Bose QuietComfort 35 (RM1,500)
What’s the story?
These babies have more than enough battery life to get you through the longest non-stop passenger flight in the world (Emirates flight EK449 from Auckland to Dubai, plane nerds). Enough said?
OK, we’ll go into a bit more detail. Bose has been knocking out noise-cancelling cans for years, but the QC35s are the first to cut the cord and move to Bluetooth. Don’t panic, frequent flyers, the wireless signals won’t bring down your plane.
With a fairly simple design, built that feels like plastic (even if it’s actually glass-filled nylon), and matte black or silver colour choices, they don’t exactly look like £280 cans. That’s because all your cash has gone into the tech inside.
The AAA battery has been ditched for a rechargeable lithium cell that’ll keep going for 20 hours. Active noise cancelling mutes the world around you, so you can listen in peace. They’re a comfy fit, too, sitting tight to your head without feeling like you’re trapped in a vice.
Sure, you’ll get more bass from other headphones, but that’s the point of a pair of Bose cans. They’re tuned to stay neutral, and so you get nothing but clarity.
The treble is probably just a tad too sharp but stay away from low bitrate MP3s and you won’t have to suffer. With decent quality tracks, you’ll get a crisp and clear sound.
iPhone owners won’t notice the lack of aptX Bluetooth, but you’ll miss it if you’re on Android and have tried a pair of aptX cans before.
Frequent flyers and long distance commuters: these are the headphones for you.