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  • Decent
    7 days ago
    Updated: 6 days ago
    Nano review:

    + Best in class noise canceling 2019.

    - Unfortunately, the sound is not approved for this price range. No matter how nice it is to listen in total silence, it is impossible to overlook that there are more good-sounding wired headphones for 1/4 of the price.

    Rating = Clear split. 9/10 for the ANC. 4/10 for the sound = 6.5 tot
  • Very good
    16 days ago
    Was looking for a pair of headphones to use in the office and from / to work. These were my criteria:
    -Framtidssäkrade
    -Convenient (Is sensitive upside down)
    - World-class ANC
    -Transparency Mode
    - Really good sound
    -Hypious design

    I tested a variety of headphones: QC35II, Sony 1000XM3, Beoplay H9i and H8i. In my opinion, no one took the prize, but it was always a compromise, if it was not the sound, it was comfort or ANC that had to hit his foot. And to be honest, Sony's was never an option, feels in my opinion mass-produced and impersonal in a way that Bose and Beoplay don't.

    So in the end I realized that none of them were perfect and therefore look at what was most important, namely: ANC, convenience, future-proof and design.

    After I came across a really good deal, I bought the Bose 700 handsets and did not regret it for a second.

    They lived up to basically all my criteria:

    - Future-proofed with USB-C and a brand new model so will be continuously updated, among other things, they will add an equalizer to the app, dynamic transparency mode and noise masking (source: cnet.com)
    - More comfortable than QC35II due to the air-filled silicone "pillow" resting on the head. Which is also easier to keep clean if you have oily hair one day.
    - World-class ANC which is also adjustable. Perfect when you are out and about, set the ANC to 5 and the wind sound disappears and
    Transparency mode linking features. If you set it to 0 it becomes like you don't have the headphones on at all. If you can also press and hold the ANC button, all sound is input, good if you need to double check a thing with the colleague.
    - The sound was the one that got hit on the foot unfortunately. Love the sound of the H9i but comfort and the ANC had to go ahead. The sound in these is 3.5 out of 5.
    - Like the design on these, feels solid but not like the H9i in either build quality or design but much better than Sony's plastic and impersonal design.

    So the upshot is that if you want one the best and don't like Sony, can accept the price and don't care about top notch buy these! I'm super happy and give them 4 out of 5 (1 point deducted due to the sound)
  • Acceptable
    1 month ago
    Updated: 1 month ago
    I have followed Bose over the years and think their QC series is fantastic. The transition to the 700s was obvious. Three reasons for this: USB-C, better microphone and fun design.

    The microphone is a cannon for me that uses the handsets for phone calls. I can really sit in an office landscape without the other party hearing anything from the surroundings. Really good.

    USB-C means I don't have to carry an extra cord with me. Most people do not care about this, but for me it is nice to plug in an adapter and be able to charge a computer, tablet, game console and now also headphones with the same.

    The sound level adjustment works well, but a relatively useless feature. Sure, you hear the environment if you press a button. But you can also just move one handset away from the ear. Then the environment will also understand that you hear them. If you use the button when talking to café staff or flight attendants, you appear to be extremely nonchalant.

    So far, so good. But there are unfortunately a lot of disadvantages. Let's look at some of them.

    *) I bought the handsets at an airport. The app where you make settings required login and registration. That didn't work. So during my entire trip I couldn't change anything, which was annoying after spending just over SEK 4000. Waiting for update, was the support solution.

    *) The app again. Why do I need to have an account to make settings? It is completely absurd that I have to disclose my information to Bose in order to remove the voice in the headphones or change from Siri to Alexa, for example.

    *) The handsets take up more space, the bag is bigger. Moreover, the new solution for folding the handsets is worse. It takes longer to get on them and doesn't get 100 every time.

    *) Starting the handsets and pairing them takes almost 10 seconds. Definitely longer than the QC35s. Bad if it rings and you want to take the call in the turned off handsets.

    *) They fail to connect to the registered devices every time ...

    *) Shut down sometimes. It happens very rarely, but has happened with several units.

    *) Big real difference in battery life.

    *) You can turn off the voice that tells you which device you are connecting to, but you get a loud beep instead. If you set the headphones to turn off after you haven't used them for a while, a sound will occur just when they are turned off. If you have a high volume and you have them silenced for a couple of hours it is easy to bounce off the sound.

    *) Easy to press one of the edge buttons when you put on or off the headphones.

    Then I am not fond of the touch function, but that is what it is. It usually works, although sometimes a few attempts are required. I rarely use the headphones outdoors in the winter, so the habit problem is nothing that hits me.

    The sound I can't say much about. It sounds good. But I mostly run audiobooks and podcasts in them. Noticing no difference to the predecessors.

    I will keep the handsets, but it has only to do with USB-C. Not having to lug around extra cables is very worthwhile to me. But Bose releases an updated version of the QC35s with the same charging capabilities, I switch.

    If you ignore this with charging cords or microphone sounds, the existing QC35s are an incredibly much better buy. Especially now that the new model has pushed the price down to just over a few thousand dollars. Or even the QC25s if you really don't care about cables.
  • Perfect
    1 month ago
    Had Bose QC35 II before these.

    In terms of sound, I think these headphones are quite similar to the Bose QC35 II. If you want a pair of headphones with noise reduction and good sound then I think you get more for the money if you buy Bose QC35 II.

    However, these are clearly better at calls as well as better reach. Be pretty negative about the new touch controls as this often works quite poorly. However, Bose has succeeded well with this and I am pleasantly surprised, nice that it is possible to charge with USB-C in addition.

    If you just want to listen to music, buy Bose QC II 35.

