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Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones

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Our take on the Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones

Bose has long enjoyed a solid reputation for the quality and performance of their noise reducing headphones. Compared to earlier models, the QuietComfort® 15 headphones reduce more noise across a wider range of frequencies, thanks to advances the company has made in their proprietary Acoustic Noise Cancelling® technology. Quite simply, these are among the very best noise reduction headphones ever made.

Cutaway An inside view of the sophisticated technology behind the QuietComfort® 15's amazing noise-cancelling ability.

Get relief from ambient noise

Bose has long enjoyed a solid reputation for the quality and performance of their noise reducing headphones. Compared to earlier models, the QuietComfort® 15 headphones reduce more noise across a wider range of frequencies, thanks to advances the company has made in their proprietary Acoustic Noise Cancelling® technology. Quite simply, these are among the very best noise reduction headphones ever made.


Better noise cancellation with innovative Bose technology

The QuietComfort® 15 headphones feature microphones on both the outside and inside of each earcup that pick up the ambient sounds in your listening environment. Special circuitry inside the earcups then reacts instant by instant to produce an opposite, canceling signal. This circuitry efficiently minimizes unwanted external noises, so they don't interfere with the music from your portable player or the dialogue from in-flight movies.

The QuietComfort® 15 headphones also feature Bose's innovative TriPort® technology. It uses tiny vents in the earcups to produce a tonally balanced sound with deep, rich bass.

Take calls. Take control.

Bose includes a headphone cable made for select Apple products. A three-button remote control built into the cable lets you conveniently answer, end, and switch between phone calls, control the volume of your calls or music, and pause, play, or skip through your songs. You can even enjoy hands-free conversations on your iPhone®, thanks to the remote's built-in microphone. The microphone also lets you take advantage of the voice control feature found on many of the latest iPhone, iPod® and iPad® models. Just hold down the button and say your command.

Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones Enjoy peace and quiet while you travel.

A comfortable listening experience

The earcups feature a plush cushion material that feels great. Plus, their around-the-ear design helps further seal out distracting noises. An adjustable headband helps ensure comfortable listening for hours on end, making these headphones great for long trips. You also get convenient portability — the earcups fold flat for easy storage in the included carry case. The single-sided cord helps resist tangles, and you can even disconnect the cord altogether and just let the QuietComfort® 15 headphones wrap your ears in soothing, restful silence.

A great headset for a tremendous value.

Tom S., Naperville , IL

What's in the Box:

  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • 67" Straight cord with in-line remote (angled 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)
  • 67" Straight cord (angled 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)
  • 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
  • Owner's guide (English/ German/ Spanish/ French and 13 other languages)
  • Warranty information
  • 5 Courtesy cards
  • Operation diagram
  • iPod compatibility note

Product Highlights:

  • comfortable, lightweight, around-the-ear design
  • includes detachable headphone cable with inline remote for iPhone®/iPod®/iPad® control and microphone for hands-free iPhone conversations and Voice Control with select Apple products
    • 3-button remote control lets you answer, end, and switch calls, turn volume up and down, and control music playback
  • adjustable headband
  • sealed earcups
  • high/low volume switch
  • 1 "AAA" battery (included) provides up to 35 hours of operation
  • low-battery indicator
  • 67" detachable cord with mini plug
  • adapter for airline systems
  • zippered semi-hard carry case
  • weight: 4.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

General
Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3" x 3.875"
Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control ---
Lightning Connector No
Android Control ---
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 4.9 ounces
Cord Length 67"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Features

Overview: The Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones feature exclusive Bose advancements in noise reduction technology, allowing you to hear less noise and more of your music and movies. It offers a lightweight fit that stays comfortable for hours.

In-Line Remote Control: The QC15 headphones include two cables, one with an in-line remote control and microphone, the other without. The in-line remote is compatible with select iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Controls include volume, skip forward or backward, play, pause, accept call, reject call, end call, and engage Voice Control (with compatible iPods). Compatible iPhone/iPods include iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 2nd generation iPod classic (120GB), 3rd generation iPod classic (160GB, introduced in 2009), 2nd/3rd/4th generation iPod touch, 4th/5th/6th generation iPod nano, 3rd/4th generation iPod shuffle, and iPad/iPad 2.

