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Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, Black

by Bose
4.4 out of 5 stars 357 customer reviews
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  • High-performing noise reduction for home, work or travel
  • Rich, detailed audio highlights musical nuances
  • Comfortable, on-ear fit for hours of easy listening
  • Includes two audio cables, one with mic/remote for iPhone/iPod control and hands-free iPhone calling, and a travel case
  • 25 hours of use on average from rechargeable Li-ion battery; includes charger
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Product Description

Compact, on-ear Quiet Comfort 3 headphones offer a proven combination of Bose noise reduction, audio performance and comfortable fit. Proprietary Bose technologies deliver quality sound from these award-winning headphones - and make listening a pleasure just about anywhere.

From the Manufacturer

Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones

Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones
  • High-performing noise reduction headphones for travel, work and home
  • Enjoy your music and movies even more, with clear and lifelike sound
  • Comfortable and lightweight on-ear fit
  • Includes two audio cables, one with mic/remote for iPhone®/iPod® control and hands-free calling
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, charger and carrying case also included
Separate the noise from the music

Leave the noise behind, and get the most from your music. QuietComfort 3 headphones offer a proven combination of Bose noise reduction and audio performance with a comfortable on-ear fit. These award-winning headphones deliver clear, lifelike sound, making listening a pleasure just about anywhere.

Proven performance
advanced noise reduction
Advanced noise reduction and a comfortable fit let you enjoy hours of easy listening.

QC3 headphones feature Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology to electronically identify, then dramatically reduce, the noise around you. You're left with the music you love—or the simple serenity you desire. Proprietary signal processing and audio reproduction technology also provide lifelike performance across the full range of sound—including deep low tones—from small and lightweight headphones.

Create a comfortable escape

Think of your noisy office, or the bustling activity in train stations and other public places. At the flip of a switch, that background noise is reduced to a whisper. That’s when the high quality sound these headphones provide becomes even more apparent. You’ll hear more of your music—without having to turn up your music. And the soft-cushioned, easy-on-the-ears fit lets you listen comfortably for hours.

Take calls. Take control

QC3 headphones come with a cable customized for select Apple products. A three-button remote and microphone let you take calls on your iPhone and control music functions on other Apple devices. You can also purchase a mobile kit that lets your QC headphones work with other cell phones, too.

Bose QC3 headphones advanced noise reduction
QC3 headphones make an ideal travel companion, effectively reducing the noise around you to create a more tranquil environment.
Fine traveling companions

QC3 headphones come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and convenient wall charger. You can expect 25 hours of use from a fully charged battery, with a lifespan of approximately 500 charging cycles. An airline adapter plug and protective carrying case are also included. Earcups fold flat for easy storage in the slim case.

  • Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphone technology, a proprietary Bose innovation, electronically identifies and reduces noise while faithfully preserving the audio or tranquility you desire.
  • Compact on-ear design with proprietary soft cushions that establish a critical acoustical seal - helping to further reduce noise while providing a comfortable fit.
  • TriPort® acoustic headphone structure, another Bose exclusive, features tiny vents in the earcups to enable a tonally-balanced audio performance - including reproduction of deep, low notes - from relatively small and lightweight headphones.
  • Active equalization electronically tunes the headphones' frequency response, enabling outstanding audio performance.
  • QC3 Inline Microphone
    Inline microphone and remote for select Apple products
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides an average of 25 hours of reliable use per charge. Small wall charger also included.
  • Interchangeable audio cables, one for general use, and one just for select Apple products, offer greater convenience than permanently connected Y-cables.
  • Inline microphone allows for hands-free iPhone conversation and access to certain voice applications, such as VoiceOver and Voice Control, in other Apple products.
  • Inline three-button remote switches between calls and music, and controls volume, track selection and voice applications on select Apple products.
  • Fold-flat earcups rotate 90 degrees for easy storage and portability in the included case.
  • Slim carrying case helps protect headphones and accessories during travel.
Product Details
Overall headphone dimensions 7.38"H x 5.25"W ( 19 cm x 13.5 cm )
Ear cushion outside dimensions 2.88"H x 2.25"W ( 7.5 cm x 6 cm )
Weight with cable 4.8 oz (136.1 g)
Battery output power 3.7VDC, 200mAh
Battery life Approximately 25 hours per charge; 500 charging cycles
Bose QC 3 box
What's in the box
  • QuietComfort 3 headphones
  • QuietComfort 3 inline remote and microphone cable (detachable)
  • Standard audio cable (detachable)
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery charger
  • Carrying case
  • Airline adapter

QuietComfort® 3 Accessories

QuietComfort® 3 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery --Additional battery for QuietComfort 3 headphones. Especially handy for extra-long trips. Provides up to 25 hours run time per charge.

QuietComfort® 3 Mobile Communications Kit --Bring all the benefits of Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones to your mobile phone. An enhanced inline microphone lets you switch seamlessly between music and calls with the push of a button, while providing clearer communications. This mobile communications kit works with most Android, Blackberry and Windows phones as well as iPhone and other mobile devices.

