Bose are considered the pioneers of Noise Cancelling Headphones for Frequent Flyers and Business Travlers, so when they launched their latest offering the Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones we decided to grab a pair to give you this in-depth review. Bose have indeed gone back to basics with Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones, for a start they have reduced its size by making it a similar size to the Bose QuietComfort 2 set and also replaced the custom lithium Ion battery that was found in the QuietComfort 3 set for single AAA battery. Cheapest Price Online: US $299.95 Design Unlike the last version in the Bose QuietComfort family the Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones have been shrunk significantly taking them down in size in line with that of the QC 2, which sees this set move back to an on ear style headset rather than the over ear set of the of the QuietComfort 3 model. As mentioned in my introduction Bose have also moved back to a single standard AAA Battery design rather than that of the custom design lithium ion battery that they first introduced in the earlier QC 3 set, I don’t think Bose’s plans are to abandon this design, instead to offer customers a choice between the two different technologies. I know many of my colleagues’ either loved or loathed the introduction of the custom style Lithium Ion battery. I for one loved it. Moving back to the AAA battery format Bose seems to have done the impossible and increased the average battery life to 35 hours, which is great for anyone who spends a large part of their life commuting by plane, train or bus. On the design side Bose have also improved the noise cancellation effectiveness on the Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones by totally redeveloping its electronics including the addition of microphones both on the inside and outside of both headphone ear cups. In addition Bose have redesigned their ear cushions which give a better acoustical seal providing additional passive noise cancellation, that will help to have a more quiet trip by cutting out more of the high frequency sounds such as voice which active noise cancellation cannot eliminate. Looking closely at the set the batteries, noise cancellation activation switch and circuitry can be found in the right side headphone ear cup. The audio cable pugs in the left side headphone ear cup. Cheapest Price Online: US $299.95 Comfort The totally re-designed headphone ear cushions do more than just greatly increase passive noise cancellation but also help to set really good fit, one which will feel comfortable for the entire length of a long haul flight. Sound Quality and Performance Sound Quality wise Bose have yet again delivered with this set accurately reproducing music from the strong and powerful sounds of a hard rock tune through to the minute nuances of a classical piece from Beethoven. We were truly impressed by this set and can recommend it to anyone who wants the absolute best in music reproduction. In terms of noise cancellation the Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones go above and beyond in with their improvements in technology and headphone cushion design to […]
The Bose QuietComfort 3 Noise Cancelling Headphones one of the latest models in the Bose QuietComfort range has yet again stepped up to the mark by significantly improving the popular QuietComfort brand When it comes to Noise Cancelling Headphones for Frequent Flyers and Business Travellers the most well known name is Bose, for a start they introduced the first set of Active Noise Cancelling Headphones for Business Travellers the Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones back in mid 2000, since this first set they have released two subsequent models, each with greatly improved noise cancellation capabilities and extra features to keep the most demanding business traveller happy. Price: From US $349.95 New features The main features that can be seen in the QuietComfort 3 that distinguishes it from a set of QC 2s is the sets size, and the switch from a AAA type battery to a custom lithium-ion battery. On the point of size as you can see from the comparison below the Bose QuietComfort 3 Noise Cancelling headphones are a fair amount smaller than the previous model, which for those business travellers who like to pack light this is a big bonus. As for the custom rechargeable lithium-ion battery there are both advantages and disadvantages in Bose taking this option. The downside is that you need to maintain yet another battery and charger type; however the upside is that with this design Bose has been able to both extend the battery life of the set (around 20-25 hours) as well as dramatically reduce the size of these on ear headphones. Performance Noise cancellation wise the Bose QuietComfort 3 Noise Cancelling Headphones are up there with the best and if not the best we have ever tested, the new noise cancellation