Listen to your music, not the noise around you

The Bose® QuietComfort® 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones not only dramatically reduce outside noise, but also make your music sound great. Patented Acoustic Noise Cancelling® technology minimizes unwanted sounds like engine roar and background chatter, while delivering warm, full audio from portable music players or in-flight films.


Enjoy relief from airplane noise as you travel


These headphones are perfect for travel. Bose's innovative TriPort® technology allows deep, rich bass from a lightweight earcup design, which means they're especially comfortable for long hours of listening. The single-sided cord helps resist tangling. You also get convenient portability — the earcups fold flat for easy storage in the included case, and the battery compartment is located inside the headset. Since there's no separate battery box, you can disconnect the cord altogether to enjoy noise reduction without audio playback.

Product Highlights:

  • comfortable, lightweight, around-ear design
  • adjustable headband
  • sealed earcups
  • high/low volume switch
  • 1 "AAA" battery (included) provides up to 35 hours of operation
  • low-battery indicator
  • 66" cord with mini plug and 62" extension cord
  • full-size plug adapter and adapter for airline systems
  • zippered semi-hard carry case
  • weight: 6.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Very comfortable

Written By Chris, Seattle, WA on Saturday, October 03, 2009

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I think its pretty funny when people don't understand what they are buying and how it works. These are great for reducing background "noise" because of the technology used. They aren't designed to supress talking, stereos, etc. Use earplugs for something like that :) These are comfortable and do what they are designed to do. The price is a little high, but I got mine by converting airline miles for a crutchfield gift certificate. My total out of pocket was $19.00 :)

Not worth it

Written By okievetrad, Manhattan, KS on Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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I bought these earphones with the hopes that they could be used to help with studying by decreasing
background noise, specifically in the library. I have tried them at two libraries and various coffee shops and
am unimpressed, especially considering the cost. The headphones do decrease the background noise from
air conditioning hums and low playing televisions, but they are horrible fore anything else. I have a next
door neighbor that likes to play music which has a lot of bass. I was hoping these headphones could be
used to drown out this low level noise, not so. With the headphones on and even with the headphones on
and with earplugs in, I can still hear the music. I have found that the headphones may decrease low level
noise, but in the process enhance other noises, such as people talking, intercom noise, background music
in restaurants, passing traffic, etc. I can actually here these noises more clearly because the low level
background noise is gone. I have tried to use them with and without music playing. Even with music
playing, I have to turn up the volume really loud to drown out the now enhanced background noise. I
would like to add,that I do own other Bose products with which I am very happy. I have a Bose wave radio
and the Bose in-ear headphones. They are fine products, but these headphones are sub-par, and not
worth the money. I am sending my back.

Excellent product

Written By Arlene, Seattle on Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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We got these earphones for my husband because he races vintage cars and it is incredibly noisy at the track and in the pits. He used them, and I got to try them as well, last weekend. They are awesome. It made a huge difference in being able to tolerate time in the pits. If the person who rated this low was expecting total silence, he would be disappointed, but all background noise was filtered out and even the loud cars were very muted as they fired the engines. We are ordering a pair for me now.

Perfect? Well, dang good.

Written By David, Jersey City, NJ on Monday, May 18, 2009

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I switched from a Sony on-ear style noise-canceling headphone, and this is head and shoulders above that one. It fits much more comfortably on the ears, is less painful (yes, the Sony actually hurt my ears after an hour's wear time; can't say how the QC3 would be in this regard), and accommodates my eyeglasses far better. Besides the comfort, the noise canceling is performed without injecting any white noise (annoying in the Sony; to be fair, the Sony cost a lot less, too). Finally, the audio fidelity is excellent. I wear them to and from work on a train every day, and most of the time in the office as well. I love them, and would certainly recommend them, if you can afford the premium price. I'd have given a five-star if it was only a little more affordable.

Best I have found

Written By stickers, Santa Monica, California on Sunday, April 26, 2009

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I tried many different headsets thinking I could save money. Although some gave OK sound filtering the Bose fit the best were the most comfortable for long flights. I must admit I have a large head and all the other manufactures did not fit well.

Not worth for your money

Written By Anonymous, New york,NY on Friday, March 06, 2009

I don't know all are putting big reviews, frankly my experience was worst.I spent this much and product didn't worth the money.It didn't do much noise canceling.Think about this if your ear is covered by any head phone or even just a leather cover, it will do the noise reduction.

So think about before buying this costly item !!

Bose® QuietComfort® 2 headphones

Written By R, Pioneer, CA on Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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Excellent product. Good price and quick delivery service.


