When I think of Bose, I think of the words "noise-canceling" and clear, crisp sound. I'd yet to experience BOSE for myself, but that recently changed thanks to my partnership with Best Buy. Read below to see if you should splurge on or skip buying the Bose Headphones 700 in triple black.
I've been on several flights where I've seen people put on Bose headphones and seemingly disappear into another place. I've secretly wished for my own set of noise-canceling headphones so I could eliminate distractions around me and truly focus on a task or just simply relax, but I wasn't sure if they lived up to the hype. I know Bose is synonymous with quality but are they really worth the splurge? Thanks to Best Buy, I've been using the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 for several days and I've got the scoop about whether or not they're worth the price.
Bose Headphones 700
My first impression of the Bose Headphones 700 was that the packaging and design were on-point. The headphones look sleek and sophisticated and although the profile is a little bigger than what I'm used to, they aren't overwhelming.
These headphones are fairly lightweight at 0.56 pounds and I can comfortably wear them for extended periods of time. This is great since you can get an impressive 20 hours of wireless battery life. The stainless-steel headband with angled earcups feel sturdy and provide a great fit. The headphones came with a little over 7 hours of battery lift before the first full charge so I was able to use them immediately.
These headphones don't fold, but the earpieces pivot flat. They come with a great case for storage and travel. Set up was a breeze. You will have to download the Bose Music app to get started but it only took about 15 seconds before I was up and running with these.
Since the headphones are wireless and use Bluetooth connectivity I can easily get up and move about without having to worry about grabbing my phone to go along with me. According to the product specs, the maximum wireless range is 33 feet and I'd say that's pretty accurate. When I'm moving about my house, I try to leave my phone in a central location so I'm never really close to going out of range.
When I'm using the Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones 700 around my home, I'm usually taking calls or listening to audiobooks while cleaning. The sound quality of these headphones is pretty amazing. Voices sound crisp and since the headphones cover your entire ear it's an immersive experience. As someone who is used to using earbuds or bone-conduction headphones, this is a huge difference.
One thing that blew me away with the 700 headphones is the quality of phone calls. I could easily hear the person I was talking to and I've gotten several comments about how much better I sound. Even when I'm in a busy place with lots of extraneous noise, people can hear me clearly. This is all thanks to the adaptive, four-microphone system that automatically adapts to the environment around you to isolate your voice from competing noises.
I usually only listen to music when I'm running, but once I got these headphones I decided to use them at the gym for weight training and spin sessions. Music sounds fantastic with these Bose headphones. My music sounded crystal clear and balanced. I love the ease of the earcup controls. Simply tapping or swiping on the front of the right earcup lets you navigate your playlist with ease. It's so nice not to have to reach for my phone to do these things.
The voice assistant is also fantastic and so convenient. Even in the noisiest surroundings, I was able to speak to my voice assistant to send text messages, make phone calls and play music. This feature was great during workouts when my phone was tucked away into my gym bag or when I was on the go and had my hands full and couldn't get to the control buttons on the headset.
What I love the most about these headphones is the thing that attracted me to them in the first place, the noise canceling. Since I'd never used noise-canceling headphones before, I didn't really know what to expect. Would it completely eliminate the noise around me or just dull it a bit? To test it out, I stood next to my kitchen sink faucet with it running at full blast. I then cycled through the 11 levels of noise cancellation and was definitely impressed. At the highest level, I could barely hear the water running. It also made a huge difference when I was running the vacuum. I could actually hear my audiobook and it was amazing.
From a work perspective, I am getting so much done with the noise-canceling feature. Trying to work from home is a challenge when there are so many distractions. Putting these headphones on and canceling out the background noise helps me stay focused and in the zone. But, with one touch of a button, I can hear everything around me in an instant since the headphones feed in the sounds of the outside world so I can interact as needed.
I'm still playing around with the Bose AR that's offered with these headphones. Bose AR is a new audio augmented reality (AR) technology that uses built-in sensors within the headphones to superimpose sound on top of your real surroundings. This was developed due to the fact that we miss so many things that are happening around us since we're always looking down at our devices. Now, with audio augmented reality, you can stay connected to your digital world while engaging with the real world around you. This is all offered in the Bose Music app for iPhone/IOS users (Android apps are still in development). The possibilities seem very cool and I'm excited to see how the apps progress in the upcoming months and years.
Overall, I'd say these headphones are definitely worth the splurge if you're in the market for noise-canceling headphones. They're well made and I imagine that I'll be using them for years to come.
Doreen Lamoureux says
These sound perfect for me. I would really get benefit when doing guided meditations.
These look like great headphones! I love the sleek style.
I was actually having the exact same discussion wwith myself. So glad you're enjoying them.