As much as I listen to music and movies while editing photos and commuting, I figured it was time to make a serious upgrade with headphones. While I had looked at several brands and models, I settled on the Bose QuietComfort 35. The noise cancellation is remarkable and they are the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever worn. The size of these are just right. Some models were just too big around the ears. Every set of headphones doesn’t go without it’s share of shortcomings. The bass levels are not quite high enough for me. It could be pushed just a little. But that’s not enough to turn me away. The built in rechargeable battery can’t be replaced and is not offered as a service from Bose. This has pissed a lot of people off, but almost every high end headphones have this same issue. It’s supposed to last up to 500 full charges. That could be anywhere between 3-9 years, depending on how much you have to charge them. The good thing is that each charge lasts 20 hours. You can plug them in for only 15 minutes and get 2.5 hours of play time. And all bluetooth headphones have issues with connectivity. Mostly when you have your phone in your pocket. It kicks out here and there, but when it get bad, I just use the music stored on my watch. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t ready for NFC device pairing just yet, which these headphones have. Having said that, I don’t regret picking these up, even for the price. The noise cancellation is really convenient when I need to erase so many obnoxious surroundings, especially when roommates obnoxiously bang dishes around, siestas across the street, CTA noise, and endless city commotion here in Chicago.

There’s a noticeable difference when watching movies. I feel more immersed. The bass is much heavier with more atmospheric sound. These connect to Apple TV as well; perfect to use when up late at night and you don’t want to disturb anyone. The headphones connect to two devices at the same time and can be switched easily in the app if you have more than two. As far as music, lossless files are the way to go. There’s a huge difference in quality than listening to Spotify at it’s highest stream setting. Everything should just be in lossless format.