Bose QuietComfort 25 Review
Award winners again in 2014, these are nonetheless good noise-cancelling headphones.
For years, the Bose QuietComfort 15s have been our go-to noise-cancelling headphones, profitable our Award for the class 4 instances in a row. For some time we puzzled if something may ever beat them. Then got here their successor.
The QuietComfort 25s, launched again in 2014, are an enchancment in each method. Whether or not it is design, aesthetics, efficiency or noise cancellation, Bose has constructed on each side that we liked within the Bose QC15 headphones and made it even higher.
Noise cancellation is an effective place to start out and we’re happy to say it really works very well. Astonishingly nicely, truly. The outdated QC15s have been already nice on this division, at instances giving the impression of actively pushing silence into your head, but the QC25s take it additional.
Workplace hubbub is dramatically diminished. The hum of air con is eradicated. Voices aren’t erased completely, however we’ll problem anybody to pick any a part of a dialog whereas music is enjoying at an gratifying degree.
As with each pair of noise-cancelling headphones we’ve tried, the impact is extra highly effective with regards to deeper, constant sounds: so now not will it’s a must to crank up the sound (and danger tinnitus) on a flight, for instance.
When used as they need to be, the QC25s supply a well-balanced presentation, with out ever leaning in the direction of any a part of the frequency vary.
This implies the low-end does not have the load of the Beats Studio headphones or PSB M4U 2s, however what it lacks in muscle it makes up for in agility and precision.
It integrates nicely with the midrange, which is easy and open with loads of element and readability. We love the perception on present right here too – pianos have depth and texture to each notice, whereas percussion sounds plausible and by no means unduly harsh.
Regardless of the balanced presentation, the QC25s strongest level needs to be their glowing, open treble, which soars all the way in which as much as highest notes and not using a trace of hardening at any quantity.
With such even dealing with, the QC25s are at residence with any musical style. They’ve the perception and maturity to deal with delicate classical tracks, however can produce the drive and assault required to tackle sooner tempo rhythms with confidence.
There is a precision to the way in which notes begin and cease too, and whereas the QC25s steer simply clear of creating sound analytical, it does make them appear a bit of extra restrained when in comparison with one thing extra up-front and enjoyable, such because the PSB M4U 2s. Which stability works for you’ll come right down to style.
However good noise cancellation and good sound – it’s a nice mixture, and good packaging all the time helps. Ergonomics have been by no means a problem, however the aesthetics have improved.
There are fewer seams, for starters, on our black pattern (we’re not as eager on the white model, whose brown-beige components remind us of Band-Aids).
There’s nonetheless a whole lot of plastic right here, however Bose has blended in just a few supplies to provide a extra luxurious really feel. The dome of the earcups are steel. The scarf options cloth: a woven materials on the skin and pseudo-suede on the within.
Development feels very stable, so you possibly can commute with confidence. These headphones sit nearer to the top than their predecessors, however they’re simply as comfy.
The clamp power is completely judged; they grip however by no means squeeze. The protein (artificial) leather-based earpads are mild on the face, the reminiscence foam is irresistibly squishy, and perforations on the within guarantee warmth gained’t construct up.
As with the QC15s, one of many earcups has a hidden flap, which opens to take a single AAA battery. Quoted battery life for the standard (alkaline) battery is 35 hours.
And when that runs out? Effectively, the QC15s couldn’t be used with out energy however, fortunately, the QC25s can run passively. You don’t want energy to pay attention in the event you’re comfortable to make do with out the noise cancellation and the built-in amp.
The sound is ok, however fairly clearly quieter and fewer insightful than when activated.
So what do you do if one thing ain’t broke. Effectively, in the event you’re Bose, you go forward and tinker with it anyway, producing a brand new product that is higher in each method.
And that is what the corporate has continued to do: if you’d like the newest fashions, look no additional than the Bose QC 35 and the Bose QC 35 II.
These headphones stay good worth, although, particularly now that they are accessible at a lower cost.