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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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|Item Dimensions||8.6 x 8.4 x 2.25 in||2.17 x 0.94 x 2.8 in||—||5.5 x 2.4 x 7.1 in|
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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.
From the Manufacturer
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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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. Whenever there was "silence" or soft levels of sound, the pressure of the "anti noise generators" would hurt my ears.
My boyfriend thought I was insane :) He did sense it when I played the left-right song set. We went into a local outlet where they had the demos set up of the QuietComfort 3 and the QuietComfort 2 (the older over-ear model). Both are rather good at blocking sound, to pretty much an equivalent degree. However even with their store models I could feel that same pain when the QuietComfort 3 headphone was turned in without a strong sound signal coming through. Of course their sample sounds are all loud, throbbing music, perhaps for this very reason. It's easier to mask an "airplane engine simulation" if you're listening to Santana blasting away on Smooth. I mentioned my ear pressure issue to the clerk, and he said he found the exact same thing.
Finally after about 30 days of testing, I called up Bose and asked to exchange this in for the QuietComfort 2. I would much rather have the around-ear headphone (which really, the case is about exactly the same size and the headphone itself is just as comfortable for me) and have far less pain. My thought is that with the around-ear shape they didn't need to blast directly towards your ear as much with the noise cancelling waves in order to counterbalance the ambient noise.
If you're looking at these, I would really compare the two side by side in a store. I tried my very, very best to stick with the QuietComfort 3 since I already had them in my house and they were smaller. I just couldn't do it - they bothered me too much to imagine using them for 2 weeks straight.
There really is no alternative, years ago I tried cheap ($75) active noise cancellation which were useless, followed by not so cheap ($150 range) in-ear passive noise cancellation ear buds which were grossly uncomfortable and would not stay in my ears, until finally nirvana with the Bose QC3. One caveat I must mention is that I will not play music through anything with the Bose name on it. Music and Bose are an oxymoron, in my opinion. For music I have a pair of Beyerdynamic DT880, that is a headphone for music. No, my QC3s are for noise cancellation and voice (as in movies, audiobooks and podcasts) period. Also I do agree with a couple other posts that there is a sensation of pressure with the headphones on and you are not playing anything through the headphones. I can stand it but its not all that pleasant. Finally no I don't care that I can't use the headphones when they are turned off. The battery is more than ample for a 13hr flight over the Pacific. It was my first time in a Boeing 777 and that plane is just as noisy at altitude as a 737, thankfully I had my QC3s. In short, I love these headphones for my use model. It's really five stars for how the QC3s suit my use not because they are the best headphones on the planet.