The QuietComfort 35 deliver the excellent noise canceling of the QuietComfort 25 in a wireless design. They're incredibly comfortable headphones, with an above-average sound. They leak a bit less than the QC25 but sadly, they will still be distracting to the people around you at moderate volumes.
- Outstanding noise isolation.
- Wireless and comfortable design.
- Above-average sound quality.
- Moderate sound leakage.
Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.
The QuietComfort 35 are well-crafted headphones. They're amazingly comfortable, even during long listening sessions. They're slightly better built than the QuietComfort 25, and their wireless design makes them less likely to fall off your head. They have an efficient control scheme and come with a sturdy case. Unfortunately, they're not tight enough to be comfortably used at the gym, and their overall design feels a bit bland. However, Bose released a custom version of QuietComfort 35, which lets you personalize the color scheme when ordering, to better suit your taste and preferences.
The QuietComfort 35 are a mix between the SoundLink Around-Ear II and the QuietComfort 25. They share the same wireless aesthetic and button placement of the SoundLink AE but have the premium materials of the QC25. The all-black model reviewed has a high-end yet understated appeal. However, Bose has also recently released, color customizable variations. Hence for an additional fee, you can fully alter the color schemes to suit your tastes and preferences, giving the headphones a bit more flare and personality.
The QuietComfort 35 deliver a comfortable listening experience that is hard to match. They're not too tight, and the materials used for the ear cup padding is soft and molds well around your ears. However, they're a little heavier than the QuietComfort 25 due to the wireless technology and rechargeable battery, but it doesn't lessen their comfort level by much and will be barely noticeable once on your head.
The Bose QC 35 have a good control scheme. The buttons deliver great tactile feedback, and the functionalities include; Call/music, track-skipping, and volume controls. However, the controls feel a little cramped on the bottom of the right ear cup, but you get used to it quickly.
The Bose QC35, like the QC25, are stable during a casual listening session. However, they're not too tight, which makes them more comfortable but also a little less stable if used during sports. The ear cups of the QC 35, in particular, are slightly heavier and will sway a bit more than the QC 25. Fortunately, 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, which gives them a slight edge in stability over the wired model.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 are mid-sized over-ear headphones. They're a little larger than the QuietComfort 25 but are still decently portable. They fold into a compact format, and the earcups also lay flat to take less space. Unfortunately, they're a bit too big to carry around on your person and will not comfortably fit into any pockets or smaller handbags.
The Bose Qc35 come with a sturdy, hard case that will protect the headphones from scratches, falls, and mild water damage. It also doesn't add much bulk and easily stores all the provided headphone accessories in a dedicated pocket within the case, unlike the QuietComfort 25.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 are slightly better built than the similarly designed QuietComfort 25. They have a little wider headband and a more premium leather material coating. The plastic used for the ear cups is thick and should be able to handle a few drops without getting damaged. However, they have a lot of plastic in their build, which is somewhat durable but not as robust as other higher-end headphones that use dense metals for their joints and frame.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 are a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have an excellent and well-extended bass, a very good mid-range, and a very good treble. Their performance is also quite consistent and doesn't vary much from person to person. However, their mid-range is slightly forward, and their treble is a bit uneven. Also, like most other closed-back headphones, they don't have an open and spacious soundstage.
The Bose QC35 excel at reducing ambient noise in loud environments. Their active noise cancelling is incredibly efficient, and the ear cups create a good seal around the ears for some additional passive isolation. They deliver an isolated listening experience, even on a busy commute or noisy flight. Sadly, they leak quite a bit and would be distracting to the people around you at moderate volumes.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 is one of our best-performing over-Ear headphones. They provide relatively linear isolation, from 80Hz down to 1KHz. They achieve more than 15dB of isolation in the Bass Range, more than 22dB in the Mid Range, and more than 35dB in the Treble Range, all being above average values. With ANC Off, however, the low-end isolation goes away for the most part, but the performance from 1KHz and up will remain virtually the same.
Although these headphones perform slightly better than the QuietComfort 25 in the leakage test, they still leak a good amount. The majority of the leakage is between 300Hz and 3KHz, which is relatively a broad spectrum. The overall level of the leakage is high too.
- 100% SpNR
The Bose QC35 have an above-average battery life and a good if slightly laggy wireless connection. They won't be the most responsive headphones for gaming or watching movies, but they have a decent wireless range and support NFC pairing. They last up to 18 hours on a single charge and only take about 2 hours to charge. They also have an auto-off timer accessible through their bundled app. Unfortunately, the bundled app is a little lackluster only give you a limited amount of control over the headphones active features.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 have an above-average wireless range. They maintained a stable connection just shy of 40 ft, which makes them a decent option for moderately sized offices. Like the other wireless Bose models, they have an easy to pair power switch that can be quickly toggled to put the headphones in pairing mode. They also support NFC. However, since these headphones use the latest Bluetooth Smart technology, you may have to download the Bose app to get these headphones to pair with devices that have an older Bluetooth version. Luckily, it isn't much of a hassle once the connection has been established, as it will remember the last synced device and connect immediately upon power on.
The Bose QC35 have a good battery life, but you still have to charge them relatively often. They're suitable headphones for long flights or road trips, and they have an adjustable timer that helps prolong the battery life. Unfortunately, you can't use them while they're charging although they do not take too long to fully charge.
The Bose Connect app is sleek but only offers a minimal list of features. It allows you to connect, rename, and update the QC 35 but doesn't provide you with an equalizer. On the upside, the app provides an auto-off timer, you can set at different intervals. A limited in-app player and the battery level status but that's pretty much it, which is disappointing.
Update 18/07/2017: Firmware version 1.3.4. You can now adjust the level of noise canceling and share your music with another Bose Connect compatible headphone.
In the box
- Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones
- Audio cable
- Airline adapter
- Carrying case
- USB charging cable