Modern Bose ANC headphones

Bose Noise Canceling 700

Comfortable ANC cans

Bose QC35 II

Bose has clearly learned from its QC35 IIs and is looking to reinvent itself with its new Noise Canceling 700 headphones. It made necessary changes such as a more premium design and USB-C.

$400 at Amazon

Pros

  • USB-C for charging
  • Touch controls
  • 11 step noise cancelation
  • Fast charging with 2 hours of listening with 15 minutes of charging

Cons

  • Non-foldable design
  • Heavier due to more premium design

The Bose QC35 IIs have been one of the top ANC headphones on the market for quite some time now. They're a solid pair of headphones but they've definitely shown their age when it comes to charging tech and its ANC algorithm.

$349 at Amazon

Pros

  • Great ANC
  • Portable and light
  • Solid sound quality
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Lacks higher quality Bluetooth audio codecs (sans AAC)
  • Micro-USB for charging
  • Mostly plastic build

The Bose QC35 IIs are simply a classic. There's absolutely nothing wrong with them and if you have them, there's almost no reason to upgrade to the new Noise Canceling 700s.

However, if you're in the market for a new set of ANC headphones, you should definitely be looking at the Noise Canceling 700s instead of the QC35 II. In this case, you should only be looking at the QC35 IIs if they're discounted much lower than the 700s.

What's the difference?

The headlining feature of the Noise Canceling 700s is its 11 steps of active noise cancelation versus the traditional 3 step ANC from other headphones including the QC35 IIs. Traditionally, you have: off, maximum noise cancelation, and some middle ground to allow ambient sound mode.

While the Noise Canceling 700s aren't the first pair of headphones to offer this type of ANC, it's one of the few out there. Other headphones that come to mind is the Sony WH1000XM3 with its adaptive ANC, and the Microsoft Surface Headphones with its innovative dial design.

Speaking of design, the Noise Canceling 700s finally adopt a gesture-based navigation design. Swipe up or down to change the volume, backwards or forwards to go back/skip to the next track, and double tap to play/pause or answer/hang up a phone call. This is in stark contrast to the Bose QC35 IIs which had the standard physical button navigation.

One of the only downsides to the Bose Noise Canceling 700s over the QC35 IIs is that the new 700s do not fold in a compact manner to stow away with the included case.

Bose Noise Canceling 700 Bose QC35 II
Charging cable USB-C Micro-USB
Battery life 20 hours 20 hours
ANC levels 11 3
Bluetooth version 5.0 4.2
Bluetooth audio codecs SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
Foldable design No Yes
Navigation design Touch Physical button
Ambient noise mode Yes Yes

What's better?

Well, both the Noise Canceling 700s and QC35 IIs offer a relatively neutral sound signature. With the QC35 IIs offering a rather treble-heavy sound signature. This meant that songs with sharper, higher-pitched vocals, and other instruments like hi-hats from drums could sound piercing and make it hard to hear. The Noise Canceling 700s tames that down quite a bit while also slightly boosting the bass for a more rich and defined sound signature.

The Bose Noise Canceling 700s are the way to go if you've been eying a set of ANC headphones from Bose. They are more modern with a better overall design, USB-C, and the multiple steps of active noise cancelation.

Unless there's an absolutely incredible deal with the QC35 IIs (or even the original QC35s if you don't care for Google Assistant or Alexa), the Bose Noise Canceling 700s are the headphone to get if you're strictly looking at Bose ANC headphones. Either that, or you're looking for a headphone that can folded up and easily stowed away.

11 step ANC

Bose Noise Canceling 700

The best just got better

Fantastic ANC capabilities with 11 levels, USB-C for charging with fast charging, and modern internals. It's equal to or better than the Bose QC35 IIs in every way.

Classic ANC headphones

Bose QC35 II

Budget ANC tunes

The Bose QC35 IIs are a solid choice if you're on a budget. Solid sound quality, great standard ANC modes, and 20 hours of battery life.

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