Review: Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

by Klaus on September 3, 2010

in Personal Blog, Reviews

On my recent vacation in the United States, I suddenly found myself in a Bose outlet store in Leesburg Premium Outlet. An outlet center filled with boring clothing shops, if you ask me 😉 But the Bose shop instantly caught my attention. Initially I just wanted to look at their products and see if I could find an airline adapter for my headset so I could use them on the airplane ride back home to Europe.

So what happens… I enter the Bose shop and within seconds a salesman is over me and I tell him that I’m just browsing for now but just a few seconds later I find myself in their brand new home entertainment cinema room, about to get a demonstration of Bose Lifestyle V35 home entertainment surround system. The demonstration was awesome and the Lifestyle V35 set was even more awesome, especially considering how small the wireless speakers were. I wish I could have brought it with me home, but it was over $3000 – yikes!!

Having never really owned a Bose product I was somewhat intrigued now and went on to try a few of their headphones and quickly fell in love with Bose QuietComfort 15. The name speaks for itself, they quiet your surroundings by using Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology and they’re comfortable to wear.

Unfortunately I’m not an audiophile so I can’t really tell if a pair of headphones play music worth $50 or $300 but to me they sounded very good and I loved the noise cancelling technology. I ended up buying a pair for just $250, without knowing what the retail price would be back in Europe but I was sure they were much more expensive (in fact, they’re almost $400 over here).

Bought them and used them on the plane home – they were awesome! Being using them at home every other day too because it’s still so hot where I live that air-condition has to run few times throughout the day and I can’t even hear the A/C while wearing Bose QuietComfort 15 and listening to music on Spotify or iTunes 10, so I’m really enjoying my music, compared to having my speakers compete with a loud and noisy air-condition.

Bose QC15 does have a somewhat thin cord attached to them, I would have liked it to be just a tad thicker for the purpose of living up to the rest of the good quality in the product.

If you buy a pair on Amazon US you can get them for $299 but if you’re lucky you can find a factory renewed set in a Bose outlet store for $250 as well. I can recommend them.

My rating of Bose QuietComfort 15 is 4 out of 5 apples:

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Brian Rogel September 3, 2010 at 17:36

Bose is basically an offline version of Adobe. They know their products are unmatched by competitors so they severely overprice them simply because they can. Thanks for the information, and I hope you enjoy the new headphones.
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Klaus September 4, 2010 at 10:49

I’ve heard that Bose are good, but not that they’re so good that their products are unmatched by competitors – but that’s cool 🙂

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James M. September 4, 2010 at 05:08

Thin cord?!? For that price, they should have at least not crimped on the cord as the cord often is the weakest link in a headphone’s lifespan. The cord is most often the next thing I inspect after checking the specs and price. Especially if the price is high, I would want to be able to use it for years.
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Klaus September 4, 2010 at 10:53

Well, the cord is not *that* thin that I’m worried about it, but I would have liked it to be just a little bit thicker. However, the cord can be easily unplugged from the headset so I’m sure it’s replaceable some how, in case it breaks.

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Sourish @ Ipod Touch 4 September 4, 2010 at 22:00

250 bucks for headphones ..oooh . I wonder how much will be a home theatre worth

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Sourish @ Ipod Touch 4 September 4, 2010 at 22:44

i heard of BOSE the first time , i went for my guitar classes. My teacher said , its the best sound system in thmething that has less wires , i just dont like wires anymore
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Headphone Speakers October 28, 2010 at 14:31

i love bose!!!!

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Dre Jones August 18, 2011 at 07:26

bose is the bmw of headphones!

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Robert@Backlink Energizer March 6, 2012 at 20:38

Interesting – I’m just in the process of doing some research on high-end stereo headphones and the Bose QuietComfort headphones seem to be absolutely fantastic. I checked them out on Amazon and they are getting very good reviews – thanks for the great tip.

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