Bose finally released what its fans have long been waiting for, a wireless active noise-canceling headphone dubbed the QuietComfort 35.
The latest headphone model takes a leaf out of the similar looking QC25, meaning that Bose offers a lightweight, very comfortable headphone with unprecedented noise reduction quality.
According to the manufacturer, the QC35 uses the microphones from inside and outside the ear cups to gauge the environmental noise levels. After it assesses the noise pollution, the headset directs the unwanted sounds to two digital electronic chips which are programmed to counter unwanted sounds "in less than a fraction of a millisecond."
Regardless if you like to tune up your music to high volume or like keeping it at a low hum, the headphones offer a balanced experience via an improved digital equalizing system.
Bose touts that its latest wireless noise cancellation headphones will run for 20 hours per charge. Keep in mind that if you plug them in with the included cable, the battery life should get a significant extension, as the cable connection kills the Bluetooth and uses the power source only for tuning out the noise.
Owners of the QC35 get an integrated remote on the right earcup, offering buttons dedicated to volume adjustment, playback control and even call answering. The headphones play nice with Bose Connect app, which is available for Android and iOS devices.
The QC35 makes use of advanced noise cancellation tech to gag various ambient sounds such as crowds, wind or industrial loudness. This allows for voice calls to go well in otherwise rumbly environments, such as transportation stations or factories. Not only will you hear your callers better, but they will also get a clearer read on your vocal messages.
A neat feature comes in the form of a side-tone feature, which makes it easy for you to listen to your own voice in the headphones, thus giving a good rendition of how loud you are actually speaking. On the aesthetical side, the QuietComfort 35 offers two color options, namely silver and black.
The price point of the QC35 is pretty steep, asking buyers to shell out $350. In comparison, the wired QuietComfort 25 costs $50 less, but some users might see a lot more value in the increased mobility granted by the wireless headphones.
These are not the only headphones that Bose presents in its new line-up.
The company told the media that a pair of noise-canceling neckbuds is in tow, dubbed QuietControl 30. The device fits comfortably in the ears, while a black plastic band stays around the back of your neck.
The naming of the product is far from random, as QuietControl headphones allow users to adjust the degree to which noise cancellation takes place, either by using an app or tapping the physical buttons on the earbuds. The technology will enable a higher level of situational awareness, which could be a selling point for those who want some audio clues about their surroundings while wearing headphones.
The smaller, more flexible neckbuds will land on shelves in September at a price point of $300. Bose fans might notice that the upcoming ear buds are a wireless variant of the existing QuietComfort 20 model.
Bose also wants to take on the sports headphone market, and so it offers SoundSport, a rugged, non-noise-canceling set of wireless earphones designed for use during athletic activities.
They sport a sweat- and water-impervious design and come holstering dual-flange ear tips with large ear fins that are supposed to keep them in place, no matter how intensely you work out. Two variants of SoundSport are available: the earphones-only SoundSport and the SoundSport Pulse, which features an embedded heart rate monitor.
Color options for the SoundSport are black and blue, and each model will cost $149.95, with both variants being available for order now. Just like the QuietControl 30, the SoundSport Pulse will hit the stores in September. The price of the SoundSport Pulse will be $199.95.
In 2014, Bose and Beats Electronics locked horns in a legal issue concerning patents for noise-canceling headphones, but the two companies reached an out-of-court settlement.