Bose QC25 Noise Cancelling Headphones

The Bose QC25 Noise Cancelling Headphones are good commuting headphones because of their excellent noise canceling. QuietComfort 25 is lightweight and super comfortable for an over-ear design. The Bose QC25 Noise Cancelling Headphones also delivers an above-average sound quality that should be good enough for most listeners. Unfortunately, QC 25 are a bit leaky and audible to the people around you, even at moderate volumes.

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Type:
Over-ear

Enclosure:
Closed-Back

Wireless:
No

Noise-Cancelling:
Yes

Mic:
Yes

Transducer:
Dynamic

Amazon Ratings… 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

QC25 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Conclusion The Bose Quiet Comfort 25 have excellent noise isolation and comfortable design that makes them one of the most recommended wired headphones for commuting and traveling.

QC25 Noise Cancelling Headphones Comfortable design
QC25 Noise Cancelling Headphones Above-average audio reproduction
QC25 Noise Cancelling Headphones Above-average noise isolation
headphones bluetooth Average build quality
headphones bluetooth Moderate sound leakage

 

Design

Has Stereo SpeakersX
Has An Over-The-Ear Foam
Has A Detachable Cable
Weight196g
Sweat ResistantX
Weather-Sealed (SPLASHPROOF)X

Sound Quality

Has Passive Noise Reduction
Has Active Noise Cancelling (Noise Control)

Microphone

Has A Noise Cancelling MicrophoneX
Number of Microphones1

Power

Has A Rechargeable BatteryX
Has A Removable Battery

Connectivity

Can Be Used WirelesslyX
Has A 3.5mm Male Connector
Supports Bluetooth Pairing Using NFCX

Features

Can Be Used As A HeadsetX
Has A Noise-Cancelling MicrophoneX
Has An In-Line Control Panel

 

 

