Bose QuietComfort 15

Updated May 31, 2014
Bose QuietComfort 15

Bottom line

Both professionals and users say that the QuietComfort 15 headphones live up to their name, combining superb noise cancellation with a very comfortable fit. Reviewers also agree that their overall sound quality, while not the best possible, is excellent when compared to other noise-canceling headphones.

Performance

Superb noise-canceling with good sound. Every review we've seen agrees that these Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones provide the best noise cancellation you can possibly get. Experts also agree that they sound better than other noise-canceling headphones. However, that still means audiophiles who prize sound quality over noise cancellation should probably look elsewhere. In terms of what to reasonably expect, David Carnoy of CNET describes the sound as "stuck inside your head," while James Hutchinson of PC World Australia says "close noises become dull and distant, like you're standing in another room with the door closed." Still, reviews say few noise-canceling headphones sound better, and those with effective noise-canceling typically sound worse.

ProsSuperior noise cancellation, Comfortable fit, High-quality build and design, Good sound quality for their typeConsNeeds battery power to operate, Ear cups can get hot
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