The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are comfortable, well-built noise cancelling over-ears. They have a more futuristic design that feels better-built than that of the QuietComfort line-up, but not as quite comfortable. The Bose 700 headphones have a touch-sensitive control scheme that provides a lot of functions but isn’t always the easiest to use. Their noise isolation is great and they have an impressive integrated microphone that handles noise very well, which makes them great headphones for professionals on-the-go. They don’t sound quite as balanced as the QC35 II, but they still sound decent and are satisfactory headphones for most uses overall.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are well-designed wireless over-ear headphones. They’re a bit less comfortable than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but they feel better-built and have a more premium look and feel. They won’t be ideal for sports since they’re not very breathable and they can’t fold into a more compact format, but their comfortable design and complete control scheme is good for use while commuting or at the office.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a futuristic look that stands out among Bose’s more traditionally designed over-ears. The Bose NC 700 more closely resemble the Sony WH-1000XM3 with touch-sensitive surfaces on the ear cups, but they have a distinctively shaped headband that integrates directly into the earcups without any visible hinges. The headphones are available in either all-black or all-silver colorways that look polished and sophisticated but may feel a little bland to some. They feel well-built, though, and give the appearance of a premium product.
The Bose 700 Headphones are very comfortable. They can a bit more fatiguing to wear over long periods of time than the QuietComfort 35 II since they're heavier and clamp down a fair bit more but they're still pleasant to wear. They still feel very lightweight and don’t have a bulky design, which is great. The headband is padded by an air-filled pocket, like the Microsoft Surface Headphones, and should be fine for longer listening sessions, but it doesn’t cushion quite as well as the foam padding of the QC35 II. The ear cups are a bit on the shallow side, but otherwise well-padded with dense, plushy material.
The Bose 700 headphones have a great control scheme with a mix of physical buttons and touch-sensitive controls. There are two buttons on the right ear cup that control power, Bluetooth, mic muting, and your device’s voice assistant and one button on the left that controls ANC/talk-through. You can tap the touch-sensitive surface on the right ear cup to play/pause audio or answer/end a call, swipe back and forth to skip or rewind tracks, and swipe up or down to increase or decrease the volume. The controls cover a lot of functions and feel complete but can be a bit tricky to use at times due to the small touch-sensitive surface. They also don’t provide very much feedback besides occasional audio prompts.
Note: The breathability picture has been updated.
Like most closed-back over-ear designs, the Bose Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones aren’t very breathable. They create a good seal around your ears which helps with isolation but prevents a lot of airflow. This shouldn’t be too much of an issue for casual listening, but they won’t be ideal for physical activity since you’re more likely to sweat much more than usual.
The Bose Noise Cancelling 700 have poor portability. They’re not particularly bulky headphones, but they don’t fold into a more compact format, which is a bit disappointing. They won’t fit in your pockets and are a bit too large to carry around comfortably, but on the upside, the cups do swivel inwards to slide easier into a bag and take up a bit less space.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 come with a great hard carrying case that’s designed a bit differently than that of the QuietComfort 35 II. It’s less bulky and has a slightly more premium feel with a magnetic pocket to store the provided accessories in. It’ll help protect your headphones from dust, scratches, mild water exposure, or light damage suffered if dropped while traveling, but isn’t completely waterproof and won’t prevent the headphones from being crushed if you accidentally sit on them.
Update 07/22/2019: We erroneously reported that the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphone 700 were entirely made of plastic. However, the headband is made out of stainless steel. The text has been adjusted to reflect this correction.
The Bose NC 700 have a very good build quality and feel better-built than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. They have a more premium look and feel constructed with higher-quality materials. The headband is made of stainless steel and the plastic used in the ear cups feels solid. Since the headband attaches directly to the ear cups, there are fewer mobile pieces that could break. The point where the ear cups and headband join does feel like a potential weak spot, but it doesn’t seem like it will be a problem unless the ear cups are pulled apart with great force.
