Bose QuietComfort 35
If we're talking about headphones with noise reduction, we absolutely cannot leave out the QuietComfort-line from Bose. We're not exaggerating when we say that this product line is probably the most well-known noise cancellation product line. We included the QuietComfort 35 in this test, one of the more expensive models we tested. Despite its large size, its weight is relatively low. This is never a bad thing, not only because you wear a device like this a lot on your head, but also because this means that the extra weight you have to carry if you're not wearing it is also reduced. The cushions are made of nice and soft leather, which does not get too hot after prolonged use. The right earcup has buttons on it that you can use to control the headphones. In addition to volume buttons it also has a button that allows you to pick up phone calls or skip or go back to a song. Lastly the earcup features a switch that can be flipped to enable noise cancellation and Bluetooth. There's also a micro USB connection on the bottom for charging purposes and the device is also capable of setting up NFC connections. If you connect the device using Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet, you can use the Bose Connect app. It allows you to, among other things, upgrade the firmware or set the time it takes for the headphones to shut themselves down after a period of non-activity.
The sound quality of the QuietComfort 35 is not that bad, but we're not completely convinced. Mainly the balance is off. In our opinion the low tones are emphasized too much compared to the rest of spectrum, which makes everything sound a bit muddy. If you listen to bass-heavy music, these headphones are great for you, however if you listen to music with a lot of detail and balance and separation of the frequencies, this is definitely not the best choice. The noise cancellation on the QuietComfort 35 is very good. The earcups themselves block a good amount of noise, even without noise cancellation enabled. Voices are much harder when you're just wearing the headphones. If you enable noise cancellation, you'll only be able to pick up the highest of frequencies. It's also worth noting that the anti-noise puts quite a bit of pressure on the ears. This wasn't as noticeable on other models in this test.