Bose® QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling™ Headphones (iOS): Enjoy crisp, powerful sound — and quiet that lets you hear your music better — with these Bose® QuietComfort® 25 around-the-ear headphones, which monitor the noise around you and cancel it out, helping you focus on what matters.
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Great Set Of Cans!
Posted by: MarkSta1969 from: Weatherford, TX on
I've been a proud owner of the Bose QC-15 headphones for almost 2 years. I was quite happy with them but when I saw the QC-25's available from Bose.com, I immediately sold my QC-15's on Ebay and purchased the QC-25's. After doing so, I became a bit concerned, thinking maybe I should have waited for an in-store demo to test the sound and noise-cancelling before purchasing. Now that I've received the QC-25's in the mail, my concern was in vain. The QC-25's are a great set of headphones and a worthy upgrade from the QC-15's. The noise-cancelling and overall sound quality seem to be a bit better then the QC-15's and they are very comfortable to wear. The bass is rich and deep, the mids are solid, and the highs are crisp. I've listened to hip-hop, gospel, jazz, metal, and R&B, and so far everything has sounded clear and detailed. I have no complaints about the sound other than I wish the headphones were a bit louder. They are plenty loud but I can't help wishing I could pump them up just a bit more. Maybe it's me, but they seem to be a tad bit lower than the QC-15's in volume. With the noise cancelling being so good though, you really won't need to blast them to hear the music clearly. The QC-25's will also play without a battery. Something the QC-15's won't do. The sound is a bit muffled and not as good without the battery but at least they still play. The only negative I have about the headphones is the cable. Not to say it's a bad cable but Bose are Apple fanboys and their cable only works fully with Apple products. If you have an Android phone, the volume buttons, and previous track features won't operate. On Android, the mic, play/pause, and next track are the only features available. In my opinion, there shouldn't be a reason for Bose not to at least produce a cable that gives Android users as much functionality as Apple users. In conclusion, I think anyone that liked the QC-15's will like the QC-25's a bit more.
75 out of 75 found this review helpful.
Most Expensive, Least Reliable of Nine Bose Items
Posted by: lasvegascolonel from: North Las Vegas, NV on
With nine Bose purchases under my belt over the past ten years, I have had great performance and reliability with all of them—except the most expensive one—the QC25. Though I have other Bose and other brands of headphones I use, I bought the QC25s around Christmas 2014 to use specifically in our Las Vegas casinos. My wife and I go the buffets once a week. Afterwards, she plays the slot machines and I try to find a quiet spot in the casino and listen to my iPod. It’s challenging as the machines are noisy, background music is on, and people are talking. So for about 7 hours a month for several months in 2015, I used them there…and they were great, blocking out almost all the background noise. People would even come up to me while I was listening there, tap me on the shoulder, and say, “can you really hear music on those with all the noise going on?” I’d say, “yes, these are Bose!”
In the summer of 2015, i noticed the left side giving out on occasion. I thought that was strange. I re-installed the cable as Bose often suggests, but it didn’t help. I did find slightly pushing on the ear cup usually brought the sound back, but sometimes I had to hold them in. This happened only a few more times over the next couple of months, and seemed to disappear, so I figured whatever it was worked itself out. In Fall, my wife got me a pair of Bose SoundTrue Ultra earphones as they are easy to carry around. I found those were easy to take to the casino and were almost as good at isolating, but not canceling, the casino noises, so I used these instead of my QC25s for a few months. After Christmas 2015, however, I took out my QC25s again and upon setting them up to use in the casino, found the left side was completely dead. No matter what I did to try to make it play, it just wouldn’t work. I was very disappointed.
