I’ve owned a pair of Bose QuietComfort 25 (QC25) Noise Cancelling Headphones for a few years now so feel i’m knowledgable enough to give a good honest review of them.
Bose are a market leader when it comes to noise cancelling headphones and are renown within the industry for having what is considered the best noise cancelling technology.
What is the difference betweeen the QuietComfort 25 (QC25) and QuietComfort 35 II (QC35 II)
Both sets of headphones are Bose hero products. The main difference is that the higher priced QC35 II comes with Bluetooth rather than cabled. Also, the QC35 II also has additional functions to skip or replay tracks. In addition, the QC35 II also has Google Siri support so you can activate your digital assistant. Other than that they are very similar.
Review of Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones
The QuietComfort 25 Headphones are available in either black/grey or white/tan colour sets. The material on the inside of the cups on both colour sets is blue. On both colour sets, the plate on the outside of each ear cup (where the logo is written) is grey.
These are over-ear headphones so cover the whole ear and have soft cusioning around the ear cup. I find them incredibly comfortable and significantly more comfortable than previous headphones I have owned. I can wear them for hours without any discomfort.
One small downside is that with this style of headphones, they can make your ears quite hot if you are in a warm environment so they arn’t so great in the gym or if you like lying in the hot sun on holiday.
The head-band has a soft sponge layer inside to provide comfort on the top of your head and the sides can be adjusted to increase/reduce the head-band length and provide a good fit. The pivoting ear cups ensure a good comfortable fit over the ear.
Overall, the QuietComfort 25 Headphones have a really cool and sturdy design and look great. I should also mention that they fold away nicely into the protective travel case that is provided with the headphones.
I chose to have cabled headphones over bluetooth as I believe you get a slightly better quality of sound with the cable and also don’t have the fuss of having to resynch every so often when connection is lost.
The cable is thick enough not to allow it to get tangled and is 150cm in length. It has a volume + and – control attached, a pause button and a microphone for speech (so you can be on a call and have no background noise due to the noise cancelling function).
This is obviously one of the major factors that makes a pair of headphones worth purchasing and is the reason the Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones are a bestseller.
The sound quality – with noise cancelling incorporated – is exceptional. Specifically the bass response which stands out and you get an excellent individual feel of all the bass elements in the music being listened to. The mids and highs are warm, crisp and clear. Even at very high volume there is no distortion and the sound quality remains clear and punchy. These earphones really do provide high performance listening.
So the big thing with these headphones is that with the flick of a small button on the side of the ear cup you can invoke noise cancelling. This cuts out background noise such as traffic, talking, airplane noise, train noise etc. and provides a listening experience as though you were in a room on your own. The Bose noise cancelling technology on these headphones is pretty phenomenal and makes listening to music an amazing experience.
A small AAA battery is required (fits inside one of the ear cups) for noise cancelling to operate. What is pretty cool about the headphones is that if the battery runs out they will still work fine, but just without noise cancelling invoked.
You do need to temember to switch off noise cancelling when you are not using the headphones to preserve battery life. I haven’t managed to work out if leaving noise cancelling switched on with the headphones not in use actually uses up much battery life. I have left mine on overnight before and they have still worked for many hours afterwards.
The specification says the AAA battery can last up to 35 hours while noise cancelling is invoked. When the battery is running low, you find the noise cancelling cuts in and out intermittently and you get a couple more hours before the battery runs out completely. I have never found it a fuss having to occassionally replace the battery, and as mentioned above, if the battery runs out and you don’t have a new one to hand, the earphones will still work.
These are awesome headphones. The sound quality is exeptional, and with noise cancelling they are great on trains, planes and in noisy places. They are extremely comfortable and durable. My pair have lasted 3 years and still look like new. I did a lot of research and comparisons before I bought the Bose QuietComfort 25 and am so pleased I chose them.
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