Excerpt: This is an article I never thought I’d write. I sold hi-fi (well, Circuit City’s version of “hi-fi”) within sight of The Mountain. I developed early an audiophile’s distain for the four-letter marketing juggernaut. When I began reviewing audio, I couldn’t imagine a situation where I’d review a Bose product. Certainly not something like the market-leading QuietComfort 15 noise-canceling headphone, Not without heavy doses of irony, snark, and derision.
Excerpt: I’ve been looking at getting these headphones for a really long time, and I had made up my mind on my last flight to CA that I would get the Bose QuietComfort 15 Headphones before I fly again. I’m sitting on an airplane right now with these things on and they are simply incredible.
Summary: However, a few reviews at Amazon.com indicate the headphones' durability is disappointing for the price, with problems ranging from headphone transducer failures to worn-out leather padding. Also, the Bose warranty is only one year, half that offered by some other top headphone makers, including Sennheiser and Bowers & Wilkins. Still, if blocking outside noise is your top priority, you won't do better than these Bose headphones -- at any price.
Pros: Superior noise cancellation, Comfortable fit, High-quality build and design, Good sound quality for their type
Cons: Needs battery power to operate, Ear cups can get hot
Excerpt: Consumer testers said Bose's QC15 headphones are comfortable to wear, even for a long stretch
Pros: Great sound quality, Consumer testers found them very comfortable to wear, Consumer testers said the headphones stayed in place during use, Adjustable, Durable, Repels water well, Comes with a carrying case and airline adapter plug
Cons: Large profile means they'll take up a lot of space in your bag, Expensive
Summary: Is spending 300 bucks on a pair of headphones worth it? Yes, if you want a respite from the cacophony of airplane cabins, city streets, or other noisy environments, there is no better option. What's more, the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones offer the most comfortable design we've ever worn. We wish they could deliver sound without batteries, but overall they're well worth the splurge.
Conclusion: The best noise-canceling headphones we’ve used thus far are Sony’s more expensive MDR-NC500D ($399) model. Overall, these units have a wider dynamic range, but the QuietComfort 15 unit does a better job blocking out extraneous noise, a critical requirement for keeping your sanity while flying. Given that, we heartily recommend the QC15 for travelers who want comfortable, high-quality headphones.
Pros: Superior noise-canceling system; very comfortable; good frequency response
Cons: High price may trouble some; not the ultimate solution for audiophiles