Bose QuietComfort 3

Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Price: $399.00

3.6 out of 5 stars (300 customer reviews)

7 used & new available from $75.00

If what you are looking for is a good pair of noise cancelling headphones, for use during travel in particular but nothing too fancy, then Bose QuietComfort 3 is quite definitely the best suited headphones for you. It runs on rechargeable lithium ion batteries, which lasts approximately for 25 hours, and can be recharged up to 500 times. For those of you who are frequent flyers, they come with an airline adapter as well.

These are primarily a pair of noise cancelling headphones. The Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology identifies and reduces unwanted environmental noise, for a better audio experience. The active noise cancellation is excellent. Once the feature is switched on, the reduction of external environmental noise is very significant. The over-the-ear design passively enhances reduction of noise. This also adds to the comfort of these headphones. In comparison to other over-the-ear headphone counterparts, these are relatively smaller and lighter, while maintaining high levels of comfort. The padding around the ear cups adds to the comfort. They also make use of a TriPort acoustic headphone structure, which includes small vents in ear cups to enhance the sound quality. The sound quality is definitely good, but there are other headphones within the same price range which have better sound quality, but not necessarily as good at noise cancelling. They also come with detachable audio cables, which make their storage simpler.

The build of these headphones is very good, and I have personally not experienced any problems. They are sturdy and solid. Since they are smaller and lighter than most of their counterparts, they are more prone to damage, which can easily be avoided if you take at least decent amount of care. Overall, their durability is very good. They are foldable, making them easily portable. They come with a very slim carrying case, which can also store accessories such as iPods, making it very efficient and an excellent travel companion.

One other problem with these pair of headphones is that they cannot run without the battery, irrespective of whether you operate the noise cancellation feature or not. I would therefore recommend that you carry spare batteries with you, especially on long flight journeys. Also, $350 for a pair of headphones is quite obviously not within everyone’s price range and does come off as a bit too expensive. However, given the superior noise cancelling feature, the excellent build and comfort and the obvious trust that comes with the brand name, paying $350 dollars for these headphones is definitely worth it. If you are willing to spend on a pair of headphones, then these must most definitely be on your list of options.


  • Excellent noise cancellation technology
  • Easily portable – foldable, and also comes with a carrying case
  • Very comfortable

  • A little expensive
  • Does not run without batteries
  • The sound quality could be better for the price