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Bose QuietComfort 15 Headphones - Worth It?  
User currently onlineHOONS90 From Malaysia, joined Aug 2001, 3001 posts, RR: 53
Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6888 times:
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I take the subway to work often and also have a few long haul flights coming up in May. Although my noise-isolating earbuds that came with my Galaxy S3 are okay, I feel that it's time for me to invest in a better set of earphones or headphones that can provide for a quieter commuting experience.

I've been considering the Bose QuietComfort 15 series, but it comes at a steep price, so I was wondering what people's experiences with these headphones are like and if it's worth the money. Are there any other similar headphones that can perform just as well for a lower price?

Thanks in advance!


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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6885 times:

Quoting HOONS90 (Thread starter):

Great quality headset - even some airlines use them for F/J customers. I sat at the back of a DC9 last year and hated the high pitched engine noise so I decided to put my noise cancelling headset on (QC2, the predecessor) and managed to enjoy the rest of the flight. They're under USD300 in USA which I'd definitely be prepared to pay for - especially when comparing it to the fad that are Beats headphones..



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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6882 times:

I have the Bose QC15 headphones. I used them on a 10-hour flight. They were definitely worth it. I plugged them into the IFE, and didn't hear a thing other than the IFE. Battery life is great, which was one of my concerns. By far one of the best investments I've ever made. Yes, the price is steep but if you don't want to worry about crying babies, conversation, etc., they are well worth the investment.

Marc


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6868 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 2):
but if you don't want to worry about crying babies, conversation, etc., they are well worth the investment.

Not too sure about its ability to fully block out crying babies.. Wasn't totally effective from my experience.

The other great aspect of it is that you can remove the cord and just wear them solely as 'earmuffs' for cancelling the noise. Also helps a lot when going to the bathroom etc.



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User currently onlineHOONS90 From Malaysia, joined Aug 2001, 3001 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6867 times:
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Thanks for the quick replies guys!

I'm also wondering if anyone has experiences from similar headphones from Audio Technica, Sennheiser, Sony etc.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
I sat at the back of a DC9 last year and hated the high pitched engine noise so I decided to put my noise cancelling headset on

:O
The engine sound at the back of the DC-9 is music to my ears!



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6865 times:

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 4):

Not when you've listened to about 20 spool ups and downs on the hour-long taxi to the runway in ATL!



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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6832 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):
Not too sure about its ability to fully block out crying babies.. Wasn't totally effective from my experience.

Well I don't know how they'd work if said baby was near you, but with a baby a few rows away, they worked GREAT.


User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8968 posts, RR: 76
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6765 times:
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Hoons,

I can only recommend these headphones! I use the similar one the bose quiet comfort 3. They were smaller, that's why I bought these. And I own them for 5 years now and still no problems with it. I use them during flight as passengers and they reduce the noise a lot, even when I watch movies on my laptop I use them. Great sound.

wilco737
  



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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12352 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6758 times:

I've tried many different ways to block out the conversations of my co-workers when I need to concentrate at work and these by far are the best.

The only negative is that they really do seal tightly, and some report that gives them a sensation of heightened pressure which can cause them discomfort. Personally I have a bit of tinnitus due to sinus issues and find I can't wear them too long without it aggravating this, but I'm hoping the sinus issues resolve themselves soon.

Bose has a good return policy so make sure to use them a lot during the return period so that you're sure about them.

Also if you are near a Bose store they quite often have factory refurbs at a lower price.

Let us know how you do!

As to the other brands, I read a lot of the reviews, and just felt it wasn't worth the time. Pretty much every review said the Bose was noticeably better than the competition.



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6723 times:

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 4):
I'm also wondering if anyone has experiences from similar headphones from Audio Technica, Sennheiser, Sony etc.

Hoons..........save your money ! ( on the A T's, Senn's and Sony ); The price you pay for the Bose is a bargain, compared to the competition; I've been using Bose products ever since they've been in business, and I have never been disappointed with a single one of their products; (unlike a few of the so called "high end" products) In addition to my QC noise cancellers, I have a pair of their non-nc phones that stay plugged into my iMac at ALL times; they are by far the most comfortable, lightest, and best audio quality I've found yet, and that includes a few pairs of Sennheiser's that cost twice as much.

I bought a Bose wave radio when they first started making the things ! The thing is hands down, the BEST alarm clock on the planet, and it looks like it's going to last forever ! Everything Bose makes seems to be impervious to failure; ( my experience with Sony products has bee just the opposite of that, BTW.

Some one mentioned "Beats"............when I went to Best Buy last year to buy these non-noise cancelers for my computer, I listened to their "top of the line" set of "Beats"; First.....they DO sound pretty good, especially if you listen to music with a lot of mega-bass in it; (I don't) if you're inclined to "having friends over a lot", they may be "impressed" by your "Beats", as they look like something you'd see in a James Bond film, they weigh like two lbs, cost $300, and sound about 75% as good as the Bose do, (which only cost $150) For about the last 8 or 9 years now, the only thing I've used to listen to my iPod is a $400 set of Etymotic Research ear buds; they sounded fantastic for a long time, ( and they completely block your ear canals, so you don't hear anythying except the music), ( plus no one outside your car even notices you have them on), but in the last year or so, their audo quality seems to have gone down just a tad.



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User currently onlineHOONS90 From Malaysia, joined Aug 2001, 3001 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6703 times:
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Thanks for the advice, everyone!

