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Bose QuietComfort 15

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Gamers and frequent fliers will find the Bose QuietComfort 15 noise cancelling headphones a great buy. These top-of-the-range headphones do a fantastic job at blocking out background noise.

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Ship Sket

5th June 2016

By Ship Sket

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I decided to purchase a pair of 15's because I was previously using Sony MDR-XD200's, and whilst the overall sound of the headphones was good, it lacked a wide frequency response range and, in terms of practical use, the headband was little too big for my head and tended to slip off.

When I heard about the 15's, they appealed both for the apparent comfortableness and the noise cancellation, as the XD200's had the equivalent cancellation to standard in ear headphones, i.e not very good at all. I was expecting a definitive step up from what were then my current headphones, and that is undoubtedly what I got.

By comparison, the 15's are extremely well made, fit perfectly and are very comfortable. You hardly notice you are even wearing them a lot of the time. Whilst I would not say they are the best headphones I have bought, they are, without a doubt, up there with the best, and I haven't even gotten into the specifics yet.

Bose QuietComfort 15

As you might suspect from the name, they are noise-cancelling headphones. However, even without the noise-cancelling engaged, the earcups soft cushions effectively sealed off nearly all background noise. While the QuietComfort 2s only had noise-cancelling microphones (for detecting the ambient noise) on the inside of the earcups, the QC15s have them on the inside and outside, which, despite having never owned a pair of 2's so I cannot tell the difference, apparently increases their effectiveness. Turning on the manual noise cancellation sends out "anti-noise" to actively decrease surrounding noise even more.

In terms of appearance, the QuietComfort 15s look identical to the QuietComfort 2s, with the same over-the-ear design, including earcups that swivel and fold flat to fit into the provided case, which was very durable (I am often on the move so I kept them in my bag, and there was no damage at all due to the case.). Bose has also adjusted the case so that it's easier to put the headphones in, the result being that it is slightly bigger than a CD wallet.

Bose QuietComfort 15

These headphones are much more about comfort than a ‘cool' look, though. They offer little in terms of style, but make up with plenty of effort put into the actual sound and functionality of the headphones.

From a technical perspective, the QC 15 design is near flawless. The single AAA battery that powers the noise cancellation is kept under a plastic flap on top of the right cup, concealed nicely by the headband while you're wearing them. They headphones also come with aeroplane adapters, a very practical and helpful feature if you are frequently travelling.

Bose QuietComfort 15

One technical aspect that some people may find irritating is that, like a lot of other noise-cancelling headphones, the 15s put pressure on the eardrum. People have said that, in some cases or for people with sensitive hearing, it is mildly annoying to flat-out uncomfortable. I will tend to forget about it as soon I start playing music, however if you have previous experiences with noise cancelling headphones producing discomfort, then the 15's are probably not very suitable for you. If this is the scenario, Bose kindly offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you don't like the QuietComfort 15s, you can return them free of charge.

Overall, these headphones are very practical and, like I said, some of the best I have bought. The superb noise cancellation and comfortableness makes up for the lack of design, and, if you are like me, that is not of importance anyway; as long as I get a pair of compact, easy to carry headphones with good quality output, I am happy, and these headphones match that description perfectly.

Laura Ginn

26th March 2014

By Laura Ginn

I like sports, cheese, my Xbox and Iron Man

If you want to watch a movie, listen to music in a noisy environment or enjoy gaming without disturbing the rest of the family, Bose QuietComfort 15 noise cancelling headphones are an excellent choice. Bose is one of the more expensive brands in the marketplace, but if it's a quality product you are after, they are definitely worth the extra money.

Most people buy Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones because they need the noise-cancelling feature. I should make it clear at this point that these headphones don't block out every single irritating noise in the immediate environment—particularly loud and unexpected noises—if you want that level of protection then you are better of investing in some earplugs. However, when it comes to noise-cancelling Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones do a fantastic job.

You can actually turn the noise-cancelling feature off and still enjoy a muffled effect, but with noise cancelling turned on, sit back and enjoy your movie or listen to music in peace. Background noise is not eradicated completely, but it is significantly reduced. This is one of the reasons why these headphones are great for travel. It is often very difficult to sit and watch a movie on an airplane without being distracted by the loud drone of engines, but if you wear these headphones you won't even notice the background roar.

Noise leakage is not a problem when wearing these headphones, so anyone sitting in close proximity won't have to listen to your music or film soundtrack—this makes them a great buy for teenagers who enjoy gaming in the living room while the rest of the family are watching TV or chatting.

Very Good Sound Quality

One of the main features of the Bose QC 15 is that you can enjoy listing to audio at a relatively low volume; they are also very good for surround sound, which is perfect for watching movies on a laptop or tablet. An audiophile might not rate the sound quality of the Bose QuietComfort 15s exceptionally high, but they are more than good enough for listening to most types of sound at home. The only time you may struggle is if you have a passion for music with a strong bass.

Comfort is a very important consideration with headphones and the Bose noise-cancelling headphones are extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear. They are designed to sit towards the front of the head, so they stay put when you lean back. The ear cups are fairly tight across the ear, but no so tight as to be uncomfortable.

The Bose headphones require an AAA battery, but unlike some other models of headphone, the battery is easy to replace (although once the low-battery warning light starts to flash you only have around five hours left). The headphone cable is nice and lightweight, plus it has an in-built microphone (perfect for gamers) and a volume switch. The headphones also come with a spare cable, which is useful if you are the kind of person who treats your headphone with a blatant lack of care, plus an attractive clamshell storage case to keep your headphones safe when you don't need them.

The only real downside to these headphones is the price. Not everyone will be inclined to pay so much for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, but if you want a five-star product that is comfortable to wear, you can't go wrong with Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones.

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  • Height: 19.1 cm
  • Width: 15.2 cm
  • Depth: 3.8 cm
  • Weight: 192.8 g
  • Jack plug: 3.5mm
  • Cable length: 168 cm
  • Inline remote and microphone cable
  • Carrying case
  • Airline adapter


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