Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones were launched to supersede QuietComfort 2 headphones and to gain some lost ground in the noise cancellation category. Bose actually was the brand which firstly introduced the concept of noise isolation in audio equipment particularly in headphones.
I can honestly say that when I began shopping for noise cancelling headphones, I really did not know what I was looking for. I had never owned anything but standard earphones (without any noise isolation), so this type of technology was new to me. Because of this, I really did not know enough about the noise cancelling headphones to just pick out a pair and feel comfortable buying them. These headphones do involve an investment, so I decided to be a wise shopper and do some research. After all my research, I decided that the Bose QuietComfort 15 are the best noise cancelling headphones on the market. I want to share the reasons why I chose them so you can decide if they are the right ones for you.
Basically, when comparing noise cancelling headphones, you will want to consider the following things:
- Noise Cancellation Technology and Rating
- Comfort, Style, and Weight
- Features and Extra Components
2. QC 15 inline remote and microphone cable
3. Carrying case
4. A single AAA battery
5. Detachable audio cable
6. Airline adapter
QC 15 have a pretty excellent build quality. Although most of the headphones is made up of plastic but absolutely nothing feels cheap. Cable and accessories quality is also pretty impressive.
Bose does not disappoint in this area. The QC 15 has a very balanced sound. The bass and treble blend nicely to give a pleasing sound that is very close to making you feel like you are in a studio recording session.
The highs have a superior clarity that is adjustable to give you the sound you desire. Most importantly, these headphones are free of the hissing sound that seems to plague most brands.
My test music sounded pleasingly warm and lively, with strong upper bass and clear highs. Upper mids can be a bit harsh, leading to mild listener fatigue during long listening sessions. They almost barge into the audiophile category.
This is the area where these cans kick every set of headphones in its ass with its close to perfect noise reducing capabilities. And frankly this was the very feature on which i based my buying decision.
Bose has managed to significantly improve upon its previous technology, lowering noise levels in both higher and lower frequency ranges. Who knows whether it’s the extra mic or the ear cups’ seal passively reducing noise that’s the real game-changer here, but the results are undeniable. Not only is the overall ambient rumble of a train or an airplane engine significantly decreased, but there’s no audible high-frequency hiss, like you’ll get with some other noise-canceling headphone pairs. The noise-cancellation circuitry is the best you’ll find, and that’s reason enough to buy the QC 15.
When it comes to headphone weight, generally, noise cancelling headphones do weight a good bit more than standard models. However, I have found that lightweight headphones with comfortable earcups are important, especially if you will be wearing them for long periods of time, like me. These headphones are quite light for a set of noise cancelling headphones.
As far as overall comfort, I like that these headphones include quite a bit of cushioning around the ear pieces, making them comfortable. In addition, they include cushioning in the headpiece. This was a welcome added bit of comfort that is not always seen in noise cancelling headphones.
I bought these cans at Rs. 15,300 and to be honest they are a steal at this price point. These cans possess audiophile grade sound, near perfect noise isolation, great build quality and are very comfortable for long listening sessions.
-Great sound quality
-Brilliant noise isolation
-Harsh upper mids
-When the battery dies, so does the music.