These headphones have decent stability. They sit firmly in place when tilting your head up and down; however, they do tend to come loose when you shake your head from side-to-side. They fit a little more tightly than the QC35 II, but not enough to be suitable for use while working out. They could be alright for a light jog, especially since their wireless design ensures you don’t have to worry about an audio cable getting caught on something, but they’re best for more casual use.
The Bose 700 are a decent-sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have deep, powerful, and punchy bass, an even and well-balanced mid-range, and decent treble. However, their treble lacks a bit of detail and performs very inconsistently across reseats. The Bose 700 headphones are less bass-heavy than the Sony WH-1000XM3, but don’t sound as balanced as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. Overall, their default sound profile is fairly well-balanced but favors a slightly more bass-heavy mix.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a great bass performance. Their low-frequency extension (LFE) is down to 10Hz, which is excellent and means these headphones can produce the very low rumbles found in some electronic music. The bass response is slightly overemphasized throughout the range but also quite even. This results in bass that has a good amount of thump and punch without overwhelming vocals and lead instruments.
The mid-range of the Bose 700 Headphones is excellent. The response is fairly well-balanced across the range. However, there's a small bump in low-mid that's a continuation of the overemphasis in the bass range that can make them sound slightly boomy and cluttered. There's also a small dip at 1kHz, which nudges vocals and leads to the back of the mix and slightly thins them out.
The treble performance of these headphones is decent. It's fairly even in low-treble, but there is a pronounced dip starting around 5kHz, which negatively affects the presence and brightness of vocals and lead instruments. It's quite well-balanced otherwise and lacks any sharp peaks in the treble range, which helps the headphones from sounding too sibilant or piercing. However, their treble delivery varies significantly across users. The response here represents the average response, and your experience may vary.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have okay frequency response consistency. There’s hardly any variation in the bass range across users, which may be due to their noise cancelling feature checking for bass consistency. However, they fail to deliver consistent performance in the treble range. We measured a maximum deviation of nearly 19dB under 10kHz in the left ear, which means you're likely to notice a difference in treble performance depending on how these headphones are positioned on your head.
The Bose NC 700 Headphones have great imaging. Their weighted group delay is 0.38, which is within good limits. The graph also shows that the entire group delay is below our audibility threshold, which ensures tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. There’s a slight mismatch in phase response; however, it’s very subtle and could be due to either a slight mismatch in the headphones or our dummy head. Otherwise, the left and right drivers of our test unit were well-matched in amplitude and phase response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.
Their soundstage, like most noise cancelling headsets, is poor. The PRTF response shows a good amount of pinna activation, which suggests a relatively large size. However, the poor accuracy suggests that the soundstage may feel a bit unnatural. In addition, there's no around 10kHz, which could result in their soundstage feeling as if it’s located inside the head as opposed to in front of it.
These headphones have great total harmonic distortion (THD) performance. The THD is within good limits in the bass range and is overall quite low in the mid and treble ranges. There’s no big jump in THD under heavier loads, which is good, and no sharp peaks that could make certain frequencies sound harsh or impure.
The Bose 700 Headphones have very good isolation, which makes them good headphones for commuters and frequent flyers. They don’t isolate noise quite as well as the Sony WH-1000XM3, but they do a good job at cancelling the noisy engine sounds of a bus or commuter train and are also great at reducing the ambient chatter of a lively office. They leak less than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, not as little as the Jabra Elite 85h (which have very low leakage for over-ears), but little enough for them to be unlikely to disturb those around you with your music at average volume levels.
The Bose 700 Headphones have great noise isolation performance. They have good isolation in the bass range, isolating bass-heavy sounds like the deep rumbles of airplane and bus engines by about 16dB. They’re great at blocking out speech since they isolate by about 24dB in the mid-range, and are also very good at blocking out sharp sounds, like sibilants such as S and T sounds as well as noises produced by A/C units, since they reduce noise by 40dB in the treble range.
