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Bose 700 Headphones Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Review updated Jul 06, 2023 at 04:23 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Jan 26, 2024 at 03:23 pm
Bose 700 Headphones Wireless Picture
7.5
Neutral Sound
7.9
Commute/Travel
7.1
Sports/Fitness
7.9
Office
6.0
Wireless Gaming
7.2
Wired Gaming
7.9
Phone Calls

The Bose Headphones 700 Wireless are premium over-ear headphones with noise cancelling (ANC). They have a different, sleeker look than Bose's other high-end headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless. They offer a customizable ANC feature, so you can choose from different presets that change its strength. They're also optimized for phone calls, thanks to their four built-in mics to help pick up your voice.

Our Verdict

7.5 Neutral Sound

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are good for neutral sound. They have a slightly bass-heavy and warm sound profile since their treble is underemphasized. They're still fairly well-balanced as they have a neutral mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and present. Their app also has a graphic EQ, meaning you can customize their sound to your liking.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets available.
Cons
7.9 Commute/Travel

The Bose Headphones 700 are very good for commute and travel. They're comfortable and have a long battery life, ideal for international flights and long days on the go. They can block out the sound of bus and plane engines and chatter from other passengers. However, their bulky design isn't the most portable.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Excellent noise isolation.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
7.1 Sports/Fitness

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are satisfactory for sports and fitness. While decently stable, they aren't intended for sports use and may not stay on your head during intense movements. They're comfortable but also a bit bulky and can make you sweat more than usual.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
7.9 Office

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are very good for office use. Their over 20-hour continuous battery life is enough to get you through your workday, and they're comfortable enough to wear for long periods without much fatigue. Their mic makes your voice clear during phone calls and does a great job of isolating it from background noise. These headphones can also block out typical office noises like voices and humming AC units. Unfortunately, they leak some audio.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Excellent noise isolation.
Cons
  • Leak some audio.
6.0 Wireless Gaming

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is high enough to cause your audio and visuals to fall out of sync.

7.2 Wired Gaming

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are good for wired gaming. You can plug them into your Xbox, PlayStation controller, or computer, but you can only receive audio that way, so you can't communicate with your teammates. On the plus side, the analog connection has very low latency. Their bass-heavy sound can also help bring out sound effects in action-packed games.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Can't use mic over wired connection.
7.9 Phone Calls

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are very good for phone calls. Their integrated microphone has a good recording quality, and it can separate speech from background noise even in crowded environments. If you take a lot of calls from your PC or Mac, you may notice a drop in sound quality. However, this is a limitation of Bluetooth itself, and there isn't a way around it. On the upside, the headphones can block out background noise well so that you can focus on your call.

Pros
  • Excellent noise isolation.
  • Excellent noise handling.
  • Good recording quality.
Cons
  • Voice may sound thin.
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 7.9 Commute/Travel
  • 7.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.9 Office
  • 6.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.2 Wired Gaming
  • 7.9 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jan 26, 2024: The following test groups have been updated following TB 1.6: Wired Connection, and Bluetooth Connection. There have also been text changes made throughout the review, including to the usages and product comparisons to match these results.
  2. Updated Jan 26, 2024: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.6 , which updates how we measure latency. We've updated and renamed the following test groups: Wired Connection, Bluetooth Connection, and Wireless Connection (Dongle). We've also added new codec latency measurements and provided an audio sample of recorded latency.
  3. Updated Oct 11, 2023: We've added a comparison between these headphones and the Bose QuietComfort Headphones Wireless in PC Compatibility.
  4. Updated Jul 06, 2023: Made minor edits to the text and checked that the text is up to date.
  5. Updated Sep 06, 2022: After comparing these headphones to the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless, we noticed that the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless' mic could separate speech from ambient noise better than the Sony, especially when it came to loud sounds. As a result, we've adjusted the Speech + Subway Noise Handling test score from 7.5 to 8.0.
  6. Updated Mar 23, 2022: Due to user feedback, we've looked into audio and mic quality when using different Bluetooth profiles. While our scores haven't changed, we've updated the 'Recording Quality' test with more information regarding different Bluetooth profiles and the limitations of Bluetooth for conference calls.
  7. Updated Oct 29, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  8. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  9. Updated Feb 17, 2021: Updated App score now that it offers a graphic EQ.
  10. Updated Nov 17, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  11. Updated Feb 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  12. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  13. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  14. Updated Aug 22, 2019: We've updated the Noise Isolation score and text.
  15. Updated Jul 19, 2019: Review published.
  16. Updated Jul 17, 2019: Our testers have started testing this product.
  17. Updated Jul 17, 2019: Early access published.
  18. Updated Jul 15, 2019: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  19. Updated Jul 15, 2019: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Bose Headphones 700 come in four color variants: 'Black', 'Soapstone', 'Triple Midnight', and 'Luxe Silver'. We tested the 'Black' variant but expect the other color variants to perform similarly.

