We've shown a lot of love for the Bose QC35s here on Android Central, and while we definitely recommend checking them out, we also understand that not everyone is willing to throw down $350 on a pair of headphones. If you still want a pair of quality cans but also want to save some cash, these are our five favorite cheaper alternatives!
The ones to get
Sennheiser is known for producing great audio quality throughout its lineup, and the HD 4.50 BTNC are a real bargain. The active noise-cancelation is effective, as are the onboard controls and aptX codec support. While these headphones have been available for a while now, they still hold up well compared to other affordable models because of their excellent sound signature and efficiency.
If you're looking for as close of an experience to the QC35s for considerably less money, your best option is the wonderfully-named Panasonic RP-HD805N-T. While the name might be a mouthful, these headphones sound fantastic, offer great noise-cancelation, and have a pass-through mode that allows you to hear the outside world by putting your hand to the right speaker cover.
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Sony makes some of the market's best headphones, and if you're on a budget, you'll want to check out the company's WH-CH710N. Available in black and blue colorways, the CH710N uses artificial intelligence to eliminate background noise, is rated for up to 35 hours of battery life, and pairs to your phone in an instant using NFC. You can also use the Sony Headphones Connect app to fine-tune your audio experience.
So many colors
Want headphones that look great, sound awesome, and won't break the bank? The COWIN E7 Pro have you covered. Offered in seven striking colors, the COWIN E7 Pro come outfitted with active noise-cancelation, large 45mm drivers for powerful audio, and soft ear cushions to keep you comfy. Also included is Bluetooth 4.0 and a battery that lasts up to 30 hours on a charge.
It's always nice to be able to block out background noise at a really affordable price. Granted, the noise canceling in the Soundcore Q20 won't drown things out quite as much as more expensive cans, but the effect should be good to have in most situations. Even better, the sound quality is good for different musical genres, plus a battery that can last up to 40 hours per charge.
You've got options
Overall, your best alternative to the Bose QC35 is the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC (opens in new tab). These headphones maintain the quality and fidelity associated with the brand, and hold up very well, despite being out in the market longer than the others on this list. The active noise-canceling works well, and you can use them as wired cans through the included cable.
If you're willing to spend a little more money, the Panasonic RP-HD605N-T (opens in new tab) are a also genuinely impressive alternative to the QC35s. Sound quality is great, the active-noise-cancellation works really well, and being able to hear what's going on around you by just holding your hand to the right earcup is an incredibly useful feature. It's also something you won't find at all on Bose's headphones.
Ted Kritsonis loves taking photos when the opportunity arises, be it on a camera or smartphone. Beyond sports and world history, you can find him tinkering with gadgets or enjoying a cigar. Often times, that will be with a pair of headphones or earbuds playing tunes. When he's not testing something, he's working on the next episode of his podcast, Tednologic.
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