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In short these headphones are a delight to use. There are a few issues that are found with these that I’ll get into, but overall the experience with the Bose Noise Cancelling headphones 700 has been great. They’re lightweight, easy to use, well-built, and I’d say are objectively gorgeous. The QC35 II and the Sony WH-1000XM3s are both relatively new, and I didn’t think they had a dated design until I held these. Whether or not you think they’re worth the price , they’re a pretty pair of headphones.
How to connect to the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700?
To get the most out of the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 you should download the Bose Music app. It’ll walk you through the setup process and is surprisingly simple to use which is rare with headphone apps. If you’re on Android you’ll get a little drop-down card to quickly pair with and hook up the Google Assistant all in a few screens. Once connected, you can do everything from adjusting the level of active noise cancellation (1-10) to rename the headphones if you want.
How long does the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 battery last?
When it comes to battery life, Bose remains on the conservative end of great. While products like the Sony WH-XB900N and can push upwards of 35 hours of constant playback in our battery tests, Bose claims only 20 hours. I found this to be fairly accurate and managed to squeeze 21 hours and 25 minutes of constant playback. We test this by setting the volume of the headphones to a constant output of 75dB and then letting them run themselves dry. This was with active noise cancellation on the maximum setting too, so you might be able to squeeze some more if you lower the ANC. In the app, you can also set a timer to have the headphones automatically turn off after a pre-designated amount of time. So if you take advantage of that too, you should be able to go a long time before you need to throw these back on the charger which is, thankfully, USB-C this time around.
What do the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 sound like?
Now we can talk sound quality because even though the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 don’t have any high-quality streaming codecs they still sound really good. Experts even found them to be a little more pleasant than the Bose QC35 II before them because even though they still have a slight emphasis on lower notes the emphasis is more evenly spread out over the notes that fall in the 110Hz range and below. Compare that to the QC35 II headphones which make any note less than 50Hz drastically louder when compared to the rest of the lows.
So should you get the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700?
If you only care about owning the headphones that have the best active noise cancellation, then you should just get the Sony WH-1000XM3 because technically, they are a bit better. There are also the AKG N700NC headphones worth considering, which are the best at active noise cancelling that have been tested thus far. The Sony headphones also have better codec support for high-quality streaming and are slightly more portable considering they have hinges and can fold. That said, at least to me, the Bose 700 are clearly the more desirable product.
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