Sunday, November 4, 2012

Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise-Cancelling Headphones Review

I had the good fortune to try out the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise-Cancelling Headphones and I decided to write my latest blog on this product. As mentioned in my previous blog on headphones (the Nexxtech Wave Wireless Digital Stereo Headphones), I'm not an audiophile so as long as the headphones don't make clicking/hissing noises or distortion, I will probably not have any issues with the headphones if they serve their purpose (i.e. wireless headphones having decent distance and noise-cancelling headphones having the ability to block out background noise).

The moment I put on the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise-Cancelling Headphones, it blocked out some of the noise similar to other headphones that cover the entire ears regardless of whether they are noise-cancelling headphones or not. Once I turned on the noise-cancelling switch I noticed a difference. However, the true test involves using it in an airplane, subway, train, or car where you get the constant low noise. During my trial, I tested it on an airplane (for a trip) as well as on the subway and I was amazed by its performance in blocking out the background noise so that I could hear my music. It really works and it works very well at reducing the constant background aircraft noise.

The only negative point that I can say about these headphones is the price. At a suggested retail price of around $350, unless you travel a lot and like to listen to your music while you travel (or watch the onboard videos/shows/movies while flying), it is one very expensive set of headphones.

A minor point is that the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise-Cancelling headphones are powered by a AAA battery. I would have preferred that it was powered by a AA battery but that is just my personal preference.

The unit comes with a regular audio cable as well as an audio cable that allows for the easy control on select Apple devices such as on an iPhone or iPod. I tested this cable on my iPhone 3GS and I found that it worked well. However, the people whom I was speaking with noticed that I was using some sort of headphones or hands-free device. The headphones also come with an airline adapter plug as well as a very nice storage/travelling case.

For anyone who really wants a set of noise-cancelling headphones that works and has the money to spend on this unit, I have no problems recommending this unit. As mentioned, my only real negative comment is the price-tag which I find expensive for a set of headphones even a set of headphones of this quality.

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