As No.1 in noise-canceling devices, the Boss QC Series headphones are the most popular high in the sky. They wrap numerous round heads steadily on the plane.
However, in the past three years, QC35 Series haven't come with many differences. Thus, it makes it possible for the latecomer Sony to compete with it.
Although Bose QC35 and Sony 1000X are the most sought-after noise-canceling headphones on the market, you have a new option now – Bose 700 Noise Cancelling Headphones (referred to as Bose 700 hereinafter).
Bose 700 has a new telescopic structure. Its headband is fixed in a groove with a rotating structure that allows the earmuff to tilt horizontally.
This design avoids the use of screws, and the headband becomes slender on the whole. The headphones are not only more aesthetic but also stronger.
The inner side of the headband is made of silicone, whose texture feels perfect. It is easier to clean than the fleece of Bose QC35.
▲ Bose QC35 and Bose 700
The problem with the simple design is that Bose 700 can't be folded, and the storage box is bigger than that of the QC35. Fortunately, the storage box is flatter, fitting the organizer easily.
Bose 700 headphones have a USB Type-C charging port and a 2.5mm interface. However, Bose 700 headphones don't come with an airline adapter.
Bose 700 inherits the comfortable wearing of QC35, providing the same gasket material and space of the earmuffs. Even if your head is the biggest among your peers, you won't feel the headphones are tight.
In the launch event, Bose 700 headphones were used for a video chat on FaceTime.
The moment a Bose's employee in a nearby cafe replaced the QC35 with Bose 700, the voice became clear. Moreover, the ambient sounds and voices in the cafe almost disappeared.
This is the new feature of Bose 700 - improved noise-canceling during calls.
Simply put, it is to reduce the noise for both callers. Bose has achieved two-way noise cancellation since then.
It is said that among its 8 microphone systems, two are combined with another pair of microphones dedicated to enhancing the pickup.
A beamforming microphone array can clearly pick up the user's voice while eliminating the interference of other sounds; meanwhile, the other microphone array that suppresses signals serves as a second line of defense, tracking and blocking residual noise.
Communication is two-way.
Both of you can hear each other well without noise.
Different from the traditional three levels of noise-canceling, Bose 700 allows you to switch between Level 0 - 10. You can choose three levels in the app, and switch to any of them by pressing the left button on the headphones.
In particular, Level 0 means turning off the noise canceling. Compared with that of QC35, you can find two distinct differences: the wind noise is greatly reduced; the earmuffs block out less sound.
This means that the user doesn't have to take off the headphones during the conversation. Similarly, on the subway, he won't miss the stop because he can hear the voice broadcast well.
Therefore, the Level 0 noise-canceling mode is also called "Transparent Mode."
▲ Bose QC35, Bose 700, Sony 1000X
The Level 10 noise-canceling mode of Bose 700 wins that of Bose QC35 hands down. Compared with Sony 1000X, Bose headphones are superior.
Perhaps Bose QC35 headphones are only unsatisfactory in the sound quality because they reproduce dry and turbid sound.
After a brief comparison, I find that Bose 700 generates purer sound and that both the vocal and background music are better layered than the QC35.
In terms of interaction, the three touch buttons on the fuselage are used to switch on/off, adjust the noise-canceling level, and activate the voice assistant. Other operations rely on the touch.
By tapping or sliding on a small area near the logo on the right earmuff, you can adjust the volume, switch songs, play/pause, etc.
Although the touch control is the trend of industrial designs, the physical buttons of QC35 may be more convenient to operate, as they allow you to turn on/off the headphones quickly and accurately.
As for the operation of Bose 700, long-pressing the touch buttons is quite inconvenient, let alone the less sensitive touch control.
Bose headphones excel in managing multiple connected devices, so do the new 700 headphones.
They allow you to pair with two devices at the same time and automatically switch to the most recently connected devices. Hands-free!
Bose 700 can seamlessly switch the connection with the computer and the smartphone, which outperforms AirPods equipped with the H1 chip.
Bose 700 has a battery life of 20 hours, and the headset will remind you of the remaining battery life.
Additionally, the Bose 700 headphones need to work the App, Bose Music. By using the App, you can configure the parameters, for example, the noise-canceling level. You should note that they aren't compatible with the previous App, Bose Connect.
In general, with the innovative design of 700 headphones, now, Bose stands on the commanding heights of the on-ear/over-ear noise-canceling headphones. Bose 700 headphones have not only pushed the noise canceling performance to a new high but also improved the sound quality.
Moreover, with the introduction of the noise-canceling feature during calls and the enhanced voice assistant, Bose refuses to offer just noise-canceling peripherals. Instead, it tries to provide intimate companions for smartphone users.
The call for the noise-canceling feature of AirPods proves the substantial potential of the market.
It's hard to estimate how long Bose will stay in the leading position of noise-canceling headphones. After all, like Sony, many big companies want to share such a big cake.