implemented technology in the QC 3 set is outstanding taking this technology to the next level. One note as this set is smaller than its predecessor it has a little less ear padding therefore the passive noise cancellation effectiveness is a less. Having said that this is only noticed when the Active Noise Cancellation electronics is turned off when switched on the newer noise cancellation technology shines through providing superior results. One of the flights I tested this set on was particularly noisy, your typical mostly holiday maker flight with more than a few noisy kids, and even though this technology only cuts out repeating low frequency noise such as the drone of the engine and wind noise, it seamed to a great job with the higher frequency sounds, dulling them down and allowing me to some well earned rest. Talking about performance the next point I should cover is sound quality, now Bose being Bose are renowned for their high quality gear and the QC 3 did not disappoint with near flawless sound from strong great quality low range bass up through to the high range. Layout & Other Details Layout of the Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones is fairly straight forward with the custom battery slots on the top part of the right ear cup and the power switch & Power/Noise Cancellation indicator light slightly lower on this same cup, with the audio cable plugging into the bottom of […]
If you were to ask us here at the Business Travel Guru the best thing you can take along on a flight to help you travel better, our answer would be a good set of noise cancelling headphones. For many years I flew without a pair, but after purchasing my first set I don’t know how I flew without them! I mean I used to be one of those people who could never sleep on a flight, how things have changed now I sleep on the plane when I want or need to. Having had the opportunity to own or demo most of the major Noise Cancelling Headphone sets on the market today, we decided write up this Noise Cancelling Headphones Review & Comparison, so that you can select the best pair for your needs and budget. Sennheiser PXC 250 Noise Cancelling Headphones Made by Sennheiser the leader in headphone & speaker technology the Sennheiser PXC 250 Noise Cancelling Headphones is one of the better performing sets of Noise Cancelling Headphones we reviewed. The great thing about the Sennheiser PXC 250 set is that they are ultra compact & foldable which means finding that extra space in your carry-on won’t be an issue. Reviewers Comments: A great choice especially if you don’t want to spend a fortune, however If I could pick any fault with this set it is that the noise cancellation circuitry & 2 AAA batteries for the PXC 250’s are housed in a unit that is attached half of the way along the cord which could be a little annoying, however this design does make the unit ultra compact. The best buy in terms of value for money and size, the Sennheiser PXC 250s will not disappoint Lowest Price from US $60.00 Sennheiser PXC 300 Noise Cancelling Headphones The Sennheiser PXC 300 Noise Cancelling Headphones look nearly identical to the PXC 250’s above however they are equipped with the next generation in noise cancellation technology. Both the Sennheiser PXC 250 & PXC 300 look identical, the only difference to tell them apart is the model on the side of the speaker arm which is written bolder & in a white font. Reviewers Comments: Slightly better quality than the PXC 250s however this set is also a bit more expensive, as with the above set the PXC 300 house the battery compartment & NC circuitry in an enclosure half way along the audio cable. Top notch sound an noise cancellation, and the ultimate set for those who want to pack light. Lowest Price from US $103.00 Sennheiser PXC 450 Noise Cancelling Headphones Unlike the Sennheiser PXC 250/300 units above the Sennheiser PXC 450 are your more traditional full size over/on ear headphones and therefore quite a lot larger, however what they lose in compactness they make up for in sound quality, noise cancellation & features. What you will love most about this […]
Not being someone shy of technology, I decided to take up an offer to review a set of Sennheiser PXC 450 Noise Cancelling Headphones. My previous experience with noise cancelling headphones includes owning the following sets, Sennheiser PXC 250, PlaneQuiet Platinum, and Bose QuietComfort2 Noise Cancelling Headphones. How noise cancelling technology work? Noise cancelling technology works by detecting low frequency repeating ambient noise via microphone/s built into the headset, this noise is then electronically processed to generate an inverse of the noise thru the headphone which in effect cancels out your unwanted background noise. Don’t buy a set of noise cancelling headphones expecting it will eliminate all unwanted noise, because as mentioned above this technology only works effectively on repeating low frequency sound, for example the