Bose has historically made some of the best sounding headphones on the market and the noise cancelling Bose QuiteComfort 15 headphones are no exception. Since Bose was one of the first companies to develop noise cancellation headphones, many of their competitors have attempted to emulate Bose’s designs. Priced at $299, the Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones may be too steep for some. However, it’s noise cancellation features are top-notch and they sound pretty good too.

 

 

Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Price: $304.98

4.5 out of 5 stars (2956 customer reviews)

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Bose QuietComfort 15 Appearance and Design

The QuietComfort 15 headphones stick to the same tried and true design which made the QuietComfort 2 so popular. The silver cushioned ear cups are slightly elongated so that they envelope your entire ear and despite their size are surprisingly light weight. The Bose QuietComfort 15 also folds down and fits neatly into a small carrying case so that they are easy to transport which is ideal for commuters and people on the go. The QuietComfort 15’s also come with a detachable audio cable, an airplane adapter and 1 AAA battery.

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The noise cancellation feature of the headphones is activated by the flip of a switch on the right ear cup. The noise cancellation circuitry needs to be turned on in order to hear audio. Bose claims that a single AAA battery is capable of giving you up to 35 hours of listening enjoyment. In our tests this claim seemed fairly accurate. Although we didn’t quite reach 35 hours, we did manage to get pretty close. Once the AAA battery’s done, so is the music. So you’ll want to make sure  you have a few batteries nearby.

 

Bose QuietComfort 15 Performance

Let’s start by saying that even without activating the noise cancellation circuitry, the Bose QuietComfort 15 does a great job of eliminating outside sounds. The ear cups fit so tightly around your ears that as soon as you put them on, the outside world starts to fall away. The QuietComfort 15s also include a microphone both outside and inside the ear cups. The microphones sense ambient sounds around you. The noise cancellation circuitry detects unwanted sounds and produces an opposite cancelling signal. This combined with the nearly ear tight seal of the ear cups virtually eliminates outside sounds.The feature alone nearly makes the QuietComfort 15’s worth the steep price.

Of course the big question is how do they sound? The short answer is they sound really good. The QuietComfort 15 headphones aren’t quite audiophile grade. In fact there are better sounding headphones out there. However, they either cost much much more or they don’t have the noise cancellation features that the QuietComfort 15’s have. Our initial impression when sliding them over our ears was that they sounded a little bright. However, after listening for about an hour or so the tonality of the QuietComfort 15’s started to smooth out. Bass response of the 15’s is fairly good. It’s punchy without being muddy or overbearing. The QuietComfort 15 also performed well with higher frequencies after our initial break-in period and mellowed out quite a bit. At higher volumes they did have a tendency to distort slightly. However, considering that with these headphones on you’ll hear little to no ambient noise, you’ll have little reason to pump up the volume.

 

Conclusion

The Bose QuietComfort 15’s are one of the best noise cancelling headphones on the market. There are better sounding headphones out there, but very few are as adept as the QuiteComfort 15 at cancelling out outside noise. When you look at the package in it’s entirety the combination of comfort, noise cancellation and good sound quality make it tough to beat.

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Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Price: $304.98

4.5 out of 5 stars (2956 customer reviews)

46 used & new available from $63.13

 

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