Written By Molly, Bridgton, ME on Tuesday, February 03, 2009

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My boyfriend and I both got a pair of these head phones before we went on vacation. When we got on the plane our seats were towards the back and it was a little noisy. We put on our head phones and poof the noise was gone. My boyfriend fell right off to sleep and didn't wake up until we got to Mexico. I was able to do homework with no distractions it was wonderful! We would definitely recommend these head phones to everyone we know.

Outstanding headphones for air travel

Written By Paul, Atlanta, GA on Monday, January 26, 2009

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Outstanding headphones! I bought them for my trip to Singapore in December and they were a life saver. I had flown other long international trips without them, but never again. The Bose headphones maintain the high quality sound that you come to expect, and the noise-canceling feature is fantastic. Yes, like any high priced piece of equipment you have to be carefull with them. These are not the head phones you run with. If you travel on planes with great frequency, then you have to try these. After a couple of trips they will pay for themselves.

Quiet Comfort Coast to Coast!

Written By philip, San Diego, CA on Saturday, January 24, 2009

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I am a frequent Bi-coastal airplane traveler with a preference for quiet, unevenful trips. I have a hearing disability and I wear dual hearing aids. They fit my ears with the electronics behind the ear and the speakers inside the ear.
My first criteria for my purchase of headphones, was a comfortable fit with my hearing aids. I soon recognized that after 5 to 6 hours of continuous wearing the Bose Comfort 2; I was not fatigued and the headphones were not causing any pressure on my hearing aids.
Then, I became aware that I could lower the volume on my hearing aids, without sacrificing anything. Also, there wasn't any feedback noise emanating from my hearing aids.
The wonderful fidelity, was automatically expected as I own other Bose equipment.
Whether I was connected to the airplane's sound system, or my I Pod or my Streamer; I received superb stereo high fidelity.
While most ambient cabin noise was cancelled; I was never isolated from the plane crew's instructions, announcements or questions.
Thank you Crutchfield. for providing value pricing. Thank you Bose for providing an outstanding product.
PC, San Diego, CA.

Bose® QuietComfort® 2 headphones

Written By customer, long island ny on Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Excellent sound quality but poor quality of materials. Cheap plastic that breaks brings overall rating to unacceptable level at this price.

like the sound but poorly made

Written By Bill, houston, tx on Friday, November 28, 2008

mine lasted less than 3 years. just like others have said, the left can broke off from the headpiece. took very good care of these and used them only for travel about 6 times a year. but they've got a design flaw - the point where the cans are mounted to the headpiece are flimsy plastic. both sides were cracked it was just a matter of which was going to go first.

at this price, they're not worth it. i'm trying sennheiser next - roughly the same price, better features (e.g. passive mode), and, across the board, folks comment on the good construction.

Love em

Written By Conni, Indy on Saturday, November 01, 2008

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The sound quality is wonderful but I am no expert. The real reason I bought them was for noise reduction. I got to test them out last weekend. My neighbor's little boy was driving his gas powered little motorcycle around and around the back yard. This was going on for hours. I was ready for a nap and I thought, "Wow I have those new headphones." I put them on and drifted into a nice long nap. No music either, just nice quiet fan blowing in my bedroom. We also have a neighbor dog that barks uncontrollably at everything because he is neglected. We have tried animal control, the neighborhood association and nothing gets these people to control their dog. These headphones work great for that nuisance also. We are going on a long car trip in December and I can't wait to use them. I never tried anything else so I can't compare but i love all my other bose products. Worth it if you want bose quality. The reason for only 4 stars is if you are like my husband and are rough and tear up stuff these aren't going to last very long. If you take care of them like a 300. dollar set of headphones should be taken care of, you will love them.

Excellent Audio, Poor Physical Quality

Written By Rob, Portland, OR on Thursday, October 16, 2008

I've owned my pair for close to four years now and they are starting to physically deteriorate. The sound quality is excellent, as is the noise canceling. I used these in an office cubicle environment and later in a computer room, and the performance on my iPod is outstanding. But at this point the plastic upright on each earphone has broken and needs to be held together with wire ties, and the rubber cover on one of the ear pieces has worn through. Granted, I use them almost every day, but they don't see rough use - and this isn't the type of endurance I'd expect from a product at this price. The two year warranty isn't long enough to address these issues.


Written By Dean, APO, AE on Friday, October 10, 2008

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I didn't know what to expect when I bought them. The first day I received them, it was in a public place with an abundance of noise. I could tell a major difference from all the other headphones I had, in the past. I had my friends try them on, and they were amazed at how effective they were. Plus they were very comfortable for me.

