For over 20 years, Bose headphones have set the standard in noise-canceling technology. Their latest product, the QuietComfort 25, promises a purer listening experience by reducing the infamous "hiss" associated with other noise-cancelling devices. Designed with the hubbub of air travel in mind, the QC 25 is capable of drowning out even the most invasive racket. Meanwhile, balanced padding prevents these over-ear headphones from feeling too clumsy.Available for $300.
It’s been over 20 years since Bose invented noise-cancelling headphones, and in that time they’ve updated their lineup’s aesthetics and hardware, including adding an in-ear model. Despite imitation by dozens of other manufacturers, usually for cheaper, Bose’s headphones remain the best at blocking out white noise like airplane engines or air conditioners, so you can enjoy music or a movie.
The newest version is the QuietComfort 25. They’re a mix of the brand's classic aesthetic and new technology. Hardware updates to the preceding QC 15 including noise regulation that Bose says reduces the “hiss” sometimes associated with noise-canceling headphones.
The legend behind the headphones' creation is that founder Amar Bose was dissatisfied with the airline-issue headphones provided on a flight he took in 1978. However apocryphal, he is said to have written down calculations before landing, and those plans led to the first noise-canceling headphones that came out years later.
Noise-canceling headphones work by producing sound waves that are 180 degrees out of phase with ambient sound waves, like those coming from airplane engines or air conditioners. Basically, the sounds meet and cancel each other out to produce silence, so only the music can be heard.
The Bose QC 25s are “over-ear” headphones, which mean they entirely surround the ear with padding to block out as much noise as possible. Some people find them cumbersome when worn for extended periods, but the padding on the top band keeps them from feeling heavy.
The only downside to the Bose lineup is that in a realm of extraordinary machines, the Bose’s sound isn’t as magnificent as that produced by other models like the PSB M4U 2, or the wireless Parrot Zik. Cheaper models like those from Audio-Technica can be over $100 cheaper than the Bose, but none of them come close to the original brand’s ability to filter out unwanted noise.