well. Their battery lasts longer, and they take less time to fully charge than the Audio-Technica. You can also use them wired with a phone, even if the battery is dead, which is convenient. On the other hand, the Audio-Technica look and feel more premium overall, but the Bose are likely a better value for most people.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 perform better overall than the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless but have a very different design. The Bose are over-ear Bluetooth headphones that are much more comfortable, have better controls, a much more accurate and well-balanced sound profile, significantly better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature, and a much longer 20-hour battery life. On the other hand, the TOZO are truly wireless in-ears that are much more portable, breathe better, and feel much more stable in the ear.

Samsung Level Over Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better wireless noise canceling headphones than the Samsung Level Over Wireless. The Bose are smaller and easier to carry around, even if they are not the most portable headphones. The Bose are also a lot more comfortable to wear for long listening sessions, have a much better noise cancellation feature than the Samsung, and a much better-balanced and accurate sound profile out-of-the-box. The Samsung, on the other hand, have a better app which gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets, so you can change the way they sound. They also leak quite a bit less audio, which is good if you like to blast your music in the office.

Plantronics Backbeat Pro Wireless 2014
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are much better noise canceling headphones than the Plantronics Backbeat Pro Wireless 2014. The Bose are a lot more comfortable and have a much better-balanced and accurate sound profile. They also have a significantly better ANC feature that blocks a ton of background noise. The Plantronics, on the other hand, have a better control scheme, a slightly longer battery life, and are a lot cheaper, providing better value for some people.

Creative SXFI Air Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are much better headphones than the Creative SXFI Air Wireless. They're much more lightweight and comfortable, have a much better-balanced sound profile, and one of the best ANC features we've tested to date. On the other hand, the Creative have a better sounding microphone and a unique head mapping feature.

Jaybird X4 Wireless
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Jaybird X4 Wireless for everyday use. Their over-ear design is more comfortable than the in-ear fit of the Jaybird, and their outstanding ANC feature gives you peace and quiet during your daily commute or in the office. They have a better-balanced and more accurate sound profile out-of-the-box but don't have any EQ options in the app like the Jaybird. Also, the Jaybird are significantly more portable and will be a better option than the Bose if you’re looking for sports headphones as they feel much more stable.

Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless
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The Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are very different pairs of wireless headphones. The Mpow are truly wireless headphones with ear-hooks that are much more portable, and feel much more stable, making them a better option for taking to the gym. On the other hand, the Bose are wireless over-ears that are much more comfortable, have ANC to block out background noise, have a much more accurate sound profile out-of-the-box, and a longer battery off a single charge.

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