QC35 Firmware 1.3.2 Review
First of all it is a little sad that there is a need to post reviews of firmware updates, but here you go. Take it for what it's worth. I don't know if I consider myself a full audiophile, but I'm probably pretty close in the sense that I'm a bit of a perfectionist with my sound.
Ok, installed new update and this is my opinion.
EQ = Very Similar to 1.0.6 (maybe just a very small decrease in warmth/bass but definitely not as drastic and not worth going back). Nice round lows (not too deep) with some punch, bright highs, and semi-warm mids. I recommend getting an app with EQ adjustments if you would like to further fine tune. Also the bass doesn't seem to get too muddy during periods of loud fast high hits (you can see my reference songs below).
NC = Much better, I don't care if they state in their release notes specificly that nothing has changed. High brings back some of the white noise but the NC is better (at least equal to 1.0.6 if not a little better). Low still has a decent amount of NC but drastically decreases white noise. Audio quality (music), using Poweramp, seems almost identical using High and Low NC settings, there is a small but slightly noticeable dropoff (namely it seems as if the EQ bands are narrowed with a little coming off of the low end bass, and a little coming off the bright highs) when NC is switched to off. This matches what Bose states in their changelog.
Bluetooth Connection Stability = So far I've had 2 hiccups/skips during songs via Poweramp on my LG V20 which is charging 3 ft from my headphones. I've listened to about 15 songs. Time will tell if it was just a buffering issue with my phone or problems are back. I'm comparing a pair of Plantronics - BackBeat Pro's which I had previous to my QC35s.
Bluetooth Switching = Just took a phone call while I was listening to a song in Poweramp. Switch was flawless. Other person had no problems hearing/understanding me.
The other bug fixes: Language Change, PS Vita, and WhatsApp don't apply to me so I have no comment.
Songs I used for reference (yes I have eclectic taste):
Prodigy - Breathe
Phantogram - Black Out Days
Simon and Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence
Pink Floyd - Money
Avicii - Levels
Nirvana - About A Girl (MTV Unplugged)
N.E.R.D. - Anti Matter
VAST - Touched
Warren G - Regulate
The Moody Blues - Never Comes The Day
MuteMath - Chaos
Nine Inch Nails - March of the Pigs
The Outfield - Your Love
Rush - YYZ
Volbeat - Seal The Deal
Money, About A Girl (MTV Unplugged), and March of the Pigs are 3 I typically use for a good reference point as all 3 have a range of highs and lows and alot of dynamic shifts. They all sounded pretty good. The Reverb/Depth in Vast - Touched was pretty pure. Volbeat also had a really nice sound for some good ole rock, nice punch.
Definitely recommend over 1.2.10, I'll probably keep over 1.0.6 but to each their own