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Gadgets & Gizmos: Quiet Comfort

Bose's quiet comfort QC35 around-ear headphones have gone wireless - Switch it on and tune out the world

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I'hv waited long for Bose's QuietComfort around-ear headphones to go wireless — and here they are.

Let's look at the Comfort part first. The QC35 has a great build. Solid, but light. It's just about the only pair of headphones that fits on my head and doesn't topple right off when I happen to look down. Somehow the others do just that despite adjustable headbands. It's also cushioned all over including underneath the headband, probably assisting the grip and making it possible to wear them for a nice long time.

I've always wanted headphones I can wear while working out and the QC35 will do just fine — as long as I'm in a nice cool place.

Now to the Quiet part. Acoustic noise cancellation is the one feature of Bose's QuietComfort range that one cannot argue with. Switch it on and tune out the world. Instantly, you can't hear the ceiling fan, the air conditioner and the neighbour yelling doesn't bother you as much. I'm not sure it would tune out the wailing baby next to you on the flight but overall, one of the reasons to pick up this set of headphones would be the noise cancellation.

The QC35 sounds good. The sound is balanced, no specific emphasis on highs or lows and designed to appeal to the general public rather than pure audiophiles or those who like their sound skewed a certain way. I did read that bass distorts at very high volumes and risked checking it out but wasn't able to detect distortion and hastily went back to safe volume levels, where it sounds great.

The headphones are easy to use because the controls are very simplistic and minimal. Download the Bose app and pair with NFC or Bluetooth. There's little else to it. You have a wire to connect directly to the source for better sound when you want. If there's one thing that bothered me it's that the connection started to break less than 30 feet away. Oh, and another thing: that's the Rs 29,363 that means I can't buy it. But for those who can — happy listening in quiet comfort.

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