Excellent Product. Excellent Service.

Written By Matt, Arizona on Saturday, September 13, 2008

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This is a great product. The first unit I received smelled like smoke and appeared used. I alerted Crutchfield and got a reply via email in minutes along with a new set overnighted to me at their cost...Sat delivery no less.

This is what customer service is all about...oh, and the headphones really do work like they claim. Very comfortable for long term use and very quiet with excellent sound as well.

Concentrate on this!!!

Written By Shawn, Salem, OR on Monday, September 08, 2008

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I am a guy that can easily get distracted or side-tracked and in our "open" office environment conversations can be heard from end of the building to the other. These BOSE headphones have given back to me the ability to tune out the unwanted distractions and fully concentrate on what I need to accomplish. Additionally, the BOSE headphones provide incredibly "being there" sound!


Written By Tim Z, Florida on Wednesday, April 02, 2008

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I just received these headphones prior to a recent air travel vacation. I didn't use them on the way up but on the trip home they were a godsend.
Excited children surrounded the seat I was assigned. One 2 year old was tantrum screaming from takeoff to landing. Thanks to the Bose headset, I enjoyed near silence the entire flight and even managed to dose off amid all the cries and chatter. As I put them back into their case, I smiled at my wife and gave the case a hug and kiss. I love my new Bose QC2 headphones.

Great sound, very poor construction

Written By Warren, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, March 03, 2008

Purchased these in early 2007. Within 6 months the plastic parts had started to disintegrate, and a month later they had all cracked into small pieces. Returned to Bose for warranty, took 3.5 weeks for repairs, and by late 2007 the repaired ones were also starting to crack off small plastic pieces.

Unfortunately the construction does not match the sound. In reading the reviews, the plastic parts falling apart has been an issue for at least 2 years, yet Bose has apparently still failed to address. You would think for $387 with shipping and repairs they could do better.

I would not purchase another Bose product.

Well worth the hefty price

Written By Chris, Temecula, CA on Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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The only trouble with these headphones is that you can't help singing along.
Drives everybody else nuts.
Can't wait to use it on a plane!

love it!

Written By Hidetomo, San Jose, CA on Friday, February 08, 2008

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it almost completely eliminates the ambient noise and the air ventilation noise in the office. yet you can still hear the conversation, the fire alarm, or anything that stands out in the spectrum. if Bose can develop the next generation of QC that eliminates these as well, that would be great.

and the quality of sound playback is also great as you would expect from any Bose products.

The Best Headphones

Written By diamond_head0917, Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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These headphones are great. The best.

Best Headphones I have owned

Written By Jeremy, Clemson, SC on Monday, September 17, 2007

These headphones are great. The noise cancelling is very good. And the sound quality is the best I have heard in a pair of headphones. My only quip is that the earcuffs are a little snug on my ears. Other than that, I really like these headphones.

Extremely poor construction

Written By Curtis, Moreno Valley, CA on Thursday, September 13, 2007

The first set of headphones worked great until just before the warranty ran out. Then, as others have noted, they cracked & fell apart. Bose did replace them, but the second set must have had a higher impedence, as the sound levels were unacceptably low. So, this set just sat on a high shelf in the closet for the past eight months. And guess what? They broke, too. What a disappointment!

These may be for you...

Written By Gregor, Durango, CO on Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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First, Crutchfield's service & price were outstanding. It was my first purchase and it was an excellent experience from start to finish.


HOW USED: Frequent flying, plus at my desk w/ my laptop.

COMPARISONS: Before settling on the Bose QC-2's, I tried out the following noise-cancelling headphones: Bose QC-3's, and Sennheiser PX-250's. All had good-to-excellent sound, plus individual pros & cons.

CONCLUSION: which headphone is "best" depends on your tastes, physique, and priorities. The QC-2's are the best for me.

PROS (vs. other models): more comfortable for long periods than on-the-ear phones; have the deepest (more comfortable) over-the-ear cups; use normal batteries--you're not compelled to use expensive, proprietary batteries; noise-cancelling component is built-into headset (vs. awkward capsule on wire).

CONS: clunky when turning head to side or trying to sleep; ears may sweat in sealed-off cups.

All in all, they are the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market (for me), and I love 'em. Though expensive, they're worth the money and make frequent flying far more pleasant.

