Bose QuietComfort2 is a remarkable evolvement from the first generation QuietComfort. The noise-canceling effect is superb, and the headphones could be used purely as a noise-canceling device, if you so wish for any reason, by simply detaching the headphone cord.
Instead of using it at home and listening to your music at a high volume, Bose QuietComfort2 is best used when traveling long distances in planes, trains, buses.
Sound quality is gorgeous and roomy, especially bass and little notes. The mid-to-high notes of vocals and instrument colors are bright. But we felt the highs lack somewhat the kind of delicacy we prefer.
We don’t know if it’s due to the noise-canceling effect, but we sensed some distortion when increasing the volume, but that might not be noticed by many users.
As far as sound quality is strictly concerned, QC2 does lack behind headphones (without noise-canceling effect) of the same price range. But such a comparison would be unjust since noise-canceling headphones and standard headphones are two distinct categories with a different focus.
QC2 is lightweight and its design simple with 90° rotatable ear cups. The fit is good and comfortable, the pressure at the right level.
However, you need to switch the power on, which activates the noise-canceling effect, every time you use it to listen to music. You hear nothing if you don’t. So you need to ensure you have a good supply of batteries if you plan to use QC2 frequently even at home, indoors and quiet environment as well.
We played the Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins & Berlin Theatre Songs to check the vocals produced by QC2. We were not disappointed. The vocals were just superb.
The sound clarity was impressive, the positioning of the orchestra, choir, lead vocals relative to each other could be heard clearly.
Next was Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov). From powerful wind instruments to rich sounds of the strings, the overall well-balanced sounds of the orchestra were superbly produced giving us a delightful listening experience.
In Tricycle (Film & Bb’s) of Jazz Fusion category, the dynamic bass, little notes, and spatial clarity were impressive.
Overall, Bose QuietComfort2 gives you sounds that are clean, compact and a pleasure to listen.
|Specification||Our Ratings (max. 5)|
|Type||Closed, Around-ear||Sound Quality||4||Rock||4.5|
|Technology||Bose acoustic noise-cancelling||Design||3.5||Pops||4.5|
|Driver unit||Ø35mm||Fit & Wear||4||Jazz||4.5|
|Sensitivity||100dB/mW(Lo), 115dB/mW(Hi)||Sound Leakage||5||Classical||4|
|Jack||3.5mm stereo mini-jack|
|Cord length||178cm (detachable)|
|Powered by||1xAAA battery|
|Battery life||approx. 38 hours|
|Weight||196g (with cord & battery)|