There's also the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 UC (which stands for United Communications). UC headsets are meant to help with seamless switching between different platforms, like calls on your phone and video meetings on your computer. This variant comes with a USB dongle that provides a wireless connection with computers. However, our results aren't valid for it, as it may perform differently.

 If you come across another version, let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Bose Headphones 700 are noise cancelling headphones for most uses that set themselves apart from other high-end ANC headphones thanks to their impressive integrated microphone performance and very sturdy build. However, as you might expect, 'QuietComfort' headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless and the Bose QuietComfort 35/QC35 Wireless are even more comfortable for most people.

See our recommendations for the best headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones, and the best wireless headphones.

Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless are both premium headphones with slightly different strengths. While both headphones have a fantastic noise isolation performance thanks to Bose's ANC technology, the 700 are better built and have a better overall microphone performance. However, the QC45 have a slightly better battery performance and are more comfortable. 

Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless are both great noise cancelling headphones. The Bose are better built, are more comfortable, and sound more neutral, which some users may prefer. However, the Sony are able to block out more background noise. They also have a longer continuous battery life, support LDAC, which is great if you like to listen to hi-res audio, and have 360 Reality Audio, a feature that creates a more immersive sound. You need to subscribe to services that support this feature though. 

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are better headphones than the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless for some listeners. The Sony have a better noise isolation performance and a longer continuous battery life. They offer more talk-through controls that is ideal for users who want to stay aware of their environment while listening. The Bose have a more neutral, less bass-heavy default sound profile, and their integrated microphone performs better than the Sony's.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 and the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are both good wireless noise cancelling headsets but serve slightly different purposes. The Bose NC 700 have a significantly better-integrated microphone 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 pairing, 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.

Apple AirPods Max Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and the Apple AirPods Max Wireless are both premium headphones. While both over-ears have a similarly warm sound profile, powerful ANC systems, and great build quality, the Bose are more comfortable and have a better-performing integrated mic. You can also control their ANC via their companion app and pair them with up to two devices at a time. However, the Apple has a virtual soundstage feature called Spatial Audio to help make your audio seem more dimensional and their ANC system blocks out a bit more sound.

Bose QuietComfort Headphones Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless have the edge over the Bose QuietComfort Headphones Wireless. While both headphones have similarly excellent noise isolation performances, the 700 Headphones are better built, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have a better overall mic performance. However, the QuietComfort Headphones are more comfortable and come with an analog cable with an in-line mic.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless 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 Sony are easier to use 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 and offer a graphic EQ for sound customization. That said, the Bose have a vastly superior integrated microphone and even feature a mic mute button, which makes them slightly better for business users.

Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless are evenly matched over-ear office-oriented headphones. The Jabra have more intuitive controls, a longer continuous battery life, and are easier to carry around. However, the Bose are better-built, and have an integrated microphone that's more effective at filtering out ambient noise than the Jabra's boom mic.

Beats Studio3 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better for most uses than the Beats Studio3 Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Bose are better built, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can significantly block out more noise around you. Their integrated mic also offers better overall performance, they can be used passively with their 1/8" TRS cable, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ to help adjust their sound to your liking.

Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better over-ear headphones for commute and travel than the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, feel better built, and have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have better noise isolation and overall performance. However, the Anker have EQ presets in addition to their graphic EQ.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. The Bose are over-ears that are more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have a significantly better noise isolation performance. Their microphone delivers better overall performance too. However, the Sony are in-ears that are more portable and have a stable fit, making them a better choice for sports and fitness.