I've decided that I will be purchasing the Bose headphones. I'll probably buy it when I'm in the U.S. in a few weeks.



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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12352 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6650 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 9):
I've been using Bose products ever since they've been in business, and I have never been disappointed with a single one of their products

A friend had their home theatre setup of the mid=90s and I didn't like it. It was too quiet during the speaking parts of movies and too loud once any music kicked in, and there was no way to tweak it so it wouldn't be.

Quoting Geezer (Reply 9):
that includes a few pairs of Sennheiser's that cost twice as much.

Actually I'm a big fan of Sennheiser for its open-ear headphones when noise cancelling is not an issue. In particular I have a set of their wireless headphones that deliver very good comfort and sound quality. I have no problem wearing them for 8 hours at a time at work. The main thing they lack is noise cancelling, and in that respect, they are behind Bose.

I also own a Grado audiophile headset and I have yet to hear anything in their league. The negative is they are quite costly and are not very comfortable. I can go around an hour with them on before I get sore.

Quoting Geezer (Reply 9):
Everything Bose makes seems to be impervious to failure; ( my experience with Sony products has bee just the opposite of that, BTW.

I agree, and I totally dislike the way they deal with digital rights management. I really have to be persuaded to buy anything with the Sony brand on it.

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 10):
I've decided that I will be purchasing the Bose headphones.

I think it'll be a good purchase for you.



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User currently offlinefinnishway From Finland, joined Jul 2012, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6642 times:

Absolutely not. Not one headphone which costs more than 100 bucks is worth of buying.

User currently offlineyowza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4865 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6631 times:

Looks like you've already made up your mind but you have chosen well. I have a pair and they are AWESOME. They make drowning out colleagues at work easy and they make long flights much more pleasant. Do it!

YOWza



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6621 times:

Quoting HOONS90 (Thread starter):
Although my noise-isolating earbuds that came with my Galaxy S3 are okay

I have a Galaxy S3 as well, but I hate the earphones that come with it. And you can't use them to call because you can't hear yourself talking.

Quoting HOONS90 (Thread starter):
I was wondering what people's experiences with these headphones are like and if it's worth the money

It is completely worth the money, especially if you are travelling. Not only by plane, but also by train or metro. It is really efficient. The only drawback is that you cannot listen to music unless you activate the noise-cancelling feature, which obliges you to always use the battery.

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 2):
By far one of the best investments I've ever made

Same here.

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 10):
I've decided that I will be purchasing the Bose headphones. I'll probably buy it when I'm in the U.S. in a few weeks.

Good choice! And remember to use recharcheable batteries, otherwise you will spend a lot of money 
Quoting finnishway (Reply 12):
Not one headphone which costs more than 100 bucks is worth of buying.

I thought the same at first. But since my neighbours were quite noisy, I decided to buy the Bose QC15 so I could have a bit of peace in the evenings. It cost me $400 but I never regretted that purchase.

And in planes, it is just perfect!



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User currently onlineHOONS90 From Malaysia, joined Aug 2001, 3001 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6557 times:
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Once again, I truly appreciate all of the advice given! Thank you!

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 14):
I have a Galaxy S3 as well, but I hate the earphones that come with it. And you can't use them to call because you can't hear yourself talking.

Still find them a lot better than the cheap earphones that came with the iPhone (before the 5)!



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User currently offlinekingairta From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6553 times:

When I was flying on the mighty King Air 200 we had them for the passengers. They work great. My only complaint is the plastic that is used is of low quality and they don't hold up very well over the long run. Usually the plastic lasts long enough for the warrantee to expire.

User currently offlineCaryjack From United States of America, joined May 2007, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6511 times:

I've had Bose 15s for years, flown many long haul segments and highly recommend them. I normally keep them on from near lift off to near touch down, even sleeping.

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 2):
I have the Bose QC15 headphones. I used them on a 10-hour flight. They were definitely worth it. I plugged them into the IFE, and didn't hear a thing other than the IFE. Battery life is great, which was one of my concerns. By far one of the best investments I've ever made. Yes, the price is steep but if you don't want to worry about crying babies, conversation, etc., they are well worth the investment.

   This gets my vote.


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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):
The other great aspect of it is that you can remove the cord and just wear them solely as 'earmuffs' for cancelling the noise. Also helps a lot when going to the bathroom etc.


This is how I talk to the FAs...no, not in the bathroom!! When service comes by I just unplug at the head set and speak to the FA. Doing that shows the FA that you are able to converse, but you must talk louder than normal because otherwise FAs, who aren't using noise cancellers, will not hear you above the engines roar.

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 6):
Well I don't know how they'd work if said baby was near you, but with a baby a few rows away, they worked GREAT

A crying baby near you would be interpreted as conversation, one a few rows away would be considered background noise and cancelled.
Noise cancelling has been around for 40 years that I'm aware of. It's used in radios, autos and, I think, in airliners. Simply stated, omnidirectional microphones collect signals then amplify and invert them. This product is then feed to the earphones cancelling those same signals that surround. Audio from a single source, an FAs voice for example, is not omnidirectional so is not cancelled.

Quoting finnishway (Reply 12):
Not one headphone which costs more than 100 bucks is worth of buying.

"The crappie performance of a cheap product will be with you long after the glow of a good price is gone", or something like that.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 11):
Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 10):
I've decided that I will be purchasing the Bose headphones.

I think it'll be a good purchase for you.

  

Thanks,   
Cary


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