It's worth noting that these headphones have better passive isolation when the headphones are completely off than when the ANC is set to "0". It appears that the lowest levels of ANC control seem to feed some mic input to the headphones, providing a bit of talkthrough. You can consult our more detailed noise isolation graph here .
The Bose NC 700 have decent leakage performance. The majority of their leakage is spread across the mid-range, resulting in a leakage that is fuller-sounding than that of in-ears and earbuds. The overall level of the leakage is relatively low, though. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 37dB SPL and peaks at 46dB SPL, which is under the noise floor of an average office. This means you shouldn’t bother those around you too much unless you like to really blast your music.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a great integrated microphone. It’s one of the best Bluetooth mics we’ve tested so far and even outperforms that of the Jabra Elite 85h. Speech recorded or transmitted with this mic in a quiet environment will sound slightly thin, but otherwise very clear, detailed, and easily understandable. In noisy situations, this mic can separate speech from background noise outstandingly well, even in some of the most demanding situations like at a subway station. However, since it comes with a powerful and sensitive noise gate, you have to make sure you speak loud enough; otherwise, your speech may also be cut by the noise gate too.
The Bose Noise Cancelling 700 have good microphone recording quality. Low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 233Hz, which means speech recorded or transmitted with this microphone will still sound relatively thin, but with more depth and fullness than most Bluetooth microphones. High-frequency extension (HFE), responsible for intelligibility, is at 6.9kHz which results in speech that sounds clear and detailed but lacking in a bit of airiness. Speech recorded and transmitted with this mic may not sound as natural as with a professional microphone, but will still be very easily understandable.
The Bose 700 Headphones have an integrated microphone with remarkable noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of almost 40dB, which is excellent. This is due to its powerful noise gate processor, which works quite effectively. However, it’s worth noting that with a noise gate there is always a risk that speech that is too quiet or that is not directly in direct line of the microphones may be cut from the recorded/transmitted audio.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a very good battery but a somewhat ordinary companion app. They provide nearly 20 hours of continuous playback and charge relatively quickly. They turn off automatically after a set time of not detecting any motion, which is a great power-saving feature in theory but could be bothersome if you stay particularly still while listening to music. Although the app provides some neat customization options, it doesn’t have an EQ, so it still feels a little lacking when compared to the Sony | Headphones Connect app of the WH-1000XM3 or the Sennheiser Captune app of the PXC 550.
The Bose 700 Headphones have a very good battery. They provide nearly 21 hours of continuous playback on a charge, which is great, and they charge in about 2 hours. They also have a quick-charge feature that’s advertised to provide 3.5 hours of playback on a 15-minute charge. They can be used passively with the provided audio cable when the battery is dead but can’t be used while charging, unfortunately. They have two auto-off timers, one that can’t be disabled and turns the headset off after 10 minutes of undetected motion, and another one that you can adjust in the app that will power off the headphones after a set time while you’re still wearing them.
The fixed auto-off timer made testing battery life challenging, therefore we suspended the headphones from a fixed surface with a bungee cord and pointed a fan in their direction to make them move continuously during our discharging test.
The Bose NC 700 are compatible with the Bose Music app, which is different from the Bose Connect app which is used with most Bose headphones. The new app feels like a decent upgrade, with a sleek interface that’s fairly easy to use. Functionality remains similar and the Bose Music app still doesn’t have an EQ, which is disappointing. However, you can control ANC levels, activate talk-through, adjust the auto-off timer, change voice assistant settings, and access a list of Bose AR-enabled apps. It’s a decent app that feels fairly complete overall but is lacking an EQ for it to be better. However, you need to create an account to use the app, which can be frustrating for some.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are Bluetooth wireless headphones that can also be used passively with the provided audio cable. They can pair to 2 devices simultaneously, but don’t support NFC like the Bose QuietComfort 35 II or the Sony WH-1000XM3. We measured an excellent 50-foot wireless range, but there have been reported connectivity issues online, with users mentioning they struggle to maintain a stable connection. On the upside, they have improved latency performance over the QC 35 II, which means they may be slightly better for watching videos or playing mobile games wirelessly, but you may still notice some delay. They can also be used passively with the provided audio cable, but it doesn’t come with an in-line remote or microphone for making calls.
