• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound is great, build quality is lacking

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I can't fault the sound quality for these headphones. However… disappointingly, after owning them for just over a year, the ear pads have completely deteriorated. The foam is spilling out, and the black 'leather' fabric is crumbling. I wore them maybe once a week on average.

    I did a bit of research online and I've discovered that this is a common problem with these headphones. The only solution is to fork out money to buy replacement ear pads, which, for such an expensive product, is pretty disappointing. If you don't mind replacing the ear pads every year, go for it. They're otherwise great headphones.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound with Functional Flaws

    • Written by from Fairfax

    I fully appreciated the sound quality and noise canceling feature of these headphones. However, they could only be used when SWITCHED ON using battery power and they do NOT automatically shut off and do not come with a recharging feature.

    This all meant that they could not be used when NOT switched on; something not to my liking. Too high a price for quality sound.

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware of Nausea!

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    These headphones have great sound and noise cancelling capabilities.
    However, I returned them after I found that they would induce nausea and motion sickness symptoms within seconds of activating noise cancelling. Apparently all active noise cancelling headphones bear this risk to users who have sensitivity to pressure change in the ears. Bose should really put a 'health warning' style sticker on them, it would probably save a lot of returns.
    Therefore, be wary of this and certainly try these for an extended period in an Apple store before purchasing - especially if you are sensitive to motion sickness.
    Only other complaint is that they don't operate without noise cancelling activated. Hence the reason I had to return them.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but flimsy

    • Written by from Branford

    they have great sound quality but a lot of noise leakage I can't use these very loud without everyone hearing also they are fragile I've had these for a year and they already broke

    55 of 68 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful but could be so much better

    • Written by from Dublin

    I have had loads of different headphones some good and some not so good, but recently I've pushed the boat out and treated myself to a pair of Bose QuietComfort15. Expensive? Yes extremely, but hey, this is a serious brand so what do you expect... They look great and they come in a really beautiful protective carry case which is important if like me you are a frequent flier.
    When you put these headphones on they are extremely comfortable and they feel and sound great as you might expect. They even include a really cool iPhone cable accessory.
    So what's the problem, I hear you ask..? Well two issues really. Firstly while the noise cancellation feature is wonderful the actual sound leakage is terrible. Sometimes I wear these headphones in bed while my wife is reading with the light on, but she keeps asking me to turn them down even if the volume isn't that high. It was only when I asked her to try them on that I could clearly hear the problem. The sound leaks VERY badly indeed. Secondly its fine if you're sitting down but try walking outdoors with these headphones and there quite noisy, you can hear a lot more than just your music. I have a pair of Sony MDR-NC40 noise cancelling headphones which cost € 100 euro (less than a third of the Bose price) and Which? Magazine say DON'T BUY but to be honest they sound and feel just as good as the Bose
    I'm a bit disappointed, but hey…I still love them, and I would recommend them if you've loads of spare cash..I really wish I could have given them more stars

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Noise muffling, not noise canceling, and...

    • Written by from Michigan City

    These are noise muffling, not noise canceling headphones. Plus, the noise canceling technology causes an slightly audible background "hiss".

    If you need to muffle out background noises, then these are the headphones for you.

    If already have a quiet environment, and you want pure audio quality, these are not the headphones you want. You may want to choose the standard Bose headphones.

    60 of 88 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best Audio Quality

    • Written by from CANBERRA

    I had previously owned some first gen Sony noise cancelling headphones before they died.

    In terms of noise cancelling these do a really fantastic job. They really reduce all the mechanical and buzzing anywhere. Sometimes when I am using them at work I don't even notice my my co-worked come in and out...

    However I am quite disappointed with the audio quality. My cheap Audio Techica head phones do a much better job in that respect.

    In summary: if you are looking for a good sounding headphone probably look at other options. However if you are only looking for noise-cancelling (work place / flights) then these are really good.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive

    • Written by from Toowong

    Why is it $200.00 more than the US price?

    9 of 12 people found this useful