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Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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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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.
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Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones
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
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.
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.
- 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.
|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|
What's in the box
- QuietComfort 3 headphones
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Battery charger
- Detachable audio cable
- Airline adapter
- Carrying case
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Top customer reviews
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 :-)
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).
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.
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. I did notice a person break a QC-2 on the plane trying to turn the earpieces to hard. The build quality of the QC-3 is about the same, the stem may be somewhat narrower, so they could be more prone to breaking, however I do not think it's an issue if you treat them with respect. Vote: equal.
The QC-3's are lighter, but I still prefer the "over-the-ear" type of headphone. They feel like they stay in place better. I would be upset if the QC-3's fell off my head while loading luggage in the overhead bin, only to have someone step on them. I never felt that could happen with the QC-2's. I also would rather have a little physical pressure around my ear, instead of on my ear. Vote: QC-2.
The QC-3 has a less complicated jack that attaches to the headphone (it's detachable, just like the QC-2's). The QC-2 has a hi/low volume control on the jack stem, while the QC-3 has no adjustment and is adjusted somewhere in between (which is why they are not quite as loud as the QC-2's, given the same volume setting from your MP3, DVD, computer, or stereo). The airplance adapter does serve to attenuate the audio further, if needed. The QC-3 carrying case is a little smaller than the QC-2, but not a significant difference. The covering on the QC-3 case is smooth, which I prefer over the QC-2 case. I do not like the way the QC-3's fit in the case, the ear-pieces do not sit firmly where they are supposed to go. With the QC-2, you know exactly how they fit in the case, it just seems like a better fit. Vote: averages to equal.
I hope this quick review is helpful. I elected to stay with the QC-2. Rgds,
The high-price was surely a concern, even for a few months after I got these ($375 for headphone..why ..???), but with the quality of sound and the comfort in use during air-travel made it worth. However, I feel that these are not good for everyday use like in gym etc, but are superb for those who travel a lot, either airplane, trains or buses.
Battery life is amazing and it just goes on and on. I have taken direct 15 hr flights and it never ran out of charge. Note that, I did not used it for 15 hrs continuously, but did for more than 6-7 hrs. Headphones come in a nice case with an extension cable and connectors for multiple headphone jacks.
So, if you have decided to buy these but are holding because of price, I'd recommend to go ahead and order them. Save somewhere else as these headphones will prove their worth.
You will hear endless opinion (good and bad) as their are different hear experience but to the facts:
Music experience: I love how the music is tuned on these headphones. Yes it is true the basses are a bit overturn but I love them that way. The high frequencies are crispy ... the balance high/mid/low frequency is tuned as I LOVE ... the sound will never saturate even if you love to hear loud (really loud).
Noise Canceling: AMAZING, when you turn them on without hearing any music you start to feel like you were under water or in a music isolated studio (absence of sound), few times I'm even able to hear my own pulse as you don't hear almost no background noise. When you wear them you feel like they would suck/vacuum your ears (is just a sensation) and most background noise disappear magically. Most devices that emit noise like air condition you will be able to delete that noise. What I most love I don't need even more to hear the music loud because you eliminate most almost all background noise so you don't need to hear your music loud to hear well. The bad I still hear my wife speaking :) at least it takes few decibels from her volume.
Comfort: I've tried many many headphones over the last year, I don't know if I'm big with my head/ears but at the end after few minutes at most 1 hour most headphone started to tease me .. too much ear pressure ... too much head pressure, there wasn't a good comfortable headphone that I could wear for over hours. With this headphone I'm able to use them for over 4 over straight.
Build Quality: They seems a bit cheap quality(plastic) but WELL made. Till now I hadn't any problem with them and I haven't broke them yet. The transport bag helps you to care them correctly.
If you would ask me if I would buy them again .... I would say ... YES even if they are expensive.
I hope this will helps you to decide (or not) to buy them.