These headphones have the best noise cancelling i have ever tested. They use a combination of passive and active noise cancelling technology and both work like butter and bread to create an amazing environment when using the headphones. I can’t hear people talking when i put them on unless i try to hear them. These are superior to any other rival especially beats. Its a balance between whether you want the best, good brand and reputation, incredible balance between treble and bass but are not the greatest looking headphones or some that you have the brand behind them, look good but don’t have very good audio quality, don’t have good noise cancelling (in fact the 2013 studios make a constant hissing noise) and are overly priced. The only thing you pay for really with the beats studios 2013 model is the design, some bass, the brand and some hissing. Don’t be scared about the ‘acoustic’ in the qc 15’s name. This doesn’t mean that you can only use them for acoustic music because i have used them for every type of music out there. So you drum and bass listeners out there don’t fear grabbing yourselves some of these headphones.
2nd to none for noise cancelling. Ok so first thing to say is i’m no audiophile you’ve probably already read what they come supplied with so i’ll concentrate my review on what they are like to use. I really wanted a pair of good noise cancelling headphones for travel and noisy office use, as well as at home to escape the banality of the tv shows my wife watches, and have spent the last couple of weeks researching the merits of a whole range of headphones from the low £20 up-to £400 and lots in between. As i said the nc was the critical thing for me but i still wanted my music and in particular audio books to sound rich and clear. In the end i jumped in and decided to spend the near £400 on a paid of bose qc15’s bose ® quietcomfort® 15 acoustic noise cancelling headphones and i have to say, i’m really, really, pleased with them and don’t regret my purchase one bit. They doesn’t magically make voices go away but when you put these on,turn them on, be it in the office or at home although i can still hear the background noise, it’s like that moment before you wake up when your conscious of the conversation or voices, but not distracted by it. Then when you put an audio source through it it just disappears and that’s at very low level audio. The amazing thing though is it completely cancels out the low frequency rumblings of fans, motors etc. Not used it on the plane or train yet but i cant wait to try themthe other thing i love, as others have commented, listening to music that i listened to time and again its sometimes like listening to a song for the first time hearing subtle instruments or backing voices for the first time. I think they do sound a little lacking in bass but being honest this isn’t a huge concern to me.
It definitely helps if you got a noisy neighbour. However, our downstairs pole neighbour made it impossible. The poles never leave the place quiet for a second.The music or tv will be turned on from very early in the morning, and you will constantly hear singing, loud speaking (in polish) and baby crying, etc. At night, they made sex ridiculously aloud. With the headphone, i am able to read, write have some peace at home. However, there are situations when bose cannot help at all. The pole stamps on the floor, clashes the door, cut the woods, crack the wall, other sudden loud sounds.
Key specs for Bose ® QuietComfort ® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones – Black/Silver:
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- QuietComfort 15 acoustic noise cancelling headphones
- Bose headphones reduce noise across a wide range of frequencies
- Enjoy your music and movies even more with clear and lifelike sound
- Comfortable around-the-ear fit
- Includes cable with remote for iPhone/iPod control and microphone for hands-free iPhone calling
- AAA battery: 35 hours average life
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“The best earphones you’ve ever heard , Nothing works as good as these, Excellent Headphones”
Blocks out the noisy world we live in. I replaced my bose oe2 with these because i was tired of having earpads sit on my ear rather than around. For most people, having headphones sit on their ears is fine but for me, after long periods of listening to music, it felt uncomfortable. Whilst on the bus (with my old headphones) i had to turn up the volume to the max (which was damaging my ear no doubt) but with these i am at peace because i don’t have to turn it up to the max. It doesn’t block out everything but blocks ouy enough to justify the purchase. Yes it’s fairly expensive but like the good old saying goes. I am happy with the purchase, i am just a regular user who loves music but not an expert to go into details about highs and lows and mids and trebles nor do i need headphones that’s heavy on bass. These do the job for me and i’m sure all you regular fellow commuters who use the tube on a daily basis will be happy to agree with me that these improve your daily commute.
I have had this product for almost a year now. I don’t use it a huge amount and i hardly fly anywhere (which i think is one of bose’s key markets for this product). However, whenever i use this product i am always impressed. I use this product in my office to cut down the surrounding noise, and also when i am working in noisy server rooms. I suppose a server room is a similar sort of ‘thrum’ as you would get on a plane. It won’t totally stop sudden noises (for example fireworks), but it will reduce the volume of them considerably. In short i think this product is excellent – it takes an oppressive, tiring environment and turns it into easily bearable near-silence. I find them fairly comfortable, but i see how some people would feel that they were putting pressure on their ears. I think this is an area where you just have to see how it affects you.
Because of the relatively high price i did quite a bit of research before deciding on bose. I am delighted with these headphones and have no hesitation in recommending them. I’ve just returned from holiday and used them on the flights. I was most impressed with their efficiency and the quality of the sound – no droning aircraft engines competing with my music.