The best for long haul flying
I had a previous over ear pair of QC??s. Great noise cancellation but bulky to sleep on side.
These in ears are awesome to sleep in. Plus the USB charging function is easy. The push button is easy to use to hear flight attendants.
As in ears, they also offer passive attenuation, and the fact that they can still be used when the battery has run flat is super useful for road warriors.
The Bees Knees of Noise Cancelling
I've been using a pair of Audiosonic noise cancelling headphones for a few years now, and they have done me well on the Air Travel front, but they were starting to fall apart through overuse. Time for an upgrade then, and seeing that I do a lot of flying still for business I didn't want to skimp on quality. So I head off to the Bose shop and try on the QC20s (buds) and 25's (phones). After having the earphone type for so long I was a little hesitant with the buds. Will they fall out ? Will they let noise in ? Time to stop right there. The ...Bose specialist was just that, a specialist in all things Bose, he gave me some pros and cons of both, but really the QC20s won hands down. Each ear bud locks into each ear, and they can also be customised for ear sizes, with different in ear adapters - quite cool. Although it takes a few trips trying different ear bud sizes to get just the right one. Noise cancelling is beyond amazing, when I compare this to my older Audiosonics. I'd rate the Audiosonics at 70%NR whereas the Bose I'd put at 90%. They are truly amazing pieces of engineering. Now for the cons which there really isn't any major ones. Other than the overall size of the Bose pouch is quite small and can easily get lost during entry / exit of the aircraft. I suppose that's a personal issue only. The actual wiring setup seems a little messy when you look at it, I'm sure the engineers can come up with a better layout here. And I suppose the biggest bugbear of most people would be the price (Au$360), but of course what price do you put on quality. So price for me was not really an issue. For me the Noise Cancelling buds provide less jet lag on long haul flights, they don't get in the way when you're sleeping, and annoying crying baby's just disappear. I wouldn't go flying without them.
Excellent headphones, can barely hear anything with them on
I bought these for a trip to India. I wore them for 15 hours the first day and they were comfortable straight away. It is easy to sleep with them on compared to big headphones which are bulky and don't allow you to turn your head side ways. The noise cancelling feature works really well, I could not hear the plane engine noise. In my office I can't hear people talking to me more than a metre away which is great for phone calls when you don't have a quiet space. Sound quality is great. Battery light started flashing after about twelve hours use.
Great for flying
If you fly often get these. They're expensive, and it is a lot for headphone but they make flying a lot more comfortable, they're in ear and easier to sleep in. I also use them at work when I need to block out background noise. iPhone compatible as well, so you can control your device from the headset.
These head phones are awesome for in ear; over the ear are good but as a female I am always worried about my hair so I got these and love them!!! The only thing is the clip used for the mic where is not secure so I've lost it and had to pay $4 for a new one.... Great sound otherwise!!!!!
April 25th 2018 Update: Amazing!!!!!
I've had these for many years and I absolutely love them. I use them in my travels all the time and they really help with the noise. Highly recommend them especially when in a flight with small kids around crying all the time! The it drwback is I lost the microphone clip but it's easily replaceable.
Miracle-like in its performance until is stopped working after 6 months
The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is that mine stopped cancelling noise after 5 months. When they worked they were amazing. So much so I have replaced the non-working first set with a new identical set.
I hate noisy environments and these allowed me to go about ordinary day to day activities while reducing my discomfort, anxiety and stress. For instance shopping in a supermarket and not having to listen to the people, horrible music/ads, banging trolleys etc was a revelation. Likewise when walking along next to heavy traffic (...
Some pros and cons
Like many others I also feel they do a good noise-cancelling job and has a good to decent sound. I previously heard good thing about their customer support. But the quality is terrible and so has the customer service experience been. [See new edit below] As at least someone else here wrote in their review, the cords broke up after 2 years of usage (I don't wear them often) so that the metal is visible. The button that makes you hear outside noise broke after 1,5 years. The headphones are still working but seeing the cords it is a matter of time...before they are ready to toss. The customer service didn't bother to answer the last two times I emailed them. So I guess they aren't so good taking care of their customer after all. Edit 13 December 2016: After a review on Amazon.com I got an answer from a US customer representative and they asked me to email them. After that I got to change the headphones and got a pair of new ones. So I changed my rating from 1 to 3. It was cumbersome to get these new pair but I'm pretty satisfied now.
Great quality sound & really comfortable.
I can't do without these earphones and wear them everywhere. Noise cancelling is really good - particularly for the size and saves having to carry around a big case when travelling. My only gripe is that after regular use the cord has shown a bit of wear with some exposed wiring but I guess this is to be expected after over a year of very regular use.
Great Headphones, they have transformed flights!
Outstanding little headphones. Sound quality is good, but the real attraction is the outstanding comfort and noise cancelling abilities. Can't believe how I flew without these, They have completely transformed air travel for me, the noise reduction is outstanding. Nothing like arriving fresh and relaxed after a flight, I didn't realise how much of an impact the aircraft noise was having until i tried these.
Only negative would be that the replacement parts from BOSE, in my case I lost the pouch to store everything, are very very expensive. They wanted $32.84 and $5.00 deliver to replace the $2 item. Canadians can get them delivered free for less than half that. Aussie tax...
Fantastic, Highly recommend
Love these headphones. I travel a lot for work and they perform faultlessly. On a plane they cancel out close to all the background noise. Expensive yes, but by far the best noise cancelling ear phones I have ever used. I had the QC25 prior to the QC20 and they were just as good if a little bulky. The QC20 are much easier for travelling given their size and more comfortable if you happen to fall asleep mid flight. They do require USB charging but battery life is great. If they run out of charge you can still use as normal headphones without the...noise cancelling. The only real downside is the processing box that forms part of the earphone cord. Its is close the end of the cable that plugs into your device/phone but can be a little annoying. Certainly not a deal breaker as the NC circuitry has to go somewhere but hopefully next update to this product will see a decrease in the size of this particular part.
Great product and great warranty by company
These earphones are the best. A must have for the traveller especially for airplane travel. The science behind them is so simple but effective. The in ear buds are perfect for sleeping on long flights as well as producing good quality sound.
Recently , my unit earbuds had a charge problem only 14 months after purchase. 2 months out of warranty. When I contacted the store, they happily replaced my earbuds. Outstanding service! Congratulations to Bose and the team at Indooroopilly .
World's best because . . . . . .
I agree 100% with the previous reviewer JMBAU so I won't repeat the points. You have myriad choices of noise-cancelling headphones - brands, specifications, features and price-points. But these are "in-ear" phones with no rivals because the technology is proprietary to Bose - for the moment. Hence, for the moment you pay big time for the privilege (RRP $399.00). Clearly a class of its own because Bose created that class. Also, I use it to drown out airplane noise (without listening to music) so that I can listen clearly and attentively to the flight attendant's all important and captivating safety instructions. How sad!
Really do blot out noise
These in ear, noise-canceling earphones are simply wonderful. I have worn them on many a long plane flight as well as trains, buses, metros...alas, I finally lost my original pair and had to fly on a long flight home without them
Went straight out and bought another set - they really are that good.
They are incredibly comfortable for in-ear pieces - I have often have problems getting these to fit, but these fit very well. I wanted something that wasn't bulky, was light, and took up very little room. They deliver all this in space - with gre...
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