Skip to content
Swizec Teller - a geek with a hatswizec.com

Best coding headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35

When looking for coding headphones, I care about two things:

  1. I want to feel like I am alone in the universe and no other humans exist
  2. Comfortable enough to wear all day

I judge comfort both on how headphones feel on my ears/face and whether I have to keep them so loud that my ears hurt after a while.

So far my answer has been a pair of Beats Studio. They worked great, made me feel alone in the universe, and were comfortable enough to wear all day. The cable was annoying but okay. It became super annoying after Apple moved their headphone port to the right.

After about 2 years of constant use, my Beats kicked the can.

Looking for a replacement, everyone suggested Bose QuietComfort 35. And hot damn were they right! These things are amazing.

You put them on and the world disappears. You are alone. Think your thinks, code your code. Open office no more. Coworkers don't exist. If someone wants your attention they have to get up and come tap you on the shoulder.

You won't know they're there and you'll do a startle and shit your pants. Worth it.

I find the padding on the Bose QuietComforts a bit less comfortable than the Beats Studio, but they are a lot lighter. Never realized how heavy my Beats were until I tried these. Bose also packs smaller than Beats which is great. Bulky headphones are a pain in the arse to transport, and at \\\$440 you're not gonna have multiple pairs.

You might. Too rich for my blood ๐Ÿ˜…

Oh and the QuietComfort sound better than Beats. Yes the Beats has more bass and that makes the sound richer, but Bose sounds more real somehow. You listen to a video or a game and it sounds real. Like it's not coming out of headphones at all.

Sometimes I look around in surprise because I can't tell if sounds are in real life or in the video. It's great.

Shout at me on Twitter if you think I'm wrong.

Did you enjoy this article?

Published on July 19th, 2017 in Opinions, Personal

Learned something new?
Want to become a high value JavaScript expert?

Here's how it works ๐Ÿ‘‡

Leave your email and I'll send you an Interactive Modern JavaScript Cheatsheet ๐Ÿ“–right away. After that you'll get thoughtfully written emails every week about React, JavaScript, and your career. Lessons learned over my 20 years in the industry working with companies ranging from tiny startups to Fortune5 behemoths.

Start with an interactive cheatsheet ๐Ÿ“–

Then get thoughtful letters ๐Ÿ’Œ on mindsets, tactics, and technical skills for your career.

"Man, love your simple writing! Yours is the only email I open from marketers and only blog that I give a fuck to read & scroll till the end. And wow always take away lessons with me. Inspiring! And very relatable. ๐Ÿ‘Œ"

~ Ashish Kumar

Join over 10,000 engineers just like you already improving their careers with my letters, workshops, courses, and talks. โœŒ๏ธ

Have a burning question that you think I can answer?ย I don't have all of the answers, but I have some! Hit me up on twitter or book a 30min ama for in-depth help.

Ready to Stop copy pasting D3 examples and create data visualizations of your own? ย Learn how to build scalable dataviz components your whole team can understand with React for Data Visualization

Curious about Serverless and the modern backend? Check out Serverless Handbook, modern backend for the frontend engineer.

Ready to learn how it all fits together and build a modern webapp from scratch? Learn how to launch a webapp and make your first ๐Ÿ’ฐ on the side with ServerlessReact.Dev

Want to brush up on your modern JavaScript syntax?ย Check out my interactive cheatsheet: es6cheatsheet.com

By the way, just in case no one has told you it yet today: I love and appreciate you for who you areย โค๏ธ

Created bySwizecwith โค๏ธswizec.com