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Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • On-ear fit: Ear cups rest gently on your ears
  • Bose noise reduction and quality sound for travel, work and home
  • Comfortable, lightweight design with an on-ear fit: headphones rest gently on your ears
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery: 25 hours average use per charge
  • Fold-flat ear cups for easy storage in slim carrying case
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Product Description

Product Description

Compact, on-ear QuietComfort 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
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger included
  • Ear cups fold flat in slim carrying case for easy storage
Welcome to a quieter world

Compact, on-ear QuietComfort 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.

Hear the difference for yourself
advanced noise reduction
Advanced noise reduction and a comfortable fit let you enjoy hours of easy listening.

Wear QC®3 headphones when you fly, and you'll notice a dramatic reduction in engine noise the moment you turn them on. For quality audio, simply plug the cable into your portable player or the in-flight entertainment system.

Use QC3 headphones at home or at work, and distractions fade softly into the background. Of course, no headphones will eliminate all noise. But Bose technologies in QuietComfort 3 headphones work together to make almost any listening experience more rewarding.

Proven performance

QC3 headphones feature Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology that electronically identifies, and then dramatically reduces, the noise around you, while preserving the audio or tranquility you desire. Proprietary signal processing and audio reproduction technology also provide lifelike audio across the full range of sound - including deep low tones - from relatively small and lightweight headphones.

With ambient noise reduced, the high quality sound these headphones provide becomes even more apparent. You may hear nuances in your favorite tracks that you've never noticed before. And the soft-cushioned, easy-on-the-ears fit lets you listen comfortably for hours.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides an average of 25 hours of reliable use per charge. Small wall-socket charger also included.
  • Single, detachable audio cable offers greater convenience than standard Y-cables.
  • 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 5.1 oz (145 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
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery charger
  • Detachable audio cable
  • Airline adapter
  • Carrying case

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 Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.6 x 2.2 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • 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.
  • ASIN: B0030XXH1S
  • Item model number: 323014-0010
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 21, 2006

Technical Details

  • Noise-Cancelling-Feature

Product Specifications

Brand NameBose
Color NameSilver

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The noise canceling is AMAZING.
Gilad
For such uses it can be enjoyed even without playing music.
Allan Tischler
Which I was told, I could not return.
Eleanor Earle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,659 of 1,673 people found the following review helpful By G. Davis on July 12, 2006
I have used the Bose QuietComfort QC-2 headphones for about a year, and have traveled to Asia over 5 times with them, and domestic travel as well. About 120 hours of air time. Never took them off. Vastly reduces my jetlag. A pleasure to own and use.

On an impulse buy, I bought the QC-3's after a demo at the local Bose store. 30-day return policy. Compared them side-by-side... both on the airplane, home, with and without sound.

My impressions (your mileage may vary :-)

Noise Cancellation:

The QC-3 has impressive noise cancellation, I think it's incrementally better than the QC-2. Perhaps it's a little too 'aggressive'. Let me explain. I feel a little uncomfortable from a (perceived) pressure on my ear. Note: this is not physical pressure from the ear-pieces, nor is it air-pressure, but rather a physco-acoustic result of noise cancellation. I felt this only slightly with the QC-2's. Bose did an amazing job of noise cancellation given the challenges of an "on-the-ear" design which offers less physical noise isolation due to lack of cups. Everyone has a different tolerance to this pressure, the only way to tell is to try them out. Vote: QC-3 for noise cancellation, QC-2 for comfort (again, will vary from person to person).

Audio Quality:

Using MP3's encoded at 192 kbps, and CD audio, the difference in the two headphones is clear (excuse the pun). The QC-2's are brighter sounding with adequate bass. The QC-3's are a little heavy on the low-end, to the point of sounding muddy. Vote: QC-2.

Construction:

Some have complained about the QC-2's breaking at the stem that attaches each earpiece. I never had this problem, but I am also very careful, especially given their cost.
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679 of 689 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2006
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I was preparing for a long trip to Ukraine. This involved both a very long initial flight, then a flight from Kiev to Lviv, plus many 3+ hr long van rides to various destinations and an overnight train trip between the main cities. I knew I would really need a noise cancelling headphone. With the Bose QuietComfort 3 just coming on the market, I was willing to pay the top dollar in order to maintain my sanity.

When I first received my headphone set - only days after it was released - I was thrilled. It was small, easy to carry in its slim case, and it had a rechargeable battery. This seemed like the perfect headphone for travel. I already had my 60 gig iPod ready with "sleep music". Now all I had to do was plug it in, and encounter pure bliss.

The headphones were really comfortable to "put on" - they fit on top of the ears rather than "around the ears" like the previous model. They were very light and non-intrusive. Lying sideways on a pillow didn't pose much of a problem. I waited the proper time to charge up the battery, and then I put them on and turned them on.

WHOMP. It wasn't a *physical* sensation. It's not that the foamy earcups pressed against my ears strongly. It was an INTERNAL sensation - the pressure of the waves of the speaker against my eardrums. It actually hurt. I turned it off. The sensation went away. I turned them on again and WHOMP, there was that pressure again.

This intrigued me so much that I did research and made a specific playlist of songs on my iPod that involved left-right sounds, i.e. songs like We Love You, Lightning Crashes etc. where songs only play out of one speaker or the other (left or right). The pain would definitely come more strongly out of the speaker that was not playing music.
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637 of 655 people found the following review helpful By Paul Noble on June 23, 2006
I did a fairly comprehensive A/B test this evening at our local Bose store (their first stock arrived today).

I had given my QC-2s to my wife and bought ER 6i's because of the bulk of the QC-2 case when travelling, but have never been wholly comfortable with the ER 6i's stuffed in my ear canals.

I saw the QC-3 ads and since I am travelling to Europe next week I hoped to secure a pair before leaving.

What I found physically: QC-3s are for me less comfortable with the required pressure on the ear. The QC-2s feel 'lighter' to wear, though they are actually around 20% heavier. The QC-3 case is slightly smaller and thinner, but not significantly, and with the battery charger, if anything slightly heavier.

A small, but potentially critical design flaw: the QC-3 'on' light is incorporated into the switch, rather dull and much easier to miss, certainly under store lighting. But if you leave them on from your last use, since they use a rechargeable battery requiring a mains charger, you will be out of luck on that long flight! With the QC-2, the risk is far less and the remedy a single spare AA battery (30 hours of use with the QC-2s v 20 hours per charge with the QC-3 rechargeable battery).

What I found aurally: to my ears, and those of a Bose staff member who joined me in the test, the QC-2's are slightly more detailed, with slightly more depth. This is in a quiet store, not an airplane, mind you, and listening to a CD not (a compressed) iPod source. I would guess that any aural difference would be much harder to hear on a plane.

Fact is, in a store one has no way of knowing just what the acoustic differences will be on a plane. Evidently the QC-3s have stronger noice cancellation to compensate for their open design.
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