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Newly launched in Hong Kong are the Bose Qui­et­Com­fort 35 head­phones.

Th­ese wire­less cans com­bine hands-free op­er­a­tion with Bose’s ac­tive noise-can­celling tech­nol­ogy. How do they work? Well, mi­cro­phones in the ear cup ac­tu­ally record what’s hap­pen­ing around you and then es­sen­tially broad­cast the op­po­site of that sound straight to your ears. It sounds like magic, and it prob­a­bly is: the re­sult is that when you slip them on, there’s a cu­ri­ous ab­sence of back­ground hum. While high­er­pitched notes still come through—which is use­ful when you’re cross­ing the road, for ex­am­ple—the low, bassy rumble of our lives fades to al­most noth­ing.

They’re an ab­so­lute god­send if you spend much time on planes, trains or au­to­mo­biles.

The sound is as good as you’d ex­pect from Bose, and the wire­less works well, with an ad­ver­tised 20 hours of run­time. The only nig­gles are that hands-free phone calls don’t work all that well—the mics of­ten fail­ing to pick up your voice— and the Bose Con­nect app is pretty use­less. At $ 2,888 they’re not the cheap­est cans on the mar­ket, but if you’re a com­muter an­noyed by the world then the Qui­et­com­fort

35s are well worth it.

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