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#1 2 months ago

So prime day happened recently and there was a decent offer for a Bose quiet comfort 25. That's the slightly outdated generation of their noise-cancelling headset. As I am travelling a lot and heard very good things from othe travellers I figured I'd get one as well. I had some decent in-ears, but had to replace them lately with very cheap in-ears. Usually I prefer in-ear for outside world use, but was curious about the noise cancellation feature.


I haven't travelled since the headset arrived, but the audio quality is very nice. I started using my smartphone as source and immediately noticed a big difference to the in-ears. Then I connected them to my PC, where I have some music in CD quality and one of the higher-end soundcards. On the PC I use a Sennheiser PC360, which is now 7 years old.  I think the Bose is slightly better, but not by that much (both are in the same price range, so not so suprising).


I think the Sennheiser is larger and more comfortable for long-time use. Also, the Sennheiser has a noise-regulation wheel built into one of the over-ear phones, which is the most convenient thing ever.


The noise cancellation seems to work quite well. You can hear people talking if they are near you and other irregular noises, but most ambient noise that is further (cars, birds outside) is completly filtered. 


So a good purchase I guess. There is a new version, which costs twice as much and is wireless, but this one works fine for me (prefer better audio quality of wired headsets).






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#2 2 months ago

Bose are very high end generally, some audiophiles like to be bitter towards their usual high price tag with "No highs, no lows, must be bose" but there's no denying any Bose speaker or headset I've listened too has always sounded a clear cut above the norm.

Even older models are still high quality, high end, so yeah good choice.


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#3 2 months ago

Yes, I quite like them. Although the noise-cancelling has a slightly weird effect: feels like there is a constant slight pressure (which might make sense, given that sound waves are changes in pressure). Today I was travelling by plane and the difference is quite amazing, with the noise-cancelling activated the engine noise is reduced immensely. To be honest, with in-ears the engine noise isn't much of a problem if you turn the volume up sufficiently, but I suspect that this will quickly lead to hearing loss (my phone warned me several times that the volume level I found sufficient to block engine noise is not recommended).




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#4 2 months ago

True, the active noise cancelling in the high end Bose headphones is one of the better systems out there.

This is partly why they command such high price tags though but it's great you gone one on a deal. Well worth it though if you travel a lot like you say.


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#5 2 months ago

They weren't even that expensive. The latest version (wireless) costs 300€, which is more than I would spend on a headphone. The discounted older version was 160€, which seems fair for a high quality headset.