I contacted the Bose Outlet Store here in Las Vegas to ask about repairs. The sales rep knew nothing about the QC25 when I talked about its electronics, but said Bose doesn’t do out-of-warranty repairs. He said if they were within warranty, he could help me with an exchange, but basically I was just out of luck. He said Bose Customer Service would tell me the same thing. He also said he heard of this issue I had with these, and Bose did apparently make a fix after the summer of 2015, but I guess never made public the fix. Unfortunately, mine were made in 2014. Just outside the warranty and according to my calculations, less than 70 hours use, I was now out almost $300! They were both the most expensive and least reliable Bose product I’ve purchased. Since the Bose Store said there is nothing they could do, I figured I didn’t want to pay to get this defect fixed, so I gave them to my grandson who likes to tinker with things. He couldn’t get them to work and ended donating them to charity.
So, my dilemma is this: I want a noise-canceling headphone set to use in the casinos again, but can’t morally justify paying an additional $300 for a Bose product that performed so poorly with such little use (70 hours is not even three days!) I’m torn between buying another brand, though I don’t like rechargeable batteries some brands use rather than the replaceable AAA batteries Bose uses, or I could wait probably two to three more years and gamble the Bose QC35 will be more reliable. I love Bose comfort but don’t know if I want to wait years for the new model. While I rate all my other Bose products very high, this one is diminished in my eyes by its extremely short life span (less than 70 hours!) I love and use all my other eight Bose products I bought. Bose, I know you can do better than just three full day’s worth of use with this QC25!
57 out of 58 found this review helpful.
Great set of headphones
Posted by: couponkingofjax from: Jacksonville FL on
I purchased these headphones recently. I was interested in the Qc-15, but saw they were on sale at best buy. Since bose is NEVER on sale I figured they were releasing new products soon and I was correct. I ordered the Qc-25's online and received them quickly with elite plus expedited shipping.
The headphones are light and really do a good job of blocking out surrounding noise. I would highly recommend them for someone trying to study and wants to shut out outside distractions. I bought them primarily for two reasons one was for the noise reduction and sound quality. The other was to double as a headset for my xbox one. I tried the turtle beach headsets and they really weren't to my liking. After a few hours of use they would begin to actually give me a headache And i figured since I was spending 100+ on those I might as well find some headsets that serve a dual purpose. I travel frequently so the headsets will be great for flights as well.
Overall I'm happy with the headset so far.
28 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Excellent Noise Cancelling
Posted by: Dreamer from: on
I finally took the plunge for some noise cancelling headphones, and am very impressed with the Bose QC 25.
After testing the Sony, Sennheiser and Bose, I felt the Bose was the overall winner both for comfort and noise cancellation. (I had initially in-store tested the QS 15 and also their in-ear version, but waited to make a purchase of the QC 25, which had just became available, but wasn't in the stores yet.)
As for this newly released model, I think it is best to take advantage of current advancements in DSP technology, as opposed to the QC 15, which was released in 2009.
During my recent trip to Boston from Los Angeles, I wore them during the entire 5 1/2 hour flight. When I first put them on, the jet engine went from a screaming roar, to a quiet whisper, and stayed that way. Very surreal…
No ear fatigue, and no heat around the ears, as some have reported on a competitor's review pages. The nice thing is the cord detaches, and the noise cancellation is still functional, making it easy to walk down the airplane aisles while in noise cancelling mode.
Music sounds great when connected to my iPad Mini. I have not tried them for normal everyday music listening (e.g. hooked up to a stereo system), as the sole purpose and intent of my purchase is for travelling.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
good when they work
Posted by: christifurious from: on
I am very disappointed in these bose headphones. I did my research before spending the ridiculous amount of money, should of listened to the reviews. Worked great at first. After about 5 hours of use, the left side only works intermittently. I am so mad that I haven't contacted bose yet about the problem. Its too late to return to the store. I would never spend this much money on headphones again. Bose is a great company and I really like their products. I'm sure they will fix with no problem, but its just the hassle of it.