noise of a jet engine, air noise heard in the cabin. At first sight the Sennheiser PXC 450 Noise Cancelling Headphones are comparable in size to Bose QuietComfort2 Noise Cancelling Headphones, yet much larger than the Sennheiser PXC 250. Sound quality & noise cancelling wise all three of my previous sets have nothing on the Sennheiser PXC 450’s. Simply put its sound quality is superb & its noise cancelling abilities are second to none. Picture 1: PXC 450 (top) compared in size with the PXC 250, both folded The Noise cancelling technology which Sennheiser has implemented in it PXC 450s is referred to as NoiseGard™ 2.0 and claims to eliminate up to 90% of unwanted background noise, this is achieved thru both the headphones superior noise cancelling electronics & also passively thru the headphones well designed earpads. Check for the cheapest price of the Sennheiser PXC 450 Noise Canceling Headphones Picture 2: Sennheiser PXC 450 folded in its soft carry case Most of the controls for the PXC 450 are located on right side headphone, these being the power on/of, Volume +/- and the talk through buttons. On first use I found these controls a little hard to find (now are the controls on the right or left side and which button was Volume -) this is especially true if you are used to noise cancelling headphones with controls on the audio cable, however after my second flight I knew the exact positions for each button. wA neat feature I love about the Sennheiser PXC 450 noise cancelling headphones is the Talk Through feature which allows the wearer at the press of a button to listen & talk to someone without having to take off their headphones, this is achieved by using the same built-in microphones, used for noise cancelling to pass the conversation thru to your headphones. Picture 2: The controls on the right hand side headphone Even though the Sennheiser PXC 450 Noise Cancelling Headphones are a tough and durable set of foldable, they are a little larger than what I am used to after owning Sennheiser’s PXC 250 for many years, initially it was hard to travel with this larger set, however I do take my music & in-flight comfort seriously and in my opinion the larger set was a small trade off for the superior sound quality and noise cancelling abilities of the Sennheiser PXC450. What comes in the […]
PLANE quiet Platinum Noise Cancelling headphone review – One of the most annoying facts of air or bus travel is low frequency cabin and road noise, for most travellers it stops them getting any sleep on route, which is bad news if you need to get straight into a meeting or start your holiday adventure on arrival. The solution Noise Cancelling headphones, the PLANE Quite Platinum Noise Cancelling headphones are a high quality US designed set of Noise Cancelling Headphones priced at a cost, (US$99.00 with free delivery to the US) which won’t break the bank or your holiday budget. So how about the feel and sound? Once I put the PLANE quiet Platinum Noise cancelling headphones on I found they very comfortable indeed and the noise passive noise cancellation from the headphone padding alone was very good, my next thought was imagine how much better the noise will be reduced once the Active noise cancelling is kicked in! After switching the noise cancellation switch to the on position, I was instantly transcended into a state of near noise peacefulness and tranquillity, now I work in a room with several PCs that have noisy fans, and these headphones did a great job of cancelling out this unwanted noise. When connecting my PLANE quiet Platinum Noise cancelling headphones to my IPod I found the music actually be enhanced, this is because the surrounding noise (repeating low frequencies) from my room was eliminated, enabling the full range of sound from my music to be heard and fully enjoyed. The PLANE quiet Noise Cancelling headphones are well constructed, with a decent amount of ear and head padding that will see you thru the longest of flights without feeling uncomfortable, the headphone cord is long enough yet not too long that the cable will tangle up too much, half way down the cable is the on/off switch for your active noise cancellation along with the battery compartment (2 X AAA) to power the active noise cancellation circuitry, in all a very good design. In the PLANE quiet platinum noise cancelling headphones box you get the following: Plane Quite Platinum Noise Cancelling headphones Set of AA Batteries (2 X AAA) Zippered Carry Pouch Dual-pin Airline Adapter 1/8 in to ¼ In Adaptor The PLANE quiet Platinum noise cancelling headphones are a highly recommend addition for any business or holiday traveller, who wants great quality noise cancellation at a great price. I cannot wait for my next flight in a few weeks to give the set a full workout, also drop back soon for my video review of this set. You can purchase the PLANE quiet noise cancelling headphones at the great price of US$99 with free delivery, from Pro Travel Gear.