My Sweet Setup: Bose QC35 Headphones

I got my Bose QC35s thanks to a cranky tweet to Bose at a really opportune moment, I happened to get the Bose QC35s for free from them back in 2016:

a pair of QC35s with a nice card from Bose.

I still have these headphones today, and aside from some replaced earcups, they still work perfectly.

AirPods are a popular choice of wireless headphone nowadays (and of course I own some of those too), but the Bose headphones remain spectacular. I bought my first pair of AirPods years after I got my QC35s, and by 2019 they were no longer holding a decent charge. Both QC35s I own continue to give me hours and hours of battery life with no signs of the battery aging. And while the AirPods will periodically do finicky things like only having audio come out of one ear, or where I have to play a game of connection whack-a-mole, the Bose headphones always connect when I flip the switch to turn them on. They’ll even connect to more than one device. If you need to adjust the volume, you can do so with nice tactile physical buttons.

These aren’t Bose’s latest flagship headphones; if you want the latest and greatest get the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. I haven’t personally tried them (their industrial design seems odd at first glance) but they look perfectly nice. But Bose still sells the trusty QC35s today, and they can be had for well under $300 if you look in the right place.

If you need a pair of no-nonsense over-the-ear headphones that won’t break the bank, you’ll be well served by QC35s. They’re perfect if you’re looking for some headphones that are noise canceling, wireless, and just plain nice.


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