The Beats Solo 3 are very popular headphones which; though popular, have been criticized by many audiophiles and headphone lovers around the world. The Bose QuietComfort 35 is not as popular with the general public though maintains a great reputation with audio enthusiasts and has been praised by many. These headphones are both similar in price, but which is really the top dog?
To kick things off, I have created this quick reference table of each of the criteria that are discussed in the article. If you want to know the specific details of each criteria, feel free to read on. Make sure you click the images to read real customer reviews from amazon.
HEADPHONES: BOSE QC35 BEATS 3
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Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Silver
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones - Silver
BLUETOOTH Fast Bluetooth Connection
Very Fast Bluetooth Connection
BATTERY 20 Hours Non-Stop
40 Hours Non-Stop
SOUND QUALITY Exceptional Noise Cancellation
Exceptional noise pattern with a great mix of Bass, mid and high
The Bluetooth can sometimes give a little bit of fuzz
Very Good Noise Cancellation
Loads of Bass
little but muddy in the mids and highs
STYLE AND COMFORT
Standard looking (Bulky)
2 Color options
Replaceable Ear Cup Material
5 Color options
Wireless Capability Comparison
The Beats Solo 3 has an exceptional bluetooth connection and is able to connect to devices very quickly. The length you can reach without the bluetooth cutting out is 10+ metres, no matter if you’re listening to music or on a call. The bluetooth connects to apple products instantly and will connect to other devices (samsung, microsoft, etc) very quickly after setting up the bluetooth. The Bose bluetooth is good as well and connects quickly but not as quick as beats. It can not also stay connected as far as beats can.
The beats solo 3 has hands down the best battery life of all headphones today. It can last for 40 hours of nonstop listening and 5 minutes of charging equals to 3 hours of listening time. The battery life is so good, you won’t even think about charging it for a long while. Bose has great battery life as well but only half of what the beats are capable of. Bose Quietcomfort 35 has 20 hours of battery life and is able to last pretty long without charging. A 15 minute charge equals to 2.5 hours of listening time. The beats definitely tops the battery life but the Bose still has great battery life nevertheless.
Sound Quality Comparison
The beats solo 3 sound is great if you enjoy a lot of bass and drops instead of clear mids and highs. The sound is very good with the Bluetooth and blocks out most outside sound from the padding. It also blocks the sound from getting out.
Because Beats works very closely with apple these days they have adopted the terminology of ANC which stands for Adaptive Noise Cancellation. A technology that is quite similar to the Bose offering.
The Bose headphones easily have the best noise cancellation of most headphones on the market. It uses an opposing signal to cancel out the outside signals so that you can hear your music very clearly.
It also uses its big padding to silence noise and reject noise from escaping. The Bose’s Bluetooth noise doesn’t always sound that great and can get a little fuzzy but can sound great on certain songs.
When taking calls the beats has a built-in mic which when talking, sounds great to the receiver and also the person talking to you sounds good as well. The Bose has an outside and built-in mic which is great for calls because it also cancels outside noise meaning that you can hear each other very clearly.
Style and comfort Comparison
The beats solo 3 is one of the best-looking headphones out there, and in my opinion looks way more stylish than the Bose headphones. Beats have a smooth and stylish look all around.
The headphones come in many colors, including:
- Gloss white,
- gloss black,
- rose gold
- many more colors.
On the side of the headphones where the beats sign is placed, there are built-in buttons which you can use to control music and calls. The comfort of the headphones are very good and don’t strain your ears or head. You can also adjust the headphones for your head and they are quite flexible considering the fragile hinges on the sides.
The ear cup material is also very comfortable and is replaceable for when it wears out. The headphones also fold up and fit into its case to make it really compact and convenient.
Bose has a more bulky and rough look. The headphones come in two colors:
On the side of the Bose QuietComfort 35, there are two buttons which control the volume and the multi-function button which plays, skips, fast forwards and answers calls, plus more. The Bose are comfortable but like most ear cup headphones they tend to strain your ears over time. They are also quite flexible and can bend to fit on pretty much anyone’s head.
Bose is also quite heavy but the ear cup material is very durable and also comfortable. The Bose headphones also fold up and fit into its own respectable case but are still large to carry around.
The beats have great features and extras which come with it, while Bose not so much. Within the box you get the stylish case for the headphones which is black with the beats logo in the middle, the charging cord, the cord unless you run out of battery in the wireless, a clip which can be used to attach to the case and then attach to your bag or something else. You also get the manual and a transparent/red beats sticker. These extras serve as a great surprise and are great accessories to use with your beats solo and other things. Bose comes with a cool case which is large and black with the name imprinted on it. The headphones also come with the charging cord, non wireless cord and an airplane mode adaptor.
Overall, both headphones are clearly a bit overpriced, at a large $400 price range. Making some headphones can be as low as $14, and the most expensive pair of beats cost $200 to produce. The beats are great just for casual listening and they last extremely long, considering how cheap they are to make.
The Bose are awesome headphones as well and have the best noise canceling out there. So which one takes the top? It really is just your personal preference. If you’re looking for some stylish and long lasting headphones with great bass go with beats. But if you are looking for some cool headphones with great noise canceling and clear highs then go with Bose.
On that note, get on Amazon now and get yourself some great headphones!Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones – Silver
VSBose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling – Silver (QC35)