Pros + Noise Cancelation stops Neds on the bus, Stops the indoor water fall in the office...
+ Light-weight and very comfortable
+ Sound Quality is very good
+ Case is great for protecting them
+ Battery life is great
Cons - Need batteries
- Price is high , but I think they are worth it
Summary About six months ago I replaced my Bose TriPort headphones with a pair of QC15. The purchase did turn out to make me happy, though not the way I expected.Edit:
I chose again a pair Bose headphones, because my TriPort served me well since 2003. While they are still working, they lost their power and audio does not sound as nice as it once did. The decision I had to make was whether I wanted/needed the active noise cancelling. Spending a lot of time on trains and plains, I opted in for the QC15. Over the last six months I have been using the QC15 quite a lot, but never for simply listening to music.
Actively listening to music (not just having it in the background) turns out not so great with the QC15. There is a certain level of static noise when while they are turned on. It is somehow reminiscent of the sound of distant rain: It is not at all intrusive, but can easily overwhelm the quieter parts of music, and especially classical music. Maybe many people might not hear the background noise at all, because it is fairly quiet. But I prefer using a pair of Bose in-ears, which I find superior in a quiet environment.
For listening to audio as an added element of a movie or game, the QC15 are astonishing though: Once audio is element of immersion, there are no headphones I'd recommend more. The QC15 bring the outside noise down to a level that is not distracting anymore. To give a comparison: My fan heater is essentially inaudible even without any audio actually playing. My dishwasher I can hardly make out when listening to, say, a movie. The noise of a laundry machine is a little too much for the headphones when spinning, but they do an excellent job at reducing to noise substantially.
I am not sure how much I can recommend the QC15 for really noisy environments though. On trains and plains a lot of noise is kept out to be sure, but for me the level of discomfort through the noise is only lowered a little. As I am getting used the quieter environment, it seems my ears get sensitive enough for the engine of train or plain to become as unpleasant as it was to the naked ear.
The QC15 are light-weight and very comfortable to have on for extended periods of time. I tend to get headaches from using headphones, because of the force they exert onto my head. Not so with the QC15. They are really comfortable, much more comfortable than my old TriPort.
The status LED flashes when the batteries are below 50% or so. Bottom line, I rarely saw the LED not flash for long, and simply got used to it. The LED stopped being useful.
When the battery does run out, there is a fairly loud, repeated clicking noise. Not at all an impressive feature for headphones of this price range.
Sneezing whilst wearing the QC15 produces a funny clicking, which rather startled me. I momentarily interpreted the clicking that my ears popped for good. Just something to be wary of!
My advice to those that can live with a workaround: get the cheaper AE2 and a pair of earplugs. First put the earplugs in and then the AE2 on top. I did that with my TriPort headphones, the result is really good. This is also the superior solution in terms of crisp audio, because any noise cancelling is passive. But the QC15 are more the more comfortable solution, as there is no need for ear plugs and the QC15 sit better than the AE2.
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For anyone willing to pay premium I can definitely recommend the QC15 for the purposes mentioned above. Here the QC15 really shine.
Updated on Dec 3, 2013
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Pros Very Very comfortable
Noise cancellation is a major leap ahead
Good Build Quality
Cons Sound is not to audiophile standards
When Noise cancellation was active produced a sensation similar to traveling at high speeds in a train going through a tunnel.
Summary These headphones would work miracles for the frequent flyer. The noise cancellation is excellent, especially filtering the low frequencies. During my test I had the Bose employees crank the L1 system up and when I turned the headphones on the bass from the L1 was no longer audible as well as the mids and highs. This is backed by their overachieving comfort which is important. The sound that these produced was good, but not on par with audiophile headphones of the same price. Bass was good, but often the highs and mids became too bright on aggressive records such as A Watchful Guardian, The Dark Knight. All in all I thought these headphones are a very good pair for what their name implies.
Pros I can tell at least from both the QC 2's and the QC 3's that the noise cancelation is better as well as the sound quality, at least in regards to the bass I agree with the review that the sound on this model is more well rounded in regards to bass
Cons obviously bigger than the smaller QC 3's
Summary I have a smaller head so I favored the QC 3's I am a first year law student and I use these for doing work in coffee shops, studying etc... other than the bigger build which I was not a big fan of I can say that it is an upgrade in both noise cancelation and sound quality. Also unlike the QC 3's that left my ears red after long use, the around the ear design is better if you don't want to go into a meeting with red ears after an hour of use, but the bulk made me less motivated to walk around campus in them as my everyday headphones (I know these are typically reserved for flying but they are also great study headphones). Overall if size is not a issue these are the clear choice and they're cheaper. I returned mine on the 30 day money back and the customer service was extremely helpful.
Pros Fit my 1st gen iphone. Comfortable, great noise cancelation, detachable wire and extremely good quality materials. 30 day trial. Carrying case.
Cons No battery, no music, price tag is a little steep but trust me when I say you will forget about that the first time you wear them.
Summary When it comes down to it Bose is just another brand, an amazing one at that. But one that has set extremely high standards for its products. I have yet to find one person who walks out of a Bose store and says " wow that was horrible".
Now I should admit I am no audiophile, but what I can say is that I have had a variety of headphones in my life and these are by far the best I have ever owned.
They are amazing, truly comfortable and built from quality materials. The second you pull them out of the case and feel the soft cushiony leather and headband you automatically feel happier.
As for sound I must say I have rediscovered my Itunes library and spent countless hours just listening to music, something I never did anymore.
I have two extremely loud fans going in my room pretty much 24/7 ( if you own little Honeywells you know what I mean) and as soon as I flick that little switch they simply go away.
The price tag is a little steep but as soon as I began using them any guilt went away.
The people at the store were quick and efficient, polite and just all around helpful.
I honestly love my QC15's but they may not be for everyone so if you don't like them or think they were too expensive just take them back, you have 30 days to be impressed. You'll need 30 seconds.
The bottom-line is simple, they are beautiful pieces of engineering and a dream com e true, they sound crisp and clean, the bass is deep but not overpowering. I wouldn't change them for the world. Best purchase of the year.
Pros Highly improved noise cancellation. Better, richer, deeper sound than the QC2. Only $150 if you still have your QC2 through Bose as a trade-in/upgrade program!!!!!!! Get them, you will not regret them
Cons Still wish it had a rechargeable pack like the QC3
Summary They've taken the best headphones and made them THAT much better
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