ANC Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 II And Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 In Comparison

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ANC Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 II And Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 In Comparison
ANC Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 II And Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 In Comparison

Video: ANC Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 II And Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 In Comparison

Video: ANC Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 II And Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 In Comparison
Video: Bose Active Noise Cancelling 700 vs. Bose QuietComfort 35 II | Evolution or Revolution? 2023, September
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
GIGA test 08/2018, 91 percent rating 10/2019, rating 88 percent
Publishing year 2017 2019
measures and weight 18 cm x 17 cm x 8.1 cm (HxWxD), 240 grams 20.3 cm x 16.5 cm x 5.1 cm (HxWxD); 250 grams
Active noise cancellation (ANC) 3 levels of noise reduction (Off, Low, High) 11 noise reduction levels including "Hear-Through Mode" (0-10)
Microphones 2nd 4 per ear cup
Battery life up to 20 hours of Bluetooth / up to 40 hours of wired operating time up to 20 hours of Bluetooth
Full loading time about 2 hours about 2.5 hours
Quick charge function 15 minutes for 2.5 hours of playback 15 minutes for 3.5 hours of playback
Connection to charging Micro USB USB-C
service Hardware buttons Hardware buttons and touch
Connect to mobile devices Up to 8 devices, 2 of them simultaneously (Multipoint Bluetooth) Up to 8 devices, 2 of them simultaneously (Multipoint Bluetooth)
Augmented reality Yes (Bose AR; only newer production batches) Yes (Bose AR)
Folding mechanism Foldable arms and rotatable ear cups only earcups rotatable
German operating instructions (download) Bose QC35 II Instructions (PDF) Bose NCH 700 Instructions (PDF)
Associated app Bose Connect app (iOS / Android) Bose Music App (iOS / Android)
Manufacturer item number (black model) 789564-0010 794297-0100
Price (RRP / street price) 349 euros / approx. 260 euros 399 euros / approx. 350 euros

Bose QuietComfort 35 II at MediaMarkt

Similarities between Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Bose Headphones 700

  • Bose attaches great importance to comfort and has set the bar extremely high on the QC35 II, so that almost all competing models bite their teeth. The Bose Headphones 700 is also comfortable, but sits a little tighter than the QC35 II.
  • Bose is a pioneer in the audio industry when it comes to effective noise canceling. The QC35 II is at the forefront here, the new Headphones 700 even goes one better. For us, the reference in ANC matters, together with the Sony WH-1000XM3.
  • Both headphones can remember up to eight connected mobile devices (e.g. smartphone, tablet, laptop) and can be connected to two of them simultaneously - this is called multipoint Bluetooth. To switch between two currently connected devices, pause on one device and start on the other is enough - this then automatically becomes a source for the headphones.
  • There is a suitable app for both. The QC35 II can be configured with "Bose Connect", the headphones 700 with "Bose Music".
  • Not only wireless: Both have a jack socket, a suitable connection cable is included in the scope of delivery.
  • Digital assistants: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri can be used with both models, for example to control music or call up the weather report.

Sound comparison between Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Bose Headphones 700

  • Both models sound good for Bluetooth headphones, it is ultimately about nuances and personal preferences, which appeals to the user more.
  • The tonal tuning is neutral on both models, i.e. without excessive bass or serious interference in the frequency response. However, neither the QC 35 II nor the Headphones 700 are as analytical and correct as good studio headphones: Both gently round off the top heights, so that possibly shrill recording their aggression is taken away. This ensures better long-term suitability. The bass is also slightly raised, which gives the music a little more warmth. The QuietComfort 35 II is a touch more powerful in the bass, the Headphones 700 is mostly midrange (vocals) clearer.

The advantages of the Bose Noise Canceling Headphone 700

The Bose Headphones 700 model is simply newer and more technically advanced. The most significant is the improved noise canceling with eleven levels. An adaptive system with four microphones analyzes the environment, the user's voice is better isolated from the ambient noise, which should be an advantage when used as a headset. The USB-C connection is also new, so that in principle you can use the same cable and charger for a (current) smartphone.


The design is of course a matter of taste, but it definitely looks leaner and more organic. Some Bose customers have certainly longed for the new operation via the touch surface on the right ear cup, because this is already known from competing models such as the Sony WH-1000XM3.

See Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 in action in the official manufacturer

video: Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 - Show manufacturer video Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 in the Idealo price comparison

The advantages of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II

The Bose QC 35 II is suspended on paper in many respects, but there are still some reasons for the older model. It is still one of the most comfortable Bluetooth headphones on the market, the Headphones 700 is noticeably firmer on the ears. Even the new “700” cannot beat its battery life of up to 20 hours. Its classic design looks more technical and professional, but the noise canceling headphones 700 looks more like a lifestyle product. In addition, the QC 35 II can be folded up to save space, with the new model the ear cups can only be rotated so that it becomes a bit flatter for the transport case. The exclusive operation of the QC 35 II via real hardware buttons (instead of touch) some users will still like it better.


Show Bose QuietComfort 35 II in Idealo price comparison

And then there's the attractive price: The manufacturer has lowered the official price of the QuietComfort 35 II from 379 euros to now 349 euros. In stores, the headphones can easily be found for less than 300 euros, sometimes even cheaper. The “Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700” model, which is significantly more expensive at € 399 (RRP), has already seen a drop in price, but is still a price class above the QC35 II.

Noise canceling: how much calm does that bring?

GIGA tried this out in a practical test with various headphone models, here you can listen to the differences in noise insulation:

Test: Noise Canceling is so quiet

Competitor comparison: What are the alternatives to Bose?

Pleasant rest in the open-plan office or on air travel: Noise-canceling headphones can be seen more and more in everyday life - even though they are usually more expensive than models without ANC. It is of some value to users to be able to isolate themselves as much as possible from the ambient noise. The selection is now correspondingly large.


Here are the main competitors who are contesting the Bose headphones:

  • Sony WH-1000XM3: sound and ANC better, but not quite as comfortable as QC 35 II. Switching Bluetooth between two mobile devices is not as convenient. Street price: approx. 320 euros.
  • B&W PX: high-quality materials and outstanding workmanship. Somewhat too tight. Street price: approx. 300 euros.
  • B&O Beoplay H9i: Elegant look and very good sound. Touch operation is not perfect. Street price: approx. 330 euros.
  • Sennheiser PXC 550: good sound, touch operation is not optimal. Street price: approx. 250 euros.
  • Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC: Very good sound that can be optimized using the hearing test app. Comfort not as high as with Bose QC 35 II. Manufacturer price: 399 euros.

If you look around in the audio scene, most observers are probably waiting for the "Sony WH-1000XM4", of which it is currently still unclear when it will appear. It should be the Japanese answer to the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700. GIGA will of course keep you up to date.

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Stefan Bubeck
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