Bose QuietComfort 15

Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Price: $304.98

4.5 out of 5 stars (2972 customer reviews)

29 used & new available from $99.95

Bose QuietComfort 15, as the name suggests, has been launched in the market keeping in mind two important features of any pair of headphones – noise cancelling and comfort. These are quite possibly the best range of headphones from Bose for frequent flyers. They run on AAA batteries, and come with remote for iPad/iPhone control, along with a mic for hands-free iPhone calling. All this, alone with the fact that its case can store an iPod makes it seem to be tailor-made for a music experience through an Apple product.

The product’s superior noise cancelling technology is probably what stands out the most. Microphones are located both inside and outside the ear cups, which sense and reduce the noise in the surrounding environment. The unique ear cushion technology also provides passive noise cancellation. From my experience, if only the noise cancelling feature is taken into consideration, it is easily the best pair of headphones I have used. QuietComfort employs a unique TriPort acoustic headphone structure, which ensures excellent sound quality. Quite honestly, there were parts of songs and background scores, which I hadn’t recognized before I heard those songs with these headphones on. However, since this is primarily an acoustic headset, the bass is not given too much importance. It isn’t too loud or powerful. This is not a drawback as such, and can easily be overcome by adjusting the volume.

With leather atop the headset, and around the ear, QuietComfort 15 truly lives up to its name. It is extremely comfortable, even for long periods of time. However, since these are over the ear headphones, you might experience some discomfort due to heat and sweat after an hour or so, which is understandable and can be easily overcome by removing the headset for a minute or so. In terms of size, for being over the ear headphones, these are relatively small. Since they come with a rather slim carrying case, which can hold accessories such as an iPod as well, they are a non-intrusive addition to your luggage. The product comes with an airline adapter, which is very useful, as well as a detachable cord, which enables you to use the noise cancelling feature even if you are not listening to music.

One major drawback of the QuietComfort 15 is that it cannot function without batteries. Although the battery life is long, I would recommend you to carry a pair to be on the safe side, especially if you are going on long flights. Although there are some users who have reported that the build is not too strong, I have personally not experienced any problems. The pair that I own is sturdy and solid. Although not everyone will be willing to spend $300 dollars on a pair of noise cancelling headphones, they are definitely worth the price. If it falls within your price range, then you should definitely not think twice before buying the QuietComfort 15.


  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Superior sound quality
  • Efficient carrying case

  • A bit expensive
  • Cannot run without AAA batteries
  • Bass is not very powerful