Bose QuietComfort 35 II vs Bose SoundLink Around Ear II

Bose QuietComfort 35 II review
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Bose SoundLink Around Ear II review

Let’s review two models of a famous American brand Bose SoundLink II vs 35 II. The headphones have closed type ear cups, over ear wearing type, and wired and wireless options. Being best known for professional and home audio products, the Bose models represent a great couple to compare.

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Features

The headphones Bose SoundLink have 5 hours lower battery life vs 35 II, 15 vs 20 hours, though a longer charging time, 3 vs 2 hours. Speed charge and battery level indicator are available in both the models. AptX and aptX HD are unsupported.

Sound

The Bose SoundLink reproduces an amazing sound of balanced highs, mids, and highs. The vocals and instruments are crisp and the bass is right boosted without overpowering.

The natural noise cancelling (unlike the active one of 35 II) blocks the majority of noises around and keeps your music for you at moderate volumes.

The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II gives a great, strong bass, however it does not dampen highs and mids. The imaging is clear and detailed, but the soundstage is not wide because of its closed design.

Comfort and design

Both headphones are very light with 198 and 240 g. Adjustable and padded headband is very comfortable in both models though the foldability of cups is available in 35 II only. The cups swivel to lay flat and fold to take less space and it comes with a hard case for safety in carriage. The cups of SoundLink headphones lay flat only and they come with a soft pouch.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II pros and cons

Bose QuietComfort 35 II pros and cons

Pros

  • Foldable cups, super light weight, long-life battery, and incredible active noise cancelling makes it great for traveling and use on the go
  • Voice control support allows more functionality and comfort in use
  • A hard carry case and reliable plastic make it a long lasting device

Cons

  • A little unstable and not very breathable for ears as for active use like sports

Bose SoundLink Around Ear II pros and cons

Bose SoundLink Around Ear II pros and cons

Pros

  • Super soft headband padding and ultra light weight makes you literally forget you are wearing them
  • Sturdy and durable built for long term use
  • Great sound quality at all ranges for most of users and genres of music

Cons

  • Tight fit of cups and their lack of breathability can make ears warm in long listening sessions
  • Not the best choice for noisy environment for leaky sound and absence of ANC

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
8.5
Bose SoundLink Around Ear II
6.5
10
7
10
8
9
8
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Common

Product

Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Bose SoundLink Around Ear II

Model

QuietComfort 35 II
SoundLink Around Ear II

Brand

Bose
Bose

Reviews

17751
8321

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

closed back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

Impedance, Ohm

Frequency response, Hz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

Magnet type

Weight (headphones), g/oz

240/8.3
198/7

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

120/3.9
120/3.9

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

Google Assistant, Siri, Amazon Alexa

App control

Control functions

volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, fast forward/rewind, noise cancelling, voice assistant
volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, voice assistant

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth version

4.1
4.2

aptX

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

Bluetooth profiles

A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
A2DP

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

rechargable
rechargable

Battery life, hrs

20
15

Charging time, hrs

2
3

Charging port

micro USB
micro USB

Charging cable

micro USB to USB-A
micro USB to USB-A

Speed charge

Battery free listening mode

Battery level indicator

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Bose SoundLink Around Ear II
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Bose SoundLink Around Ear II

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.5
  • 6.5
  • 8.5Bose QuietComfort 35 II
  • 6.5Bose SoundLink Around Ear II

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II is better headphones in this comparison. Check Bose QuietComfort 35 II price