Solid design and construction. Above average sound quality. Excellent warranty. Battery life is good. Noise cancelling feature works.
Expensive. Need to carry extra batteries around with you. Bass could be a lot tighter. Top end needs some smoothing out. Do not drown out the screams of pissed off passengers well enough.
Bose QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones: Bet You Wish JetBlue Passed These Out
Excellent headphones for getting stuck on the tarmac at JFK for 10 hours. Just make sure you bring enough batteries.
What is it about Bose that gets audio reviewers so upset that we refuse to review their products? For as long as I have been working in the consumer electronics industry, I have been part of a cabal of writers who treat Bose as if they have the plague. On a personal level, I have listened to almost all of the Bose speaker systems and component systems and they are not my thing. Sonically, they do some things quite well, but the tonal balance and presentation does not jive with how I enjoy listening to music. Nothing personal. I know many people who really like the Bose “sound” and I do not feel pompous enough to tell them that they are wrong. One thing I have learned over the years listening to entry-level gear that I thought was great, and some cost-no-object equipment that I found to be less than overwhelming, is that everyone hears things quite differently and that life is excessively short to tell people that they are deaf.
End of rant.
One thing one has to admire about Bose is that they do a superb job of marketing their products. They are everywhere, all the time, and the message gets through to people that Bose is #1. Riding the subway in Manhattan one morning was a fascinating exercise, as there were dozens of Bose ads on every train promoting the new TriPort In-Ear headphones. It was impossible to miss them. A quick look across the platform and I counted at least six people using Bose headphones. The noise in the subway is quite deafening, so I was happy to have my Ultimate Ears super-fi 5 Pros with me, which do a great job of noise isolation. As I sat down on the 1 train, I noticed that the man sitting across from me was wearing a pair of Bose QuietComfort 2 noise cancelling headphones.
I pointed to my own pair of headphones to see if he was paying attention.
My fist turned and I gave him the thumbs up signal.
He smiled. Winked. Did the same with his fist.
I got off at the next station.
Not that there is anything wrong with that.
The Bose QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones feature Bose’s noise cancelling technology, which electronically identifies and reduces noise, while at the same time preserving the acoustic signal.
One unique feature about the headphones is that they have different gain settings for in-flight/home stereo systems and another when you are using a laptop, DVD player, or portable media device. There is a very noticeable difference in the volume when you switch between the two.
The ear cushions are very soft and comfortable making long listening sessions quite easy on the head/ears. The headphones are light, but I often feel quite sore after listening to other headphones that are sealed. Not so with these.
There is real debate among those of us who review headphones about the validity of noise cancelling technology and whether the sound quality suffers as a result. My ears do notice a difference and I am not sure that in all cases, it is a worthwhile trade-off. The original QuietComfort 1 were decent headphones, but something weird was going on with the bass response. The drivers seemed ready to take off on some tracks and never come back down.
Fortunately, the problem seems to have been resolved with the QuietComfort 2 and in a very big way. Call me crazy, but I rather enjoyed listening to these. The noise cancelling technology works, although I doubt that it is cutting out as much noise as the manufacturer claims. I sat on the subway listening to these and they did eliminate an adequate amount of external noise.
Sonically, I found them to be quite warm and engaging; a characteristic I have never really associated with Bose products. Vocals were fleshed out, without a major loss of detail and everything move along at a decent clip. Bass response was meatier than it was taut, but it was a level of low-level resolution that I could live with. The top end certainly does not have the airiness of the better headphones from Grado, Sennheiser, AKG, or Ultrasone, but its cut-off point makes poor recordings listenable.
The QuietComfort 2 are not inexpensive, so they have to be judged against headphones in that price range. Would I buy them over the Ultrasone HFI-700 or AKG K 601s? No, but that does preclude a recommendation. The fit and feel is excellent, and they do fold up nicely for travel.
I must confess that I was prepared to really hate them.
In a weird way, I almost admire them.
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Model: QuietComfort 2 Noise Cancelling
Weight: 6.9 oz with cable
Battery: 1 AAA battery
Adapters: 1/4" stereo plug, dual-link plug
Accessory: Carry Case
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