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Bose's excellent QuietComfort headphones go wireless

Bose set the benchmark for active noise-cancelling headphones with its QuietComfort series, but there hasn't been much in the way of a product with Bluetooth connectivity. Until now. Bose is finally offering a wireless version of its flagship headphones with the QuietComfort 35, which is available right now for $349 (opens in new tab). The QuietComfort 35 shares a similar design as its predecessor, and is offered in black and silver color variants.

The QC35 features buttons on the side for playback controls, and Bose is claiming a battery life of twenty hours between charges. Says Bose:

With microphones inside and outside the earcups, the QC35 senses, measures and sends unwanted sounds to two proprietary digital electronic chips -- one for each ear -- which respond with a precise, equal and opposite signal in less than a fraction of a millisecond. The result is dramatic and exclusive to Bose.In an instant, the rumble of a subway car, plane engine, or the commotion from rush hour all but disappear. Stay in silence, or hear your music more clearly with a new EQ that balances sound at every volume, for any genre.

Bose is also rolling out the QuietControl 30, a set of wireless in-ear headphones which offer active noise-cancelling. The in-ear headphones come with playback controls on the neck cable, and you'll be able to listen to music for ten hours on a full charge. The QuietControl 30 will be available starting September for $299.

Bose QuietControl 30

Bose is going after the likes of the Jaybird X2 (opens in new tab) with its SportSound headphones, which feature a sweat-resistant constuction and eartips designed to stay in place during a workout. The SportSound will make its debut sometime later this year for $149, and a Pulse version with a built-in heart rate monitor will retail for $199.

You can get your hands on the QuietComfort 35 from the links below.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

16 Comments
  • "Bose's excellent QuietComfort headphones go wireless" Well then they are not excellent Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's not wireless-only. You can connect with audio cable if you want to.
  • Oh no. I recently bought them Plantronics Back Beat Pro cans as they were the best of the lot (feature wise). I do kind of miss my QC 15s on flights, but don't miss the wire. Bose just took too long to put these out. Maybe in a few years I guess. It's important to note, yes there are many better options for sound quality. No highs no lows, all of that meme-riffic stuff. That's obvious. What's more obvious is Bose's noise cancelling is bar none the best in the business. It's a shame they lost me as a customer. Took way too long to release these in today's Bluetooth world.
  • I think the "No highs, no lows; must be Bose" saying applies primarily to their speakers, specifically in PA applications. Their headphones sound better than their speakers, being a bit richer than my flat Sony headphones I use for sound gigs, but not as punchy as the Jam Transits I use for fun. But yeah, back to their speakers: I did outdoor sound in parades for 14 years with live bands, and it's both sad and amusing to see a band setup with a Bose system and watch them become irrelevant as soon as soon as another band fires up. I used a DDAC system (direct drive active cabinet) which could throw the bass several blocks, while the Bose systems had no low end unless you were standing next to them. The irony for me was getting my speaker design patented and offering it to Bose, who rejected it. They still have nothing in the same league.
  • "Bose set the benchmark for active noise-cancelling headphones with its QuietComfort series," No they didn't. They hot in early and we're the defaco choice for lazy shoppers that couldn't be be bothered to shop around and try out other products. A pair of MDR-1NC will totally destroy Bose in terms of comfort, noise cancelling and sound quality. A pair of MDR-100ABN will too.
  • Absolutely! I own the MDR-1ABT but they have no noise cancelling. The sound is unbelievable for wireless!
  • MDR100ABN are superb. Posted via the Android Central App
  • BOSE. SMH, at people who buy this over priced junk.
  • Man, there is nothing that turns people into a bunch of condescending jackasses like a post about headphones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That be the truth. Posted from Nexus 6
  • I don't use BT for listening to music unless the wire really gets in the way, but I could see using these on flights. I spent a day shopping for headphones a few months ago, and I have to say the QC's were the most comfortable. I almost bought a set at the Bose store, but did not because of the grainy midrange. Do these use the same drivers as the hardwired set?
  • I also think the delay was because of airlines. Once Bose has them, they are mainstream. I used Bluetooth headphones on a Hawaiian Air flight last year and got blasted by the flight attendant, saying Bluetooth devices were not allowed. Oh, OK. I reminded him that wifi in flight is ubiquitous nowadays and he didn't care one bit. Pretty sure my headphones aren't gonna cause the airplane to fall from the sky. Stood there and watched me turn them off and put away. Lame.
  • Must be a paid advertisement. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Duplicate, can't delete.
  • I'm thinking these will be better made than Jaybird. Excited to get a pair. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm no audiophile so the Blue Tiger Dual Elite headphones with mic are fine for me.