Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 – Unbelievable Performance

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are comfortable, well-built noise cancelling over-ears. They have a more futuristic design that feels better-built than that of the QuietComfort line-up, but not as quite comfortable. The Bose 700 headphones have a touch-sensitive control scheme that provides a lot of functions but isn’t always the easiest to use. Their noise isolation is great and they have an impressive integrated microphone that handles noise very well, which makes them great headphones for professionals on-the-go. They don’t sound quite as balanced as the QC35 II, but they still sound decent and are satisfactory headphones for most uses overall.

Type:                                                                    Amazon Ratings… 4 out of 5 stars                                                
Over-ear    

Enclosure:
Closed-Back

Wireless:
Yes

Noise-Cancelling:
Yes

Mic:
Yes     

Transducer:
Dynamic

 

Impressive Bluetooth microphone
Great noise isolation
Comfortable, stylish design
Sound less balanced than other Bose over-ears
Don’t have NFC like other Bose headsets
Motion-sensitive auto-off timer could be frustrating

 

Design

Has Stereo Speakers
Has An Over-the-ear Foam
Has A Detachable Cable
Sweat ResistantX
Weight254g
Travel Bag is Included

Sound Quality

Has Passive Noise Reduction
Has Active Noise Cancelling (Noise Control)
Has A Neodymium Magnet

Power

Battery Life20h
Charge Time2.5h
Has A Rechargeable Battery
Has A Battery Level IndicatorX
Has A Removable BatteryX
Has USB Type-C

Connectivity

Bluetooth Version5
Can Be Used Wirelessly
Maximum Bluetooth Range10m
Has A 3.5mm Male ConnectorX
Supports Bluetooth Pairing Using NFCX
Has WI-FIX

Features

Can Be Used As A Headset
Control Panel Placed On A Device
Number Of Microphones8
Has An In-Line Control PanelX
Has A Noise Cancelling Microphone
Has Voice Prompts

 

 

 

