Bose QuietComfort QC35 is the best headphones with active noise cancelling. Its ANC is very aggressive and kills most ambient noise until you feel you are in a soundproof room. The high frequency is also reduced although not entirely eliminated. Lightweight and foldable for travel.
The QC35 easily connects to Bluetooth devices by either using the NFC or manually activate Bluetooth pairing. The QC35 supports connecting up to 2 devices at a time and remembers previously paired devices.
Unlike other ANC headphones, the QC35 offers very limited controls. First, the ANC cannot be disabled during wireless mode. Second, there is no “ambient mode”, so you have to remove the headphones from the ears when carrying out a conversation. Neither is there auto-pause when headphones are removed. There are just 3 buttons to control the music and answer phone calls. The volume buttons protrude more while the middle button recedes, which I thought was a great design as the finger easily locates the 2 volume buttons and naturally will find the middle button. To skip track, press the middle button twice.
Active noise cancelling is very aggressive and very effective. Bose QC35 delivers music with forward treble and distinctive bass, the latter due to excellent noise cancellation resulting in improved audio response of the lows into the listener’s ears. In fact, thanks to ANC, there is no need to turn up the volume to enjoy music. There is slightly wide sound stage to feel the reverb. There is a boost around the mid treble, around 2 – 4kHz, which makes strings and brass a little harsher.