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Mac Format - - CONTENTS - £270 Man­u­fac­turer Bose, bose.com Ca­ble length 1.4m Weight 195.6g Power 1xAAA bat­tery

The suc­cess of Beats head­phones has forced Bose to re-in­vent its pre­mium range of cans to ap­peal to a wider, more style-con­scious con­sumer base.

Th­ese noise-can­celling QC25s re­place its flag­ship QC15s and im­me­di­ately feel more durable. The de­tach­able ca­ble is thicker, the hinges more ro­bust and the in­cluded carry case two-thirds the size. One re­sult is that the head­band sits closer to the head, but it’s eas­ily ad­justable and re­tains its lux­u­ri­ous felt fab­ric for a snug, un­ob­tru­sive fit. The leather-lined earcups pro­vide fan­tas­ti­cally soft cush­ion­ing.

An in­line mic-re­mote lets you take calls and change vol­ume, while a AAA bat­tery drives the built-in noise­can­celling tech­nol­ogy and pro­vides 35 hours of noise-at­ten­u­a­tion, keep­ing am­bi­ent sounds and cabin drone out. In the pas­sive mode you can lis­ten to mu­sic with noise­can­celling switched off.

Which brings us to sound qual­ity. In ac­tive mode, au­dio is clear, well bal­anced and de­tailed, while bass is am­ple yet (un­like Beats) un­af­fected. In pas­sive mode how­ever, most mu­sic feels limp and life­less – still, we’d rather have it than not.

On this ev­i­dence, Bose eas­ily holds its own against the threat of Beats, but if noise-iso­la­tion isn't nec­es­sary, there are bet­ter cans around for sound. Tim Hard­wick

Com­fort­able pre­mium over-ear cans that of­fer very de­cent au­dio qual­ity by noise-can­celling stan­dards.

Ro­bust yet com­fort­able

Neat fold-away de­sign

Ex­cel­lent noise-can­celling

Poor au­dio in pas­sive mode

Off the shelf they come in white or black, but you can pay more for cus­tom colours.

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