JBL Tour One Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better headphones than the JBL Tour One Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, feel better-built, and have a significantly better noise isolation performance. They also have a better overall microphone performance. However, the JBL have a longer continuous battery life. 

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. The Bose over-ear design is noticeably more comfortable and isn't as tight as the Beats. Their ANC feature is also better for blocking out sound in noisy environments and their microphone has a better recording quality and noise handling capability. On the other hand, the Beats have a longer continuous battery life from a single charge, although they don't have a power-saving feature. The Beats take advantage of the H1 chip, which may result in better overall connectivity performance, but we couldn't test this. 

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are slightly better-performing headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, and have noticeably better noise isolation and microphone performances. On the other hand, the Sennheiser's companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound. The battery performance is better for the Bose 700, but on the other hand, the Sennheiser are also compatible with the lower latency codec, aptX-LL.

AKG N700NC M2 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and the AKG N700NC M2 Wireless have different strengths. While both headphones have an excellent noise isolation performance, the Bose are more comfortable, and better built. Their mic also offers better overall performance. However, the AKG's companion app has a parametric EQ, which some users may prefer.

Razer Opus Wireless 2020

The Razer Opus Wireless 2020 are better headphones for mixed usage than the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. The physical controls on the Razer are easier to use than the touch-sensitive controls found on the Bose 700. The Razer's battery also lasts significantly longer at over 32 hours. On the other hand, the ANC of the Bose 700 works quite a bit better, especially against very low engine rumbles. The Bose also have a significantly better microphone, which can be important if you take a lot of phone calls, and they're more comfortable.

Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless

The over-ear Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better for office use than the on-ear Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, better-built, and have a more comprehensive control scheme. Conversely, the Jabra have a boom microphone that outperforms the Bose's impressive integrated mic when it comes to recording quality, and they last roughly three times as long on a single charge.

Shure AONIC 50 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better headphones for mixed usage than the Shure AONIC 50 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, have a better-balanced sound profile, a longer battery life, and a much better-integrated microphone. They also do a better job of blocking out ambient noise. However, the Shure provide a more consistent listening experience, easier-to-use controls, and aptX-LL compatibility, so they’re better suited for streaming videos wirelessly with low latency.

Logitech Zone Wired

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better office headphones than the Logitech Zone Wired. The Bose are substantially comfier, block out more ambient noise, and can pair with two devices at once, which is helpful if you tend to listen to content on your phone and computer. That said, the Logitech are smaller and lighter and deliver a more consistent listening experience, not to mention a specialized control scheme that offers a little more native functionality with conferencing software like Microsoft Teams.

Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless

The Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless are very similar to the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. The Bose are slightly more comfortable, feel a bit better built, and have better ANC. On the other hand, the Sennheiser feel more stable on the head, breathe better, and have a very similar sound profile.

Jabra Elite 85h Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones and the Jabra Elite 85h Wireless are both decent noise cancelling headphones that are good for business users thanks to their improved Bluetooth microphone performance. The Bose mic performs even better than that of the Jabra, 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. The Jabra also have a more balanced sound profile and better battery life than the Bose, but they don’t isolate noise as well. Both headsets have a unique design, so ultimately the difference lies in personal taste.

Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are more versatile than the Sony WH-H910N/h.ear on 3 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable to wear, feel better-built, block out more ambient noise, and can pair with two devices at once. Their integrated microphone also does a much better job of isolating speech from background noise. Conversely, the Sony have a much longer battery life, leak less audio, and are a little more compact.

Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are slightly better headphones for commuting than the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Wireless. The Bose are slightly more comfortable, they can isolate more noise, and they have a better-balanced sound profile. They also have a great performing integrated microphone, and their battery life lasts longer too. However, the Microsoft have full audio and microphone support with PS4 and Xbox One, and they have easier-to-use controls.

Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless. While the Bowers & Wilkins feel better-built, the Bose are much more comfortable and have more modern features, like voice assistant support. They also sound better than the Bowers & Wilkins, which have a rather muddy, cluttered sound. The Bowers & Wilkins do have better noise isolation performance than the Bose, though, and their leakage also sounds less full. That said, their microphone performance isn’t as good, and they take four hours to charge, which is disappointing for a premium headset and swings the balance in favor of the Bose in terms of overall performance.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless are designed to serve different purposes. The Bose are noise cancelling over-ears with excellent microphone performance for taking business calls on-the-go, while the TOZO are truly wireless in-ears for more casual use. The earbuds don't have the same level of mic quality, nor are they as comfortable, but they're a lot more portable.

