Bose® Headphones Are Along For The Ride
Geoffrey Fowler recently reviewed the new Bose® QC®35s for the Wall Street Journal. Some of the highlights include the QC®35’s ability to cut the jet engine noise by 21 dB, which easily beats the seven other headphones he reviewed.
Check out some other highlights from his article.
“Bose has been in this business for decades, has 50 noise-canceling patents and dominates the market for pricey noise-canceling headphones. But now it has serious competition, including several rivals that are, believe it or not, even more expensive. To keep up, Bose just released its first totally wireless pair, the $350 QuietComfort 35.
What I learned from flying economy class with all these headphones: Not all noise-canceling is equal. I plan to buy the jet-neutralizing Bose headphones. They sound good and the comfy ear pads don’t bother me even when I’m in nap mode.
A few technological leaps have improved the current generation of noise-canceling headphones. They no longer require throwaway AA batteries: Now you charge them like a phone, and they can run for up to 20 hours at a time. (Many are smart enough to shut themselves off if you forget.) They can take calls, though the noise-canceling tech won’t necessarily make your own voice clearer. Many come with apps to customize the experience.
All the headphones I tested use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly to your phone. Bluetooth used to sound terrible, but the technology has improved. You can find cheaper, tethered headphones, like the $300 Bose QC25 or $100 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B, but it’s liberating to listen to music without treating your ears like dogs on a leash.”
How do they work? Imagine a fire hose pointed at a target—your ear—and the water is sound waves that travel through the air. Say you used a second fire hose to deflect the first hose’s stream from the target. That is kind of what noise-canceling tech does. Microphones on each set listen for outside sound, and then speakers inside the headphones play the sonic opposite.
You’d think this would make things louder, but in fact the sound waves neutralize each other. You only feel a slight change in pressure, as if you just rode express to the top of the Empire State Building.
Headphone padding alone did little to dampen the drone. With the noise-canceling turned on, the Bose cut it by a significant 21 dB.
The Bose had good balance and detail for pop music but they were just OK at classical.
Of the over-ear variety, Bose was the most lightweight and comfortable. And the headset’s clear physical buttons made it easy to turn on and adjust volume.”
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By Geoffrey A. Fowler @geoffreyfowler
Wall Street Journal
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