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Bose engineers come up with their latest model of their popular QuietComfort line of noise-cancelling headphones

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Pros

battery charges in 30 minutes, lasts up to 20 hours of use

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extremely soft and cushy pads - very comfortable

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excellent active noise cancellation

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easy to find a comfortable fit - no need to fidget and fool around with them

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comes bundled with many accessories - tailored to the frequent traveler

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BOSE's smallest noise-canceling set

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lightweight at 145g

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Cons

without battery power your music cuts out completely

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high price point - cheaper, better options are available

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plastic build - look cheap for a high priced pair of headphones

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supra-aural pads (on-ear) aren't as comfortable as circum-aural ones (around-ear)

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active noise cancellation requires battery power, introduces noise into your music

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BOSE is mostly marketing - doesn't stand up on technical merit alone

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Bose engineers hit the drawing board to come up with their latest model of their popular QuietComfort line of noise-cancelling headphones. The greatest challenge was to move from a "circum-aural" to a "supra-aural" design while maintaining sound quality. This just means that these headphones are smaller than last generation and fit on top of the ear instead of surrounding it. The noise cancelling feature requires a batter power and the QC3s include a battery charger which gives you 20 hours of battery life. They've also improved on the portability of these headphones by making them collapsible and including a carrying case. 

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Erik
01/26/2007 12:10

Interesting points, Todd. I guess it comes down to the preference of over or on the ear. Personally, I like over so that I'm "surrounded by the music". I think Bose is expecting their market base to be more responsive to the compact size. I like my headphones BIG!

Todd
01/26/2007 12:07

I have the QC2s which I really like. I didn't get the QC3 because the seemed to fit loose on my head. I were glasses when I work and with the QC2 the frame can create a gap between the ear cup and your head allowing outside noise in. I think the QC3 would work better with glasses since they don't cover your entire ear.

Erik
01/26/2007 10:43

I've only tried the QC2s in a Bose store, and was pretty happy with their quality. Does anybody have any experience with these? I'm pretty happy with my Sennheiser HD 280 Pros I bought for 100 bones.

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