Are these noise cancelling like the Bose quiet comfort headphones?
- Asked by David K
Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Headphones
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4 Answers from the Community
No - they are noise isolating - in other words they rely on the ear cups to keep out external noise and quite effective they are too - to my ears they blow away the bose and dr dre headphones for sound quality and comfort - check them out!
- Answered by Chris C from Chesterfield
They provide passive noise isolation—i.e. unpowered—rather than active noise cancellation. Depending on your opinion this can be a good or a bad thing. From a personal perspective I dislike active noise cancellation; the microphone used to pick up the ambient noise is often of poor quality. As such the inverse sound used to cancel the ambient noise doesn't necessarily form a perfect superposition with said ambient noise, resulting in distortion and/or white or pink noise.
- Answered by Stephen A
They are totally different in my perspective. Bose offers great noise cancelling when you are on a Plan...or noisy bus. But if you are listening the P5 at a library or coffee shop they will provide great noise isolation. If you want complete noise isolation, I would recommend Bose QC3...but for normal every usage I like the sound quality of the P5 much better than the QC3. I switched from QC3 to P5...the sound is much more natural and realistic.
- Answered by Hyun-jae L from Austin
No, they are noise isolating. They do not have an active microphone that cancels out sound. Instead they cover your ears very well and little external noise seeps in.
- Answered by Mahesh R from Reston