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Is there a version of these without Assistants/AI stuff?
QC35 v1 are very similar but without the assistants built in - You can also turn the assistant off on the QC35 V2 which then uses the button for levels of noise cancellation instead
Edited by: "21benson" 11th Jul
Comfortable but sound dull and NC has advanced since these came out, wait for the new revision of these or buy something else.
I keep meaning to get some new NC headphones, but can't justify it as I have some perfectly adequate Audio Technica ones with a bluetooth receiver grafted on. However I've solved that problem by lending them to my son for his forthcoming trip to the US. Chances of them returning still working are slim indeed. Then I have to make the difficult decision between these and the Sonys. I know the Sonys sound better but they also have significant disadvantages (like being useless for phone or conference calls and only connecting to one device at a time).
Dodge6211/07/2019 13:11

I keep meaning to get some new NC headphones, but can't justify it as I …I keep meaning to get some new NC headphones, but can't justify it as I have some perfectly adequate Audio Technica ones with a bluetooth receiver grafted on. However I've solved that problem by lending them to my son for his forthcoming trip to the US. Chances of them returning still working are slim indeed. Then I have to make the difficult decision between these and the Sonys. I know the Sonys sound better but they also have significant disadvantages (like being useless for phone or conference calls and only connecting to one device at a time).


Sony’s sounding better is a personal choice, personally I prefer the Bose. I say they are more accurate in the low end but others will say they lack the punch of the Sony’s. The Sony’s by default over emphasise the low end.

Also the new Bose 700’s are launching very soon.
Edited by: "stuellis" 11th Jul
stuellis11/07/2019 13:45

Sony’s sounding better is a personal choice, personally I prefer the Bose. …Sony’s sounding better is a personal choice, personally I prefer the Bose. I say they are more accurate in the low end but others will say they lack the punch of the Sony’s. The Sony’s by default over emphasise the low end.Also the new Bose 700’s are launching very soon.


Yeah the Bose can connect 2 devices at once, but they have high latency and use AAC and SBC only, as opposed to the more efficient HD bluetooth codecs.

When people say the Sony sound better, it's because they have a larger frequency response and pick up more detail at the lower and upper end of the frequency range. Meaning, the Bose audio is missing detail.

A personal preference is a little irrelevant in this case, but if you prefer flat sound... just buy the Sony and adjust the sound with equalizers to make them sound as flat as the Bose.. best of both worlds
Jace_Phoenix11/07/2019 13:52

Yeah the Bose can connect 2 devices at once, but they have high latency …Yeah the Bose can connect 2 devices at once, but they have high latency and use AAC and SBC only, as opposed to the more efficient HD bluetooth codecs.When people say the Sony sound better, it's because they have a larger frequency response and pick up more detail at the lower and upper end of the frequency range. Meaning, the Bose audio is missing detail. A personal preference is a little irrelevant in this case, but if you prefer flat sound... just buy the Sony and adjust the sound with equalizers to make them sound as flat as the Bose.. best of both worlds


Latency is an issue with the QC35’s but is supposed to be addressed with the 700’s but I am waiting for more detailed reviews. The R-Tings very detailed review of the Sony’s and QC35’s put them very similar through mid’s and top but clearly showed the Sony’s boosted bass. Like all audio it’s best to try and see what you like.
stuellis11/07/2019 14:10

Latency is an issue with the QC35’s but is supposed to be addressed with t …Latency is an issue with the QC35’s but is supposed to be addressed with the 700’s but I am waiting for more detailed reviews. The R-Tings very detailed review of the Sony’s and QC35’s put them very similar through mid’s and top but clearly showed the Sony’s boosted bass. Like all audio it’s best to try and see what you like.



Yeah, I would have thought the 700's would come supporting both APTX-HD and LDAC at the very least.

