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Bose QC35 Headphones $350.40 Delivered @ Shopmonk (Also QC25 $263.20)

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Headphones are obviously nowhere near the price of this deal from the same store, but all comments from those that purchased (me included) were extremely favourable with super fast delivery times. Available in black & silver. Enjoy :)

Original 20% PLAYER eBay deal

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  • +3 votes

    Have to agree, was really surprised at how fast they shipped too!

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    Grey import? I think there were a few common deals around the $360 mark for aussie stock eg Myer

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    does it include tax invoice for TRS?

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      probably not…if you are travelling, the other deal might be cheaper

  • +19 votes

    Great set of headphones.

    And before anyone ask if these are good for watching movies.
    Yes, they are good for dramas, thrillers, adventure, romance and pornos too.

    Cheers and thanks I'm here all week.

    • +3 votes

      Any good for documentaries?

      • +9 votes

        No, but are great for mockumentaries

        • +2 votes

          Monkumentaries?

        • +4 votes

          @BargainKen: Yes, but only Monks of Tibetan Buddhism.

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      How about for Sci-fi?

      • +3 votes

        Yes, that goes without saying, my friend.

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      Yes, they are good for dramas, thrillers, adventure, romance and pornos too.

      You got me sold there!

  • +6 votes

    For $7.20 extra buy from a reputed australian seller with tax https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/320456

    • -2 votes

      Videopro who takes 4 days to ship something out and does so with Australia Post #fail

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        Expected dates are closer from Videopro compared to this deal so that argument doesnt hold true.

        • -1 vote

          not arguing - just simply stating what has happened with my current video pro order.

      • +1 vote

        Videopro are awesome!
        Just my humble opinion from being a satisfied customer.

    • +3 votes

      $12.70 extra :)

      • +1 vote

        Not with their current prices. 447 less 20% equals 357.60 :)

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          My bad…didnt see the shipping cost :) You are right as always TA

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        wish i had waited. I bought the video pro ones the other day. Still waiting for them to be delivered and i live a 45 minute drive from where they were shipped.

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      Yeah decided to go with Videopro for TRS. Even more savings.

  • +28 votes

    As the price of QC35 was down to $254.15 in the mega sale, I can't convince myself to buy it at $350.40, even if it is already a huge saving from RRP.

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      360 minus tax is pretty good

    • +5 votes

      As the price of QC35 was down to $254.15 in the mega sale, I can't convince myself to buy it at $350.40, even if it is already a huge saving from RRP.

      You've spoken for a lot of us there!

    • +1 vote

      I know right, the struggle is real.

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      Buy with Coles Masterscard and use the price protection if the price ever drops down to that mark within 2 years.

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        Don't know that they would cover ebay sales/from non Aus sellers

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          Oh right, thats why you buy from an Australian seller i.e. Myers, Videopro.. etc

          They definitely cover ebay sales. I've claimed stuff I've bought from ebay before.

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        if and only if there is a credit card that protect the lower price you missed retrospectively.

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      It kinda depends on how long you're willing to wait for the price to drop that low again, it could be a year… it could never happen again.
      Remember you're getting USE out of the time once you buy it, so waiting half a year or a year for an extreme price drop doesn't always mean you're getting actual value.

    • +2 votes

      Found a way to get this QC35 for $142, and it was all very accidental.

      So in the last MYER20 sale, I bought the QC30 and QC35 at $323 and $350 respectively. Bought both as I really wanted the QC30 (prefer the discreteness) but I knew it had major drawbacks compared to the QC35, such as sound, battery life, and no cable for planes. Anyway received both but never opened. I then went to a Bose store to test the QC30 and QC35 several times. Whilst the QC30 were solid (great sound, and preferred the adjustable ANC), I couldn't help but notice the QC35 had more soundstage and therefore sounds had more of a nice "chamber" effect, rather than the flatter sound of the QC30. That said, the QC30 were still impeccable (4.6 stars vs QC35's 4.8 stars, out of 5). Anyway I began to see more reviews of the Sony MDR 1000X, with an overwhelming majority claiming how superior they were to the QC35. I was still sitting on two Bose's, knowing I had 30 days to return. I managed to find the Sony's for $430, and basically was ready to return the Bose's and just go with the supposed "superior" Sony. So I went to a Sony Kiosk and JB Hi-Fi to test them out. I spent a whole hour testing the Sony 1000X and Bose QC35, going back and forth between them.