Note: Only the in-line remote is incompatible with other iPods. Used only for listening, the QC15 headphones are compatible with any iPod, iPhone, and most other devices with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Triport Acoustic Headphone Structure: TriPort acoustic headphone structure, another Bose exclusive, features tiny vents in the earcups to enable a tonally-balanced audio performance; including reproduction of deep, low notes from relatively small and lightweight headphones.

Active Equalization: Active equalization electronically tunes the headphones' frequency response, enabling outstanding audio performance.

Improved Noise Reduction: The Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones offer significantly improved noise reduction across a wider range of frequencies. Proprietary Bose innovations now use microphones both inside and outside each earcup to sense and reduce more of the sounds around you.

Redesigned Ear Cushions: Redesigned ear cushions use new materials in a proprietary design to establish a critical acoustical seal; helping to further reduce noise while providing a comfortable fit.

Single/Detachable Audio Cable: The Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones utilize a single, detachable audio cable to offer greater convenience than standard Y-cables.

Fold-Flat Earcups: Fold-flat earcups rotate 90-degrees for easy storage and portability in the included case.

Slim Carrying Case: The Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones come with a slim carrying case to help protect the headphones and accessories during travel.

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I also have an android phone (Note 3). Things that work with the supplied cable: 1) You can listen to music 2) You can answer & disconnect the phone 3) You can skip to the next track when listening to music (double click middle button) Things that don't work with the supplied cable: 1) The volume buttons don't work for music or calls 2) Previous song feature 3) Fast-forward feature 4) Rewind feature The volume is the biggest issue for me but it's manageable. I just adjust the volume on my phone. I've seen a cable that is made for the QC15 and an Android phone. I've not used the cable but the reviews are good. It's not expensive so it may be worth a try if the missing features bother you. I don't believe that Crutchfield sells this cable but you can ask them. These are great headphones!!! Don't let the cable stop you from getting it. [ JOHN  Aug 01, 2014 ]
I have an LG android phone and the quiet comfort 15 works with the built in music app as well powerdvd mobile app. These headphones should work fine with any android phone that has a mini headphone jack "IMHO." [ RICHARD  Jul 31, 2014 ]
I know it works my Kindle. I have used it for Skype calls with my Kindle. I do not have a Samsung phone, so I have not used it with one. [ ANDREW  Jul 31, 2014 ]
Stephen: Sorry but can't help with your question. We do not have ANDOID products. We have iPhones. [ HAMPTON J  Jul 31, 2014 ]
I've used mine extensively with my Samsung Galaxy S4, and it works perfectly. To the best of my understanding, the only difference in functionality is that the line switch on the cable does work to increase/decrease volume with Apple products, and does not do so with others. Btw I see this item is on sale now for $270. I paid $300 for mine and am very happy with it. As I say in my review, don't expect noise cancellation, but rather noise attenuation. This works especially well for "isolating" you from persistent, same-modulation ambient noise like airplane sounds, crowd noise, and--in my case--subway rumble and jostle. It doesn't work very well for "spikes" in sound like an oncoming siren, possibly a good thing! [ BAIRJ  Jul 31, 2014 ]
I used with my IPOD. Never tried to use with my IPhone! [ Cindy  Jul 31, 2014 ]
I guess it depends if your ear problems are air pressure related, if so, they don't help with that issue. I bought them primarily for flying on airplanes to cut out the noise of the plane and what others are doing on the plane. The headphones work great for that and they are very comfortable. I listen to music and that is what I hear, the noise canceling capabilities of the headphones do exactly what they are supposed to do. [ JEFFREY  May 29, 2014 ]
I use my constantly while flying, but only for noise reduction issues. [ BRYAN D  May 29, 2014 ]