The extra bass on the Sony is partly due to the frequency response i mentioned, the Sony drivers pick up the lower bass frequencies that the Bose driveres can't produce.
Prime Day next week - may be worth holding off til then or ask for a return if you buy now (if cheaper on PD)
I got these as a gift but have tried the Sony one too. These are more comfortable, look less bulky on the head and have more a neutral sound. The Sony's have a bit more punch with more emphasis on the low end, I personally prefer how the Sony one sounds but prefer how the Bose looks and feels on my head. If you don't like enhanced bass then you may prefer the sound of these over the Sony.
Edited by: "MasterAK" 11th Jul
MasterAK11/07/2019 15:10

I got these as a gift but have tried the Sony one too. These are more …I got these as a gift but have tried the Sony one too. These are more comfortable, look less bulky on the head and have more a neutral sound. The Sony's have a bit more punch with more emphasis on the low end, I personally prefer how the Sony one sounds but prefer how the Bose looks and feels on my head. If you don't like enhanced bass then you may prefer the sound of these over the Sony.



The Sony headphones aren't enhanced bass,

That seems to suggest that there is circuitry to accentuate the bass, and thats not true.

It's not adding bass, it already exists in the audio source you're listening to

It's all about frequency response of the drivers in the cups. The Sony drivers go down to 4Hz, that's sub bass (woofer) level. So you hear more of the audio sub bass detail.

Whilst Bose ciip the sound, if we were talking about video and not audio that would be like a TV missing image detail
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 11th Jul
The thing nobody has mentioned here is how insanely comfortable the Bose are, as they are so light and have a well designed headband that is tight enough to stay in place and keep sound out, without the traumatising head clamping feel of the Sony’s - as I experienced with my apparently massive noggin.

It’s entirely possible to forget the Bose are even on your head, which for me was a deal maker as I take comfort over anything else for long sessions. After ten minutes I knew the chunky, borderline painful Sony’s weren’t for me and thankfully I got to demo them in John Lewis before buying as otherwise I would have definitely gone for the Sony’s thanks to the heavy influence on here. I really can’t recommend enough the old ‘try before you buy’ as only you can decide firsthand if you prefer the extra bass from the Sony’s, or the comfort of the Bose.
Sir_Deadpool_of_Awesome11/07/2019 21:29

The thing nobody has mentioned here is how insanely comfortable the Bose …The thing nobody has mentioned here is how insanely comfortable the Bose are, as they are so light and have a well designed headband that is tight enough to stay in place and keep sound out, without the traumatising head clamping feel of the Sony’s - as I experienced with my apparently massive noggin.It’s entirely possible to forget the Bose are even on your head, which for me was a deal maker as I take comfort over anything else for long sessions. After ten minutes I knew the chunky, borderline painful Sony’s weren’t for me and thankfully I got to demo them in John Lewis before buying as otherwise I would have definitely gone for the Sony’s thanks to the heavy influence on here. I really can’t recommend enough the old ‘try before you buy’ as only you can decide firsthand if you prefer the extra bass from the Sony’s, or the comfort of the Bose.



For any headphones, sound quality should be paramount... i mean they're headphones right? There are more comfortable headphones out there than even the BOSE and much cheaper... but they suck as headphones.... so why bother?

and secondly if specifically purchasing Noise cancelling, then there is a reason you paid extra again right? so that needs to be pretty good too? you are paying around around £300 after all? Headphones of this quality are probably closer to the £150 mark without the NC..

Comfort is the last one on the list for me, and is massively overplayed, i have the original Sony MDR 1000x's and the headband clasp isn't that strong, and the XM3's are significantly better.

i mean as long as rusty nails aren't piercing my skull, i would much prefer to have better sound and better noise cancelling, because that's what i'm buying premium headphones for? otherwise i may as well just buy some cheap in ear headphones attached to some furry earmuffs. Hey they would be very comfortable! but fail at everything else. Defeats the object? no?

Anyway, my first post here i was really trying not to even mention Sony at all, seems it's inevitable in these threads.

