"Decent noise reduction-- Mediocre sound quality"3.5 starson by reeltime
Pros: Good Noise Reduction
Cons: Sound quality lacks.
Summary: I'm generally a fan of Bose products. Design and build quality are areas where they've always excelled.
But while the noise reduction in these active headsets are good, they are not best available. If you're looking for the best active noise reduction headsets, check out the Sennheiser PC-450. Sennheiser delivers not just great noise reduction, but they don't skimp on sound quality. Plus there's a bypass feature if your battery dies.
I prefer the Bose over ear design to their on-ear. The seal around the ear makes for a better listening experience.
Thankfully these models are much improved with every design. Bose has come a long way from their first effort-- a bulbous design with a rather hallow sound-- which inevitably knocked against everything and generally annoyed. This revision is much sleeker, though disappointing in sound quality and to my ears-- tiring over time.
For the record-- I've since moved to in-ear monitors, which are less obtrusive. You can bet better sound out of a pair of cans-- but my listening rig of choice is currently Ultimate Ears Reference monitors. Granted-- a massive jump in price (by a factor of 3), but providing excellent noise cancellation better than most cans on the market-- and they won't mess up your hair!