Bose Qui­et­com­fort 35 II

FOR Lots of de­tail; im­pres­sive noise-can­cel­la­tion; Google As­sis­tant in­te­gra­tion; nice build AGAINST Tough com­pe­ti­tion

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Contents -

Man is by na­ture a so­cial an­i­mal, said Aris­to­tle, and that re­mains true to­day. We talk to to speak­ers, watches and phones – so why not head­phones too? That’s the think­ing be­hind Bose’s Qui­et­com­fort 35 IIS, the up­dated ver­sion of the Qui­et­com­fort 35s. These head­phones have a ded­i­cated but­ton to ac­ti­vate Google As­sis­tant, which lets you play mu­sic, an­swers your ques­tions and reads smart­phone no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Add the QC35 IIS’ great au­dio qual­ity and noise-can­celling ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and this pair of cans makes its owner more con­nected.

Chime of your life

Once set up through Bose’s Con­nect app, the Qui­et­com­fort 35 IIS will chime when­ever your phone gets a no­ti­fi­ca­tion and au­to­mat­i­cally read out your emails or up­com­ing cal­en­dar events. There's an op­tion to re­ply us­ing your voice, which is handy dur­ing the chill win­ter months.

Like the orig­i­nal Qui­et­com­fort 35s, the level of noise-can­cel­la­tion from these cans is im­pres­sive. Bose has al­ways been at the fore­front of si­lenc­ing con­stant rum­bles or hums, and that re­mains the same – mi­cro­phones in­side and out­side the head­phones ef­fec­tively elim­i­nat­ing back­ground chat­ter.

If we have one com­plaint, it’s that the noise-can­cel­la­tion could be a lit­tle more in­tel­li­gent. The Sony WH-1000XM3S dis­able noise-can­cel­la­tion when you hold your hand over one of the hous­ings, while B&W’S PXS pause your mu­sic when you lift the earpad up, al­low­ing you to have a quick con­ver­sa­tion.

Bat­tery life is a claimed 20 hours with a wire­less con­nec­tion, or 40 hours of just noise-can­cel­la­tion if you’re us­ing the 3.5mm ca­ble that comes in the box. Charge the head­phones us­ing a mi­cro-usb ca­ble and you get an ex­tra 2.5 hours of juice in just 15 min­utes.

The Qui­et­com­fort 35 IIS cer­tainly live up to their name. At 310g, they are lighter than the B&W PXS and have a softer grip than the Sonys. They fold down nicely, and their build qual­ity sug­gests that they could sur­vive be­ing kept in a ruck­sack.

The but­tons around the right hous­ing con­trol play­back and are in­tu­itively placed and feel good to use. You’ll soon get used to the se­ries of taps needed to rewind or skip your songs.

Teenagers kicks

The Qui­et­com­fort 35 IIS have a great han­dling on any mu­sic you send their way. Play­ing Teenagers by My Chem­i­cal Ro­mance, these head­phones pay great at­ten­tion to the midrange. Each bass note is weighty and nu­anced; from the low­est depths as the drum­stick hits to the way the sound dis­perses and fades into the sound­stage, you can make out nu­mer­ous lay­ers to the sound. On the other end of the spec­trum, these head­phones also keep a con­trolled man­age­ment of the high treble.

But while these head­phones have an en­joy­able sound, their ri­vals are a clear step ahead. The WH-1000XM3S have an earth­ier bass and more in­sight, while the PXS have a bet­ter sense of rhythm and dy­nam­ics. Nev­er­the­less, the QC35 IIS cer­tainly feel like the smartest pair of head­phones around at the mo­ment, of­fer­ing a func­tion­al­ity their ri­vals sim­ply can­not match. Google As­sis­tant in­te­gra­tion is a pos­i­tive, and the noisecancelling abil­i­ties are sec­ond to none.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.