Having been impressed with the noise cancelling capabilities of the original Bose QuietComfort 35s when I reviewed them in mid-2016, I was more than happy to find a pair of the second-generation headphones in my stocking in December.
But in many respects it was difficult not to feel like I was treading over old ground in the weeks after thanks to the great, if unchanged experience.
Off the bat I can say the headphones maintain many of the things that impressed me during my original review.
The design is understated but comfortable, with ample padding for the ears and head, and the noise cancelling is as good as ever.
Indeed, I was surprised on several recent flights to see just how many people were wearing Bose’s creation to block out the whirring of the engine and general chitchat in the background.
One disappointment out of the box this time around was my discovery that there was no longer a dual-pronged adapter for wired connectivity to inflight entertainment systems. Although thankfully after testing it seems the manufacturer has found a way to bring sound to both ears without using one.
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