Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Bose QuietComfort 35 vs Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

gizmag reports: [edited]

Bose's new QuietComfort 35 headphones build on the outstanding active noise cancellation in its wired predecessors, while adding Bluetooth. We've been testing the freshly untethered cans to see how they compare to the best-in-class Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless.

The QC35 has the same design as its predecessors. They feel very comfortable and lightweight. The headphones have a built-in battery, charging via microUSB, Bose is quoting battery life of 20 hours.

Compared to the wireless Momentums, the audio of the wireless Bose QC35s holds up surprisingly well. We'd still give the edge to the Sennheisers, but not by as wide a margin as expected. Listening wirelessly to a variety of Tidal lossless tracks with flat EQ, the Momentums had a slightly wider soundstage and perhaps a hair more punch in the bass and nuance in the highs. But it's very, very close – I could listen to either pair on a transcontinental flight and my ears would be extremely happy.

The gap in noise cancellation is wider than the gap in audio quality. I listened to both headphones with a vacuum cleaner running a few feet away, both with audio playing and no audio playing, and in both cases the vacuum noise was almost completely snuffed out by the Bose. The noise was still muffled, but much more audible, on the Sennheisers. The difference was just as pronounced swapping out the vacuum cleaner for a TV show playing in the same room.

Price: Bose: £289.95 - Sennheiser: £379.95

1 comment:

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