Cockpit noise

Written By Bob, Elmont NY on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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If you think sitting in the cabin of an airliner is noisy, try the cockpit. There are aviation specific headsets to deal with this but they are heavy, bulky, and expensive. With a little plug in adapter, this headset is great as an airline headset. It also lets me enjoy my ipod while driving my otherwise deafening diesel pickup (I like things that make noise I guess).
I also want to tell you that Ziggy is the type of employee every business owner wants. He 'makes it happen'. I appreciate working with that kind of attitude.
I had a pair of little sennheisers before this. They are still better for working out at the gym because of their size, but the noise cancelling is not as good.
Once you get past the sticker shock associated with all Bose products, this is a fine headset.

Excellent Sound Without The Headache

Written By Ryan, Glen Rock, NJ on Saturday, December 30, 2006

I was very surprised to see so many negative reviews about these headphones. I've had them for nearly a year now and have experienced absolutely no problems with them. I have tried keep them in the case as much as possible, but as a college student, there have been several occasions when I have found them on the floor of my dorm room completely unmarred. The sound quality of these headphones is really something extraordinary. They allow you to experience your music in an entirely new way. I can listen to a classical piece and pick out every single instrument being played. The noise cancellation on this model is most effective; I have not yet been in a situation where I had to turn up the volume past a reasonable level while using them. I read several complaints that people were unsatisfied with the level of comfort they experienced from these headphons. I simply just cannot relate to this at all. After a few minutes of having them on, I forget I am even wearing them. If you are like me and in-ear headphones cause you pain, the soft cushion of the Bose QC2s is a dream come true. Bottom line: If you are into your music and don't mind spending a little extra, these are the headphones for you.

Nice product

Written By bob, Normal, Illinois on Friday, December 08, 2006

Works exactly as advertised. I use them when traveling. Great for use on an airplane, as a passenger in a car. I wear them in the summer on my back patio when my next door neighbor is mowing and can barely hear their mower.


Written By Joel, Plano, TX on Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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I've owned the QC1's for about 4 years and have always been pleased with the sound quality and comfort. I decided to upgrade to the newer QC2's (as opposed to the QC3's because I wanted "around the ear."). I've received them and they are not comfortable. After wearing them for 30 minutes, I begin to feel pressure near my ears. They are coiled so tightly that both ear peaces touch each other when just lying on a table, and do not fit someone with a larger head. I've talked to Bose and they've heard this before. He couldn't be sure that if I switched these for the QC3 model if it would help. I think I'll have to return these (with much regret and disappointment) because they give me too much of a headache after wearing them for short periods of time.

Unreliable - poor warranty service = poor value.

Written By Jeffrey, Santee, CA on Saturday, November 18, 2006

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When they worked, these headphones had the best noise cancelling I have heard. Unfortunately, the noise cancelling failed after 15 hours of use. I was in Europe when they failed, so could not return them to Bose in US for repair until 45 days had passed. I requested an RMA via e-mail - got no response for 4 days despite a promise of a resonse in 24 hours. After they were shipped to Bose, I heard nothing from Bose for 1 month (was supposed to take 1 week). I finally contacted them and was told they were out of stock at the repair depot, but were available from another warehouse (apparently warranty repair is not a priority). After some argument, I did get Bose to issue me a refund (still waiting).

In short, I expect a lot better quality & exemplary service for a $300 set of head-phones!

Awesome headphones! They completely block ambient noise!

Written By Brian, New York, NY on Monday, November 13, 2006

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If you're looking for headphones to block noise at work, these are for you. I bought these headphones for my fiancé to drown out her noisy co-workers and let me tell you, I'm her hero. She absolutely loves them. She needs to completely block ambient office noise to focus on her work and these headphones do the job better than I hoped. She was immediately impressed with how effectively they eliminate surrounding noises, regardless of their close proximity or volume. They completely drown out her neighbors and enable her to be more productive and efficient; she says when she wears them she thinks her cube-mates are out of the office for the day! She also wears them on the NYC subway and says they completely block out the loud, clamoring train noises (which, if you've never had the pleasure of the subway, is impressive). They are extremely comfortable and lightweight so she can wear them all day without irritation (unlike little earbud headphones). She listens to them 8 hours a day and added they don't drain the batteries nearly as fast as other reviewers claim. She now can't get through her workdays without them.

Flimsy construction

Written By Paul, Everson WA on Saturday, November 11, 2006

I've had these for three years. After about 10 months, still in warranty the flimsy plastic piece holding the headphone together cracked. They replaced the phones.

After another year, out of warranty the same piece broke. I'm sadly disappointed with the poor construction of these expensive items.

