Yip, we hate it too.
The child bawling his eyes out in the row behind you. The blaring earphones of the hipster listening to some new folk-ish song at full volume. The drone of the jet engines. People actually talking to one another. Blagh.
Pretty much enough to get you to a point where you try to (ineffectively we might add) stuff those little squishy spongy things they sell as “ear plugs” into your brain. We’re sorry, is it just us or can we still hear everything perfectly well even with those things wedged into our ear canals as deep as it can go? What a useless product.
Noise is annoying. And unless you can avoid the situation, you can’t really avoid the noise. Or can you…?
The good people at Bose believe they can help.
We were big fans of the old ones, the QuietComfort 15s, so we eagerly await the SA launch of these headphones (or cans for you audio snobs).
Look (or listen rather) all you audiophiles out there, back off kay? No one said these have the same audio listening quality as other cans in the same price range. It’s about the noise cancelling feature. And yes, some of the music quality does get muffled a bit owing to the noise cancelling. BUT, you wouldn’t be able to hear a damn thing on your expensive audiophile cans in this racquet we have to sit through anyway, so there. And your studio quality open-backed cans annoy everyone within earshot (which is the whole plane) because of your severe noise leakage. So, reserve your judgement until you audition these in a noisy environment!
Back to the product. Until we can get our hands on a pair to review in detail – oh how we wish for Christmas already (ahem…hint hint suppliers) – a few picture will have to do. Enjoy 😉
Here is a random dude totally oblivious to the chaotic events around him. Just think, this could be you. We do however hope these noise cancelling cans don’t work too well. There are certain announcements you might want to actually hear. You know like, “mayday, mayday” for instance.
Comes in the standard black and a sleek looking white and tan leather model as well. And if you really want to splurge (it costs $100 MORE than the already pricey $299) you can design your own custom set. Basically any colour combination you can think of.
Apparently these are headphones for men only. Can’t find the spec on the Bose website, but their marketing images tell the full story. Maybe the white ones are for ladies?
We are big fans of the portability of these headphones, showing that Bose used the grey stuff between their ears as well. Including a nice travel case,
Ah, the joys of looking like an idiot while walking the streets of Europe…and not hearing a thing around you. All right, personally we don’t like this look at all. But each to thine own self be true and all that. So go for it. Just don’t complain when a bus hits you on your happy, oblivious behind.
That’s it for now. We look forward to reviewing these in the future, as well as other audiophile related tech.
Go read more about the detailed specs on the Bose website here.
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