Re: Firmware 4.5.2 QC35 ii
As promised, I went to the mall and compare head to head (no pun intendeed) my pair of bose qc35 II on firmware 4.1.3 vs the mall's qc35 II on 4.5.2.
On very loud enviroments, the amount of noise canceled by the headphones is not that far, I would say that on 4.5.2 blocks about 65% and on 4.1.3 blocks about 75%.
The difference between High and Low is a feature on 4.1.3, if you want to hear more things, you put the headphones on low, I you want to block the world arround you, you use High.
YOU CANNOT DO THIS ON 4.5.2. This feature DOES NOT WORK. I don't know how this bose 'engineers' cannot replicate this and assume that there is a problem, ¿or maybe they are just lying about not finding any issues, even after months?
White noise is not noticeable on that noisy environments.
My resume of the issue:
- Reported by many users as the last version with good ANC.
- No white noise even in the quieters enviroments, I tried putting ANC on High in the night and I cannot hear or feel white noise at all.
- Noticeable cabin pressure. I was already used to this feeling so this is not an issue for me, might be for some.
- Noticeable difference between High and Low, really useful.
- High is very strong, blocks a lot of noise, as supposed to.
- A really noticeable and akward white noise even when ANC is disabled completely, this is the worst, the reason I buyed this headphones is to avoid this white noise that is present in almost every cheap bluetooth product. I tested this in the night, with almost no noise arround, and you can hear/feel clearly a lot of white noise. A shame for an AUDIO company.
- NO DIFFERENCE between High and Low, High actually sounds like the middle between high and low of regular ANC of 4.1.3.
- High blocks less noise than High on 4.1.3. (tested this in my home, in the office, in the kitchen, with differents regulars noises, like air conditioners, extractions fans, etc. You can really tell there is a difference.)
- No cabin pressure, this might be due to the reduction in the 'power' of ANC in high, but does it really worth it? introduce white noise and lowering the quality of the main feature to reduce cabin pressure? not for me.
After all this, I don't think Bose will fix this, for me its just scheduled obsolescence. The timing was just when the bose 700 were launched, you don't have to be a genius or a conspiranoic to notice this.
Lets be honests here, its been 6 MONTHS since this started ... they already didn't fix it and they didn't even allow users to go back to 4.1.3 'legally', didn't that look suspiciuos to you ? THE FIX IS THERE, at reach, and they are not allowing it.
So.. what I'm going to do? Currently I was able to downgrade to 4.1.3 so I'm happy with the quality and I'm still on warranty. I will enjoy this headphones a couple of months and then, when the hinges get loosen, I will update the firmware and sent them to bose for a replacement, hopefully they offer me upgrade to the 700, I'll sell those and then I will try to buy the next gen of the sonys 1000X. I'll never trust Bose again for a high end product like this.
Also the 700 are not as comfortable for me, so I'm not planing on keeping those arround if I do this.
This post will probably be deleted for calling out bose on their scheduled obsolescence, that would be a clear message that is actually true so go ahead admins, admit it by deleting this...