One thing i do agree with is that you're paying the money, so best to try then on in store for yourselves. But also remember why you're paying £300+ - poor sound, poor NC but "hey they're comfortable" doesn't cut it for me.
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 12th Jul
Jace_Phoenix12/07/2019 04:24

For any headphones, sound quality should be paramount... i mean they're …For any headphones, sound quality should be paramount... i mean they're headphones right? There are more comfortable headphones out there than even the BOSE and much cheaper... but they suck as headphones.... so why bother? and secondly if specifically purchasing Noise cancelling, then there is a reason you paid extra again right? so that needs to be pretty good too? you are paying around around £300 after all? Headphones of this quality are probably closer to the £150 mark without the NC..Comfort is the last one on the list for me, and is massively overplayed, i have the original Sony MDR 1000x's and the headband clasp isn't that strong, and the XM3's are significantly better. i mean as long as rusty nails aren't piercing my skull, i would much prefer to have better sound and better noise cancelling, because that's what i'm buying premium headphones for? otherwise i may as well just buy some cheap in ear headphones attached to some furry earmuffs. Hey they would be very comfortable! but fail at everything else. Defeats the object? no?Anyway, my first post here i was really trying not to even mention Sony at all, seems it's inevitable in these threads. One thing i do agree with is that you're paying the money, so best to try then on in store for yourselves. But also remember why you're paying £300+ - poor sound, poor NC but "hey they're comfortable" doesn't cut it for me.


I think ‘poor sound, poor NC’ is overplaying it just a tad there pal. At this price point all the reputable review sites talk about just two models - this and your beloved Sony’s. It’s absolutely fair that you feel the sound and NC is better on the Sony’s, but that doesn’t automatically make it outright poor on these.

I’m assuming you have tried the Bose and formed an opinion between the two, which is what we agree everyone should do if they’re unsure - and the real point of my message. If I’d have followed your die-hard sell I’d have even left disappointed because they just weren’t for me regardless of any reasons that they’re better for you.

There’s enough bass here for my library and given what I’m buying them for - which is to chill out in the hammock, bed or sleep on a plane, closed off from the world listening to podcasts and relaxing music - then comfort is very important. So regardless of whether my comfort cuts it for you, my money is mine and as I’m happy with the level of quality of sound and NC on the Bose and feel content with the purchase. To your points - could I have sacrificed a feature or two and got something cheaper? Probably, but I want all these features and happy to pay any premium.

I’ll see you in the deals for these on Prime Day, still waving our flags no doubt
Sir_Deadpool_of_Awesome12/07/2019 07:26

I think ‘poor sound, poor NC’ is overplaying it just a tad there pal. At t …I think ‘poor sound, poor NC’ is overplaying it just a tad there pal. At this price point all the reputable review sites talk about just two models - this and your beloved Sony’s. It’s absolutely fair that you feel the sound and NC is better on the Sony’s, but that doesn’t automatically make it outright poor on these.I’m assuming you have tried the Bose and formed an opinion between the two, which is what we agree everyone should do if they’re unsure - and the real point of my message. If I’d have followed your die-hard sell I’d have even left disappointed because they just weren’t for me regardless of any reasons that they’re better for you. There’s enough bass here for my library and given what I’m buying them for - which is to chill out in the hammock, bed or sleep on a plane, closed off from the world listening to podcasts and relaxing music - then comfort is very important. So regardless of whether my comfort cuts it for you, my money is mine and as I’m happy with the level of quality of sound and NC on the Bose and feel content with the purchase. To your points - could I have sacrificed a feature or two and got something cheaper? Probably, but I want all these features and happy to pay any premium. I’ll see you in the deals for these on Prime Day, still waving our flags no doubt



I accept that some people are tone deaf, and some who like to throw money at a pair of headphones just because 'they're comfortable'.

If you find you love the sound, NC, and also find them very comfortable then great!

I was just making a point, people are placing comfort above what you should be looking at in a set of NC headphones. Comfort should not really be first priority. And all people bang on about with the Bose is the comfort. The difference is negligible anyways.

It's not about the 'bass' the Bose also miss sound detai in the higher khz range, they are reknowned for their terrilble fake and detail lacking sound across the industry. Google 'no highs, no lows, must be Bose' They're entire brand is built on marketing alone, they're closer to Bush or Alba in terms of actual quality.

and finally, yes of course i've tried both the QC and QCII's, i don't care what headphones you purchase but these QCII's are miles behind in features, and the bluetooth codecs used are archaic and low quality, those are facts and not opinions.

