Pros Small, light, best noise canceling device in the market
Cons 20 h battery only.... for who travel to ASIA might not be enough, and pricy
Summary Look... I travel to ASIA every month from NY... and it is a long long trips.... I have been doing this all my life, and anyone that travel that much understand how important is to be able to relax in the air. I used many cheaper noise canceling devices before... and nothing compare to QC3. By far is the best I ever tried.
If you travel like me all the time.... invest in your self cos it is worth!!!
Pros Deep base! Great noice cancelling headphones...more comfortable than the QC2's.
Cons Price is too high!
Summary I just got my pair the day after xmas. I love them. I had a pair of over the ear Dennon's and had traveled with them but no noise reduction, and bulky. I've always been impressed with the bass in Bose products and these don't disapoint. I can't wait to try these on my next business trip. At home I tried them on where you can hear the refridgerator compressor and these headphones completely blocked that out and I had total silence before I started the music.
I had been using Sony earbuds for my mp3 player but wasn't really happy with the bass, so when I heard Bose had come out with earbuds I was looking forward to getting them for xmas. They were very uncomfortable and yes I had more bass but the highs were missing, so I took them back to the Bose store and upgraded to the QC3's. Now I'm enjoying my music all over again. It comes with a great case and will be great for my business trips. Clearly the best headphone I have ever heard!
Pros allows you to hear all the music you've been missing
Cons $349 for headphones is extreme
Summary These are amazing headphones and if they come as a gift like mine than there is no drawbacks. However for the price you need to travel a lot or be a serious audiophile to appreciate the quality versus the sting in the wallet.
Pros The sound quality, comfort, and noise reduction.
Cons The price and when the batteries die, so does the music.
Summary I'm not an expert on headphone quality by any means, I just believe in what is pleasing to my ears.
I had a set of Jensen ($50) noise canceling head phones that I thought worked well. That is until I tried a set of Sennheiser PXC 250 ($150).
I was at the rear of an MD88, yes next to the engine, and I noticed the guy next to me had a set of Sennheisers. After a brief conversation, he offered the use of his headphones.
I was blown away by them. So I went to Circuit City and purchased a set. I promptly returned them 1 hour later.
When I was on the airplane, I was comparing them to my Jensens. When I purchased them, I compared them to my Bose Triports.
The Sennheisers do an excellent job of noise canceling, but their audio quality didn't compare to my Bose Triports.
I promptly called Bose and ordered a set of QC3's. When I received them and tried them out, I was not disappointed. The sound quality, comfort, and noise canceling was superb.
All my audio quality tests were performed on my Ipod.
There is a difference between 'on the ear' and 'around the ear headphones'. The QC3's are the most comfortable 'on the ear' headphones I have ever tried. I have been on flights that lasted over three hours, and had no discomfort. Yes my ears did feel warm but it was no big deal.
The 'around the ear' headphones are naturally going to be the most comfortable, but also the most bulky feeling.
There are fans of the earbud type headphones, but I find them very uncomfortable. Especially for long periods of time.
There are a few things I can recommend about noise canceling headphones.
First and foremost trust your ears not someone else's comments.
Second, if you can, compare the sound quality using the same audio source.
Third, be careful with the 'pressure' that you may feel on your ear drums with noise canceling headphones. You may find it to be a discomfort. Some people are more susceptible to that than others. In my case it's hardly noticeable.
Pros noise cancellation, build quality, comfort
Cons price, price, price
Summary I love these headphones. I've had Sharper Image and the QuietComfort 2 and for me these are the best for air travel. I use Ultimate Ear for normal listening but they just didn't cut it on a plane. There was still too much noise. The QuietComfort 3 is even better than I thought it would be. I do have one annoyance though. When I plug them into my PC, I get an annoying hiss that is not there when I plug them into my laptop or ipod.