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Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
|Model Name||Quietcomfort 15|
|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear|
About this item
- The best around-ear Bose headphones reduce noise across a wide range of frequencies. Connectivity Technology: Wired/Wireless
- Enjoy music and movies with clear and lifelike sound
- Comfortable, around-the-ear fit; ideal for frequent flyers
- Includes airline adapter, carrying case, and two audio cables-one with mic/remote for iPhone/iPod control and hands-free iPhone calling
- AAA battery included: 35 hours average life
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|Sold By||Usually delivered faster than estimated!||Tranesca||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Usually delivered faster than estimated!||Amazon.com|
|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear|
|Item Dimensions||8.50 x 8.75 x 2.75 inches||—||1.50 x 6.00 x 7.50 inches||3.20 x 6.70 x 7.10 inches||1.50 x 5.98 x 7.52 inches||2.00 x 6.50 x 8.00 inches|
|Item Weight||7.40 ounces||0.42 ounces||6.88 ounces||0.52 lbs||6.81 ounces||0.55 lbs|
|Special Features||ios-phone-control||Android, wireless||wireless||Bluetooth, Lithium-ion battery||Noise-Canceling||Noise Cancellation, Microphone Feature, Water Resistant, Volume-Control|
QuietComfort 15 headphones feature exclusive Bose advancements in noise reduction technology. You hear less noise and more of your music and movies-with quality sound and a long-lasting comfortable fit. You won't find this combination of benefits in any other headphone.Connectivity Technology: Wired,Jack Type: Angled(3.5 mm) and One (1) Year Warranty.
From the Manufacturer
Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones
Full Spectrum Noise Reduction
They're the best Bose around-ear headphones, period. QuietComfort 15 headphones feature exclusive Bose advancements in noise reduction technology. You hear less noise and more of your music and movies-with quality sound and a long-lasting comfortable fit. You won't find this combination of benefits in any other around-ear headphone.
Bose technology at work
Within every pair of QC®15 headphones, advanced electronics use microphones inside and outside each earcup to sense the sounds around you-and reduce the noise. Proprietary ear cushion technology blocks some of the noise before it even reaches your ears. Together, these Bose innovations add up to a more enjoyable listening experience.
Relax with music - or without it
QC15 headphones also feature proprietary signal processing and TriPort® acoustic headphone structure for more lifelike sound-including deep low notes-from small, lightweight earcups. And when you'd rather relax without music, switch on QC headphones to simply reduce the noise around you, wherever you are.
Take calls. Take control
QC15 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.
Welcome to a better-sounding world
When you fly with QC15 headphones, engine roar fades to a whisper. When you listen at home or at work, fewer distractions get in the way of your music. And when you want to stay connected, calls are just a button-press away. QC15 headphones continue to give you more of what you want to hear, and less of what you don't.
QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones Highlights
- Significant noise reduction across a wider range of frequencies. Proprietary Bose innovations use microphones both inside and outside each earcup to sense and reduce the sounds around you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Advanced ear cushions use new materials in a proprietary design to establish a critical acoustical seal-helping to further reduce noise while providing a comfortable fit.
- 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.
Apple cable compatibility
The QuietComfort 15 inline remote and microphone cable is compatible with iPod nano (4th, 5th and 6th generation), iPod classic (120GB, 160GB only), iPod touch (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation), iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2, and Macbook (unibody) and Macbook Pro. The remote is supported by iPod shuffle (3rd generation). Audio is supported by all iPod models. Requires latest iPod software.
|Overall headphone dimensions||7.5"H x 6"W x 1.5"D ( 19.1 cm x 15.2 cm x 3.8 cm )|
|Ear cushion outside dimensions||3.8"H x 2.9"W ( 9.6 cm x 7.4 cm )|
|Weight with cables||4.9 oz (140 g)|
What's in the box
- QuietComfort 15 headphones
- QuietComfort 15 inline remote and microphone cable (detachable)
- Standard audio cable (detachable)
- AAA battery
- Carrying case
- Airline adapter
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These headphones don’t fold in like my Audio Technicians but, will swivel 90 degrees and fit into the case made for them. This leaves for a larger footprint.
The cable from your headphones to your audio source is proprietary and while sometimes the word proprietary is frowned upon, you’ll be happy to know you can actually replace the cable just as easy headband and ear cups. Links for those replacements are down below.
There is a switch on the cable that controls the loudness of volume. It has nothing to do with noise cancellation at all. He plugs into headphones and will lock into place. NOTE: When removing the cable from the headset DO NOT pull on the cable itself you will shorten the life of that cable or possibly ruin it if you do it too many times. The notch here is where you’ll remove the cable. ALWAYS REMOVE THE CABLE BY THE NOTCH NOT THE CABLE ITSELF.
To activate the Noise cancellation simply flip the switch and you’ll see the green LED light come on. NOTE: If the green LED light is flashing that means the AAA battery needs to be replaced. Which can be found on the right earphone toward the top.
QuietComfort 15s produce a sense of pressure on the eardrum. Listeners sensitive to this effect may find it anywhere from mildly annoying to
uncomfortable. Most of the former group will tend to forget about it as soon they start playing music or movies.