Design
The Bose 700 are well-designed wireless over-ear headphones. They’re a bit less comfortable than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but they feel better-built and have a more premium look and feel. They won’t be ideal for sports since they’re not very breathable and they can’t fold into a more compact format, but their comfortable design and complete control scheme is good for use while commuting or at the office.
StyleComfort
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a futuristic look that stands out among Bose’s more traditionally designed over-ears. The Bose NC 700 more closely resemble the Sony WH-1000XM3 with touch-sensitive surfaces on the ear cups, but they have a distinctively shaped headband that integrates directly into the earcups without any visible hinges. The headphones are available in either all-black or all-silver colorways that look polished and sophisticated but may feel a little bland to some. They feel well-built, though, and give the appearance of a premium product.The Bose 700 Headphones are very comfortable. They can a bit more fatiguing to wear over long periods of time than the QuietComfort 35 II since they're heavier and clamp down a fair bit more but they're still pleasant to wear. They still feel very lightweight and don’t have a bulky design, which is great. The headband is padded by an air-filled pocket, like the Microsoft Surface Headphones, and should be fine for longer listening sessions, but it doesn’t cushion quite as well as the foam padding of the QC35 II. The ear cups are a bit on the shallow side, but otherwise well-padded with dense, plushy material.
PortabilityBuild Quality
The Bose 700 headphones have poor portability. They’re not particularly bulky headphones, but they don’t fold into a more compact format, which is a bit disappointing. They won’t fit in your pockets and are a bit too large to carry around comfortably, but on the upside, the cups do swivel inwards to slide easier into a bag and take up a bit less spaceWe erroneously reported that the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 were entirely make of Plastic. However, the headband is made out of stainless steel. The text has been adjusted to reflect this correction.
The Bose NC 700 have a very good build quality and feel better-built than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. They have a more premium look and feel constructed with higher-quality materials. The headband is made of stainless steel and plastic used in the ear cups feels solid. Since the headband attached directly to the ear cups, there are fewer mobile pieces that could break. The point where the ear cups and headband join feel like a potential weak spot, but it doesn't seem like it will be a problem unless the ear cups are apart with great force.
StabilityControls
The Bose 700 headphones have decent stability. They sit firmly in place when tilting your head up and down; however, they do tend to come loose when you shake your head from side-to-side. They fit a little more tightly than the QC35 II, but not enough to be suitable for use while working out. They could be alright for a light jog, especially since their wireless design ensures you don’t have to worry about an audio cable getting caught on something, but they’re best for more casual use.The Bose 700 headphones have a great control scheme with a mix of physical buttons and touch-sensitive controls. There are two buttons on the right ear cup that control power, Bluetooth, mic muting, and your device’s voice assistant and one button on the left that controls ANC/talk-through. You can tap the touch-sensitive surface on the right ear cup to play/pause audio or answer/end a call, swipe back and forth to skip or rewind tracks, and swipe up or down to increase or decrease the volume. The controls cover a lot of functions and feel complete but can be a bit tricky to use at times due to the small touch-sensitive surface. They also don’t provide very much feedback besides occasional audio prompts.
Sound
The Bose 700 are a decent-sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have deep, powerful, and punchy bass, an even and well-balanced mid-range, and decent treble. However, their treble lacks a bit of detail and performs very inconsistently across reseats. The Bose 700 headphones are less bass-heavy than the Sony WH-1000XM3, but don’t sound as balanced as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. Overall, their default sound profile is fairly well-balanced but favors a slightly more bass-heavy mix.
BassMid
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a great bass performance. Their low-frequency extension (LFE) is down to 10Hz, which is excellent and means these headphones can produce the very low rumbles found in some electronic music. The bass response is slightly overemphasized throughout the range but also quite even. This results in bass that has a good amount of thump and punch without overwhelming vocals and lead instruments.The mid-range of the Bose 700 Headphones is excellent. The response is fairly well-balanced across the range. However, there's a small bump in low-mid that's a continuation of the overemphasis in the bass range that can make them sound slightly boomy and cluttered. There's also a small dip at 1kHz, which nudges vocals and leads to the back of the mix and slightly thins them out.
Isolation
The mid-range of the Bose 700 Headphones is excellent. The response is fairly well-balanced across the range. However, there's a small bump in low-mid that's a continuation of the overemphasis in the bass range that can make them sound slightly boomy and cluttered. There's also a small dip at 1kHz, which nudges vocals and leads to the back of the mix and slightly thins them out.
Noise IsolationOverall Leakage
We've tested the noise isolation of the Bose DC35 II and the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 after noticing a flaw in our testing methodology for the both headsets.
The Bose 700 Headphones have great noise isolation performance. They have good isolation in the bass range, isolating bass-heavy sounds like the deep rumbles of airplane and bus engines by about 17dB. They're great at blocking out speech since they isolate by about 24dB in the mid-range, and are also very good at blocking out sharp sounds, like sibilants such as S and T sounds as well as noises produced by A/Z units, since they reduce noise by 41dB in the treble range.
It's worth noting that these headphones have better passive isolation when the headphones are completely off than when the ANC is set to "0". It appears that the lowest levels of ANC control seem to feed some mic input to the headphones, providing a bit of talkthrough.
The Bose NC 700 have decent leakage performance. The majority of their leakage is spread across the mid-range, resulting in a leakage that is fuller-sounding than that of in-ears and earbuds. The overall level of the leakage is relatively low, though. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 37dB SPL and peaks at 46dB SPL, which is under the noise floor of an average office. This means you shouldn’t bother those around you too much unless you like to really blast your music.
Microphone
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a great integrated microphone. It’s one of the best Bluetooth mics we’ve tested so far and even outperforms that of the Jabra Elite 85h. Speech recorded or transmitted with this mic in a quiet environment will sound slightly thin, but otherwise very clear, detailed, and easily understandable. In noisy situations, this mic can separate speech from background noise outstandingly well, even in some of the most demanding situations like at a subway station. However, since it comes with a powerful and sensitive noise gate, you have to make sure you speak loud enough; otherwise, your speech may also be cut by the noise gate too.
Battery
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a very good battery but a somewhat ordinary companion app. They provide nearly 20 hours of continuous playback and charge relatively quickly. They turn off automatically after a set time of not detecting any motion, which is a great power-saving feature in theory but could be bothersome if you stay particularly still while listening to music. Although the app provides some neat customization options, it doesn’t have an EQ, so it still feels a little lacking when compared to the Sony | Headphones Connect app of the WH-1000XM3 or the Sennheiser Captune app of the PXC 550.
Connectivity
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are Bluetooth wireless headphones that can also be used passively with the provided audio cable. They can pair to 2 devices simultaneously, but don’t support NFC like the Bose QuietComfort 35 II or the Sony WH-1000XM3. We measured an excellent 50-foot wireless range, but there have been reported connectivity issues online, with users mentioning they struggle to maintain a stable connection. On the upside, they have improved latency performance over the QC 35 II, which means they may be slightly better for watching videos or playing mobile games wirelessly, but you may still notice some delay. They can also be used passively with the provided audio cable, but it doesn’t come with an in-line remote or microphone for making calls.
BluetoothWired
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are Bluetooth 5.0 headphones that can pair simultaneously with 2 devices but don't support NFC.The Bose 700 Headphones use a 1/8” TRS to 1/16” TRS audio cable, which is pretty common but can be a bit trickier to find than a regular 1/8” to 1/8” cable. Their audio cable doesn’t come with an in-line microphone nor do the headphones support USB audio, which means they’re not fully console-compatible and only provide audio support when plugged into a gaming console controller.
Wireless RangeBase/Dock
The Bose Noise Cancelling 700 have excellent wireless range. With 50 feet of obstructed range, you should be able to leave your smartphone or laptop at your desk and wander around your home or office without experiencing any audio cuts until you’re quite far from your Bluetooth source. Keep in mind, though, that wireless range is highly dependent on your device’s signal strength and many other factors, so your results may differ.The Bose 700 Headphones don’t come with a base or dock.

 

 

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