    If you use the headphones to talk a lot over the phone and Skype, these are the bells.
  • Good
    1 month ago
    Updated: 1 month ago
    This review is essentially a comparison between these and Bose QC35 (I / II).

    - Material & Design -

    Initially, I was convinced that I would prefer the look of the QC35 over the more dimmed and minimalist design of the NC700. Something that turned out to change quite soon after shorter use of these. Once on the head, the cabinet design gives the headphones a more slender expression than the QC35 even though the jumper extends slightly further out from the head on the sides.
    The padding in the main pillow is somewhat thicker than on the QC35, which was probably necessary since these are slightly heavier than the previously mentioned. The covers, however, are just like the QC35 made of plastic. The headband itself is built of metal and is enclosed by an almost silky silicone cover. The cover, however, feels slightly fragile, so it remains to be seen how well these stand over time.

    Unlike the QC35, the NC700 has touch controls for navigation instead of buttons. Personally, I don't know if I prefer one in front of the other. The only thing I actually noticed that I appreciate is the ability to hold your finger for a few seconds to get an estimate of battery status in the form of remaining time. Otherwise, I see no direct benefits with touch beyond that it feels a bit more modern.

    In summary, the NC700 feels more premium and well-worked in terms of design and choice of materials. Unfortunately, at the same time I experience these as more fragile than QC35 and I fear that they will visually age much faster.

    - Comfort -

    The NC700, like the QC35, has a pair of very spacious ear cups with soft and comfortable pads that surround the ears. I would give the QC35 a slight advantage as the pillows on them feel slightly softer and more comfortable than on the NC700. It can, of course, be because they are completely new and it could thus be that the pillows are softened with time and that this difference thus disappears.
    In addition to noise reduction, comfort is one of the most crucial parameters when choosing a pair of noise canceling headphones. Based on the, in my opinion, the superior comfort that QC35 has compared to other competitors in the market, I was almost convinced that these would go in the same footsteps. At first use I noticed that the NC700 pressed slightly more towards the head but at the same time that the difference was minimal. After a number of longer sessions with these on the head I could unfortunately conclude that this little difference significantly affected the comfort over time. So to the point that I felt urged to pick them off after a while to rest and air the ears. I also suspect that the increased pressure on the head results in the pillows getting warmer as I experience more discomfort at this point compared to QC35. Unfortunately, despite the thicker padding in the headband, I experience much more discomfort on the top of the head than the QC35, which is probably due to the weight / weight distribution of the NC700.

    - Sound quality -

    The sound is almost identical to the QC35. They therefore have a fairly flat and balanced sound image - something that I personally appreciate. I can experience slightly more emphasis on the NC700's base, even though the difference is negligible. I am far from an audio file, but personally I prefer the sound image in these compared to the one in eg. Sony WH-1000XM3. It is of course a very subjective assessment that probably varies depending on who is listening and what type of music / media is consumed.

    - Noise reduction -

    The noise reduction is also the almost identical to QC35, ie. very good. However, compared to QC35, there are ten different levels to choose from instead of three. Personally, however, I see no direct advantage of having more than three levels (i.e. 0%, 50%, 100%). I would have liked to see an improvement in the filtering of more high-frequency sounds such as voices. This is basically unchanged compared to QC35.

    As far as the microphones are concerned, these are completely magical for conversations and are probably unprecedented in the competitors' offer. This is a big step up from the QC35, especially in more noisy and messy environments. Almost in all the environments I tested these, the other party can hear what you say while filtering out disturbing noise in the surroundings. A big plus if you need to jump into telephone conferences on the go when you get stuck in public transport.

    - Conclusion -

    The NC700 is a couple of really good headphones. For me, the improved microphone technology was the main reason why I wanted to upgrade to these from the QC35. This is when I use them a lot in service. At this point, they deliver as promised, ie. exemplary. Unfortunately, the poorer comfort is so crucial for my part that I will return these to Bose. Unlike the QC35, I am almost always aware that these are on the head and the fact that I need to take breaks to let the head rest makes the improved microphones unfortunately not weigh up the deteriorated comfort.

    + Great for conversation
    + Very good noise reduction (albeit almost unchanged from QC35)
    + Nice and minimalist design
    + USB-C

    - Higher pressure on the head
    - Feeling slightly fragile
    - Virtually unchanged sound quality from QC35
    - The price (4399: - at the time of writing)
  • Perfect
    2 months ago
    Definitely the best kids with NC.
    The only thing that can prevent one is the price.
    Looking for NC lurks, these are a top choice.
  • Excellent
    2 months ago
    Expensive but superb!

    Replace me from Bose QC25 which I have had for 5 years. The sleeves on my QC25 fell off all the time and bluetooth I drove through an external dongle that worked but was a bit limited. It's a stooor upgrade for me with these Bose HP 700.

    What is good:
    1) Cruel ANC!
    2) Noise cancelling when talking is oxa cruel, I can wind and blow without the one I talk to hear the wind noise
    3) Bluetooth 5
    4) USB-C charging
    5) Connects 2pcs at a time, so both can be connected to Mobile Phone and Computer
    6) Works well with the computer when playing, as the ANC suffocates all kind of fan noise or other things that can disturb
    7) Has an analog input via 2.5mm plug which can be useful.

    Less good:
    1) Using analogue cable disable on Bluetooth, so it is not possible to mix 2 audio sources.
    2) Although it can be connected to 2 audio sources via bluetooth, it is only one at a time used. It automatically detects which one.

    Currently at the price of SEK 4400 and it is a good product, but you probably get a lot more for the money if you buy a Sony XM3 (costs 3000 SEK today) or a Bose QC35 II (costs 2690 SEK at present).
    When this drops to SEK 3500 at black friday, it is a better buy.