The noise cancellation performs best with Low type sounds such as: air plane engines, ac units running, subway noise etc. You will be able to hear people around but, they will be muffled. Best way I can describe it to you is when you’re underwater listening to the sound above the water. MUFFLED or Dampened
Sound Quality, I always test headphones with all type of genres of music, movies, and playback for my recordings on my channel here. The sound coming from these cans are good. Bass, is well balanced with while the mids and highs will perform fine however, sound a little thin. They distort if you turn the volume above 80% or higher from my experience. Sweet spot for me was to have the volume level around 65-70%. That would sound come through clearly without distortion.
Sound leakage: Leakage is minimal if you’re putting the volume at 75% plus is when others around you they’ll be able to hear it but, not to point where they’d need ask you to turn it down. Quiet areas like libraries you may want to keep at a lower volume around 60-65% is my recommendation.
No amp is required
Noise Cancelling does its job without fail
Even though the cable is preparatory you can actually replace it for cheap that you can find on Amazon for iOS specific or regular usage.1
Very comfortable of wearing these for long periods of time.
The headband\ ear cushions on the cans can be replaced and found on amazon for cheap.
Things to consider:
Not a very low bass range
When the battery dies so does your music
Expensive for a discounted product
Comfort : good, in spite of the fabric which is disintegrating itself.
Conclusion : this is supposed to be a high end product for 300 dollars (yes, you read well), and things are not working the way they should. If I bought a luxurious car, I would expect to have it working flawlessly for years. Don't have enough money for luxurious cars, but I can afford a luxurious pair of headphones, and look at the result !
I am very happy with battery life, as well as audio/mic quality (I am not an audiophile, nor using these for that purpose).
I always babied these by transporting them in their carrying case, and always take my time when putting them into the case (even when I'm in a hurry, knocking everything else about). Based on previous reviews regarding fragility, I've always worried about this headset, but the electronics have remained solid! Highly recommended.
Top reviews from other countries
Part of what makes them so effective, I suspect, are the soft, deep earpads, which completely cover and surround each ear. They are very comfortable, and I can and do wear them for hours at a time without any problems other than a slight heat buildup caused by the close seal around my ears. This quickly goes away if I take the headphones off for a few minutes.
Like other over-ear headphones, they don't play well with spectacles. The pads press against the arms of the glasses, which press against my head, causing discomfort, as well as creating a gap under the earpad through which unwanted noise can creep in. So I leave my glasses off, or balance them inelegantly on top of the earpads.
I was not expecting the audio quality to be outstanding, given the amount of processing the sound undergoes before reaching my ears. However, I was pleasantly surprised and enjoy using these headphones to listen to music and audiobooks. Admittedly, they don't give me the "wow" feeling of the best (non-ANC) headphones I've used, but I can live with that. The QC15's ANC circuitry produces a slight hiss when activated, but this is very hard to detect when playing music.
One problem: After a few weeks of use, I started getting an intermittent soft crackling in one or both earpieces. It has recurred a few times and seems to be getting more frequent, generally lasting several minutes and then fading away. After searching online, it appears to be a problem other users have experienced. A suggested solution I found was to replace the battery (even if the "battery low" indicator was not flashing). This does sometimes work. Otherwise, I switch the headphones off for about 10 minutes, and when I try them again, the crackling has gone. If the problem continues to recur, I may put Bose's customer service to the test.
Incidentally, I also own the Bose QC20i ANC earphones. Though impressive, I do not find them as good as the QC15s for comfort, audio quality or noise cancellation. However, this is just my personal experience, and it may be that the tips supplied with the QC20i are not an optimal fit for my ears. I have also used the Sony MDR1RNC Noise Cancelling Headphones. They have great build quality, but I found them to be heavier, less comfortable and significantly less effective than the Bose at reducing traffic noise.
UPDATE - After about 6 months of daily use, the earpad on one side split open along the row of airholes, revealing the foam padding. A quick call to Bose resulted in a new pair of earpads being sent out free of charge, which I have now fitted. Replacing the earpads has also signicantly reduced (but not entirely eliminated) the occasional crackling noises I mentioned, so I suspect there may be a connection there. Perhaps the noise is the sound of the foam moving or the airholes in the leather-like cover slowly splitting?
As soon as I turned them on, the hum of the air conditioning system simply disappeared, the music my phone was playing was clear, with well defined bass and treble sounds and superb differentiation across the whole audio range. I went home, looked round and bought these the same day.
I have listened to everything from spoken word to a full brass band and the quality is remarkable, there is nothing I have heard that comes close. The best thing though is the noise cancelling. My work takes me into a noisy computer hall where there is the sound of cooling fans and air conditioning, we are supplied with ear plugs but I tried these with no lead. The effect was amazing, the level of noise I was getting even with earplugs just went, and I found I could have a conversation with the others in the data hall without having to shout to be heard.
I just can't say enough to praise these, they are without doubt, the best headphones I have ever used.
A few cons you cant just wear them around your neck and leave home for the train station or airport a bit uncomfortable due to their size. But when on the head they are very comfortable and you can wear them on long flights. Only if you want to sleep obviously they are over head so you cant just turn around and sleep on the flight while they are on in most positions. :)
Please trust my look no further these are on a different class level that even (very tempting beats or Parrot Zik by Philippe Starck) trust me clarity of sound and frequency response is not even comparable. I was sold for Zik until i manage to try these with all others thanks to Currys Duty Free at Heathrow.