Excellent sound; comfortable; light
When it comes to headphones with active noise cancellation, Bose is probably the most well known player on the block. The QC15s – QC stands for quiet comfort – are lightweight and comfortable. They come with a slim case that should fit into most laptop bags.
Powered by a single AAA battery, the QC15s come with an airline adaptor and a 3.5mm audio cable that has Play/ Pause and volume controls. They can be used as a headset when taking calls, making them handy for quelling the drone of office noise without missing a call.
The QC15s were very light and comfortable to wear. The padding around the earphones was covered with soft leather and the top section was nicely cushioned as well.
The headphones covered our ears entirely, without any pressure, and they created a good seal, blocking out some sound before the NC was turned on. We didn’t experience any discomfort while wearing them.
Playing a loop of ambient aircraft noise at a volume level reminiscent of a reasonably loud plane, the noise cancellation dulled the sound significantly. Once we put our music on, at one third of maximum volume, the aircraft noise was imperceptible to our ears.
Sound quality was outstanding. We were impressed by the clarity of the sound. Although the bass was solid, it was not overpowering and we could hear different instruments clearly.
Closing our eyes, it was easy to feel transported into the recording studio.
If it’s at all possible to fall in love with a set of headphones, the Bose QC15s could easily steal our hearts.