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Bose is the best-known name in noise cancelling headphones, bar none. Step onto a train anywhere in Greater London on a weekday morning and you’re like to see a pair of them, probably aboard the bonce of a suited gentleman. But do the QuietComfort 15 deserve their popularity, and are they really worth almost £250?In audio snob circles, brands like Bose rarely get much of a break. Spending a fair old whack on marketing and the technology that goes into their class-leading noise cancellation tech, many say the sound quality doesn’t match up to the hefty price. More on our view later, but where the QuietComfort can stand up to any rival is comfort.
It provides all this comfort without anything too ostentatious-looking too. The ear pads are around an inch thick, as is the headband padding, but manage to feel softer than almost any other we’ve tried. Next to Sennheiser’s commuter staple HD-series on-ear headphones, they feel sumptuous.
The headband sticks a little too far out from the side of your head, and the seams across the back of the cups don’t seem to have been cared by for an aesthetic pedant – as all seams should be.
The cups swivel 90 degrees for easier storageAlthough not beautiful, something we’d argue the QuietComfort 15 have in common with most of Bose’s products, they are nevertheless brilliantly-designed, with more concessions to practicality and comfort than we’d usually expect.
The accessory package is also good. There’s a high-quality protective carry case, an airline adaptor and a secondary cable. One of the cables features a microphone/remote housing, the other doesn’t.
There is one thing we don’t like, though. Inside the case is a business card holder jammed full of business cards to give admiring onlookers, telling them where to find out more about your amazing headphones – because apparently all QuietComfort 15 owners are that smug.