Design
The Bose QuietComfort 25 are very comfortable headphones. The light, softly, padded ear cups and the flexible headband of the QC 25 provide a good seal that doesn't feel too tight on the head. These QC 25 have a decent control scheme with mobile devices but the buttons could be a bit more responsive. Unfortunately, their build quality feels a little plasticky and isn't as durable as some other over-ear models we've tested like the Oppo PM-3 or the Sony MDR-1A. These headphones are also not the best headphones for sports and will slip off your ears when running or exercising.
StyleComfort
The Bose QuietComfort 25 has a slick, and simple design. The thin, padded headband of this QC 25 is covered in a fabric that matches the overall color scheme of the black, dark grey and blue accents. The ear cups of these amazing headsets are large, well-padded and have the silver Bose Logo branded on both sides. These headphones look good without being too flashy which will work for most.The Bose QuietComfort 25 are very comfortable headphones. QC 25 have decently large and spacious ear cups that should fit well on most ears. These headphones are also well padded and lightweight so you can wear them for hours and not feel any fatigue. However, while using, when noise-canceling is activated, you may feel an uncomfortable pressure in your ears. When music is playing though, the effect is less noticeable.
PortabilityBuild Quality
The Bose QC25 are mid-sized over-ear headphones. Bose QuietComfort 25 are decently portable and fold up into a more compact format to take less space in a bag. Unfortunately, these headsets will still be too big to carry around on your person and will not comfortably fit into any pockets.The build quality of QC 25 headphones is fairly good. These QC 25 headphones feel a little cheap and plasticky, and prone to wear in certain areas, but this is nothing to be concerned about. Sadly, the notches on the headband don't offer much feedback when adjusting.
StabilityControls
The Bose QuietComfort 25 is decently stable headphones. These QC 25 headphones stay in place during casual listening sessions and have a detachable audio cable that won't pull the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something. However, QC 25 headphones do not apply enough pressure around the ears and will slip off while running or doing high-intensity physical exercises.The Bose QuietComfort 25 have a simple control scheme that lacks a little feedback compared to the QuietComfort 20's inline remote. They provide the essentials, On the upside: track skipping, call/music, and volume controls. The buttons of these headsets are constantly spaced out and easy to locate by touch alone but lack a bit of feedback when pressed.
Sound
These headsets have a well-balanced and deep bass, providing adequate thump and kick without overpowering vocals and other instruments. QC 25 are also have an excellent sounding mid-range, but with a bit of extra emphasis on vocals and lead instruments. Additionally, their treble is neutral sounding, and they provide accurate localization of sounds and instruments. These QC 25 are also quite consistent in delivering their bass and treble across multiple users. However, harmonic distortion levels of these headsets are rather elevated, and because of their ear cup and closed-back design, they have a soundstage that gives the impression of sound coming from inside of your head, rather than from speakers in front.
BassMid
The Bose QC25 have an excellent bass response. Low frequency extension of this headset is at 10Hz, which is excellent. It means QC 25 won't have any problems producing low rumbling sounds. While testing Low-bass, which is responsible for the thump in bass and kick instruments, is reproduced within 0.3dB of our target. When we tested Mid-bass, which is responsible for delivering the punch of kick drums, it is also quite well-balanced and virtually flat. However, the high-bass of this headset is overemphasized by about 1.5dB, which adds a very small amount of clutter and muddiness to the bass range.The Bose QC 25 has an excellent mid-range performance. Low-mid and mid-mid are found virtually flat while stress testing, resulting in a well-balanced reproduction of voice fundamentals and lower harmonics. While testing a, also found that the average 2dB overemphasis in high-mid emphasizes the upper harmonics of vocals/leads and brings them to the front of the mix a bit.
Isolation
These headphones do not disappoint when it comes to noise isolation. When you turn on the ANC, you can feel the pressure change in the ear cups, which is a true testament to how efficient the noise cancelation in these headphones is. But this is not in case of sound leakage. May not be suitable for office use, because some of your music will escape at high volumes.
Noise IsolationOverall Leakage
The Bose QuietComfort 25 has one of the best ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) systems we have measured so far. With ANC set to On, Bose QC25 provide constant isolation from -20dB at 30Hz to -30dB at 2.5KHz. This means they will attenuate low and mid frequency noises such as the rumble of an airplane engine, the sound of cars passing by, or speech to a great degree. With ANC Off, the low-end and mid-range isolation goes away for the most part, but the performance from 3KHz and up, which can be helpful in reducing high frequency noise.The Bose QC25 has a sub-par leakage performance, which makes them less than ideal for office use. The leakage on the QC25 becomes significant starting at around 400Hz and will continue up to 4KHz. The overall level of the leakage of this QC25 is also relatively loud. This means that if you listen to music at moderately loud volumes on the QC25, people a few feet away from you could possibly be distracted by what you are listening to.
Microphone
The microphone of the Bose QuietComfort 25 is of average quality. Speech recorded with the microphone of the QuietComfort 25 sounds relatively thin, but it'll be neutral sounding and easily comprehensible. However, they are mediocre at handling noisy environments, and they may struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in relatively loud environments such as a busy street.
Battery
The Bose QuietComfort 25 uses one AAA battery to deliver 32.8 hours of continuous playtime. This makes QC25 good headphones to use on long flights or road trips as you won't need to change the battery as throughout the day. Luckily, Bose QuietComfort 25 can be used without the battery, but lose a bit of audio quality when the battery is dead. QC 25 also doesn't have any battery-saving features like an auto-off timer.
Connectivity
The Bose QuietComfort 25 only connect via a wired 1/8TRRS audio cable which does not have microphone compatibility with Xbox One or PS4.
BluetoothWired
The QC25 does not have any Bluetooth capabilities.The Bose QC 25 have a 1/8 TRRS analog audio cable that does not have microphone compatibility with consoles.
Wireless RangeBase/Dock
N/A.There is no charging dock or base for these headphones.

 

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