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    • For a few years, have had a wired pair of Skull Candy cans - I think they cost around US$40 new. I do not like anything to poke into my ear canal or hang on my ear - excema issues (I am old geezer). The Skull Candy cans were a little too small - did not cover my outer ear, but rather pressed against the ear. They hurt after a hour or two. A few months ago I bought a pair of Bose QC35 - a notable improvement. The bluetooth connecting is pretty straightforward, but I have two devices and one tends to preempt the other, so I turn off the bluetooth feature on the less-used device unless I need to listen (I mostly think computers should be seen and not heard, so it isn't much of an issue). Although the battery life is good, I would say it is mildly annoying to have to recharge a couple of times weekly. There is still a wired cord available; 3.5mm audio plug on the PC end, and a slightly smaller plug on the headphone end. The charging connection is a micro-USB jack. Because of the noise cancellation feature, even if you use the audio cord, it is still necessary to recharge. But aside from all that, the QC35 are super-comfortable - I tend to leave them on a lot; it is so nice and QUIET :)

    • Appreciate the water proof clarification. It's really a shame they removed the jack, because I still very much prefer to continue using my wired headsets, not because I mind spending few dollars now and then buying these adapters when I invariably lose them, or the additional complication. And some of the non oem substitute adapters are of really poor quality and lose contacts when moved around. I currently have a Motorola Z3 Play phone which I absolutely love because of it's moto mods options that let me have a slim second battery literally making my phone power last few days, a quite useful projector, a JBL speaker or a true Hasselblad camera. Talk about James Bond style devices! LOL.

    • Bose 35 II's here, just picked them up on sale $50 off just now.

      Came recommended by my audio advisor, a high influencer in the headphone world.

      Comfortable, but these are for music and movie consumption, not phone calls so I don't have anything there for that. Over ear is far more comfortable but they do make my ears hot, I run a little higher temp than most folks I guess.

      The connect app is clunky but works ok, changed the assistant button to adjust noise canceling level. Might be able to make it through the holidays with some silence.