"Best there is"on by nicks525
Pros light weight, high quality, small package
Cons The sitcker price is higher however bose gives you a great price plan
Summary I have had all three QuietComfort's from Bose and each new revision there has been a huge leap in technology. I must say this is the best to come. I just wish the cell adapters and other things would come along with the 399 sticker. You would think the unit would not sound as well as the QuietComfort 2 however I am very impressed this small design works as good if not better than their predecessor. I just wish BOSE could also make one in bluetooth.
Pros Sound quality, full surround sound, noise cancellation
Cons Nothing of note
Summary My default headphones are Sennheiser 650's with upgraded cable and Grado amp--total cost $1,100. I ignored the elitist Audiophiles who scoff at Bose and purchased the Quiet Comfort 3's. What a bargain at $350, paricularly for an iPod. The sound spectrum is spectacular--you are completely immersed in your tunes--sharp, clear and loud (the way I like it).
I've had the Shure "ear canal" buds--very close. BUT, you push earwax way down in the ear canal and it's time for Rotor Rooter--IMHO, unsafe.
Looking for the best marriage of iPod and headphones and the Bose Quiet Comfort 3 is the ONLY choice, worth every cent of it's $350 pricetag.
Advice: Don't go cheap on headphones.Updated
I've been ussing the QC3's since they were introduced. Not being an audiophile, I prefer the QC3's over my SE530's and my S650's. For iPod listening, only the SE530's come close. Did someone say expensive? NO way--the SE530's are $500 and the S650's with upgrade cable is $750--plus I need a Grado headphone amp ($500) to get the same surround-sound I get from the QC3's. The QC3's are perfect for my Netflix movies--you truly feel like your in the scene. You will not regret putting the QC3's on your audio rack. Personally, the S650's are collecting dust, but the SE530's are beautifully designed for use on the treadmill.
Pros Fantastic noise cancellation, great sound, lovely design
Cons Blows a bose shape hole in your wallet,
Summary I read a lot of reviews on the web, and so when I got these for my 21st birthday, I decided to write a review for those looking to know more.
I have not had much experience with the Quietcomfort 2's, so i wont compare.
The box is very nice, and when opened, everything is beautifully laid out. From all the adapters for the charger, spare battery, and the lovely hard case. In the case, there are the headphones, charger, and cable. Everything about the packaging is what you would expect for a luxury product.
The charger is very well designed, and looks like one of the ear cups. The battery fits in the top, and fully charges in an hour or so. Bose say that the battery lasts 20 hours. Its nice that Bose throw in an extra battery, and power adapters for every where in the world (although i understand that the adapters and extra battery are not in the US version, I bought it in UK).
Okay, so I slapped in the battery, put the headphones on, and turned them on. I tried them without music first. These are designed for noise cancelling, so I went out to Central London in rush hour. When I walked down a very traffic busy street, I could slightly hear the tire noise of some cars. I felt slightly disappointed as I thought these were meant to reduce all noise. But, then I took the 'phones off. The noise was unbelievable. Wind, engines from lots of cars, people, foot steps. Put the headphones back on, nothing but my sweet music playing at 50% volume of my MP3 player. So, noise cancelling, very impressive. I'm flying to Canada soon, and I cant wait to use these bad boys on that flight. These headphones greatly reduce low frequency sound, such as engines, background noise, etc. High frequency noise is harder to actively cancel, so you can hear voices to an extent, but it does reduce it. Have some music on, even at a low volume, and you can hear nothing. If a car goes past you, you cant hear the engine, but you can slightly hear the tire noise. Very fun feeling.
First off, im not an audiophile but have an appreciation for good sound. Bose is not for strict technical audiophiles. The company focuses on psychoacoustics - or, how the mind likes sound. This is why they dont list technical specs on speaker systems as they dont think they matter, so long as the listener likes what they listen too. I like the sound from the Quietcomfort 3's. The sound is very warm, rich bass, and works for all types of music. Now, I havent heard the Shure e500's, so I cant compare. I have no doubt that they might produce technically better sound, but to be honest, I am not that bothered. I am not a fan of in-canal buds, I just dont like the feeling of having headphones deep in my ear. I have a pair of sennheiser cx300, and they felt uncomfortable after a short time, and they dont even go that deep into your ear. To each their own, but I love the sound of the quietcomfort 3's.
