Review: Bose QuietComfort15 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones

The Bose QuietComfort15 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones are Bose’s 4th generation issue of noise cancellation headphones. Based on the style of the old Bose QuietComfort2, the QuietComfort15s (QC15s) feature Bose’s latest noise reduction technology that they claim provides the absolute best noise cancellation available anywhere. Electronic microchips actively identify and isolate background noise, while each ear cushion acts to insulate the earcup and physically block unwanted sounds. There are many noise cancellation headphones available, and many of them come quite a bit cheaper than the Bose QC15 headphones, but Bose are adamant that other noise cancellation headphones simply cannot compete with the QC15s. Strong words, but do they have the goods the back it up? Key Specs for Bose QuietComfort15 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones RRP: $299 Year Of Release: 2011 Battery Powered? Yes - AA Wireless? Yes Noise Canceling? Yes Weight: 0.46 lbs Bose QuietComfort15 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones: The Pros Noise Cancellation: If the Bose QuietComfort15 Headphones can’t live up to their noise cancellation claims, everything else becomes redundant. Fortunately, they absolutely can. The QC15 headphones are quite simply the crème de la crème of noise cancellation headphones. Bose’s approach to noise reduction is two-fold; they use both active and passive noise reduction techniques. There are microphones on the inside and the outside of the earphone which listen and compare sounds. Electronic microchips then work to counter any noises that are not part of the music or audio you should be hearing, leaving you to enjoy your music in peace. In addition to this active noise reduction approach, ear cushion technology physically blocks unwanted sounds from entering into the earcup. This combination of active and passive noise reduction works fantastically well. Other noise cancellation headphones claim to cancel out noise; the Bose QC15 Headphones actually do it. Sound Quality: Partly due to the effectiveness of the noise cancellation technology, the Bose QuietComfort15s provide a genuinely superb sound quality. The audio is crisp and clear, and you can distinctly hear the difference between these and other earphones, so much so that music actually sounds better through the QC15 headphones than it does through s decent set of speakers. Comfort: The Bose QuietComfort15 Headphones are extremely popular among travellers. The roar of an airplane engine can often result in travellers being practically incapable of listening to music on long flights. As mentioned above, the QC15 headphones are unrivalled when it comes to cancelling out that noise. The knock-on effect of this is that users will often use their QC15 headphones for extended periods of time. As such, comfort is an absolute must, but once again Bose have pulled out their A-game. Anyone who has used earcup noise cancellation earphones before will know that the experience does take a little getting used to. There can often be a slight feeling of pressure due to the nature of active noise cancellation. While this is no different for the Bose QC15 headphones, the sensation is not nearly as apparent as you might expect from such outstanding noise cancellation. Furthermore, the headphones themselves are extremely comfortable across your head, and the earcups are snug without being tight. For a headphone set that works so well at cancelling noise, you really couldn’t ask for much more. Bose QuietComfort15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones: The Cons Build Quality: The Bose QuietComfort15 headphones are not cheap on the pocket, but they do feel cheap in the hand. There is nothing inherently wrong with a plastic build, but you don’t expect a high quality product to have such a plastic feel to it. The QC15 headphones are undoubtedly well made; their noise cancellation abilities and sound quality output is testament to that. It is simply unfortunate that they do themselves a disservice by feeling like a cheaper pair of headphones than they are. Require Battery: The Bose QC15 headphones work off a single AAA battery, and you can expect the battery to give you up to 35 hours listening time. The only downside to this is that there is no option to listen to music without the noise cancellation technology. This means that if your battery runs out and you don’t have a spare, you cannot use the headphones. This outcome is very easily avoided by carrying a spare battery with you when traveling, but the option to use the QC15 headphones as a non-powered set of headphones would have been a useful feature. Are the Bose QuietComfort15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones Worth Buying? The Bose QuietComfort15 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones stand out amongst its peers by simply doing exactly what Bose says they will do. The active and passive noise cancellation works like a charm, and this in turn results in a higher sound quality. As comfortable as you can hope for and easily folded and stored, there are very few reasons not to buy the QC15s. Yes you should keep a spare battery with you, and yes they can have a plastic feel to them at times, but these are superficial flaws of an otherwise superb product. With the inclusion of an Apple connection for most of the main Apple products, Bose have opened up the QC15 headphones to a huge new market, and it’s no surprise to see their popularity skyrocket recently. If noise cancellation and sound quality are important to you, then you need look no further than the Bose QuietComfort15 Headphones.


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