The Bose Quiet Comfort (QC) headphone series has always been my favorite of the noise cancelling headphones out there. Now before you start saying “no highs, no lows, must be Bose…” or “they’re totally overpriced…”, I’ll give you my take. Yes, the dynamic range isn’t what you’d find in the best quality NON-noise-cancelling headphones, and Yes, they’re pricey. However, they really do a great job doing what they say – reducing ambient noise significantly, and producing admirable sound at the same time. I’ve tried similar headphones from Sony, Aiwa and Philips, and while they’re all significantly cheaper, the sound quality generally lacked bass and didn’t block as much ambient sound as the Bose did. I can actually hear my music when I’m on the train or plane with the Bose. That said, these are a LUXURY item at an MSRP of $349.00
The QC3 improves upon the QC2 series in a couple of ways. Most importantly, they look much better. No more “air traffic ground crew” look. Instead, they actually look sophisticated this time around, and they’re significantly smaller than the prior versions. There’s a nice “metal-clad” finish that makes them look lest plasticky than prior versions. Second, they have a built-in rechargable battery (not that I found myself replacing the battery that often on my QC2’s).
I’m looking forward to upgrading.