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are noticeably better headphones than the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, have a more neutral and accurate sound signature, and a better isolation performance thanks to their great ANC feature. They also have a great microphone for calls. On the other hand, the Bowers & Wilkins have a longer battery life. They can also be used while charging thanks to their USB-C cable, but need power to function, meaning you can’t use them wired with an analog audio cable if their battery is dead, which you can do with the Bose.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017

The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017 and the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are designed for different uses, but they're both great at what they do. The Astro are wired gaming headphones that come with an amplifier designed for mixing audio channels while streaming. The Bose are Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones geared towards business professionals who need good mic quality on-the-go.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Dynamic

These headphones have a futuristic look that stands out among Bose's more traditionally designed over-ears. They have a distinctively shaped headband that integrates directly into the ear cups without any visible hinges. They're available in 'Black, 'Luxe Silver', 'Triple Midnight', and 'Soapstone' color variants.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.58 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

The headphones are very comfortable. They're lightweight and well-padded, so you can wear them for long listening sessions without feeling much fatigue. However, they clamp onto your head more tightly than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018. The ear cups are also somewhat shallow, so your ears might touch the drivers, which can be uncomfortable and annoying over time.

7.4
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

They have decent controls. They cover a lot of functions, and it's easy to pair them with multiple devices. However, the touch-sensitive surface is small and can be tricky to use. They also don't provide much feedback besides a few audio prompts. If you're looking for headphones with easier-to-use controls, check out the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Wireless.

On the right ear cup:

Power button:
  • One press: Turns headphones on or off.
Voice assistant button:
  • One press: Accesses voice assistant. When on a call, mutes and unmutes the mic.

The touch-sensitive surface:

  • Double tap: Plays and pauses audio. Also answers and ends a call.
  • Tap and hold for one second: Ηear the headphones' battery status or decline an incoming call.
  • Swipe forward: Skips your track forward.
  • Swipe backward: Skips your track backward.
  • Swipe up: Turns the volume up.
  • Swipe down: Turns the volume down.

On the left ear cup:

Noise control button:

  • One press: Cycles between ANC presets. There are three by default, and you can customize them in the Bose Music app. The default preset '3' (ANC level 0) is advertised to provide 'full transparency' so you can hear ambient sound without pausing your audio.
  • Press and hold one second: Turn 'Conversation Mode,' which pauses your audio and lets in ambient sound, on or off.

6.6
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.4 °C

These over-ear headphones aren't very breathable. Like most similarly designed headphones, they trap some heat against your ears and can make them feel hot, especially during physical activity. It won't be a big issue during casual listening, however.

5.5
Design
Portability
L 8.0" (20.3 cm)
W 6.5" (16.5 cm)
H 3.6" (9.1 cm)
Volume 187.00 in³ (3,064.37 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

They aren't very portable. They aren't extremely bulky for over-ear headphones, but unlike other models like the Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless, they don't fold onto a more compact format. They'll take up some space in a bag or backpack. However, the ear cups swivel inwards to make them smaller and more comfortable to wear around your neck.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 8.6" (21.8 cm)
W 7.2" (18.3 cm)
H 2.0" (5.1 cm)
Volume 124.00 in³ (2,031.99 cm³)

They come with a great hard carrying case. It has a less bulky design and a slightly more premium feel than the one that comes with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018. It can protect the headphones from minor drops and water damage and has a magnetic pocket to store the accessories. You can also separately purchase a wireless charging case for these headphones.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have impressive build quality. They have a sturdier build than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 and Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless. They also have a more premium look and are constructed with materials that feel high-quality. The headband is made of stainless steel, and the plastic used for the ear cups feels solid. Since the headband attaches directly to the ear cups, there are fewer moving pieces to break. The point where the ear cups and headband join feels like a potential weak spot, but it won't be an issue unless the ear cups are pulled apart with a lot of force.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Bose 700 Headphones have decent stability. They're stable enough for casual listening sessions, but the swiveling ear cups feel a bit loose, and they may fall off your ears if you move your head around a lot, like during a workout. If you like over-ears for workouts like runs, the Beats Studio3 Wireless are less likely to slip around on your head.

Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • 1/8" to 1/16" audio cable
  • Hard carrying case
  • Quick start manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.07 dB
Treble Amount
-2.93 dB

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a slightly bass-heavy and warm sound profile. They have a bit of extra boom, which can please fans of bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM. Their balanced mid-range makes them suitable for vocal-centric content like podcasts, too. Their app also has a graphic EQ to help you customize their sound.

6.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.65 dB

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have okay frequency response consistency. There's hardly any variation in the bass range across users, possibly due to their noise cancelling feature checking for bass consistency. However, their treble delivery may vary depending on their fit, seal, or positioning on your head, so it's important to ensure you get a good fit each time you use them to hear a consistent sound.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.31 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
0.46 dB
Mid-Bass
2.43 dB
High-Bass
3.29 dB

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have great bass accuracy. The rumble of low bass is reproduced accurately. There's some overemphasis in the mid to high-bass, so in songs like Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, the well-known bassline at the beginning of the track has a bit of extra punch and body.

9.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.13 dB
Low-Mid
0.85 dB
Mid-Mid
0.12 dB
High-Mid
0.13 dB

Their mid-range accuracy is fantastic. The range is balanced and even, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix.

6.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.51 dB
Low-Treble
-0.99 dB
Mid-Treble
-5.05 dB
High-Treble
-6.4 dB

Their treble accuracy is adequate. The low-treble is very well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are present and detailed. However, the underemphasis in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals dull and lispy.

8.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.15 dB
Dips
1.42 dB

These headphones have impressive peaks and dips performance. There's a slight dip in the low-bass, so they lack a bit of thump, but the peak in the high-bass adds a boomy quality to the mix. The small dip in the low-mid to mid-mid range can nudge vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix, while the peak in the high-mid makes those same instruments honky or harsh. The dip in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals dull and lispy.

8.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.38
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.93
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.88
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.55

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have an impressive imaging performance. Bose typically has good quality control, and their headphones tend to have well-matched drivers. Weighted group delay for our unit falls mostly below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers of our unit are well-matched in amplitude and phase response; however, there's a slight frequency mismatch. As a result, some objects, like voices or footsteps, may not be accurately placed within the stereo image. However, imaging varies from unit to unit depending on the manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics.

3.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
5.83 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
5.01 dB
PRTF Distance
3.23 dB
Openness
1.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.0

They have a poor passive soundstage performance. Their soundstage is a bit unnatural or odd, and audio seems to be coming from inside your head instead of from speakers around you. Because of their closed-back design, it doesn't seem as open or spacious as that created by most open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.374
WHD @ 100
0.149

The Bose 700 Headphones have a good weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's a bit of distortion in the treble range at normal listening volumes, but the rest of the range falls within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
Maximum
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when the headphones are used in this configuration.

Isolation
8.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-27.56 dB
Noise Cancelling Yes
Bass
-17.32 dB
Mid
-24.67 dB
Treble
-41.24 dB

The Bose 700 Headphones have an excellent noise isolation performance. The ANC feature is adjustable with the companion app, and when it's set to its highest level, these headphones can easily block out most background noises, including bus and plane engines, voices, and the hum of nearby AC units.

There's no way to switch off the ANC feature completely, and the headphones block out more noise when they're completely off than when ANC is set to the lowest level, '0'. The lowest ANC setting feeds some mic input to the headphones, providing a bit of talk-through. This also seems intentional because Bose says ANC level '0' allows you to hear your surroundings. You can see a comparison between their noise isolation performance when the headphones are off and when ANC is set to '0' here.

7.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
37.33 dB

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a decent leakage performance. They leak some sound across the range, so the audio that escapes sounds relatively full-bodied but not very loud. Even if you're listening to your music at high volumes, it won't bother people around you in a moderately quiet environment like an office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes

There are reports online that some users have issues muting the mic when using a PC. On their website, Bose suggests turning on voice prompts in the Bose Music app so you can hear confirmation that the mic is muted. They also note that you can't see that the mic is muted on your PC.

