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Bose 2016 Headphones
Reviews

We have currently reviewed 9 headphones from Bose. They're a reputable brand that makes comfortable headphones and they're known for their great noise cancellation. We have a few more planned for the year and we will continue to update you on any new headphones from Bose that we test.

Updates

  • 09/29/2016 Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear II reviewed
  • 07/14/2016 Bose SoundSport Wireless reviewed
  • 07/08/2016 Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear reviewed
  • 07/01/2016 Bose SoundSport In-Ear reviewed
  • 06/29/2016 Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II reviewed
  • 06/17/2016 Bose QuietComfort 35 reviewed
  • 05/06/2016 Bose SoundLink On-Ear reviewed
  • 02/26/2016 Bose QuietComfort 20 reviewed
  • 02/26/2016 Bose QuietComfort 25 reviewed

Compared to other brands

  • Comfortable design: Comfort is one of the key aspects of most models from Bose. Whether an earbud, an on-ear or a full sized over-ear, most of bose's headphones are exquisitely well-padded, lightweight and don't feel too tight on the head.
  • Above-average sound quality: Bose also prides itself on delivering a decently balanced audio reproduction that doesn't require an equalizer to sound good. However, some models tend to be bass-heavy.
  • Excellent noise canceling: Bose is one of the best brands when it comes to noise cancelling. Their ANC enabled headphones, will significantly reduce the ambient noise of public transit or loud environments. The QuietComfort series, especially, deliver an almost unrivaled amount of isolation compared to other similar headphones.
  • Expensive: The bose lineups are relatively more expensive compared to other brand headphones with a similar design and target audience.
  • Mediocre build quality. Bose makes lightweight headphones that feel a little plasticky. They're still durable headphones but they just don't feel as premium as their price would suggest. 
  • Leaky over-ear models. Although bose in-ear/earbuds do not have this issue most likely due to their of their smaller size. The over-ear models to leak a lot at higher volumes which could be distracting to those around you.

Overall, Bose makes well-rounded headphones that provide an unparalleled level of comfort and industry-leading noise canceling. Sound quality is a bit bass-heavy but sufficiently balanced to please most listeners. However, Bose tends to make comparatively expensive headphones that feel a little plasticky and not as well built as other headphones in the same price range. Their over-ear line up also tends to leak a bit at higher volumes, which might not be ideal for all environments.

Bose's Lineup – Series Description

Bose doesn't offer as many headphone types and variations as some other brands. However, they deliver a solid series of headphones that cover most use cases. They also do especially well with commuting headphones thanks to their great noise canceling.

  • QuietComfort =  Comfortable, noise canceling headphones designed for commuting and traveling in loud environments.
  • QuietControl = Wireless headphones with better app support for more control over active features and noise cancellation.
  • SoundTrue = Closed headphones that deliver a balanced sound quality but no noise cancellation.
  • SoundLink = The wireless variations of some SoundTrue models. They also don't have noise canceling.
  • SoundSport = Semi-open and open in-ear/earbuds made for sports.

For example:

  • QuietComfort 25 = Excellent noise canceling and incredibly comfortable design, ideal for noisy commutes.
  • SoundLink On-Ear = Comfortable and wireless headphones with a good sound.

Reviewed Models

These are all the Bose headphones we have reviewed so far. Below is a brief summary of how the models, within each series, stack up against each other. 

QuietComfort Series

QuietComfort 35
Bose QuietComfort 35 Design
Black White

A comfortable and versatile headset, with great noise canceling. They're the wireless upgrade to the popular QC 25.

QuietComfort 25
Bose QuietComfort 25 Design
Android, Black Android, White iOS, Black iOS,White

A staple in headphone community for their lightweight, comfortable design, decent sound and strong noise cancellation. 

QuietComfort 20
Bose QuietComfort 20 Design
Android, Black Android, White iOS, Black iOS, White

A smaller earbud variation of the QuietComfort series. They're more comfortable than regular in-ears and isolate listeners incredibly well from ambient noise.

QuietControl Series

QuietControl 30
Bose QuietControl 30 Design

An around the neck design, with a similar earbud fit to the QC20s. They offer a bit more features thanks to their better app support.

SoundTrue Series

SoundTrue Around-Ear II
Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear II Design
Android, Black Android, Blue iOS Blue iOS, Black

A simple and comfortable over-ear model with a balanced sound quality. They're lightweight and straightforward headphones for everyday casual use or critical listening.

SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear
Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Design
Android, Black iOS, Black iOS, White

A compact earbud that surprisingly blocks a lot of noise despite being passively isolating. They're versatile, ultra-portable headphones with a decent sound quality.

SoundLink Series

SoundLink Around-Ear II
Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II Design
Black White

The wireless variation to the SoundTrure AE II design. They're equally as comfortable and sound well above-average but like the SoundTrue they do not have noise cancellation. 

SoundLink On-Ear
Bose SoundLink On-Ear Design
Black White

A smaller on-ear variation of the SoundLink design. They're incredibly comfortable for an on-ear model and they're simple and easy-to-use. 

SoundSport Series

SoundSport Pulse Wireless

A variation of the SoundSport wireless design with more active features, better app support, and a heart rate tracker.

SoundSport Wireless
Bose SoundSport Wireless Design
Aqua Black Citron

A wireless earbud model with a comfortable design and a semi-open fit to let you monitor your surroundings.

SoundSport In-Ear
Bose SoundSport In-Ear Design
Android, Black No Controls iOS, Black iOS, Green iOS, Red iOS, White

A simple and portable in-ear design with an open fit that that's great for exercising or biking and keeping track of your environment.

Conclusion

Bose is a well know brand, popular for their excellent noise canceling and incredibly comfortable designs. They produce well-rounded and versatile headphones that also deliver in the sound department, if a bit bass-heavy at times. However, Their models tend to be comparatively more expensive and not as well built as some other headphones in the same price range. They also struggle a bit with leakage at high volumes for their over-ear series. 

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