Bose QuietComfort 15

Tested at £280
100100
5

Best noise-cancelling headphones, Awards 2013. Quiet and Comfortable is about right: these Bose are a frequent flyer's best friend

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I had a listen to these and the similarly priced br dre beats in applestore yesterday, I thought the noise cancelling was better on these, but the sound seemed thin and lacking mid freqs. The beats had a more ' nice sounding' sound quality, punchy and dynamic. 

I've been very impressed with mine over the last week of ownership.

I was a bit dubious when I tried them on as the NC facility wasn't as good as I expected (I expected silence...absolutely) but now I've listened to them for a few hours I 'get' what they're trying to deliver.

When switched on, they remove the background noise that is a cause of distraction.  As soon as I add music, the extraneous noise is replaced by it, thus creating the impression that all background noise is being removed. 

What I was really interested in was sound quality without it bleeding out for everyone else to hear.  My Grado's probably dig out more detail than the Bose units, but when sitting on a flight with AC DC  blaring out and my wife asleep on my shoulder it shows how good they are at keeping the noise in.

Would I recommend a listen - absolutely.  Am I impressed...yes.  Will I sell my Grado's...maybe.  Do I like the sound that comes through them from an Ipod...yes. 

I bought a pair of these two years ago after trying a friend's pair. At that time I had to share a living room with my teenage son, his X-Box and a revolving door of his friends. These headphones kept me sane. They shut out all but the most intrusive noise when using them purely on noise cancellation and when I plugged them into my PC for music or video, totally cut out the teenage cacophony. Now we have separate living rooms so I don't use them as much. However, it is always a pleasure to slip them on, delve into my iTunes and chill for a while. Absolutely worth every penny.

I bought a pair of these two years ago after trying a friend's pair. At that time I had to share a living room with my teenage son, his X-Box and a revolving door of his friends. These headphones kept me sane. They shut out all but the most intrusive noise when using them purely on noise cancellation and when I plugged them into my PC for music or video, totally cut out the teenage cacophony.

Now we have separate living rooms so I don't use them as much. However, it is always a pleasure to slip them on, delve into my iTunes and chill for a while.

Absolutely worth every penny.

If you guys value sound quality above all, really...how can you give these Bose 5 stars at 270 pounds and the Beyerdynamic dt880 (200 pounds) , which are not even comparable to these as far as sound quality is concerned, and which are much cheaper too, 4 stars?

I received these today from currys for £223 after 20% off, and............wow they are absolutely amazing, I was very cynical of the noise reduction at first after listening to a friends dr dres, I couldn't see what all the fuss was about, I didn't think they were that good but I have to say the bose are truly outstanding, I still can't get my head round the fact that they create silence? The sound quality is what I have become acustomed to with bose, I have several bose systems and also own the mie2i headphones which are also fantastic but are not noise cancelling. The sound quality is perfect, a nice balance of tone and bass, they are comfortable and feel great quality, the included case and accessories are excellent as well. Yes they are expensive but totally justified. I can't ever see me buying another set of cans after these.....they are that fantastic. Easily a five star purchase and yet another great steer from what hifi

These are the best-sounding Bose headphones I've ever heard, but the review doesn't mention the pressure these headphones create as part of the noise-cancelling effect. It is uncomfortable and might make listening for longer periods challenging. I would also urge potential buyers of these to audition these cans with a wide-range of music and not just the tracks that Bose have selected for it in the shop's demo corner.

I travel extensively, around 150.000 miles per year. A pair of noise canceling headphones is a major source of relief on those long flights. I used a pair of Sennheiser PXC250's for many years but when they eventually were beyond repair, I started to consider alternatives.

I am no fan of Bose, I detest their shady marketing antics and sub-par "cinema" systems.

But I must admit the got these Quietcomfort 15's absolutely right. Sound quality is very good, though a little bit edgy perhaps (you get used to it). Comfortable, lightweight and of decent build quality. The noise cancellation features is nothing short of outstanding though.

The price tag hurts but you get over it...

Mr K

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