July August 2016 Page 35 July 2016

!!! Whooosh ring! thump thump W00f! !!! Whooosh ring! Our headphone guy Je Miller tries out many of the headphones we carry. He often shares his Rrsthand take online. New wireless sports headphones, too There's also an exciting new release for the fitness crowd. I took the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones for a spin on the exercise bike. Winged loops kept them stable as I moved, and I quickly got used to the super-soft StayHear earpieces. I'm not usually a big in-ear headphones guy, but I might be now. For me, catching up on TV shows makes cardio more bearable. I wasn't sure if streaming Veep on my phone over Bluetooth would cause audio/ video sync issues. But no problem here! The snappy, snarky back-and- forth between characters came fast and furious, without any lag between the video and audio. Available in black and aqua (pictured). Bose SoundSport wireless headphones #018SSWRLSB $149 !!! thump W00f! Best-in-class noise cancellation We have quite the atmosphere here at the office: the faint thumping of speaker demos downstairs, co-worker debates on pop culture, spirited phone calls about the latest gear. It's all part of the charm of working at Crutchfield - but it's not always great when I'm on deadline. Flipping the power switch on the QuietComfort 35 headphones helped wash all those distractions away. A voice prompt told me I was wirelessly paired with my phone, but I had to sit there a moment. I wasn't just marveling at the startling lack of noise, I was getting my bearings. Then I threw on a Spotify playlist to focus on work, no cord in the way as I turned - or nodded my head. 20 hours of wireless use and iconic Bose sound Listening over Bluetooth , Sturgill Simpson's album A Sailor's Guide to Earth sounded appropriately laid-back, but never lazy. On tracks requiring more energy, the QC 35 headphones were happy to oblige. Bass knocked with authority, while highs were crisp and clear. Buttons on the right earcup let me control music and volume without fiddling with my phone. All this freedom and comfort sometimes made me forget I had them on. I'll confess, one day I got up and walked away from my desk (and phone) while wearing them. I wasn't reminded until I got all the way to the other end of a long hallway, and the music finally cut out. And you don't have to take these off often. Bose lists the battery life at 20 hours. I can tell you this - I listened daily, and went an entire week before I had to recharge them. Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones Silver #018QC35S Black #018QC35B $349 Get all the details online at crutchReld.com/QC35 When your dog-friendly office is located next to an airport and hosts lots of speaker demos, you develop an instant appreciation for the powerful noise cancellation of the QC 35 headphones. Slipping on these headphones is like sinking into a rst- class airline seat." Get the inside scoop from us We try out lots of the gear we sell and get expert training from the folks who make it. See our product reviews and videos at crutchReld.com/learn

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