Bose QC 35 versus Blue Microphone Mo-Fi


I’m lucky enough to have access to both products, the Bose QuietComfort 35 and the Blue Microphone Mo-Fi. The Mo-Fi currently can be purchased from Amazon for $318.99 (discounted from $349.99) and the Bose for $349.99 (no discount offered).

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 1.45.50 PMI was told to try out the Mo-Fi by BT himself (Brian Transeau) as he swears by them. That was about a year ago. So I sought the Mo-Fi out and I’ve been using them on and off, with QC25s and then QC35s. A note: The QC35s are wireless BT, the Mo-Fi are wired with a built-in amplifier with three states: off, on, and on+ for some bass boost.

I listen to an eclectic set of music. New Age (Andreas Vollenweider), Electronic (BT, Trentmøller, Sasha, Zomby, etc.), Rock (Rush, Queensrÿche, Afghan Whigs, Led Zeppelin, etc.), Heavy Metal (Megadeth, Iron Maiden, old Metallica, etc.) In no situation has the Mo-Fi bested the Bose sound, even with the on+ setting activated.

Countless hours of listening, I get far more clarity from the Mo-Fi, regardless of what BT thinks of them. I am not taking into account the comfort of either headphone. However, the Bose are 1,025 times more comfortable in my opinion. And far lighter.

It might just be my ears, as the Mo-Fi are indeed highly rated. And BT loves them. He’s a brand ambassador on the Blue website. I just don’t get it. I’ve tried to as the headphones are unique in their appearance. And I like the idea of a powered amplifier (that also saves my phone from some power draw). My audio files are good/great quality. Not listening to vinyl with them –  and perhaps that’s the rub?

I may never know. Putting the Bose back on 🙂

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Bose QC35 and bass heavy tunes.


If you have recently picked up a pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones, throw the song “Unfinished Sympathy” from “Collected (Deluxe Edition)” by Massive Attack at them. That track has some impressive bass in the intro and contains intricate instrumentation. Make sure your headphones sit snug against your skull and enjoy. You might be surprised at the response.

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Coding in comfort: Bose AE2w BT headphones

I’ll preface this with the fact that I listen to music all. day. long. Every working day. iTunes, iRadio, and Spotify. Right now I am listening to Intervals’ In Time EP. On my Bose AE (around ear) w (wireless) BT headphones.

Since they are around ear, I can easily (and do) wear these all day. They are paired over BT to my Mac Pro desktop – and once paired all I need to do is turn them on, and they auto-pair again. I get up and go to the scanner/printer and keep listening to my music. I can get things out of drawers, throw stuff out, generally move about as if I weren’t wearing headphones – but I am.

Freedom. How do they sound? Awesome. When I need to charge these over micro-USB, I’ll put my QCs on – and when I go back I only really miss the bit of noise cancellation. My area is pretty quiet most of the time, so it’s not like they were killing much noise anyway.

If you listen to music all day designing and coding you need these cans. For $250 you really can’t go wrong. I’ve been wearing them every working day for weeks and weeks. I forget they are even on – when I walk out the door at the end of the day, I just pair them up to my iPhone and turn the volume down. Did I say that? Shhh…

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