      In the end, the QC35's won. The Sony, whilst having premium build and high fidelity sound, felt very artifical and contrived. It had strong everything - bass, mids, treble, volume… and somewhat well balanced, but it didn't have the warmth and soundstage of the QC35. The analogy in my head is that with the QC35, it feels like you're in the middle of a large auditorium that's almost perfectly acoustically designed, and you hear all the instruments around you while you stare up into the stars high above. There was a 'cinematic' and magic effect. Plus the headset was so light and unnoticeable, you could just get swept into the music and not "sense" the hardware on your head. With the Sony's, it felt so clininal. With the music on 90%+ (the same level I tested the QC35), the analogy is like being at the concert of the songs you were listening to, and had your ears next to the loudspeaker. It sounded live, punchy, strong, sure, but boy, it was uninspiring. It's like in your head you were calculating how precide they must have measured the fidelity and how each note cut through the cans, but it was all just very in your face. There was no airy sense of wow, this music is drawing me away… I could fall asleep to my favourite tunes. And it wasn't helped by the "heavier" feel of the earcups as they were more dense, so pressed more into the ear slightly. A few minutes of testing you don't notice it a gret deal, but over a long period, the ears get hot and annoyed. It also lacks the "pushed in" speakers of the QC35, so the music is blaring right into your ears without some airspace to carry the sound (I assume creating a bit more sound stage). I mean, your ears literally touch the inside of the 1000X.

      The things I liked about the Sony were the premium materials and the ambient ANC when you touch the right ear side, but it wasn't enough to detract from the other issues I discovered - a legit constant hissing when there was silence (like music transitions). That would be SO annoying when you spent $400+! It's a known issue yet people tolerate it while raving on about the headphones, I don't get it! Second, I've seen many reports and pics of the Sony cracking or creaking after a while, and so I didn't want to risk that happening cos that would just drive me insane. I also noticed on the demo versions the pleather outter of the cups were easily scratched, and left "white" trails where poeple either ran their fingernails or the headband got scraped against things. They end up becoming permanent marks just like how you shoes would get marks and creases, and just makes the whole thing look displeasing. That said, the QC35 is mostly plastic and will suffer from the same deterioration as is evident in the demo devices at JB.

      I think the Bose having an app and upgradeable firmware adds to its appeal, so it can continue to "enhance" as it as in the recent firmware updates.

      So there it is, I like the QC35's a lot because it feels like you're listening to increbibly beautiful sound without having any hardware on… how ironic.

      Oh and as for the ANC, there were on par. The QC35 now have an ablity to lower ANC so the unique ambient ANC of the Sony is no longer an edge on competiton.

      As for the cost, well, I ended up returning both Bose's to Myer as they refund the full price gross of the eBay discount, so I actually for $180 free credit. I then re-purchased the QC35 with PLAYER and minus $180, it's about $183. And since I'm travelling within 60 days, minus another $44, so it will have cost net $142.

      Decisions complete.

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        Awesome write up. Thanks :)

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    How's the qc25 compare to the qc35?

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      Main difference and obvious advantage of QC35 is Bluetooth, and with the latest firmware you can actually adjust the ANC level via their app. As far as I'm aware, both models have identical sound & ANC. QC25 however uses a replaceable AAA battery for ANC, whereas QC35 is rechargeable.

      • +3 votes

        I like the idea of a replaceable aaa battery

      • -1 vote

        and the 35s spy on you via the app right???
        otherwise both great

        one advantage of 25s is if battery dies they still function just without noise cancellation. anyone with 35s can you plug them in to mimic the 25s if the battery is flat??

        • +1 vote

          QC 35 is the same, you just plug in the aux cable and no power required to drive them. However, they sound horrendous without the NC turned on.

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        According to latest choice review 25s have significantly better sound than the 35s in NC mode. They also rate them higher overall.

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          Shouldnt ozb be om the qc25 hype train instead this whole time then

        • +1 vote

          @didntknowicould: for those interested here's the choice comparison between 25 and 35
          https://files.ozbargain.com.au/upload/160676/50974/img_3564....

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          All reviews I read stated 35s better SQ over the 25s. SQ is subjective though, I couldn't really tell them apart until I maxed out the 35s and they got a little more loud/bass

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          @BargainKen: I agree choice also subjective.:
          How we test

          What's the sound quality like?

          To test sound quality we use a listening panel of five experts. They assess each pair of headphones using seven set pieces of music, covering a range of genres from pop and spoken word to classical and jazz.

          What's the comfort and fit like?

          How the headphones sound isn't our only consideration – we also assess them for comfort and how adjustable they are.

          The five people in our listening panel rate these aspects, taking into account placing in or on ear, removing from ear, potential to accidentally fall out of ear and restrictiveness of the wire.

          We also consider how suitable the headphones are for left-handed users as well as those with weak grip, poor sight, poor hearing and colour-blindness.

          Suffer from sound leakage?

          Our testers use a calibrated reference 'ear' to accurately test the headphones for acoustic leakage. They also subjectively assess the headphones for sound leakage while in use, listening out for any loud or irritating noises or tones.

          The reference ear also gives us a clear indication of the frequency response for each set of headphones.

          How durable are they?

          Our testers rate the quality of the material used in construction and any areas of obvious concern. They also stress test the cables to replicate getting caught on arms or around the neck and to make sure they're strong enough, and perform a tangle assessment.