I personally don't think these are cheap enough to make these issues go away, and if you really must opt for Bose then you should wait for the new revision.

caveat emptor
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 12th Jul
Jace_Phoenix12/07/2019 10:36

I accept that some people are tone deaf, and some who like to throw money …I accept that some people are tone deaf, and some who like to throw money at a pair of headphones just because 'they're comfortable'.If you find you love the sound, NC, and also find them very comfortable then great!I was just making a point, people are placing comfort above what you should be looking at in a set of NC headphones. Comfort should not really be first priority. And all people bang on about with the Bose is the comfort. The difference is negligible anyways.It's not about the 'bass' the Bose also miss sound detai in the higher khz range, they are reknowned for their terrilble fake and detail lacking sound across the industry. Google 'no highs, no lows, must be Bose' They're entire brand is built on marketing alone, they're closer to Bush or Alba in terms of actual quality.and finally, yes of course i've tried both the QC and QCII's, i don't care what headphones you purchase but these QCII's are miles behind in features, and the bluetooth codecs used are archaic and low quality, those are facts and not opinions. caveat emptor


What’s the point of buying a Ferrari if you can’t drive it in your city? If the Sony headphones are not comfortable, they can be anything but they will be still useless... And archaic is not being able to connect to 2 devices at the same time...
Felipe.Lopes12/07/2019 11:12

What’s the point of buying a Ferrari if you can’t drive it in your city? If …What’s the point of buying a Ferrari if you can’t drive it in your city? If the Sony headphones are not comfortable, they can be anything but they will be still useless... And archaic is not being able to connect to 2 devices at the same time...



And here is the aimless strawman argument that involves a car... always happens.

The Sony headphones are plenty comfortable, i've worn then on a 20 hour flight, didn't even know they were on.

Oh and everyone else on the plane couldn't hear what i was listening to, the Bose leak sound like crazy

Archaic in terms of codecs for audio quality, which is what you buy headphones for? 2 devices at once is a feature choice that was left out deliberately and one that i would never use personally. I think it's more for people who work in call centers.

You need to streamline your needs with headphones, but despite all the features and gimmicks, sound is still #1 consideration, NC is still #2 if that's what you;re paying extra for.
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 12th Jul
Jace_Phoenix12/07/2019 11:18

And here is the aimless strawman argument that involves a car... always …And here is the aimless strawman argument that involves a car... always happens. The Sony headphones are plenty comfortable, i've worn then on a 20 hour flight, didn't even know they were onArchaic in terms of codecs for audio quality, which is what you buy headphones for. 2 devices at once is a feature choice that were left out deliberately and one that i would never use. I think it's more for people who work in call centers.


I believe your problem here is the lack of empathy. You can’t understand that no one wants to buy the headphones that were good for you and not for them... All my arguments are related to the buyer’s preference. If you’re happy with your choice, great! But don’t try to convince someone that they should buy uncomfortable headphones just because you liked them. There’s also the sweaty ears that lots of people experienced with the Sony option. But relax, I’m glad you’re happy with your choice. Just let people be happy with theirs.
Felipe.Lopes12/07/2019 11:21

I believe your problem here is the lack of empathy. You can’t understand t …I believe your problem here is the lack of empathy. You can’t understand that no one wants to buy the headphones that were good for you and not for them... All my arguments are related to the buyer’s preference. If you’re happy with your choice, great! But don’t try to convince someone that they should buy uncomfortable headphones just because you liked them. There’s also the sweaty ears that lots of people experienced with the Sony option. But relax, I’m glad you’re happy with your choice. Just let people be happy with theirs.



I believe your problem here is that you repeatedly miss the point.

No, im happy for you to to buy these, in fact i love you have these... you deserve them

My whole point (if you read and not assumed) , is that all anyone ever mentions with these is comfort... and nothing else.

I don't ever read people applauding the sound quality or NC... i wonder why?