The Bose 700 Headphones use a 1/8” TRS to 1/16” TRS audio cable, which is pretty common but can be a bit trickier to find than a regular 1/8” to 1/8” cable. Their audio cable doesn’t come with an in-line microphone nor do the headphones support USB audio, which means they’re not fully console-compatible and only provide audio support when plugged into a gaming console controller.
The Bose 700 Headphones don’t come with a base or dock. If you’re looking for wireless headphones that come with a base/dock for watching movies at home, check out our recommendations for the best wireless TV headphones.
The Bose Noise Cancelling 700 have excellent wireless range. With 50 feet of obstructed range, you should be able to leave your smartphone or laptop at your desk and wander around your home or office without experiencing any audio cuts until you’re quite far from your Bluetooth source. Keep in mind, though, that wireless range is highly dependent on your device’s signal strength and many other factors, so your results may differ.
These headphones have slightly less latency is than most Bluetooth headphones, which average around 200-220 ms; however, it’s still a bit too high for watching videos and gaming without noticing a bit of delay. That said, some devices and video content apps offer some sort of latency compensation, so you may not be affected by audio latency depending on the device and streaming app you use.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are decent noise cancelling headphones for most uses that set themselves apart thanks to their impressive integrated microphone, good isolation performance, and stylish, futuristic design. Unfortunately, they don’t sound quite as balanced as other high-end competing models we’ve reviewed and lack NFC compatibility. See our recommendations for the best noise cancelling headphones and the best wireless headphones that we’ve tested so far.
The Bose 700 Headphones and the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are both good wireless noise cancelling headsets that share a few similarities. Both are comfortable, feel well-built, and have touch-sensitive controls wrapped up in a sleek monochromatic design. The XM3 are easier to use, though, since the touch-sensitive surface is larger and can fold up into a more portable format. Both headphones have a more bass-heavy sound profile, but fans of customization are more likely to prefer the Sonys due to their compatibility with the highly customizable Sony | Headphones Connect app. That said, the Bose NC 700 have a vastly superior integrated microphone and even feature a mic mute button, which makes them slightly better for business users.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II and the Bose 700 Headphones are both good wireless noise cancelling headsets but serve slightly different purposes. The Bose NC 700 have a significantly better integrated microphone and stronger noise isolation, which makes them great if you take a lot of calls on-the-go. The QC35 II, on the other hand, are more comfortable and have a more balanced, neutral frequency response, which makes them better if you want something ultra-comfortable to enjoy your favorite tracks with. In addition, the QC35 II have NFC, which the Bose 700 are lacking, and have a physical control scheme that’s easier-to-use. That said, the Bose 700 Headphones feel better-built and offer mic muting, which makes them handy during conference calls.
The Bose 700 Headphones are better headphones for most uses than the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless. While the PX feel better-built, the Bose 700 are much more comfortable and have more modern features, like voice assistant support. They also sound better than the PX, which have a rather muddy, cluttered sound. The B&W PX do have better noise isolation performance than the Bose NC 700, though, and their leakage also sounds less full. That said, their microphone performance isn’t as good and they take 4 hours to charge, which is disappointing for a premium headset and swings the balance in favor of the Bose 700 in terms of overall performance.
The Bose 700 Headphones and the Jabra Elite Active 85h Wireless are both decent noise cancelling headphones that are good for business users thanks to their improved Bluetooth microphone performance. The Bose 700’s mic performs even better than that of the 85h, though, with even better noise handling. However, their touch-sensitive control scheme can be a bit tricky to use at times, so some people may prefer the physical controls of the Jabra Elite 85h. The Jabras also have a more balanced sound profile with customization options and better battery life than the Bose headphones, but they don’t isolate noise as well. Both headsets have a unique design, so ultimately the difference lies in personal taste.