Anker Soundcore Life Q35: Strong ANC headphones with Hi-Res audio in the test


So much ahead: With the Soundcore Life Q35, Anker presents its best ANC headphones to date. The self-confident design shows that the brand is now appearing with a broad chest. Our test model in dark, metallic shimmering blue makes a stylish appearance. The seat also fits: the soft cushions do not press and, thanks to the rotatable and tiltable shells, nestle comfortably against the ears.

As with its predecessors, it is operated via clearly marked buttons, not via sensor fields. This prevents operating errors. On the right you can control the volume, start / stop and the track jump. At the bottom left is the on / off switch, above which the active noise cancellation can be switched through.

Very good noise cancellation

Anker offers its proven three-stage model: noise cancellation, transparency mode, normal. The noise reduction can be fine-tuned as usual in the Soundcore app or, faster, via the smartphone widget: traffic, indoor and outdoor. Practical shortcut: If you place the palm of your hand over the right auricle for two seconds in everyday life, the Q35 switches between noise canceling and transparency mode. The latter amplifies voices, which is helpful when making announcements or briefly exchanging information with the train attendant, for example. Also in the office or home office.

Because with Active Noise Canceling, nothing can get you upset so quickly. Once again, Anker does a great job and really ensures privacy. A total of four microphones are implemented on the ear cups that recognize and filter out interference – one on the inside and one on the outside. The result: when you listen to music, almost nothing gets through. Ambient noises are significantly attenuated even without sound being fed in.

Tip: If you want to relax, switch on the ANC and select night mode in the app. There are a number of natural sounds such as light rain, the sound of the sea, campfires and similar calming things to choose from, which can be played or mixed individually.

Supports high definition audio

When it comes to sound, Anker also brings out heavy artillery. The Life Q35 supports the audio codec LDAC developed by Sony and subject to a license fee. The was designed for the transmission of hi-res audio content, i.e. high-resolution audio: the data is not compressed and is transmitted in high quality. However, this requires appropriate sound material (e.g. from Amazon Music HD or Tidal) and the smartphone must also support LDAC. iPhones don’t do this; LDAC has been implemented on Android since version 8.

But the Soundcore Life Q35 also delivers a top performance with common streamers such as Apple Music, Spotify and Co: The 40 mm silk membrane drivers pamper you with present, precise sound and with their large frequency spectrum are suitable for Hi-Res audio and Hi-Res Audio wireless certified.

As usual from Anker, the bass gets down to business and creates a solid foundation on which details find a broad stage. During the sound test, it was noticed that the ANC mode reduces the depths a bit, while they come more to the fore in the other two modes. The Life Q35 does not bend its knees even with extremely low-frequency material, but keeps the bass almost distortion-free even at high levels.

If that’s too much for you, you can readjust it in the Soundcore app: There are 22 equalizer presets to choose from, which allow you to quickly adapt to music style and personal taste. First up is the Soundcore signature sound that Anker recommends. In the user-defined area you can do your own thing and save different profiles.

Easily switch between PC and phone

Practical: If you put the Q35 down, playback pauses. If you put it back on, it continues seamlessly. Even more: the headphones can be paired with two Bluetooth devices at the same time and used alternately. In the test, for example, we were able to switch from smartphone music to a team meeting without any problems, simply by accepting the call. After hanging up, the Q35 automatically switched back to the music. We have already seen it differently.

Speaking of phone calls: According to Anker, the integrated microphones are positioned in a radial alignment and are supported by an AI algorithm so that your own voice is detected and transmitted in the best possible quality. The result convinced us both on the PC and on smartphone calls. Our interlocutors attested a very good intelligibility and a clear voice.

Up to 40 hours runtime with ANC

You don’t have to worry about the battery life: with activated ANC, up to 40 hours are possible, without up to 60 hours. And in an emergency, 5 minutes of charging are enough for 4 hours of music, according to Anker. Refueling is done using the supplied USB-C cable. In addition, there is a transport case, an aircraft adapter, a 3.5 mm AUX cable and an instruction manual in the box.

Conclusion: excellent offer

Anker is consistently pursuing its path with the subsidiary brand: Soundcore has made a name for itself with useful products at low prices, and the manufacturer is now in the top league. It goes without saying that the prices will also pick up. Nevertheless, Anker remains a very hot tip for thrifty music lovers. The quality that one with the Life Q35 for 130 euros Gets a price recommendation, others pay much more expensive.


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