While using these Bose QuietComfort 35 (QC35) Wireless headphones, it feels like you have found a way to keep the rest of the world out (for the most part) of your ears while you are listening to your music, watching a movie or a video, or pretty much anything else to do with sound. It is a soothing and relaxing experience using these headphones, which allows you to immerse yourself in your own audio environment. With each increase of the volume, the more immersive the experience becomes. When I first put the headphones on (with the power on) without any audio being played through them, certain sounds (like a ventilation fan or a refrigerator) just disappeared, as if whatever is making the sound is not there. Once you have audio going through the headphones, you slowly drown out all other sounds around you, no matter how close they are to you.
Connecting a new device to the headphones is super easy, just pull on the power switch all the way towards the Bluetooth symbol to the right, and you will hear an audio prompt from the headphones which states “Ready to pair” or “Ready to pair to another device” if you were already connected to one or two devices. Access the Bluetooth menu from your device to locate the “Bose QuietComfort 35” and simply connect to them. If you were already connected to two devices when you perform the above action, the last connected device to the headphones will be disconnected so you can pair the headphones to a new device. You are able to connect up to two devices concurrently, this is very convenient because you don’t have to constantly disconnect from one device to connect it to another device.
If your device supports it, you can also use NFC (Near Field Communication) to easily pair the headphones and a smartphone by simply touching both devices together. In order for this to work, you must touch your device to the right side of the headphones and you might have to move your smartphone around a bit until you hear a beep from your smartphone, followed by a prompt on your device, confirming whether or not you want to pair the devices. The connection between your device and the headphones is established via Bluetooth, but this method simplifies it for you, so you don’t have to navigate through your menus until you find the section that controls your Bluetooth adaptor for your smartphone.
When the headphones are turned on, an audio prompt provides the current battery level in a percentage and will automatically connect to your devices while stating the names of the devices that it is connected to. If the name of a device does not contain spaces or contains dashes (ex. USER-LAPTOP-ONE), the headphones will enunciate each letter of the device’s name. When multiple devices are connected, the headphones will monitor the sound output of each connected device. So say you are listening to music from your smartphone, but you want to watch a quick video clip on your laptop, if you press play on the video while listening to music from your smartphone, you will not hear the audio from the video until you pause the music. The same applies the other way around. If you are listening to something from your computer, and start playing music from your smartphone, you won’t hear the music until you pause whatever is producing the audio from your computer.
If you connect the provided 3.5mm to 2.5mm audio cable to your headphones, the Bluetooth functionality is temporarily disabled until the cable is unplugged from the headphones. If the cable is disconnected, the headphones will act similar to when they are being powered on, stating the power level and the devices connected via Bluetooth. If the battery is completed depleted, the headphones can still be used like a regular pair of headphones, just connect the audio cable to your device from your headphones, that’s it. Charging the headphones is super easy, just connect the Micro USB side of the cable into your headphones and the USB Type A male connector into a computer or an adaptor that supports a USB cable. All the cables and the headphones can be easily carried around with the included carrying case. The case comes with an airplane audio adaptor and a dedicated slot for it, so that the headphones can be used on airplanes.
The headphones are made for extensive use, while maintaining a lightweight form factor, so that you can easily use these headphones for hours on end. I would personally recommend these headphones to anyone looking for a quality built set of headphones with the ability to immerse yourself in your own little audio world. Once you try a set of Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless headphones, it’s hard to try anything else because they will set a new standard for you when it comes to listening to music, watching a video/movie, all while keeping the distractions that are in your environment, out of your ears.