Bose Quietcomfort 35 Wireless Headphones - Black
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Dane, South Africa. 3 April 2017
I'll break it up into 3 parts: ANR, QUALITY and PRICE
- ANR -
The world is a cacophony of noise. You don't realise this because your brain has done a very good job of tuning out what isn't important - a natural evolutionary answer to ANR (Active Noise Reduction); but the ambient sounds are all still there... and your brain has to constantly filter them out.
What do you think happens when you reduce the amount of active noise in your life? I'll tell you - peace.
These headphones do not give you a null sensory input - you will still hear loud sound, but your definition of loud is reset and your brain has to do so much less work in filtering it all out.
I personally found that using these headphones reduced my perceived levels of anxiety and daily work stress.
How it works in a nutshell is that there are 2 microphones on either headphone. This captures the waveform of the outside noise that will penetrate to the eardrum despite the best foam & sound absorption headphones try to employ. That wave form is inverted using real-time circuitry & played through the headphones. By the time your ear hears the waveform, the amplitude is negated & a flattened waveform is heard (excluding the sound that can't be negated).
With this clear reduction in sound volume of the outside world, your whole inner ear can "relax" a bit and becomes a bit more sensitive to softer volume sounds; thus the headphones don't even have to be as powerful as other headphones to achieve the same perceived clarity and volume, if not better! (the headphones are powerful - don't read wrongly into this)
- QUALITY -
These headphones come with a case we've all needed. The headphones actually fold up to find conveniently inside a sturdy rubberised shell so I expect they will last well beyond 5 years for sure. I'd guess 8-10 years, simply because of the plush over-ear foam will wear first.
There is a hole for a 3.5mm jack as well as an airplane adaptor for convenience. Otherwise, you're probably using bluetooth for connectivity to your smart phone, tablet or computer.
The sound is rich; and it's probably thanks to the reduced sound of the outside world more than anything. I wear it in the car just to escape all highway and city noise - it's quite incredible that you can reduce noise like this.
I didn't see the silver style, but the black is sleek. Wireless - it's always been the right way to go. But earphones can get uncomfortable without practiced use in your ear. Headphones feel comfy right from the start.
- PRICE -
I'm not sure what to say. You're in one of a few categories here:
>> A professional (DJ? Pilot?) who is looking to max out the quality of equipment for use in remuneration.
>> A person with enough money that this gadget is a must-have if you're going to get headphones and want the best
>> A person that is unsure whether headphones can ever be worth half of a whole VR setup (HTC VIVE full kit)
If you like the idea of ANR, go listen for yourself. If you get a step down from the 35, you probably will be more satisfied with the value for money, but I can't comment since I only heard these.
Having said that, I don't know if I would ever buy "normal" headphones again.
Steven, South Africa. 10 May 2017
Simply amazing. This is the best earphones I ever owned.
Fred, South Africa. 9 May 2017
Great sound and comfort
Adriaan, South Africa. 6 January 2017
These headphones are by far the top of their range. I have been enjoying the purest music appreciation and most immersive work-from-home experience with the astonishing quality that these headphones provide. I've been using them for about a year. The noise cancellation and sound proof environment are the best available in this class. Bluetooth pairing with a mobile device and the high quality microphone provide for crystal clear calling and conferencing. The battery life is impressive and I did not find the price in duty free to differ noticeably from the price offered on Takealot. It is a dream being able to walk around the house talking on a noise cancelling headset while leaving my phone on my desk and other distractions behind my back. It simply allows one to have a much more personal conversation. I was a couple of times taken aback when the digital voice loudly announced a pairing or unpairing of a device, and I felt that there was a lack of control over the volume of mobile device notifications coming through the headset. Overall it is a five star headset. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to experience the best quality without having it cost a fortune. I have, sadly, been estranged from my Quietcomfort headphones during a recent burglary. Many of my prised possessions were lost, but this will be the first item that I replace.
Nigel, South Africa. 5 January 2017
These headphones are nothing short of amazing. The noise cancelling technology works fantastically well. It doesn't need batteries and charges which is a bonus over other headphones and connects to my cellphone effortlessly. I didn't expect to be able to take calls and the headphones do this as well. All round amazing and far lighter than expected.
Joag, South Africa. 15 February 2017
Such a great product. Had beats by Dre prior to these BOSE ones. The bluetooth sometimes struggle a bit when for example my phone is in my pocket. Other than that, happy with the quality and its great at noise cancelling.
Marius, South Africa. 14 October 2016
Amazing product and well worth the price.
The noise canceling is NEXT LEVEL. I take the train every day and fly quite regularly. It blocks out 90% of noise without any music playing at all, with music (even on medium volume) blocks out 100% of outside noise.
I believe this is the best noise canceling headphones on the market at the moment.
Very comfortable,durable and comes in a hardcase carry bag.
Battery life is remarkable and goes beyond what is actually specified from Bose. I get 22 - 25 hours battery life easily and find myself only charging them once every two weeks or so. Bluetooth works like a charm and I can walk through my whole house while the connected device stays in one room.
Johann, South Africa. 2 May 2017
These are incredibly good. I have heard a lot of hype about how they have the best noise cancellation and how the sound quality is exceptional - it is all true. They really are in a league of their own. I would buy a new pair tomorrow if these went missing.
Ruben Coetzee, South Africa. 29 December 2016
Brilliant. Definitely it's name worthy, quietcomfort
Andrew, South Africa. 20 January 2017
The Bose QC 35 are as expected. If you are a previous owner or fan of Bose, expect the same signature sound and quality (From the packaging, build and protective casing).
1.) They are extremely comfortable and relatively light making the easy to wear for extended periods.
2.) Have a clear & rich sound range (Great range of treble, mid & bass)
3.) Solid Bluetooth performance (Good range +- 10 meters and minimal connection issues)
4.) NC (Noise cancellation) is on a level of it's own. I own several NC products of different brands and nothing comes close.(Although some competitors are slowly closing the gap *See Sony & Sennheiser)
There is a downside (Hence only 4 stars). If you have done some research, you will know it's not possible to disable the NC while using Bluetooth. I found this a problem as the NC caused some discomfort after a few hours (Especially in low ambient noise areas). You can get around this by using the aux cable (3.5mm. jack) But that defeats the point of Bluetooth!
My advice. If you are specifically after quality wireless NC headphones. Get these!
Henno, South Africa. 28 February 2017
Best headphones I'ver ever had. Not as much bass as Beats, but the ANC is out of this world.
Tobie, South Africa. 26 July 2017
Fantastic headphones that connected quickly and easily to all my devices. The audio quality is wonderful and the noise cancellation technology is amazing.
Schalk, South Africa. 20 July 2017
This is the most amazing product I have bought in a long while. It works as well on an aeroplane as it does in an office where there's a vacuum cleaner going. Under normal circumstances, the sound is crystal clear.
I can recommend this very, very highly, it is worth every cent.
Jonathan, South Africa. 14 February 2017
Simply sublime! These are fantastic headphones: comfortable enough to wear all day, huge battery life, light and compact, so easy to connect to my laptop and phone, audio quality is brilliant, and the noise cancelling is top class. Perfect in every regard!
Michelle, South Africa. 25 September 2017
it is the most phenomenal piece of equipment!!! Sound is INCREDIBLE!!!!
William, South Africa. 31 August 2017
Very light and comfortable. Great noise cancellation and perfect sound to match it.