Ever since the first QuietComfort product came out in 2000, Bose has been on the forefront of noise-canceling headphones for travel. We loved them then and we love them now. Only problem is, the line has remained wired over that time, making it a no-go for those who prefer cable-free listening. That changes with the new Bose QuietComfort 35.
That’s right, the outfit’s newest flagship headphones ditch the tether in favor of a Bluetooth connection, so you can enjoy the same significant noise reductions without having to deal with unruly wires. And, yes, Bose swears the untethered configuration doesn’t compromise the Acoustic Noise Canceling technology in the least bit, promising the same audio performance fans have enjoyed throughout the years.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 takes on an aesthetic similar to last year’s QuietComfort 25, retaining the same around-ear design and minimalist styling. In fact, the outfit claims it bears the same noise reduction technology (the kind that can tune out loud airplane engines), audio performance (courtesy of volume-optimized ActiveEQ), and comfortable fit as last year’s model, with Bluetooth connectivity serving as the one significant departure point.
Despite both Bluetooth and noise canceling drawing power from the battery, it allows for up to 20 straight hours of operation. And, yes, you can use it wired, too, which stretches the battery life to a whopping 40 hours. Features include glass-filled nylon construction, an Alcantara-wrapped headband with stainless steel springs, synthetic leather ear cushions, and an accompanying app that allows you to quickly switch among paired devices.
Available now, the Bose QuietComfort 35 is priced at $349.95.