My Personal Review of the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 Noise Canelling Headphones
Personal Experience with Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones
I work online. I love to listen to music and news and audio books while I work. Since I spend about 8-9 hours per day with headphones on I wanted to invest in the best. I saved my pennies and evenually had enough to buy the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones from the Bose store in the mall for $299.00. Yeah, they weren't cheap. But having researched them, shopped around, and listened to them in various stores, I was convinced it was a sound investment (pun intended!). I have had them for over 6 months now, and I will share with you my impressions. Hopefully this will help you decide whether you too would like to make such an investment. Disclaimer: I'm not a sound technician (but I play one on TV!). Just kidding. My qualification for reviewing these headphones is simply this: I own them and use them every day. Hope the following helps!
It all began in May...
It was May 29, 2008 that I brought my brand new pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones home. There is something magical about unwrapping and opening a fancy new piece of luxury technology. Ordinarily I don't make such purchases...I'm a pretty simple guy. I'm happy in an old pair of sneakers and a UConn sweatshirt that should have been relegated to the rag bag long ago. This was special. The first thing my eyes noticed was the very cool storage case in which they were so cosily contained. It was black, firm, with a soft cloth cover and a cunningly crafted adjustable strap. The outide of the case has a convenient elastic pocket in which to carry something...something very important I'm sure...I have yet to figure that out though. I unzipped the case.
Inside my eyes beheld my headphones peacefully resting and awaiting their impending resurrection. Quiet Comfort...come forth! They felt good as I unfolded them. I located the AAA battery, unwrapped it, and slid it inside the chamber on the right ear side. Unable to restrain myself any longer I adjusted the head piece and slid the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 Acoustic Noice Cancelling Headphones over my ears. I flipped the discreetly located power button on as I closed my eyes and imagined myself sliding into sensational silence. The background noise dimmed. It was beautiful.
Next was the true test: to the audio files! I attached the cable to my laptop and opened up iTunes. I don't remember the first song I listend to. Most likely it was by Hannah Montana or maybe the Chipmunks since I had been recently making some CD's for my daughter! The sound quality was amazing. My laptop was brand new, and the speakers weren't bad, but they didn't even come close to the sound quality now streaming into my ears. A smooth symphony of sonancy! A heavenly hybrid of harmony! I was happy.
Now 6 months has gone by and some of the excitement has ebbed and the wonder has waned, but our relationship is still as strong as ever. What we have now is something deeper. Puppy love has matured into a more permanent liaison. And so, let me now summarize for those who are still listening, what I feel are the pro's and con's of the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones.
Comfort: I list this as number 1 because I wear them 8+ hours per day and comfort was very important. Other headphones can dig into your ears and scalp after time. These are perfectly padded and flexible and adjustable and I hardly know that I am wearing them. I found these to be more comfortable than the Quiet Comfort 3 headphones that go ON YOUR EAR rather than around it. Just my opinion, but I like these better.
Sound Quality: You get the full Bose sound quality you expect from the #1 company in sound technology. Listening to music or audio books is such a pleasure with the Bose Quiet Comfort headphones!
Noise Reduction: They do a very good job at dimming the presence of background noise. Be aware though...they aren't "sound proof". Loud bangs and bumps throughout the house can still be heard. Stomping on the floor above my basement office is still audible. But they do greatly diminish the background noise and voices and make focussing on my work much easier.
Price: I think they are expensive. I got them for $299 and that included a cell phone communication kit valued at $39 for free. I've never used it. But at the 6 month mark I've now paid less than $1.75 per day to have them...and I hope to have them for years to come. Also, you can buy the Bose Quiet Comfort headphones online and finance them through BOSE for no interest and less than $25.00 per month.
Battery Life: They do not work without a AAA battery. No battery...no sound. More than once I have had to set them aside because I forgot to restock. Of course, if I could just remember to buy some rechargable batteries this would all be fixed! But alas...I have been using disposables. Sorry to my earthy crunchy friends. I'll try to remember next time I'm out. They claim to get 40 hours per battery (you just need 1) and that is probably about right. But I use it daily and so I need to replace them every week or two.
Size: Some might not like the fact that they are a bit bulky. If you are used to tiny ear buds and rolling your earphones up into your pocket these will be somewhat inconvenient. But the trade off is awesome sound quality, noise reduction and comfort. This was worth it for me.
Conclusion: Would I buy them again?
In a word: yes! I have been very happy with the investment and would not hesitate to recommend them to others. Of course, if you are just an occassional headphone user, they may be more than what you need. But for those who would use them reguarly, I think the Bose Quiet Comfort Noise Reduction headphones are a great purchase. Try them first. You can put them on at any Bose store or other Bose retailers. Note that the "sound reduction" seems very dramatic in the Bose store because they have a background sound of a pitch and volume that the headphones seem to cancel perfectly. It will seem less dramatic at home or in the office.