Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for Apple Devices, Black Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐:halfstar:

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To Buy Or Not Summary

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4.4 out of 5
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    4.3 out of 5
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    4.7 out of 5
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    3.8 out of 5

Features

  • Significant Noise Reduction For Travel
  • Deep, Powerful Sound For The Music You Love
  • Inline Mic/remote For Music And Calls
  • Designed specifically for use with select iPod, iPhone and iPad models
  • These headphones are compatible with most Android, Windows and BlackBerry smartphones
  • Buy
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Amazon Review by Jake Flash :star::star::star::star::star:

1572 people found the following review helpful

Best Bose Headset Yet (Comparison to QC15 and QC20)

The QC25 is Bose' best noise cancelling headphone to date. As someone who has been using Bose QC headphones daily for 3+ years now, I think I can give this a reasonably educated review. I have owned QC15 (predecessor to these headphones) for about 3 years now, and have owned QC20 (in-ear headphones) since they came out. My musical tastes are varied: everything from Yiruma to Taylor Swift to Childish Gambino to Zedd. I listen at my desk at home, in the office, and on public transportation.

Four things really mattered to me when I upgraded to the QC25: sound quality, noise cancelling, comfort, and the portability. So I’ll skip aesthetics and the other features that you can easily read about. And I’ll tackle each of those four critical points in this review, naming a winner in each category.

Sound Quality Winner: QC25
You do need to “burn-in” your Bose headphones. Play music through them for about 100 hours and you’ll hear a differencethey’ll sound much better than they did straight out of the box. After burn-in, indeed, the QC25 has a slightly superior sound to its predecessor. Also, the over-ear headphones have the easy sound-quality advantage on the QC20 earbuds because you get a wider sound stage and harder-hitting bass.

Noise Cancelling Winner: QC15/QC20/QC25 (3-way tie)
There’s marketing hype about how the QC25 noise cancelling is superior. Honestly, I can’t really tell. I could tell the difference between the QC20 and QC15 because the “StayHear tips” blocked the sound in a different way. But in every-day use, the QC25 noise cancelling is really about the same as that in the QC15which is to say that it is excellent and industry-leading. Even at low volumes, you can block out most ambient noise and idle chatter: “quiet” indeed.

Comfort: QC15/QC20/QC25 (3-way tie)
The QC25s are just as comfortable as the QC15s: VERY comfortable. This is due to the light weight and light pressure on the ear cups. This is extra beneficial to people with wider skulls. They make Beats Studio/Pro headphones feel like strapping two conch shells to your skull. As a side note, the earbuds in the QC20 are also the most comfortable in-ear pieces that I have usedmuch more comfortable than they look. All three options live up to the “comfort” portion of their name.

Case/Portability Winner: QC20
The in-ear design of the QC20s makes it the easy winner. You can stuff them into their card-case sized pouch very easily and you can wear them in the office without looking too anti-socialnot so, with the over-ear designs. The more-compact case for the QC25 is an upgrade, and folding the headphones is easy. In terms of storage, they did away with the card slot from the QC15 (seriously, that was a waste of space), and dropped the interior zippered pouch as well. In its place, there is a slot to store a single spare battery. I only ever stored one spare AAA battery in there anyway, so the QC25 case storage is sufficient for me. The back also features an elastic compartment like the QC15 casenever used it.

Other considerations:

Hi/Low switch: I honestly have not found the absence of this switch to be a problem. I checked my QC15, and saw that I had set it to “Hi.” I hadn’t changed it since I bought it and have never had any problems with getting a range of volumes. Similarly, the QC25 work fine for me too.

Ability to listen without battery: They introduced this feature in the QC20. Unless you’re desperate, you do NOT want to use the headphones without the active preamp because without active equalization, these sound worse than $2 headphones. Nice-to-have feature, but just be sure to pack a spare battery.

Long-term foam pad wear: About 2 years into my QC15s, I needed to replace the ear cushions because the leatherette was starting to disintegrate. I suspect the same thing may happen to these QC25s. Expect to spend $15 to $30 on this maintenance depending on whether you go OEM or aftermarket.

No aware mode: The QC20 headphones had “aware mode” which was supposed to let you listen to your surroundings. This feature worked, but after a while, I stopped using it and just popped an earbud out as necessary. It isn’t particularly missed on the QC25.

Batteries: The fact that they use a single AAA battery is perfect. Eneloops are your best friend. I am grateful that this doesn’t have a proprietary battery like the QC20.

Overall Winner: QC25
The QC25 represents the best Bose noise cancelling headphones to date. If you are considering upgrading from the QC15, the improvements are incremental and I would think twice about parting with $300. If you’re looking to supplement a set of QC20 earbuds, this is a great buy. If you have no Bose noise cancelling headphones, this is THE clear choice.

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Walmart Review by AstroGirlCindy :star::star::star::star::star:

Wow! My life just got so much better!

I work in a noisy office. Plus sounds in general can give me headaches. Though it says not voice cancelling but noise cancelling, it does voices to some extent as well. I had the headphones on and the noise cancelling turned on but nothing else. Silence. Someone came up to me and started talking and didn't even hear her. If people are REALLY loud, then it'll come through barely and muffled. And if you've got music on as well, then voices are gone. Bose quality once again rules. It says it's for Apple devices but it'll work for any device. The only thing is they can't promise the control on the headphone cord will control the volume, etc., if not plugged into an Apple device. But I don't care. I've tested it with my laptop and sure enough the volume control and mic don't work unless plugged into an Apple device. Blown away by their noise cancelling ability and the sound. Magnificent sound. Normally I don't like over the ears headphones but absolutely love these. Most comfortable over the ear headphones I've ever tried.

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Best Buy Review by Headphones :star::star::star::star::star:

Worth the LONG read!

I have been using these headphones for the last 4 months AND have had the chance to compare them with the Bluetooth equivalent for nearly 2 weeks. The difference between wired and Bluetooth is amazing, the wire really helps deliver quality sound. If you just need silence, you can remove the wire and enjoy the quality of the silence. I have also let a friend borrow the QC25 for a webinar and he too commented on how 'outstanding' they really are.

There are some noteworthy features that I was not aware of when I bought and would like to bring them to light. Keep in mind, these are noteworthy topics not necessarily issues. These do run on AAA batteries, and if you buy just regular Duracell (or whatever) they will deplete after about 8 hours of music use (10 hours of silence). There is a specially designed extra battery storage built into the case that makes looking for an extra battery a breeze. The noise canceling feature is truly great; however, unaccompanied to music there is a slight change in pressure (you get used to it after a few uses). Example, suppose ambient noise on a scale of 0 equals +1, the noise canceling will send a -1 signal into your headphones bringing you back to 0. This change in pressure is so nominal we even put them on our son’s ears when we fly and he does stay asleep. Regarding sound, they are VERY clear; however not blaring. I also have the BT PowerBeats2 by Dre and they are much louder (by a lot). My guess is that blocking out the sound means you do not need it so much ‘noise’ in your ear. Best put like this - running in a gym, these headphones are great, running on the road, these would not be the headphones I would turn to… ever (only due to sound levels, hence the BT PowerBeats 2 by Dre)

Other than that, I would recommend them predominantly for flying but they have found great use keeping sound out while studying in Starbucks, waiting for an airplane, in the cafeteria or anywhere I would like to reduce overpowering ambient sound. The build quality, in my opinion, looks and feels exactly what you would expect from a super premium headphone. If the $300 price tag is acceptable, or even doable, I really feel that these headphones can go the distance against time - I’m sure yours will too! Best of luck and I hope this review helped, give it a ‘thumbs up’!

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