Bose Quietcomfort 25 – Noise Cancellation Travel Headphones – Detailed Review
Bose QuietComfort 25 – A Perfect Companion
Bose, one of the leaders in noise-canceling headphones production did not sleep after the successful model QuietComfort 15 but worked on the presentation of the successor.
Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones are presented as a replacement for the popular QuietComfort 15. They feature the best Bose headphones with an active noise cancellation system and are made in three versions – for Apple, for Android and for those who want to be different in every detail.
QuietComfort 25 is delivered in a pretty attractive box with a color print and the content of the box is multiple protected. In addition to the headphones supplied with the package is a very good carrying case made of hard material with a spare battery and connecting adapter for the airplane. The handbag has a carrying handle and an elastic frame on the back so it’s very practical to use. Also, the headphones come with a simple user guide in multiple languages as well as a detachable silicone cable of 1.4 meters long, which ending with a universal 3.5 millimeters stereo jack. Concerning the design it is clear that QuietComfort 25 is derived from the predecessor. The resonators have an ellipsoid shape and a striking, chrome-plated manufacturer logo. The inner padding is made from Alcantara – a synthetic form of suede that’s both hard-wearing and comfortable – rather than synthetic leather and are filled with very soft memory foam. Also, the canvas covering the loudspeakers has a marked left and right side. The headband has a base made of metal alloy and can be precisely adjusted and the upper part is covered with a soft fabric that resembles velvet. In addition to adjusting the headband, the headphones have joints on the headband and pads so they can be adjusted in all directions.
Active and passive
As always with this manufacturer, the product’s technical data is poorly and it rarely exists so we remain deprived of information about the type and diameter of the speaker units, the bandwidth and the nominal impedance of the headphones in the passive mode. However, what is certain is that QuietComfort 25 brings a serious improvement to the predecessor. It’s just a passive regime that did not exist on the QuietComfort 15 model – when the battery is empty, the headphones just stop working, which can be pretty irritating if you do not have a spare battery. Unlike most of the competing models that have an integrated battery with the ability to refill, Bose has a standard AAA battery for these headphones. Although such a solution may not be suitable for those who use the headphones every day on shorter occasions (on the road to work, etc.), imagine the situation on long journeys by train, overnight flight, or in an environment where you can not charge the battery – if you use QuietControl 25, you will simply insert a spare battery and continue to enjoy music.
When we started critical listening, after a few minutes it was clear that QuietComfort 25 had the dose of warmth typical for this manufacturer. The sound is extremely pleasant and does not bother even with long hearing sessions. The tone balance is somewhat specific because the high and low tones are somewhat more pronounced than the mid-range, so these headphones could not be called neutral. The high-power spectrum is velvety and completely devoid of unpleasant sharpness, even in the most aggressive parts, and there is probably the secret of the almost unreal receptive sound of these headphones. The middle tones are rich enough and detailed, with outstanding musicality and excellent fit with the remaining two bands. From the patented Bose Active EQ system, the most profitable are the low tones, which are at every opportunity at the task level and deliver a massive, deep and warm bass. The definition is excellent, and sound is characterized by very good dynamics.
After listening with the noise-canceling system by using the discrete switch on the right resonator we went into a passive mode. In addition to the volume reduction, as expected, the tonal balance improved slightly and the mid-range seemed to equalize with high and low tones. For the best results in the passive mode, we recommend the use of an additional headphone amplifier. This difference is also present when listening directly to a portable player or mobile phone. In our view, this is just a proof that QuietComfort 25 has been engineered very well in the start and that the presence of two modalities of work only adds the value to these headphones as it allows a choice between two somewhat different reproduction.
Of the “most important side things” we have forgotten to mention the remote control with an integrated microphone which is on the cable and allows control of reproduction and answering phone calls. The model on our test was intended for Apple devices but there is a version for Android. Also, at the beginning of the text, we mentioned the third version of these handsets – in the case of Custom QuietComfort 25, for which the buyer, with the bonus, can choose the color for each of the nine parts from which the headphones are made. They offer up to 52 colors which give a huge number of combinations. Still, we are very fond of QuietComfort in the basic edition because they are serious and mature and will fit well with the jeans and the tuxedo with the tie. If you are looking for a comfortable headphone that provides brilliant isolation from the outside noise and gives the sound you can enjoy for hours Bose QuietComfort 25 is one of the best solutions.
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Excellent production quality.
Warm and pleasant sound.
Practical battery replacement.
CONSThey are not neutral.
Noise canceling somewhat changes sound.