16 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Excellent noise cancelling headset
Posted by: Rick from: on
I had put off buying a noise cancelling headset for many years. Once I tried the Bose QuietComfort 25 headset during a very long series of international flights, I can only respond to anyone who asks - don't wait, get them now. The headset immediately removes all the external plane noise - people, engines, wind noise, etc. and allows you to enjoy whatever you are listening to without strain. The headset puts you into your own little bubble and eliminates the fatigue that normally accompanies being on long flights. I did find that it was hard to wear the headset for 8+ hours without my ears becoming sore, but I think, based on other reviews as well as my experience in trying on other headsets before I chose the Bose QuietComfort 25, that there might not be any headset that can be worn that long without some discomfort. The only other negative is the lack of a button or some other form of convenient control that would let you hear people speaking to you without having to remove the headset. The few times I had to be interrupted and take off at least one ear to hear what the flight attendants or others were saying to me was a minor inconvenience.
I am not an audiophile - I am mainly interested in watching videos when I use the headset and I primarily use them when I am flying. I can not comment as others can regarding the sound quality from the standpoint of an aficionado. I can say that the sound quality is very good for my needs, and the very fact that the noise outside of my headset is just plain eliminated, makes the sound quality perfect for me.
Other small details that I liked about the Bose QuietComfort 25 are included carrying case with built-in compartments for the 2 prong adapter and a spare battery.
I had looked around for a less expensive alternative, but nothing in the lower price range seemed to be of adequate quality, either construction, fit and feel, or noise cancelling.
I decided against the wireless versions because the benefit of wireless was outweighed by the cost and the potential lower sound quality and noise cancelling capability.
I highly recommend the Bose QuietComfort25 for anyone looking for over the ear noise cancelling wired headsets.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Noise Cancelling even better...Sound Quality Worse
Posted by: rainman22 from: on
I have a set of the QC15 Bose headphones and absolutely love them. So it seemed that the QC 25 was the next level of improvement. When I saw them in the store, I decided I had to bring them home. They now allow the headphones to work even with a dead battery and claimed that the noise cancelling was even better. On these points I agree with Bose. Beyond that, the sound quality was worse. The sound is quieter, (not as loud as the QC15) and the base is muted. The sound is quite crisp and clean as always with Bose, but at "audiophile" volumes, I was dissappointed. I find that the QC15 has better all around sound and remains my favorite set of wired headphones. (I own the original Beats Studio, among others). I have also recently purchased the Beats Studio Wireless, which I really enjoy. I still find the QC15 a better overall sound quality, but given the battery life and lack of wires, I find myself using the Beats Studio Wireless more than anything else. They improved their noise reduction over the original wired Beats Studios. I bought mine at Best Buy for around $379 so they are a bit pricey, but for the convenience on the airplane..... I really like them. So if you don't listen at high volumes, this is a good choice. If you like it fairly loud, I'd look at an older set of QC15s or you can go to the Beats Studio Wireless like I have.
16 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Excellent noise canceling!
Posted by: QuietTime from: on
I absolutely love these headphones. I previously owned the QC15 version, and I could not be happier that I decided to upgrade to this pair. First off, I love that these special edition ones are monochromatic in black, including the Bose logo. They are a bit lighter in weight, the sound quality is great, and the noise canceling is even better than before. These make airline travel much quieter. They also make studying in noisy environments bearable and help me to keep my concentration. One other convenience is you are able to answer calls and speak through the attached microphone with volume control. Overall, I am very satisfied and would recommend them to anyone looking for a quality pair of noise canceling headphones.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
HANDS-DOWN BEST HEADPHONES EVER
Posted by: Jimmy from: on
This is hands-down the best set of headphones I've ever owned. Everything about these headphones is just on point. Sound quality, noise-cancellation, and design of the product all deserve a 5/5! I did try the QC15 at one point, but they hurt my ear pretty quickly after having them on. I can't even tell that I have these on (and I wear them for hours at a time), and it's just great!
Would highly recommend this product!
10 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Best on the market
Posted by: Hello from: on
I've upgraded to these from the previous QC15 model, and these are only a marginal upgrade; not worth another $300 plus, but if you are in the market for great noise-cancelling headphones and have the money to spend, look no further.