BOSE QuietComfort QC15: Active noise cancelling headphone review
Design 8
Features 8
Performance 8

Probably the headphone of the moment if you want impeccable audio quality. A unique experience with the noise abatement options offered by Bose QC15

Summary 8.0 Excellent

BOSE QuietComfort QC15 Review

  • Good: A comfort to all events, a very high sound quality, and noise cancelling is unstoppable! The Bose QC15 can also fold easily to be stored in its case.
  • Summary: Probably THE headphone moment if you want excellent audio quality. A unique experience thanks to the noise reduction capabilities offered by Bose QC15.

Bose QC15 Headphone Review

The Bose QuietComfort 15s is the fourth generation of noise reduction headphones offered by the manufacturer. For this new model, Bose resumes the design of the QC2 and works mainly on the inside of the helmet. The noise reduction is further improved, as is the audio quality of the headphones.

Design and Features

In appearance, the QC15 looks like the QuietComfort 2, with cushions covering the ears completely, and it is possible to fold the helmet on itself. Indeed, this new model comes directly to replace the previous one, which will soon not be available for sale. In addition to the technical changes we are going to come back to, Bose also offers a new case that is easier to use, and the result is as fine as a CD holder, perfect for carrying it.

Just like the previous version of the headphones, the QC15 could already have been a very good headphone as long as it is comfortable and the ear cushions adapt well the shape of the ears to protect you from the surrounding noises. But while the noise reduction of the QC2 was done by an external microphone only, on the QC15 we find microphones also inside the headphones. In the end, this one is further improved, and the result is amazing. The external sounds are “countered” thanks to these microphones and ensure you a sound quality whatever the environment (train, plane …).

My Experience with BOSE  QC 15

I, unfortunately, did not get a chance to try the headphone on a plane, but the results in the subway or an office with a very noisy air conditioning were very satisfying. Practically all of the noise around me was then suppressed, the sensation is even confusing at the very beginning.

It is regrettable that once again at Bose, it is necessary to activate the noise reduction to listen to the music, and as a result if the battery is empty, impossible to use headphones without. The battery is however of very good quality and offers up to 35 hours of listening; then it will be necessary to change the AAA battery. If you are looking for a headset with a rechargeable battery, Bose offers the QuietComfort 3. The advantage of using a single battery here makes it possible to travel without an additional charge.

QC15 audio performance

Regarding sound quality, the first thing we have noticed compared to the previous model is that the sound is softer and better balanced. The bases are less emphasized than on the QC2s and thus allow to better appreciate all types of sounds (so, if you are particularly Hip-Hop, it is a slight flat). The detail of the sounds is also very clean and good. Listening to your favorite playlist is a real pleasure. Because the headphones completely cover the ears, the sound is different from other types of earphones, with a feeling closer to it. Difficult to explain with words!


As a successor to the QC2, the Bose QuietComfort 15 once again raises the bar a little higher regarding noise reduction. To this is added an improved sound quality and design as always sympathetic that did not take the least wrinkle. It’s a great deal if you want to enjoy your music outdoors or in public transport.

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