          Scoring

          For our general headphones test, we give every pair of headphones a CHOICE test score so you can see at a glance which are the best and worst, plus how each model compares to each other in features and specifications. The headphone score ignores price and is based on the following criteria:

          Sound quality 50%
          Comfort and durability 35%
          Audio enhancements 10% (includes wireless interference, functionality loss in powered headphones, acoustic leakage and passive noise cancelling)
          Features 5%
          Our noise-cancelling headphones test incorporates additional testing to see how well each set works with the noise cancelling feature on and off, plus how each model compares to each other in features and specifications. The headphone score ignores price and is based on the following criteria:

          Listening quality performance 30%
          Sound isolation effect with noise cancelling feature turned on 30%
          Sound isolation effect with noise cancelling feature turned off 15%
          Comfort and durability 15%
          Durability 10%

  • -1 vote

    No love for the QC30's?

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    Ozbargain really wants me to buy some QC35's

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    For those who want to save a buck, why not get the QC25's and build this DIY bluetooth attachment. It's virtually imperceptible.

    https://www.norwegiancreations.com/2016/12/do-it-yourself-bo...

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    Were the issues with QC35 noise cancellation after firmware update sorted? Was reading huge problems a few months back..

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      v1.3.2 certainly addressed the ANC issues. Works a treat.

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        Thanks TA… might be brave and update mine then… maybe..

        • +2 votes

          Nothing to it. I upgraded and rolled back about 10 times just doing comparisons lol. Too easy.

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          @tightarse:

          So what was your verdict after the comparison TA?

        • +1 vote

          @montorola: 1.3.2 seems to have very slightly less bass, but ANC is great.

        • +1 vote

          @tightarse:

          Cheers, thanks!

        • +1 vote

          @montorola: Try it. Very easy to roll back if you have to :)

    • +1 vote

      1.3.2 ANC is a significant improvement (hissing/pressure is barely noticeable now and cancellation is much better) over the stock 1.0.6 version imo.

  • +1 vote

    I never realised that the ebay CHAOS deal from last time were grey imports. I just picked up my $340 Aus stock MDR-1000X from JB today. Very excite!

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      How’d you get it for that cheap?!

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        yeah how did you get that low price?

        • +1 vote

          Was an order through JB commercial. I can post the tax invoice once I get it next week and you can try and have them match it.

        • +1 vote

          @Slave1: no invoice through email or when you made the order?? never heard of it going down to that price. would be amazing if you could upload the invoice when you get a chance

        • +1 vote

          @externalfire: No, I pay over the phone through an automated payment system and get a receipt number, then they give me an order number to quote to the store (and show ID) when picking up, after they've confirmed my payment has gone through. Their back end system generates a tax invoice after a day or two and I get it emailed to me. I'll happily upload it once I get it. Should be Monday or Tuesday. Nothing dodge about it and I've bought a fair bit from them this way. :)

        • +3 votes

          @Slave1: that would be amazing! I’ll eagerly await your response for the coming days!

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          @externalfire: Me too :)

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          @externalfire: Any update Slave?

        • +1 vote

          @Slave1: Look forward to see your receipt.

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          Here you go guys. Best of luck. Would be great if you could report back with how you went!

          http://imgur.com/a/fcZkO

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          Read my review on the Sony above before purchasing. I changed my mind and bought the Sony even though I could access the Sony's at JB for a low price as well.

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          @freelife:

          You mean Bose or Sony?

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          @Slave1:

          Sorry you're right. Typo. I bought the Bose, cancelled the Sony online order.

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          @freelife:

          Sure. You said you could get them for $430 from JB. I paid $340 so for almost another $100 less again, I'm sure they provide a better value proposition over the Bose at that price point; but like anything, its personal preference, so I'm glad you got a bargain with your Bose :)

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          @Slave1:

          It's a fine line. Even if I had access to the Sony at $340, I would pick a non-sale QC35 at $430 as paying extra $100 is worth the quality and comfort.

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          @Slave1: no luck here in WA

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          @manutd123: That's a shame. What was their reason?

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          @Slave1:

          Thanks m8.

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          @Slave1: They said it's below their cost price…and some stores would not match price from a photo taken receipt…

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          @manutd123: Oh right. Funny considering that's a straight upload of the receipt I received, so not a photo but the actual receipt. Bummer they wouldn't match it.

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          @Slave1: Yeah tried it here as well. They said its not a receipt that they would have sent out and below cost price so can't match. Oh well

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          @externalfire: Sorry you didn't have any luck. Surprised to see that it was below cost….I wonder what it was.

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      Much cheap!

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      i need dis

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    Whats the warranty procedure if anything were to haplwn?

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      You'll get a free dictionary

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    Any affordable model with similar comfort level?

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    With this qc35, any problem connect with laptop bluetooth running windows 7/8/10?

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      I had issues with the stock 1.0.6 connecting to my windows 10 laptop - had to re-pair device 4/5 times which led me to just use a cable.

      After updating to 1.3.2, it's automatically connected every time. (I've only tried this like 4 times but so far so good).