Similar Bose Products to Consider

Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones --The best QuietComfort headphones from Bose reduce even more noise across a wider range of frequencies - using advanced electronics and newly developed ear cushions. They're quieter than ever before, with Bose quality sound and a fit that stays comfortable for hours.

Product Information

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Product Dimensions 2.2 x 5.4 x 7.4 inches
Item Weight 5.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number 349219-0010
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 357 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #193 in Electronics > Headphones > On-Ear Headphones
#5,112 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
#5,336 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Player Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com May 17, 2012

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Alright, so after having the opportunity to own both Quiet comfort 3 and 15 headphones, I thought I'd give my opinion on each to help those deciding between the two.

Size: The QC3s are an entire size smaller than the QC15s. QC3 wins in terms of portability, but both headphones come with a carrying case and I don't think the QC15s are more of a burden to carry around. The smaller QC3 is an on ear design compared to the QC15 which is an over the ear design.

Battery: QC3 comes with one rechargeable battery that lasts maybe 25 hours or so. I recommend buying another battery from amazon or ebay so that you can have one to use when the other battery dies. QC15 runs on AAA batteries and should last for 35 hours. I recommend buying eneloop rechargeable batteries and a charger so you're not buying batteries every two weeks. Buying an additional battery for the QC3 can be relatively cheap if you get an off-brand battery or buy it used (~$10-$20). 4 eneloop batteries and a charger to use with the QC15 is around $20.

Design: Major design difference is that the QC3 is on ear and the QC15 is over the ear. Both are very comfortable, but I personally thought the QC3 felt better on my head, maybe because it's lighter. The audio cable is also designed differently on both. QC15 has a volume control switch on the cable that you can change to high or low. This part goes inside the earpiece, so you'd have to remove the cable to adjust it. QC15 and QC3 also come with a cable that has a remote and microphone that you can use to take phone calls.

Noise Cancellation: I'll probably be in a minority when I say this, but I didn't notice a difference in noise cancellation between the two headphones.
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I have had mine for almost 2 years. They are so effective that the quiet may bother some people. I live on a busy street
And the noise can be bothersome when sitting on my deck. These headphones eliminate all but the very loudest motorcycles.
even those few are very muted. If I lost these today I would buy new ones tomorrow. I have never given 5 stars before this.
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Having read quite a few of these reviews, it is clear many owners were as ignorant as I of the lifetime replacement guarantee. Regardless if your complaint is wear and tear over time or if the dog ate the headphones, Bose promises to replace them ~ no questions asked ~ for $99. Yes, you do expend more money but if your set is worn out or eaten, it's nice to know one can get a completely brand new set of an invaluable item at a greatly reduced cost. I'm certainly glad someone told me; hope this helps.
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I have owned my QC3's for quite some time now. They were a costly purchase and I wondered how good an idea it was at the time. The QC3's proved in performance during a lot of "back-end of the plane" travel that they are superb. I have been known to also travel at the front of the plane, where the impact is less, so I can truly attest to my next comment - QC3's are like an upgrade to business class. Get your own music and your QC3's and you can survive a 5 hour trip in economy without batting an eyelid. The volume on the ipod can drop from 90% to 50% with the same clarity!
I can recall before my QC3's the inevitable headache that would come from my monthly 14 hour each way journey. That all disappeared with the purchase of the QC3's. Just wonderful, and something that really works. I also find them incredibly comfortable and would strongly recommend the on-ear to the over-ear versions. You can't sleep so good (on your side) in them, but I have still done it (for many hours on the seats in various airports across the world).
I have shure se530 earphones, as well as Grado SR80i and Audio-Technica ATHESW9A headphones so I know the the Bose are no slouch in the sound department too. But their gift - simply - is a quiet background.
I think the reachargeable battery system probably adds $50 to the value of the package too. It has just been great.
Great job Bose, great headphone QC3!
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I've owned Bose QE for about two years now.
Noise cancellation is excellent.
Abnoxious sounds like plane engines are virtually eliminated while you can still hear people speak.
The sound quality is ok but missing the low range.
Taking them off, produces a loud feedback squeal.
Last year I had to replace a battery pack because it was holding charge for only 30 minutes.
That's another 50 bucks.
I don't use them very often, mostly on planes or hotels while I travel.
True, I wore them to bed a few times, but It still doesn't justify how quickly they got so worn out.
Thin plastic covering ear paddings is peeling off and showing through the fabric underneath.
I guess I expected a lot from Bose at $350 price tag, but got mediocre.
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I've researched for about 6 months before buying. Checked beats, sony, etc... Purchased them for a red eye flight and was between this one and the qc15. You can pick one or the other they are awesome and just the difference is the battery tech, one rechargable the other AAA. Yes they are pricey but last like for 5 years, if you are getting into long flights, then go for them.

===Update after 6 weeks with them=== this thing is awesome, I've been using them for 6+ hours international flights and also in the office (When I need to get 'in the zone') this has to be one of the best investments I've made
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