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Bose QuietComfort 15 Review

Updated on November 9, 2012
4 stars for Bose QuietComfort 15


In the spirit of HubPages competitions, I thought I would review a product I've been using for many months now, the Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones.

I bought the Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones in April when I was about to start studying for the bar exam. I lived in West Philadelphia, so the streets were noisy and I have noisy pets. I needed peace and quiet for at least 8 hours a day, so I needed something that could provide that level of noise reduction without me having to leave my home. The Bose headphones did not disappoint.

Noise Cancellation

The noise cancellation was surprisingly good at first, but as the battery fades, so does the headphone's ability to cancel out the noise around you. The headphones take 1 AAA battery, so it isn't costly to replace, and I honestly only needed to replace the battery once every couple of weeks, with 8-12 hours of use everyday. Only once did I actually let the battery completely die out, but before it did, the noise cancellation would 'pop' in and out making for a very distracting noise. If you repeatedly tap on the headphones, it also reduces the battery life because it is a louder noise that they are trying to cancel out. (Just a strange discovery I made.) The overall ability to cancel out noises is acceptable. If someone is talking to me within 5 feet, I can hear a murmur, but I cannot hear the actual words. It drastically limits constant noises like lawn mowers, traffic, fans and other motors.

Audio Quality

The audio quality is the best I've ever had, mostly because other noises aren't interfering with the sounds I'm trying to listen to. For me, this means I can hear lyrics or instrumental music clearer and without 'clutter' interfering with my listening. I'm someone who gets frustrated with too many different sounds going on, so these headphones were a blessing for helping that. As an added bonus, when music is playing through the headphones, even at a low volume, I can barely hear anything from the outside world because of the combination effect of cancellation and new sounds introduced into my ears.

Look and Feel

They look like ordinary bulky headphones. These are no ear-buds, but rather the retro looking headphones that are becoming popular again. The feel, however, is very nice. The padding they use on the earmuffs is extremely comfortable. Comfort alone, I could wear these for many hours without any sort of discomfort to my ears. There is one downside to the feel, and that is they trap heat between the ear piece and your ear. The seal they make to cancel out other sounds creates this obvious drawback, but my ears cool back down after a couple minute break.


The price is steep. I paid nearly $300 for these headphones, so they better last. I would never have spent that much money on headphones if I didn't find them absolutely necessary for my studying. (They worked by the way, as I passed the bar exam!) One nice thing is that I was able to pay $25/month with no interest. If you know you'll be able to pay then that's an option for you to lessen the burden on this one paycheck.


The headphones came with a solid carrying case, two connecting cords (one for apple that has a microphone in it), and an airplane adapter so you can listen to the airplane radios. The case is the important part because it keeps these really expensive headphones safe when they're not on my head.


Overall, I'm very pleased with these headphones. I don't regret the decision to buy them as they've help me focus, increased my productivity, and decreased my stress caused by outside noises. I wouldn't say they're perfect because they don't cancel out everything, they're expensive and they trap in the heat making your ears uncomfortable at times.


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