Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

When searching for high quality noise cancelling headphones, Bose is a well-established brand you can trust.

Their extremely popular QuietComfort range has set the standard for noise cancelling technology. This year Bose has shaken things up and has released a totally new noise cancelling headphone model the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. But at $400 should you pay $50 more than the award-winning QC 35 II or the strong competitor Sony WH-1000XM3? Let’s take a look.

When searching for high quality noise cancelling headphones, Bose is a well-established brand you can trust.

Their extremely popular QuietComfort range has set the standard for noise cancelling technology. This year Bose has shaken things up and has released a totally new noise cancelling headphone model the Bose 700. But at $400 should you pay $50 more than the award-winning QC 35 II or the strong competitor Sony WH-1000XM3? Let’s take a look.


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Design

These headphones come in black or silver and the headband is made of sturdy stainless steel that bisects the middle of the ear cups which are made of plastic. The way the ear cups are affixed to the headband results in less adjustment ability but this does not seem to be a pro

blem for most users. To adjust them you just slide the cups up or down instead of adjusting the band. The ear cups have been streamlined; forgoing the pleated fabric used in the QC range further enhances the seamless transition from headband to ear cup. There are several buttons located on the ear cups that reduces the need to touch your connectivity device.

The Bose 700 case is much shallower than most of its competitors which of you fly a lot makes it easier to store on a plane. Bose has also gotten rid of the airline adapter since it has been coming increasingly less necessary. These headphones are lighter than QC 35 by a couple of ounces and have nice weight distribution. Of course with the different head and ear sizes that exist you’ll probably want to try them on for yourself.

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Noise Cancelling

Of course these headphones are excellent noise cancelers but they are different than the QC 35 II. These seem to cancel out more of the static high frequency sounds but let more of the mid-range frequencies through. The Bose 700 offers a great deal of control. There are 11 levels of noise cancellation to choose from via the Bose app. The ANC button allows you to toggle three settings on the fly: High, Medium, and Full transparency. High is impressive when paired with music, effectively drowning out city noises. This is a step up from what you get with the QC line where music could sound distant.

What’s also great about the Bose 700 is the Full Transparency mode. It sounds like you aren’t wearing headphones at all and when you talk you actually sound like yourself. This is great of you keep your headphones on at work since you will be able to clearly hear your co-workers without having to take them off.

Audio Quality

So we know that these headphones are great noise cancellers but what about listening to music? When compared to its competitors, these aren’t as loud but are more precise with a well-balanced highs, mids, and low. The 700s definitely have a boost in the mid-range and lower treble regions when compared to the QC. It seems these have been optimized for air travel and should sound great when in flight. For pure music listening though you might get a better experience with Sony WH-1000XM3 or the QC 35 II.

Call Quality

It would be hard to find better headphones for taking phone calls or interacting with digital voice assistants. Bose’s mic technology effectively cancels out background noise and produces a high quality close-sounding voice for those on the other end of the call. If you are someone who takes a lot of calls these may be the perfect choice of not the only choice.

Other Features

In addition to the design features already mentioned, there are new integrated controls on the Bose 700. You’ll find on the right ear cup via touch pad the play/pause, track advance/reverse, and volume controls. There are only three physical buttons that can be found. One on the left adjusts the noise cancelling intensity with levels of 0, 5, and 10 and an option to disable noise cancelling and at the same time pause music. Two buttons on the right control power and Bluetooth pairing and calling up the voice assistant of your choice such as Alex, Cortana, Google Assistant, etc.

There is also a new Bose music app available for iOS and Android that allows the user to pair the headphones to their phone, give greater control over noise cancelling effectiveness from 0 to 10, and manage paired devices. With this app you can also manage your music services from one place and of you own other connected Bose products you can manage music playback through soundbars and wireless speakers individually or in groups. The Bose 700 also works with Bose AR, which is an interesting audio-based take on augmented reality, something you should check out.

Battery Performance

With quick charging the Bose 700 can play for 2-2.5 hours on a 15-minute charge. Total play time with noise cancelling on is about 20 hours which goes up to around 40 without noise cancelling.

 

Conclusion

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are a great choice for those wanting to use them on airplanes or noisy commutes. The noise cancelling technology leads the class and the sound quality is excellent as well. One of its main competitors the Sony WH-1000XM3s is also an excellent choice and should be considered since it has a lower price and longer battery life.

The Sony may also have the edge for music listening. With that being said though you really can’t go wrong with the Bose 700. They look stunning, have amazing noise cancellation and sound great too.

Should I buy? Bottom line: if you are a businessperson who takes lots of phone calls with their headphones on, and/or you do a lot of airplane travel, then the Bose 700 are the ones for you and will be worth the extra $50.

Hopefully what is presented here you find compelling and will help you make your decision. Good luck and happy listening! Please leave a comment or question.

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