Look elsewhere for a more durable purchase.

Bose® QuietComfort® 2 headphones

Written By Bruce, Michigan on Monday, September 25, 2006

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Purchased these for a transpac commute of 20+ hours each way and had them on most of the time. Seemed to block out the lower frequency noises more than the higher frequency but provided a very comfortable noise level. Sound was good and comfort was excellent (I prefer the over the ear models since my ears get sore when they are pinched between my head and headphones). Definately made viewing movies and listening to music much more enjoyable (better sounding / easier to hear). Very expensive and maybe not better than Sony or Panasonic but do not have the time to test drive a number of units. See a lot of the Bose on the planes - Bose is great at marketing. If you don't mind shopping around, I would try others and you may save yourself $100 or so and get the same result.

Flimsy construction -- devours batteries

Written By William, San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, September 21, 2006

I was really disappointed with these headphones. These headphones suck down AAA batteries like a Hummer sucks down gas. I went through 3 sets of these headphones in about 2 years and each one of them broke. The plastic frame is weak and breaks easily. The sound quality is OK; nothing to write home about. As far as I am concerned, these headphones were a waste of my time and money.

Tough Test

Written By Keith, Romance, AR on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

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I purchased these to use while cutting and bailing hay. I know this is not what they were designed for but they work great. Put them on and they fit great. Turn them on and the music starts then the noise cancellation kicks in. It knocks enough of the tractor noise down to make listening to music possible. Granted you could still hear the tractor running but it was amazing how much of the noise was knocked down. For what it is worth they passed my test.

Bad constuction quality

Written By Red, Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I agree with Frank. These are great sounding headphones but they will not last more that a couple of years without breaking. My headphones broke in the same area. I want to buy new ones but $300 is a lot for headphones that will not last.

Bose Quiet Comfort headphones

Written By Frank, Lehigh Acres, Fl on Wednesday, July 12, 2006

I purchased a pair of these headphones in January 2005,18 months ago. I founf them to be excellent in sound quality & noise reduction. However construction is another story. They are cheaply made. I have taken the best care possiable with them, always keeping them in their case when not in use. Yesterday while picking them up out of their case, the plastic connection at the head piece & right ear phone crumbled. The exact same thing happened to my niece 14 months after she purchased hers. With a one year warrenty on them, Bose says, tough luck.So if you want excellent headphones at a big price, that are'nt going to last you very long, thes are the ones for you.

A typical Bose product, good but pricey

Written By Wade, Shelbyville, Ky. on Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I have owned a pair of these headphones for a period of time an I will make the following observations. Bose is overpriced! Bose products have always been this way, even 40 yrs.+ back. They are QUALITY AND HAVE A CULT FOLLOWING! I probably will buy another pair if mine are lost or stolen but I would have to wait for another CD player "giveaway" or equivilent, to justify the price. There is one problem that Bose should address. That is the use of a aaa battery for power. These phones go through this mini battery about every 4-6 hours. Worse, no battery, no sound! This is a serious problem that must be addressed.

Pricey but excellent headphone

Written By Chak, Columbus, OH on Thursday, June 01, 2006

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Got mine couple weeks ago. I am really happy with it. My boys love it, and use it all the time. Excellent quality, typical Bose product. As much as they charge for this headphone, I can't believe they give you a small ziplock bag to put your accessories in?! Unbelievable.

Great sound, terrible hardware

Written By Adam, San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, May 31, 2006

First off, I have to say that these are probably the best sounding headphones I ever had. HOWEVER...the noise cancelling feature devours batteries and after just about 6 mos of use, the hinges near the earpieces began to split resulting in one hinge totally breaking off altogether about a month and a half later.
In my opinion, for $300 you could buy a much better pair of Sennheiser or Sony headphones and still have extra left over for something fun.

Road Warriors: Bite the Bullet and Buy Them!

Written By Gary, Tucson, AZ on Thursday, May 04, 2006

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For frequent overseas travelers, the Bose QC2 headphones are head and shoulders above the rest of the noise cancelling phones -- I've purchased and tried most of them. The price was the same no matter where I checked. Buy at Crutchfield and get the best service on the web.


Written By Nathan, KCMO on Saturday, April 01, 2006

I've used these on several transatlantic flights - provided by the airline. They work fine, but are 2x the price of the Sennheiser noise cancelling headphones also sold at Crutchfield. I can't tell the difference between the two comparing them side by side on the same flight. The Bose units are also very bulky and will take up a lot of space in your carry-on bag.