There starts and ends my point
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 12th Jul
MasterAK11/07/2019 15:10

I got these as a gift but have tried the Sony one too. These are more …I got these as a gift but have tried the Sony one too. These are more comfortable, look less bulky on the head and have more a neutral sound. The Sony's have a bit more punch with more emphasis on the low end, I personally prefer how the Sony one sounds but prefer how the Bose looks and feels on my head. If you don't like enhanced bass then you may prefer the sound of these over the Sony.



I strongly dislike overblown bass, so suspect I might prefer the Bose ones. Don't want to have to mess with equalisers to "fix" the sound - not even sure you can do that while playing Apple Music from an iPhone (unless it's a Sony app that adjusts the actual headphones).
Jace_Phoenix12/07/2019 10:36

people are placing comfort above what you should be looking at in a set of …people are placing comfort above what you should be looking at in a set of NC headphones. Comfort should not really be first priority.


Why not? I'm sure for some people it is. If someone uses them mostly for listening to audio books and the occasional movie on long flights, they're not going to be that worried about ultimate sound quality. But they might be very concerned about comfort.

The real worry, for me, though is the alleged poor quality for phone calls and conference calls. I currently use my AirPods for that (which, incidentally are definitely not the last word in sound quality but still meet my needs better than any other non-NC phones), and wouldn't want to have to swap headphones every time I took a call or joined a conference.
Dodge6212/07/2019 16:45

I strongly dislike overblown bass, so suspect I might prefer the Bose …I strongly dislike overblown bass, so suspect I might prefer the Bose ones. Don't want to have to mess with equalisers to "fix" the sound - not even sure you can do that while playing Apple Music from an iPhone (unless it's a Sony app that adjusts the actual headphones).



Thing is, it's not overblown bass at all... It's just what already exists on the source material, it doesn't find bass from anywhere and add it in artifically.

I don't like too much Bass at all personally either, but i don't want anything filtered out either, i would like to make that choice myself

And yeah, some people may want to listen to just audio books..... but the majority wiill be listening to music or movies with explosions etc, the Bose just won't have the same impact.

Call quality is absolutely fine for me and the Sony app allows for you to alter the bass and has an equalizer too
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 12th Jul
Jace_Phoenix12/07/2019 17:50

Thing is, it's not overblown bass at all... It's just what already exists …Thing is, it's not overblown bass at all... It's just what already exists on the source material, it doesn't find bass from anywhere and add it in artifically.


Obviously it comes from the original material, but no headphone speaker is capable of producing a flat frequency response from 20Hz to 20KHz, so to overcome the limitations of the speaker it probably boosts lower frequencies to compensate. That can often produce 'muddy' sound with a lack of clarity in the lower mid-range. No idea if it does on the Sony ones or not - I'll have to try to get an extended audition to find out whether I like it or not.
Dodge6212/07/2019 16:55

Why not? I'm sure for some people it is. If someone uses them mostly for …Why not? I'm sure for some people it is. If someone uses them mostly for listening to audio books and the occasional movie on long flights, they're not going to be that worried about ultimate sound quality. But they might be very concerned about comfort.The real worry, for me, though is the alleged poor quality for phone calls and conference calls. I currently use my AirPods for that (which, incidentally are definitely not the last word in sound quality but still meet my needs better than any other non-NC phones), and wouldn't want to have to swap headphones every time I took a call or joined a conference.


But the Bose ones are good on that no? I heard the Sony are not...
Felipe.Lopes12/07/2019 21:18

But the Bose ones are good on that no? I heard the Sony are not...


Yes, I believe the Bose ones are reckoned to be really good for calls
Costco today had Bose and Sony. I can confirm that the Bose ones felt lighter and slightly more comfortable.

The Sony ones were marked "Bluetooth not operational - demo use only" but actually the Bluetooth worked fine and I was able to connect to my phone and play some ALAC music. I thought the sound was pretty good. Unfortunately the Bose ones did NOT connect to my Bluetooth, so I wasn't able to do a proper comparison.

If the Sonys had Bluetooth 5.0 I'd probably have bought a pair. But as it is I can't help feeling I'm buying last-generation tech. Guess I need to wait for XM4 / 700 series and compare those. I wonder if an imminent XM4 is why Costco have the current deal on XM3s.
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