This is the one piece of tech I use most in my daily life. They're very comfortable for around-ear headphones. However, these really are noise "attenuation" headphones, not noise cancellation headphones. They do an excellent job of reducing ambient roar and hum. I use them primarily here on the streets of New York City. It will very much enhance your feeling of isolation and comfort in an environment with constant loud noise such as a jetliner. These headphones work appreciably less well for noise "spikes." For music reproduction, these are also very good. They can be used simply for noise attenuation without music, or for noise attenuation with music listening. However, they cannot be used only for music listening; noise attenuation must be engaged for these to function. Very nice piece of technology. [ BAIRJ  May 29, 2014 ]
Couldn't tell you how it compares as I haven't had the inside the ear headphones. But I wore this headphone for a long period of time (almost 8 hrs) on a 14 hr flight from Houston to Dubai and I did not feel tired of having something on my head and around my ears at all. I have had some soreness with other headphones if I wore them more than an hour but not this one. And noise canceling, that was just great as it totally took out the loud flight noise and could hear the soundtrack of movies, songs anything clear. I even used to wear them just to take out the noise even if I weren't watching or listening to anything. Overall, a great NC headphone! [ Sanju  Mar 12, 2014 ]
Scott, I have klipsch in ear buds and I can tell you that if you don't raise the volume up in them, you will hear a lot of background noise. The bose qc15 in my opinion block out the subtle noises such as cell phone chatter, ac compressors on the bus. I also keep the volume lower than I do on the in ear. Hope this helps. Richard [ RICHARD  Mar 12, 2014 ]
I find that the over the ear provides a better seal than an in the ear headphone. The seal provides better noise cancelation capability. [ KEN  Mar 11, 2014 ]
I purchased about 20 pairs of these for my team. We use rechargeable batteries all the -time without any issues. [ Brian  Jan 28, 2014 ]
You certainly can use re-chargeable batteries as long as they are AAA batteries. One thing I didn't like about these headphones is that I would forget to turn them off and it would kill the battery. [ NATHAN G  Jan 28, 2014 ]
No it takes a single AA battery and lasts a long time. I actually like it better than the previous model that required you to recharge [ EVAN A  Jan 28, 2014 ]
Sure, I wouldn't see why not. [ JEFFREY  Jan 28, 2014 ]
As background to my reply, I was looking to upgrade from my Bose QC3; which was ok for my overseas flights (130,000+ miles/year) but still allowed a high level of hiss to intrude. A search showed that the two finalists were the Sennheiser and the Bose QC 15. Initially I bought the Sennheiser taking delivery one day before leaving for Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The Sennheiser did perform well with regards to music quality, although I had to use a booster to playback my iPhone iTunes. Without it there was no level of acceptable volume (too low). The biggest problem was a very annoying low frequency rumble apparent in a normal room setting, becoming unacceptable during flight transitions such as flap extensions, taxiing noises, and low speed buffeting that the Sennheiser actually magnified. Thinking that this may have been a one off problem, I returned the first Sennheiser (kudos to Crutchfield customer service helping when I was over seas) and the replacement was waiting for me when I returned. Unfortunately within five minutes I could tell that the low frequency rumble (out of phase feedback?) was even worse on the replacement set. That Sennheiser was sent back (more accolades for Crutchfield customer service!) and I ordered the Bose QC 15. The Bose works as I hoped, cancelling more of the high frequency hiss and most importantly, no rumble. And making a direct comparison to the QC 3, the QC 15 is noticeably more effective than the QC 3 (which are good to begin with). Winner = Bose QC 15 (and also Crutchfield customer service). Hope that this helps. [ Jeanne  Dec 21, 2013 ]
I don't have the Sennheiser phones, so I cannot say which is better. The Bose work very well and are comfortable. They also have two patch cords to connect apple products and others. The Apple cord is able to answer your iPhone if you have connected it to listen to music on your iPhone. [ PENNY  Dec 20, 2013 ]
Not sure about MM500-x. I use my BOSE mostly for noise reduction at work and it is great [ MILOSH  Dec 19, 2013 ]
Seth, I don't know anything about the Sennhesier headphones, but I am very happy with the Bose headphones. I bought two pair of them for a recent trip and they were great. The only complaint was they were uncomfortable after many hours of use on a plane. I don't know if anyone else has had that reaction or whether they were not adjusted correctly. [ GLENN M  Dec 18, 2013 ]
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