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Compare the Bose QuietComfort 35 to the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

For 2 years, the QuietComfort 35 II was the leading noise-canceling model by Bose. But with the launch of these new headphones, things are about to change. The Bose Headphones 700 will now take over as flagship model. In this article, you can read how these 2 headphones are similar and how they differ.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Over ear | 20-hour battery life | Noise canceling
Retail price 349,95 199,-
temporarily sold out
  • You choose the level of noise canceling yourself.
  • Operate the headphones with your voice via Google Assistant.
  • When the noise canceling is off or the battery is empty, the sound quality isn't as good.

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700

Over ear | 20-hour battery life | Noise canceling
299,-
in stock
  • You choose the level of noise canceling yourself.
  • Thanks to the 4 noise-canceling microphones, you're clearly audible when you make a call.
  • You operate the music with the touch controls on the ear cups or with voice control via the Google Assistant.
  • The headphones can't be folded up to a compact size.

Compare Bose QuietComfort 35 II to the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
Adjustable noise canceling Yes Yes
Ambient Sound No Yes
Touch operation No Yes
Foldable Yes No
Water-resistant No Yes

The design

Design

Bose QuietComfort 35 II: Foldable

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II looks almost identical to her predecessor. The ear cups have physical buttons that you operate the music with and the headphones are foldable. That way, you can easily bring them anywhere.

Design

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700: Not foldable

When it comes to design, the Bose Headphones 700 look completely different from the QuietComfort 35 II. The design is a lot more modern and looks premium, but the headphones aren't foldable. There are also no physical buttons. Instead, everything is operated via touch controls. Swipe over the ear cup and operate your music.

The noise canceling

Test noise canceling

Bose QuietComfort 35 II: adjustable noise canceling

Thanks to the adjustable noise canceling of the Bose QuietComfort, you decide for yourself how much your headphones mute ambient sounds. For example, when you're on a plane and don't want to hear anything, you can turn the noise canceling up to the maximum. You do first need to download the Bose Connect app to adjust the noise canceling.

Test noise canceling

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700: levels of noise canceling

Just like with the QuietComfort 35, you can adjust the noise canceling of the Headphones 700 to your own preferences. The big difference is that these headphones adjust the noise canceling in levels. You can choose from 11 levels in total, where one level mutes more ambient noise than the other.

Letting ambient sound through

Headphones with app

Bose QuietComfort 35 II: no Ambient Sound

The QuietComfort 35 II has 3 settings for the noise canceling: off, high, or low. If you don't want to be completely shut off from your surroundings, you turn off the noise canceling. There is no setting that amplifies ambient sound via the microphones.

Headphones with app

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: Ambient Sound

Unlike the QuietComfort 35 II, the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 give you the option to switch on Ambient Sound. This mode amplifies the sound of cars, voices, and other ambient sounds. This way, you can safely navigate traffic while you listen to music.

Voice Assistant

Google Assistant

Bose QuietComfort 35 II: Google Assistant

With the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, you always have a personal assistant from Google standing by. Activate the assistant by pressing the action button on the headphones and ask a question. For example, you can ask "What is the latest news?" and the information will be read to you out loud by your assistant.

Bose AR

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700: Google Assistant and Bose AR

The Google Assistant is also available on the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700, but it also has a similar function on top of that. Bose has applied the Audio Augmented Reality technology to headphones for the first time. Sensors detect the movements of your head and body. The apps on your phone that have been optimized for Bose AR then combine this information with your location data. This way, you receive content that is relevant for your location.

Microphones

Test microphones

Bose QuietComfort 35 II: Lower call quality

One tricky aspect for many headphones is the quality of the microphone. When you're on the phone with someone, the person at the other end of the line often finds it hard to understand you clearly. The quality of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II wasn't always something to write home about either. It was especially difficult to make a phone call via the headphones outside, with a lot of ambient noise.

Test microphones

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700: Noise cancelling microphones

Bose has given the microphone of the Noise Canceling Headphones 700 a makeover. The headphones now have 4 microphones that can pick up and isolate just your voice. It cancels out the ambient noise, so you're clearly audible on the phone in any situation.

Conclusion

When it comes to specifications, The QuietComfort 35 II and the Noise Canceling Headphones 700 don't differ much. The 700 isn't really a successor to the QuietComfort, but a model that offers an upgrade to users. With the Headphones 700, you have everything that the QuietComfort 35 II has and more. In many ways, the 2 headphones are the same. For example, both models have a battery life of 20 hours and the sound quality is comparable.

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