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  • Microsoft’s $350 Surface Headphones are the company’s first-ever headphones.
  • They look beautiful and are very comfortable. 
  • But the sound quality fall short, especially compared to the competition.

I get it, the Microsoft Surface Headphones are new, flashy, and perhaps something that can compete with the top choice in audio and noise cancelling quality Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II headphones.

As a result, I’ve had several people come up and ask me if I was, indeed, wearing the Surface Headphones. There’s a buzz surrounding these things.

A TSA agent at JFK airport recently asked me if I’d recommend them, and as I walked through the metal detector, I told him I’d get the Bose QC35 II instead if he was looking to spend $350. It was a pure, off-the-cuff recommendation made from my gut and instinct, as part of my brain was also wondering whether I’d forgotten any metal bits in my pockets.

Now, with the benefit of having sat down, thought about it, and listened to music and audio in general with the Surface Headphones, I’d recommend the same thing to you. 

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