Bose® QuietComfort® 2 headphones

Written By Jeremy, San Jose, CA on Saturday, February 25, 2006

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These are a bit pricey, and there are no deals to be found anywhere in terms of cost, so it came down to who offers free shipping, doesn't charge sales tax and is trustworthy.

As for the actual product, maybe I went into things with false expectations. For some reason I thought they would eliminate background noise which is not the case. Humming noises (airplane engines for example) are dramatically reduced, but everything else comes through pretty clear. The reduction of non-humming sounds comes from the big earpieces not the noise cancellation.

Also, they really hug your head pretty tight, and even when opened to the largest head size, the grip gets to be a bit too much after an hour or so and I have to take them off.

Overall, I'm satisfied and will keep the headphones, but them seem a bit pricey for what you get in the end.

Bose® QuietComfort® 2 headphones

Written By Robert, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, February 11, 2006

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I recently purchased the QuietComfort 2 headphones and was pleasantly surprised when I field-tested them on a recent cross-country flight from Charlotte to San Diego.

The first test was simply placing the headphones over my ears and turning them on to check the effectiveness of the noise reduction feature. The noise was significantly reduced but does not go away.

The second test was using the headphones with the Bose portable CD Player. The music was clear and I was able to keep the volume setting on the CD Player at a minimum level.

Overall I am very happy with the product. The only draw back....the hi-low switch is not the easiest to get to and change.

Charlotte, NC

Bose® QuietComfort® 2 headphones

Written By meatr, Illinois on Thursday, February 09, 2006

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The headphones are very comfortable, and seal out noise very well. However, they won't work at all without a battery (make sure you have lots of batteries for a long flight), and seem to be set to restrict the volume allowed. I have to set my laptop to maximum volume level to hear these at a moderate level, didn't have to do that with other headphones. Is this a new "feature", so that they won't get law suits for noise damage? Still not sure that they are worth the price.

Great product, little pricey

Written By John, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, February 02, 2006

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While traveling on business the gentleman seated next to me in first class was sporting a pair of these headphones. We got talking and he let me take em for a test drive. I immediately fell in love. After that, the headphones made a few christmas lists, but they never seemed to make anyone's final cut. I finally broke down and treated myself this year and am very happy that I did.

I am sitting in the office right now listening to a CD. People talking on phones, tapping of the keyboard, hum of the AC unit...all non-existant. They work well and are very comfortable. Can't wait for my next flight to the West Coast to put them through their paces!

The only drawback is the cost. They are a bit pricey for something that is used relatively infrequently (at least by me), but I have no regrets.

Cruthfield was very helpful and prompt on the order, glad I didn't go anywhere esle to make my purchase!

The best at the moment but not perfect.

Written By Payam81, LAX on Tuesday, January 31, 2006

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I used these over a period of 6 months in my coast to coast flights and although they deliver what they advertise, I've gone back to my sony in-ear earphones.

First problem I encountered consisted of headaches after about 2 hours of constant use. At first I thought it's a random thing and has more to do with flying or the weather but the more I used these headphones, the more it became clear to me the culprit was the indeed the BOSE QC2.

My other beef with these headphones is the design of the ear cups. They do appear very comfortable at first but after about an hour the pressure they put on the sides of my head became untolerable and I had to remove them for a while. This is probably a problem with all headphone with this design though.

Sound quality is pretty good but the bass apears a little muddy for my taste. Noise cancelling feature is highly effective in cutting through noise of jet engines or loud air conditioners. When you turn it on in a plane it really does feel like someone turned down the volume of your surrondings a few notches.

one more step

Written By dennis716, Buffalo, NY on Saturday, January 28, 2006

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As expected,I found no fault at all with the sound quality of these headphones. It was terrific. They are also very comfortable. I have worn them for up to two hours without discomfort. But,I use the headphones to read while my spouse watches TV and I hoped the noise cancelling feature of this product would allow me to listen to ambient music without noise interference from the television. Alas, the noise was reduced but not cancelled, and I was disappointed. Also, I found the high/low volume control to be awkward (you have to remove the wire plug from the headphone)and virtually useless. A variable volume control on the outside of the headphone would have been better.

Not enough juice of its own.

Written By yitmoore, Iraq, via OC, CA on Monday, January 23, 2006

I bought this headset when I accepted a position overseas and figured it'd be nice to have a first rate head set to travel with. In most circumstances they are first rate. Watching movies on the plane, listening to Ipod. All good.

The problem I have with these is that I don't always use an Ipod. I have smaller, more portable audio I use as well that run off a single AAA battery. Its with devices such as these that Bose has failed me. Some of my noisier plane rides have not been as enjoyable because the volume just can't reach the level it needs to to combat engine sound. These devices have no trouble pumping sound out of a normal headset, so I don't really know what the issue is, but its pretty frustrating to have a $300 headset that has its own power source, but can't climb in volume with certain devices.

Bose Quiet Comfort 2

Written By Thomas, Southwick Ma on Monday, January 16, 2006

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My wife travels a lot so It hought this would be a great Christmas gift for her. Well I think I have used it more than she has. I used to use regular noise protection headsets when using my tractor around the yard. Today I grabbed the Bose noise cancelling headset and I was floored at just how good they worked. I ran back to the house and got the CD player and put in a CD and I was so Impressed that I just ordereed another one for myself today. The sound quality in the midst of all the noise is incredible. Believe it or not it is 21 degrees outside and my ears were warm and toasty while I plowed the driveway. Just another added bonus.

Bose® QuietComfort® 2 headphones

Written By Hawkeye13, Cataula, GA on Sunday, January 08, 2006

These headphones are outrageously priced--but worth EVERY penny.

Ordinarily I would never have paid $300 for a pair of headphones, but I bought these because I was going to be in a high-noise environment for hours at a time in a situation where regular earplugs would be dangerous. The noise-cancellation was nothing short of PHENOMENAL. I found myself turning them off and back on several times a day, just to hear them WHOOSH the background noise out of existence again!

I hear they're great for music as well, and someday I'll get around to testing them with some of my favorite CD's. However, I would (and did, actually) buy them just for the background noise cancellation. They are worth it for that alone.

Great for school...

Written By Andrew, Tacoma, WA on Wednesday, December 28, 2005

After having owned other sets of headphones I can say without a doubt these are the best by far. The noise cancelling sounds natural, unlike some others that fill your ears with a loud "hissing" noise. The sound is awesome with good bass. I could not ever go back to anything else after using these.

Great headphones

Written By Michael, Brainerd, MN on Thursday, November 10, 2005

As the time approached for a couple trips I was to take part in, I knew I needed to find something to give me serenity. I immediatly turned to Crutchfield for help. They pointed me into the right direction. After talking about differnt types of headphones with sales reps, and other consumers, there was no comparison.

After I recieved the headphones at work, I could not wait to try them out, so i plugged them into my works PC and was tottaly blown away! I immediatly called some of my closest co-workers over to hear they magnificint headphones.

On a family trip, my parents tried them out and also fell in love.

the other reviews are ever so right about hearing things that didnt know existed in a song, you hear it all!

To date, I have orderd 4 sets. For those that think it may be out of the price range, you will see that these are worth every penny once you own a pair. You will be the envy of everyone around you.

A concert for your Eardrums!

Written By tomauto, Evansville, Indiana on Thursday, September 29, 2005

I purchased the Quiet Comfort 2 headphones for myself as a graduation gift after graduating high school. I knew that upon going into college there would be things that I know I wouldn't want to be hearing. These headphones from Bose did not disappoint in that area, noises from outside the dorm room are not heard after I put these QC2 headphones on, everything from the crickets to cars driving by, now obsolete thanks to the noise canceling technology!

I loved giving my friends a demo for the product. I would tell them to pick one of their favorite songs, and then I would play that song for them. Then after the song was finished, they could say, oh yeah, thats okay, "But I wouldnt buy those for $300"...Then I show them the hidden Bose feature, the Hi-Lo switch on the end that goes into the headset itself, set it to Hi, and watch a smile come across their face in complete enjoyment!

Battery life on the AAA battery was rated at 35 hours, but that seems like a LOW rating, the supplied battery along lasted me over 2 weeks, and I used them constantly. When I purchased QC2 headphones, I thought it would be more of an issue, but it is A-OK.

This is a wonderful product, and if you purchase the QC2, you will NOT be disappointed; it makes your music come alive! In my experience, I heard things in songs that I didn't even know existed until I put those headphones on! These headphones are worth every penny, and I would rat

Superb performance

Written By Coastland, Cincinnati on Saturday, September 03, 2005

Like the other review, my first pair of headphones developed a crack after a couple of years of use. The Bose store I purchased them at immediately replaced them with no problem. They pointed out the newly designed phones that will not reproduce this problem. I love these phones. They get me to my destinations rested and charged up - ready for my meetings. I would definitely recommend them in spite of their slightly higher price. They are engineered far more intelligently than their couterparts on the market. I should know - I own several sets of competitor's headsets. These are by far my favorites.

Bose QC2 - Re-designed for Quality

Written By philkusiak, High Point, NC on Saturday, August 13, 2005

I purchased a set of Bose QC2 in November 2003. I have been satisifed with the performance for airplane travel and use with Ipod. However, I became aware others were having problems with breakage in the plastic expansion piece above each headpice.

Last Saturday mine fractured while using with my Ipod. Clearly, out of warranty, contacted Bose on Monday they indicated they would extend warranty to cover defect and they have redesigned this area of the headset.

Returned set to Bose and awaiting a new re-designed set as an exchange at no cost to me.

You can check for hairline fracture - mine broke completely apart through the L on the left side. I then looked at the right side and appeared to be developing hairline fracture in the same area.

Clearly, more fragile than expected and I have been very meticulous in caring for them with storage in case and care in use.

If you have this problem you can expect Bose to exchange at no cost. The Bose representative indicated they can tell from which design based on the serial number.

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What's in the box?

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  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • 66" Straight cord (right-angle gold-plated male mini-plug on one end and a straight gold-plated male mini-plug with a high-low level switch on the other)
  • 62" Straight extension cord (right-angle gold plated mini-plug on one end and a straight gold-plated female mini-jack on the other)
  • Gold-plated stereo headphone adapter (female 1/8" mini-jack to male 1/4" phone plug)
  • Gold-plated airline stereo audio adapter (female 1/8" mini-jack to dual male 1/8" mini-plugs)
  • 1 "AAA" battery
  • Zippered semi-hard carrying case
  • Removable business card sleeve
  • Removable accessory pouch
  • Adjustable nylon strap
  • 10 Courtesy cards (inside case)
  • Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Registration/Warranty card

Features and Specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type ---
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 6.9 ounces
Cord Length 66
Airline Adapter Included Yes
iPod Control ---
Volume Control ---
Built-in Microphone ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphone Technology: Through a combination of proprietary electro-acoustic and ergonomic technologies, the QuietComfort 2 headphones provide full-spectrum noise reduction, dramatically reducing unwanted noise while remaining lightweight and easy to wear, even during long airplane flights. The QuietComfort 2 headset works as an integrated system. The ergonomically designed earcups feature soft, supple ear cushions that gently snuggle your ear. In addition, revolutionary TriPort headset technology reduces the size, weight and clamping force of the earcups. When combined with advanced electronic circuitry, this proprietary technology results in superb noise reduction performance over the full spectrum of human hearing.

Active Equalization: The Quiet Comfort 2's active equalization electronically tunes the frequency response to provide superb audio performance.

Detachable Cord: If you plan to use the Quiet Comfort 2 headphones for noise reduction only, you can simply put the headset on and switch on the noise reduction circuitry. There is no need to connect the audio cord. When you're ready to listen to audio, just plug the cord into the left earcup and into your audio source. The headphones use a single earcup audio cable, which gives you far fewer problems with tangling than two-cable designs.

Audio Attenuator: On one end of the audio cord, the Audio Attenuator has a High/Low switch to adjust the output volume of different audio sources. The Low setting is typically used for airline audio or audio devices that use AC power. The High setting is typically used for battery-powered audio devices.

Headband: The headband is padded for comfort, especially for long-time use. You can gain up to 3 inches in headband length, allowing comfortable settings for a wide variety of head sizes.

Supplied Accessories: The headphones come with a 62" headphone extension cord, a 1/8" to 1/4" headphone plug adapter, and an airline stereo audio dual-plug adapter.

Battery: The Quiet Comfort 2 headphones are powered by a single "AAA" battery (supplied), which loads into the right earcup. The supplied battery should provide approximately 35 hours of use. The low-battery indicator lets you know when you're within 5 hours of battery life remaining. Rechargeable Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries can be used, however, the low-battery indicator may not provide an accurate indication of the remaining battery life.

Carry Case: You can store the headphones and accessories in the supplied carry case. The earcups rotate so they can be stored flat in the crushproof case. The length of the supplied strap can be adjusted for ease of use. Inside the case, there's a handy zippered pouch for storing the cords and accessory plugs, and a 3" x 4-1/2" ID card or business card holder with a see-through window. Both the zippered pouch and business card holder have Velcro on the back and are removable.

Courtesy Cards: The manufacturer has provided 10 courtesy cards to pass along to persons inquiring about the Quiet Comfort 2 headphones. The cards contain information about the headphones, including how to purchase a pair.

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