7.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
232.91 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.27 dB
HFE
6,933.79 Hz
Weighted THD
0.036
Gain
17.77 dB

The mic has a good recording quality. It makes your voice sound natural and understandable but also a bit thin.

The headphones rely on Bluetooth profiles, which define the specifications for how data is communicated between devices. When you connect these headphones to your PC, they use Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), a Bluetooth profile for audio playback. A2DP is a one-way profile, which means that if you're using this profile, the mic won't work on any device or OS. The headphones can enable Headset Profile (HSP) or Hands-Free Profile (HFP) if you want mic and audio compatibility. However, both profiles can lower sound and mic quality. We noticed a drop in audio and mic quality when using these headphones during a conference call. Users have also reported this issue when using their Macbooks and ThinkPad devices. Unfortunately, there's no real way around this, as this is how Bluetooth profiles work.

8.3
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
39.83 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
8.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
8.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The Bose 700 Headphones have a great noise handling performance. The mic can separate your voice from background noises, even if you call from a noisy environment like a train station. Even with loud sounds, your voice isn't cut out or lost in the noise, unlike that of the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless.

Active Features
8.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
20.7 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
20.7 hrs
Charge Time
2 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

These headphones have an impressive battery performance. They provide nearly 21 hours of continuous playback from a single charge, and they charge in about two hours. You can use them passively with the provided audio cable when the battery is dead, but you can't use them while charging. They have two auto-off timers: one that can't be disabled and turns the headset off after 10 minutes of undetected motion, and one that you can adjust in the app that powers 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.

You can also buy a wireless charging case separately, which the manufacturer advertises to store up to two additional charges. Also, please note that battery performance can vary with real-life use.

7.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Bose Music
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic
ANC Control
Adjustable
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
Yes
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

These headphones are compatible with the Bose Music app, which differs from the Bose Connect app that many of this manufacturer's other models use. This app has a sleek interface that's fairly easy to use. You can set three different ANC presets, activate talk-through, adjust the auto-off timer, change voice assistant settings, and access a list of Bose AR-enabled apps. There's also a 3-band graphic EQ for sound customization. However, you need to create an account to use the app, which can be frustrating for some.

Connectivity
7.4
Connectivity
Wired Connection
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable
Yes
Length
3.50 ft (1.07 m)
Connector
1/8" TRS
Latency - Analog
17.6 ms
Latency - USB
N/A
Recorded Latency
Recorded Latency Connection Analog

They use a 1/8" TRS to 1/16" TRS audio cable, which is somewhat common but can be a bit trickier to find than a regular 1/8" to 1/8" cable. This connection has a small amount of latency present when used with the headphones turned on, but it's still very low, so your audio and visuals will be in sync. If you turn off the headphones, you'll achieve more negligible latency, though. They come with a USB-C to USB-A charging cable, which you can't use for audio.

8.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth Connection
Bluetooth Version
5.010
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
Quick Pair (Android)
No
Quick Pair (iOS)
No
Line Of Sight Range
235.00 ft (71.63 m)
Latency - SBC
185 ms
Latency - aptX
N/A
Latency - aptX Adaptive (High Quality)
N/A
Latency - aptX Adaptive (Low Latency)
N/A
Latency - LDAC
N/A
Recorded Latency
Recorded Latency Codec SBC
AAC Support
Yes

These headphones use Bluetooth 5.0. They can pair simultaneously with two devices but don't support NFC for quicker pairing. Their PC latency via SBC codec is high, so you'll notice some delay between your audio and visuals. Some devices and apps offer some latency compensation, though.

0
Connectivity
Wireless Connection (Dongle)
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Latency - Dongle
N/A
Recorded Latency
N/A
Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
Audio Only
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones can connect wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled PCs or connect via analog connection with the included 1/8" to 1/16" TRS cable, although you can only receive audio this way. If you're looking for Bose headphones that have audio and mic support via analog, check out the Bose QuietComfort Headphones Wireless.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
Audio Only
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones are compatible with PlayStation consoles if you plug the included audio cable into a controller. However, you can't use the microphone in that case.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio Only
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

You can plug them into your Xbox One controller but only receive audio.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock