Ever since Dr. Amar Bose had the idea for noise canceling headphones in 1978, the company has done research on techniques to make it possible. In 1989 we saw the first headphones for pilots and in the year 2000 the QuietComfort was released for us ordinary consumers. Since then, several models has been released, most recently the QC20, the first in-ear plugs. But since 2009, the QC15 has been more or less the standard among people who travel a lot and need peace and quiet on the flight.
Construction and Build Quality
Now, finally, comes the successor QC25 and corrects some minor annoyances with the previous model and further improves it sonically. The most obvious thing is a new discreet appearance which strips away unnecessary shiny design elements.
Instead of silver color being the only available option, they now come in either black with blue stripes or white with beige upholstery of the ear pads and headband. A disadvantage of the latter is that they´re probably more prone to look dirty unless you clean them regurlarly. The QC25 also comes in a custom color option where you can choose from nearly limitless color combinations, but this option will add about $100 to the price at the moment.
As expected, the material choices are good and despite all the plastic they feel quite reliable. The headband has become equally wide all around which makes the whole headphone feel more sturdy. But above all it has provided some place for the hinges where you turn the ear cups. It allows one not only to make the headphones flatter for transportation, but they can also be folded. Thus it has been possible to make the included case considerably smaller, which plays a major role when trying to get down the last stuff in the hand luggage.
In a special compartment in the carrying case you can fit an adapter for airplane contacts and an extra battery. In the previous model this was a necessity since the headphones did not work at all when the battery ran out. With the QC25 you can continue to listen anyway, but without noise reduction. Although the battery lasts a full 35 hours it is still nice to know that you have that extra battery and that you do not have to look for it in the bag.
The cord is relatively tangle free and also removable which makes it easier to pack. But above all it allows you get a new one if you happen to brake it. On the cord is a remote control with microphone for phone calls. You can change the volume, play and pause music and answer calls. However, it is unfortunately only on the iPhone and iPad that all the buttons work. For a headphone at this price Bose could have spent some dough on a cord with Android remote as well, or at least make one available as an accessory.
Comfort is very important for headphones if you intend to wear them for many hours on end . The new shape allows the headphones to sit more snugly around the head and feels more comfortable to wear while the weight is admirably low. The padding in both the ear pads and headband prevents it from feeling like they pinch your ears and head. And the suede-like material in the cushions is comfortable without getting sweaty. After being used extensively for long periods of time, I can´t give them anything less than top marks for comfort.
Noise reduction works just fine does what Bose promises; reduce the tedious background noises, like fans in the office, the noise of tires on asphalt and above all the annoying roar of aircraft engines. Ringing phones and other sharp high-frequency sounds are still partly audible though. Simply because those types of sound waves are too fast for today's technology.
The sound quality of QC25 has taken a step up and sub audio from the noise reduction is less noticeable. Music sounds clearer, with more precise bass and an overall more engaging sound compared to the more laid-back sound in the QC15. It is surprisingly enough even more neutral, less “Bose sound”, so to speak. But it should be said right away that these are not the headphones to sit at home and enjoy your favorite music with. For that purpose, and for this price, there are headphones which gives a more satisfying sound.
Bose's QuietComfort 25 manages to kick down their predecessor from the throne as the best noise cancelling headphones. They feel smoother and even more comfortable to wear while also being collapsible and easier to get into a case or bag. Remote control is included, and you can continue listening even if the battery runs out. Noise reduction is better than ever and the sound has become more listening friendly and engaging. It is these you want to have with you on long noisy trips.
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Significant noise reduction for travel, work and anywhere in between
Deep, powerful sound for the music you love
Lightweight around-ear fit you can wear all day long
Control your music and calls with inline mic/remote
Distinctive design, in Black and White, or customize your own headphones with a variety of color options using the ColorWare design tool
- Height: 7.5 in (19.1 cm)
- Width: 6 in (15.2 cm)
- Depth: 0.9 in (2.3 cm)
- Weight without cable: 6.9 oz (195.6 g)
Length of cable: 56 in (1.4 m)
- Height: 8.25 in (21 cm)
- Width: 5.75 in (14.6 cm)
- Depth: 2 in (5.1 cm)
- QuietComfort® 25 headphones
- 56 in QC®25 inline remote and microphone cable
- Airline adapter
- Carrying case
- AAA battery