Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones Review


The successor to the Bose QuietComfort 15’s (QC15) released in 2009, the QuietComfort 25’s (QC25) have upped the ante and improved their over-the-ear noise cancelling headphone game. It seems like they’ve taken an already great product in the QC15’s to the next level in terms of sound, features, materials and design in one fell swoop in the form of the QC25’s.

Is it possible that Bose has created the perfect set of premium headphones for the everyday person?

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The first thing to note is the compactness and portability of the QC25’s have improved a fair bit because of the number of hinges built into it, allowing it to fold into a smaller space, and thereby taking up a smaller footprint when placing into its smaller case compared to the older QC15’s.

Battery (finally) not needed

One of the biggest gripes with the QC15 line was that you needed a battery to operate the headphones. This time around, they took all that feedback and made the QC25’s so that they perform decently without the battery assisted noise cancelling featuring turned on. Not being able to use your headphones because of batteries is lame and I’m glad that Bose was able to use their engineering resources to fill in a gaping hole in their product.

Design Is In The Details

While not as flashy as other headphones, what could have Bose done to make the QC25’s even more desirable than the older model? It seems that everything has been reconsidered in order to improve an already great product they had in the QC15’s. Things such as the quality and the length of the cord really matter in terms of the overall perception and feel of a premium product that you’re paying for. The materials don’t feel as cheap or plasticky. Back to the headphone cords, the previous models used a much longer and cheaper feeling plastic. This time around, they’ve been a bit more realistic where their headphone users are smartphone users as well, and don’t need a cord that’s twice as long as we really need.

The use of colour and materials while noticeable upon close inspection is unpronounced. It’s only until you actually feel the product in your hands, do you notice the sprinkle of colour in the headphone cup, the texture of the different and arguably higher grade plastic, compared to the older QC15’s.

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QuietComfort 15 vs QuietComfort 25

QuietComfort 15’s vs QuietComfort 25’s


They take their traveller segment very seriously, including this adapter for airplanes

The thing about Bose headphones is that they’re comfy. Outside of sound quality, their other primary consideration when creating their headphones is the sheer comfort of the headphones on your ears. They’re snug, but with the adjustable headpiece, you can attain the perfect fit. I know I have a big head, so it was a great to rediscover that while not exactly a feature, it’s something that you can always count Bose on delivering – premium comfort and sound.

Finally, in term of the colours available to you. With the QC25’s, they’re offering 3 options, with jet black, black & blue, and white and tan, which is a nice departure from their black & silver only offered on the QC15’s.

Sound & Noise Cancelling

Bose has built its reputation on the quality of sound its products can produce, and with the QC25’s, they don’t disappoint. Playing everything that’s bass heavy such as Massive Attack’s album “Mezzanine” to something as super poppy as Taylor Swift’s “1989” album, you’ll feel immersed using the QC25’s. Keeping in mind, this is with their noise cancelling feature turned on. It works very well in terms of reducing peripheral noises, so you can hear more of whatever you’re listening to and enhancing your overall listening experience.

With the noise cancelling feature off, it still works, but the sounds don’t sound as rich or have the depth compared to when you turn noise cancelling on.

The Bottom Line

Quite possibly the best headphones you can get around the $300 price point, you have the choice of colour and a rock solid product that will last for years. I’ve owned my QC15’s for about 3 years now, and they’re still going strong. I expect the QC25’s

The Product Is Perfect For:
Audiophiles – the sound quality, depth and richness of sound that Bose products are known for really make it a no brainer for those on the market for a new set of headphones. Travellers who want to keep their own semblance of space and solitude through Bose’s superior noise cancelling technology. Students and professionals who want to reduce noise/distraction around them to focus on studies and work.

Key Things To Be Aware Of:

– they last a long time, but I don’t think that’s a problem
– cord might be a little too long, but not as ridiculously long as their older model.
– on the pricier end – but with price comes quality

Final Review Score 5/5: It seems that Bose has made the effort to improve an already solid product in the QuietComfort 15’s. However, with the newer design, colour scheme, better articulation in terms of extra hinges to fold and fit the headphones into smaller spaces into already confined spaces like your backpack.

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Will obsesses over the latest and greatest in gadgets, startups, does CrossFit and writes about technology, growth marketing, programming and personal development. He curates the Startup Digest in Toronto and is a coffee enthusiast.

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