For what they are, premium noise cancelling headphones, they are brilliant. They are most likely not the best sounding headphones on the market, but thats not what they are marketed as. Noise cancelling features are fantastic and once you get past the initial hurt of the damage your bank account has suffered, there is a certain sense of pride of ownership. On the subway, there was a guy telling his girlfriend that he wanted these headphones for his birthday, which gave me a nice smile.
Are they worth it?
This is a tough one. As much as I like these headphones, and I am generally fond of Bose design, these are very expensive. If your interested, then make sure you have a good listen at a showroom. Then, remember, there is a 30day trial so you can further fully test. If your looking for noise cancelling headphones, and can deal with the price, then consider them. Some prefer Quietcomfort 2's, and thats down to personal preference. I like the much smaller design, and slightly bassier sound.
Hope this review helps
Pros Smaller and lighter than the QC2; rechargable battery; great active noise suppression
Cons Expensive; less passive noise suppression than closed-ear designs
Summary I bought a pair of Quiet Comfort 2 headphones on the day they went on sale; for the past couple of years they've been my companion on dozens of airplanes, trains, and buses, airports and hotels. So when the QC3's came out I figured "what the heck, give'em a try, you can always return'em".
I like the fact that they're smaller than the QC2. The case is smaller, as well, leaving more room in my backpack for spare laptop batteries and other stuff. (If you're a woman, the smaller size of the QC3's means you won't look as goofy as the QC2's might have done to you.)
Near as I could tell, Bose added a couple dB of active noise suppression which compensated for the loss of passive suppression from the switch to an on-ear design. I have always had a preference for circumaural headphones; pressure right on my ears tended to be wearing after a while, and caused the temple pieces on my eyeglasses to leave bigger impressions than usual on the side of my head. The QC3 had a lighter pressure than I was expecting; after wearing them for 4 1/2 hours on a SEA-PIT flight, I was amazed at how comfortable they still felt.
Many reviewers have commented that the price seemed outrageous. Were it not for Bose customer service, I might agree; but their commitment to making things right has won me over. I am on my third pair of QC2 headphones, but I only paid for the first.
The QC2 (like the QC3) comes with a 12 month warranty. My first pair of QC2s broke 13 months after I purchased them; a plastic part snapped right where the rotating pin at the top of the left earpiece attaches to the headband. This wasn't due to abuse; it looked like a design fault to me. On my way through the airport to board my flight home, I stopped at a Bose sales kiosk and showed them my headphones. The salesman listened to my story, took down my information, took the broken headphones from my hands and gave me a brand new pair.
14 months later, same failure. Same place. On my next outbound flight, I again took the headphones with me and went to the Bose kiosk. This time, the person I spoke to was a senior Bose engineer who'd been out on the road going from city to city talking to customers about their product. I showed him the headphones, explained my history, and asked him what was going on. He explained exactly what the problem was, how they'd redesigned to eliminate the flaw, and how to tell the difference between a pre- and post-redesign pair. He also said he didn't have a pair on-hand to give me, but that I should go to any Bose location and get a replacement. When I returned home, I took the pair (#2) to the Bose store in a nearby mall and got a replacement (#3), no questions asked.
I used to use Sony noise-cancelling headphones. Flimsy, but cheap. And also crappy quality. Two pair failed the same way (top headband hinge parted); a third pair had cable quality issues. Sony never replied to my emails. I won't buy another pair of their headphones, that's for sure.
I still haven't decided if I'm going to use the QC3's or keep my QC2's and hand the 3's to my wife for her use. But Bose gets to keep my money on this one. (I'd love to have the QC3 electronics and rechargable battery combines with the QC2 circumaural ear cups; I'd sigh but still whip out my credit card. I'm sure my daughter needs a good pair of headphones.)
I truly believe the Quiet Comfort 2 pair that I've been using has preserved my hearing; I've spent a lot of time on airplanes, including turboprops, and my rate of hearing loss due to age and abuse seems to have slowed down in the past few years. (But I'm still getting older, darn it.) Preserving my hearing is worth a couple hundred dollars.
"Bang for Buck ??"on by Drew_law
Pros Good sound quality and construction
Cons Costly and cumbersome
Summary A pair of studio quality ear buds offer far better sound quality and eliminate back ground noise for half the cost (depending on model and manufacurer) "AND" I can carry them in my pocket when not in use.
But then again, I miss the ego boost of wearing headphones with that slick BOSE logo on the side and the looks from the all ladies as I slide them in that nice carry case.